Devotional 1: Health and Wellness
I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2 (NLT)
To be healthy and well is more than just having a fit body. It encompasses everything about you: your mental health, physical health, and spiritual health together. John was writing this letter to a leader of a church in Asia Minor. He genuinely cared that he was in good health spiritually, physically, and mentally. Only then would this leader be able to minister to the people. So how do you invest in your whole health so you can minister and live your life as a testimony to the Lord?
First, spend time daily in the Word. When you spend time getting to know the heart of God, you will help both your mental health and your spiritual health. Next, set some goals to also invest in your physical health, whether walking each day, joining a gym, or eating better. Finally, pray every day for God to help you stay healthy in every way so you can better serve Him!
Thank you for creating me. Help me stay motivated to keep my mind focused on you, my relationship connected, and my body healthy so I can serve you every day. Amen.
Devotional 2: Renew Your Mind
Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2(NLT)
The world and its desires can entice both sinners and believers alike. Society tells you what you should think and believe about certain topics. Little by little, believers give in to compromising with the world until churches have become encircled with worldly beliefs. However, Paul tells Christians not to copy the behaviors and customs of this world. We are simply aliens passing through this world- it is not our home. When we let God transform our minds and hearts, He will completely change the way we think. When our minds are renewed, we will see the world and the lost completely differently. We will see them through the Lord's eyes instead of our own human eyes.
Only then can we know God's will for our lives. So, spend time today praying and asking God to renew your mind. Read His Word and fill your mind with His scriptures so that you will constantly be reminded of His goodness and His love for you.
Thank you for saving me and giving me a new perspective. May I allow you to renew my mind daily so that I can see people as you see them. Amen.
Devotional 3: Purpose Driven
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)
God has a purpose for every believer and a greater purpose for his people collectively as the body of Christ. It can be difficult, as Christians, knowing God's will and purpose for your life. Many people try hard to figure it out by seeking out self-help books and otherworldly resources. The only way to truly know God's will is to stay connected with the source: God Himself. As this verse says, we are God's possession, His chosen people. His will is for us to live in the light; He called us out of the darkness and transferred us into the wonderful light. So, His purpose is for us to glorify Him.
When we live in His will and seek to glorify and honor Him, we will experience joy, peace, and satisfaction.
Thank you for choosing me and loving me as your own. May I always live in your will and seek to honor and glorify you. Amen.
Devotional 4: Declaring God's Word Over Your Life
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 (NLT)
Sin entered the world through one man: Adam. He succumbed to the devil's schemes in the garden of Eden, and at once, sin became known. It would become ingrained into every born human. Every man would need salvation. There would be nothing man could do to be good enough for God's love. However, just as sin entered the world, grace also entered. That grace would be greater than all of man's sin. When someone chooses Christ, He becomes Lord of their life and heart. His grace pours into their life.
When life is hard, and you struggle with sin, know that when Christ claimed your heart, He declared victory over your life. You need to also declare victory and His Word over your life, knowing that He will give you strength every time you need it.
Thank you for declaring victory over my life when you saved me. May I believe that victory every day and declare it in my heart so I can experience your love and will. Amen.
Devotional 5: Starting With Prayer
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
God's mercies are new every morning. Every day He gives us a clean slate and a fresh start. We have a chance to talk with Him each day and experience those mercies if we choose Him instead of the weariness of the world. Prayer is the most important thing we can do to stay close with the Lord. If we pray before we even start the day, we will start the day off right and will have a focused mind as we go throughout the rest of the day. Prayer always draws us closer to the Lord.
When you wake up in the morning, open your eyes and delight in the presence of the Lord. Bring your requests before Him because He cares for you. Then, as you continue throughout your day, know that He is walking with you.
You are with me. You walk with me every day and carry me when I am discouraged. May I start my day every single day with you. Amen.
Devotional 6: Greatness on the Inside of You
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
Something beautiful happens in the life of a believer at the time of salvation. Regeneration takes place. The old self and everything with it, past mistakes and sins, is crucified with Christ. He died for every sin. Since the old life is crucified, the new believer has hope. Christ now lives in them through the power of the Holy Spirit, so they are led and guided by Him. They now have a purpose for their life, to trust in Jesus, who loved and gave Himself up for every believer. What a glorious transformation!
So, if you are a believer, you have the power of Christ living in you! His greatness is inside of you! He promises that the Holy Spirit will help you make decisions every day and lead you through this life.
You are the greatness inside of me. Your Holy Spirit lives and breathes in me. Thank you for Christ and His sacrifice. Amen.
Devotional 7: Faith
But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, "Lord, who has believed our message? So, faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:16-17 (NLT)
This is the very definition of faith, believing the Good News about the Lord and His salvation. Faith is the result of hearing the message about Christ. Think back to when you became a Christian. Was there a point when the Good News swelled up within you, and you could do nothing else but believe? This led to the faith you have now.
So, how do we continue to have the strong faith we had at the beginning of our salvation? In Psalm 51:12 (NLT), David says, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you." Think about when you were first saved and the joy it brought you. Praise God once again for your salvation and ask that He would remind you of that joy often so that your faith will remain strong.
I praise you for the day of my salvation! May you remind me of the joy it brought me so that my faith will increase in you! Amen.