Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: October 3, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Timothy chapter 1

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Timothy’s faith had been mightily influenced by his mother and grandmother. Someone said, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Never underestimate the impact that you may have on a child. Your children and grandchildren, or the children you minister to are learning about God by watching you. Timothy came to faith in Christ as a result of the godly people who were part of his life. Also, Timothy was given a special gift from the Lord. Spiritual gifts must be developed. Paul charged Timothy to “keep ablaze” the gift he had received from the Lord. The word picture is that of stirring embers before they die, so as to produce a blazing flame. God wants us to have burning hearts and develop our spiritual gifts, knowing that we have not been given the spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.

Prayer: “Dear Lord, thank You the godly people You have placed in our lives, and the spiritual gifts You have given. May our hearts be stirred to do Your will. In Jesus name. Amen”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Romans chapter 16

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church…” (Romans 16:1)
Where would the church be without faithful women of God who love the Lord? It is worth noting that women of faith played an important role in Jesus ministry. There is no record of a woman opposing Jesus during His life. It was women who were first at the tomb of Jesus. A woman anointed Jesus and washed His feet with her hair. Women wept over Jesus at His trial and crucifixion. Reflecting back over my ministry God has placed some special women of faith in my path who have greatly influenced my life for God. Many of us have been impacted by the faith of a godly woman. Timothy was influenced by his mother and grandmother. I can relate to Timothy. I saw the love of God in my mother and I knew early on that there was something different about her. She is one of the reasons I am a Christian and a preacher of God’s Word today. God also used two Sunday School teachers; Lena and Flassie, to shape my life. They gave me my first Bible and taught me it’s rich truths. They may not have even realized how greatly God was using them in my life. Later when God called me to preach and at the age of nineteen I was pastor of a small church, there was a godly older lady that helped me. Ms Bessie would invite me to her home and we would discuss the Bible. I learned a great deal from her. She listened to my sermons and if I was off base she did not correct me publicly, but she talked to me in private and God used her to help me become a better preacher. In every church I ever served there have been godly women of faith of great value to me and the church. These have been spiritual sisters and mothers and precious to God. Like Paul I wish to pay them tribute for their contribution to the Gospel. Praise God for the Phoebe’s in your life who have been a blessing to your walk with God.

Take a moment and reflect over the godly women who have been a blessing to your life and give God thanks for them.

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank You for the faith of godly women who have greatly impacted my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron