Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Grab The Red Phone!”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
1 Peter 4:12
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
1 John 2:16-17
“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
“For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”
1 Peter 2:11
“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
If you choose to pick up your cross and follow Jesus, you are going to experience red-hot resistance from the enemy.
Sometimes it is all we can do to keep from being swallowed up in our thoughts. Our circumstances can seem beyond what we can bear. The night may bring an unwelcome visitor, sleeplessness, or the morning dawns with a heavy fog of depression for no apparent reason. You can be standing over your kitchen sink with no one in the room, but you feel like you are fighting against a legion for your life. At times, we can almost feel as though we are going crazy.
It can be overwhelming, frightening, and confounding, but Peter tells us not to be surprised when the attack comes (1 Peter 4:12). Instead, like the psalmist, we are to hide ourselves under the shadow of God’s almighty wing.
The world! Satan! Our flesh! We are in a battle. The attack comes from within and without, often with more than one foe at a time! It can range from what appears to be imaginary mind games to an all-out assault on your family or your business. Evil people, evil spirits, evil habits, and evil thoughts are often lurking.
The world – with all of its bells and whistles, its fancy marketing ploys, and its pressure tactics – surrounds us on all sides, tempting our eyes, taunting our flesh, and appealing to our pride (1 John 2:16-17). It sells every way but God’s way.
The devil is deceptive. He does not usually arrive with fanfare, pomp, and circumstance. Imperceptibility is his aim: smoke and mirrors, facades, lighting, sound effects, gentle music. He is after you. He doesn’t want to merely discourage you, he wants to destroy you.
Our flesh and its frailty is with us wherever we go. We live in a sinful world with sinful people, including ourselves. We can be our own worst enemy! The flesh wages war against the soul to keep us from doing what we desire to do to please God. Read Galatians 5:17-25 and 1 Peter 2:11.
You are not imagining anything. You are in a battle, so know your enemy and be prepared.
In the pattern of Romans 12:2, choose one scripture from today that the Lord is using to renew your mind and transform your heart and focus on it.
I hope no one promised you that being a Christ follower would be easy. If so, then they were lying to you. The devil is going to be putting extra effort into attacking us to make us stumble. He doesn’t want us to be a light to others and to be leading others to Christ. As Ephesians 6:12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Prayer can make a huge difference along with being in God’s word daily.
SOS my lights on, and I need you now!