Trust in God's Power and His Love for You, Every Day!This brand-new devotional collection for 2019 is designed to challenge men to fully trust in God in every area of their lives. Experience an deeper connection to your heavenly Father with the Daily Wisdom for Men devotional collection, designed to challenge you to fully trust in Him. Featuring an encouraging devotional reading and prayer for every day of 2019, this exceptional volume provides inspiration and challenge for your soul. In these pages you'll find the wisdom and tools you need to grow in your faith all 365 days of the year.Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
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Tuesday, January 1
New Year's Day
FAITH STARTS HERE
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 KJV
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Science has been trying to catch up to this simple statement for thousands of years. And for every astonishing discovery, more questions arise as the complexity of the natural world unfolds. The testimony of God's fingerprints on His works can be found at the level of irreducible complexity — that bottom line that separates nothingness and being.
God alone can cross that line. He alone can make something out of nothing. Every scientist who ever lived is just playing in His sandbox — and the wisest of them acknowledge it. If you can put your faith in the first sentence in the Bible, the rest will follow.
Joseph put his faith in his Creator into action when he, "chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced" (Matthew 1:19 MSG). He didn't understand what was happening with his fiancé, but he sought to do the right thing and remained open to God's leading.
You can put your trust in the God who designed stars and flowers and the human eye — but who also wired you for belief and community and love. Nothing is impossible for Him. It all starts with believing Genesis 1:1.
Lord God, I start this new year in trust and faith, believing that, just as You made this world and everything and everyone in it, You will guide and keep me and my loved ones this year.
Wednesday, January 2
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15 NKJV
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Nothing is beyond God's control. Even at the Fall, when His brand-new creation was ruined by the serpent's deception and His children's disobedience, God immediately announced His prophetic plan to redeem His people — the Seed who would crush the serpent and release mankind from sin and death. Nothing catches God off guard.
Satan's whole game plan is predicated on disrupting God's redemptive plan. Time and time again, he failed — going back as far as Cain killing Abel. Other examples are when Pharaoh and later Herod committed infanticide. And when Jesus allowed His hands to be nailed to the cross, Satan thought he had won, but "the one who rules in heaven laughs. ... For the Lord declares, 'I have placed my chosen king on the throne'" (Psalm 2:4, 6 NLT).
Adam and Eve fell because they didn't trust God. They saw in the serpent's questions a reason to doubt that God was looking out for them. They fell for what today is a common malady — the fear of missing out. God doesn't promise you everything that is good, but He freely gave you His very best in Jesus Christ.
Even in the worst times, God, You are still sovereign, and Your Word is still being fulfilled. No enemy can thwart Your plans for the world or for my life.
Thursday, January 3
THE WITNESS OF OBEDIENCE
Noah did this. He did everything that God [Elohim] had commanded him. Genesis 6:22 GW
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The name Elohim conveys the idea of strength and power. Noah trusted that when God in His power told him to build a ship, he had better get cracking. And you know people gave him a hard time about it. Guy spends a century building a huge floating boxcar, hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, and his neighbors are going to ask questions — mocking what they fear or don't understand.
And yet, Noah's obedience was a witness to all. Peter later called him a "preacher of righteousness" (2 Peter 2:5 NKJV) — not because he literally preached but because his faithful work of building the ark was a daily warning that the world was doomed. Every day his plodding obedience shouted a warning to people.
Amid ridicule and a long wait, Noah would've taken comfort in David's words: "I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side" (Psalm 3:5–6 NLT).
When the world's bad news or your own hardships threaten to overwhelm you, sleep soundly, knowing that your God is sovereign and is watching over you.
When I obey You, Jesus, I can rest peacefully, knowing that You have my back here and now and my future in the palm of Your nail-scarred hands.
Friday, January 4
TRUST, NOT CERTAINTY
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8 NLT
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Even as a committed follower of Christ, it's tempting to turn to success in the world for comfort. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he hit Him with the big three: material needs, physical comfort, and financial success. You need all three to survive in this world, but all three can come and go. And if they do, what's left? Without God, nothing. With Him, all you'll ever need.
