Do You Want Restoration? - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Do You Want Restoration?

August 28



Extreme pressure can cause the destruction of the strongest of teams. Just watch reality tv. You watch spouses, siblings, best friends compete as a team only to get into the thick of the competition when they begin to complain and criticize each other. That usually marks the beginning of the end.

Well, unfortunately, this is a struggle for Christians too.

James 5:9 says, “Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.”

It’s too easy to play the blame game when life is hard. It’s common to look at your neighbor and say, “Hey, this is your fault.” That’s what Adam did with Even when confronted by God about eating from the tree of good and evil. Adam told God, “Hey, God, it’s not my fault. It’s your fault. You gave me this woman. It’s her fault. She gave me the apple.”

A better way of approaching our situations is to not criticize others regardless of responsibility. But instead, manage how you react. We are to build up and encourage with our words.

Not only does this result in a better community, but Jesus is coming again and will reward the Christian for their actions and their reactions.


Text in Context: Read James 5:7-12

Reflect: What’s the connection between the illustration of the farmer and the return of Christ? How will Christ judge His followers from non-believers? How should this judgment impact how we live today?

Respond: Who do you know who needs encouragement instead of criticism? Go encourage them today. Who needs to hear the gospel before Christ comes back? Tell them today. 

Prayer: Father, thank you for the people you’ve put in my life. I pray for my friends and family, who don’t know you through your Son. Open their hearts to the gospel. Give me boldness to share it with them. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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I am praying with you for Michael!
I recognize that I belong to the culture of criticism and because of those it is so easy for me to see the lack in others before I do, but thanks to the word of God because is always before me encourging me to go ahead.
Thank YOU JESUS for everything YOU do, everything You've done and everything YOU'RE going to do!!! AMEN and AMEN!!!
That was our Sunday School lesson today. Two Kinds of Wisdom! Thanks
Father I thank you for reminding me that I belong to you. Thank you for not letting to walk out of covenant with you. Thank you for reminding me where I came from. Thank you for reminding me that there is no option to go back. So Father I thank you for pushing me that I may continue my course. In Jesus name. Amen
Thank you Lord for allowing us to find our place of contentment. Thank you strength to get the day. Thank yo for mercy and grace Lord. Thank you for in being content we find peace.
Thank Father for a direct line we have with you. Thank you helping us realize the power there is in prayer. Thank you for providing us with such a awesome tool. Thank you Lord that know best what we need. In Jesus name. Amen.
This is a good reminder. I thank you Lord because at times I need the encouragement. Yes Father give us the boldness that we may be able to go wherever you ordained us to walk that we maybe able to preach the Gospel. In Jesus name. Amen
This subject is so very needed in this world right NOW! Love it It is so key at this day and time because of what we as nation is going through. The Black Lives Matter, COVID-19 and hurricane Laura that hit the Louisiana and Texas. We all need to be more kinder to each and put GOD 1st.
Patience is the character of farmers and so it's expected of believers too. Jesus is our rewarder, we must wait patiently for His coming!. When it comes to family and relationship issues it is not winning argument that matters but asking God the grace to take responsibility and keep the peace.
Keeping the perspective of judgment allows me to stay focused on the fact that there is a bigger picture. Sometimes when I’m in the midst of disagreements, I think that it is a critical issue and I must stand my ground. But keeping eternity in my mind allows me to reflect on my thoughts and actions differently. I know this disagreement is 1,000,000 mm of a second when compared to eternity. I love having that perspective.
Thank you and God bless you
Good topic. It's easier to criticize others when we are not the person in charge. Rather, we should humble ourselves and pray for each other. Only God can judge with justice. Lord, in your mercy, grant us to live in peace with one another. Amen.
Thank You and Bless you
Lord, I pray. Help me to be an encourager instead of being a criticize. I pray for your people now going through all kind of abnormal situations. You are their source and I can depend on you. Touch them right now. Amen
May your prayers be answered, and may God be with Micheal in his time of need.
Father, God, help me to build others up. Give me the words and wisdom needed to accomplish this. Help me tell others in need about Your goodness. Thank You for being so good to me In Jesus Christ name I pray Amen
I must encourage especially my husband because he’s one of the sweetest guys I know.
Please pray for my son in law he has internal bleeding Michael Cunningham is his name please call his name out to God. Thank you in advance
