Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 11

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

The shortest verse in the Bible simply says, “Jesus wept.” The tears of Jesus remind us of our Savior’s great compassion. He loves you and me and He identifies with our sorrow. He knows what you are going through and He cares. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares upon Him (Jesus) for He cares for you.” The tears of Jesus remind us that we can bring all of our burdens to the Lord and leave them there. Whatever you are going through, whatever you are facing bring your troubles to Jesus and leave them at His feet. His tears show you that whatever troubles you also troubles Him. Perhaps Jesus weeping also means that He is deeply troubled over sin and death. Maybe His heart is crushed under the weight of grief because He sees suffering and He knows our plight. He is saddened by the fact that our human state is such as it is. He sees the effect of sin and death and it breaks His heart. Jesus is such a compassionate Savior, He died for us that we might live. He took our sin and He buried that sin in the grave. When Jesus arose He left our sin buried. It is gone! Our sin is buried with Christ. Search and you will never find it. It is as far as the east is from the west. His tears identifies with our tears but one day Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

Prayer: “Lord, we stand in awe of who You are. Your tears remind of Your great love. We know we can bring and worries and fears to You today. Thank You for loving us so much. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Luke chapter 22

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

The last few days of Jesus life were filled with many challenges for route Lord. First, consider Judas’ betrayal. His heart burned for gold instead of God. He saw an opportunity to gain wealth and betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Judas help save a great problem for the religious leaders. He provided a way for them to arrest Jesus without the crowd being involved. Judas was led by Satan, not the Spirit. He was motivated by greed. Second day, consider Peter’s denial. Satan was able to enter Judas indicating that Judas was lost. Satan could only sift Peter since he was a true child of God. Jesus was fighting for Peter and eventually he would win the victory! It isn’t the mistakes we make in life but who we turn to when we fail that matters most. Not only was Judas betraying and Peter denying, but also we see Jesus was praying. His prayer meeting in the garden is unprecedented. He agonized in prayer until His sweat became blood drops. What an example of fervent prayer. The effectiveness of Jesus prayer life is one of the Great secrets of the Christian life. Now, who would you rather be like; a betraying sinner, a denying saint, or a praying Savior?

Prayer: “Dear Father, may we be a praying people, and may we experience Your power in the church today

Randy J. McPheron