Category Archives: Daily Devotion

Success 

Proverbs 30:25-28 KJV[25] The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; [26] The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; [27] The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; [28] The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

Success means different things to different people. Whatever your definition of success, by virtue of the fact that you are made in the image of God, you have no excuse to not succeed in your life. “Don’t give in to excuses that can keep you from really living the best life God has for you (Joyce Meyer).

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Priori 

Luke 10:20 KJV[20] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
When your priorities are skewed, you waste time and energy on relatively unimportant things at the expense of important ones. “The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life” (David F. Jakielo).

Good future 

John 1:46 KJV [46] And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 

If you’ve been alive long enough, chances are that you may have heard one or two disparaging things said about you that may make you doubt the future. Nevertheless, it is God who has the final say, not man. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” (Corrie ten Boom).

Clichés

Ephesians 5:6 NIV [6] Let no one deceive you with empty words…

Sometimes, Christians hide behind empty clichés which when examined carefully, may not really make sense and in some contexts may be actually offensive. Phrases like “God is my co-pilot”, “Heaven helps those who help themselves”, “I’m forgiven, not perfect”, “When God closes a door, He opens a window” etc. are not necessarily spiritually sound just because we throw a few metaphysical words around in a sentence. We may even use them in evangelism which can cause confusion and make religion seem like an opium-induced reaction to reality. “Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches” (Harold Evans). 

Examine Yourself 

2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV [5] Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 

We update our résumés often when watching out for career opportunities. In the same way, while running the Christian race towards the goal which we’ve been called for, it is expedient to take time to check oneself to ensure we are moving forward and not in the same place we started. “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates). 

Please 

Matthew 11:18-19 KJV[18] For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 

[19] The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
No matter what you do, you cannot please everybody. Wisdom is acknowledging this and focusing on doing what you need to do, with or without others’ approval. “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you” – Katie Couric.

Self-Talk Power

Matthew 9:21 KJV[21] For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

You are how you are today because of what you told yourself in the past. One way to develop resilience in love is to develop a healthy self-talk. That, nobody else can do for you. “You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens” (Louise Hay).

Bonus quote:  Ann Bradford — ‘Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.’