Inspirational Devotions with
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Do you remember any inspirational devotions you recently heard or read? What made them memorable? If you are like me, you recall a powerful illustration or true life story.
Jesus used stories to illustrate his teachings. As He taught God's truths He talked about farming, politics, religion and families. Likewise, the apostle Paul used examples from athletics and nature. Not much has changed. Today we still like to talk about our jobs, family, and politics! Inspirational devotions with real life stories and powerful application motivate people to Christ-likeness.
Great Bible Study Lesson Plans
relate a felt need; identify what's at stake
accurately explain the Bible passage
tell engaging real life stories
call to action; present clear "next steps"
Regardless of the type of devotion, lesson, or sermon I'm preparing, it takes hours to develop these four elements. These inspirational devotions will save you time. For a small group or Sunday School lesson, I've included discussion questions. You can add more illustrations from your own life. Remember the goal: To be like Jesus and help others do the same.
Here is a list of our inspirational devotions. (If you don't find what you need, check out our
It gives a complete list of all our Bible study lesson plans.) Following the title I've listed the Scripture passage and topic. A preview of the real life story follows.
What is the Holy Spirit
- Various scriptures - What is the Holy Spirit?
Dwight L. Moody once said, "True, we have heard of the Holy Spirit, and we have read of Him, but we have little personal knowledge. . ."
Encouraging Bible Verses
- Various scriptures - Jesus eats breakfast with His apostles
I shared an office with an individual who habitually greeted me with, "Paul, I don't know what's wrong, but I'm in a really bad mood today." How Great is Our God- Various scriptures - Accept the Love of God
Peter Scazzero makes the observation that people are like icebergs. . . Thanksgiving Verses- Various scriptures - Some of My Favorite Thanksgiving Verses
You can personalize thanksgiving verses.
Inspirational Devotions from the Old Testament
- Genesis 37-50 - Joseph forgives his brothers
You never know how forgiving a person you really are until someone wrongs you. Can you relate? Becoming Emotionally Mature
- Genesis 45 - Joseph and His Brothers
In his classic book Dare to Discipline, Dr. James Dobson tells the story of a 13th century experiment that involved fifty infants. . . Are You Devoted to Following God?
- Numbers 13-14 - Twelve spies
I heard a business consultant tell about the training he was doing for a company’s employees. . . Achieving the Impossible
- Numbers 13-14 - Twelve Spies
I once read an article entitled, “The 41 Worst Predictions of all Time” Facing the Impossible with God's Power
- Joshua 5-6 - Battle of Jericho
Every few years a motivational seminar comes to Omaha. . . My Brother's Keeper
- Joshua 6 - Achan's sin
In sports, the infraction of one player penalizes the entire team. . .
Bible Study - Make Time for It
- Psalms - David and God's Word
Gordon MacDonald tells a story from African colonial history. . . Guard Your Heart
- Proverbs - Watch your mouth, eyes, and feet
The mouth is to the heart what a printer is to a computer. . . Quotes about Friendship
- Proverbs - Characteristics of a Friend
On August 5, 1936, at the Berlin Olympic Stadium it was a little past nine in the evening. The pole vault event . . .
Jesus is Love - Experience It
- Jeremiah 31:3 - God's and Jesus' love
Bob George tells the true story of a three-year-old boy who lived at the White House. . . Inspirational Devotions from the New Testament
Training for a Marathon and Christian Disciplines
- Matthew 7:24 - Jesus and the Apostles
In 1981 Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. . .
Being Like Jesus is Enough
- Matthew 10:24 - Jesus' Priority in Training
Do you need to be "gifted" in order to make a difference?
Bible Curriculum Must be Accompanied by Relationships
- Mark 3:13-14 - Jesus trains the 12
I stumbled onto a book entitled, Why Jesus Never Wrote a Book. . . Passing On Bible Truth
- Mark 4:1-20 - Parable of the Sower
Most men love to read the sports page but not the Bible. . . How to Motivate Yourself
- Mark 12:28-31 - How to Motivate Yourself
William Booth said, "The tendency of fire is to go out, so guard the fire on the altar of your heart." Advent Reflections
- Luke 1 - Advent Reflections - Birth of John the Baptist
Anything you are not praying about, you are doing on your own. Peer to Peer Network Evangelism
- Luke 5:27-29 - Call of Matthew
Veteran small group expert Neil Cole notes that the average person has fifteen hundred acquaintances in life. Do You Believe in Miracles?
- Luke 19 - Zaccheus
David Platt tells the story of an old preaching professor who took his students to a cemetery every semester... How to Hear from God
- Acts 17:11 - The Bereans
What if I purchased a gym membership and asked you to come and watch me work out?. . . When God Made You
- Acts 17:26 - When God Made You
The true story of Suen Douh Camp, Hong Kong. Christian Giving
- II Corinthians 8-9 - Plan, Principle, and Purpose of Giving
The true story of Hetty Green. She died in 1916, the richest and most detested female in America. . . Christian Priorities
- Colossians 3:3 - Focusing on Things Above
The Parker Brothers trading game, Monopoly, was invented during the Great Depression in 1935. . . Reflecting Christ's Likeness
- Colossians 3:5-16 - Our Disposition
Hockey Death No Surprise to Sports Observers. . . Success Requires Succession
- II Timothy 2:2 - Paul's charge to Timothy
Would you rather have $100,000 today or one penny, doubled every day for a month?. . . God Is Great
- Hebrews 13:8 - Enlarge your Vision of God
"What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." A.W. Tozer. . . Jesus, Lover of My Soul
- I John 4:10 - Four aspects of Jesus' love
Whenever I think of Valentine's Day, the images of cards, flowers and dinner out all come to mind.
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