Monday, October 16, 2017

DAILY DEVO... how well do you know God's love?

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know the depth of the love of Christ. He wanted them to see what was beyond their comprehension when it came to this kind of love. 

It is difficult for our minds to wrap around this thought of just how much God loves us.

Most Christians go thru life thinking that they know God, but do we really know Him? 

The true test of "knowing Him" will appear when the bottom falls out of our life. When our marriage struggles. When we lose our job. When death or serious illness affects us. These are just some of the life struggles that if we lean hard enough upon God, we will see Him for Who He truly is. 

(Ephesians 3:19) "And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

I have people in my life that seem to only know me when they need something. I'm sure you do too. When it comes to my relationship with God, I don't want to be that child that only knows Him when I'm in need.

Even though it goes beyond my comprehension of how deep and rich the love of God is, I want to know God; really know Him. Understanding Who God is will help us in those topsy turvy times in life.

Paul brings up a good question in today's Scripture reading, so I have to ask; "How well do you Know God?"

HAVE A BLESSED DAY. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING:  Isaiah 65:17-66:24, Ephesians 3:1-4:16, Proverbs 6:20-26

Friday, October 13, 2017

DAILY DEVO...we reap what we sow

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

Everyone knows that before you can bite into a juicy watermelon, you have to first start with a seed. 

Not all of the seeds that we plant turn out good. The Bible warns us in Galatians:

(6:7,8) "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

Many people are deceived in this world. They are deceived in thinking that their discord, destruction and evil will somehow turn into something good. But as today's Scripture reading tells us, it only turns into destruction. 

The law of "reaping and sowing" applies to everyone; saved or not saved, rich or poor, man or woman. Everything good (or bad) first starts with a seed, no matter who we are. 

Let's make sure what we are planting is good so that good things will come back to us. With God, we not only reap what we sow, but we will reap even more!

HAVE A BLESSED (and fruitful) DAY! Laurie


TODAY'S DAILY READING: Isaiah 58-59, Galatians 6, Proverbs 5:15-23

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DAILY DEVO...guard your heart!

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

Our heart (literally) beats life. Anyone knows without a heart, one cannot live. 

But in today's Scripture reading,       we read that it is out of our heart that all issues of life come from...

(Proverbs 4:23) "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

The heart is a mysterious thing to me. With each beat, our heart is saturated with emotion. It is where we can be happy and sad, all at the same time. 

The Bible actually speaks of the heart often: it can be grieved, broken, pierced, divided and be full of joy. 

Our heart is the very expression of who we really are. This is why it is imperative that we guard what we allow in. 

Heart disease is probably one of fastest growing diseases there is. Once diagnosed with a heart condition, life altering changes usually are a must in order to live a full life. 

Spiritually speaking, when we allow the wrong things into our heart, it isn't long before disease sets in. This kind of heart disease is called sin and without a life altering change, our hearts cannot be whole.

Guard your heart - for what you fill it with will surely come flowing out. 

HAVE A BLESSED (and hearty) DAY! Laurie


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING:  Isaiah 52-54, Galatians 4:12-31, Proverbs 4:20-27

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DAILY DEVO....we have to study the Text in order to pass the test

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

I'm about to do something I haven't done in 30 years. Next week I will be sitting in a classroom at college. 

To be honest, it isn't going to be easy because some of the knowledge I gained from the college classes from 30 years ago have become a bit rusty.

Things can fade when we don't use what we've learned and when we don't continue to grow in our knowledge. 

Book knowledge is good, but godly wisdom is even better. 

(Proverbs 2:6) "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

In other words, if we want to gain knowledge about life, we must study the book of life - The Bible. God is our Teacher. 

Every doctor, teacher and lawyer did not gain their knowledge and credentials by just simply stating "I'm a doctor", "I'm a teacher", "I'm a lawyer". No, they had to study and pass exams to become who they claimed to be. 

Spiritually speaking, it is the same. If we say we are Christian's but do nothing to grow our faith, to learn how to walk differently, talk differently; are we really Christians?

