Emailed Devotionals

Revival Ministry sends two life changing devotionals every week to pastors and individuals in over ten countries around the world. These ‘Wednesday Minute’ and ‘Sunday Sermonette’ devotionals are quick and easy insights into God’s word with a bible verse and scripture reading.

Pastors, locally and around the world, use these as a basis for bible studies and weekly sermons. They can be sent to any computer or mobile device with an email address. While inspiring and helpful in spreading the gospel. These devotionals are not a substitute for fellowship and worship with other believers in your church.

“DO YOUR CLOTHES HAVE PATCHES?” Wednesday Minute

” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:23 NIV   Read:   Matthew 19: 23-30   One song we hear during the Christmas season on the radio is “A Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton.  I understand this is a true story of the coat her mother made from her from scrap fabrics. It tells of her pride in her beautiful new coat.   While others may have seen a patchwork of mismatched fabrics, she saw a coat sewn by love fit for royalty.   Our society has taught us to want more and more. Today, Christmas has less and less to do with being thankful for what we have.   Dolly got it right.   Do you have memories of leaner times when you were grateful for what you had and complained less about what you did not have?  Today may be a time when things are hard and you have to do with a coat that has patches, socks that are darned or a shirt that is frayed.   If your clothes are worn or ragged, praise GOD that you have clothes that needs patches and thankful knowing that some don’t even have a coat.  There is always with something more than you have and there are many more who have less than you have.   Let this Christmas season be a time of joy for what you do have…a time that you tell GOD ‘thank you’ for all he has given you.    Today’s prayer:   “Thank YOU, FATHER, for all you have given me.  Please help me to be humble and understand I have just the right amount of everything.  Amen. ”  

“ARE YOU A FAN OR A FANATIC?” Sunday’s Sermonette

“Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.”  Acts 26:11 NIV   Read:   Acts 25:9-18   There is pride in being a fan of your favorite sports team.   You are excited to go to a game and cheer them on or watching them on TV.   Yet, some of us go to extremes.  Spending thousands of dollars for tickets and apparel, ignoring our responsibilities, painting our faces while dancing in the bleachers can be viewed as a fanatic.   There is a huge difference in being a fan and being a fanatic.   The dictionary describes a fanatic as a person with an extreme single minded attitude or an excessive behavior.  This is usually akin to sports or politics, but you may know someone who is a religious fanatic.  Some can go from fan to fanatic to total obsessed in a blink of an eye.   Before Paul was born again, he was obsessed with tracking down Christians, having them jailed and even murdered.    He was a fanatic whose purpose was to destroy the Christian faith.  As Saul, he was every Christians worst nightmare.   Then, Saul found JESUS.   Blinded and struck to his knees, he went through a transformation and became the leading writer of the New Testament and perhaps the greatest evangelist of all time.   He accepted his new position with reverence and was attacked, beaten, outcast, tortured and eventually martyred…all for CHRIST.   Paul went from being an obsessed fanatic to being a loving fan of our RISEN SAVIOUR.   Are you a passive Christian or do you love JESUS?    You can be a loving fan, a follower, of JESUS.   Ask HIM to forgive all the wrongs in your life and be like Paul.   Today’s prayer:  “Forgive me, LORD, for being obsessed with the fanatic followings of the temptations and false efforts of this world.  Help me be the loving fan as a true, loving follower of YOU.  Amen.”    

