My Daily Devotional


Being Patient

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

One of the virtues that I am most lacking would have to be patience. I have a difficult time waiting, sitting back, not moving forward. While God wants us to be active, to be busy about our life and work for Him, there are times and situations that call for us to be patient. There are times and situations when we just have to wait on Him. Just as in hearing God’s voice, having this kind of discernment requires that close, intimate daily contact with the Lord to know what we should do. From my experience, let me give you a few things I have learned about waiting on God. In those big decisions in life, where to live, where to work, who our spouse will be, where we should go to college….those major decisions that can dramatically change our life….waiting on God is critical. That doesn’t mean we sit in our room with the curtains drawn, waiting for a lightning bolt from the sky. It means we move forward, but slowly, watching the signs God gives us along the way, not trying to force our will into the situation. God is really good about letting us know when we are headed in the wrong direction, but it requires us to WANT to hear him. So often we want something so bad, we try to make God point us in the same direction. I am not saying that our will and His will aren’t the same at times, but they are also different at times. You must be willing to put your will aside and try to see what God wants. He will guide you, closing doors to show you that this is not the right path to walk down, and opening doors to show you that is the path He wants you to walk down. Patience is waiting on God to show us His way instead of simply doing it our way and hoping God approves. You must draw closer to the Lord for support instead of pulling away, and trust that He is in control. Trusting God is what this life is about, and being patient while God works out those complicated situations in our life is what makes us strong and mature spiritually.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 20

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My Daily Devotional


God Gave

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
1 John 4:9

We have so much to be thankful for. But we have nothing greater to be thankful for than God’s gift to us of His Son. Each day is truly a day of thanksgiving! Because of this gift from God, we can be forgiven of our sins, and reunited with our Creator for eternity. So much of what I deal with each day in my devotionals is to help you walk through this short journey here on earth victoriously and productively. But we must never forget that our time here is very short, and there is an eternity waiting for us when this journey called life is over. I want to focus for just a minute today, to that split second when our life on this earth is finished and we are launched into eternity. Do you at this very moment have the assurance that when your life is over, you will spend your eternity in Heaven? If the answer to that question is anything but a resounding YES, then let me just share this simple truth with you. You see, our God, our Creator so loved this world, so loved His creation, that He sent His son, His only Son to be part of this world. Jesus had one mission in this life. It wasn’t to be a great teacher, though He was a great teacher. It wasn’t to be a great prophet, though He was a great prophet. It wasn’t to be a great miracle worker, though He did work many great miracles. No my friend, Jesus came to this world with only one job…to die for all your sin. You see, the reason it was vital for Jesus to be born of a virgin was so that He was not infested with the same problem you and I were born into this life with, sin. Jesus lived on this earth for some 33 years before it was time to complete His work. That work was finished on a cross on the hill called Calvary where He hung, and then died as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of this world. That is why, whosoever believes in Jesus, shall not perish, but have everlasting life! “God Gave” His son for us.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 19

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Do You Run From Sin

“She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”
Genesis 39:12

This may seem like an easy question to answer, but think carefully before you answer. Do you run away from sin, or do you run to sin? If you answer honestly, you will have to admit there have been times in your life when you were guilty of running towards sin, or at least NOT running when you saw sin coming. I have spoken in past Devotionals about the path of escape God not only always provides, but promises. In today’s scripture, Joseph saw sin coming. Realizing his own human weakness, he literally ran from it. THERE IS NOTHING COWARDLY ABOUT RUNNING FROM SIN. As a matter of fact, it is an act of cowardice to NOT run from sin. It takes a spiritual giant to see sin coming and flee from it. The Bible even tells us to “flee from sin.” Jesus told His disciples that if they loved Him, they would obey His commandments. As His disciples, we ultimately get the opportunity to show our love for Him often. It is usually in those cases when we have the opportunity to run from sin, or stay and indulge in it. Remember the next time you want to tell Jesus you love Him….show Him by following His commandments. I realize that many are in difficult situations today because you have succumbed to sin’s temptations…you stayed instead of running. Running is hard. It actually requires a supernatural strength we only possess through Christ. Again, that is why that intimate daily relationship with Him is so critical to our daily walk. It not only strengthens us, but sharpens our spiritual instincts so we can see sin coming and run from it. I am convinced that Joseph reaped the blessings of God for His obedience to God and when he saw sin coming his way he ran from it. What God did for Joseph, He will do for you, as he will also let you run from sin instead of running to it. Remember that the next time you see sin coming your way resist and run from it.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 18

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Are You Poor or Wealthy

“One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet he has great wealth.”
Proverbs 13:7

