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Inspirational Bible Devotions by Topic

These inspirational devotions from the Bible are designed to offer encouragement from God's Word. Each topical devotional is illustrated with thoughts and images that will motivate you to meet and overcome the challenges and discouragements of daily life.
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How to Love Like Jesus
As Christians, we want to love like Jesus, but somehow we always fall short. Our humanness gets in the way. Learn how to abide in Christ so you can love like Jesus.

How to Forgive
Learning how to forgive does not come naturally to us. In fact, forgiveness runs counter to our human nature and our desire for revenge. With God’s help, we can learn how to forgive people who have hurt you.

10 Enlightening Forgiveness Quotes
The concept of forgiveness is challenging to believers. We struggle in our human nature to give forgiveness, yet it is one of the most essential and important facets of the Christian life. As you meditate on these enlightening forgiveness quotes, let the Lord fill you with his grace and power to accept and impart the vital gift of forgiveness.

How God Sees You
Child of God, do you see yourself how God sees you? Maybe you've developed a poor self-image through unpleasant experiences and misguided teachings. These wrong ideas you have about yourself can end up reflecting in how you think God sees you. But God's opinion of us is not based on our thoughts and assumptions. To truly understand how God sees...

'Why Me, God'
In this meditation, Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com points out the trouble with asking the question "Why me?" This line of thinking inevitably focuses our attention away from the solution and fixes our eyes on something likely to complicate the problem ... me.

The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom
J. Webb Mealy discusses the fear of the Lord and the meaning of Proverbs 1:7a: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom." He suggests that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but not the end of wisdom. To him, the end of wisdom (its goal and aim) is not to fear God, but to fear what God fears.

Experiencing God: The Lord Shows Himself in Unexpected Ways
Maybe you've already come to realize that experiencing God doesn't happen by following a formula. When we let go of our own expectations and start experiencing relationship with God, he begins to reveal himself to us in the most surprising, divine ways. Yet, that is when we become most certain that we are truly experiencing God.

Dealing With Difficult People God’s Way
Dealing with difficult people not only tests our faith in God, but it also puts our witness on display. One biblical figure who responded well to difficult people was David, who triumphed over many offensive characters to become king of Israel. Join Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com as he looks at some of the godly ways David dealt...

How to Build an Intimate Relationship with Jesus
As Christians grow in spiritual maturity, we hunger for an intimate relationship with Jesus, but at the same time we feel confused over how to go about it. This devotional by Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com provides the practical and spiritual principles we need to understand for building an intimate relationship with Jesus.

Beating Fear Takes the Right Approach
Overcoming fear is one of the toughest problems we face, but how successful we are depends on the approach we take. This devotional by Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com reminds us that trusting God makes all the difference in our battle to overcome fear.

The Turning Point in Prayer
While there is no special formula that guarantees the results we want in prayer, there is a key—a turning point in prayer—and we discover it by observing the way Jesus prayed.

Room for Growth - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Room for Growth is a devotional reading about growing in grace, reminding us never to get too comfortable in our walk with God. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Today’s Dirtiest Word
Although this Bible devotional by Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com is not R-rated for adult language, it does call your attention to today's dirtiest word. Curious? Then you'll have to read the devotional to learn today's dirtiest word.

What You Want Most in Life
In this devotional about surrender to God, Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com discusses a deep need we all have inside to be right. Yet, most of us aren't willing to pay the high price we know we must to be right. Surrender to God and obedience to his ways brings what we want most in life. That's the only way we can be right.

Why Change is So Hard
Do you feel like you're traveling down a dead end street, but the path to change seems too scary or just too hard to even consider? If fear of change has you stuck in a rut and headed nowhere fast, Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com shares some secrets to help you safely manage your way though change.

Second Thoughts About Being a Christian
Are you a Christian man who feels mostly like a fool and rarely like a faithful follower of Christ? You're not alone. In this devotional for Christian men, Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com reminds us that even the greatest men of the Bible had second thoughts.

