Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 2 Kings 6:6

The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. – 2 Kings 6:6 (NIV)

In today’s Bible verse, we see Elisha helping out on a very basic thing. They had been working, and as they worked, the axe head they’d been using fell into the water. It sunk to the bottom, and to make matters worse, it was a tool that had been borrowed. If you’re anything like me, if you dropped a tool in the water, the last thing you’d think about doing is to ask God for help. I’d probably be freaking out and thinking through how I was going to tell the person I’d borrowed the axe from that it was at the bottom of the river.

Instead, Elisha does the miraculous, and the axe floats. Isn’t that amazing? Instead of panic, he went to God and got his answer.

It makes me wonder, how often do we miss God’s help because we don’t even think to ask? I’d guess it’s a lot more often than we realize. God could be helping us with lots of things, and yet we often don’t even think to ask Him.

I believe that God is willing and ready to help us in every area of our lives. From big things to small ones, we can count on Him to come through for us. So don’t get busy today and forget that God wants to help you. All you have to do is believe that He wants to do it and ask Him. Then you’ll get good results.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotional – Proverbs 10:26

Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. – Proverbs 10:26 (NLT)

Do you want to stand out and get promoted at your job? To do that, you’ve got to choose to not be lazy. Instead, be diligent and a hard worker. When others are standing around talking, find some work to do. When you come across a new problem, instead of complaining about it, come up with a solution and run it by your boss. Offer to help in areas that are beyond your immediate duties.

Let’s face it, most of us are naturally lazy and would rather just do the least that is expected. However, this verse says that being lazy just irritates your boss and makes life harder for them.

Be a blessing by going over and beyond in your work. And don’t just do it for a day or a week. It can take several months to really make it a new habit and for others to notice. Keep at it, and others will notice, but most importantly, God will notice.

Decide today to work hard, do your best, and see how God can bless you in what you put your hand toward.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.  – Psalm 55:22 (HCSB)

Sometimes in the really difficult situations in life, it’s hard to want to keep going. It can be tempting to want to give up, quit or check out. How do you keep going when life gets hard?

This verse gives us some ideas of what we can do when we get discouraged. It tells us to cast our burden on the Lord. When we carry our burdens, we get tired and weary, but if we instead go to God with our burdens, we find strength.

Today’s Truth: When we take our burdens to God, we find strength.

Today, regardless of what you’re going through, know that you can make it. God will sustain you and help you through it. Go to God with your worries, fears, and troubles and see God come through for you.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Romans 8:1

So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. – Romans 8:1 (TPT)

Have you ever told on your brother or sister to get them in trouble? Maybe you got in trouble for forgetting to do the dishes and instead of owning up to it, you thought of two things your brother did wrong and told your mom. Secretly, you were hoping he would get in trouble instead of you. Basically, you were accusing your brother.

And while God can’t get you out of trouble with your mom, He isn’t accusing you. God isn’t bringing up all the wrong things you’ve done. Instead, He has closed the case against you. Because of what Jesus did for you, all guilt, shame, and condemnation have been removed from you.

Today’s Truth: You can live in freedom. God isn’t holding your sin against you.

This means you can live a life full of freedom. You don’t have to be held back by feelings that you don’t measure up or that you’re not enough. In Jesus, you are more than enough. Your worth comes from what God says about you, not others.

So today be encouraged, God loves you. He’s not holding your sins against you. He has closed the case. Choose to believe God over your feelings, fears and what others say about you. When you do, you’ll experience freedom in Christ Jesus.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 3 John 1:2

Emotions aren't always truthful

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. – 3 John 1:2 (NIV)

It can be easy to believe your emotions. They feel so real, don’t they? And sometimes our emotions scream so loud, it’s hard to hear anything else. Especially when you’re really mad. Then it seems like it’s impossible to hear or focus on anything else.

The thing about emotions is that they aren’t always truthful. That doesn’t mean that they don’t feel real. It just means that at times, when we respond emotionally, we’re not always responding in the best way.

For example, if you get mad at your mom, and start yelling at her and end up saying unkind things, you aren’t choosing to respond in the best way. As a result, you won’t always get the best results.

Today’s Truth: Emotions aren’t always truthful.

Part of being an emotionally healthy person is learning to take a step back when handling big emotions. Sometimes the best thing you can do is give yourself a moment to process what happened. Then instead of blowing up or getting mad, you can choose to respond in a more productive way that will get you better results.

