Posts with the category “daily-devotion”

A Shining Example of God's Love
by Ed Newton on September 26th, 2023
"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 (ESV)   As followers of Christ, we carry a responsibility to set an example for those watching us. Whether young or old, our lives can be a powerful testimony of God's love, grace, and transformative power. In a world that often lacks genuine role models, ...  Read More
God's Best in Unforeseen Paths
by Ed Newton on September 25th, 2023
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)   Life often takes unexpected turns, and our journey may not unfold as we envision. We may encounter detours, setbacks, and disappointments along the way. However, when we obediently follow God's leading, He promises to provide His very b...  Read More
Redeeming Our Past for a Brighter Future
by Ed Newton on September 24th, 2023
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28 (NIV)   As humans, we all carry the weight of mistakes from our past. At times, we might feel burdened by regrets, guilt, or shame. However, our compassionate God can turn even our most significant mistakes into stepping stones for a brighter future. In His in...  Read More
Do You Need an Upgrade?
by Ed Newton on September 23rd, 2023
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)   Imagine your life as a sophisticated software program, designed for remarkable purposes. Just like software, we sometimes encounter limitations or glitches that prevent us from functioning at our full potential. Just as software needs regular updates, our lives often requ...  Read More
Breaking Free from Self-Imposed Limits
by Ed Newton on September 22nd, 2023
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)   In our journey of faith, we often unintentionally place limits on ourselves, hindering God from fully working in our lives. These self-imposed barriers can stem from fear, doubt, past failures, or a lack of confidence in God's limitless power. Howe...  Read More
Trusting God's Perfect Timing
by Ed Newton on September 21st, 2023
"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)   In our journey to level up and reach new heights in life, it's essential to recognize that sometimes the reason we cannot progress yet is that it is not the right time. As humans, we often desire immediate progress and instant results, but God's plans are intricately woven with divine timing. ...  Read More
Embracing Our Limitations, Reaching for God's Strength
by Ed Newton on September 20th, 2023
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)    As you contemplate your journey to the next level in your faith, I challenge you to consider your limitations. We all have areas where our abilities fall short, where ou...  Read More
God's Infinite Power
by Ed Newton on September 19th, 2023
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)   As you embark on your faith journey, remember that our God is not limited by human understanding or expectations. He can do immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine. His power knows no bounds, and His love for you is beyond comprehensio...  Read More
Renewing Your Mind for God's Next Level
by Ed Newton on September 18th, 2023
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will." - Romans 12:2 (NIV)   If you desire God to take you to the next level in your spiritual journey, be willing to allow Him to change your thinking. Our minds are powerful battlegrounds, and God's transformati...  Read More
Embracing the Weight of Your Calling
by Ed Newton on September 17th, 2023
"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." - Ephesians 4:1    When God calls us, it is indeed a significant blessing, an invitation to be part of His divine plan. However, let us not forget that it also comes with great responsibility. Embracing the weight of our calling requires steadfast commitment through the good and bad times.  In to...  Read More
Embrace Your Unique Journey
by Ed Newton on September 16th, 2023
"Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else." - Galatians 6:4 (NIV)   In this fast-paced world of constant comparison, it's easy to get caught up in measuring our worth based on the achievements and appearances of others. However, God calls us to focus on our individual journeys and growth, comparing ourselves ...  Read More
Hidden Rewards of Faithfulness
by Ed Newton on September 15th, 2023
"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." - Matthew 6:6 (NIV)   In a world that often celebrates public achievements and recognitions, it can be easy to feel overlooked when we do the right thing in secret. However, God sees and values our faithfulness, even in the hidden places...  Read More
Faithful Integrity
by Ed Newton on September 14th, 2023
"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.'" - 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)   Today, I want to challenge you to be a person of integrity, someone who does the right thing even when no one is looking. Our character is not def...  Read More
Advancing Deeper in Faith
by Ed Newton on September 13th, 2023
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)   As we embark on our journey of faith, we are called to continually take our spiritual lives to the next level. Our walk with God is not meant to remain stagnant; it is a dynamic and transformative experience that leads us to deeper intimac...  Read More
Embracing the Spirit of Love