The Ultimate Definition of Respect
Respect authority. Honor those in leadership. Obey your parents. Submit to your elders and teachers. These are not popular messages in today's culture. Take a look at what God says about respecting authority with contributing writer Karen Wolff of Christian-Books-for-Women.com. Karen also shares practical tips for submitting to God's authority...

Is God Sending You a Wake-up Call?
When bad things happen to you, is your initial thought, "Why is God punishing me?" Perhaps there is another possibility we would do better to consider first. Maybe God is sending a wake-up call.

The Healing Power of Laughter
Laughter therapy is good medicine, not only according to doctors, but also according to the Bible. If you suspect you might be suffering from laughter deprivation, let me encourage you to to get your daily dose of laughter therapy. It might be just what the Great Physician has prescribed to improve your health and bring joy back into your life.

What Really Matters - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
What Really Matters is a devotional reading about pleasing God, not man. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Who Are You Following? - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Who Are You Following? is a devotional reading about spiritual pride. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

The Real Problem with God
The real problem we have with God is that he is God and we are not. It is part of the human nature, our natural instinct, to want to be in control of our lives. But independence is a quality that is highly overrated. Get started solving your God problem by turning control of your life over to him.

Flabby Christians - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Flabby Christians is a devotional reading about daily spiritual discipline in the Christian life. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Christianity for Realists
Some people search for a "no problem life." If you're wondering why God doesn't spare us from problems, Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com does a great job in this article, "Christianity for Realists," breaking down the myth of a problem-free life and explaining how Jesus intended for us to face our troubles.

Perseverance is the Key
Perseverance is the Key is a daily devotional reading about persevering through life's trials. Told through the eyes of a mother, this is the story of one young woman's determination to succeed despite serious physical obstacles.

The Prodigal Son
Take a look at the Parable of the Prodigal Son, also known as the Lost Son. You might even identify yourself in this Bible story when you consider the closing question, "Are you a prodigal, a pharisee or a servant?"

Many Adversaries - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Many Adversaries is a daily devotional reading about following God's call and facing adversity. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

I Just Can't Do It! - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
I Just Can't Do It! is a daily devotional reading about dependence on God. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Relationship with Jesus - Take the Jesus Test
"Take the Jesus Test," by Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com will cause you to stop and think about your relationship with Jesus. Do you seek God only for what he has to offer you, or do you pursue him simply for who he is and all that he means to you?

Boast Only About the Lord - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Boast Only About the Lord is a daily devotional reading about pride and boasting. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Looking Good - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Looking Good is a daily devotional reading about how to deal with feelings of inadequacy. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Faithful Stewards - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Faithful Stewards is a daily devotional reading about being a good steward of God's gifts. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Sin is Serious! - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Sin is Serious! is a daily devotional reading about the seriousness of dealing with sin in the body of Christ. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

The Broken Toe - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
The Broken Toe is a daily devotional reading about spiritual gifts and the body of Christ. The study focuses on the importance of every member of the body of Christ, even the seemingly insignificant ones. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

The Greatest is Love - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
The Greatest is Love is a daily devotional reading about Christian love and the value of developing love in our Christian character. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Life's Greatest Spiritual Secret
What if I promised to share with you life's greatest spiritual secret? Would you believe the secret is as simple as this: trusting God? You probably already know this great truth, but perhaps haven't discovered how to practice it by putting your trust in God in your daily life. Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com unlocks "the secret...

The Unanswered Prayer
Is there such a thing as unanswered prayer? This devotional by Karen Wolff of Christian-Books-for-Women.com suggests that every prayer is indeed answered by God, just not always in the way we expect. Sometimes the answer to our prayer seems delayed because God wants to use our circumstances to stretch our faith, change us, or even change our...

Run the Race - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Run the Race is a daily devotional reading about spiritual discipline and perseverance in the daily Christian life. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

How to Become More Lovable
Although directed toward single Christians, this devotional on how to love and be loved reveals a few basic principles that almost all Christians would benefit from learning. It's actually very simple to become more lovable, once you know how. Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com encourages us to follow the example of the most lovable...

