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Next Level Devotional

Day 1: Welcome to the next level

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” -Philippians 3:14 Getting right with God is not the end of the race; it is the beginning. Committing to Christ is when the gun goes off to run a race that…

Day 2: Placing God above all else

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” -Matthew 6:33 Seeking God above all else is one of the greatest challenges in life. It takes constant effort to place God above our career, kids, spouse and calendar. We sometimes think that if we take…

Day 3: What does Lord of all really mean?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) The verses above have been life verses for me. They became my life source during a trying time. They have challenged me to trust God…

Day 4: Build a solid foundation

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” -Matthew 7:24 What are you building your life on? What is the foundation on which you are constructing your future? The answers to these questions will make or break your spiritual life. I have…

Day 5: Love God with your heart and soul

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” -Mark 12:30 As you were growing up, I am sure your parents made you, at one time or another, turn to a sibling and tell them you were sorry for something you did….

Day 6: Cross the line and live differently

“…let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then He stooped down again and wrote in the dust.” -John 8:7b-8 This is a fascinating and powerful story. The religious leaders were trying to trick Jesus into saying something they could use against Him, so they brought to Him a woman who was…

Day 7: Enlisting in God’s service

“Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” -2 Timothy 2:4  The U.S. Marine Corps has a slogan: “No applications, only commitments.” This is an inspiring statement of an all-in pledge. And it’s the only way to have effective soldiers. The thought…

Day 8: I have decided

“Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” -James 1:8  Toiling on a decision is completely draining. For example, my decisions on which college to attend and what my first job should be were exhausting. I remember being stressed from the weight and impact of those…

Day 9: Religion vs. relationship

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” -Matthew 15:8 Jesus did not die on the cross for us to follow some rules. He died for us to pave the way for restoring a relationship that sin so desperately tries to destroy. The heart of God is for us…

Day 10: Food for your soul

“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” -Matthew 4:4  The illustration from this verse shatters the spiritual norms. Jesus is saying that as much as we need food, we need the Word of God. We cannot live long physically without food, and we cannot…