Proverbs 3:5-8 – Dependence

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV)

From Jordan:

*Part one in the DEPENDENCE series of devotionals*

I had a spinal fusion surgery recently. You see, I broke a vertebrae without knowing it some years ago, and owing to the nature of this injury, it lay undetected for six years. After the surgery, an unexpected thing happened; I wasn’t simply healed in my flesh, but God also sewed together a wound long lived in my spirit. Reflecting on my physical wounds, I realized some strong similarities with spiritual wounds and this experience became like a parable to me.

For years, I was physically broken in a way that I could not possibly fix on my own, and I didn’t even realize it. A state of brokenness is something that also can…Continue reading devotion

2 Chronicles 12:1 – The Superman Complex

Daily Bible Devotional Verse

When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. (2 Chronicles 12:1 ESV)

There are few things better than when your life comes together. Your relationships are good, your job is going well, you’re faithfully reading your Bible and the sin you’ve struggled with seems distant. There are seasons where our lives feel good, we are grounded in our faith and bumps in our “spiritual road” don’t bother us much. Eventually, however, we will find ourselves discouraged. This happens for many reasons and it’s often because we begin to pull away from God, believing that we need Him less. The small bumps in the road seem to suddenly…Continue reading devotion

Matthew 4:5-7 – Victory in Temptation

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’and
“ ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “ (Matthew 4:5-7 ESV)

Temptation is a trial or testing of one’s faith common to men and women throughout history. Joseph was tempted (Genesis 39), as was David (2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21), Daniel (Daniel 6), and Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:31). As long as we are in the world, we will be at war with temptation. In this great passage we are given a front row seat of the Master at work, and we should take note.

It is vitally important that…Continue reading devotion