Posts with the category “daily-devotional”
Obey God's Word
by Jonathan Maddox on October 27th, 2020
October 27, 2020Obey God’s WordIn Joshua 1, God reminded Joshua to obey every bit of His Word. He didn’t just remind Joshua to obey His Word. He told Joshua to prioritize it.“ABOVE ALL, be strong and courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left…” (Joshua 1:7).When we prioritize God’s Word we began to see thing...
Be Strong and Courageous
by Jonathan Maddox on October 26th, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020Be Strong and CourageousIn Joshua 1, we read that the Lord spoke to Joshua after Moses’ death.God was giving Joshua the role that Moses filled for so long.While Joshua had been an understudy to Moses, now was his time to lead.Certainly, Joshua had fears and doubts.God promised him, “I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you” (Joshua ...
God's Life Provided Christ for Our Eternal Life
by Jonathan Maddox on October 23rd, 2020
God’s love provided Christ for our eternal lifeJohn 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.God has provided our only way to eternal life because he loves us.This only way to eternal life is Christ.If you have received Christ as your Savior my prayer is that you are growing in your faith and shar...
There Is No Other God
by Jonathan Maddox on October 22nd, 2020
There is no other GodIsaiah 45:5-6 (NIV) -5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, 6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.There is only one God.This is the God of the Bible.Let’s acknowledge him.Let’s draw ...
God's Plan is Our Partnership
by Jonathan Maddox on October 21st, 2020
God’s plan is our partnershipPhilippians 1:3-5 (NIV) - 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.You and I are partners in the gospel.This means we are Christ followers and influence others to follow Christ.This partnership gives meaning to every area of our liv...
God Has a High Opinion of You
by Jonathan Maddox on October 20th, 2020
God has a high opinion of youPsalm 8:5-6 (NIV) -5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:Other people’s opinions of us, whether good or bad, are not completely accurate.They don’t know our whole story.We cannot trust them.We cannot even trust our own opinions o...
God Cares for Us, So We Care for Others
by Jonathan Maddox on October 19th, 2020
God cares for us, so we care for others1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) - Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.God is the Creator, Sustainer and Sovereign of the universe.He also personally cares for you.He cares about your sorrows. He cares about your joys. He cares about your eternity.He has proven his care for us in Christ.Because God cares about us, we care about others.There is at least one...
Open Our Eyes to the Savior
by Jonathan Maddox on October 16th, 2020
Open our eyes to the SaviorScripture teaches we are born into spiritual darkness.We are all sinners. We cannot save ourselves from our sin.Each person needs to open his or her eyes to Christ as the only Savior.Only Jesus is spiritual light. He is the only way to eternal life.When we receive Christ as our Savior, we have the light of eternal life.John 8:12 (NIV) - When Jesus spoke again to the peop...
Open Our Eyes to Recognize Christ
by Jonathan Maddox on October 15th, 2020
God opens our eyes to recognize ChristLuke 24:30-31 (NIV) - 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.These two disciples walked with Christ to the village Emmaus. They were kept from recognizing him. (Luke 24:16)Now, as they were eating with...
Open Our Eyes to See Clearly
by Jonathan Maddox on October 14th, 2020
Open our eyes to see clearlyMark 8:25 (NIV) - Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.This is the only record we have of Jesus working a gradual miracle.The result of this gradual miracle was that this formerly blind man was able to see everything clearly.This reminds me of Christ’s gradual work in our lives....
Open Your Eyes to Follow Christ
by Jonathan Maddox on October 13th, 2020
Open your eyes to follow ChristMatthew 20:33-34 (NIV) - 33 "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight." 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.Two blind men asked Jesus for their sight. The men persisted in their request.Jesus compassionately answered them. They received their sight.Upon receiving their sight, they followed J...
Open Our Eyes to the Harvest
by Jonathan Maddox on October 12th, 2020
Open our eyes to the harvestJohn 4:35(NIV) -"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."I am not a farmer, but I do like seeing fields ready for harvest. Especially white cotton fields.Jesus asked his disciples to look at another kind of field ready for harvest.This was a field of people who needed to give ...
Open Our Eyes to the Gospel
by Jonathan Maddox on October 9th, 2020
Good Morning Church !Open our eyes to the gospel In Acts 26:17-18, God told Paul, “I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' Receiving Christ is the only wa...
