Every Day Devotional

Bigcatfish
Hosted by Bob Wakeman
Group active since Fri, Nov 04, 2011


Share your devotion to God. Share a bible verse. or a devotion for others. I look to the Bible,God and The Holy Spirit each day. Leave a verse,or a devotion,Maby it will lift up another. All are welcome. No one is to judge or be judged. If you have something to post that mite inspire others. Feel free to post.


 

MAR 3RD - DAILY AFFIRMATION - WILL

grandedame
By sallye bates
13 Hours Ago
Divine will leads me to express my highest good.

The presence of God in me gives me the power to fully express my potential. Every day I make many decisions— some trivial and some life-changing. Through divine will, I make decisions that support my goals and aspirations. I confidently choose to express that which is highest and best in me.

Divine will gives me fortitude beyond my human willpower. As I pray, I tap into a power and capacity greater than any I have ever known. I have the vigor and perseverance to take consistent, repeated right action while refraining from activities and behaviors that are compulsive or addictive and do not serve my highest good.

As I summon divine will within me, I find the strength to embody my Christ potential.
He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.—Isaiah 40:29

No Secrets from God!

Bigcatfish
By Bob Wakeman
19 Hours Ago
Have you been there? Have you felt the ground of conviction give way beneath your feet? The ledge crumbles, your eyes widen, and down you go. Poof!
Now what do you do?...When we fall, we can dismiss it. We can deny it. We can distort it. Or we can deal with it...
We have no secrets from God.. Confession is not telling God what you did. He already know. Confession is simply agreeing with God that our acts were wrong..

How can God heal what we deny?... How can God grant us Pardon when we wont admit our guilt?...Ahh, there's that word. GUILT.. Isn't that what we avoid? Guilt. Isn't that what we detest? But is guilt so bad? What does guilt imply if not that we know right from wrong, that we aspire to be better than we are...That's what guilt is; a healthy regret for telling God one thing and doing another..

If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17.

Footprints of Discipleship.

Bigcatfish
By Bob Wakeman
Monday at 3:13 AM
Watch a small boy follow his dad through the snow. He stretches to step where his dad stepped. Not an easy task His small legs extend as far as they can so his feet can fall in his father's prints.
The father seeing what his son is doing, smiles and begins taking smaller steps, so his son can follow..
It's a picture of discipleship.
In our faith we follow in someone's steps. A parent, a teacher, a hero---non of us are the first to walk the trail. all of us have someone to follow..
In our faith we leave footprints to guide others. A child, a friend, a recent convert.
Non should be left to walk the trail alone.
It's the principle of discipleship..

All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other. JOHN 13:35


MAR 1ST - TODAY'S AFFIRMATION - FAITH

grandedame
By sallye bates
Sunday at 12:43 PM
When I use my imagination to envision the future I desire, I know that simply imagining it will not make it happen.

When I believe in my heart that what I imagine will manifest, I walk in faith until it does. Sometimes what I imagine is the next logical step in a familiar path; other times, it calls for a new path. Either way, I am guided by Spirit and emboldened by faith.

A hibernating bear relies on her inner wisdom to know when spring has come and it is safe to lead her young cubs out of the den. Spirit tells me when it is time to emerge from my den of contemplation. Faith fuels my readiness to take action. I have faith in divine guidance and in my ability to manifest the life of my dreams.


To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.—1 Corinthians 12:7

FEB 27TH - TODAY'S AFFIRMATION - EMPATHY

grandedame
By sallye bates
Friday at 6:36 AM
I live with an open heart.

The Dalai Lama once wrote, “When we resist indulging in a self-centered view of the world, we can replace it with a worldview that takes every living being into account.” No one is truly alone in this world. We are all dependent on others. The food we eat, the houses we live in, the clothes we wear, are all provided through the hard work and contributions of others.

When I realize I am interconnected with all beings, I appreciate their presence. I am able to feel empathy for others, be kind, caring, and supportive. I look beyond myself and am compassionate toward anyone who is going through a loss, a challenge, or needs a listening ear. As I practice empathy, I live with an open heart and offer a helping hand.