“DON’T FORGET THE 3 LITTLE PIGS!” Wednesday Minute

“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”   Luke 6:48 NIV   Read:   Luke 6:46-48   Do you remember the childhood story of the three little pigs?   When they left home, each decided to build their individual houses of three different materials.   The first little pig built his house of straw.   Straw was plentiful and was easy to work with.   The second little pig decided straw was not strong enough, so he built his house with sticks.  Both these houses looked good to the eye.   The third little pig saw the work and materials of his two brothers and decided they had not built their house in respectful ways.   The third little pig built his house of brick.   The bad wolf came to the first house and huffed and puffed and blew the house down.  He ate the first little pig.   Then he went to the house made of sticks.  Again, he huffed and puffed, destroyed the second house and ate the second little pig.  Coming to the house made of brick, he huffed and puffed but could not blow the house made of brick down.   Did you realize this is more than a fairy tale?  This story line was clearly adapted from JESUS’ words!   Matthew 7:25 tells us:  “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”   Is your faith built securely on the foundation cornerstone of JESUS?   Is your life safe or is it built on sand or made of straw and sticks?   Build your spiritual house with bricks to withstand the storms of Satan.   Build your faith on the foundation of JESUS.   Go to HIM right now.  Tell HIM you have accepted HIM as your SAVIOUR.  Let JESUS protect you from all the storms of this life.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for protecting me from the storms of this life.   YOU are the cornerstone foundation that I have built my faith upon.  Amen.”

“ARE YOU TOO RICH OR TOO POOR?” Sunday Sermonette

“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’  Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”,  Proverbs 30:8-9 NIV   Read:   Proverbs 30:1-9 Wealth or the lack of it…seems to be the measurement of what we have in this life.  If we have too much wealth or we are dirt poor (or think we are), we run the risks of temptations.   Wealth or the lack of it is a state of mind.   What one believes is a level of wealth, another may believe wealth is much more or much less.   You may judge others by what they have or don’t seem to have.  In either case, we are judging others by worldly standards and not GOD’S loving standard.   GOD supplies and we use and destroy all HE has provided for us.  We take for granted HIS loving gifts and abuse the love GOD protects and cares us with.   Our most valued gift is the sacrifice GOD made.  HE allowed HIS SON to be tortured, beaten and murdered on that cross for each of us.   Do you know JESUS took on all your sins so that you might live?  Yet, no about of money could buy your way into heaven.   Your gift into Heaven to spend eternity with GOD is paid in full.   It does not matter how rich or poor you think you are or are not.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS for giving YOUR life so that I might live.  Help me to understand the riches that await me while I am undeservingly chasing earthly wealth.   Amen.”

“IF YOUR NAME IS NOT GOD . . . ” Wednesday Minute

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”  Matthew 7:15 NIV   Read:   Matthew 7:15-23   If your name is not GOD or your actions and words are not from HIS grace, then all you do or say are nothing but clanging symbols and do not matter.  Thoughts, actions and words that are taken from this evil world are deceptive inputs from Satan.   Only by reading and studying GOD’S word can you grow in righteousness.   There is no righteousness in the taunts, suggestions or direct instructions of this world.   You may be listening to a very smart and well educated person, but they may have no wisdom.   They may be totally ignorant in knowing GOD and all HE has for you.  Without wisdom from GOD…GOD alone…avoid all you see and hear from these misguided people.   Be careful of those you who offer directions.   They may know how to bake a cake, build a house or fix your car.  But, they may not know JESUS as their LORD and SAVIOUR or are not strong in their faith.  If their name is not GOD or their words and actions are not from HIM, then pay no heed to their advice.  There are a lot of ‘nice’ people who do not know GOD.  If they do not know GOD, even without their understanding or knowledge, they are on Satan’s payroll.   But, not all is lost.  These are the people JESUS told you to tell about HIM.   These are those who are lost and need to know the power of GOD.  You are not GOD, but your words and actions can be from GOD’S grace.  HE has given you HIS strength to tell the world about HIS love and to warn others of the deception of this world.   GOD’S name is GOD.  There is only one GOD.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for being GOD and for protecting me from those who would lead me astray.  Help me identify and beware of those false prophets.   Amen.”    

