Psalm 3:8 – Victory Begets More Victory

Psalm 3:8 – Victory Begets More Victory

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Victory Begets More Victory is based on Psalm 3:8.

Victory comes from the Lord—may he bless his people.

(Good News Translation, Psalm 3:8)

This reading marks the last encouraging word of this month-long devotional journey. I’m so proud of you for being diligent and seeing it all the way through to the end.

My hope and prayer is that throughout the past month you’ve experienced a series of breakthroughs both big and small. I know that God will use these victories as a springboard to spur you to more growth and an ever-deepening relationship with Him.

Prayer: Father, we thank you for partnering with us on the 31-day journey that we’re finishing today. We ask that you’d bring to mind all of the victories you’ve helped us to achieve in this past month and that you’d empower us to dream of even great victories and breakthroughs in the months ahead. Amen.

Action Step: Spend some time alone with God today and ask Him to help you to recount the biggest breakthroughs you’ve experienced in the past month. Make a list of those in your journal and refer back to them every so often to remind yourself that God is actively working your life every single day.

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Psalm 92:1-2 – The Importance of Finding a Daily Rhythm of Praise

Psalm 92:1-2 – The Importance of Finding a Daily Rhythm of Praise

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message The Importance of Finding a Daily Rhythm of Praise is based on Psalm 92:1-2.

1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,

(New Living Translation, Psalm 92:1-2)

When we find ourselves in a time of coming up against the feelings of fear, anxiety, and worry, often our last inclination is a move to praise. Even though it’s the one thing we don’t feel like doing, it’s literally the most important thing for us to turn to when we’re feeling down and out. When we encounter life’s inevitable challenges, we need to get to the place where we’re no longer being driven by our feelings, but by what you might call spiritual habits or spiritual best practices. The way we make this a reality in our life is to be very intentional about adding prayer and Bible reading our plan for each day, taking our cue from Psalm 92:2 where it says, “to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.”

Prayer: Father, help each of us to find our own daily rhythm of praise. Make it such a critical part of our faith journey that we desire it as much as air, food, and water. Make it so ingrained in our day to day practices, that the next time we come up against fear, anxiety, and worry, we automatically find comfort by turning to praise. Amen.

Action Step: It’s time to shore up your daily devotional plan. If you haven’t already, make sure you have a set time and place each day for focused prayer and Bible reading. After you finish your evening prayer and Bible reading, make sure that space is all set with everything you’ll need for the following morning’s time with God. These small investments in your spiritual growth each day will pay off huge dividends over the course of your life journey.

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Psalm 40:1-2 – Persistence and Patience

Psalm 40:1-2 – Persistence and Patience

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Persistence and Patience is based on Psalm 40:1-2.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.

(New King James Version, Psalm 40:1-2)

Some roads to healing and wholeness are rather long journeys. Even though we live in a quick fix, microwave fast sort of world, we don’t always see the results we desire immediately. When results are slow in coming, we need to be both patient and persistent in our pursuit of bringing our concerns before the Lord. We know that He hears us and that His heart is to bring us up out of the dark pit we’re currently enduring, but the question remains, why is there a delay.

Perhaps, like Job the angel assigned to respond to you is being delayed or maybe there’s a divine timing and alignment of circumstances that needs to happen first. It’s OK to bring this concern over delay to the Lord and ask Him to show you why there is a delay.

Prayer: Father, thank you for always hearing our prayers. For the things that are weighing most heavily on us, it can seem like you are slow to respond. When we encounter those times, help us to not lose hope or faith, but to draw closer to you and I ask that you’d encourage us to boldly come before you and inquire about what it is that’s causing the delay. Amen.

Action Step: Is there a specific need in your life where it feels like you just aren’t getting an answer to your prayers. Spend some time alone with God today and ask Him to show you the specific circumstances or reasons that are behind this delay. Be sure to write down what He shows you in your journal.

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Addison Bevere – Saints: Becoming More Than “Christians”

Addison Bevere – Saints: Becoming More Than “Christians”

In this episode, I sit down with Addison Bevere to discuss his new book Saints: Becoming More Than “Christians.”

About the Book:  The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there’s another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament–a word we’ve mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process.

Saints.

Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity.

If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey.

Saints - Addison Bevere

About the Author:  Addison Bevere is a man who appreciates the simple things in life—time spent playing with his four kids, late-night conversations with his wife, interesting words that no one uses, a meaningful day of work, and, of course, a good book. Addison is also the COO of Messenger International, an organization that impacts millions of people in over 150 countries through its various initiatives, and the cofounder of SonsAndDaughters.tv.

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Psalm 121:1-2 – Look Up, Help is on the Way

Psalm 121:1-2 – Look Up, Help is on the Way

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Look Up, Help is on the Way is based on Psalm 121:1-2.

1 I look up toward the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.

(New English Translation, Psalm 121:1-2)

Regardless of our age, adult and child alike, our external countenance is a window into what’s happening within our inner world. When we’re sad or scared, this often looks like slumped shoulders and a head that hangs down. These physical actions often indicate a mixture of shame, fear, and self-protection, which directly relates to whatever it is we’re wrestling with on the inside.

No matter the issue we’re facing today, God is calling each of us to look up and see Him, to look into His beautiful face and realize His eyes are not filled with wrath, but with grace and mercy. The Creator of heaven and earth is coming to your aid right now. Will you let Him give you relief from your burden?

Prayer: Father, we know that if we call on you, you will respond. For those days when we feel shameful and unworthy, I pray that you’d give us the courage to invite you into our current circumstances. Turn our fears and insecurities into joy and peace. Amen.

Action Step: Spend some time today thinking about the emotions that sometimes get in the way of you calling on God for help. Write them down on a piece of paper and ask God to show you how your identity in Him and what He says and thinks about you is what actually defines you. Now turn those negative emotions into positive declarations, something that you can speak over yourself when you’re having a difficult day (i.e. When I am feeling sad, God comes to make my full of joy, when I am feeling angry, God comes to give me peace, etc.). Save these declarations in your Bible or write them in your journal, so you can easily refer back to them when you need to renew your mind with the truth of how God sees you.

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Psalm 9:4 – God is on my Side

Psalm 9:4 – God is on my Side

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message God is on my Side is based on Psalm 9:4.

4 You have proved that I haven’t done anything wrong. You have sat on your throne and judged fairly.

(New International Reader’s Version, Psalm 9:4)

Do you have days where you feel like the whole world is against you? You know, no matter how hard you try to push through or get past something, you just keep hitting a wall. Sometimes these circumstances are of our own doing and other times it’s due to the decisions of others. No matter the cause, when we arrive at that place where we’re exhausted and have run out of steam, we need God to step in and advocate for us, to direct us towards the closure and resolution for the problem we’re facing.

What is that immovable boulder barring progress in your life today? It’s time to ask God for some divine leverage to help you move the boulder out of the way so forward momentum can continue.

Prayer: Father, today we ask you to show up as the God who gives us divine leverage. We pray for your assistance in getting that immovable boulder in our life unstuck, so we can continue making forward progress towards closure and resolution. Amen.

Action Step: Spend a few extra minutes alone with God today. During that time I want you to visualize that immovable boulder in your life suddenly becoming dislodged. It’s no longer a barrier to you. How do you feel? What’s the expression on your face? Take a few moments and rest in what that freedom feels like. Ask God to show you the path to making what you just visualized a reality. Be sure to write anything significant God shows you in your journal.

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