Jesus gave the template for resisting the temptation to rely on man's strength instead of God's: "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve'" (Matthew 4:10 NKJV). Stick to God's Word. Even the most familiar verses have power and meaning to help you live the life God has called you to.
To do that, you must trust God more than your own ability to provide. When you're set apart for God, He will answer when you call on Him (Psalm 4:3). Faith is a matter of trust, not certainty, and you can rest assured in what the Bible tells you about God. You can call on Him for help and vindication because you know you belong to Him.
God, I am set apart for Your purposes, and I can face any challenge, even my prideful tendencies, knowing that You are with me.
Saturday, January 5
LET GOD CHOOSE
Let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them. Psalm 5:11 AMPC
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There's waiting on God, and then there's just waiting. You have an idea, and even though you're pretty sure it came from God, you're still waiting to act. There are always more reasons to wait — uncertainty about resources or support or timing — and only one to move. But is God telling you, "Go," enough? You'll never know until you take that first step.
When God calls you to follow Him, you won't know all the steps and stops along the way. All He told Abram was to "go to the land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1 NLT). All you know for sure is that God will lead you step by step as you obey.
After some ups and downs, Abram eventually learned to trust God. When he and Lot parted company after a land dispute, Abram let his nephew choose the territory he wanted — but really, Abram was letting God choose for him. And whereas Lot chose Sodom, God came to Abram and gave him the rest of the land "as a permanent possession" (Genesis 13:15 NLT). God knows best, so let Him be Himself. You won't regret it.
God, You will take care of me in ways I can't imagine when I trust You to give me Your best.
Sunday, January 6
"Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." Matthew 5:37 NKJV
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Part of being trustworthy is being a man of your word. It's a lost value in an age where almost everyone feels like they have to lie at least a little bit just to get by. And in a broken world, you must look to God as your anchor for what is true and right. To be a man of your word, first you must be a man of God's Word.
God's living Word cuts through the shifting morality and offers clarity (Hebrews 4:12). Even when an issue isn't specifically addressed, the Bible directs you to timeless principles that not only guide you but also offer you a brighter path forward (even if in the world's eyes, it's a narrower, more challenging road).
James wrote, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22 NIV). A man for whom God's Word is his bond will stand out. When people ask you why you're like you are, you can tell them it's because you're trusting your words to God, who called you to a higher standard and helps you live up to it.
Father, help me to believe what I say I believe, trusting that Your unchanging principles and eternal Word will help me to speak and act in wisdom
Monday, January 7
THE HEART OF GOD
"If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14–15 NLT
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Forgiveness is closely related to trust. God knows it's your greatest need and so provided a Savior for you. In return, you choose to respond to Him in faith, trusting Him to save you. Then, you're to extend forgiveness to others — both the news of God's forgiveness in Christ and your own forgivenness to those who have wronged you personally.
Saying "I'm sorry" is a start, but it can only express your regrets. To ask someone to forgive you is to put the power in their hands — to say, "In order to make this right, I need you to let go of the wrong I've done you." It's a gift to forgive and be forgiven.
When Abram interceded on Sodom's behalf, he asked, "Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?" (Genesis 18:25 NLT). He believed that God would forgive any who repented and sought His forgiveness. That's God's heart.
God loves to turn your mistakes into blessings, but forgiveness is key to that. When you take refuge in God, and put your trust in Him (Psalm 7:1), He will help you to deal with the consequences of all the things that need to be forgiven.
God, I trust You to turn mistakes into blessings. Help me to forgive and to seek forgiveness from others.
Tuesday, January 8
PUT FAITH FIRST
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33 NIV
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Following Christ means trusting Him to keep this promise. You understand that He will, because of who He is and all He has done for you, but when it comes down to brass tacks — unpaid debt, piles of bills, joblessness, illness — part of you wonders, I know He can, but will He?
Even Abram found this difficult. He had God's promise of blessing — of guidance, presence, descendants, and land — and yet he fled the Promised Land and lied about his wife out of fear and uncertainty. That led to situations like the Philistine Abimelech chastising him for his dishonesty and lack of integrity. When unbelievers are calling out believers, it's not good.