Saul said, “May you be blessed by the Lord for showing me compassion!”—1 Samuel 23:21

God's Good Timing.

Bigcatfish
By Bob Wakeman
Wednesday at 5:33 AM
Why does God wait until he money is gone? Why does he wait until the sickness has lingered? (I have),,Why does he choose to wait until the other side of the grave to answer the prayers for healing?

I don't know. I only know his timing is always right. I can only say He will do what is best...

Though you hear nothing, he is speaking. Though you see nothing, He is acting.. With God there are no accidents. Every incident is intended to bring us closer to Him!!

God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day. And he will not be slow to answer them. LUKE 18:7

FEB 24TH - AFFIRMATION = SEARCH YOUR HEART

grandedame
By sallye bates
Tuesday, February 24 at 7:13 PM
HYPOCRITE:
1. a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs1
2. a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
3. : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

In the modern sense, a hypocrite is someone who criticizes something that he also does, or someone who acts in a manner that he specifically does not condone. This is considered to be a bad thing, in most cases, and there are plenty of idioms that express when someone is acting in this manner. “The pot calling the kettle black,” is a classic one, and “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” is equally popular. Another popular one is "Be careful when you point a finger, there are four more pointing back at you."

Parenting can be a fertile field for finding examples of hypocrisy. A parent who smokes and tells her children not to, is reeking of tobacco and hypocrisy. It’s difficult to expect children to take such a parent seriously, since he or she is acting in a manner that cancels out his or her advice. Similarly, a parent who curses frequently will have a hard time convincing his or her children not to swear.

Political candidates and commentators from all sides of the political spectrum can act with hypocrisy. Candidates who run on “family values” platforms and then have affairs are a good example. When their behavior is exposed, much of what they do or say in all aspects of their lives or political careers is called into question.

SANCTIMONIOUS:

Sanctimonious is generally used to describe a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, and false pride.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortionists, unjust, adulterers or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." Luke 18:11,12

Who of us has not felt slightly put off when people use prayer for other purposes than simple communication with God — to inform about a situation, perhaps, or give a little theological instruction? In Jesus' story the Pharisee uses it to point out his own good points. We'd say his prayer was sanctimonious.

Sanctimony (assumed or outward sanctity; a show of outward holiness, devoutness, moral superiority; exaggerated gravity or solemnity) is a child of pride. We see it in evidence in various places in the Bible. It came out:

- When the people made a show of religious fasting while at the same time they were mean, selfish, unjust and unfair (Isaiah 58:1-5).

- When the guilty put on airs of innocence when confronted with their sin (Jeremiah 2:35).

We're probably most tempted to be sanctimonious when we're around like minded people --- people who will be impressed by the scathing judgments we voice against those who disagree with us; by the number of times we've read through the Bible (even though we bend the words to suit our prejudices and hates).

Though it is legitimate to share such details to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24), Jesus put the kibosh on any such display or boasting meant to impress others. Groom yourselves as usual when you fast, He said. Go into a private place to pray for "your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly."

Ask yourself the following question:
"Am I ever conscious of:

- A secret spirit of pride — an exalted feeling, in view of my success or position; because of my good training and appearance; because of my natural gifts and abilities? An important, independent spirit? Stiffness and preciseness?
- Love of human praise; a secret fondness to be noticed; love of supremacy, drawing attention to self in conversation; a swelling out of self when I have had a free time in speaking or praying?"

FEB 22ND - TODAY'S AFFIRMATION - PRACTICE

grandedame
By sallye bates
Sunday, February 22 at 4:38 AM
My spiritual practice anchors me to Divine Love.

My spiritual practice might include time each day for prayer and meditation, sacred service, and reading scripture and other inspirational writings. The times I set aside to deepen my relationship with God are invaluable. They anchor me in knowing the unlimited love of Spirit.

Such disciplines are just the beginning of my spiritual practice. They fortify me to bring the presence of God to every situation throughout my day. Each apparent challenge or blessing is an opportunity to strengthen my faith in the Christ within. As I lovingly express peace, gratitude, and generosity—even during difficult times—I experience the joy of God’s presence in every moment of my life.


Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.—1 Timothy 4:15