Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: October 1, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 1 Timothy chapter 5

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading is Acts chapter each day)

Paul’s admonitions to Timothy were instructions to a young pastor advising him how to live a godly life, and relate to a local church as their spiritual leader. Timothy was to advance in godliness so that those under his leadership would imitate his example. God’s examples of godliness are given so that we might emulate their faith. Those in spiritual leadership, whether in a home or a church, need to be reminded that no home or church will ever rise above its leadership. Spiritual leaders must strive to make advancements in godliness so that they might clear the way for those who follow them. Congregations that pursue holiness and godliness bear a great witness to the truth of the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Holy people are bright lights in a dark world. Acting properly and relating in a godly manner to your church family is a bright witness. Respect older believers as you would your own father or mother. Treat younger believers like a brother or sister. Care for widows in the church as if they were your own family. Respect and care for the needs of spiritual leaders in the church, and don’t participate in unwarranted criticisms against them. If a pastor or church leader needs to be corrected then follow the biblical steps and proceed in a Christ honoring way. It is a beautiful picture to see a church functioning like a family and caring for one another’s needs. This is pleasing to the Lord.

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, give us the mind and heart of Christ that we may minister to one another in a Christ pleasing way, and that we may pursue godliness and advance Your kingdom. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 29, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 1 Timothy chapter 3

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

No church will rise above its leadership. That’s why the quality and character of spiritual leadership is so important. Paul instructed Timothy concerning the qualifications of spiritual leaders in the church, namely pastors and deacons. The first quality of a spiritual leader is integrity. A leader is to be “above reproach.” That means living wisely and exercising self control. It means having a good testimony inside and outside the church. Godly leaders must not be violent or quarrelsome, not addicted to wine or driven by greed. Secondly, spiritual leaders must demonstrate maturity. Spiritual maturity must be illustrated in the home. The spiritual leader is to be faithful to his wife and effective in leading his family. He should be fully committed to the Gospel and to serving Christ. Spiritual leaders should not be new believers, but should be spiritually sound in the Lord. Not only must spiritual leaders demonstrate integrity and maturity, but also spiritual leaders must have ability. Ability to lead, manage, and teach God’s people is needed for effective leadership and a healthy church. Abilities are given by the Lord but they must be developed through diligence. A pastor should make preaching and teaching God’s Word primary to his ministry. If he fails in this area then he fails to demonstrate a true call from God.

Prayer: “Lord of the harvest, call and equip workers and qualified spiritual leaders to serve Your church, and raise up a generation of preachers who love preaching and will aptly proclaim ‘Thus faith the Lord!’ In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 26, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 1 Timothy chapter 2

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

A preacher needs to know how to pray. Leading a congregation in prayer ministry, along with preaching and teaching God’s Word is vital to the health of a church. In his letter to Timothy, Paul invested in the prayer life of a young pastor. He taught both pastor and church to make prayer top priority. There is only one way to get to God and that is through our Mediator Jesus Christ! Paul taught Timothy to “pray for all people.” He said, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.” (1 Timothy 2:1 NKJV) Ask God to help people, intercede in their behalf, and give thanks to God for them. Praying for people impacts lives, and is pleasing to God. Praying for our leaders helps us to be able to live peaceful and quiet lives. It helps advance the Gospel which is what God desires. Paul said, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV) Praying for people helps advance the Gospel and results in more people loving God. Paul said, “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Timothy 2:8 NKJV) Praying for people impacts the way women worship and love God as well. Paul said, “And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” (1 Timothy 1:9-10 NLT) When God’s people pray and seek God’s face, spiritual transformation takes place in people’s lives.

Prayer: Dear Father, help us to set ourselves aside for God, thank You for the privilege of prayer, as Your church teach us to intercede as prayer warriors. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: September 25, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 1 Timothy chapter 1

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

Paul wrote what is called the “pastoral epistles” which includes 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and the book of Titus. In these three books we learn a lot about church, church leaders, and the ministry. The first lesson is about being faithful in our calling. Faithfulness in our calling requires, first of all, that we be sure of our calling. Paul was sure of his call. He knew his call was special, and that it came from God. My advice to those who have an interest of serving in the ministry is, if you can do anything else besides preach the Gospel then do it. Because if you can do anything else besides preach the Gospel, God hasn’t called you! Paul explained how that at one time he was a wicked sinner, but God saved him by His grace. He said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15b) Paul knew that it was God that saved him, and that it was God who called him into the ministry. He said, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” (1 Timothy 1:12) The world doesn’t need any more self- appointed, mamma- called preachers. We need men whose service to God flows from their full surrender and obedience to the clear and undeniable call of God upon their life! Second of all, faithfulness requires that we be steadfast in our calling. Paul instructed Timothy to remain at Ephesus and to faithfully expound the doctrine of God. Timothy’s success depended on him clinging to his faith in Christ, and keeping a clear conscience. Carefully following the instructions of God’s Word helps God’s servant to fight well in the Lord’s battles! And being faithful to serve in the place where God has appointed, is a mark of steadfastness.

Prayer: “Dear Father, we humbly submit to Your will, it is a privilege to serve You in any capacity. Put a fire in our bones to serve where You have called us and to use our service to tell others about our loving Savior! In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron