My Daily Devotionals


Setting The Foundation

“Listen, my son to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”
Proverbs 1:8

There is nothing more important for a young person to remember than for them to listen to their parents and heed their advice. I was not fortunate to have a father to listen to as I grew up, as my father was killed in World War II when I was only 2 years old. My mother, grandfather and grandmother, however always gave me good advice in anything I ever needed to know. I am sure that at the time as I was growing up I never knew and respected their advice as much as I should have at the time. However, as I have gotten older, and been faced with giving advice and instruction to my own children and grandchildren, I now realize the importance of the things my mother, and grandparents taught me. They certainly set the standard for me and the way I have conducted myself throughout my life. As I have gotten older, I have always thought about how wise they were, and now find myself wanting to pattern my life in the way they lived their lives. I would be so proud to leave my legacy in life to equal the legacy they left behind for me and my family. They had such an influence in the kind of person I am today, that I only hope I will have the same influence on my children and grandchildren as they had on me and the way I have lived my life. I hope my children and grandchildren will learn from me, and will pass the things I share with them on to their children. Throughout my business career I have used the bits of wisdom my grandmother told me as I was growing up. The confidence I have about my own abilities I learned from her, and this confidence has enabled me to become the person I am today. Just being able to follow her advice about dealing with people, and being able to have the positive attitude she instilled in me, has enabled me to reach the level of success I have achieved. My grandmother was taught by her father the values of life which she in turn passed on to me. My great grandfather was one of the leading authorities in the area, and was renowned as one of the great teachers and clergymen in the area. He was able to pass his teachings and his values to my grandmother, who in turn was able to pass these on to me. This is a true example of how God wants the family to operate, as the parents are responsible to teach their children in the ways of God and they in turn will establish the foundation for their children. If our children have a firm foundation to build their lives on, God will then take charge of their lives and fulfill his plan for them. When God is at the center of the family, children are taught the things that are right and pleasing to God. God blesses the family where his commands are followed.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 22

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Keeping Our Homes Safe

“Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.”
Deuteronomy 7:26

This is a powerful scripture that all Christians should be careful to follow in their everyday lives. There are so many things that we allow in our homes that are of the world, and not of the things that God would want us to be involved with. There are so many worldly influences that we bring into our homes, that affect and influence our children and our families. Our families are influenced so greatly in our society by the television, video games, music and many other influences, that are affecting our families and our children. Our families become so accustomed to these influences that many of our children do not know right from wrong. God teaches us what is right in the Bible, and we as Christians have the responsibility to enforce this to our children and our families. If we let our children be influenced by bad television programs, bad video games and bad music, they will become so accustomed to these that it will be hard for them to determine what is good and what is evil. We always need to strive to have things around us that are good, and things that will be a positive influence on us and our families. Satan is strong and will always be trying to influence us through all the media, and turn us away from what is right. We must constantly be on our guard, and not allow him an entry into our homes and our families. We must keep God as the focus for our family, and keep Satan out. Throughout the Bible, God gives us instructions in the way that we are to instruct, lead and guide our children in the way that they should go. In order to properly set the example for our children, we must at all times be aware of our own conduct and actions. Our children will imitate and learn from how we, as parents, conduct our lives. With today’s lifestyles there are many things that parents allow to be brought into our homes that can a detrimental influence on our children. We need to always be aware of these influences, and decide whether these are the things that God would want us to bring into our homes. Just because everyone else is watching a certain television program, or listening to certain music does not mean that we have to conform to what others are doing. We need to ask ourselves if God would approve of these things, before we allow them to be brought into our homes. Satan is alive in our world today, and is at work throughout our communities trying to influence us. It is our responsibility to protect our homes and families from these influences and establish guidelines for our children to follow.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 21

