Posts with the category “daily-devotion”
The Consequence of Disobedience
by Ed Newton on February 21st, 2024
"But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them..." - 1 Kings 9:6-7 When it comes to obedience, it is very simple: Obedience leads to blessings and disobedience leads to consequences. When we step outside of God's plan and act ...
The Path of Blessings through Obedience
by Ed Newton on February 20th, 2024
"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth." - Deuteronomy 28:1 Your obedience is a pathway to blessings. Throughout Scripture, God has illustrated the profound connection between obedience and His abundant favor. Let's explore two biblical examples that showcase the blessings tha...
Trusting the Omniscient Guide
by Ed Newton on February 19th, 2024
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9 In the realm of trust, God invites us to surrender to His omniscient gaze. He sees the entirety of our lives, while we only perceive the fragment right before us. Understandin...
Trusting God One Step at a Time
by Ed Newton on February 18th, 2024
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105 In the journey of faith, God doesn't demand that we see the entire picture. Instead, He invites us to take one step at a time, trusting that He will provide for us along the way. Psalm 118:105 reminds us, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Just think about the analogy of a lamp lighting your path. The lig...
Answering God's Call
by Ed Newton on February 17th, 2024
"So Abram went, as the Lord had told him."* - Genesis 12:4 In the journey of faith, God often calls us to step into the unknown. The question echoes through the corridors of our hearts: When will you take that step of faith, leaving the comfort of the familiar to chase after what God has destined for you? Consider the biblical example from the book of Genesis when Abram, later known as Abraham. ...
Obedience Over Comfort
by Ed Newton on February 16th, 2024
"But Samuel replied: 'Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'" - 1 Samuel 15:22 In a world that often prioritizes comfort, God calls us to a higher standard – obedience. The journey of faith is not about seeking ease but about aligning our will with His. Obedience may le...
Valor in the Face of Fear
by Ed Newton on February 15th, 2024
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6 John Wayne's words echo a timeless truth about courage – the ability to press on despite fear. It's not the absence of fear but the decision to move forward despite it, embodying a spirit of valor. As we explore this concept,...
Finding All You Need in God
by Ed Newton on February 14th, 2024
"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19 While having human relationships is important, it is essential to remember that He alone is the ultimate source of everything we need. When there's a void, our first pursuit should be God, for in Him, we find completeness. Think about the richness of God's provision. He places friends,...
Answering the Call to Show Up
by Ed Newton on February 13th, 2024
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10 There are moments in each of our lives when someone desperately needs us to show up. Have you considered who in your life needs your presence right now? It's time to reflect on how God is calling you to be there for someone in their time of need. Thin...
Purposeful Impact in Others' Lives
by Ed Newton on February 12th, 2024
"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10 As God orchestrates connections in your life, remember that you are not just a recipient of His blessings but also a vessel through which His purpose flows. Every person you encounter is an opportunity to fulfill a divine assignment in their lives. Recognize the s...
by Ed Newton on February 11th, 2024
"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." - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 In your life, every person you encounter is intentionally woven into the fabric by the divine hands of God. Your circle, carefully crafted by the Creator, is not a random assortment of ...
Trusting the Unseen Path
by Ed Newton on February 10th, 2024
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6 Over the last few days, we have spent a lot of time talking about God’s will. We have specifically talked about free will, and the ability to choose whether we want to be obedient to God’s plan or not. What can often make that deci...
When God's Plans Are Different Than Yours
by Ed Newton on February 9th, 2024
"'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" - Isaiah 55:8-9 Over the last few days, we have talked about free will and the choices God allows us to make. We have also talked about how He wants us to choose His perfect will for our l...
Blessings in Obedience to God's Will
by Ed Newton on February 8th, 2024
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11 As we have discussed the last couple days, God gives us a beautiful gift through free will. As human beings, God has given each of us the ability to make choices and decisions for ourselves. However, this does not mean that God doesn’t care what we do. I...
Choosing His Will with Free Will
by Ed Newton on February 6th, 2024
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” - Joshua 24:15 In the realm of free will, God grants us the remarkable gift of choice. But while He gives us the choice to choose freely, He still desires that we choose Him and His ways, above all other things. We see this in Josh...