As Christ followers need to be patience until the coming of the Lord, the farmer waits for the early and the later rain for the precious fruit of the earth, being patience about it until the receives the early and the late rains. You also be patience. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of of the Lord. But above all, my brothers, do not swear either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Amen ! Thank you Jesus! ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Criticism is to submit to the one who tempts and for the moment you may feel good, but in the end, it is a temporary satisfaction. As Joshua said, Which will you worship — the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living?As for me and my family we will worship the Lord. (Jos 24: 15)
There are many verses that state the fruit of the tree. There are translations that believe it was an apple. The Psalm song plus others. That being said it is not as you say false to change words of God. For "man" is who is doing the translation of The Holly Bible. Perhaps instead you should have with kindness as God tells us not judge as You clearly did. It's ok we forgive You just as Jesus does for thinking using an apple as an example is wrong. There are pictures of the fruit please look it up. God Bless You.
Keep trying never forget that God is holding your hand as you stand to his right. Listen, listen He will lead and guide you. May God Bless You and Keep You Always in Jesus name Amen.
Thank you for this post. I have to work on my reactions. As a wife and mother I tend to be defensive, however I am committed to doing God's will.
I shared an article with a dear friend (which I really do not like doing) which I felt God wanted me to do it; do I did. I am trying to listen and follow God's will for my life.
Do you need defending? It's hard to answer this issue not knowing the exact topic. In general, I'd say if you know the truth and God knows the truth, that is what matters. Often, the comments people make are petty jabs designed to provoke us into spending our time and energy on arguing. That time and energy can generally be spent much more productively by sharing God's love in other ways. If a sincere explanation or a desire to understand something is asked for, that is different. But you can tell if someone wants to argue. Walk away from those situations.
Where in the Bible do you get that Adam said the fruit was an Apple? God warns us not to take away or add to His Word.
Thank you for this timely devotional. I needed to hear these words today as I do have a tendency to play the blame game.
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I seem to always end up defending myself, how can I learn to keep the mouth shut and the tongue still
Thank you for this forum.
Love this.
There are few persons I pray that they trust, love and have faith in GOD and take JESUS as their SAVIOR
Thank you for instructions. We do need to daily keep tract of reactions
Great message!
I am struggling to love an unsaved in-law who has been put in our lives. I am reminded that this family is the only Bible he reads at the moment.
Thank you for that! That was timely for me today, especially at work.
Thank you, Jetate - we fixed it.
So difficult to forgive daily emotional hurt after 49 years of marriage. Pray for me.
Thanks, Nat, for your posts. They help us focus daily. Do you want feed-backs on typos? Here is a missing word. 'know.' "Prayer: Father, thank you for the people you’ve put in my life. I pray for my friends and family, who don’t you through your Son. Open their hearts to the gospel. Give me boldness to share it with them. Amen."
Forgiveness is better than criticism and it help both you and the other person. When you criticize others usually it is a selfish respond to an event that did not go the way you wanted. Your ego and or pride is broken and you protect yourself. Instead think of the other person and trust God with the results. Amen
Good lesson just was approach with this yesterday! I learned a better way through this thank you
This short lesson was exactly what I needed this morning. I pledge to do much better in my life. May be God bless each of you truly is my prayer. Amen
I needed this today.
Thank you! This devotional really hit home with me in light of events that have happened in my life.
Thank for this devotional, this is exactly how I feel lately, blaming others from my problem, I know it’s a sin but not confessing it. May The Lord be merciful to me as He is a merciful Savior. Pray for me brothers and sisters.
Thank you. I needed to be reminded. Be blessed.
I like a prayer for someone who is Feeling they Are alone completely In a situation yes physically they are only one feeling feeling but they need to grasp they not truly alone that God is there if they only seek feel His compassion Grace etc feel know trust Others are praying etc for them also !!
Thank you for this timely reminder! It is so applicable to the time we're living in today where the love of many has grown cold, and we've stopped loving our neighbors and instead murmur and complain about each other. Father , help us to to be wise like the men of Issichar obderving the times, and recognizing that Jesus' return is eminent. Give us boldness to share the "good news" in love with all who we encounter each day. Let us be a beacon of light in this dark world.
Thank you much needed praises to a true living God
AMEN it just seems to get harder but I have God's 🙏 blessings me every day 24/7 it's been a hard road but God has blessed me and he has me by my right hand 🙏 blessings thank you Lord for everything my ups and downs he will make me stronger everyday amen