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January/February 2020 Devotion


2 Chronicles 1:7-12 New International Version (NIV)

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

Solomon’s request is unique. As a prayer leader, I often hear requests for salvation of loved ones, healing, relationships, and finances.  I do not often hear requests for wisdom. Perhaps we are missing a special blessing.

Our LORD was well pleased with the new monarch’s request. Solomon was the wisest king. His proverbs and poetry still reveal incredible wisdom today.

November 2019 Devotion


Have you every trained a dog to wait? This becomes a special bond between the canine and master. Through this, the dog learns obedience.

Like the dog, we must learn to wait upon God. This is all part of our discipleship. It creates a special bond with our Master. It is not easy, but always worth it in the end.

The prophet Isaiah offers incredible insight into this process. His timeless words still apply today. The power of the Holy Spirit is evident through his message.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV)

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalms 37:7 NIV)

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14 NIV)

Waiting for the Lord is not complicated. It helps us in every area of our life as we learn to surrender to His will. The Spirit’s help is available for everything. The list includes family relationships, marriages, unsaved loved ones, sex, money, power, wisdom, and much more.

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)

October 2019 Devotion


“All this I (Jesus) have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:25-27 NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

There are times when people can feel like god is an enemy rather than a friend. Peacefulness seems to evaporate like a desert mirage. What seemed like a hope vanishes quickly. Trust disappears.

How can we make peace with the Lord again? Has is love been exhausted? S t too late? Are the blessings gone forever?

The Lord gives His disciples a powerful ally – the Holy Spirit. Through the Counselor’s empowerment Christians can quickly reconnect with Peace and joy. This is not a vanishing optical illusion.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Words of Jesus, Lue 11:10-13 NIV)

The Father wants to do something incredible in our lives. The Holy Spirit empowers us for daily living. We should never be afraid to ask. Trust Him.

If you love lasagna ask for seconds. Or Gourmet Chef is more than happy to provide. Divine empowerment is a key to peace. Reconciliation is only a heartbeat away in God’s kitchen. Heaven’s pantry is full.

This gift is conditional. We won’t get it if we don’t ask. God will not force His love upon people. We can ask for empowerment with every prayer. There is no limit to the Father’s generosity.

September 2019


“I, (Jesus), am sending you, (His 12 disciples), out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 NIV)

Shrewd (sHrood): adjective meaning having or showing sharp powers of judgment

Perhaps in today’s vernacular, we would call this “street smarts,” which is the ability to read into someone’s motives or actions. Jesus wanted this tempered with innocence, purity, and love. They were to expect the worst while giving their best.

Little has changed today. As leaders we, too need this supernatural judgement. Our motives must be centered in love. Much damage has been wrought by impure leadership. Being in ministry for selfish gain destroys lives.

“Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey or extra tunic, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.” (Matthew 10:9-10 NIV)

“Then he, (Jesus), said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his lfe will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24 NIV)

“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27 NIV)

All of these warnings remind us that self-sacrifice is a requirement. The cross is a place of execution where our agenda must die. This willingness to die for God conflicts with our natural instinct for self-preservation. Little wonder the world thinks we are nuts!

Perhaps self-sacrifice is the hardest part of discipleship. Daily abandonment of our will includes; popularity, worldly wisdom, security, safety, acceptance, and freedom. Upon completion we become a reflection or image of Christ. It’s tough!

Lord, grant me wisdom to adhere to and appreciate Your instruction. My desire is to please You. AMEN!

August 2019


Psalms 94:12-13 (NIV)

 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
    the one you teach from your law;
you grant them relief from days of trouble,
    till a pit is dug for the wicked.

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)

My son, do not despise the LORD’S discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Proverbs 12:1 (NIV)

Whoever loves discipline love sknowledge, bur he who hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 10:16-17 (NIV)

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

A loving reprimand is a powerful tool that God uses o everyone. All of us are sinners and experience discomfort. We are reminded by the servant of our Lord, that difficulties are not always a result of pain. Therefore, we should learn without judging others.

Finding joy, wisdom, understanding, and peace through the discomfort is a demonstration of spiritual maturity. The standard for right or wrong is the Bible. It is beneficial to consider Scripture to understand pain. We should also be encouraged through the process.


I thank You Holy Spirit for loving us enough to provide us with correction. Help us to keep discipleship in proper perspective. Without Your enlightenment we stumble in spiritual blindness. Therefore, we invite You into our lives even when it hurts or we struggle to comprehend. Please give us the words to encourage others. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!

July 2019


Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (NKJV)

The bible’s use of meaningless is very powerful. It is very freeing because it helps with the stresses of life. For example, when stressed, this reminder can bring peace.

Medical conditions can cause stress. Financial situations can cause stress. Relationships can cause stress. Emotional upheaval can cause stress. And the list goes on and on. But if we confess all this and give it to God, He sends us relief. Confession relieves and brings release. (Yippee, hooray!!)

Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why [a]are you anxious for the rest? (NKJV)

“Behold, God is exalted by His power;
Who teaches like Him?
 Who has assigned Him His way,
Or who has said, ‘You have done wrong’?

 “Remember to magnify His work,
Of which men have sung.
 Everyone has seen it;
Man looks on it from afar.

 “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him;
Nor can the number of His years be discovered. (NKJV)

June 2019 Devotion


If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:5-8 NIV)

James’ recipe for wisdom is a three-part process. First, we must ask God for His generous gift. Next, our request must be made with faith. Finally, we must not doubt that the Lord will provide. Who among us does not want to be smarter?

A wind-blown sea wave is a powerful image. With one swoop a whole neighborhood can be destroyed. Hurricanes are powerful; however, a New England Nor’easter is also a destructive dynamo. A Pacific Ocean tidal wave can occur with no warning whatsoever. Who can forget the mudslides wiping out million-dollar estates perched precariously along the California coast?

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine (Jesus) and puts them into practice is like a wiseman who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did fall, because it had its foundation the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose ad the winds blew and beat against that house, ad it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:23-27 NIV)

The key to avoid being “double-minded” is putting wisdom of Christ into practice. In this manner, we are operating in faith. To be completely candid, the “doubt” part is a struggle at times.

Most people learn to trust God one area at a time. For example, a New Jersey freeway is terrifying for many rural drivers. It can take a while to learn how to trust the Lord’s promises to never abandon us. This is especially true when our kids are driving! In time, many learn to surrender these fears to the Lord. Once free, our houses are built upon “the Rock” and wisdom prevails.

Dear Jesus, please help us with wisdom. We want to build our houses upon the rock rather than shifting sand. Remind us that only through divine wisdom can we taste victory. Cure our hearts from being “double-minded.” We thank you for being or priest and intercessor. We love You! AMEN?

May 2019 Devotion


Engineers and mechanics think differently. Essentially, both methods of understanding are correct, important, and useful. When the problem is a leaky water pump, the mechanic’s skilled hands are better than expensive theory. Conversely, when the water pumps keep leaking, engineering is superior.

Our faith in God works in a similar manner. We build our understanding of God based on our experiences, education, and faith. Grandma’s faith is neither superior or inferior to the smartest theologians. Having differing levels of understanding is very beneficial to the Body of Christ.

What I love about God is His ability to interact with people on the exact level of their understanding. He loves the simple prayers of the children just as much as the deep questioning of the intellectual. He seems equally comfortable teaching the spiritual first graders and theologians such as Calvin. Luther, Augustine, and Tertullian. This is an incredible display of God’s brilliance.

To God belong wisdom and power, counsel, and understanding are his, (Job 12:13)

We need to let God teach us. The textbook for this journey is the Bible. Through its pages, we grasp deeper understandings of theology. God’s Word works on every level. The simple stories of the patriarchs are just as significant as complex theology found in Romans and Leviticus. Therefore, we all need to be diligent in our studies.

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

April 2019 Devotion


There have been dark moments in my life that challenge my relationship with God. It’s not a matter of questioning His existence or role in my life. Those issues were settled decades ago. Instead, these issues occur during times when his inaction frustrates me. An injustice Hi seems to be ignoring or a difficulty that is not corrected are items that feed my discontent.

Please, understand that I love God. He is my everything. He rescued my life from the pit of spiritual destruction. His sacrifice on the cross is wonderfully precious. I belong to Him.

It is difficult to understand why our trust I god is woefully shallow at times. How fortunate we are that God’s personality is deeper than ours. He understands our frustrations and comforts discontent. Further, he is unmoved by our inappropriate emotional weaknesses.

But I trust in you, O LORD: I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. (Psalm 31:14-16)

I have discovered that it is best to keep working through our emotional difficulties. In god’s time, He always addresses our problems. His solutions have been both surprising and wonderful. Therefore, we can choose to trust Him even on the days when we are frustrated.

March 2019 Devotion


I have a few acquaintances who are nice people; however, our relationships have not developed into a trusting friendship. Moving from casual into something more takes time. Ironically, we can struggle in this area with God. He wants to be our best friend. Often, we want to keep our distance from Him

A casual, or acquaintance type, relationship with God does not work. He wants to be much more than this in our lives. Yet, when I spend time with God, His desire for my discipleship is overwhelming. To be perfectly transparent, there are times when I would rather watch television than overcome a spiritual hindrance. The Holy Spirit within me is more than willing to cooperate with God; however, my sinful nature resists.

The Lord says, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up onluy of rules taught by men.” (Isaiah29:13)

Does anyone want to have this horrible heart condition that was revealed to Isaiah? A casual relationship with God is not possible. Our Lord desires to be part of our everyday life. He is much more than another chore.

Time with God is always beneficial. I am always refueled, replenished, and refreshed when our relationship is healthy. There is o excuse for my spiritual slothfulness. Forgive me Lord. Let’s move forward instead!