Ignoring The Signals
by Ed Newton on February 5th, 2024
"Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge." - Proverbs 19:27 As a human being, God gives each of us free will. God does not make choices for you. Instead, He allows you to choose freely. He allows you to choose what you do, when you do it, who you do it with, and how you do it. He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions. And while He doesn’t ma...
by Ed Newton on February 4th, 2024
"The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does." - Psalm 145:13 No matter where you are in life, or what is going on, I want to bring some encouragement to you today: the God you serve is unfailing. That’s right, when you truly decide to turn things over to Him, you will find out that He will never fail you nor forsake you. Psalm 145:13 is a great reminder for us that, "...
Beyond Human Strength
by Ed Newton on February 3rd, 2024
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6 Yesterday, we discussed the biblical character, Samson. Samson was a strong and imposing man, with strength unlike anyone around. The problem with Samson was, he depended on his own strength, rather than that of God. Does that soun...
Unraveling the Strength Within Weakness
by Ed Newton on February 2nd, 2024
"So he told her everything. 'No razor has ever been used on my head,' he said, 'because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother's womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.'" - Judges 16:17 Is your strength actually... a weakness? The story of Samson stands out as a paradox of strength entwined with vulnerability. Today, ...
Exceedingly, Abundantly Beyond
by Ed Newton on February 1st, 2024
"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 In the grand scheme of God's plans, there exists a truth that surpasses our finite understanding: His intentions for our lives are far greater than anything we could ever imagine or engineer for ourselves. Today, let's reflect on the assurance found in E...
Going All In on God's Calling
by Ed Newton on January 31st, 2024
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11 Have you ever made the decision to go all in on God’s calling for your life? This is different than giving your life to Christ. While that is the first step (and the most important), it is not the only step of obedience God calls us to take. At some poin...
by Ed Newton on January 30th, 2024
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." - Philippians 2:3-4 In your journey of faith, selflessness stands out as an act of Christ-like virtue. God calls us to emulate the sacrificial love modeled by our Savior. Today, let's explore the beauty of selfl...
Who Needs Your Prayers?
by Ed Newton on January 29th, 2024
"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." - Matthew 18:19 In a world marked by busyness and distractions, it's easy to overlook the needs of those around us. Yet, the power of collective prayer is a gift we can offer to those facing challenges, uncertainties, or moments of joy. Jesus' words in Matthew...
Strength in Unity
by Ed Newton on January 28th, 2024
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." - Ephesians 4:2-3 Far too often, we as human beings tend to become fixated on the flaws and weaknesses of those around us. Yet, God calls us to see beyond the surface and to value the strengths of others just as He values ours. This call t...
by Ed Newton on January 27th, 2024
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6 One of the most prominent messages in our society today is that “more” is always better. We are greedy people in our flesh. But Philippians 4:6 invites us to shift our perspective by introducing thanksgiving into every situation. Let's explore th...
A Heart Full of Thanks
by Ed Newton on January 26th, 2024
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6 When our lives are often hectic, it's easy to overlook the many blessings that surround us. However, cultivating a heart of intentional gratitude opens our eyes to the abundance of God's goodness. Philippians 4:6 encourages us not only to present o...
Immersed in His Love
by Ed Newton on January 25th, 2024
"You are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you." - Isaiah 43:4 I want you to pause for a moment and let these words sink deep into your soul: You are precious and honored in God's sight, and He loves you. This love, expansive and boundless, defies human comprehension. It's a love that surpasses the heights of the heavens and reaches into the depths of your being. Consider the vastnes...
Anchored in God's Verdict
by Ed Newton on January 24th, 2024
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." - Galatians 1:10 In a world where opinions can be loud and approval sought after, it's easy to tie our worth to the judgments of others. Galatians 1:10 poses a poignant question, urging us to examine the source from which...
In His Image
by Ed Newton on January 23rd, 2024
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." - Matthew 10:29-31 In a world that often measures worth by external standards, it's crucial to anchor our understanding of value in God's perspective. Matthew 10:29-31, s...
In Pursuit of God's Timing
by Ed Newton on January 22nd, 2024
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 In our personal pursuits, the temptation to get ahead of God's timing can be equally potent, presenting challenges that echo the cautionary wisdom found in Hebrews 11:25. When we forge ahead in our own strength, we risk experiencin...
Divine Delays in Careers
by Ed Newton on January 21st, 2024
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” - Proverbs 16:3 In our fast-paced world, the desire for career advancement often clashes with God's call for patience. Hebrews 11:25, showcasing the wisdom of Moses, reminds us that choosing immediate satisfaction over God's timing can have enduring consequences. This truth extends to our careers, where impatience may lead us do...