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Reaching Out To Others

“Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”
Colossians 4:2-3

During the past thirty years I have had the opportunity to talk to many people about God, and tell them about the things he has done in my life. I have also had the opportunity to find out about many other people, and the struggles they are going through, and the situations their families are in. There have been so many people that have asked me to pray with them, and keep them in my prayers during this time, that it has been very rewarding to me to be able to listen to them, and know that I have been someone they could talk to, and tell about their problems. I have thought a lot, and done quiet a bit of reading, to teach myself just how I was to pray for these people. I feel that God has given me these opportunities for a reason, as I have received many phone calls and e-mails, as I have gotten more involved with these people. I know that many of these people, that I have had the opportunity to witness to, are lost and not saved, but I have been able to see a difference in many of them, as their attitudes are changing, and they are more receptive to hearing me talk about Jesus. This past week one of the young men that helped me distribute the food to the children at the after-school program was very receptive when I invited him and his family to come to church with us. We had spent several hours together and I had a chance to talk to him. I believe God gives each of us opportunities to witness for him, and to tell others about salvation. God wants the gospel preached to all men and women, not just your family and friends. 2nd Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God opens doors for us each day to reach out to others. We need to seize these opportunities to witness for God. As we witness to these people we need to include them in our prayers, and ask God to come into their hearts. Our prayers can become long range artillery to win them over to Christ. We need to pray and ask God to save the men and women we witness to. It is so rewarding to see someone listen to you as you talk about Jesus, and tell them how he is working in your own life. These times may be the only times anyone will spend with these people, and tell them about Jesus and what he can do for them. God gives us opportunities like these all throughout our lives. As Christians we need to constantly be looking out for people to witness to for Jesus.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 20

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Our Prayer Life

“The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
Psalm 6:9

David was continually going to the Lord and praying to him. When he was in trouble he went to God and asked him for strength, and when he was happy he went to God thanking him for the blessings God was bestowing upon him. I believe David was the ultimate prayer warrior, as throughout the Psalms David was either asking God to help him or thanking him. Our prayer life should always be one of thanking God for all the things he has given us. It should be a time when we also talk to him about the things that are troubling us. Our prayer time should be the time that we ask God to bless others around us. Over 20 years ago I began a ministry of e-mailing a daily devotional beginning with just my immediate family members. This ministry has now grown to the point that presently I am sending out my daily devotionals to over 3 million people on a daily basis. A day hardly passes where someone does not send me a request for prayer for someone in their family who is sick, or has had an accident, lost their jobs, or for some other reason. These are usually requests from people who are having difficult times in their lives and are asking for any help they can get. After having received these kinds of requests for the past years, I have noticed that very rarely do I receive an e-mail about the good things that are happening to these same people. All of the prayer request are from people who only ask for prayer when they are having problems and difficulties in their lives. God tells us throughout the Bible that we are to pray on all occasions, not just in our time of trouble. Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” I believe God hears our prayers when we earnestly talk to him. I know that since God has been walking with me these past years I can feel him directing and giving me wisdom in my daily life. Prayer is so important in our daily lives if we want to have God lead and direct our paths. If we want to reach out to others in any kind of ministry prayer is one of the first things we need to have in our thoughts. I believe prayer is one of the best ways to please God, and being faithful in our prayer life is essential. It is through prayer that we can develop a relationship with God. This is the way we can fellowship with him. Prayer keeps us on the straight and narrow path, and will keep us from temptation. Prayer can keep us from always thinking about ourselves and will get us used to thinking about others as we pray for them. Our prayer life will keep us humble, as the more we pray, the more we will realize that God is in control.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 18

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Setting Guidelines

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2nd Timothy 3:16-17

Our families are the most important things that fathers and mothers will ever have, and we have such a responsibility to teach our children according to God’s word. God tells us through the scripture above, that once we have taught our children what they are to do in following God’s word, and obeying the rules of the household, that we must expect them to follow it. It is important for the parents to keep their children within the boundaries they set for them. If these boundaries are routinely exceeded, and the parents do nothing about it, the children will learn very quickly that they do not have to follow the rules of the family, and will become more demanding and pushing for more freedom to do things their own way. I know that in our family our children always knew what the guidelines were, and they obeyed them. They knew there would be a penalty if they went outside their boundaries. So many parents today do not have the consistency in setting the boundaries for their children, and when the boundaries are broken, do not have a consistent discipline as punishment. Once the parents have taught their children right from wrong, and instilled into them what God expects from them, they need to live within these guidelines. God wants us to discipline our children when they break our guidelines, and gives us many examples of this throughout the Bible. Proverbs 10:17 “He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Children will heed their parents discipline when it is consistent and fairly administered. They need to know when they have exceeded their boundaries, and why they are being punished. They need to know that the guidelines set by the parents will not be broken, and there will be consequences if they are not obeyed. Children need to have the opportunity to explain to their parents why they have strayed from the guidelines, and their parents then have to make sure the children understand why this is not allowed. Proverbs 29:17 “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” If children grow up in a home where the presence of the Lord is always at the center of the family, they will know and understand right from wrong, and they will realize and know when they are doing something they should not be doing. Parents have the responsibility to show their children how to conduct their lives by their own actions.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 17

