Community Devotions

Filter By:
in Grace

Charcoal Fire

main image
SCRIPTURE

John 18:18, 25 "18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself... 25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.””

 

OBSERVATION

A charcoal of fire is usually a place where people gather together to stay warm and fellowship. Much like a camp fire it is where friends and family congregate to talk story, laugh and sing kumbaya. But for Peter it was the place where he followed Jesus at a distance and denied his savior three times. The charcoal fire signifying the warmth of friendship and fellowship instead became a painful reminder of disappointment, cowardice, apostasy and failure. Yet the grace of Jesus confronts disappointment and clothes failure. A couple of chapters later in John 21 the resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples and Peter in particular and says this in verse 9, “When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it and bread.” Jesus provides redemption in the place of failure. Jesus initiated the restoration of relationship and freely offered undeserving grace. 

 

APPLICATION

A couple of months ago I drove to a preaching engagement in West Covina and drove by my old high school in Baldwin Park, CA. As I drove past my old stomping ground, memories of my foolishness, disobedience and rebellion against God started to flood my conscience. I was about to preach the good news of Jesus to a church yet I began feeling guilty and condemned by my past. It was then that I was convinced that the gospel is exactly that—good news! Jesus in his grace saved me from my old life, bore God’s wrath on the cross in my stead and was resurrected to give me freedom so that I am a new person. When I sin be reminded of the good news of charcoal fire. Jesus provided the fish, bread and fire to restore me. 

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your undeserving grace. Somehow I tend to wander away from the cross and depend on my restitution for righteousness instead of standing firm in the gospel, believing in Christ’ righteousness and repenting. Please forgive me. Would you remind me of the fellowship and grace in the charcoal fir? I love you so much! Maranatha!

Posted by John Danganan with 0 Comments

Be Still And Know

main image
SCRIPTURE

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” - Psalm 46:10

 

OBSERVATION

To be still before God is to “come and behold the works of the LORD” (v.8). The context of Psalm 46 is not beholding his works in my personal life but his work as the God of the earth ruling over the nations. Being still is to take refuge and strength in God in times of trouble and contemplate on His sovereignty in the affairs of nations. When we are still and know God as he is we come to the truth that He alone will be exalted among the nations and in the earth.

 

APPLICATION

With all the unrest that is going on in the world I need to be still and know God. No matter the volatility in the Middle East and Russia or the turbulent danger from North Korea God will be exalted among the nations. Think of the world super powers that have come and gone, the empires that have risen and fallen—yet the kingdom of God still reigns, rules and is advancing. Even as powerful and mighty as America is, it’s still not even 500 years old and there’s no guarantee it’ll make it that long. No matter what happens in the world—“though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam,” God reigns!

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Please help me to be still. Help me know from my head to my heart that you are God reigning over the nations. You see every act of injustice, hear every cry of oppression and are moved by every tear of suffering in the world. Continue to let your kingdom come and your will be done. Maranatha!

Posted by John Danganan with 0 Comments

Previous12345678910 ... 3031