Filled with Compassion

Filled with Compassion

Filled with Compassion I Daily Walk Devotion

Imagine what it was like for Jesus. Everywhere he went large crowds followed him. They pushed their way to get close to him in hopes he would heal them. After a while, the average human would tire of the constant pressure which is why Jesus often got away to pray. When he encountered the people, he was filled with compassion because they looked like lost sheep.

‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:34‬

“When he went ashore, he saw a large crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then he began to teach them many things.”

Ineffective Shepherds

If you read any of the major or minor prophets, you will undoubtedly come across prophecies condemning the priests of Israel for leading people astray. After the Jews came back from Babylon, they were more strict in following the law which created the Pharisees. Sadly when Jesus enters the picture, the people of Israel are still lost because of poor spiritual leadership. It shows you that being either too lax or too strict will end up with the same result, lost sheep.

Filled with Compassion

Jesus was filled with compassion for the common people. He never argued with them but instead taught them. Jesus is known for his love for the lost and the hurting, but in reality, he has compassion for everyone because he sees our heart and knows that we are lost too. Everywhere Jesus went desperate people greeted him. He showed his compassion by teaching and ministering to the masses. He is filled with compassion for you today and wants you to get closer to him.

While Jesus healed people and cast out demons, it wasn’t his primary objective. He came to preach the Gospel and to teach us the way to follow him. Many people who attend church every Sunday are like this group seeking Jesus. They are lost because their shepherd hasn’t taught them the Word of God. They desperately want to be close to him, but there is no light for their path or a lamp for their feet. Make sure your pastor is teaching you the Bible every Sunday.

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Patience to See it Through

Patience to See it Through

‭‭I don’t know about you, but I struggle with patience. I want things done right now and if something takes time to complete I get impatient. Pinwheels on my phone or computer frustrate me. It seems that God is always giving me lessons in patience. He wants me to develop the patience to see it through.

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:8

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.”

Easy to Start

Solomon hits on the age-old adage of finish what you start. Most of us have lots of projects that we started, with good intentions, but never finished. That’s because we have all of the energy and motivation at the beginning. Most of us want the end result but we don’t have the discipline to see it through. Having the patience to finish is what gets you to the end.

Pride Blinds Us

Patience and pride are enemies. Pride is thinking more of oneself than you actually are. It likes to boast of its accomplishments and is more concerned with everyone knowing than actual results. Worst of all, pride leads us to think we are better than others. Pride also prevents us from finishing because we are too proud to ask for help.

Patience to See it Through

Patience, on the other hand, isn’t concerned with what others think or rushing through tasks to impress others with what you have accomplished. Patience sees projects through because it gets the satisfaction of doing things right. Most of all, patience gives us the time to see from every angle and determine the best course of action.

We can get caught in the trap of pride in our daily walk with Jesus. When we are more concerned with how we are perceived than what the reality is pride has become a stumbling block. Patience knows that our sanctification takes time and that we don’t have it all together. We know that one day we will be complete in Christ, but until then we live under his grace.

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Walk in Obedience

Walk in Obedience

Walk in Obedience I Daily Walk Devotion

Baseball season is right around the corner. Soon stadiums will be filled with fans cheering for their team and favorite players. One of the odd things about baseball is the routine the player goes through before he bats. You will see them adjust their helmet, tighten their batting gloves, scrape at the dirt in the batter’s box with their cleats. Some do this between every pitch. They do it to prepare themselves, but in reality, it’s mostly just superstition. Baseball players are some of the most superstitious people on earth. Christians can be superstitious in their daily walk thinking it is pleasing to God. Paul tells us to walk in obedience instead.

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:19‬

“Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter. Keeping God’s commands is what matters.”

Going thru the motions

In many of the churches, Paul ministered to a debate broke out between the Jews and the Gentiles over circumcision. This was one of the most sacred acts to the Jew because it symbolized separating from the flesh and setting our hearts unto God. The problem with it is that it had become more about the physical act than the spiritual commitment behind it. Paul tells the Corinthians that what matters most is obedience.

Keep God’s commands

It is really easy to get caught up in superstitions as a Christian. We need to remember that keeping God’s commands is what matters. An act like circumcision is not going to make us better than other people. It also doesn’t symbolize that we have set ourselves apart. In the old testament, it was a sign of being different than the pagan cultures that surrounded Israel. Today we set ourselves apart from the world by being obedient to God’s word.

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Every Christian should strive for obedience. We are not going to hit the target every time, but it is the standard by which we should live. We keep God’s commands because it is good advice for life. It saves us from sin and helps us avoid the pitfalls that trip so many people up. Get God’s word in your heart so you will know what to do and then watch as obedience changes us from the inside out.

