Posts with the category “daily-devotional”
A Restored Relationship
by Jonathan Maddox on January 15th, 2021
A Restored RelationshipEvery person is a sinner.Our sin separates us from God.The only way to overcome this separation is through Christ.Only Christ has already done everything necessary for us to live in a restored relationship with God.This relationship happens when we trust Christ as our Savior.If you have received Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you are growing in your faith and shari...
Stop Opposing God
by Jonathan Maddox on January 14th, 2021
Stop Opposing God2 Chronicles 35:21 (NIV) - But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, "What quarrel is there between you and me, O king of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you."Josiah had been a godly leader.Now, however, Josiah was opposing God by going to battl...
Setting Your Temple in Order
by Jonathan Maddox on January 13th, 2021
Setting Your Temple in Order2 Chronicles 35:20 (NIV) - After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle.Josiah set the temple in order.The temple was repaired, Scripture was honored, the people pledged themselves to live for God, and the leaders were serving as God intended.Each...
Celebrating in Worship
by Jonathan Maddox on January 12th, 2021
Celebrating in Worship2 Chronicles 35:1-19After the Book of the Law was found, Josiah led the nation in a great Passover celebration.The Passover was an annual reminder of the time when God brought the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery to begin their journey into the freedom of living in the Promised Land.Each of us needs to reserve time to remember God’s work in our lives. When we remember and ...
Read and Obey
by Jonathan Maddox on January 11th, 2021
Read and Obey2 Chronicles 34:31 - The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the LORD--to follow the LORD and keep his commands, regulations, and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book.During the temple repair, Hilkiah the priest, found a copy of the Book of the Law.This was probably the five books writt...
by Jonathan Maddox on January 7th, 2021
Teamwork2 Chronicles 34:8 (NIV) - In the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign, to purify the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the ruler of the city, with Joah son of Joahaz, the recorder, to repair the temple of the LORD his God.2 Chronicles 34:8-13 records the efforts of Josiah to repair the temple.Josiah could not do this by himself.The repairs required teamwork.Team...
Purging Our Lives
by Jonathan Maddox on January 6th, 2021
Purging Our Lives2 Chronicles 34:3 (NIV) “…In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.”There are things in our lives that compete with our allegiance to God.God calls these idols.These may be material possessions. They may also be intangible things such as opinions, goals, and relationships.Tim Keller said, “When anything i...
by Jonathan Maddox on January 5th, 2021
Seeking God2 Chronicles 34:3a (NIV) - In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.What are you seeking?Scripture teaches that we are to seek God.Josiah began to seek God when he was young.We were created by God and for God. Therefore, we are to seek him above everything.When we seek God, we find blessings beyond what this world offers.I e...
Doing Right in God's Eyes
by Jonathan Maddox on January 4th, 2021
Doing Right in God’s Eyes2 Chronicles 34:1-2 (NIV) - 1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.People watch us. People interact with us.They may be part of a religious group, political group, business group...
Forward in Faith
by Jonathan Maddox on December 31st, 2020
Forward in FaithPhilippians 3:13 (NIV) - Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead...In this verse Paul describes himself as runner who is straining toward the finish line.A runner wins a race by looking forward not backward.As we enter the new year let’s look forward to God’s work in our lives ...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 30th, 2020
Pressing OnPhilippians 3:13-14 (NIV) – “13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.It is good to reflect on the past.It is not good to live in the past.As we approach the new year, let’s p...
Returning from Christmas
by Jonathan Maddox on December 29th, 2020
Returning from ChristmasLuke 2:20 (NIV) - The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.Like the shepherds, each one of us must return from Christmas to the routines of life.I encourage us to return, like the shepherds, with a sense of worship.Let the reality of Christ pervade everything we do.Let us live every...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 28th, 2020
God’s FaithfulnessMatthew 1:22-23 (NIV) -22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."Matthew quoted from the prophet Isaiah.Isaiah wrote this approximately seven hundred years before Christ’s birth.God was faithful to his word then.God is f...
