Posts with the category “daily-devotion”

Going All In for God
by Ed Newton on July 18th, 2024
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." - Matthew 6:33   What if you decided to go all in on God? Imagine a life fully surrendered to God—a life where every thought, every action, every decision is guided by His wisdom and His love. It’s a life of purpose, of passion, of unshakeable peace—a life beyond anything you could ever imagine. W...  Read More
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Consider Before You Act
by Ed Newton on July 17th, 2024
"The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it." - Proverbs 22:3   Are you considering making a decision that you know deep down is not in alignment with God’s will? It’s easy to convince ourselves that the choice before us isn’t really that big of a deal—that the consequences won’t be that severe. But before you take that step, consider the weight of the decisi...  Read More
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The Weight of Consequences
by Ed Newton on July 16th, 2024
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap." - Galatians 6:7   God’s forgiveness is boundless and His grace unfathomable. When we stumble and fall, He is quick to extend His mercy, offering us a fresh start and a new beginning. But this does not mean there are not moments when the consequences of our actions linger long after we have sought forgiveness. W...  Read More
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The Dangers of Getting Ahead of God
by Ed Newton on July 15th, 2024
"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." - Proverbs 3:5-6    Have you ever been in a hurry to move forward, to take matters into your own hands when God seems silent? It’s a natural inclination—to want to take control, to make things happen according to our own timetable. But rushing ...  Read More
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WAIT
by Ed Newton on July 14th, 2024
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" - Psalm 37:7   There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves in the uncomfortable space of waiting on God. We pray earnestly, seeking His guidance, His direction, and His answer. Yet, despite our fervent prayers, sometimes God remains sil...  Read More
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Are You Pursuing God's Purpose?
by Ed Newton on July 13th, 2024
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10    Have you ever found yourself stuck in a routine, going through the motions without really thinking about your purpose? It’s easy to get comfortable with the familiar and forget that God has a unique and significant purpose for each of our lives.  God...  Read More
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Are You Living Selflessly?
by Ed Newton on July 12th, 2024
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." - James 1:22  Have you ever stopped to consider how often you think about your own needs and desires? It's easy to fall into patterns of selfishness without even realizing it. We might justify our actions by convincing ourselves that we deserve certain comforts or conveniences, but God calls us to a higher standard—one that ch...  Read More
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Putting Others First
by Ed Newton on July 11th, 2024
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." - Philippians 2:3-4    Selflessness isn’t always easy. Our natural tendency is to think about our own needs, desires, and goals. But God calls us to a different way of living—one that puts others first...  Read More
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Overflowing Grace
by Ed Newton on July 10th, 2024
"But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 5:20-21   Have you ever felt like you've messed up so badly that there's no way God could forgive you? Maybe you've made mistakes that haunt you, leaving you feeling unworthy and ashamed. But he...  Read More
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Breaking the Cycle
by Ed Newton on July 9th, 2024
"Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord's anger." - Judges 2:11-12   Have you ever found yourself caught in a cycle of doing what's right one moment, only to find yourself stumbling back ...  Read More
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Peace Beyond Circumstances
by Ed Newton on July 8th, 2024
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7   Life has a way of throwing us curveballs. Just when we think we have everything under control, something unexpected happens, and sud...  Read More
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Delayed Gratification
by Ed Newton on July 7th, 2024
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." - Hebrews 10:35-36   In a world of instant gratification, where everything we desire is just a click away, the concept of waiting seems foreign, almost outdated. We're bombarded with messages that tell us to seize the moment, t...  Read More
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What Are You Chasing?
