Daily Devotionals

6 months ago

Time Out 4 God
Romans 12:12
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

Last night I had a horrible dream that left me crying this morning. After sitting at my desk and allowing myself to cry over the sadness I experienced, I felt better and was able to get on with my day. Dreams should be taken seriously. God gave us dreams to help our mind work through what we have experienced in the waking world. Sometimes He uses dreams to speak to us just like He did to the people in the OT and some in the NT.

Dreaming is also a way for God to test us. Dreams allow us to work out the problems we may encounter without the real danger. You could call dreams the proving ground for life. They should not be flippantly dismissed but studied and analysed so we can better understand ourselves.

Most days I am very thankful my dreams are only dreams. But there are some days when I wish my dreams were reality. 

by PA Pursley

Romans 12:12
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

Last night I had a horrible dream that left me crying this morning. After sitting at my desk and allowing myself to cry over the sadness I experienced, I felt better and was able to get on with my day. Dreams should be taken seriously. God gave us dreams to help our mind work through what we have experienced in the waking world. Sometimes He uses dreams to speak to us just like He did to the people in the OT and some in the NT.

Dreaming is also a way for God to test us. Dreams allow us to work out the problems we may encounter without the real danger. You could call dreams the proving ground for life. They should not be flippantly dismissed but studied and analysed so we can better understand ourselves.

Most days I am very thankful my dreams are only dreams. But there are some days when I wish my dreams were reality.

by PA Pursley
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6 months ago

Time Out 4 God
1 Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Have you ever heard the phrase, The road to Hell is paved with good intentions? This has two meanings. It can mean that sometimes our actions meant for good actually resulted in bad consequences. It can also mean that good intentions mean nothing unless followed through. I have heard lots of people say, I meant to do that. Which doesnt mean anything because the action was never done.

The truth of the matter is that some things may be harmless, I meant to pick up my socks, I meant to take out the garbage. Or the actions we intended to take could result in eternal consequences when we put God and His will on the back burner. When we live each day for our own pleasure and fulfillment, we could find ourselves in a place we never meant to be. Satan doesnt have to make us do bad things, he just has to tempt us to do nothing. 

Inaction is just as much of a decision as acting is. 

by PA Pursley

1 Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions"? This has two meanings. It can mean that sometimes our actions meant for good actually resulted in bad consequences. It can also mean that good intentions mean nothing unless followed through. I have heard lots of people say, "I meant to do that." Which doesn't mean anything because the action was never done.

The truth of the matter is that some things may be harmless, "I meant to pick up my socks", "I meant to take out the garbage." Or the actions we intended to take could result in eternal consequences when we put God and His will on the back burner. When we live each day for our own pleasure and fulfillment, we could find ourselves in a place we never meant to be. Satan doesn't have to make us do bad things, he just has to tempt us to do nothing.

Inaction is just as much of a decision as acting is.

by PA Pursley
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6 months ago

Time Out 4 God
Exodus 23:13
Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard from your mouth.

One of my favorite shows of all time is Stargate: SG1. It is about a group of military and scientific people who band together to fight alien beings who have set themselves up as false gods. They enslave people and make the people worship them while they rule with power and technology they have gained from other species through theft. There is one false god named Apophus with whom they just cannot get rid of. No matter how many times they think they get rid of him, he shows back up. 

False gods still play a part in our lives today. We expend valuable time and money on things that will eventually burn when the earth has been destroyed. We sacrifice our pride, our children, our marriage, our friendships on the alter before our own wants and desires. It is a sad thing that we are so short sighted that we cannot see idols we have set up in our lives, in our homes, in our hearts. 

We have to be very careful to guard ourselves against the wiles of the devil. No matter how much we think we have gotten rid of him - he keeps showing back up when we least expect it. 

by PA Pursley

Exodus 23:13
Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard from your mouth.

One of my favorite shows of all time is Stargate: SG1. It is about a group of military and scientific people who band together to fight alien beings who have set themselves up as false gods. They enslave people and make the people worship them while they rule with power and technology they have gained from other species through theft. There is one false god named Apophus with whom they just cannot get rid of. No matter how many times they think they get rid of him, he shows back up.

False gods still play a part in our lives today. We expend valuable time and money on things that will eventually burn when the earth has been destroyed. We sacrifice our pride, our children, our marriage, our friendships on the alter before our own wants and desires. It is a sad thing that we are so short sighted that we cannot see idols we have set up in our lives, in our homes, in our hearts.

We have to be very careful to guard ourselves against the wiles of the devil. No matter how much we think we have gotten rid of him - he keeps showing back up when we least expect it.

by PA Pursley
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6 months ago

Time Out 4 God
Psalm 34:11
Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

One of my friends posted on his FB page that a father was being judged by the courts for continuing to refer to his daughter as a girl when she asked to be referred to as a boy. My friend sited scripture to support the father. But my question is...Does he continue to refer to her as a girl to shame her? Is he trying to change her through fear and embarrassment? 

Being a parent is a tough job. We are called to raise our children in the Lord and then give them wings to fly from the nest hoping we have done an adequate job. Sometimes the children stray and sometimes they come back to God. We are called to give our children a firm foundation. The firm foundation of Jesus. Raising a child in todays society may be challenging but it is no more challenging that what it was 50 years ago. The challenges are just different.

Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. If you show your children love and acceptance no matter what, that is the first step in showing them Jesus. 

by PA Pursley

Psalm 34:11
Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

One of my friends posted on his FB page that a father was being judged by the courts for continuing to refer to his daughter as a girl when she asked to be referred to as a boy. My friend sited scripture to support the father. But my question is...Does he continue to refer to her as a girl to shame her? Is he trying to change her through fear and embarrassment?

Being a parent is a tough job. We are called to raise our children in the Lord and then give them wings to fly from the nest hoping we have done an adequate job. Sometimes the children stray and sometimes they come back to God. We are called to give our children a firm foundation. The firm foundation of Jesus. Raising a child in today's society may be challenging but it is no more challenging that what it was 50 years ago. The challenges are just different.

Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. If you show your children love and acceptance no matter what, that is the first step in showing them Jesus.

by PA Pursley
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6 months ago

Time Out 4 God
Psalm 5:3
In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Scripture tells us that God hears our prayers. It is very comforting knowing that the Creator of the universe takes time out to hear what I have to say. Some days I wonder if He hears me but then one of my prayers is answered and I am floored because I never think I am worthy enough for Him to answer my prayers. But Gods love for us is not based on what we have done, but on what He has done. 

Sometimes the clouds hide the sun. Sometimes the rain doesnt seem to want to stop. Sometimes the dark cloud follows you around everywhere you go. Despite all the bad in the world, God is still good and God still listens to us and cares about what we have to tell Him.

Take some time out today and pray. And if you are asking for answers, be ready for anything. 

by PA Pursley

Psalm 5:3
In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Scripture tells us that God hears our prayers. It is very comforting knowing that the Creator of the universe takes time out to hear what I have to say. Some days I wonder if He hears me but then one of my prayers is answered and I am floored because I never think I am worthy enough for Him to answer my prayers. But God's love for us is not based on what we have done, but on what He has done.

Sometimes the clouds hide the sun. Sometimes the rain doesn't seem to want to stop. Sometimes the dark cloud follows you around everywhere you go. Despite all the bad in the world, God is still good and God still listens to us and cares about what we have to tell Him.

Take some time out today and pray. And if you are asking for answers, be ready for anything.

by PA Pursley
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