Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!
Almighty God, the Giver of life and Forgiver of sins, we come to You now with hope: Hope because You always love us, even though at times it seems like we have been forsaken. Hope because you do not hold our sins against us, but instead grant us Your grace. Hope because You turn our hearts toward You and give us the courage to trust You in a world filled with darkness. Help us, Lord, to confess our sins, remembering that Your Son died for our sins so that we might be reconciled to You. Create in us the desire to serve You faithfully in all that we say and do. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Devotional – By Scott Wright
So he called him and said to him, “What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:2, 10-13 (NKJV)
We are looking at a six part devotional series titled, “Understanding & Implementing Discipline.” We’ve learned that we will have a propensity to repeat our mistakes within our Christian walk until we implement “spiritual disciplines” into our life—disciplines that will help us to stay focused on God and his Word. In Part 3, we took a look at our second spiritual discipline, which was “Spending time in the Word of God.” In this devotional we will begin to look at our next spiritual discipline, which is:
The principle of biblical Stewardship is actually very simple—we own nothing—everything we have is God’s! Some people have a problem with this biblical truth, as they believe their money is their own—believing since they earned it on their own, therefore they can spend it as they see fit. But everything we have is from God, and it has been given to us by God to sustain our needs and to invest into other lives as well—we are to be accountable for what we have, because we have been entrusted to manage it properly.
you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (NKJV)
Q: So how should this affect our decision making with regard to what we possess?
Well, if God owns everything, and we are to manage what He has graciously given us, then we should be consulting Him in every purchase and decision we choose to use these resources for. It isn’t the size of the gift God has given us that is important, but what is done with it. The only way we can properly manage God’s resource is to seek His will by petitioning Him in prayer; by reading His Word, and by listening for the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.
STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with regard to our money and how it is to be used?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you asking God how to spend and invest the money that He has entrusted to you?
APPLICATION: Make it a goal to be the steward that God desires. Discipline yourself by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Father, thank You for all provision—for our health, resources, wisdom and discernment. Thank You for our families, our homes, our income, and everything else You have provided for us. Help us today to be better stewards of these resources. Forgive us for any poor stewardship on our part. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.