Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 14:1-7

Ps 14:1-7

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Will evildoers never learn--those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD? There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

2 Peter 3:3-5

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

We never rise above the god we serve. How many gods are there in this world? It may seem this is a foolish question, but in realty there are only two. There is the God who created all things and who is the essence of good and then there is the god of this world who is the destroyer of all that is good and right.

The god of this world spreads his wisdom. This wisdom is earthly, unspiritual, and of the devil. The result of following him is envy, strife, selfish ambition, disorder, and all kinds of evil, immorality, abuse, and the ultimate decay of society. It was this god that destroyed the great Roman Empire from within. This god is Satan.

The God of heaven is a God of love and peace. His wisdom teaches us to love and brings joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness, along with self-control. Serving Jesus Christ teaches us to serve others as we put them ahead of our own interests. Jesus said that the more we grow spiritually, the more we learn that we are to serve others. Therefore, as beloved children, be imitators of God.

O God, my flesh wants to be selfish and look out for only myself and put my own interest first. Yet, I know that this brings me nothing but trouble. Help me get rid of self and put on Christ in every part of my life. Open my heart so your Spirit can work in me and mold me into your likeness and others will see Jesus living in me. Help those who are troubled to look to you for inner peace. Give your healing to those who are sick and strength to those who are struggling. Use me to help each of them to trust you more as you give them your joy. I pray in Jesus' name.