Knowledge Puffs Up - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Knowledge Puffs Up is a daily devotional reading that cautions believers to guard against the sin of pride that can come from acquiring knowledge through Bible study. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Judge Yourself! - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Judge Yourself! is a daily devotional reading about why we should judge ourselves to avoid the Lord's discipline, or worse, condemnation. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

Do as They Do - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Do as They Do is a daily devotional reading about lifestyle evangelism and effective soul winning. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

When All You Have Left is Jesus
Suffering and sorrow are a part of life. Knowing this, however, doesn't make it any easier to cope when you find yourself in the midst of the deepest, darkest trials. If you are suffering to the point of despair, let these words of encouragement help you hang on to your faith.

Dirty Laundry - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
Dirty Laundry is a daily devotional reading about division in the church. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

A Way of Escape - Light Reflection Daily Devotional
A Way of Escape is a daily devotional reading about dealing with temptation. It is part of the Light Reflection daily devotional series by Rebecca Livermore.

What's Your Life Purpose?
If finding your life purpose seems like an elusive undertaking, don't panic! You are not alone. In this devotional by Karen Wolff of Christian-Books-for-Women.com you'll find reassurance and practical support for finding and knowing your life purpose.

When Celebrities Melt Down
Have you ever wondered why so many rich and famous people seem to mess up their lives so badly? We read about celebrity scandals every day. Even though they have the admiration of millions of fans and every luxury money can buy, celebrities still can't get it right. So what's the problem?

Who Do You Want to Fit in With?
In "Who Do You Want to Fit in With?," Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com offers sensible advice to Christian men struggling with the need to fit in.

What Did Lazarus See?
Most of us have spent some time wondering what heaven will be like. Wouldn't you have been eager to know just what Lazarus saw during those four days he ventured into the afterlife? Curiously, the Bible doesn't reveal what Lazarus saw in heaven. But it does make plain one very important truth about heaven.

The Lesson From Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech tragedy makes no sense, but yet there is a lesson we can learn from it. History has proven that the human spirit shines brightest when tested by adversity. Join Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com as he dares us to be honest with God and consider "The Lesson From Virginia Tech."

4 Keys to Making Right Decisions
Do you have trouble making decisions? For some people decision making is easy. But for most of us, it's difficult to know if we're using good judgment as we make daily decision about life. In her humorous and candid style, Karen Wolff of Christian-Books-for-Women.com offers four keys to making right decisions.

How to Solve Your 'Stuff' Problem
Let's face it, most of us have too much stuff. In "How to Solve Your 'Stuff' Problem," Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com discusses this phenomenon—our tendency to have too much stuff—and offers a solution.

How Fit is Your Faith?
How fit is your faith? Do you need a spiritual check-up? If you sense something might be wrong in your Christian walk, here are 12 signs of a healthy faith-life. If your faith-life is not characterized by all, or at least some of these areas, it might be time to examine your Christian walk, or maybe even look for a new church.

Easter Devotional: What is My Purpose?
Discover a bit about the joy-filled purpose of your life through this Easter devotional. Jesus knew the purpose for his life on earth. He endured the cross with that purpose in mind. In "The Gift of Joy," Warren Mueller encourages us to follow Christ's example and discover the joy-filled purpose for our lives.

Mathematical Proof of God?
Do we really need mathematical proof of God's existence? Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com talks about the faith shattering experience of...

Is Ambition Unbiblical?
Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com continues his series of teachings for Christian men only by asking the question, "Is Ambition Unbiblical?" He encourages Christian men to take a moment to consider the worthiness of their ambitions. In light of eternity, what pursuits will bring the greatest rewards?

Worship Through Relationship
What does it mean to worship God? Karen Wolff of Christian-Books-For-Women.com show us that we can learn a lot about worship simply through relationship with God. In "Are You Seeking God's Face or God's Hand?" you'll discover a few keys to opening God's heart through praise and worship.