God wants you to prosper in every way, including in your soul and emotions. So today, if you’ve been guilty of letting your emotions determine your response, ask God for ideas how you can respond in more healthy ways. Let Him show you how you can become an emotionally healthy person.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 John 4:18

There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. – 1 John 4:18 (Message)

Fear. It’s something we all deal with from time to time. The crazy thing about fear is that it hits each of us differently. Some are afraid of the dark, others fear small spaces, while others fear speaking in front of people or being alone. There are lots of different varieties of fear, but the thing that all fears have in common is that they stop us.

Fear stops you from doing more, saying more, and being more. It holds you back and if left unchecked, fear will keep you from doing the things that God is calling you to do. So, how do you go about curbing the fears that hold you back?

A great way to do that is to begin to focus on God’s love. Today’s Bible verse shows us that love banishes fear. That means that the more we focus on the fact that God loves us, and that He’s provided everything we could ever need to do what He’s called us to, the more we realize that fear doesn’t have a hold on us any longer. Fear can’t be effective in our lives if we’re so focused on God’s love for us. God’s love drives out all fear. It shows us that God will take care of us in every situation and every circumstance.

So if you’re struggling with fear today, take some time to begin to think on God’s love. Find scriptures in the Bible that tell you how loved you are and stories that show you how God came through for those who loved Him. As you focus on these things, fear will have to leave your life!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. – Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

Have you noticed that often when you look at what others are doing you get discouraged? You might be comparing your summer vacation plans to another person’s and feel like you’re not doing anything great on your summer break. Or perhaps you just feel like you don’t measure up to those people around you. If you spend all your time comparing yourself to others you won’t be able to accomplish the race that God has for you.

The race that God has for you to run will look different for you than it looks for others. If you’re going to make it to the finish line you’ll have to draw close to God and lay aside the things that try to trip you up, like comparing yourself to others.

Challenge yourself to run with endurance today. Don’t give up when it looks like others are doing better things or getting promoted faster than you. Stay the course and be encouraged knowing that others are in heaven cheering you on.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Kings 17:9

Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food. – 1 Kings 17:9 (NIV)

We see Elijah again in a weird situation where he has to trust God. He had been fed by ravens, now the brook he had been drinking from had dried up.

Do you ever feel like Elijah must have in this moment? That all your options have dried up? Maybe you feel hopeless, like there’s no way out. I’m sure that could have been how Elijah felt. What he had known and what had been sustaining him was gone. What was he to do?

The good news is that God already saw ahead and had a plan. There was a widow in Zarephath that was going to help him out. Elijah just had to trust God and obey what God asked him to do. As he did, the supply for what he needed was there.

The same is true for you in your life. God loves you. He has a supply for you in whatever area you need it. Just trust Him, listen to His leading, and know that He will bring you through in victory in the end.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Kings 17:3

Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. – 1 Kings 17:3 (NIV)

How would you feel if God asked you to do something that seemed crazy? Maybe he asked you to go to a college far away from home, where you knew no one, and everything was unfamiliar. That would be tough, wouldn’t it?

Sometimes, God asks us to do something that doesn’t seem easy. And when we’re in the middle of what He asks us to do, it can feel difficult because we can’t see how it’s going to work out for good. But here’s the truth. Everything God calls you to, is for good.

Yes, you will have times that aren’t easy, and you’ll face challenges along the way. But the truth is, if you keep trusting in God, just like Elijah, the provision you need will be there. When Elijah got to the new place God led him to, there was food there.

So whatever God is prompting you in your heart, know that his supply is there for you. You simply have to get to where He’s calling you, and He takes care of the rest.

Today, be encouraged. If God has called you to something, He will supply you, He will make it good, and bring you what you need.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Romans 5:1

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion On Romans 5:1

Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us – Romans 5:1 (TPT)

You’re probably a week or two into your summer vacation. Maybe things aren’t just going the way you wanted. Perhaps all your friends went on a school trip and you’re stuck at home babysitting your brother. Yuck!

It can be really easy to lose focus when things aren’t going the way you want them to. You can begin to forget how blessed you really are. So even if your summer vacation isn’t turning out the way you dreamed, you can be encouraged by today’s Bible verse.

Today’s verse tells us that our faith transferred God’s righteousness to us. That means that you are righteous. You’re not trying, hoping or wishing to get righteous. In God’s eyes, you are righteous and flawless. That’s good news! The sin that had once separated you from God no longer has a hold on you.

That truth gives you peace. You might not be excited about your current circumstances, but you can be at peace. You can know that at the end of the day you have value and worth because of what Jesus did. There’s no longer anything holding you back. So today, practice joy in your life. Live at peace because Jesus made you flawless in God’s eyes!