by Ed Newton on September 12th, 2023
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." - 1 John 4:7 (NIV)   In our journey of faith, we are called not only to love God with all our hearts but also to love one another deeply and unconditionally. Taking our relationships with others to the next level in a spiritual sense requires us to embrace the Spirit of Love, wh...  Read More
Soaring in Prayer
by Ed Newton on September 11th, 2023
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." - Colossians 4:2 (NIV)  Yesterday, we talked about how to take our faith to the next level. Today, I want to go one step further in that conversation and encourage you to take your prayer life to the next level. Prayer is not just a ritual or a mere duty; it is a powerful and intimate connection with our Heavenly Father. As we devote ours...  Read More
Taking Your Faith Higher
by Ed Newton on September 10th, 2023
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)  Today, let's talk about taking our faith to the next level. As we continue to walk with Christ, it's essential to elevate our faith, not only individually but also as a community of believers. Faith is like a seed planted in our hearts. It ...  Read More
Removing the Plank
by Ed Newton on September 9th, 2023
Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV) - "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."   In ...  Read More
Growing More Like Jesus
by Ed Newton on September 8th, 2023
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) - "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."   Walking with God is not a destination; it is a lifelong journey of transformation. In this journey, we come to understand that we will never reach perfection on our own. However, our desire sh...  Read More
Embracing Grace with Repentant Hearts
by Ed Newton on September 7th, 2023
Romans 6:1-2 (NIV) - "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"  God's grace is truly endless, covering our mistakes and offering forgiveness when we fall short. However, as recipients of this boundless grace, we must be mindful not to abuse it. Instead, God desires that when we mes...  Read More
Praising God for His Unchanging Love
by Ed Newton on September 6th, 2023
Psalm 136:1 (NIV) - "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever."   In our journey of faith, we often stumble and make mistakes. Yet, amidst our failures, God's grace remains boundless. He extends forgiveness and showers us with His unwavering love. Today, let us pause to praise God for His endless grace despite our continuous mistakes. Psalm 136:1 exhorts us to give thanks ...  Read More
From Mistakes to Miracles
by Ed Newton on September 5th, 2023
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"   Our mistakes may leave us feeling broken, flawed, and incapable of change. However, in the hands of our loving God, these very mistakes become opportunities for Him to demonstrate His power and ability to transform our lives. He specializes in taking our mess and turning ...  Read More
God's Transformative Ministry
by Ed Newton on September 4th, 2023
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV) - "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us."   God's redemptive work knows no bounds. Even in our mistakes, He can bring forth beauty and empower us to minister to others. Our experiences of brokenness become the very catalyst for extending comfort, compassion, a...  Read More
God's Redemption in Our Mistakes
by Ed Newton on September 3rd, 2023
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) - "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."  Our mistakes can leave us feeling broken, ashamed, and unworthy. However, in those moments, God's grace and forgiveness shine brightly. He can use our mistakes to reveal the depth of His love and the richness of His grace. It is not about us and our failures;...  Read More
Deepening Dependence
by Ed Newton on September 2nd, 2023
Psalm 34:18 (NIV) - "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."   In our journey of faith, we are not immune to making mistakes. But even in our failures, God's grace abounds. He can use our mistakes as opportunities to deepen our dependence on Him, drawing us closer to His loving embrace and guiding us toward growth and transformation. Psalm 34:18 assures u...  Read More
Redemption in Mistakes: God's Amazing Work
by Ed Newton on September 1st, 2023
Romans 8:28 (NIV) - "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."   Have you ever made a mistake that left you feeling broken, unworthy, or discouraged? The good news is that God can use even our mistakes to bring about something amazing. He is the master of redemption, turning our brokenness into beautiful testimonies...  Read More
Are You Waiting on God or Is God Waiting on You
by Ed Newton on August 31st, 2023
Isaiah 30:18 (NIV) - "Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!"   In our journey of faith, there are times when we find ourselves in a season of waiting. We often ask, "Am I waiting on God?" But have you considered that it might be the other way around? Sometimes, it is actually G...  Read More
God's Faithfulness: He Did It Once, He Can Do It Again
by Ed Newton on August 30th, 2023
Psalm 77:11 (NIV) - "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago."   Have you ever faced a situation that seemed insurmountable? Reflect on a time when God helped you through a challenging journey. He was faithful then, and He can do it again. Look for the similarities between the past and present and be encouraged by God's unwavering faithfulness in your ...  Read More
