Christian Daily Devotional – Do It Unto Me

Daily Christian Devotional

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least my brethren, ye have done it unto me. This scripture should be understood and felt by everyone that professes to follow Jesus Christ.

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Literally, everything we do for people is as if we are doing it unto Jesus be it good or bad.  If we mistreat others we are mistreating Jesus. If we treat others well then we are literally treating our Savior well.

If we turn away the beggars, or panhandlers, we are turning away the Messiah. If we open the door for others then we are holding the door open for the Master.

If you bear false witness against your neighbor or treat your fellow man bad in any way you are doing the same to our Redeemer. Do these words make you uncomfortable or defensive?  If so then thanks to repentance, you can be forgiven and go about treating all men good. Thus treating Jesus Christ well.

You daily activities and you words you speak and thoughts you think all mean something. For better or worse, they will be used for you or against you depending on how you think and speak and treat others. God bless you all as you strive to serve the Lord through your actions towards others and your thoughts and words as well.

Do You Trust Jesus Christ?

Do You Trust Jesus?

Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? If you are reading this article then it is very likely you have faith in our Lord and Savior. This devotional is written on the basis that you, the reader, has faith in Christ Jesus.

Now I want to ask you another soul-searching question. Do you trust Jesus?

As Christians we can say without hesitation that we have faith in Jesus and love him, but, again, do we trust Jesus?

Some may say that trust and faith are the same thing or very close to the same thing. Let’s look at the two words “faith” and “trust.”

Faith

Hebrews 11:1 reads “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, therefore, is believing in something that has no physical evidence of existing.

Trust

Trust is believing that someone will do what they say they will do. When we trust people in our daily life, we generally trust those in authority over us (with exceptions) and we trust people that we have a long-standing relationship with, where they have a proven history of keeping their word.

While the words “faith” and “trust” are very close in meaning and in concept, they should be used in sequence.

do_you_trust_jesusWe believe that Jesus exists. We believe that the Jesus we read about in the New Testament is a resurrected being. We believe that he suffered, bleed and died for us and that he broke the bonds of death and lives again.

For some the gift to believe, comes as a gift by grace. For others, faith is something we acquire over time as we read the teachings of the Savior and pray and do what he teaches. For all, our faith grows as we see things happen as a result of our faith in our Savior. Our faith grows from grace to grace.

After you have experienced faith and after you have seen your faith grow you come to a point in time when you need to ask yourself, “do I trust Jesus?” It would seem like sound reasoning to say “if I have faith in Jesus then of course, I trust him.”

I agree, it does seem like good logic but I don’t think the transition from faith to trust is as clear cut in the real world. I’ve seen many Christians grow as their faith increases but for whatever reason they seem to hit a plateau. Instead of continuing to grow and climb upward, they seem to fizzle in their ascent. They lie stagnate on their plateau.

I would not presume to know all the reasons why this happens to those that are standing on the plateau. There are likely many reasons. But one reason, I think, that puts them on that plateau is that they fail to make the transition from faith to trust in their relationship with their Savior.

My best friend Scot is a good example of someone I trust. I have known him all my life. He will tell me what he will do and then I can go about my endeavors with no doubt that what he said would be done, will be done.

We need to feel like that in our relationship with Jesus. An example would be on the principle of repentance. If we repent of our sins he will forgive us and remember our sins no more.

Can we do our part in the repentance process and then go forward knowing those sins are gone? Do we trust Jesus when he says he will forgive those that repent? Do we repent then go about our life with nagging doubts wondering if we are really forgiven of our sins? If we do then we need to ask ourselves if we trust Jesus. There is a good point to make right here. We are not talking about faith. We’re beyond that. We have demonstrated our faith by repenting of our sins. Now it’s up to us to trust Jesus to forgive us of our sins.

I’ve used my best friend Scot as an example of people I trust. In the case with Scot we have grown up together we lived next door to each other until after high school graduation.

trusting_jesusWe know each others secrets and weaknesses. We’ve been through life together. I’ve known him much longer than my wife Colette of twenty-nine years.

I am blessed to have a forty-eight-year relationship with one person. We’ve had our ups and downs. I’ve long since come to know that Scot is an honorable man and one true to his word. We have a great history together so I can really use the word trust and mean it.

But Scot is just a man like me. He is not perfect. But I trust him. I hope we all can say that we have people in our lives that we can trust. I can trust my wife and I have other people in my life I can trust like my three daughters among others. But none of them are perfect.

