Applying the Bible

A weekly devotional designed to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, through practical application of spiritual truths from God’s word.

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May 19, 2022
Fishers of Men

When Jesus called His first disciples, He told them they would be catching men from now on, yet He didn't specify how. The Holy Spirit empowered them then and empowers us now to continue in the fishing expedition of catching men.

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May 12, 2022
Church People

Jesus went into the synagogue teaching on the Sabbath and in there was a demon possessed man. This really brings front and center that just because someone is in a church doesn't mean they are saved. How do we respond to this?

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May 5, 2022
Walking With Purpose

Jesus walked in His earthly ministry regardless of the hatred and persecution that followed Him. In our life of following Jesus here, we can't expect any different.

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April 28, 2022
Led With Purpose

We know that with calling into ministry work, there is going to be times of trial and equipping. Whatever state you find yourself in right now, remember that the Holy Spirit is leading you with a purpose.

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April 21, 2022
Treasured Up

As shepherds came the night of Jesus' birth and Mary experienced her 12 year old son in the synagogue, she treasured up these things in her heart. Let's dive in to why it's important to treasure things up in our hearts.

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April 14, 2022
Growing Strong in the Wilderness

When we think of the wilderness in biblical accounts, it’s a physical and metaphorical place, but often seen physically displayed in an account while reading the spiritual work being done there.

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April 7, 2022
Serving Through Affliction

When the angel Gabriel had visited Zechariah and told him that his wife, Elizabeth, would have a child, Zechariah responded with doubt. The consequence was being mute until the prophecy of his son's birth was fulfilled, but he still finished the time of his service.

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March 31, 2022
A Finished Masterpiece in Progress

In the two verses in Ephesians 2:10 and Philippians 1:6, it simultaneously says that we ARE, as in presently, God’s masterpiece and that the work WILL BE brought to completion. So how are we both a finished masterpiece yet a work in progress at the same time?

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March 24, 2022
Resist or Be Resisted

If you don't resist the devil's temptation of pride, God will resist you. When met with reality that God resists the proud, it should stir us to check our hearts for pride.

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March 17, 2022
Make Disciples

When Jesus commissioned His servants to make disciples, He fully intended us to live life with those whom are made disciples in order to teach to, not just share the gospel with and convert and be on our merry way.

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March 10, 2022
Rewarded for Your Work

Be honest with yourself. Do you feel like a failure or like your weakness is defining who you are? Never forget that your identity is in Christ and God is calling you to be a faithful steward.

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March 3, 2022
The Painful Process of Healing

One of the hardest parts is often coming to a place of accepting that pain is going to be a part of our process, and still choosing to move forward in it.

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February 24, 2022
Seek & Worship

This king set such a good example of how to respond when faced with bad circumstances. As we face our battles of today, here's what we can glean from his response to this battle of his day.

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February 17, 2022
Graciously Giving

Our Heavenly Father knows what we need and will supply every need. We can trust that He won't withhold from us when He's already given us Jesus.

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February 10, 2022
Like A Tree

As God speaks directly to the tribe of Ephraim, pointing out that He is not like the idols, He is alive, responding and looking after His people, He then uses a simile that can get easily overlooked: “I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.”

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February 3, 2022
Count it all Joy

You may have heard "Count it all joy" when you're going through trials, but let's focus on the second half of this verse and the reason in which we can count it all joy.

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January 27, 2022
Blessed are the Merciful

On initial reading, this may seem like a pretty straight forward thing – be merciful and receive mercy – yet when we take a closer look, the implications are much deeper. The mercy of God goes far beyond salvation alone, and it extends to our everyday lives.

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January 20, 2022
The Places You'll Go

Most people know the account of the woman at the well from John 4, yet it's even before Jesus meets this woman that we get to see something amazing.

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January 13, 2022
Is Normal Life Returning?

"Normal life" may not be returning, but Jesus is!

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January 6, 2022
New Year, Same God

What if instead of making resolutions that affect your emotions and physical appearance, you resolved to daily growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ?

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December 30, 2021
Remember not, nor Consider

Things of the mind and heart can feel very overwhelming at times, but God gives His way of escape and beckons to bring thoughts captive to Jesus.

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December 23, 2021
Beholding the Face of God

"He who comes forth fresh from beholding the face of God will never fear the face of man."

