My Daily Devotional


Birds Don’t Worry

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Matthew 6:26

Every week, I talk to dozens of my readers who tell me they are worried about their jobs, a relationship with someone, their health and a multitude of other problems. Worry is a problem many people face in their daily struggles, as they worry about their problems, and strategize as to how to solve them. I know that over the years I worried about things at my office, about my family, about my health, about so many other issues that I dealt with on a daily basis. But as I have gotten older, and have a much closer relationship with God, I have put all that worry behind me. The scripture above is one I can relate to, as when I go out into my yard and hear the birds singing, they are not worried about anything. They are happy, and are always singing. They make me smile, and cause me to pause and take in God’s beauty. Their songs remind me that God’s angels, are all around me, singing praise to the Lord and watching, protecting, and loving me. My worries go away, as I know that God is beside me, and has promised me that He will provide all my needs, just like He provides for the birds. I would encourage each of you to think about your life, and the things you worry about, then think about the birds and God’s promise that He will watch over and care for them, and that they matter to Him. You also matter to God and He will also watch over you, and take care of you. He will provide all your needs. Take God at His word, think about the birds, “Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
My Daily Devotional Volume Four
September 23

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Fathers Love Your Children

“The father of a righteous man has great joy, he who has a wise son delights in him.”
Proverbs 23:24

This devotional is dedicated to the many fathers that receive my devotionals, and the importance your role is in your family. Various studies conducted by Yale, Johns Hopkins and other groups have documented that the absence of a father is a stronger factor than poverty in contributing to juvenile delinquency. In forty eight cultures around the world crime rates were highest among adults who, as children, had been raised solely by women. A lack of closeness with fathers was the common factor in hypertension, coronary heart disease, malignant tumors, mental illness and suicide. A study of thirty-nine teenage girls suffering from anorexia showed that thirty-six of them had one common denominator, a lack of closeness with their fathers. It is a fact that an emotionally or physically absent father contributes to a child’s low motivation, low self-esteem and susceptibility to group influence and juvenile delinquency. It is clear, fathers are important in the lives of their children, and they need to be there not just physically, but emotionally as well. Being a father myself, I sometimes do not come up to the standard I set for myself, nevertheless, through the years of raising three wonderful children, God has continued to remind me that God’s standard for fatherhood is not perfection, it is love. And although I may have failed in some respect it was not in my love for each of them as this has always been the most important thing in my life. I would encourage each father to make sure that your children see the love you have for them, and demonstrate this to them each and every day during the time you have them. There is not a greater heritage that you can pass on to them than to show them love.

Pastor Robert William Brock
My Daily Devotional Volume Three
September 22

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Following Good Or Evil

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
1st Samuel 17:47

I have been doing family research for many years trying to trace my ancestor origins. This has become addictive to me, as I have learned much about my family’s history over the years, which has given me much insight into our heritage. I have discovered that my father’s blood line was heavily native American Indian, having been associated with the Cherokee Indian Tribes of Kentucky. My ancestors actually were the chiefs of the Cherokee Tribes and signed the peace treaty with the white man in the early 1800’s. During my research I discovered a story that was associated with the Chief of the Cherokee tribe who was my ancestor. It is a tale about two wolves. “One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, my son the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather; which wolf wins. The Old Cherokee simply replied, the one you feed.” This story really touched me, and the more I have thought about it, the more I realize how true it really is. We all have the choice in our lives to either do evil or good. We choose to either obey Satan or God, as this is the choice we all make each and every day of our lives. When we choose Satan we find all the attributes in the story above all come into play. We are self centered, prideful, angry and sinful people not having happiness and joy in our life. All the negative things we could ever think of are included in this choice. But when we choose God as our choice, there is joy, peace, love and a compassion for others. All the positive things we could ever dream about are in this choice. Through our actions, our thoughts and our behavior we either feed good or evil. We feed, worship and follow God or Satan. John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God is directing us to follow him as indicated in the scripture above. When we make the choice to follow God, obey his commandments and do his will for our lives, all the good attributes that is listed in the story above, will begin to be manifested in our lives. When we feed God we will have a life that will be productive, fulfilling and one that will be overflowing with his blessings.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
My Daily Devotional Volume Two
September 21

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Is Trouble Knocking

“For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”
2nd Corinthians 1:5

Are you worry free today, with nothing troubling you, or do you feel like the storms are closing in on you, and you don’t know what to do? Do you know that God is not sitting in Heaven saying, “What kind of trial and troubles can I send down on my children today?” We all know that trials and troubles come in all forms. They can be financial, health, relationships, jobs, or a multitude of other issues that are facing you today. God is not the one that is sending these issues in your life, but He is the only one that will make a way of escape from these issues for you. I currently have several friends who are facing some major trials. One family is dealing with their children, who are heavily into drugs and are resisting any help or advice from the parents. Another family is dealing with an alcoholic father who is abusing his wife and children. Another friend is having a difficult problem in his relationship with his wife, and threating divorce. Another friend has lost his job and is having severe financial problems. Another friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. These are typical examples of the kind of issues many people are facing today. The answer to all of these issues rests in the fact that they all need to be turned over to God. God can make a way of escape to heal and remove all these issues. The Bible gives us many scriptures, such as the one above that tells us that our comfort is to be found in Christ. We are not to cope with our troubles, but rather we are to turn them over to God. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1st Peter 5:7 The Lord will comfort you, and provide a way out, but so often we want to handle these issues ourselves, and unfortunately we usually don’t have the right answers, or make the right choices. If you have trouble knocking at your door today, don’t answer it yourself send Jesus to answer it for you, as He is the only one that has the answer.

