Did the Devil Really Make Me Do It?

Jesus told us that in this life we would face temptations. They are a fact of life. But we can take heart because Jesus has overcome and will help us overcome. Today’s devotional written by O.S. Hawkins and reposted from brings some encouragement for those days when we’re tempted beyond what we think we’re able to bear.


“The devil never made us do anything. He simply dangles the bait in front of us. Then we are tempted; we are “drawn away by [our] own desires and enticed” by that which is outside the boundaries laid out for us in God’s Word.
Make no mistake about it: we will be tempted. As long as we are encased in human flesh, it desires to read more



God Can Get You Out

If you’re anything like most of humanity you have found yourself in some kind of spiritual or emotional pit at least once in your life. It can feel like a very hopeless place to be, and you wonder how and when you’ll ever get out. Today’s devotional by Beth Moore, reposted from Devotionals Daily on shouts a message of hope down to us: God can get you out.


“You can get out. Regardless of whether you were thrown in, you slipped in, or you jumped in, you can get out. And I do mean you. I’m not talking about the person who seems to deal with her pit better than you do. We don’t need to deal with our pits. We need to read the rest here


Divine Interference

Interference can be good or bad. It can even be good but feel bad as today’s devotional, written by Stasi Eldrege and reposted from, tells us. Thank God He is a faithful, interfering God whose intent is to redeem and restore us.

“Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee, all sixty-four square miles, to get to this one man. And He has crossed galaxies and heavenly realms to get to you. He passed through unimaginable opposition and endured unfathomable suffering to get to you. To mess with you. He has come, and He is coming still. To save us. To read more





I don’t know about you, but I’m not very good at waiting patiently. If you are in the middle of a long season of waiting or if you have already been, today’s devotional about waiting, reposted from will be a wonderful encouragement for you.

“A woman’s car stalls in traffic. She looks in vain under the hood to identify the cause, while the driver behind her leans relentlessly on his horn. Finally she has had enough. She walks back to his car and read more


Shame is Not Your Name

If you are dealing or have dealt with crippling shame that has/had you down for the count then read this encouraging devotional by Craig Groeshel on and learn how you can be set free.

“As a pastor, I’ve discovered that many people are dying slowly in a secret tomb of shame. Some are ashamed of their poor financial condition, plagued with guilt about their irresponsible spending and debt. Others are ashamed about sexual sin from their past. Many carry extreme guilt read more


Can I Get a Witness

Today’s devotional is an encouragement goes along with this month’s sermon series on evangelism. It is an invitation to participate in the great commission in your world written by one of our staff pastors.

Before He returned to heaven, Jesus asked us to be witnesses. Some people turn pale at the idea and start to stutter, backing away with hands extended as if they’d seen a poisonous snake. Being a witness conjures up images of wild eye creatures garbed in Christian witnessing tee shirts hollering in a bullhorn at passersby. Or going up to perfect strangers and giving them a three-point sermon on salvation complete with references and cross references. While there’s a place for those types of ministry, that’s not necessarily what Jesus is requiring of us.

What is a witness then? Someone who recounts something they have, well, witnessed. Seen. Experienced. Acts 2:32 says, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.” Acts 3:15 says, “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” Acts 5:32 says, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 1 John 1:1-3 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touchedthis we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” The New Testament – Acts in particular – is replete with examples of early believers who simply told about what they had witnessed. With that in mind, what have you witnessed that you could share with, say, a neighbor or a coworker or a friend? Obviously, you didn’t see Jesus raised from the dead, but you have certainly experienced the work of the living, risen Jesus in your life, right? How about when He saved you? Perhaps you witnessed a healing or answered prayer? Maybe God protected you or intervened in your life in a miraculous way. Or maybe God did something simple that was meaningful to you. Ask God to help you remember something you have witnessed that you could share with someone else. Our sermon series for September will be about evangelism. We will be sharing some non-intimidating, non-life threatening, relatively painless ways you can be a witness and share your faith. So, I ask you – can I get a witness? Jump in and take the challenge to be a witness in your world.

(c) 2018 Heidi Fields Associate Pastor Joy Christian Center

Back to School Prayers

It seems like just a few minutes ago we were talking about school letting out for the summer, and now it’s time for the kids to go back to classes already. Here are some wonderful prayers written by Rebecca Barlow Jordan to pray over our kids and grandkids as they head back into the classroom this year.


“Back to school prayers – It’s one of the best ways you can prepare your children each year as they head back to school. And praying Scripture over them is one of the most powerful ways to pray. Here are five back to school prayers you can pray for your kids and grandkids:

Back to School Prayers for Peace (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:6-7; Romans 5:1).
Lord, I pray that my kids (grandkids) will experience the peace of God this year that exceeds all read more