We are living in very unusual times. It would be easy for any of us to disconnect, because of our inability to gather physically together. I want to help you in this time. Each week I would like to provide you a five day devotional as a follow-up with the sermon. My goal for these devotionals is to equip you daily to keep your eyes on Jesus. You are loved by the Father in glory and by your church family. I pray this week ahead will be a blessing as you daily spend time with the Almighty.
– Dave Snyder, Senior Pastor
Monday March 30, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27
What are your roots? This past Sunday, we examined the importance of walking daily in Christ. Rooted in Jesus daily will lay out the path for you as new days come. How rooted are you in Christ? Take just a few minutes and meditate on Matthew 7:24-27. I’ll wait.
Healthy living, especially during this pandemic, is living your life with gratitude and praise. In Jesus, we have the foundation and anchor in the storm. We have the steady, unyielding power of His Name over us. There is no need to open your life today to unnecessary obstacles or fears. Remain rooted in Christ. Spend this time at home with the Bible in your lap. Read and enjoy the redemption story.
Avoid rooting yourself in things that serve no eternal good. This may involve turning off your TV or putting your phone away. Rooting yourself in technology may do more harm than good if you aren’t careful. Root yourself in the care of the King.
Spend some time today in praise. Thank Him for being your firm foundation!
Tuesday March 31, 2020
Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus is the fullness of God. Think about that powerful truth! As we continue this week together, I want you to focus again on Jesus today. Look and be in awe of His incredible power and might. Take a few minutes and read Colossians 1:15-20. Take notes of what you see in this text.
The fullness of Jesus will always satisfy. It is by Him and through Him you have redemption, everlasting life, and the power to overcome this world. Fill your days with the majesty of your Savior. Fill your mind and heart with passages of scripture that will give you joy when faced with difficult circumstances. As of today, we don’t know what this virus will do to everyone on the planet. Yet, we do know our Savior reigns, and in His fullness, we are secured.
If you are anxious or full of insecurities, His fullness is for you. If you feel the weight of concerns in your heart, place them in the full care of the Savior. In His life, you have been guaranteed peace. Fill your day with those promises!
Today, pray for the fullness of Jesus to satisfy and sustain your every step. Keep your eyes on Him. He loves you.
Wednesday April 1, 2020
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9
In today’s reading, you will see your position and purpose on this earth. God saved you so that you can proclaim Him to this world of need and despair. In the face of this virus spread, we still have the responsibility to make Him known! Read 1 Peter 2:9. What does this text reveal to you? Like yesterday, write your thoughts down somewhere.
Your life has purpose. As a child of the Living God, saved by the blood of Jesus, you represent Him in this world. You belong to Him. Regardless of what happens in this world, you are property of the Father in glory. Nothing can change your position as a child of the Living God…not even a pandemic! How can you live out this purpose in the midst of suffering? Utilize your days to brag on your Savior.
Technology has given us an amazing platform for the Great Commission. If you have a social media page or have an online connection…use it NOW for proclaiming the excellencies of Jesus. Your life and testimony serve as the greatest application of the Gospel’s power. Many are questioning life after death. We have the opportunity as the church to live out 1 Peter 2:9.
Your life has purpose. You are here to spread the good news of Jesus. Pray and take opportunities given to share your testimony with another. Trust in His love and grace to do the transformation. I’d love to hear stories from you. Let me know what God does as you live out your purpose!
Thursday April 2, 2020
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20
What comes to your mind when you think about spiritual warfare? We are living in it now. Today, spend some time in Ephesians 6:10-20. Like days prior, write out what you see. What does every illustration communicate? What does the armor do for you? Read and reflect the message. I’ll wait.
Welcome back. I’m curious, what armor resonated with you the most? As you engage daily in the spiritual battle, you have the full armor of God. Rejoice, the victory is won. We have received the strength of His might. Tony Evans writes, “God has already told you in His Word how to find your greatest source of strength—it’s your closeness to Him. It is in this location—right next to Christ—that you are supposed to ‘stand firm’” (found in A Kid’s Guide to the Armor of God). Your closeness to the Father is your strength. Remember…He is always stronger.
Spend some time in prayer today. Identify the battles you are fighting. Share those with the Father and lean on His might to overcome today. I have good news…you will win.
Friday April 3, 2020
Scripture: Romans 10:9-13
We have now arrived at Friday. How’s your week been so far? What has God done in your life? Share that with someone! Before the weekend begins, I want us to look today at the importance of Gospel reminders. Take a minute and read Romans 10:9-13. Soak in the Gospel truth of this text.
From this past Sunday’s sermon, remember three important elements for each day. First, sing the Gospel. Yes, sing songs of the faith. Find an old hymn or new praise song. Communicate your affections to the Father. Singing is a blessing we have on this earth to express our love. Second, pray the Gospel. Incorporate the truths of the Gospel into your prayer life. Utilize God’s Word in your prayers. I’d strongly recommend you Praying the Bible by Don Whitney. Excellent resource for this element! Finally, meditate on the Gospel. Place reminders of the Gospel all around your environment. On your phone, reminder notes, index cards, etc. Find ways to have the Gospel truth staring at you when you arise and when you sleep.
