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Charles Stanley (April-08-2022) Daily Devotional: Our Greatest Gift
Because God gave us the gift of faith, we can choose to spend eternity with Him.
Ephesians 2:1-10 - And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
What do you consider your most prized possession? If it’s anything material or physical, it won’t bring lasting satisfaction. Why else do so many people keep trading up and racing to have “better” and “more”? In their quest for this world’s goods, a lot of people overlook the most valuable asset of all—faith.
And faith is a gift from the Lord, not something we can work to obtain. We’re saved only by God’s grace, through faith in the work of Christ on our behalf. On the cross, Jesus bore the punishment that we deserve, and He gives eternal life to all who trust Him.
Without faith, we would have nothing of lasting value. Then all would be lost at death, leaving us to face eternal punishment “away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 - dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power).
Have you received God’s great gift? If not, won’t you place your trust in the Savior today? When you acknowledge Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:8-10 - But what does it say? ``THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation). You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Joel Osteen (March-18-2022) Daily Devotional: Don’t Discount Your Gift
Today’s Scripture: Matthew 25:23, NLT - The master said, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!"
Today’s Word: In the parable of the talents that Jesus told in Matthew 25, the owner gave one man one talent, another man two talents, and another man five talents. It seems like if God was fair, He would've given them all the same number, but God is sovereign. He might give you five talents and give me two talents. He's God. I can complain about the two, try to compete with you and outperform you, but you still have five and I have two. A better approach is to say, "God, I'm not going to try to be someone who I'm not. I'm going to take these two talents and be the best I can be."
Don't discount the gift God has put in you. Compared to others, it may feel insignificant to you, but there is nothing ordinary about you. You may not have what someone else has, but God has put greatness in you. If you faithfully develop the gift you have, that gift will open doors to places you've never dreamed.
Prayer for Today: Father, thank You that You are sovereign in the gift and the calling You have given me. Thank You that the gift and creativity and dreams You have given me are all I need to make my mark on this generation. I will celebrate and develop all that You have given me. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Charles Stanley (February-14-2022) Daily Devotional: Accepting God’s Gift of Love
God’s unconditional love can be hard for us to grasp—that’s why we must have faith.
1 John 4:7-10 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Many people simply can’t believe that the Lord loves them. Others think He does, but only when they perform to some imaginary standard of excellence. Why is it so hard for some of us to accept His unconditional love?
One reason is that we have a hard time loving other people without restrictions. The way we show care and acceptance can be shaded by self-interest. Or it might ebb and flow, depending upon the other person’s behavior. The fact that human love can be conditional causes us to wrongly assume that the Lord’s can as well.
A sense of unworthiness is another factor. But whether or not we feel deserving of God’s love, the truth is that no one is worthy of His goodness and mercy. The Father’s love has nothing to do with our merit; it is based solely on His grace, Jesus’ work of redemption on our behalf, and our secure position in Christ. To consider yourself beyond the reach of grace is to trample on the Son’s sufficient sacrifice and the Father’s generous gift.
Like so much of the Christian life, accepting God’s love is a matter of faith. Even when you can’t feel it, believe it.
Kenneth Copeland - Watch Sermon: Love Is the Greatest Gift. Faith works by love, and love never fails! Watch /Believer’s Voice of Victory/ as Kenneth, Gloria, and Kellie Copeland, teach about the different spiritual gifts and how to know which gift you should seek after. Learn why, without love, no gift will be effective. Love is the greatest gift!
Steven Furtick - Watch Sermon: Don't Diminish Your Gift. You’ve got something special. Don’t allow the enemy to diminish the gifts God has given you.
Charles Stanley (December-25-2021) Daily Devotional: The Greatest Gift
The greatest gift ever given was the sacrifice of Jesus, and all we must do is accept this free gift to live in joy forever with Him.
John 3:14-21 - ``As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. ``For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ``For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. ``He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ``This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. ``For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. ``But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
Even children understand that unless a present is opened and explored, its value will remain unknown. Yet many people don’t “unwrap” God’s gift of salvation through Jesus. So they don’t get to enjoy the treasures He bestows on His children.
When God the Son came to earth, He took on human flesh—a mystery known as the incarnation. Jesus was fully God and lived a sinless life, yet He was also fully human. Without Christ, our sin would eternally separate us from God. So the Savior took our iniquities upon Himself, enduring the death penalty in our place, and then He rose from the dead. In doing this, Jesus redeemed us and opened the door for eternal fellowship with the Father.
Jesus’ sacrifice means that any who so choose can accept mercy instead of punishment. It is God’s free gift, which includes an eternal home in heaven. We will live forever with Christians from every nation and generation, and we’ll reunite with loved ones who have already died in the Lord.
Do you have a relationship with almighty God? Admit your need for forgiveness, and ask Christ to be your Savior. The gift is wrapped and ready, waiting for you to open and enjoy all God has given.
Joyce Meyer (December-25-2021) Daily Devotional: The Most Amazing Gift
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us remember what an amazing gift God has given to us and what a sacrifice it must have been for Him. Then let us be willing to also give sacrificially to help others not only find Christ, but also learn to live the large, free, and full life that He has provided.
There are many ways in which we can give. We can pray, serve, give time, money, encouragement, and help. Our tradition is to give at Christmastime on a broader scale than we do at other times of the year, but I don’t believe it should be that way. I believe we should make every day an opportunity to give to others. Someone said, “We make a living by getting, but we make a life by giving.”
I wasted many years living selfishly, and all it did was bring me unhappiness and a narrow life filled only with myself. I have learned to love giving and I find that it enlarges my life in ways that are amazing. I am happier, healthier, more energetic, and have the satisfaction of personal fulfillment. I don’t feel that I am wasting my life on things that don’t matter, but instead I believe that I am investing in eternity.
If you feel you need a change, this just might be the change you are searching for. Jesus said to forget yourself and take up your cross and follow Him (see Mark 8:34). I know it sounds like a frightening thing to do, but if you take the leap of faith, it will be the most rewarding thing you have ever done.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for the gift of Jesus and for the sacrifice You made in giving Him to me. Help me not to be afraid to live a life of sacrifice in order to help others as You have helped me. In Jesus' name, amen.
Matt Hagee - Watch Sermon: The Gift You Cannot Forget. Who gets the glory in your life? God will not share his glory with anyone! No matter what you are facing today, good or bad, He is with you…walking you through your valley or celebrating with you on your mountaintop. Praise him wherever you are!