Devotionals

Enjoy our daily devotionals written by Pastor Randy Dubois of our Columbia City campus. You can also get these daily devotionals on Facebook, where Pastor Randy posts them daily on his personal Facebook. These devotionals can be used as another way to grow in your walk with Jesus and to grow in your understanding of God and His Word.


 

 

God Offers Comfort For All (Day 28)

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
 
   Suffering for Christ refers to those afflictions we experience as we serve Christ. At the same time, Christ suffers with his people, since they are united with Him. In Acts 9, Christ asked Paul why he was persecuting Him. This implies that Christ suffered with the early Christians when they were persecuted. 

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Sin’s Power is Broken (Day 12)

Read Romans 6:1-14
 
   If God loves to forgive, why not give Him more to forgive? If forgiveness is guaranteed, do we have the freedom to sin as much as we want to? Paul’s forceful answer is “Of course not!” Such an attitude, deciding ahead of time to try and take advantage of God, shows that a person does not understand the seriousness of sin. God’s forgiveness does not make sin less serious; His Son’s death for sin shows us the dreadful seriousness of sin. Jesus paid with His life so we could be forgiven. The availability of God’s mercy must not become an excuse for careless living and moral laxness. 

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Mark: A Walk With Our Savior (Day 48)

Read Mark 11:20-26
 
JESUS SAYS THE DISCIPLES CAN PRAY FOR ANYTHING
 
   The kind of prayer that moves mountains is prayer for the fruitfulness of God’s kingdom. It would seem impossible to move a mountain into the sea, so Jesus used that illustration to show that God can do the impossible. God will answer your prayers but not as a result of your positive mental attitude. Other conditions must be met: 1) You must be a believer; 2) you must not hold a grudge against another person; 3) you must not pray with selfish motives; 4) your request must be for the good of God’s kingdom. To pray effectively, you need faith in God, not faith in the object of your request. If you focus only on your request, you will be left with nothing if your request is refused. 
 
   Jesus, our example, prayed, “Everything is possible for you . . . Yet Your will be done, not mine”. Our prayers are often motivated by our own interests and desires. We like to hear that we can have anything. But Jesus prayed with God’s interests in mind. When we pray, we can express our desires, but we should want His will above ours. Check yourself to see if your prayers focus on your interests or God’s.