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December 16, 2021
Trust in the Lord

In looking over the different people involved in the birth account of Jesus, do you see a theme? Let's look at their stories and glean from their responses.

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December 9, 2021
A Servant Follows

The wise men came to see and serve Jesus, but they never would have gotten to serve Him if they hadn't followed His star.

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December 2, 2021
The Chosen Outcasts

In the time of Jesus’ birth, shepherds were the outcasts of society. They were the lowest of the low, spending their time with smelly sheep day in and day out, and yet it was to the shepherds that God chose to make known the good news of Jesus’ birth to first.

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November 24, 2021
The LORD is Your Portion

Around thanksgiving, you usually see bible verses about giving thanks, but what do we give thanks for? How often do we stop and consider the most important thing we could ever give thanks for? Let's think on that now.

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November 18, 2021
Rejoice, Patient, Constant in Prayer

God calls us individually to do different things in life, but there are also things He calls ALL His followers to. Romans 12 tells us three things He expects His children to do.

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November 11, 2021
Perfect Peace

We don’t need to strive to be in God’s peace, He offers it freely and keeps those who trust in and stay focused on Him in that perfect peace.

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November 4, 2021
God Sees You

It was in her hour of need and hopelessness that Hagar came to realize and understand that God saw her and was looking after her. We too can find this reassurance in El Roi, the God Who Sees.

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October 28, 2021
Seek First the Kingdom of God

What does seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness look like, and how can we be effective in doing it? Seeking His kingdom and His righteousness starts in the heart before its ever seen outwardly in action.

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October 21, 2021
The LORD my Shepherd

Sheep are weak and helpless animals that need a shepherd in order to survive. We, like sheep, need our Shepherd, the LORD, not just for eternal life but for our everyday lives.

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October 14, 2021
The Good Plans of Elohim

God described so much of Himself in just the first verse of the Bible, and we can clearly see through the first three chapters that He is a triune God who created all things and had a plan to save us from the beginning.

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October 7, 2021
Jehovah Rapha - God is my Healer

Are you battling physical afflictions? Do you suffer from emotional hurt? Our Jehovah Rapha is available to come to. We aren't promised healing here and now, but He is able so why not ask?

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September 30, 2021
A Pleasing Sacrifice

In seeing God's love, grace, mercy, provision - everything that He does in your life, you have opportunity to praise Him and acknowledge Him all day, every day, continually.

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September 23, 2021
Woe to Hypocrisy

The law is a heavy burden, but hypocrisy is even heavier and led Jesus to exclaim in grief towards the Pharisees: Woe to you! We can trade in burden for rest and this devotional takes a look at how.

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September 16, 2021
Growing in Grace & Knowledge

Peter admonished us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. This devotional looks at what that actually means and how we are to effectively grow in this way.

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September 9, 2021
Do You Love Me?

It's understandable why Peter was grieved that Jesus asked him if he loved Him a third time, yet when looking even deeper, we see that Jesus was indeed being loving by meeting Peter where he was at that moment and how it actually was encouragement from Jesus.

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September 2, 2021
Go & Work Today

"Which one of the two did the will of the father?" This is the question Jesus asked of the Pharisees after he told them the Parable of the Two Sons and it should be the question we ask ourselves. Are we one who is doing the Father's will? Take a look at what Jesus, James, and John have said that we can glean encouragement from in our walk with the Lord.

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August 26, 2021
Take Heart

"Take heart" is a phrased Jesus used and it's always used in relation to our faith. Take a look at the root of this phrase and how we too can take heart.

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August 19, 2021
Blessing or Rebuke

In Matthew 16, Jesus went from telling Peter, "Blessed are you" to "Get behind me, satan!". This devotional digs into what we can learn from Peter's success and failure, as well as Jesus' response.

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August 12, 2021
The Hand of God

Ezra was a scribe that was sent by king Artaxerxes to Jerusalem to teach the law of God, but there's something very distinct that we see recur throughout this account. This very thing is an encouragement that if it was true for Ezra then, it can be true for us today.

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August 5, 2021
Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13)

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July 29, 2021
Greetings!

Most people, according to the letter writing custom of the day, gave the greeting at the end, as in the other letters we see in the New Testament, so why did James put it first?