You can enjoy this day and weekend ahead. Fill your enjoyment with reminders of God’s unconditional love for you in Jesus. Spend some time in prayer. Feel free to add other Gospel verses to this devotional today!
Join me next week. Dave
Monday March 23, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 27:1
How are your emotions holding up? Have you had moments of fear or concerns? Have you fought against worries or stress? As we wake up each morning, news and media will communicate updates on the coronavirus dilemma. You can decide how to react in these updates. My encouragement for you is to cling to the stronghold of the Lord. Perhaps you can help yourself by spending less time on media and more time with the Lord. Today, I want you to spend a few minutes and meditate on Psalm 27:1. Read it a few times.
The Psalmist brilliantly proclaims the Lord is our light and our salvation. In Him, we don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone in this world. He is stronger. When we look at numbers increasing of virus cases, He is stronger. When the economy suffers daily, He is stronger. When fears consume your mind, He is stronger. I want you to be encouraged today to cling to the stronghold of the Lord. Cast all your anxieties and concerns to Him. He will lead and His light shines brighter.
Spend some time in prayer today, focusing on the Lord as your stronghold. Communicate with Him all your fears and worries. Trust in His care over you.
Tuesday March 24, 2020
Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-23
As you wake up today, enjoy the morning mercies of the Lord. His steadfast love for you never ceases…in the calamity of this virus. His faithfulness is great. In each step you are blessed to take today, His love is all over you. Take just a few moments and read Lamentations 3:22-23. After you read this passage, write what the text communicates to your soul.
What did you write? What did you see in the verses? I believe it is amazing truth(s) for the beginning of each new day. Paul David Tripp in his excellent devotional New Morning Mercies writes, “One of the stunning realities of the Christian life is that in a world where everything is in some state of decay, God’s mercies never grow old.” Everyday, the Lord’s love, mercy, and faithfulness over you is as new as the day created. Rejoice in the blessing of every sunrise!
Today, distance yourself from discouraging narratives and choose to believe what is better; God’s love for you, displayed by His Son Jesus. The Gospel is always the best narrative to embrace, believe, and hold. Today, enjoy the mercies of the Lord. They are for you.
Wednesday March 25, 2020
Scripture: John 16:33
This world, as you have seen this week, is full of many problems. Sin and darkness is everywhere. Sickness is spreading and lives are changed by both the diagnosis and economy. We must take heart, for this will one day pass. How can we believe that? We will see today this triumphant message; Jesus has overcome the world. Take just a few moments and read John 16:33. I’ll wait.
In today’s reading, you will see two main statements made by Jesus. The first is the reality; the world has tribulation. The second is the remedy; take heart, Jesus has overcome the world. As we adventure through unchartered waters, we must remember Jesus has full control. In Him, we can overcome all the obstacles of this world, because the battle has already been won for us.
What are you struggling with? What is robbing your peace? Spend time in prayer today, listing out what is bothering your soul. Pray and trust in Jesus to overcome everything you listed.
Thursday March 26, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 55:22
You probably began the day with burdens. You may be carrying a weight that is making the days difficult to tread. Today, I want you to cast all your burdens on the Lord. He sustains and He protects. Take just a few moments and read Psalm 55:22. As you read, think about the burdens in your life.
Each day, you have a decision to make. What or who will sustain you? May I suggest you to be sustained daily by the Lord? In the verse you read, you will see the guarantee of both daily sustaining and unmovable joy. You don’t have to look anywhere else, but to the Lord for your daily care. So often, we submit ourselves to what is on our phones or tv and not in the Lord’s presence in our lives. Sometimes, I have to put my phone away, open His Word and delight in His fellowship. Trust me, it is always worth it. Cast your burdens over to Him today. You won’t regret it.
Friday March 27, 2020
Scripture: Romans 8:37-39
In Jesus, you are eternally secured. Nothing in this world can take away what you have in the Savior. In Him, you have eternal life, perfect redemption, adoption into the family of God, and the victory over darkness. Nothing today nor anything to come will ever separate you from Him. This is amazing security! Take some time and read Romans 8:37-39.
How did this passage minister to your soul? Write your answer down somewhere! You may need to look back at that answer in the future. In our world today, security has been tampered. Some are fearful over job loss and other provisions. Some are fearful over diagnoses and physical suffering. In the state of our world today, let’s hang onto the truth of unending security in Jesus. Nothing will ever separate you from the love and acceptance of God, by the grace of Jesus. Tell yourself that truth a few times.
Today, remind yourself of the eternal security you have in Jesus. Find a few Gospel passages and post them around your home. Have the Gospel news looking at you as you get ready for the day…or as you end the night. The Lord is faithful and He has you secured in His forever love. No virus can ever take that truth away.