There’s nothing and no one more important than the Lord. As the psalmist says, we should keep our eyes always on him, pursuing what he has for us. With him on our side, nothing can stop or shake us.
Psalms 16:8 Devotional Applications:
The Lord is our ally, so we can always take heart knowing that he will not fail us or leave us shaken. We can keep our eyes on the Lord by worshipping him and serving his people. Let’s always keep the mission of Jesus on the front of our minds.
Jesus, thank you for always being by my side. I’m thankful that because of you nothing can shake me. Help me to always keep my eyes on you and seek after heavenly things. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
The apostle Paul, the author, is saying that in every circumstance we are to give thanks. This isn’t just some circumstances or when things are going well, but at all times and in everything. Giving thanks in this way is God’s will for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Devotional Applications:
How do we give thanks in all circumstances? Through Jesus. God send Jesus to die for us to forgive us our sins and live a full life in his resurrection. It’s through Christ that we have the strength to give thanks.
We can develop this ability to give thanks by practicing it. It takes determination, but when things are tough, thank God for all he’s done for you. When things are going well, thank God for all he continues to do. After a while, it will come naturally.
Help me to always be thankful. Even when things aren’t going my way, help me to recognize your goodness in my life. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
We have authority over the devil. Simply just resisting him will cause him to flee from us. It doesn’t take some sort of special prayer – it’s simply saying “no” to what he has for you and saying “yes” to what God has for you.
James 4:7 Devotional Applications:
The application is in the first part of the verse. We can resist the devil by submitting ourselves to God. Do this by praying, spending daily time with God, and studying his Word.
Thank you, Jesus, for this power you’ve given me. I don’t need to fear anything when I humble myself before you. Help me to resist the devil and his schemes and pursue you with all I have. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
God’s kingdom seems so backward sometimes. Paul, the author of Romans, tells us that we should “glory” in our sufferings. In other words, we should rejoice in the hard times. Why? Because it’s in those times that we develop hope for the future. Through the process, we also gain perseverance and character. All these things are valuable in a healthy walk with Christ.
Romans 5:3-5 Devotional Applications:
It can be hard to rejoice in the hard times, but it’s worth it for the hope that gets developed. We can do this by spending time with God every day and releasing our concerns to him in prayer. This is a process that gets easier as we practice it. Starting off, it will be hard to persevere through those tough times. As we do, though, we develop a stronger character that helps us persevere more naturally. When our character and perseverance develop so, then, does our hope in all situations.
Jesus, thank you for the hope you provide. Help me to rejoice in the hardships in my life and develop hope in all seasons of life. I’m grateful for all you’ve done for me so far and look forward to what you have for me in the future. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
1 Peter 5:7 Devotional Observations and Application:
Whenever we’re anxious, we can count on God to be there for us. No matter what has us worried, the Lord cares for us and is present with us in those hard times.
It can be difficult to give Jesus all your worries. Sometimes it feels like your anxiety is something for just you to handle, but that’s not true. Jesus cares intimately about your worries and wants you to give them to him. You can do this by praying through your worries and listening to what the Lord has to say.
Jesus, I give you all my worries today. Help me to know and feel the care you have for me. My situation may not change immediately, but I know I have the strength to persevere because you are with me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.