God's Timing in Relationships
by Ed Newton on January 20th, 2024
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” - Psalms 27:14 Impatience often finds its way into the fabric of our relationships, whispering enticing promises of immediate satisfaction. The cautionary tale of Moses in Hebrews 11:25 serves as a reminder that choosing fleeting pleasures over God's timing can have lasting consequences. Nowhere is this more evident than in our...
Impatient Choices, Lasting Consequences
by Ed Newton on January 19th, 2024
"He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin." - Hebrews 11:25 In the pursuit of instant gratification, we are often confronted with choices that promise immediate pleasure but may lead us away from God's intended blessings. Hebrews 11:25 reflects the wisdom of Moses, who, despite facing mistreatment, opted for the enduring path of ri...
by Ed Newton on January 18th, 2024
"He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin." - Hebrews 11:25 In a world that often emphasizes instant gratification and fleeting pleasures, the call to choose long-term rewards for God over short-term pleasures is both challenging and crucial. The Bible, in Hebrews 11:25, highlights the exemplary choice made by Moses: "He chose to b...
Embracing Grace in Rejection
by Ed Newton on January 17th, 2024
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” - Psalm 34:17-18 Life often unfolds in unexpected ways, and one of the most challenging experiences we may face is rejection. Whether it's in relationships, work, or personal pursuits, rejection can leave us feeling wounded ...
Guidance in Conflict
by Ed Newton on January 16th, 2024
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over." -Matthew 18:15 Conflict is an unavoidable part of human interactions, and even within the family of believers, disagreements can arise. How we handle these conflicts holds great significance, and the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:15 offer a timeless guide: "I...
Not of This World
by Ed Newton on January 15th, 2024
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world." - John 15:19 God often reminds us that we are not meant to conform to the patterns of this world. Instead, He commands us to be of Him: set apart, distinct, and aligned with a higher purpose. The words of Jesus in John 15:19 illuminate this divine callin...
Against the Grain
by Ed Newton on January 14th, 2024
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2 In a world that often dictates its own norms and standards, the call to go against the grain is a radical and countercultural concept. Obedience to God, even when it stands in stark contrast to popular opinion, is a scriptural principle that echoes throughout the Bible. The pages of Scri...
The Purpose in Waiting
by Ed Newton on January 13th, 2024
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31 Waiting is often seen as an inconvenience in a world that values instant gratification. Yet, in the divine economy of God, there's purpose woven into every season of anticipation. The why behind the wait is a myste...
Faith Under Construction
by Ed Newton on January 12th, 2024
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14 Waiting is often seen as a season of stillness, a pause in the grand narrative of our lives. In these moments of anticipation, God, the master builder of our faith, is at work. Our waiting is not in vain; it's a crucial part of the process where God shapes and fortifies our faith. The psalmist in Psalm 27:14 implo...
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One Step at a TimeTrusting in the UnseenThe Consequences of SinThe Path of True RepentanceWhen Are You Going to Change?Short-Term Satisfaction vs. Long-Term RewardsWhat Has God Called You to Do?The Danger of Ignoring God's CallingThe Abundance Beyond ObedienceResting in His RhythmLetting God Work While We RestFaith Under ConstructionThe Purpose in WaitingAgainst the GrainNot of This WorldGuidance in ConflictEmbracing Grace in RejectionEternal InvestmentsImpatient Choices, Lasting ConsequencesGod's Timing in RelationshipsDivine Delays in CareersIn Pursuit of God's TimingIn His ImageAnchored in God's VerdictImmersed in His LoveA Heart Full of ThanksPerspective ShiftStrength in UnityWho Needs Your Prayers?Expressing SelflessnessGoing All In on God's Calling
Exceedingly, Abundantly BeyondUnraveling the Strength Within WeaknessBeyond Human StrengthUnfailing FaithfulnessIgnoring The SignalsChoosing His Will with Free WillBlessings in Obedience to God's WillWhen God's Plans Are Different Than YoursTrusting the Unseen PathDivine ConnectionsPurposeful Impact in Others' LivesAnswering the Call to Show UpFinding All You Need in GodValor in the Face of FearObedience Over ComfortAnswering God's CallTrusting God One Step at a TimeTrusting the Omniscient GuideThe Path of Blessings through ObedienceThe Consequence of Disobedience
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