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Rick Warren's Daily Devotional

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Week 49 12/8-12/14 2019

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 Rick Warren's Daily Devotional


12/08 to 12/14




Romans 8:38-39

Height of God's Love


There is no place that you can go where God's love isn't. You'll never be separated from God's love.


Nothing - no circumstance, no situation - can separate you because God's love is everywhere: " neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39 NIV)


If you want an antidote for loneliness, here it is: You will never be separated from God's love. The fact is we do lose loved ones. If you're married, one of you is going to die first. And you will grieve over that.


But if you're a Christian, you'll never be lonely because you can tune into God's love. I'm not talking about religion; I'm talking about a relationship with Jesus Christ. His love lasts forever and his love is everywhere.


Psalms 18:16

Deuteronomy 33:27

A Love Deep Enough


There are times when we all think, "I'm going under for the last time! I'm about to sink!" No matter how deep you are, God's love is deeper than your problem.


Corrie ten Boom and Betsy ten Boom were Christians who lived in the Netherlands during World War II. They hid Jews in their home to protect them from the Nazis. When they were discovered, not only were the Jews taken to the concentration camp but Corrie and Betsy were taken as well, and they spent the rest of the war there.


After watching one atrocity after another, Corrie told Betsy, "This place is the pit of hell!" Betsy replied, "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper."


In the last few months, you may have hit bottom financially and you think, "I am going broke!" Or, you've hit bottom emotionally, or your marriage has hit bottom, or you're having health problems. You're frustrated and you think, "I'm going under."


Where is God when you hit bottom? He's right there underneath you. He is "your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you." (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT)


Drop into his arms of love. Let him catch you and support you when you have nowhere else to go.


Ephesians 4:22-24

Romans 12:2

Obedience Unlocks God's Power


Throughout the Bible we see an important truth illustrated over and over: the Holy Spirit releases his power the moment you take a step of faith.


When Joshua was faced with an impassible barrier, the floodwaters of the Jordan River receded only after the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith.


God waits for you to act first. Don't wait to feel powerful or confident. Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears. This is how you cooperate with the Holy Spirit and develop your character.


While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth. At least eight times in the New Testament we are told to make every effort in our growth toward becoming like Jesus.


We must let go of old ways of acting--"Everything . . . connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it!" (Ephesians 4:22 MSG)


We must change the way we think - "Let the Spirit change your way of thinking." (Ephesians 4:23 CEV) The Bible says we are "transformed" by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)


We must develop the habits of Jesus--Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act. The Bible says, "Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:24 NIV)



Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:14

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

     The Bible says that what makes a Christian different from anybody else is his attitude toward the little things. The Bible says if you have an attitude of being a grateful, positive person and not being a complainer, you will be so unique that you'll stand out like a star on a dark night.

     When I get irritable, it's simply a warning signal that I'm not in tune with God. When I'm in tune with God, then I remember God is sovereign and God has everything that's important under control.

     Therefore, I won't sweat it! I realize I'm in His hands. "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion unto the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6 NIV)


Ephesians 4:24

Molded into Godly Character


Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act. God uses his Word, people, and circumstances to mold us.


All three are indispensable for character development. God's Word provides the truth we need to grow; God's people provide the support we need to grow; and circumstances provide the environment to practice Christ likeness.


If you study and apply God's Word, connect regularly with other believers, and learn to trust God in difficult circumstances, I guarantee you will become more like Jesus.


Many people assume all that is needed for spiritual growth is Bible study and prayer. But some issues in life will never be changed by Bible study or prayer alone. God uses people. He usually prefers to work through people rather than perform miracles, so we will depend on each other for fellowship. He wants us to grow together.


In many religions, the people considered to be the most spiritually mature are those who isolate themselves from others in mountaintop monasteries, uninfected by contact with other people.


But this is a gross misunderstanding. Spiritual maturity is not a solitary, individual pursuit!


You cannot grow to Christ likeness in isolation. You must be around other people and interact with them. You need to be a part of a church and community.


Why? Because true spiritual maturity is learning to love like Jesus, and you can't practice being like Jesus without being in relationship with other people.


Psalms 23:4

God is Walking With You


What are the things you're worried about? The economy? Your health? Your bills? Your kids? The fact is there are lots of reasons to be afraid in today's world, but God's promise is that, even in your darkest valleys, he is walking beside you.


It's interesting to note that there are 365 verses in the Bible that say, "Fear not." God provided us with one "fear not' message for every day of the year! I think God is saying, "Get the message. Don't be afraid."


Why? Because our hurts and hang-ups can often cause us to think that God is out to get us, that all he wants to do is condemn us and punish us. But that simply isn't true and Jesus is the proof of that.


When you understand God's grace and mercy, then you have no need to fear the future. Jesus has taken the penalty for everything you've ever done wrong or will do wrong. He paid for it on the cross.


So when a bad thing happens, you don't have to think, God's getting even with me; instead, remember, "Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me." (Psalm 23:4 NLT)


1 Peter 4:10, Romans 14:12

How Can I Know My Destiny?

     Do you know what God created you for? Do you know what your destiny is?

     The first thing you must do understand your destiny is to recognize the gifts God has given you to use. They include the things you can't control - your parents, your nationality, your race, your language. They also include your SHAPE - your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences. These are the things that make you uniquely you.

     Now you are not responsible for the gifts God didn't give you. In other words, if you are not artistically gifted, you are not expected to paint pictures like Rembrandt. But you are responsible for the ones he did give you.

     When you get to heaven, God isn't going to compare you with anyone else, but he will compare you with yourself. What did you do with what you were given? What could you have done if you had trusted God a little bit more? Romans 14:12 (NIV) says, "Each of us will have to give personal account to God."

     God has given you gifts for a purpose. And you have a responsibility to be a good steward of those gifts - not for selfish uses, but for the good of others. Your gifts are not for your benefit. God gave you gifts for the benefit of other people. Ask yourself, "What has God given me for good to use for good?"

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