People in our lives are not perfect. Jesus Christ is perfect. If we can trust imperfect people in our lives, shouldn’t we be able to trust Jesus Christ who is perfect in every way? We already have faith in him but do we trust what he says he will do? Do we trust his time frame? Do we trust that he will never fail us?

I do. I hope you do to.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All Rights Reserved.

He Lives! All Glory To His Name!

He Lives! All Glory To His Name!

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We celebrate the Easter season by reflecting on the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must remember. Christ is not dead in a tomb. That tomb is empty and He is risen from his three-day prison. Jesus Christ, the Messiah is alive today in a physical, glorified and perfected body.  HE LIVES! ALL GLORY TO HIS NAME!

Troy Wagstaff ©

Christian Daily Devotional For Easter

Christian Daily Devotional For Easter

As I have been preparing some Easter messages about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I have been reading up each of the four gospel’s accounts of the resurrection. Of course the number one message is that Jesus was resurrected but one message I felt like I should mention in addition to the resurrection is that when Jesus Christ was resurrected, he appeared first to women, then to the Apostles and other saints.

easter_cw_dev_4If Christians really read the Bible and followed its teachings then there would never be any question of women in the gospel. So many women are mistreated and abused under the name of Christianity. This is terrible and should never happen.

Everyone, men, women and children all have their role to play in the gospel of Jesus Christ. No one is loved more or less by the Redeemer. He loves us all the same. I think, as a testament to that message, that is why he first appeared to Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James. We should always treat each other, children, women and men with love and respect as we follow the example of Jesus Christ. Let’s let the Easter season remind us of how important we all are to Jesus.

Troy Wagstaff ©

I Want To Know What Love Is

I Want To Know What Love Is

Christian Devotional

Since the dawn of time men and women have been searching for love. Adam and Eve loved each other and they taught their children about love. But as the population of the earth grew ever bigger, not everyone could feel the love their souls desired.

Men and women began looking for love in all the wrong places trying to feel a void that could only be filled with love. Countless songs have been written about looking for love. Mostly they are talking about the love of a man or women.

know_what_love_isMarried love is one of the greatest loves of all, but the greatest love of all love is between a person and their Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

One of the great rock songs about love was written by Mick Jones. I’ve enclosed seven lines from his song “I Want to know What Love Is.”

“I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know you can show me.”

I saw this un attributed quote on Pintrest recently, it says “Jesus died for you knowing you might not love Him back. That is love!”

If you want to know what love is then look no farther that Jesus Christ. If you read about his life and study his teachings you will know what love is, what real, eternal love is.

Mr. Jones goes on to write:

“In my life there’s been heartache and pain
I don’t know if I can face it again
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life.”

No love, except the Saviors love, can really ease heart ache and pain. With Christ you can face anything. Through Christ you will never need to feel lonely again.

Troy Wagstaff

Confess Jesus Before Men: Testify!

Confess Jesus Before Men: Testify!

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

confess_me_b4_menWe have the promise that if we confess (testify) of Jesus before men, then Jesus will testify of us before Heavenly Father. Imagine, our Redeemer testifying of us (insert your name here) before The Father.

So, how do we confess our Savior before men? The obvious answer is to tell everyone we can about Jesus and how great He is. Why? Besides what has already been stated about teaching and testifying of Jesus, we need to help spread the good news so that others can have the blessings of The Messiah in their lives. So that others can receive the blessings of salvation.

There are some who have an amazing fear of speaking before men or otherwise unable to testify. But that is really not true. We can testify of The Lord with our actions and how we live our life and how we treat others. Actions speak louder than words. People can “see your hands in action but your tongue to fast my run.”

So there is no excuse to testify of The Lord before men.

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Do We Have To Bear Our Grief And Sorrow Alone?

Do We Have To Bear Our Grief And Sorrow Alone?

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)

We know that our Redeemer has redeemed us from sin by paying for those sins while He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross of Calvary. If we repent for those sins then the ransom that justice demands is paid for. We no longer carry the weight of those sins around. It’s like we had never committed those sins.

Repenting is like having a great burden taken of you shoulders. Just as sin can weigh us down, so to can sorrow and grief weigh us down.

The same can be true of our griefs and sorrows. Christ The Lord, has born our grief’s and carried our sorrows already. Why do we insist on bearing them ourselves? We can come unto Jesus and let him help us through our sorrows and our grief. We do not need to face those feelings alone.

As repentance requires effort on our part, so does overcoming grief and sorrow. We have to put for effort toward overcoming out griefs and sorrows asking The Lord to help us. As we open the door to The Lord in our trying times, he can bear us up and give us comfort as we strive to overcome. But we have to open the door to Him first.

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