If knowledge and wisdom is something you seek, college classes can help you in the working world but reading, studying and applying God's Word will help you in everyday life. 

For every single problem or situation you face in life, you will find the answer in the Bible. But like any exam, you must first learn the text before passing the test. 

Let's be better students of the Word!

HAVE A BLESSED (and wise) DAY. Laurie


TODAY'S READING: Isaiah 38-40, 2 Corinthians 12:11-13:14, Proverbs 2:1-13 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DAILY DEVO...when your faith is mocked

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

It has happened to all of us. Someone said something, someone rolled their eyes or someone rebuked your God and all that you believe in.

I like to get along with everybody, so when someone comes against me and mocks me for my faith, it is a tough thing to swallow. Especially if it comes from someone I love.

The definition of mock is "to tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner." As Christians, when we are made fun of or laughed at for being different, may we also remember that both friend and foe mocked Jesus.

I have found that when most people want to debate Christianity, the fight isn't with me; it's a spiritual battle going on within themselves.

In today's Scripture in Isaiah, the question is asked...

(Isaiah 37:23) "Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!"

Those who ridicule God's people are really ridiculing God Himself. Jesus had to deal with this, and so do we. Jesus never raised His voice or turned His back on any of the naysayers, He simply answered their questions and continued to love them.

That is exactly what you and I must do. Christianity is not up for debate, it is simply a choice that God has given each of us. We will accept the Gospel or we won't. The enemy wants as many of our loved ones as possible to miss the opportunity of understanding Who Christ is.

The best way to handle the faith naysayers in our life is to do what Christ did: don't argue with them, don't get offended and most of all...LOVE & PRAY for them.

You are not alone, God stands with you.

HAVE A BLESSED DAY. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams

TODAY'S READING: Isaiah 37-38, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Proverbs 1:27-33

Monday, October 2, 2017

DAILY DEVO...we can puff ourselves up, or God?

TODAY'S DAILY...

While reading in the book of 2 Corinthians, I've noticed that Paul is addressing pride and being boastful. 

In today's scripture reading, Paul is defending himself to the Corinthians. While they began listening to false teachers, whom seemingly had it altogether, Paul responded without pulling out his credential card. 

Instead he spoke of his weaknesses. 

(2 Corinthians 11:30,31) "If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, Who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying."

Paul knew that boasting (bragging, giving glory to) either puffed him up or it could puff God up. He wanted God to receive all the glory, not himself. 

Like Paul, we can choose to either bring attention to ourselves and all that God is using us for OR we can share our weaknesses; things that cause us to fall short which will bring glory and honor to God for all that He has done. 

C.S. Lewis said, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you” (Mere Christianity).

May we all take our eyes off of ourselves and look up to God. He is the source and reason for anything that we can do or ever will do. 

Are you looking up?

HAVE A BLESSED DAY. Laurie


TODAY'S READING: Isaiah 34-36, 2 Corinthians 11, Proverbs 1:23-26

Friday, September 29, 2017

Daily DEVO...praise God and watch doors open

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

We have been reading the book of Psalms ever since we started this journey of reading thru the Bible. I think it is very fitting that we end the last chapter of this book giving God praise!

Psalm 150 tells us that everything that has breath should praise the Lord. God made us to praise Him! And when we praise God, good things happen. In fact, when we praise God, the enemy will flee.

It happened with King Jehoshaphat: when his singers sang and praised God, the Lord defeated their enemies. (see 2 Chronicles 20).

It happened with Paul and Silas: when they praised the Lord in prison, God sent an earthquake and the prison doors were flung open. ( see Acts 16)

It happened in Acts: when God’s people were persecuted, they prayed and praised God and the whole place shook. (see Acts 4:31)

If it happened for all these people (and more), don't you know it will happen for you?

(Psalm 150:6) "Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord."

It is my prayer today that no matter how your day plays out, you will praise God. Praise Him with all that you have and watch and see if your praise doesn't unlock some doors and turn some things around.

HAVE A BLESSED DAY. Laurie

TODAY'S READING: Isaiah 26:20-28:29, 2 Corinthians 8, Psalm 149-150