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Our Devotionals come from Love Worth Finding, the ministry founded by Adrian Rogers who has since graduated to Glory. These are so relevant even today!
Are You Stuck in Failure?
January 17, 2022
PRAY OVER THIS:
“Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.” (Acts 15:37-38)
PONDER THIS:
Barnabas knew John Mark had failed, but he also knew that failure is not final, and he wanted to mend a broken relationship. From today’s passage, Barnabas took John Mark, and he continued to nurture him. Later, Paul was in a filthy, Roman prison. Time had passed. In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul wrote: “Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.”
How about that? This is the same guy that Paul wouldn’t have anything to do with in today’s passage. But later, he said, “Bring him. He is profitable to me for the ministry.” How did that happen? Because there was a man named Barnabas, who refused to let go of a good man named Mark just because he failed. There are many around us who have failed, and they need you to help them be restored.
Who do you know who might feel stuck in past failure?
How might God be calling you to provide spiritual encouragement?
PRACTICE THIS:
Take time this week to connect with someone you know who has failed and could use godly encouragement.

Have You Surrendered Everything?
Love Worth Finding
January 16, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
PRAY OVER THIS
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.”
(Acts 4:29)
PONDER THIS
The word “servant” here is the Greek word that means “bondslave.” Are you a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ? I try to make it a habit every day to lift my hands in surrender to the Lord. To say to the Lord, “I am Your servant.” Boldness is not for rebels. You will never have boldness, true boldness, until you can say, “Now, Lord, grant to Your bondservant—to Your slave—boldness.”
When you do that, the Holy Spirit of God will give you courage. You know, if there’s any unconfessed sin in your life, any area that is not surrendered, you’re not going to have boldness. But you can wake up and say, “There’s nothing between my soul and the Savior. Lord, I am Your servant. I am Your slave. Jesus is with me. God the Father is above me. Holy Spirit of God, You’re within me. Grant me boldness to declare Your Word.”
What remains in your life that you need to surrender to God today?
How is that thing acting as an obstacle to boldness in your life?
PRACTICE THIS
Write down the things you need to surrender to God. Pray over these things, asking Him to help you surrender to Him and to receive bold obedience to Him.

How to Be Bold
Love Worth Finding
January 15, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
PRAY OVER THIS
“But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.’”
(Acts 4:19)
PONDER THIS
What is the biggest problem you are facing today? Think about it. Hold it in your mind. Now double it. Make it twice as bad. Now double what you’ve doubled. Now, I want to ask you a question: is that big to God? Of course not.
What is the basis of boldness? You must keep company with God the Son. You must have confidence in God the Father. When these people were terrified, they took their eyes off man and put their eyes on God. Take your eyes off your problems. Focus your eyes upon Almighty God, who is the Creator of all things, who is the Controller of all things, and the Conqueror of all things. That’s the basis of our boldness.
Where are you typically focused when you feel most fearful and anxious?
How might your perspective change if you focused on God over the things of the world?
PRACTICE THIS
Take time today to purposefully take your mind off the problems you face in the world and put them onto our God who is the Creator, Controller, and Conqueror of all things.

How Can You Be Encouraged?
January 14, 2022
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PRAY OVER THIS:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3)
 
PONDER THIS:
Do you know why discouragement is so bad? Discouragement opens the door for all kinds of sins and failures. Someone once said, “Discouragement is a dark room where the negatives of failure are developed.” Did you know the Bible calls God the God of all encouragement? Second Corinthians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, the God of all comfort.” The word comfort actually means encouragement. God is the God of all encouragement. That means God has cornered the market on encouragement. He’s the God of all of it. Do you need encouragement? Do you feel trapped in discouragement? Take heart that the God of all comfort and encouragement is ready to hear your cry and give you encouragement today.

Where do you currently feel most discouraged?
What encouragement can you find in God? 
 
PRACTICE THIS:
Make a list of ways you can be encouraged because of who God is and what He has done for you. Dwell on this list today.