Open Your Eyes to Meditate on the Promises of Scripture
by Jonathan Maddox on October 8th, 2020
Good Morning Church!Open your eyes to meditate on the promises of Scripture Psalm 119:148 (NIV) - My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.The watches of the night were probably from sunset until 10:00pm, 10:00pm-2:00am, and 2:00am until dawn. I believe the psalmist meant he continually meditated on God’s word.We reserve specific times to read Script...
Opening Your Eyes to the Wonderful Things in Scripture
by Jonathan Maddox on October 7th, 2020
Psalm 119:18 (NIV) - Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.Sight is a precious gift from God.We open our eyes to see many wonderful things around us. We see our families, our friends, and the beauty of God’s creation. Scripture is the wonderful story of God’s love for us. It is filled with wonderful things. Among other things Scripture contains inspiring biographies, beautiful p...
Helping Others Open Their Eyes
by Jonathan Maddox on October 6th, 2020
Good Morning Church!Helping Others Open Their Eyes2 Kings 6:17 (NIV) - And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Elisha’s servant was afraid of the King of Aram’s army. Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes would be open to see God’s stronger army. It work...
Open Your Eyes to God's Resources
by Jonathan Maddox on October 5th, 2020
October 5, 2020Open Your Eyes to God’s Resources2 Kings 6:17-20Elisha and his servant were surrounded in Dothan by an army sent by the king of Aram.When Elisha’s servant went out early the next morning, he was afraid because of the king’s army with horses and chariots surrounding the city.Elisha said to his servant, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2...
Good Works as a Witness
by Jonathan Maddox on October 2nd, 2020
Good Works as a WitnessWe’ve “talked” a lot this week about good works. What is our motivation for doing good? To please God? To make ourselves feel better about ourselves? To prove our faith?Matthew 5:16 gives us a great reason to do good works and to do them well.Jesus has just called his followers salt and light, but he ends his thought with a great command.“In the same way, let your light ...
Equipped for Good Works
by Jonathan Maddox on October 1st, 2020
Equipped for Good WorksIf you are a believer, did you know that you have been equipped to do good works?Because Christ has saved us and His Spirit dwells within us, God has given all of us gifts and abilities to be used for His glory.In 2 Timothy 3 Paul writes, “All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness…” We typica...
by Jonathan Maddox on September 30th, 2020
Serve WellGalatians 6:9The picture of a servant is not always a comfortable one.A servant is someone who has forsaken their own needs to fulfill the needs of another.Of course, Jesus is the ultimate example of servanthood. He served His Father by serving people. He healed people who needed it, he fed people who were hungry, he invited social pariahs to have a relationship with him, and ultimatel...
Hard Work Is Good Work
by Jonathan Maddox on September 29th, 2020
Hard Work Is Good WorkColossians 3:23-24Paul, in Colossians 3:18-21, addressed how husbands, wives, and children can please Christ by their actions.In verses 22-25 Paul addresses how the slave or servant should work. We, even as free believers, can learn much from these verses about how we should work.We should work hard even when unsupervised. Ultimately, we are working for the Lord rather than...
by Jonathan Maddox on September 28th, 2020
Good WorksOver the past couple of weeks, we have seen many examples of good works in our community. Good works are essential in the life of the believer.Good works do not earn us salvation, but rather they are the result of our salvation. Ephesians 2:10 reveals great truth to us: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”T...
A Bright Future
by Jonathan Maddox on September 25th, 2020
Encouraged by a great futureEvery Christian has bright future.God has good things for us to look forward to on earth.God has promised an even greater future in heaven where he will wipe every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4).Do you have the assurance of heaven?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 ...
Laughter is Good Medicine
by Jonathan Maddox on September 24th, 2020
Encouragement through laughterProverbs 17:22 (NIV) - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.Laughter is a gift from God.Laughter is a great way to stay encouraged.We are dealing with difficulties following Hurricane Sally. We are also still dealing with coronavirus concerns.During these circumstances there are still opportunities to help us maintain our sense of...
Overcoming Our Fear of Losing Control
by Jonathan Maddox on September 15th, 2020
Fear of Losing Control Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV) - 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. We want to control our lives. We fear when things happen in our lives that are out of our control. We overcome this fear by t...
Overcoming Our Fear of Our Past
by Jonathan Maddox on September 14th, 2020
Fear of our Past Psalm 103:12 (NIV) - as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. There are people who live with a fear of their past. Maybe you are one of these people. It is great to know, through our faith in Christ, all our sins are forgiven. This means we do not have to fear our past sins. It is important to learn from our past, but Christ does not w...