The Baby Is a King
by Jonathan Maddox on December 23rd, 2020
The Baby is a KingThe baby in the manger came to be King.That infant was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.He would grow to be a man, a perfect man, who would preach again and again about thekingdom He came to establish.Usually, the story ends with the king being the mighty conqueror.One of the ironies of the biblical story is that the King had to die first.Paul David Tripp said, “This is grace:...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 22nd, 2020
Supernaturally SavedThe virgin birth is a reminder to us that our salvation is supernatural.In John 1:13, John tells us that, as believers, we are “those who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or the will of man, but of God.”Salvation does not come from human effort, nor is it a human accomplishment.The virgin birth points to the helplessness of humans to even take the...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 21st, 2020
Miracles AboundAside from the resurrection of Christ, perhaps no other event has resulted in more debate and controversy than Jesus’ conception and birth.These miracles are evidence of God’s sovereignty and Grace.On several occasions (the births of Isaac, Samuel, and John the Baptist) God has provided a child when the mother was barren or past the age of childbirth.Surely these were also miraculou...
The Reason for the Season
by Jonathan Maddox on December 18th, 2020
The Reason for the SeasonMatthew 1:21 (NIV) –She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."The reason we celebrate Christmas is Jesus.However, we do not celebrate a generic Jesus.We celebrate the Savior Jesus.Jesus came to save us from our sin.If you have received Christ as your Savior my prayer is that you are growing in you...
Celebrate Christ in Our Coronavirus Christmas
by Jonathan Maddox on December 17th, 2020
Celebrate Christ in our Coronavirus ChristmasLuke 2:10-11 (NIV) - 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.I recently read an article which described some changes the coronavirus is bringing to our Christmas season.Many of us will celebra...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 16th, 2020
Christmas HumilityLuke 2:6-7 (NIV) - 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.The birth of Christ was wrapped in humility.His parents, the shepherds, the location, and manger all suggest humility.Paul tells us, in Philippians 2:5...
Be Open to God's Unexpected Ways
by Jonathan Maddox on December 15th, 2020
Be Open to God’s Unexpected WaysLuke 1:26-27 (NIV) - 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.The first Christmas was unexpected by almost everyone.Christ’s earthly ministry was unexpected by most. Especially the religious leaders.Who would have e...
Trust in God's Unseen Plans
by Jonathan Maddox on December 14th, 2020
Trust in God’s Unseen PlansMatthew 13:17 (NIV) - For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.Christ’s birth was always God’s plan.The prophets proclaimed the Messiah.They longed to see the Messiah.However, they did not witness his birth and ministry.Still, they trusted God’s plan for the Mess...
The Gospel Is for the Spiritually Poor
by Jonathan Maddox on December 11th, 2020
The gospel is for the spiritually poorLuke 7:22 (NIV) - So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”Christ preached the good news to the poor.All of us are spiritually poor.We are sinners.We cannot sa...
Show the Good News
by Jonathan Maddox on December 10th, 2020
Show the Good NewsLuke 7:22 (NIV) - So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.Jesus preached the good news and he healed people.Some people preach that Christ still heals all who ask him in faith.I b...
Rejoice in the Good News
by Jonathan Maddox on December 9th, 2020
Rejoice in the Good NewsLuke 10:20 (NIV) – “…but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."The Christmas season is a time to rejoice.As Christians, we can rejoice in the hope of our heavenly home.When we placed our faith in Christ to save us, our names were immediately written in heaven with a permanent marker.Our secure salvation puts a smile in our hearts.We also smile with our lives by liv...
We Proclaim Good News
by Jonathan Maddox on December 8th, 2020
We Proclaim Good NewsMark 1:14 (NIV) - After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.Good news makes us smile.My favorite part of the evening news is the good news story.Jesus proclaimed the good news of God.I hope you always look for good news to share with your friends, family, and co-workers. They will appreciate you for doing so.Above all, I encourage ...
Christ Is Good News
by Jonathan Maddox on December 7th, 2020
Christ is Good NewsLuke 2:10-11 (NIV) - 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.Everyone enjoys good news.A simple good news message will brighten your entire day.Christ is good news.Christ brings hope, forgiveness, restoration, and salv...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 4th, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020Fighting BattlesIt seems as though all of us are fighting battles these days. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12 that our struggle is not against other people, but against the spiritual forces of evil.He also gives us encouragement to be strong, but not in our own power.Paul tells us to be strong in the Lord and in HIS mighty power. How do we do that?We put on armor—not ou...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 3rd, 2020
Love ConsistencyEphesians 5 give us great insights on practical ways we can live in Christ.Ephesians 4:32 tells us to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving. Chapter 5 begins with, “Therefore, be imitators of God…”We all know we can’t imitate God in His power, presence, or knowledge.However, we CAN imitate God by loving others, just as Christ loves us.Loving others is not optional for believers.1 ...
