Category Archives: Devos

Got a big decision to make? Do what Jesus did… PRAY ABOUT IT!

a job interviewGot a big decision to make or an important personnel appointment… Do what Jesus did – PRAY about it!

If you’re a spiritual leader (or a Christian business person for that matter), be sure to pray about personnel decisions – don’t simply depend on resumes, interviews, or personality profiles. Allow God to guide you by His Spirit… Pray about those decisions!

That’s what Jesus did…

“One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be his apostles…” (Luke 6:12-13 NLT) And then what follows in the names of those he chose for his apostolic band.

But here’s an important related lesson… Even after prayer – sustained and intense prayer – you may experience a periodic disappointment! Notice that the last name on the list of those Jesus chose was “Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).” (vs. 16) But please don’t let that stop you from praying for guidance in big decisions!

The Lord… Mighty King over all!!!

Don’t know if you’ve ever experienced powerful waves in the ocean and smashing breakers – incredible, mighty, and awesome!  That’s the picture that came to mind as I read Psalm 93 this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

Here’s just a taste of the ocean’s power (listen, watch, and let it sink in as it relates to the words from the Psalm that follow…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htbOkMAwnG8

“The Lord is king!  He is robed in majesty!  Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength! … But mightier than the violence of the raging seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the Lord above is mightier than these!  Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever!” (From Psalm 93 NLT)

And here is what I jotted in the margin of my Bible… “Lord, you are the mighty king over all!  Your Kingdom is everlasting!”

Psalm 91 – Good… No, “God medicine” for COVID-19

Psalm 91It is May 27, 2020 and the coronavirus/COVID-19 is pandemic… it has spread terror and trouble throughout the world!

Interestingly, my Bible reading this morning happened to be Psalm 91… that’s right, Psalm 91!!! You should read it for yourself, meditate on its words, reflect on its assurances!!!

After reading it today, I jotted a few things in the margin of my Bible…

“I will not live in fear – I choose to walk in faith! I will not be paralyzed by terror – I will trust the Lord!

“I’ve just gotta say… Regardless of what comes my way… Regardless of what happens… Regardless of what is going on around me… I WILL TRUST HIM!!!”

The Psalm starts this way: My declaration… “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. THIS I DECLARE ABOUT THE LORD… He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I will trust Him!” (Psalm 91:1-2 NLT)

And at the end of the Psalm – His declaration; what He says back to me (and you who choose to trust Him)… “The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me! I will protect those who trust in my name! When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble! I will rescue and honor them! I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation!” (Psalm 91:14-16 NLT)

There… I said it… and He said it! Psalm 91 describes how I intend to live my life in the middle of this crisis (and others that may come my way in the future)… How about you?

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