How to Survive a Power Failure
Continuing in our series of teaching resources for Christian men only, Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-Singles.com shines a light on "How to Survive...

Money and Wealth - Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown
The Bible has quite a bit to say about money, wealth and riches. In "Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown," Jack Zavada of Inspiration-for-singles.com considers what the Bible says about wealth and riches and how Christians can find fulfillment even with lifestyles of the poor and unknown.

How do Christians Deal with Stress?
We will answer the question, "How do Christians deal with stress?" First we'll look at how Christians define stress and the basic cause of stress among Christians. Then we will discover that stress relief for a Christian begins and ends with two basic disciplines: prayer and meditation on the Word of God.

Clean Up Your Thinking
Do you need to clean up your thinking? Do you have negative thoughts about yourself and others? As Christians we may not even realize how our wrong thinking is affecting our concept of God. Don't let trashy thinking litter your mind and ruin your life. Jack Zavada shows us how to clean up our "stinking thinking" and take out the garbage.

Too Proud to Ask for Help
Christian men - are you too proud to ask for help? If pride is keeping you from asking God for help, your Christian life won't stand a chance. This article will help you learn how to break the cycle of pride and get into the habit of asking God for help.

How to Have a Full and Meaningful Life
This devotional by Warren Mueller will help you discover the key to living a full and meaningful life.

The Christian Response to Disappointment
The Christian life can easily lead to disappointment when strong hope and faith collide with an unexpected reality. When our prayers aren't answered and our dreams become shattered, disappointment is the natural result. Jack Zavada examines "The Christian Response to Disappointment" and offers practical advice for turning disappointment in a...

Overcoming Anxiety
Do you often deal with anxiety? Are you consumed with worry? You can learn to manage feelings of anxiety and worry by understanding what the Bible says about them. In this excerpt from his book, "Truth Seeker - Straight Talk From The Bible," Warren Mueller studies the keys in God's Word to overcoming your struggles with anxiety and worry.

Overcoming Despair - Jars of Clay Devotional
This inspirational devotion from the Bible is designed to offer encouragement from God's Word in overcoming despair. Jars of Clay devotional is illustrated with thoughts and images that will motivate you to meet and overcome despair.

Loneliness - Discover the Cure for Loneliness
Are you a single Christian struggling with loneliness? Discover the cure for loneliness by examining these biblical principles with Jack Zavada.

Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead
Learn a lesson about persevering through trials in this Bible story summary: "Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead." Many times we feel like God waits too long to answer our prayers and deliver us from a terrible situation. But our problem couldn't be any worse than Lazarus' — he had been dead for four days before Jesus showed up!

The Baptism of Jesus by John
Have you ever wondered why Jesus was baptized? This Bible story summary of "The Baptism of Jesus by John" will answer that question. I've provided a brief summary of the story and the Scripture reference where the story can be found in the Bible.

The Last Supper - Bible Story Summary
A brief summary of the Bible story, "The Last Supper," with Scripture reference, interesting points or lessons to be learned from the story, and a...

David and Goliath
A brief summary of the Bible story, David and Goliath, with Scripture reference, interesting points or lessons to be learned from the story, and a question for reflection.

Noah's Ark and the Flood
A brief summary of the Bible story, "Noah's Ark and the Flood," with Scripture reference, interesting points or lessons to be learned from the story, and a question for reflection.

Jesus Walks on Water
A brief summary of the Bible story, "Jesus Walks on Water," with Scripture reference, interesting points or lessons to be learned from the story, and a question for reflection.

The Tower of Babel
A brief summary of the Bible story, "The Tower of Babel," with Scripture reference, interesting points or lessons to be learned from the story, and a question for reflection.

Spiritual Spring Cleaning
Do you need to learn how to spring clean your spirit? Spring cleaning, though worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an eternal influence. If you are in need of a spiritual spring cleaning, these seven steps will show you how.

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