Living by Loving
by Jonathan Maddox on December 2nd, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020Living and LovingOn Monday, we saw that we are chosen by God. On Tuesday, we saw that we are alive in Christ. Today, we see how to live out our walk with Christ.Ephesians 4:1 tells us to “live worthy of the calling you have received.” How do we do that?Verse 2 answers this for us: “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, maki...
by Jonathan Maddox on December 1st, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020Alive!Ephesians 2 tells us the bad news AND the good news.We were once dead in our trespasses and sins.And then there’s the “magic” word, “but.”Verse 4 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us ALIVE!”We don’t receive eternal life based on our goodness or merit.It is simply because of His grace, mercy, and love.He has saved...
by Jonathan Maddox on November 30th, 2020
ChosenWe all want to be chosen. We want to be on a team. We want to be chosen in marriage. We want to be chosen for a promotion at work.Being chosen makes us feel special.Ephesians 1:4 says, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”We weren’t chosen because of our holiness. We would be disqualified.We’re chosen to be holy, because HE is ho...
Reasons to Thank God
by Jonathan Maddox on November 25th, 2020
Reasons to Thank GodPsalm 106:1 (NIV) - Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.There are many reasons to thank God.We thank God for his material blessings in our lives.We thank God for relationships.We thank God for the church.We thank God for his character.We thank God for his Son.We thank God for our salvation.I will stop here because the list will get...
Our Thankfulness Is Expressed
by Jonathan Maddox on November 24th, 2020
Our thankfulness is expressedColossians 3:15 (NIV) - Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.Thankfulness is an inner attitude.Thankfulness is also an outward expression.Unexpressed thankfulness robs other people of the joy of knowing you appreciate them.We can express our thankfulness to others in many ways.The important ...
Thankful for God's Routine Blessings
by Jonathan Maddox on November 23rd, 2020
Thankful for God’s routine blessings1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) - give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.Such blessings as family, work, church, and friendships are commonplace in most of our lives.I am guilty of overlooking these “routine” blessings to focus on the “big” blessings.However, I believe these ordinary blessings are God’s most visible way of sh...
The Greatest Love
by Jonathan Maddox on November 20th, 2020
The greatest loveThe greatest love was shown through God sending Christ as our only Savor.John 3:16 (NIV) - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.If you have received Christ as your Savior my prayer is that you are growing in your faith and sharing him with others.If you have not received Christ as your Sa...
Love Always Perseveres
by Jonathan Maddox on November 19th, 2020
Love always perseveres1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV) - It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Loving others is easy when the relationship is good.Loving others is not easy when the relationship has problems such as when we are offended by someone.Loving others perseveres even in the difficult times.Think of the persevering love that Christ had for others.His love pers...
Love Always Hopes
by Jonathan Maddox on November 18th, 2020
Love always hopes1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV) - It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.The person who loves is always optimistic toward those he loves.Our love for others is always hopeful because God is always working in their lives.When those close to us fail us, we are tempted to give up on them.God does not give up on them. He proved this throughout Scripture.W...
Love Always Trusts
by Jonathan Maddox on November 17th, 2020
Love always trusts1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV) - It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love is not doubtful or suspicious of others. Love leads us to trust others and entrust ourselves to others.Love gives the benefit of doubt to others.Love trusts the good intentions of others.Love does things to develop trust in the relationship.Love looks for the way to restore ...
Love Always Protects
by Jonathan Maddox on November 16th, 2020
Love always protects1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV) - It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Some Bible translations use the word “bear” instead of “protect”.The word means to cover like a roof covers a structure. Therefore, the translation “protects”.Love always protects others in every area of life. Love protects others physically, emotionally, intellectually, relati...
Our Only Hope for Eternal Life
by Jonathan Maddox on November 13th, 2020
Our only hope for eternal lifeOur only hope for eternal life is through receiving Christ as Savior.Only Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.He is the only Savior.If you have received Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you are growing in your faith and sharing him with others.If you have not received Christ as your Savior, my prayer is that you receive him today by:Admitting you are a ...