by Ed Newton on July 6th, 2024
"What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?" - Matthew 16:26   Take a moment to pause and reflect on your life. What consumes your thoughts and drives your actions? What are you chasing after? It's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of worldly things—to chase after success, wealth, pleasure, and recognitio...  Read More
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The Pursuit of More
by Ed Newton on July 5th, 2024
"I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 2:10-11   Have you ever found yourself chasing after the thin...  Read More
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Choosing What to Chase
by Ed Newton on July 4th, 2024
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33   Life presents us with countless choices every day, doesn't it? From the moment we wake up to the time we lay our heads down at night, we're constantly faced with decisions—some big, some small—that shape the course of our lives. But one of the most important choices we'll ever ma...  Read More
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Comfort to Share
by Ed Newton on July 3rd, 2024
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4   Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you're comforting someone who is going through a struggle you've already faced? In th...  Read More
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Preparation Through Adversity
by Ed Newton on July 2nd, 2024
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." - James 1:2-4   Life often throws us into the midst of storms. Sometimes it feels like the waves are crashing against us from every direction, le...  Read More
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An Unchanging God
by Ed Newton on July 1st, 2024
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8    In our ever-changing lives, where people evolve and seasons transition, there stands an unwavering constant: the unchanging nature of our God. While our circumstances may fluctuate and our experiences may vary, the foundation of our faith rests upon the timeless truth that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I...  Read More
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Navigating Seasons of Change
by Ed Newton on June 30th, 2024
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. - Ecclesiastes 3:1    Whether we like it or not, all seasons come to an end. We know that bad seasons in our lives have an expiration date, but even the great seasons of life will come to an end at some point. It's a transition that often catches us off guard, as we find ourselves grappling with the reality that even the m...  Read More
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Finding Hope Beyond Unrealized Dreams
by Ed Newton on June 29th, 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   A dream unrealized. It's a pain that will leave you questioning your purpose and direction in life. Many of us, at some point or another, will experience a time in our lives when what we had hoped for doesn’t align with reality. In those moments of devasta...  Read More
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God's Presence in Grief
by Ed Newton on June 28th, 2024
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18   Have you experienced the pain of losing a loved one? It's a sorrow unlike any other, a deep ache that pierces the soul and leaves us feeling lost and alone. In moments of grief, it can be difficult to see beyond the pain, to find hope in the midst of darkness. But even in our deepest sorrow, God is near, offerin...  Read More
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Finding Hope in Loss
by Ed Newton on June 27th, 2024
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5   At some point in each of our lifetimes, we will experience the devastation of loss. It's a pain that cuts deep, leaving us feeling shattered and alone. In moments of devastation, it can be tempting to question God's plan, to wonder why He would allow such heartache to enter our lives. But even in the...  Read More
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Gifts for His Glory
by Ed Newton on June 26th, 2024
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. - 1 Peter 4:10    Have you ever considered the talents and abilities God has given you? Each of us is uniquely gifted, equipped with skills and passions that set us apart. But these gifts are not meant for self-promotion or personal gain; rather, they are given for a greater purpose—to glorify God and...  Read More
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The Beauty of Humility
by Ed Newton on June 25th, 2024
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. - James 4:10   In a world that often praises self-promotion, God has called us to humble ourselves and trust in His timing, that He will take care of everything else. While society may elevate those who boast in their own achievements, God delights in those who humbly promote His glory instead. Humility isn't about thinking less of yourself...  Read More
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Unearned Love
by Ed Newton on June 24th, 2024
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16   Have you ever considered the depth of God's love for you? It's a love beyond measure, beyond comprehension—a love that surpasses human understanding and defies earthly logic. And yet, it's a love that is freely given, unearned and undeserved. In a world that ...  Read More
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God’s Unconditional Love
by Ed Newton on June 23rd, 2024
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8   God's love is a love unlike any other—a love that transcends human understanding and defies earthly logic. While we often show conditional love, based on performance or how others treat us, God's love stands apart, independent of our actions and unwavering in its devotion. Consider for a moment th...  Read More
