Daily Archives: June 26, 2019

June 26 Seeds of Discouragement

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:28–32

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 17:32

Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

Words are so powerful in the way they affect our actions. A simple word of caution may prevent us from ever setting foot on a path of destruction. A word of encouragement could give us the confidence we need to follow God’s call on our lives. A trait of conquering faith is that it turns a deaf ear to discouragement. Instead of listening to—and believing—the words of the faithless, we need to hold fast to the promises God has given us.

As David listened to Goliath’s threats, he wondered why no one would challenge this giant. Goliath was mocking God, yet no one seemed too concerned with putting an end to it. David’s courage rose up within him, and he voiced that he wanted to fight Goliath. However, discouragement began bombarding him. David was determined to ignore it, resulting in a conquering faith.

Despite the discouragement, David was determined to triumph. Likewise, we need to remember the example of David and refuse to allow the seeds of discouragement to take root in our hearts. We must remember that God is on our side, and that He is the One who will conquer all our enemies as we place our faith in Him.

Heavenly Father, I refuse to allow the seeds of discouragement to take root in my heart. I believe You will conquer all of my enemies as I put my faith in You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 26 The Broken Man

Scripture Reading: Psalm 145

Key Verse: Psalm 145:14

The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.

The minute seed corn that was buried in the ground burst forth into a cornucopia of grain. Likewise, the Christian, stripped of self-sufficiency and entered into a new dimension of life in Christ, is positioned for maximum fruitfulness in the kingdom of God.

The broken man enjoys a new measure of power in the Holy Spirit. He looks to the Spirit of God to work in and through him, putting no confidence in the flesh. He is charged with the life and energy of the Holy Spirit.

The submitted man is joyful in the Lord. He is no longer hostage to changing circumstances, riding the ups and downs of emotions or happenings. The joy of the Lord is his strength.

The yielded man is alert to the needs of others. God uses him to minister to other hurting people because he is not consumed with his own problems. He has wisdom and insight from the Lord to share, not his own futile reasoning.

He still must deal with the trials and ordeals of daily life; but there is a lift to his countenance, a surety about his ways. He relies wholly on Christ. He has freedom, liberty, and new devotion to Jesus and His work.

Lord, I submit. I yield my life to You. Make me joyful despite adversity and alert to the needs of others. Minister through me to hurting people. Give me new freedom, liberty, and devotion to Your work.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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June 26 Freedom from Bondage

Scripture reading: Psalm 101:1–8

Key verses: Ephesians 4:31–32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

The young man told of the anger and bitterness consuming his life. Finally, in frustration he said, “I feel trapped just like a bird tied to a short tether. I want to be free, but it doesn’t seem possible.”

Many believers feel just as trapped as this man. For years they have been bound by old habits, feelings, or physical addictions that God never meant for them to bear.

One of the first steps to freedom from bondage is acceptance. You must accept God’s personal love for you. No matter what your circumstances may be, Jesus loves you.

The second step is to ask God to forgive and cleanse you from any sin in your life. Forgiveness of others is also a key factor. Until you forgive those who have hurt you, you will never experience true freedom.

A third step is to be honest with God about your feelings and weaknesses. If you have suffered disappointment, tell Him about it. He cares and wants you to know that you can bring anything to Him in prayer.

A final step toward freedom is to ask God to help you gain His perspective on your situation. God is your dearest Friend. He promises to take care of you and provide for your deepest needs. Ask Him to reveal His personal love for you and the grace that is yours in Christ.

Father, help me be honest with You about my feelings and weaknesses. Cleanse me from any sin in my life and help me forgive others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

7 Delusional Fantasies Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Trying To Sell America

From the ‘Green New Deal’ to ‘Medicare For All,’ slavery reparations to open-borders amnesty, the Democratic presidential contenders are selling Snake Oil, not serious proposals.

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