Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 92

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Colossians 3:23

Summary: Work hard as unto the Lord and not men.

23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

Questions & Challenge:

1. How will doing it for the Lord rather than man change our attitude toward our work?
2. If God was literally standing in physical form watching us work would we do anything different?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 91

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 15:1-9 NKJV

Summary: It’s about a relationship with Jesus and following him, not traditions and commandments of men.

15 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying,
2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’
5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—
6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

Question & Challenge:

1. Is there an area in your life where you might be getting caught up in expectations of people, traditions, etc. that might be getting in the way of simply following Jesus from the heart?
2. While honoring our parents isn’t the main point of this passage it does provide a great opportunity to ask ourselves, at any age, if we’re honoring our parents and showing them love and respect regardless of whether you feel they deserve it or not.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 90

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14:28-33

Summary: Peter was walking on the water victoriously while his eyes were on Jesus, but as soon as he started focusing on the conditions around him he began to sink.

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are you focusing on your problems or the solution?
2. Let’s focus on the fact that Philippians 4:13 says, “I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Romans 8:37 we read. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
3. Consider a time when you were in the midst of the storm and God walked you through it. Now, believe he can do it again!

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 89

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14:24-27 NKV

Summary: The disciples are alone in a boat in the midst of a huge storm and Jesus walks out to them on the water and says; “Be of good cheer, it’s me, do not be afraid!”

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. What is a current challenge or storm your facing this week?
2. Memorize Jesus words and repeat them to yourself when you’re fearful or discouraged, “Be of good cheer, it is I, do not be afraid.”
3. Tackle the day with the confidence and joy that He will never leave us or forsake us.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 88

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14-22-23 NKJV

Summary: While Jesus was willing to accommodate and make time for the people we also see him being intentional about creating alone time to pray by sending the disciples and the multitudes away.

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are you intentional about making time to read the Scripture and pray?
2. If not what do you need to do to create the space even if it means saying goodbye to someone or something?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 87

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Nehemiah 4:14 NKJV

Summary: Nehemiah was living a comfortable life serving in the Persian royal court as a cup bearer to King Artaxerxes in Susa when he learns that his Jewish brethren are in great distress. He’s moved with compassion, fasts, prays and decides to do something about it. He risks his life to ask the king for his permission and resources to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. The king gives his blessing but when he gets there he faces extreme challenges and even risk of death. Those who hate the Israelites first mock them and then when they see that they’re succeeding they hatch a plan to kill the wall builders.

“And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. What small or great need or problem have you discovered that concerns you?
2. Pray and perhaps even fast this week and ask God for wisdom on what to do.
3. Don’t delay, act this week on what He shows you to do.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 86

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14:13-21

Summary: Jesus is grieved over the passing of John the Babtist, yet even in the midst of his own pain he’s moved with compassion for the crowd that chases him down. He cares for their physical needs and not only heals the sick, but also feeds the huge crowd!

13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Questions & Challenge:

1. What is the biggest challenge you’re facing at the moment?
2. Pray and ask Jesus to either remove the challenge or give you the strength, grace and faith to overcome and grow through it. Thank him for his past faithfulness and take a moment to feel his great love and compassion for you as his daughter/son who he created in his own image!
3. Who is in front of you that needs your compassion and/or help at this very moment even though, like Jesus, you may be trying to get away to deal with your own pain?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 85

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 13:44-46 NKJV

Summary: Finding Jesus and surrendering all our junk to follow him is like finding hidden treasure or a beautiful pearl and selling everything to buy something of far greater value!

44“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:44-46‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Questions & Challenge:

1. Do you view following Jesus everyday with the same enthusiasim as the man who found the pearl of great price?
2. Is there anything that you’re holding back at this moment that’s hindering you from enjoying the abundant life that God has for you?
3. What do you need to do to remind yourself each day of the great treasure and joy you’ve found in Jesus?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 84

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 13:31-32 NKJV

Summary: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. What must you do to allow the mustard seed to take root in your life?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 83

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Proverbs 27:17 & 22:24-25 NKJV

Summary: You become the company you keep.

17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 22:24-25
24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are the people you’re around the most the people you want to be like?
2. What steps do you need to take to surround yourself with the people you most want to be like?
3. Do you have at least 1 friend who like iron on iron sharpens you even if it hurts? If not, what can you do to intentionally pursue a friend like that?

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