You’ve heard it said, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. With that saying in mind let’s consider this question. After you pass through this latest challenge will you come out the same person as went in or will you come out stronger for having gone through it?
Are you ready to live your best life now? If you answered, “Yes”, then the key is to dream BIG and focus SMALL! Join me as we look at how this simple idea makes all the difference!
Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
Take Away: Make every attempt to live peaceably with everyone!
Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Proverbs 3:5-7.
Take Away: If we trust the Lord and acknowledge Him in all of our ways He promises to direct our paths! What a guarantee!
5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.”
Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Proverbs 1:1-7 NKJV
Take Away: A wise person will seek counsel and grow in wisdom but the foolish will ignore it.
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
1. What habit can you recommit to or begin TODAY, and continue through out the year, to grow in wisdom?
Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Psalms 90:12
Summary: Life is too short to waste it making foolish decisions instead let’s seek wisdom in order to make prudent decisions.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Isaiah 53:1-3
Summary: Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would enter the world in a humble lowly fashion and not at all as the world would expect to receive the King of kings and Lord of lords.
1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Questions & Challenge:
1. Are you ready receive Jesus for who He is and not what you want Him to be or do?
2. Is it possible that you and I are focused too much on the outward rather the inward?
3. Is it possible that we too often miss out on what God is up to or wants to do in us and even through others because of our preconceived expectations or or the lens through which we view ourselves and others?
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?
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.
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!