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Glorify God with Our Bodies

Glorify God with Our Bodies

Glorify God with Our Bodies I Daily Walk Devotion

Everyone thinks they could lose a few pounds. Most people talk about doing something about it and a few go crazy and make it an obsession. When you think about it, we give a lot of time and thought to ourselves. We treat our bodies as a temple, but the right god is not at the center. We need to glorify God with our bodies, as a temple of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20

“Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.”

It’s all vanity

You would have to search hard in the first century of the church to find people more vain than the Corinthians. They were all about image and that included how your body looked. They held annual athletic games similar to the Olympics which started right down the road in Athens. If you weren’t appealing to look at or entertaining to listen to, they didn’t give you much time. So the people of that city spent a lot of time making themselves look just right. 

Paul comes against this and tells us that we are a temple of the Holy Spirit. We aren’t supposed to worship our bodies, but instead, we are to be a vessel that the Holy Spirit can reside. We are now our own, which means that when we surrender our lives to Christ, we become his. He bought us with a price, so we need to glorify God with our bodies. We don’t do that through a chiseled physique, but with a servants mentality.

Be Outward Focused

There is nothing wrong with being in shape. It gives us energy, and we feel better, but when it becomes our primary focus, we lose sight of who we are supposed to worship. Self-worship is inward focused. A temple is where the presence of God can reside, and we need to prepare ourselves so that the Holy Spirit can work in us. When we glorify God with our bodies, we increase the light to those who are lost.

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Is That the Best Choice?

Is That the Best Choice?

Is That the Best Choice I Daily Walk Devotion

I have a child who hates making decisions. He always looks at me for what he should do. Now that he is a teenager I am trying to force him to make more decisions. Stress comes on his face as he determines the best thing to do. One of the questions he asks me is “Is that the best choice?” We then go through a series of questions trying to determine what is best. Ultimately, he usually decides to pass unless its food. We should be asking ourselves the same question: “Is that the best choice?”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:12

Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything.

One Messed Up Church

The church in Corinth was a mess. If somebody could do something wrong, they were doing it. Paul sent two letters (probably more) telling what was okay and what wasn’t. In this verse, he is conveying to them that even though it is not a sin to do it, it may not be the best choice. For them, it was a choice whether to eat food sacrificed to idols at pagan temples. Those priests would have leftover meat, and they would sell it cheaper than in the market. Paul tells them if it is going to cause someone to stumble into sin they should avoid doing it.

Show Restraint

Sometimes not doing something is better than doing it. You may not realize it at the moment, but later on, you were glad you showed restraint. When we are confronted with a tough decision, we should always ask if it will cause you to sin. If it doesn’t then we should ask “Is that the best choice?” We may be permitted to do it, but it doesn’t give glory to God and may cause confusion. 

People have difficulty with grey areas. They want every decision to be either black or white. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Most of life falls into the grey areas, and that is where we need God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. A good guideline is if you can live without it then you should probably pass. What you will find with this minimalist mentality is that you are better off down the road. Being untethered by our decisions is a very freeing feeling.

Silver Never Satisfies

Silver Never Satisfies

Silver Never Satisfies I Daily Walk Devotion

My wife and I watched Crazy Rich Asians the other day. The lavish lifestyles the wealthy live struck me as opulent but empty. I know its a movie and things can be exaggerated, but it was still eye-opening. What we need to remember is that even the most affluent people have problems, and in the end, silver will never satisfy the true desire of every heart, which is love.

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:10

The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.

Solomon Would Know

Some experts say there has been no one richer than Solomon. He was the wealthiest of his day so we can take his opinion on money as well informed. At the end of his life, the man who had everything discovered that silver never satisfies a person. The lover of wealth will always be disappointed. Many wealthy people end their lives regretting not spending time on what truly matters.

It will Never Satisfy You

The world wants to lure you into the thinking that money solves everything. If you have enough of it, you can solve all of your problems. What you will find is that you never have enough and there are some things that money can’t solve. Paul tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. It’s the love of wealth that is bad. Money itself is neutral. It is neither good nor bad. That is why Solomon says “whoever loves wealth is never satisfied.”

Cultivate a Healthy View of Money

Every Christian needs a healthy view of money. A poverty mentality can be just as damaging a greedy one. Those who are up to their eyeballs in debt are in as much bondage to it as those who are trying to get rich. If money is an idol, we need to crucify it. Be content with what God has blessed you with and strive to be generous. When we learn to master money it will serve us, not the other way around.

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