Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: October 9, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Titus chapter 1

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

Do you ever wonder why God has you in the place where you are? Titus was in a needed place. At Crete there were some things that needed to be set right. Some things were left undone and Titus was there to finish the job. Look around you and see what is lacking. Don’t wait for someone else to do the job, be the one to complete what is missing. If you are in a place where things are running smoothly and you aren’t needed, then you may be in the wrong place. The other reason Titus was needed at Crete was to enlist leadership. Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38 NKJV) No church or ministry will rise above its leadership. What is needed in spiritual leadership is character. Paul gave Titus a list of qualities to look for in leaders. Spiritual depth, holiness, and a strong commitment to the Word of God is needed for leaders to confront a godless culture. Spiritual leaders must out work, out preach, and outlive false teachers and false professors. Paul said their “mouths must be stopped.” (Verse 11) There is a great need today for leaders who can stand up to false teaching. Let’s do all we can to live lives of integrity that we may have power to effectively point men to the Lord.

Prayer: “Dear Father, place us where the need is great, use us to fill in what is lacking, may You raise up strong Bible men who can lead and produce disciples who are sound in the faith. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: July 29, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 16

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

There are at least two Christian privileges spelled out to us in I Corinthians 16; giving and serving.
“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭2‬)
Giving is a Christian privilege and duty. In fact, one of the marks of the early church was generosity. Generosity was the evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. Giving in the Spirit means giving regularly. Paul admonished the Corinthians, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store.” Give in proportion to how God has given to you. Do you set aside God’s tithe from your income? Tithing is the same for the person who is a millionaire as it is for the person making only minimum wage. God weighs your gift not by the size of your offering, but by the size of your sacrifice. The widow gave a small amount but Jesus testified that she gave more than everyone because she gave all she had. Giving is part of our worship. By giving we take part in the work of the Lord, and it is a blessing to give. The Bible says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Take joy in doing your part to support God’s work through your tithes and offerings. A second privilege we have is serving. Look for the opportunities God is giving you to serve Him. Paul said,
“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭9‬)
The greater the opportunity the greater the opposition will be. To be effective in service we must seek to be in the center of God’s will. Paul was careful to follow God’s plan for His life, and in doing so he walked through the opened doors. When God opens a door, walk through it and trust in His grace to sustain you. Henry Blackaby said, “Find out where God is working, and join Him.”

Prayer: “Dear Father, thank You for giving Jesus. Because You gave so much, we want to joyfully give as expression of our love and obedience to You. We pray for open doors that we may serve You faithfully. In Jesus name. Amen”

Randy J. McPheron