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Do You Have The Faith

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Yes Lord, they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you!” and their sight was restored.”
Matthew 9:28-29

If we have faith in God, anything that we wish for can be made to come true as long as it is in God’s will and plan for our lives. Jesus gives us so many examples in the Bible of things that came to pass because people had enough faith that they would come to pass. One of the more compelling examples is shown in the scripture above, about the two blind men who heard that Jesus was passing by, and faith began to build in their hearts. They had faith that Jesus could open their eyes and let them see, and they cried out to Jesus to heal them. Jesus heard their cries and stopped near them, and asked them this question in the scripture above. Jesus wanted to know if they had faith that he could heal them, and they replied with confidence that they had faith that he could heal them, and let them see, and he healed them. This is one of the better examples where if we have the faith we can make things happen to us. Another example of the demonstration of faith is shown in Matthew 9:20 “Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed. Jesus turned and saw her. Take heart, daughter, he said, your faith has healed you. And the woman was healed from that moment.” We need to have this kind of faith and trust in Jesus to hear us and answer our prayers. We need to use this kind of faith to be able to let go of the hurt and pain of our past, and be willing to have faith in Jesus Christ, and he will hear us and touch our lives. Jesus gives us another example of what faith can do as he tells us in Matthew 17:20 “He replied, Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” When we begin to trust in Jesus, and begin obeying his commands and doing his will for our lives, and living a righteous life things will begin to happen in our lives. Romans 3:22 “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” When we ask Jesus into our hearts and begin to put our faith and trust in him for everything, this is the time that our lives will change, and he will take control of our lives. God can give us peace and joy in our lives that we have never experienced before. All he wants us to do is to come to him and repent of our sins, and trust in him for everything.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 16

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Setting Your Dreams

“Set your mind and keep it set on the higher things”
Colossians 3:2

We have all heard the old saying, “if you want to be successful in life follow your dreams.” I believe each of us needs to have dreams, and expectations as to what we expect out of life. Our life will follow our expectations. What we expect to get out of life is what we will get. If we have high expectations of what we want out of life we are much more likely to achieve it. If we drive through a nice neighborhood and see a stately house, and say to ourselves that someday I am going to own a house like that, we are establishing an expectation for ourselves, that we are someday going to be successful enough to be able to afford a house like that. Our dream of someday owning a house like we saw, will be an encouragement to us and motivate us enough to make our dreams come true. This dream of someday owning a house like this may be enough to encourage us to further our education and go to college. This dream may be just the little bit of encouragement that is needed for us to go the extra mile to push ourselves to reach our dream. If we establish thoughts that are positive in nature, our life will move in a positive direction, but if we establish negative thoughts our lives will move in a negative direction. If we expect defeat we will see failure, more disappointments and more hurt in our lives, as subconsciously we will expect these to happen and inevitably they will happen. However if we expect victory in our lives, and have dreams and expectations that are positive, we will see our thinking change to one of a positive nature, and our actions also will be affected, which will give us a much better chance to achieve our dreams. It is important that we program our minds for success. We must make our own choices as to what we expect out of our lives. When we establish our goals and objectives, and are committed to achieving them we are setting our dreams. If we dream big dreams, we will reap big harvests, but if we dream little dreams, we will reap small harvests. When you get up in the morning you need to set your mind in the right direction. Expect that great things are going to happen to you. Expect that God’s favor is going to be with you in everything you do, and ask him to help you make the right decisions. Whatever you expect to happen has a much better chance of coming to fruition, if you believe that they will happen. Have faith in what you expect to happen. We need to expect that God’s favor will be upon us and on our family. We need to expect God’s blessing in our lives. We need to dream big dreams and expect big blessings.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 15

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