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July 22, 2021
Your Gift to Give

The Spirit gives us gifts in which we serve God and others. Are you using them? Barnabas in Acts 11 gives us a great example of exercising his gifts and encouraging and enabling others to do the same.

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July 15, 2021
Submit & Resist

Jesus was successful in resisting the devil in the wilderness. Here's a look at the practical things we can glean from Jesus' example and use in our own resisting of the devil.

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July 8, 2021
Spiritual Life Cycle

Sometimes Bible verses like John 3:16 can become a simple rote memory, but when we stop to read and think on this verse, it is jam packed with richness for the new believer and mature believer alike.

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July 1, 2021
Sending the Mighty

Pain and suffering pushes us to be mighty, but where do we go from there? Gideon shows us that we should go where ever it is the LORD sends us.

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June 24, 2021
Our Perfect Bridegroom

As I celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary today, I am reminded of not only the wonderful man that God joined me with as one flesh, and God’s amazing grace in bringing us together, but I’m also reminded of my Bridegroom Jesus, the perfect husband to His Bride, the Church.

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June 17, 2021
Our God and Father

Our God and Father gives His children good gifts. Among those that stand out are His unconditional love, physical life, abundant and eternal life, and the Holy Spirit.

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June 10, 2021
Answering the Call

Isaiah's vision in Isaiah 6 gives us a great insight to a proper response to the presence of God, our iniquity, and His calling of ambassadors.

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June 3, 2021
A Worker Approved by God

If soldiers don’t get entangled with civilian pursuits, because their aim is to please the one who enlisted them, then we as spiritual soldiers in God’s army shouldn’t get entangled in the world’s pursuits because it takes our focus away from the One whom we serve and often to the detriment of His Kingdom’s work.

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May 27, 2021
In Remembrance

As Christians, it’s important to not become calloused to the sacrifice that Jesus gave of Himself for us. One way we do that is through communion which we do in remembrance of Him.

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May 20, 2021
Clothed with Power

Before Jesus ascended, He gave the great commission AND the command to wait until being clothed with power from on high, which was the promise of the Holy Spirit. This clothing is something that wasn't just for the early church, but is meant to daily clothe Christ followers today.

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May 13, 2021
Water in the Desert

I’m going to be transparent with you, lately I feel like I’ve been in a spiritual desert. This is the only way I've learned to get through these dry seasons.

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May 6, 2021
The Mother of Jesus

With Mother’s Day this coming weekend, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ mother, Mary. The gospel’s don’t mention a whole lot about her, but what they do mention paints such a sweet image of whom God chose to bear His Son.

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April 29, 2021
Sowing Seeds or Growing Weeds?

Even if you haven't gardened, the principle of sowing and reaping is one that we learn from observation. God has told us that He will not be mocked and what we sow, we will reap. How can we

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April 22, 2021
When Persecution Comes

Jesus warned us in Matthew 10 that persecution would come, but do we live as though we're expecting and ready for it? Let's take a look at practical and spiritual ways to prepare for the inevitable.

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April 15, 2021
Render to God

As we're in tax season, the words of Jesus, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." and it bears the question: What should we be rendering to God?

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April 8, 2021
The Whole Armor of God

Do you ever feel it's hard work putting on the full armor of God? Let's break this down because it's an important part of our lives and we're not expected to do it on our own.

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April 1, 2021
Then and Now

Who is the gospel for? The challenge to see the gospel of Christs work on the cross afresh and kick any overhanging complacency to the curb.

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March 25, 2021
Preparing for Palm Sunday

When you read about how the Israelites went from "Hosanna" to "Crucify Him", what stirs in you? We aren't very different, no matter how much our pride would like to tell us otherwise. Let's get our hearts prepared to proclaim, "Hosanna" in spirit and in truth.

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March 18, 2021
A Saint's Love

Beyond leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold, St. Patrick's Day celebrates the life of a man who loved the very people who enslaved him. Let's see what we can learn from St. Patrick, the missionary stirred for Ireland's salvation.

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March 11, 2021
Losing Time

Every time Daylight Savings comes around, it reminds us of time passing. How we spend our time determines a lot, which can be a gain or a loss.

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March 4, 2021
Called For A Purpose

History has given us many people to look up to as examples, both good and bad. Let's take a look at what we can glean from the life of Esther.

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February 25, 2021
Have You Considered?

What are you currently facing in life? How we view God's promises directly affects how we respond.

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