Reflecting on God's Faithfulness
by Ed Newton on August 29th, 2023
Psalm 103:2 (NIV) - "Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits."   Have you taken a moment to thank God for what He has brought you through? As we journey through life, it's essential to reflect on the past and recall the countless ways in which God has faithfully guided us, comforted us, and brought us through every trial and worry. Let us remember and express gratitude for His un...  Read More
God's Steadfast Presence in Every Step
by Ed Newton on August 28th, 2023
Psalm 37:24 (NIV) - "though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD upholds them with his hand."   There are times in life when we feel like we can't go on, when the weight of challenges and trials threatens to knock us down. Yet, even in those moments, we can find strength and encouragement in knowing that we will never fall because God has us every step of the way. His steadfast presence ...  Read More
Unique Roles, One Purpose
by Ed Newton on August 27th, 2023
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV) - "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work."   In the kingdom of God, everyone has a unique role to play. While not everyone is called to be a pastor or a full-time minister, God can...  Read More
Unleashing the Fullness of Life
by Ed Newton on August 26th, 2023
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) - "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."   Imagine a life where you fully embrace God's plan, taking the leap of faith to trust everything He has called you to do. Picture a life where you surrender your fears, doubts, and limitations, and wholeheartedly pursue the path He has laid before y...  Read More
God-Sized Dreams: Embracing the Visions He Has Given
by Ed Newton on August 25th, 2023
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) - "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."   In a world that often tells us our dreams and goals are too big, we must remember that it is God who plants those dreams and visions within us. He is the one who knows the purpose for which we are created, and only He can determine what we are truly made for. Let us hold fast to the under...  Read More
The Consequences of Settling for Less
by Ed Newton on August 24th, 2023
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Living a life less than what God has designed for us carries profound consequences. When we settle for mediocrity, fear, or distractions, we miss out on the abundant blessings, fulfillment, and purpose that God intends for us. As we ref...  Read More
Living Up to Your Potential
by Ed Newton on August 23rd, 2023
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   Are you living the life God has called you to? Have you fully embraced your purpose and are you maximizing your potential in Him? These questions invite us to reflect honestly on our lives and challenge us to live in alignment with the calling God has placed upon us. God...  Read More
Cleansed by His Sacrifice
by Ed Newton on August 22nd, 2023
1 John 3:5 (NIV) - "But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin."   The impact of 1 John 3:5 on our lives is immeasurable. This verse reminds us of the transformative power of Jesus' sacrifice and the profound implications it has for our sin-stained lives. Through His appearance, Jesus came to take away our sins and offer us the gift of forgiveness and r...  Read More
Iron Sharpens Iron
by Ed Newton on August 21st, 2023
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) - "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."   The concept of "iron sharpening iron" found in Proverbs 27:17 reveals the importance of cultivating healthy relationships in our daily lives. Just as iron blades are refined and sharpened through friction, we too are shaped and strengthened when we engage in meaningful connections with others who share our faith. Iro...  Read More
The Power of Christian Relationships
by Ed Newton on August 20th, 2023
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) - "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."   As believers, it is crucial to come together in Christian relationships. We are designed to thrive in community, and the support, encouragement, and accountability of fellow belie...  Read More
Worship as a Weapon
by Ed Newton on August 19th, 2023
Psalm 149:6 (NIV) - "May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands."   Our worship is not just a song or a ritual; it is a powerful weapon in our spiritual warfare. When we engage in genuine worship, we tap into a supernatural strength that enables us to stand against the schemes of Satan. Our worship becomes a double-edged sword, piercing through darkness and re...  Read More
The Overflow of Obedience
by Ed Newton on August 18th, 2023
Deuteronomy 28:2 (NIV) - "All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God."   When we choose obedience to God, He pours out His blessings upon our lives in abundant measure. Our obedience opens the door for His favor, provision, and grace to flow freely. The path of obedience is not always easy, but the rewards it brings far outweigh any sacrifice we may make. ...  Read More

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