During my 45 year career in health care, I witnessed situations where someone in our hospital faced death almost every day. Many of these people were very wealthy and others were very poor. In all situations it did not make any difference about how much wealth they had accumulated or how little they had, as when death was staring them in the face they were all equal. Their wealth could not buy them an extra day as they all faced either an eternal life with Jesus or spending their eternity in Hell. Many people when they had Jesus in their hearts were at peace with themselves, and ready to stand before God and face their judgment. I have witnessed many of these people happy to leave the pain and suffering behind as they knew what their future held. Others that had not accepted Jesus and knew they had no hope, were bitter and resentful as they did not know what their future held. Wealth keeps many people from enjoying their lives, as they spend all their waking hours working to accumulate wealth and material possessions, but realize too late that all their wealth has not brought them happiness. Just recently one of the wealthiest men in the world made a large multi million dollar contribution to a very worthwhile charitable organization, and stated in the donation ceremony that this should help pay his way to heaven. Although his donation will certainly assist the needs of people, it certainly will not do anything to get him any priorities in heaven. The wealth that all of us need to obtain is to first ask God to forgive us of our sins, and accept Jesus into our hearts. When we do this one little thing, Jesus will consider us wealthy, and then peace and joy will fill our hearts, and then we will not fear death.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 17

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A Joy Filled Life

“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
2nd Timothy 2:19

Let me ask you a simple question this morning. Have you ever been afraid to give yourself totally to the Lord because you think you might be deprived of some pleasure in this life? Chances are, you have, and if you have, you are living a life of sin, and enjoying what you are doing, and don’t want to give up your pleasures and the joy it brings you. The reason you don’t want to change is that Satan is working overtime, and convincing you that you need these pleasures to be happy. Let me be the first to tell you that you don’t need these pleasures to have a happy and joy filled life. The real truth is, yielding completely to the Lord won’t cost you anything that’s worth having. Leaving your life of sin, and following the one that God wants you to follow will only cause you to live life to its fullest. Jesus’ life on earth was a perfect example of a totally yielded life. He was a walking example of the benefits godly living brings. Everywhere He went, Jesus made the deaf to hear, the blind to see, the lame to walk. He lived in perfect peace and absolute victory until He laid down His life giving you an opportunity to have an eternal life in Heaven. Do you think you would miss out on a lot if you lived that way? Of course not! You can walk in that same anointing and power and glory of God that Jesus did. Do you have to give up your whole life to do it? Yes! You have to trade your life of following Satan, for the life of God. You have to follow God’s plan and His paths for your life, which will lead to a home in Heaven, instead of following the paths of Satan, which will lead to an eternity spent in Hell. You have to trade your sickness for His healing, your poverty for His prosperity, your anxiety for His peace, your sin for His salvation. So why hesitate, choose a joy filled life with Jesus.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 16

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Is God Your Priority

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

I have always been very goal oriented, and have set daily goals, and focused my energy fully to accomplishing them. My goals have always been what was important to me that day, and If my goals are not accomplished each day, I feel that I have not given my full effort to the things that meant most to me. We can easily get sidetracked, by the busyness of daily living, and let little things take us away from the things that are most important to us. Your goals each day should include time to spend with God, in prayer, reading His Holy Word, and obeying fully His commands. These goals should be prioritized, and your worship time with God should always be your top priority. Making God first in all things, and setting goals each day, will help you keep your worship of God in the proper perspective. You must realize that Satan does not want you to make time for God, and will always fill your day with the busyness of meaningless tasks if you are not goal oriented. Selfishness is one of the ways that Satan comes at you, as if self gets in the way, you will use your time playing games on the computer, talking to friends, doing hobbies, watching sports, the list goes on. However, if your goal is to make God first in all you do, you will resist the selfish pleasures, and take the time needed for God. If you are really serious about making God first in your life, you must plan to devote the time necessary for Him. Set aside time each day to worship God, to pray and read your Bible. When you make God your priority and acknowledge Him, He will make your paths straight.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 15

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God Can Move Your Mountain

“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.”
Matthew 17:20-21

During our lives, we will all face major life-changing situations. The loss of a job, financial issues, the death of a loved one, a problem with our health, and possible relationship issues with family members, or even with our spouses. There are few people that at some time in their life that will not face a mountain that they do not know how to overcome. I know that many of you are facing a mountain today, that just seems to high, and you don’t know how to get over it. The message I want to give you today, is how you can respond to these life changing mountains. You can either allow the mountain in your life to keep you from fulfilling your purpose of serving God, and robbing you of your peace, joy and the abundance of this life, or you can move forward in His strength, putting your trust and faith in God to remove your mountain, and live in victory. In the scripture above Jesus tells you that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to your mountain “Be gone, and it will be gone.” Having grown up on a farm, a mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds, so it doesn’t take a lot of faith, but the question is, “do you trust God enough to put your complete faith in Him.” Let me encourage you today, that there is not a mountain that you are facing that cannot be moved. You may not understand why God has placed this mountain in your life, but He has not placed it there, without giving you the strength to overcome it. I want you to know that God will give you whatever strength you need to overcome, but you need to draw closer to Him, pray to Him, read His words, and then trust and have the faith that He will move your mountain.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
January 13

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