Ezekiel 7:26 – Leaders Seek Jesus First

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders. (Ezekiel 7:26 ESV)

A humble man said of leadership, “Never let your public anointing exceed your private devotion.” In other words, leaders ought to walk intimately with Jesus more often when none are watching than when the multitudes are present. This sentiment is not aided by our culture, however, as we live in constant need of the feeling of validation. We walk in a misguided cycle of measuring our spirituality in comparison to one another (2 Corinthians 10:12), instead of measuring ourselves against the “cornerstone” (Acts 4:11).…Continue reading devotion

Joshua 1:5 – Your Verse Five

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.(Joshua 1:5 ESV)

Joshua 1:1-9 is one of the most often quoted, cited, and even commercialized of Old Testament texts; specifically verses six through nine. Here we find the Lord encouraging and emboldening Israel’s new leader using powerful phrases like, “Be strong and courageous,” and that he would “have good success wherever” he went. Joshua was to be a great man in Israel, blessed by God and exalted before the people (Joshua 3:7). But when we consider a man or woman of God’s prestige we should never forget about their verse five!

Here’s what we mean: Joshua’s greatness, like Moses’ before him, was to be a direct result of God’s constant presence.…Continue reading devotion

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 – Be Mentored, Be Mentoring

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. (1 Corinthians 4:15-16 ESV)

A good guide points out interesting pieces of art, culture, and history. In fact, a guide worth his or her salt can even keep you safe from danger, as in the case of white water rafting. No doubt, then, guides fill a beneficial role. But what happens when your trip is over? What happens when it’s time to go home and return to daily living? Does a guide do life with you?

No, but a father does.…Continue reading devotion