The Creator Gives You Confidence
January 13, 2022
PRAY OVER THIS:
“So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: ‘Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them’” (Acts 4:24)
PONDER THIS:
What gives the believer boldness? It is the fact that God—who scooped out the oceans, who heaped up the mountains, and who dotted the Universe with stars, billions and billions of stars, out over the velvety blackness of space—is on our side. In today’s passage and the verses that follow (See Acts 4:24-30.), the believers said, “God, You made it all. Why should we tremble when You are our Father? Why should we be intimidated when a God who can do such things is on our side?”
A college student once asked his pastor, “Pastor, do you believe there’s life on other planets, other places out in space?” Pastor said, “No, son, I really don’t believe there is.” He said, “Now, Pastor, think about it. There are billions and billions of stars, and you don’t believe there’s life out there anywhere?” The pastor said, “I can’t prove there’s not, but I don’t believe there is.” And then the college student said, “Well, Pastor, then why did God go to the trouble to make all that stuff?” The pastor said, “What trouble? He only had to speak. Only God can do that. He spoke and universes dripped from His fingers.” What a mighty God we serve.
How often do you stop to consider the majesty of God’s creation, even beyond our solar system and galaxy?
What does this tell you about God and His power?
PRACTICE THIS:
Make time this week to behold God’s majesty in His creation. As you do, submit your cares before Him, recognizing His power and might as displayed in His creation.

Are You a Bold Believer?
January 12, 2022
 
PRAY OVER THIS:
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
 
PONDER THIS:
Are you a bold believer? Or are you a cowardly Christian? Do you want to be a bold believer? What is boldness in the first place? Boldness is not arrogance. It’s not the ability to put your finger in somebody’s face and to tell them off. Boldness is not being rude or crude. Some people think they are bold but they’re just arrogant, and they have bad manners. That’s not boldness. Those people turn more people away from Jesus than they bring to the Lord Jesus. We’re to be gentle, apt to teach, and not seeking to give offense. Don’t think that if you go around getting in people’s faces that you’re necessarily bold.
Rudeness is not boldness. Boldness is having the courage to stand for the Lord Jesus Christ in the face of opposition.
How might you have had a wrong view of boldness in the past?
What would it look like for you to display godly boldness?
 
PRACTICE THIS:
Make a list of people you know who are bold for Christ. Consider what makes them bold and how you might learn from and follow their example.

Do You Identify with Jesus?
Love Worth Finding
January 11, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
 
PRAY OVER THIS
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 2:38)
 
PONDER THIS
I read somewhere years ago about a little boy who got saved in the children’s church service. The pastor of the children’s church service said to the little fellow, “Now you need to go over and tell them at big church that you’ve been saved, and you need to get baptized.” Well, the boy didn’t quite understand what he was being told, so he went and told the pastor, “I’ve been saved, and I need to get advertised.” This is a funny mix up, but his words were true. Once you get saved, you get advertised. You’re saying, “Here I am, and I belong to Jesus Christ. I want everybody who sees me to know that I have been buried with Him by baptism into death and raised to walk in newness of life. I am identifying myself with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Why is it important to identify with Jesus—to advertise ourselves for Him?
Read Matthew 10:32-33. What did Jesus say about our identification with Him?
 
PRACTICE THIS
Do one thing today to “advertise” for Jesus.

Jesus Must Be Exalted
Love Worth Finding
January 10, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
 
PRAY OVER THIS
“‘And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.’” (John 12:32)
 
PONDER THIS
Peter preached a Christ-centered Gospel message. The Church grew because its people lifted up Jesus. Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up…will draw all people to Myself.” No church is going to be a growing, vibrant church if it does not exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some churches reserve Sunday morning for God the Father, Sunday night for God the Son, and Wednesday night for God the Spirit. This may not be literal but there’s sort of an emphasis like that. Of course, we should magnify God the Father, but every service must exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you believe that?
Why is it important that Jesus be at the center of all the Church does?
What is the danger if He is not?
 
PRACTICE THIS
Consider the activities of your church. How is Jesus the center? If He is not, how could He be?

Do You Have to Get Baptized?
January 09, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
 
PRAY OVER THIS
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
 
PONDER THIS
Jesus commanded that we be baptized. Jesus began His public ministry with baptism. Jesus concluded His public ministry commanding baptism. (See Matthew 28:19.) Once a person is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, that person is to be baptized by immersion, saying, “I belong to Jesus Christ. I’m not ashamed of Jesus Christ.”
You know why I wear a wedding ring? That ring shows that I belong to my wife. I’m a one-woman man. I belong to that girl, and I love her, and I’m not ashamed of her. When I go out of town, I don’t take the ring off. I belong to one lady.
In a similar way, baptism means you belong to Jesus Christ. You’re not ashamed of Jesus Christ. You want everybody to know. You are publicly buried in the likeness of His death and raised in the likeness of His resurrection.
If you are a follower of Jesus, have you been baptized?
If not, how is God calling you to respond today?
 