“YOU DON’T LIKE JEWS?” Sunday Sermonette

“Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is JESUS, the king of the Jews.”  Matthew 27:37 NIV   Read:   Matthew 1:1-17   Why not?   Why do we like or dislike people because of their race, origin or religion?   This is one situation that you can ‘initially’ blame someone else.   Maybe, you learned it from your family, or were exposed to a bias in school or your neighborhood.   But, it stops there.   You learned to dislike or hate from someone else, but it does not mean you have to continue it.   So, why do you not like Jews?   All Jews or just some Jews?  Are you getting the point?  Not liking Jews is like saying you don’t like a person because they have red hair or they are not tall enough or because they came from a certain city.   That is what happened two thousand years ago.   CHRIST was a Jew but HE came from a poor little city and those in authority looked down on HIM because of where HE was born.  Today, we would say ‘HE came from the wrong side of the tracks’.   Still not liking Jews?   Did you know the Bible you read and study GOD’S word from was written, except for one author, by Jews.   Each and every chapter in the Old Testament and the New Testament, lacking one, was written by a Jew.  Do you not like Moses, David, Isaiah, Matthew, Peter or Paul?   How about JESUS himself, the greatest Jew of all time.   Like the man said…think about it.   Jews….GOD’S chosen people and as Christians we have been given the gift from JESUS to join HIS chosen people.   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, Thank YOU for putting up with my bias and selfish nature.  Please forgive me.   Help me to look at the person, accept Jews and others and share YOUR gospel with them.   Amen.”

“I AM ONE SCARED SINNER!” Wednesday Minute

 “All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.” Read:   Psalm 64:1-19   I am one scared sinner.   I fear for those who don’t know JESUS as their saviour.   Are you?   It can be said; ‘an evangelist is one scared sinner telling another scared sinner of the safety in JESUS’ arms’.   You can be an evangelist too.   We all should be scared of the evil in this world that seems to be growing at an alarming rate.  We are responsible for those whom GOD created and to give them the hope and safety that can only come from JESUS.   Being scared of thieves,  terrorists, pornography, child abuse, murderers, drugs and more is not to be scared and run away to hide, but to be scared enough to be aware and do all we can against them.  While you can take on efforts against these things (and you should), the most important thing you can do is tell others about being scared and finding safety in the loving arms of JESUS.   Are you scared enough to run and hide?   Well, that is not scared enough!  We need to be so scared of the evils in this world we do something about it.   Again, the most important thing you can do is to tell everyone you come in contact with the safety from evil in our daily lives with security in the loving arms of JESUS.   Are you one scared sinner who is brave enough to comfort another scared sinner?   If you are not scared enough, get scared!  It is time to share the gospel of JESUS!   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for the fear in my heart of all the wrongs in this world.  Forgive me for doing evil against YOU.  Help me to know I am a sinner scared enough to help others.  Amen.”    

“DO THEY CALL YOU NAMES?” Sunday Sermonette

“When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you.  But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.”   Psalm 50:21 NIV   Read:   Psalm 50:16-23   When you were a kid, you probably were called a name you did not like.  Kids can be cruel.  But, it is not just kids.  Do you have friends who call you names or use critical terms to insult you because you won’t join them in doing things that go against your conscience?  You don’t laugh at their inappropriate off color jokes or you won’t go to their parties that are just an excuse to drink.   Your so called friends are more concerned with you fitting in to their ideals than respecting your faith and moral code.   There were times in my teens when I was more concerned with doing whatever was necessary to win the approval of my peers than winning any accolades from my GOD.  Perhaps, there was a time in your life when you were more concerned with the names or labels being put on you than the more important name GOD gave you…’my child’.   Are you more afraid of being called a prude, a stick-in-the-mud, no fun or too religious than being called by GOD faithful, true, honorable or obedient?  There is no need to feel alone or cast out by those who really don’t care about you or your walk with GOD.  GOD is there to reward you for your love of HIM.   Others may abandon their peer pressure ways when they see the peace and joy you have in your RISEN SAVIOUR.  Tell them about Jesus.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, GOD, for giving me YOUR special name for me.   Help me resist the names I am called and the pressures from others to abandon YOUR will for me.   Amen.”  

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