John 5:24 Devotional Observations and Application:
These are the prerequisites for salvation, which means our faith is extremely simple. All it takes is hearing Jesus and believing God sent him. We don’t have to do anything else.
I know I can make my faith seem more complicated than it really is. If you’re like that, too, reflect on this verse for a bit. Jesus is laying it out for us: believe and you’re in. Be encouraged in that.
Thank you for your grace and your salvation. I don’t deserve it, yet you freely gave me your grace. May I be worthy of your sacrifice. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Psalms 73:26 Devotional Observations and Applications:
We are flawed people, and we will fail. Despite our failures, God will come through and provide for us. It doesn’t matter what we do, he is our strength. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about what we do or how we treat the things around us. It’s still important for us to be good stewards of ourselves and our environments.
When we fail, the first thing we should do is seek the Lord. Why? Because he is faithful to give us strength and restore us. We do this through prayer and asking for forgiveness. Prayer reconnects us to God’s heart, and asking for forgiveness shows our humility and that we’ve learned from our mistakes.
Thank you for being my strength. I fail often, but you still care for me. Help me to always seek you when I fall. Give me the courage I need to seek forgiveness. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
John 15:12 Devotional Observations and Application:
Jesus is giving us a new command. It’s his specific command that we love one another. We shouldn’t just love one another with our strength, but we should love one another with the love Christ loves us with. This can feel intense, especially since that love was demonstrated on the cross.
We can love others how Jesus loves us by meeting practical needs. If someone is needy, tend to their needs. We can also do this by simply serving one another.
Thank you for your love. Help me to love others with the love you’ve given me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
The author of Romans, the Apostle Paul, is comparing what we’re going through now to what we’ll experience later. Though things may not be going great now, all that suffering will eventually lead to glory.
Romans 8:18 Devotional Applications:
What Paul is saying will take patience. You won’t experience the glory he’s writing about right away, but it will be revealed in you. Be encouraged knowing that what you’re going through now will lead to the glory of the Lord being revealed in you. Persevere. Don’t give up.
Thank you, Jesus, for the promise of future glory. I may not be experiencing that now, but I know that, in you, I will eventually experience it. Help me to persevere and be patient. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
This verse is clearly about generosity. Paul, the author, is using an agricultural metaphor that may not translate well to us anymore, but the principle remains. When you’re stingy, you get stinginess in return. When you’re generous, you receive generously. It’s a simple concept, but it can be difficult to do.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Devotional Applications:
In order to apply this verse, you need to be willing to do something that doesn’t make sense. Give more. You will receive when you’re generous. It’s counterintuitive, but it will happen. However, this is not a gospel of prosperity. I can’t say, “Give $100 and God will bless you with $1,000.” That’s probably not going to happen. But what God will do is soften your heart to receive the full life he has for you.
Father, thank you for your example when it comes to generosity. Help me to match your generosity. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.