West End Assembly of God
Friday, October 09, 2015
Daily Devotional GuideDAILY DEVOTIONS – October 5-10, 2015
Join us for the study, Stolen Identity, with Russell Joyner, starting Wed, Oct. 14.
MONDAY, Oct. 5– Romans 15:7 – Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Rejection. It is excruciatingly painful. From earliest childhood we strive for acceptance from the significant people in our lives. When we don’t get it, we spend the rest of our lives under the false assumption that if we live a certain way people will accept us. (Jesus lived a perfect life and everyone rejected Him!) “Understanding and receiving God’s unconditional love is foundational for all future growth. We don’t have to do things so God will someday accept us.” Jesus accepts us as we are. When this baseline truth shines in your heart it will be a game changer. It will spill over into all your relationships. It will release you from putting impossible burdens on others to alleviate your sense of rejection. You will be free to serve out of pure motives. The voice of rejection will be silenced by the truth of God’s unconditional love. Who are you? “The accepted.”
TUESDAY, Oct. 6 – I Peter 2:1-2–…rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander… Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation….
“Our need for acceptance and belonging are legitimate needs, they are God-given. But if we attempt to meet them independent of God, we are doomed to reap the dissatisfaction the self-life brings.” Peter admonishes us to rid ourselves of the relentless pursuit of the approval of man. “Malice is a wicked behavior that is often born out of our own sense of inadequacy when we look to others who have something we desperately need in order to be fulfilled. Peer pressure is so powerful and the pursuit of man’s approval so prevalent that people will compromise even their most basic moral principles to gain the acceptance of others.” Deceit, envying, slandering—it all comes from that broken and needy place in our souls. We must discover our true identity described in scripture so that we can live out of a strong, secure, spiritual core.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7 –John 1:12 –To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…
“The most important belief about ourselves is that we are children of God and that being His child is a right given to us by God Himself.” He foreknew us and predestined us to live in all the rights of sonship; but, of course, He gave us free will. When we embrace Jesus, we resume the relationship but need to rediscover the benefits. Who are you? You are God’s child.
THURSDAY, Oct. 8 – I John 3:1– How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
“How critical it is to know who we are as children of God, because that serves as the basis for how we live our lives. No person can consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with how he perceives himself.” Jesus prayed, “Our Father…” and so must we. When the devil says, “What right do you have to call yourself God’s child?” you can resist his lies because “God has given to you that right. It’s not a right you have earned. John 1:12 says He gave it to you.” When you fall into the crosshairs of Satan’s deceptive temptations, and when his accusing voice drives shame and embarrassment into your soul, grab hold of the Lord’s outstretched hand. Engage confession. Get back up and moving again. You would not disown your son or daughter in their failure. You would shout from the sidelines for them to get up and get back in the game. You would counsel them to learn from their mistakes. How much more does God have grace for His children in times of need? Who are you? You are God’s child.
FRIDAY, Oct. 9 – Proverbs 17:17– “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
“A friend is someone who takes you into his confidence. It’s a reciprocal relationship. A friend is also someone who loves you, who has your best interests at heart, who stands by you in your lowest moments and sacrifices himself to meet your needs. A friend sticks by you through a tough time, demonstrating commitment and love. In Christ, you have the best friend you could ever have. He is the “most significant other” that you could possibly have in your life. And He chose you!” Who are you? You are Christ’s friend: “You are my friends if you do what I command…you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last (John 15:12-17).
SATURDAY, Oct. 10 – Prov. 17:9–He who covers an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
If you want to love someone as a friend, you have to be real. We don’t live with perfect people, so being real will require us to forgive one another. We are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us (Eph 4:32). “Unforgiveness is the number one basis for Satan having access to the Church. Satan revels when Christians fight or harbor grudges and separate one another.” Can you speak the truth to your friend? Can you hear the truth from your friend? Follow Christ’s example.
Quotes by Neil Anderson, from his book: “Who I Am In Christ”
Devotions written and/or compiled by Pastor Marlyn DeFoggi