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God's Love Revealed
by Ed Newton on June 22nd, 2024
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8   Have you ever marveled at the lengths to which God goes to reveal His love for us? It's a love beyond comprehension, a love that surpasses all understanding. And yet, time and time again, God demonstrates His extravagant love in ways that leave us in awe. One of the most profound examples of God's...  Read More
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The Path to Divine Reward
by Ed Newton on June 21st, 2024
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. - Hebrews 11:6    Are you willing to go through a season of discomfort if it means receiving God’s very best for your life? A season where God seems to be nudging you out of your comfort zone, asking you to step into the unfamiliar and the unknown...  Read More
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Anchored in Prayer
by Ed Newton on June 20th, 2024
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. - Colossians 4:2    Let me ask you a question, how is your prayer life? Let me take it a step further, how is your prayer life impacting the rest of your life? Prayer isn't merely a task to check off our daily to-do list; it's a lifeline connecting us to the very heart of God. Consistent and fervent prayer is not just a religi...  Read More
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Seeking Wisdom
by Ed Newton on June 19th, 2024
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. - James 1:5    Are you currently facing a decision or situation where you just don’t know what to do? Maybe you are at a crossroads in your life, unsure of which path to take, or perhaps you are struggling with a complex problem that seems beyond your ability to solve. In moments li...  Read More
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Revealing Our Hearts
by Ed Newton on June 18th, 2024
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! - Psalm 139:23-24   Have you ever stopped to consider the condition of your own heart? It's easy to go through life without truly examining our innermost thoughts, desires, and motivations. But the truth is, our hearts can be deceitful, leading us astray...  Read More
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Gathering in God's Presence
by Ed Newton on June 17th, 2024
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. – Matthew 18:20  There's something truly special about coming together in the name of Jesus. It's a reminder that we're not meant to walk this journey of faith alone, but rather, we're called to support and encourage one another along the way. The verse from Matthew 18:20 reminds us of the strength and presence of God when beli...  Read More
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Closed Doors
by Ed Newton on June 16th, 2024
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. - Isaiah 43:2 Have you ever experienced a time in your life when God closed the door? Maybe it was a job opportunity that fell through, a relationship that ended unexpectedly, or a dream that didn't come...  Read More
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Time for Change
by Ed Newton on June 15th, 2024
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19  Over the last few days, we have been discussing this topic of breakthrough. Sometimes, in order to experience something new, we have to be willing to do something different. It's easy to fall into the trap of routine, doing the same things day ...  Read More
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Breakthrough Was Always God's Plan
by Ed Newton on June 14th, 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 considered that the breakthrough you're longing for was planned by God long before you even existed? It's easy to get caught up in the struggle of waiting and wondering if God will really come through for you. But here's the truth: your break...  Read More
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God Needs Your Faith
by Ed Newton on June 13th, 2024
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” - John 20:29  Have you ever stopped to consider the power of faith? It's easy to believe in something once you've seen it with your own eyes, isn't it? But there's nothing particularly remarkable about responding to something you've already experienced. What truly moves the h...  Read More
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Breakthrough Begins with Obedience
by Ed Newton on June 12th, 2024
And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. - 1 Samuel 15:22  Are you longing for a breakthrough in your life? Perhaps you've been praying for God to move in a mighty way, to bring about change and transformation. But have you considered the role...  Read More
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Are You Going Through the Motions?
by Ed Newton on June 11th, 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 Are you just going through the motions? It's easy to fall into that trap, isn't it? You wake up, say your prayers, read your Bible, go to church, rinse, and repeat. But are you really engaging with God, or are you just...  Read More
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Beyond Your Imagination
by Ed Newton on June 10th, 2024
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! - Psalm 27:14 I want to be very upfront about something: Waiting on God requires sacrifice. It demands patience, perseverance, and a willingness to surrender our desires and timelines to His sovereign will. But amidst the sacrifice lies a promise—a promise of blessings beyond our wildest dreams, of a future filled wi...  Read More
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The Dangers of Getting Ahead of God
by Ed Newton on June 9th, 2024
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the...  Read More
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