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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

One of the tragedies that we see in our nation every day is that we have forgotten the Lord and have replaced Him with our activity. Think about that for a moment. Many people want to do the activities of religion, rather than actually knowing the Lord intimately. 

They would rather talk about Him than talk to Him. They would rather do things to serve Him than to bow before Him. In fact, it is like this; we are focused on the product of spiritual awakenings rather than being focused on the producer of spiritual awakenings. 

Do you realize that worship is more than singing in a service? Worship starts with the posture of your heart. You can sing as loudly as you want to, but if your heart isn’t in the right place, it means nothing. 

Additionally, one of the best things you can do for people is to pray for them. God can do so much more in His power than we ever could in our own power. By praying and asking for Him to intervene, we are asking Him to meet the needs of others rather than trying to meet those needs in our own strength. 

These actions of worship and prayer are the result of spiritual awakenings. They don’t produce spiritual awakenings, but they are the result of spiritual awakenings! Sadly, that is where we are in this country. In churches, we are more concerned about programs, organization, architecture, and schedules! Why are we doing that? We need to be focused on bowing before the Lord Himself!

Don’t get so caught up in what you are doing for the Lord that you neglect spending time with Him. Give higher priority to your relationship with Him than your service for Him. Let Him work on you from the inside out, and see how everything changes. 


  1. Gregory Dille on September 9, 2021 at 4:22 am

    So TRUE!!!

  2. Kelly on September 9, 2021 at 5:43 am

    I know this to be true

  3. Susette Loughney on September 9, 2021 at 7:38 am

    I do understand that a lot of people go out and do the works I am disabled so I can’t go out but I don’t really ever did that anyway I would rather talk to Jesus I just talk out loud around the house.

  4. Wilma Gentzler on September 9, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Good Morning Pastor Curt,
    Thank you so much for your daily devotionals.
    They are a blessing to me. I read them every morning.
    I also watch you on TV on Sunday Morning before I go to my church, First Baptist Church Mascoutah, Illinois.
    Thank you and GOD bless you and your ministry.

  5. Marty Harding on September 9, 2021 at 9:44 am

    One of my priorities every morning is to read your daily devotional—helps me to have a positive purpose fir each day the Lord gives me. Hallelujah!!

  6. James W Howell on September 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    PRAISE GOD, PRAISE JESUS, I Love You Lord !!

  7. Derrick Mccord on September 17, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    More than ever

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