There’s guilt and then there’s condemnation. One tells you what you did was wrong. The other tells you that you are inherently wrong and bad. A healthy regret – guilt – about wrong things that we’ve done leads to repentance and reconciliation while the other leads to death. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, talks about the healthy kind of regret that will lead you into freedom and life.
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There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.
The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”
His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”
The ruler can set us free once we read more
Monument or movement – what do you want your life to be? A memento of something that was great at one point but no longer is, or do you want to be moving and changing and growing and remain vitally alive? Today’s devotional, reposted from charisma.com, is an eye opening word from God about not remaining in the same place we’ve always been doing the same things we’ve always done. (BTW – Pastor Shayna brought a great message Sunday morning that goes along with this theme. If you haven’t listened to her message you can scroll down a bit and have a listen.)
Recently in prayer, I have been discussing this thought with the Lord, “God, what I do, I want to be doing it strong, five years from now and 10 years, 20 years and even 40 years from now.” I don’t ever want to be someone who is doing something great for the Lord and then kind of fade away. I want to leave a legacy for my children, my grandchildren and my spiritual children.
What the Lord has been speaking to me is, “always be a movement and never create a monument.” A monument is something the men build in order to read more
Our brains are thinking machines, so it’s imperative that we take charge of our thinker and think good thoughts. It’s not enough to stop thinking negative thoughts, we need to replace the negative thoughts with good ones. While it’s not an easy task, throwing up our hands and giving up on the battle is not an option. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, illustrates what happens when we turn our minds to those things that are good, noble, pure and worthy.
I was on a flight to Toronto beside a woman whose nose was in a book. I hunkered down in the window seat with my Bible and notepad and studied through the flight. We didn’t chat until time to land, at which point she looked over and commented about my studying the Bible. I told her I enjoyed studying the Bible very much. She told me she was the national director of human resources for a large automotive company, and that she had read her Bible in younger years. On one occasion, she said, she had been asked to give a recitation. She had several choices of material, but she had chosen a passage from the Bible, and it had meant a great deal to her at read more
I don’t think there’s anyone alive that hasn’t felt the pain of a betrayal at some point in their life. For most of us, though, that betrayal, however painful it might have been, didn’t end in our death. Jesus knew ahead of time that the betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane would prove to be fatal, but he went forward to greet Judas just the same. He also knew that not only Judas would betray him, but everyone else as well. How’s that for the ultimate betrayal? Everyone abandoned Jesus that night. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, gives a glimpse into that final betrayal and Jesus’ response to it.
Get up, we must go. Look, here comes the man who has turned against Me.
The words were spoken to Judas. But they could have been spoken to anyone. They could have been spoken to John, to Peter, to James. They could have been spoken to Thomas, to Andrew, to Nathanael. They could have been spoken to the Roman soldiers, to the Jewish leaders. They could have been spoken to Pilate, to Herod, to Caiaphas. They could have been spoken to every person who praised Him last Sunday but abandoned Him tonight.
Everyone turned against Jesus that read more
Every human being who is currently residing in this fallen world, who ever has been alive, or who ever will be born in the future has or will experience grief. Holy week, the week preceding Resurrection/Easter Sunday, is a week of triumph comingled with a heavy dose of grief. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a message of hope and comfort for those experiencing a time of grieving.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. — Psalm 62:8 NKJV
Trust in Me at all times.
I know the pain and sorrow you are feeling, and I want you to pour out your heart in My Presence. You need to release all read more
We all want God to do amazing, miraculous, mind-blowing things for us. Too often, however, we find ourselves complaining about the miracles that God has already done for us instead of being thankful for them. Today’s devotional, written by Mark Batterson and reposted from faithgateway.com, urges us to be aware of and thankful for all of those miracles we’ve already experienced, and to take that big step of faith necessary to see the next thing God wants to do.
“I love miracles, and I love food, so I really love food miracles.
And while there are multiple food miracles in Scripture, the day God provided quail meat in the middle of nowhere may rank as the most amazing. When the Israelites exited Egypt, a quailstorm was definitely not in the forecast.
The people of Israel also began to complain, “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see read more
source: Devotionals Daily at faithgateway.com
What do you tell someone who scoffs at your faith because they believe that the Bible contains too many contradictions? Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel, reposted from faithgateway.com, provides some practical answers to help us answer those who are skeptical about Christianity.
Editor’s Note: In this excerpt of The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel is having a theological debate with Norman Geisler, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. What a fantastic discussion to share with a friend who is seeking to know the truth today!
When I asked about alleged contradictions in the Bible, Geisler leaned back in his chair and smiled. It was an issue he had spent a lifetime studying.
“I’ve made a hobby of collecting alleged discrepancies, inaccuracies, and conflicting statements in the Bible,” he said. “I have a list of about eight hundred of them. A few years ago I coauthored a book called When Critics Ask, which devotes nearly six hundred pages to setting the record read more
source: Devotions Daily at faithgateway.com