Small faith fails to put God and His priorities first, but a little faith gets you back on track. How big is God? Let David remind you: "GOD, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. ... I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us?" (Psalm 8:1, 3–4 MSG). He's the mighty Creator, but He's also your loving Father.
Lord, You put humanity at the pinnacle of creation. Help me to embrace the provision You've given me in Christ and trust You for every need.
Wednesday, January 9
NOT A GAME
"Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in." Matthew 7:7–8 MSG
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Life tests you. God allows it, to challenge you to learn and grow, but the lessons are almost always about learning to trust more in Him. God shows you who He is — His power and holiness but also His mercy and grace. The only way to pass such tests is to take God seriously.
When God told Abram to sacrifice his only son, Abram didn't hesitate to obey. He reasoned that, if God was going to let him take Isaac's life, God would then have to raise Isaac from the dead to keep His promises (Hebrews 11:17–19). That's why he told his servants, "The lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you" (Genesis 22:5 NKJV). Only faith prepares you for such a test, and only faith will help you pass it.
It's dangerous to play at following God. To act the Christian on Sundays and spend the rest of the week living how you want to is, as Charles Spurgeon put it, practical atheism. That reveals a man living in fear of other men instead of reverent fear of God. Worship isn't part of your Sunday face but your life each day.
Father, I choose to recognize and honor You with all I have and all I do, today and every day.
Thursday, January 10
BUILDING A LIFE
"These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on." Matthew 7:24 MSG
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Imagine everything you've worked for in life — your education or career or even family — crumbling under the assault of a natural disaster. Now imagine that instead of an earthquake, flood, or fire, you're to blame. Jesus said, "Knowing the correct password — saying 'Master, Master,' for instance — isn't going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience — doing what my Father wills" (Matthew 7:21 MSG).
It's just as big a disaster to call yourself a Christian and not live by what the Bible says as it is to never receive Him at all. That doesn't mean you must be perfect — in fact, that's the whole point. Rather than trying to be something you're not and never could be, embrace God's grace fully. Trust that He loves you, just as you are, and nothing could ever make Him love you less.
He just wants an honest day's work from you — living out His will for your life, letting His words be your guide. "Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you" (Psalm 9:10 NIV).
Lord God, let my actions match Your words. May I never pretend to be something You haven't made me to be.
Friday, January 11
CHAIN OF COMMAND
The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me." Matthew 8:8–9 NKJV
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Jesus praised this Roman for his faith, which came because, as a soldier, he recognized what it meant for men to obey his authority. The centurion was the forerunner of all those who would come to faith in Jesus even though they hadn't grown up as Jews. He saw the bigger picture.
Isaac, for example wouldn't see the fulfillment of God's promise to him and his ancestors in his lifetime, but when God told him to stay in the Promised Land, he obeyed (Genesis 26:2–5). Just so, each believer has to trust God to keep His promises of sanctification and ultimate glorification — that, as crummy as things get in this life, God is working it all for good.
How often do you sow in fields from which you won't reap? God can bless both you where you are and others down the road because of your faithfulness. When you honor God with your commitment to follow Him, you're participating in a chain of command that serves God's bigger picture, the results of which will eventually be His glory and your blessing.
Lord, I make myself available today for Your purposes. Give me the wisdom to be a conduit of blessing.
Saturday, January 12
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Jesus [said,] "First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life." Matthew 8:22 MSG
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Part of being a responsible adult is making plans and following through on commitments. Take a moment and think of all the things you've done in the past week, and all the things on tap for this week. When your head stops spinning, think of how often you deliberately brought God into those plans. You've probably brought Him into a lot of what's going on — maybe all of it — and that's good.
But is it God's best for you? Why do I ask that? Well, trusting God includes trusting His timing. Life is just plain busy, and with work and family appointments and church activities, it's easy to reach not just a level of spiritual exhaustion but unrealistic expectation — that just because you're doing the best you can, God's schedule is going to fit into yours. Stay focused on God, not the tyranny of the urgent.(Continues…)
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