Overcoming Our Fear of Death
by Jonathan Maddox on September 11th, 2020
Overcoming Our Fear of Death Most of us fear the unknown of death. However, some people are afraid of death because they do not know where they will spend eternity. We do not have to fear death. We can be assured we will spend eternity in heaven when we place our faith in Christ as our Savior. If you have received Christ as your Savior, I am happy you have confidence in your heavenly home. My pray...
A No Fear Relationship
by Jonathan Maddox on September 10th, 2020
A “No Fear” Relationship John 10:28 (NIV) - I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. Entering relationships with others can be a lot of fun. It can also cause fear. The relationship fears of rejection and insecurity are very real in our lives. I am thankful our relationship with God is always secure. This relationship with God happens when you p...
Fear Has Company
by Jonathan Maddox on September 9th, 2020
Fear Has CompanyPsalm 56:3 (NIV) - When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Sometimes we think we are the only one dealing with fear. We may become ashamed of our fear. We may isolate ourselves from others. However, when we experience fear in our lives we are in good company. Scripture records that Moses (Exodus 2:14), David (Psalm 56:3), the disciples (Matthew 8:23-27) and Peter (Galatians 2:12) ex...
Focus On God Overcomes Fear
by Jonathan Maddox on September 8th, 2020
Good Morning Church !Focus on God Overcomes Fear Numbers 13:26-28, 31 (NIV) - 26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here i...
Labor In Love
by Jonathan Maddox on September 7th, 2020
Labor in Love 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV) - We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica, he remembered the love which motivated their labor for the Lord. The Greek word Paul used for love is “agape”. This is selfless love. This is ...
by Jonathan Maddox on September 4th, 2020
September 4, 2020ForgivenessHow joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! —Psalm 32:1In Psalm 51, we saw David confess his sins to God. In Psalm 32, we see the joy brought by forgiveness.As believers, we should know the importance of forgiveness. Because we have trusted Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we should remember the joy of being forgiven and the blessing of k...
by Jonathan Maddox on September 3rd, 2020
September 3, 2020ConfessionBe gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. Completely wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. — Psalm 51:1-3David had committed adultery and murder. The prophet Nathan confronted David with his sins, which David confess...
by Jonathan Maddox on September 2nd, 2020
Lifted UpI have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking him in his temple. For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. — Psalm 27:4-5Whether David’s desire was to continually return to the...
Be Confident in the Lord
by Jonathan Maddox on September 1st, 2020
Be Confident in the Lord"Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident." — Psalm 27:3"Deploys against" can also be translated "sets up camp around me." Whatever situation David was in, he felt surrounded.Do you feel surrounded? Overwhelmed? You are certainly not alone!David finished his thought with a powerful truth...
by Jonathan Maddox on August 31st, 2020
FearThere are many things in this world of which we are afraid. Many are afraid of death. Personally, I’m afraid of snakes, lightning, and yes, balloons.David wrote Psalm 27 from a season of trouble in his life. Psalm 27 is a song of triumph and confidence. While his circumstances may have been perilous, David was confident, not in himself, but in the Lord.The Lords is our light (Psalm 27:1). ...
The Only Option
by Jonathan Maddox on August 28th, 2020
Only One OptionWe like options in our lives.Virtually every business caters to our desire for options. So do other institutions.When it comes to eternal life there is only option. We must trust Christ as our Savior.Jesus himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. (John 14:6, NIV)If you have received Christ as your Savior my prayer is that...
by Jonathan Maddox on August 27th, 2020
ConfidencePsalm 74:12 (NIV) – “But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth”.The first part of this psalm reflects despair at the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.However, in this verse, the psalmist’s attitude changes. He now expresses confidence in God because God is his King.There are times in our lives when we feel discouraged. Maybe even despair.Maybe you...
by Jonathan Maddox on August 25th, 2020
Self-controlGalatians 5:22-23 (NIV) - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.Self-control means mastery over our desires and passions.Paul, in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, compares Christians to athletes and says we are to exercise self-control in all things.Paul also included s...
by Jonathan Maddox on August 24th, 2020
GentlenessGalatians 5:22-23 (NIV) - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.Gentleness can also be translated as meekness or humility.One commentary said, “This word connotes a submissive and teachable spirit toward God that manifests itself in genuine humility toward other...