PRACTICE THIS
Take time today to reflect on your baptism (or to respond to God if you have not yet been baptized). Consider how your baptism provides a picture of your death and resurrection in Jesus.

What is Jesus Doing?
Love Worth Finding
January 08, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
 
PRAY OVER THIS
“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen.” (Acts 1:1-2)
 
PONDER THIS
In the Gospels you find what Jesus did in His human body—the body of His flesh. In the book of Acts, you find out what Jesus is doing in His mystical body, the Church. You see, Jesus is still active and alive on Earth today and He still has a body. In the Gospels it was His material, physical body. In the book of Acts, it is His new body, which is the Church. And Jesus is alive and well today in His mystical body. This is what the Bible calls in Colossians 1:27, “Christ in you.” You see, we’re not here just imitating the Lord Jesus. I love the idea behind the question, “What would Jesus do?” That implies, “What would He do if He were here?” But we need to realize He is here. So, it’s not, “What would He do?” We need to recognize His presence in His body and let Him do what He will do.
How easily do you recognize that Jesus is present with His people and working through His body, the Church, each day?
How are you called to be part of that work?
 
PRACTICE THIS
Make a list of ways you can see Jesus working through your church right now.

Relying on the Holy Spirit
Love Worth Finding
January 07, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
 
PRAY OVER THIS
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’” (Acts 1:4-5)
 
PONDER THIS
Jesus told the disciples to tarry until they were endued with power from on high. But we don’t need to tarry. The Holy Spirit has already come. We don’t need to say, “Oh God, send Your Spirit.” He’s sent His Spirit. That would be like praying, “Oh God, send Jesus to die on the cross.” No, He has died on the cross. Calvary’s an accomplished fact. Pentecost is an accomplished fact. What we need now to do is to receive the promise.
If you are a Christian, if you are truly saved, you’ve already received that promise. You may say, “Well I don’t feel it.” I want to tell you something. You can be a part of a denomination and be lost. You can attend worship services and be lost. But you cannot be a Christian and not have the Holy Spirit in you. That’s what makes you a Christian. If you repented of your sins, you have already received the Holy Spirit of God.
How much would you say you rely on the power of the Holy Spirit in daily life?
How might you learn to do this more?
 
PRACTICE THIS
Take time today to pray frequently, asking the Holy Spirit to guide you in routine decisions; seek to honor and serve Him in all you do.

The Holy Spirit of God
January 06, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
 
PRAY OVER THIS
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)
 
PONDER THIS
Have you ever heard a tornado? Everybody says it sounds like a freight train and that’s true. Twice I have been close enough to a tornado to hear the noise, and it is an awesome sound! Now if you think a tornado sounds awesome outside, what would you think about an indoor one? This one was inside the house where the believers were sitting.
Just as the wind comes from Heaven, the Holy Spirit comes from Heaven. As the wind moves at will, commanded by nobody, so the Holy Spirit of God is sovereign and moves at will. As the wind is mysterious—we can’t tell where it comes from or where it’s going—so is the Holy Spirit. And yet, as the wind operates according to fixed laws, so does God’s blessed precious Holy Spirit. The wind is invisible but powerful! And there’s an invisible powerful force living in every believer in Jesus—the Holy Spirit of God.
How easy or difficult do you find it to believe that the Holy Spirit is powerful in your life?
Where do you currently feel that you need the power of the Holy Spirit?
 
PRACTICE THIS
Consider the things that make it easy or difficult for you to believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. What do you need to start or stop to lean further into the power of the Spirit in your life?

Does the Mission Seem Impossible?
Love Worth Finding
January 05, 2022
Today's Daily Devotional
PRAY OVER THIS
“‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’” (Acts 1:8)
PONDER THIS
The mission Jesus gave to the disciples must have seemed impossible. Look at them—a little group of ragtag apostles, some of them fishermen. Most of them didn’t have any education. They had no seminaries. They had no finances. They had no prestige. They had no political pull. And yet they were commanded to go into all the world and tell the message of a Galilean peasant who died on a cross, crucified by the Roman government. This was mission impossible.
Not only did they not have the credentials, but they were also up against impossible foes. There was the imperial might of the iron legions of Rome. There was the intellectual sophistry of the Greeks. There was the religious bigotry of the Jewish religion. And here they were. This reads like a magnificent novel, but it is absolutely true. It is the story of the Church triumphant.
What feels impossible in your life right now?
How is the story of the Early Church an encouragement in this regard?
PRACTICE THIS
Write down the things you are facing that seem impossible. Pray over these things, confessing that all things are possible with God.