Present & Pleased Devotional DAY THIRTYTWO

How do you write a great devotion in roughly 200 words? How do I relate
to everyone reading it? Will they critique mine harder because I’m young, or since I’m about to become a pastor? I’m not good at writing. I’m not creative. I have nothing to offer that the readers don’t already know.

These are all thoughts going through my head as I type this. Pretty sad right? Satan wants for me to not even attempt to write this because He knows God can use it for something so much more than I can comprehend! The enemy wants to plant all kinds of seeds of doubt into our minds, hoping we ”water” just one of them, so it grows. Because if one seed of doubt grows, ten seeds of confidence shrink. The saddest part is I, we, so often let that happen. We act defeated before the battle even begins, but in reality, the only way we lose is if we don’t show up at all... because we have God on our side! God has never lost a battle, and I know He never will!

So, here I am, still typing, praying God uses these words like only He can, to help and encourage someone reading to keep pushing. I know it’s hard to be obedient. I know it’s scary being vulnerable. I know it’s extremely difficult not to worry. But we also know what God’s Word says about us…

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

“Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world”

“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline”


HAYDEN PONINSKI
young adult pastor

1 Comment


Jack Bain - May 15th, 2021 at 8:29am

Man, this really hit home with me. I have been questioning if God really wanted me to keep serving in the music ministry, even though he has clearly told me he does, but satan has been telling me different, and it's been a battle lately. Singing has been a part of me for most of my life, and God has used me when I didn't even feel like it. Thank you for this devotional, it has helped me realize that God is going to do great things with my God given gift, and great things in our church!

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