September 19
My Daily Devotional Volume Nine
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

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Bank Of Happiness

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”
Proverbs 15:13

Today I want you to open a bank account, no not with money, but a bank account of happiness. But first let me ask you a question. Do your friends, neighbors, the people you work with, your school mates, anyone you meet know that you are happy, and have Jesus in your heart? Also did you know that God wants you to be happy at all times? If you are not happy, you will never be the kind of witness you need to be, showing others you have Christ in your life. How would you respond to someone who is miserable, always having a frown on their face, like they have lost their best friend? Would you want to be like them? Of course you wouldn’t. This is why God wants you to be happy. If you go around with a smile on your face, a friendly attitude, not grumbling about things, you are being an example to others who will want what you have. I have always felt that happiness is something that we all decide on ahead of time. You can choose to be happy or not to be happy. It is a decision we make each morning when we wake up. You have a choice you make each day, to either spend your day in bed recounting the difficulties that are going on in your life, or putting them aside and trust in God that He knows what is going on, and will deal with them for you. There are many blessings that God gives us each day, but so many of these we take for granted, and do not thank Him for. We need to wake up each day and thank God for all these blessings, and not dwell on our problems, but rather turn them over to God. He tells us to give our burdens to Him, and that He will provide all that we need. I believe that each day is a new gift, and as long as my eyes open each morning, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from it what you’ve put in. My advice is to deposit a lot of happiness during your life in your “bank of happiness.”

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
September 18

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Be Truthful Always

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
Ephesians 4:25

So often in life it is easy to stretch the truth, and not be completely honest to protect ourselves and not take the blame for something we knew about. I can remember one night as I was driving back home from a board meeting, when I realized one of my headlights was out. I was hoping I wouldn’t get stopped, but it was not long until a highway patrolman pulled out behind me, turned on his flashing lights and pulled me over. He said, “Son, did you know one of your headlights is out?” I replied, “One of my headlights is out?” He said, “Son, you’d better get that fixed.” I said, “Yes, sir.” When I pulled out I was convicted by the Holy Spirit which said, “Bob, you lied, you did not admit that you knew your headlight was out.” I said, “No, I didn’t lie, I just didn’t tell the whole truth.” It is so easy to sin, as even in this so called innocent act, even a white lie such as this is still a sin in the sight of God. The Bible tells us to always be aware of the schemes and temptations of Satan in our lives, as there will always be situations where we don’t tell the truth, and we might try to whitewash it with the justification it is only a white lie. White lies are sins just as stealing, using foul language, murder, or even adultery are sins. If there is any area in your heart that is not based on truth, you’ve made the devil a home in your heart, where one sin can lead to a multitude of other sins. During each day of your life you will make many choices, each choice is one that you can follow God or follow Satan. I would encourage you to be aware of each choice you make today, and make the ones that would be pleasing to God. Don’t give Satan a foothold in your heart, by compromising the truth. Always be truthful in all things.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
My Daily Devotional Volume Seven
September 17

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God’s Forgiveness

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
1st John 2:15

Recently one of my readers asked me a question, “if God will forgive us for anything we do (no matter how bad it is), then why should we try to be good”, as it seemed to him that all we have to do is ask God to forgive us when we do wrong. I realize that some people do say this, just as some have throughout history. But the Bible says otherwise, and we must not make a mockery of God’s forgiveness and grace. One reason we should avoid sin is because God wants us to love Him, and we cannot love God, and at the same time love sin, as is evident in the scripture above. Sin is an offense to God, and when we sin we are turning our backs on God and rejecting Him. A second reason why the Bible commands us to avoid sin, is because of what it cost God to make our forgiveness possible. Yes, for us forgiveness is a free gift; when we turn to Christ in repentance and faith, God promises to forgive us by His grace. But for God, forgiveness is costly because it cost Him the life of His own dear Son. On the cross, Jesus became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins, shedding His blood for us. Don’t ever scorn what Christ did for you and me, instead, turn from sin, and by faith ask Christ to come into your life today. Then make it your goal to live for Christ, who teaches us “to say No to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:12-13. If sin is controlling your life, today is the day to turn from it, as your tomorrow may not come.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
My Daily Devotional Volume Six
September 16

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