Devotional

The Prison Wall of Revenge and our Three Resources of Life (Matthew 5:38-42)

Often times, our first reaction to someone who wrongs us is revenge, the first prison wall of withholding forgiveness. Revenge means retaliation, or repayment. We are harmed in three ways, representing our 3 resources of life: (1) talent — the unique person God has created us to be, (2) treasure, and (3) time. Jesus addressed […]


The Prison Wall of Revenge (Matthew 18:21-35)

Have you had the opportunity to forgive someone who has wronged you? Who harmed you? Who was it? How did the act make you feel? Did you hold on or let go? Jesus likened withholding forgiveness to prison (Matthew 18:21-35). The irony is that the person who will not forgive is the one locked inside […]


What Can We Learn from Solomon? (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Life apart from God is meaningless. A divided heart led to a divided kingdom. It’s the first sin. It’s the wide gate. It’s love of the world. King Solomon pursued earthly knowledge for the sake of contentment, possessions for the sake of significance, military might for the sake of control, money for the sake of […]


Forgiveness Flows From The Heart (Matthew 6:14-15)

Are you characterized and known as a forgiver? The Bible teaches us two heart conditions exist: proud or humble. A proud heart is hard and holds on. A humble heart is soft and lets go, or forgives. When someone harms us, we either hold on or we let go. When we hold on, we remove […]


Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor (Matthew 18:21-35)

Have you had the opportunity to forgive someone who has wronged you? Jesus likened withholding forgiveness to a prison. The irony is that the person who will not forgive is the one locked inside the four walls. Forgive means “to let go.” In order to forgive someone who has wounded us, we must let go […]


Never Give Up on Each Other (Galatians 6:9-10; Hebrews 10:25)

Are you tempted to give up on someone? Has the advancement of the kingdom of God in that person skidded to what appears to be a screeching halt? Paul explained the what and why of not giving up on each other: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we […]


Never Give Up on Yourself (2 Chronicles 15:7)

When faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, are you tempted to give up on yourself? After describing a season in which God’s leaders gave up, Azariah son of Oded said to King Asa of Judah: “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7). King […]


Never Give Up (2 Chronicles 15:7)

Do you ever feel like giving up? Whether we are overextended or just plain bored, how do we never give up? Amidst life’s challenges or even lack of them, we often say, “I give up.” These words weighted with finality flow from the heart. Just like a physical heart is comprised of four chambers, so […]


David Exhaled the Breath of Life to Others (Psalm 145; Psalm 78:70-72)

David yielded to God’s devising ways in him to help the banished not remain estranged from the Lord. In his crown jewel psalm, David exhaled the breath of life to others. First, David worshiped God in the presence of others (Psalm 145:1-3). Second, David exhaled God’s Word to others by writing the inspired Word. Third, […]


Exhale the Breath of Life to Others (1 Peter 3:15)

Do you secretly maintain a list of transgressions that disqualify sinners from the reach of God? Our beliefs affect our behavior, especially when encountering those who have blatantly sinned against God. Consequently, we must examine God’s passion for the lost to find life in Him and His desire to use us in the process. In […]


David Inhaled the Breath of Life: Worship, Word, Workout (Psalm 103; Psalm 23:3)

In an attempt to reconcile David with his banished son Absalom, the wise woman of Tekoa seized the moment at the conclusion of her parable to craft one of the most insightful word pictures ever expressed to the shepherd turned King: “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. […]


God Devises Ways for Life: Inhale the Breath of Life from God (2 Samuel 14:14)

After being confronted by the wise woman of Tekoa about reconciling with his exiled son Absalom, David was faced with whether he would inhale the breath of life from God who devises ways so that the banished may not remain estranged from Him. First, David would have to remember his own sin and God’s justice, […]


God Devises Ways for Life: A Way to Pull (2 Samuel 14:14)

The Bible teaches God devises ways for life for those who are estranged from Him. Despite our sinful nature which often pushes others away, God still pulls the banished toward His abundant and eternal life. Let’s examine a story from the Bible where people are pushing when God is pulling. Amnon Devises a Way to […]


God Devises Ways for Life (2 Samuel 14:14)

Do you devise ways for those outside Christ to find life with God or to remain separated from Him? Be careful, there is no neutral. We all devise ways to either pull people toward God or to push them away from Him. The determining factor is how we respond to the life-giving inspiration of the […]


Leading the Passive Resistive through Listening: Humbly and Positively Provoke Him Toward Wisdom (Proverbs 11:2; 13:10; Hebrews 10:24)

Is the passive resistive in your life reluctant to change? When leading the passive resistive through listening, first, we need to be peaceful. Second, we must be patient. Third, we need to reveal a painless first step. Fourth, we need to humbly and positively provoke the passive resistive toward wisdom. We must express the positive […]


Leading the Passive Resistive through Listening: Be Patient (Proverbs 25:15)

Are you impatient with the passive resistive person in your life? When leading the passive resistive through listening, first, we need to be peaceful. Second, we must be patient. Wise King Solomon witnessed the power of patience: “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone” (Proverbs 25:15). Leading […]


Leading the Passive Resistive through Listening (Proverbs 26:12-15)

Do you have a passive resistive person in your life? The fourth difficult person is the people-oriented passive resistive. He is inactive and immovable. The fact that he is people-oriented, means that he can be averse to task and be nice about it. Consequently, his passive resistance makes him indirect in his difficult behavior — […]