Pastor Stephen Dedman

Devotional For December 5, 2023

“Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12‬:‭45‬

This verse draws attention to the consequences of spiritual neglect and the importance of guarding our hearts against negative influences.

Jesus describes a man who, after being delivered from an unclean spirit, neglects to guard his heart. The consequences are severe – not only does the initial demon return, but it is accompanied by even more demons.

This symbolizes our spiritual lives. When we experience moments of victory or deliverance, it is crucial to recognize the need for continued spiritual development. Our hearts are susceptible to various influences, and without intentional guarding, we risk falling into a state worse than before.

Are there negative forces or habits that need to be addressed in your life? Identify the areas where you can guard your heart more diligently. Actively cultivate positive habits and engage in activities that nurture your spiritual well-being. This may include prayer, meditation, studying scripture, and surrounding yourself with uplifting community.


Lord, thank You for the deliverance and victories You’ve granted in my life. Help me to guard and protect my heart. Open my eyes to the evil influences that may lead me astray. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For December 4, 2023

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭38‬:‭4‬

This verse invites humility and trust, acknowledging that God’s ways surpass our comprehension. As you face the challenges of life, find peace in surrendering to the Creator who intricately designed the foundations of the world. Embrace the truth that you are held secure in the hands of the One who spoke the universe into existence.

Instead of relying solely on personal understanding, actively seek God’s wisdom through prayer, meditation, and studying scriptures. Trust that God’s guidance surpasses human wisdom, and align your decisions with His revealed truth.

Apply this verse during times of suffering. Remember that just as God’s wisdom laid the foundations of the earth, His wisdom is at work in your life’s foundation.


Lord, Your works are beautiful and amazing. Help me to trust Your infinite wisdom. Give me strength to understand Your ways and purpose for my life. in Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For December 3, 2023

Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100‬:‭2‬

To serve with gladness is an invitation to infuse every act of service with a spirit of joy. As we go about our daily tasks, we are to carry with us a glad heart, knowing that our service is never in vain.

The call to come before His presence with singing is an acknowledgment that our worship is not confined to a designated time or space; rather, it is a continual melody that accompanies our journey. Everyday is an opportunity to worship.

The joy of the Lord becomes our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and as we serve with gladness, we tap into a wellspring of strength that sustains us in every season. It transforms mundane tasks into offerings and ordinary moments into encounters with the extraordinary.

Our service and worship are interconnected movements. Serving with gladness becomes an act of worship that reaches the ears of our Heavenly Father. So, let your service be an expression of joy, your worship a sweet melody rising from the depths of a grateful heart.


Lord, let my service and worship to You be worthy and acceptable. Fill my heart with joy that allows me to serve with gladness. Help me to balance service and worship and glorify Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.