Morning Devotions with Chris Witts

Morning Devotions with Chris Witts

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Morning Devotions is a five-minute daily reflection for anyone curious about faith, or looking for encouragement in their walk with God. In his warm and friendly style, presenter Chris Witts — a well-loved Salvation Army minister — shares bite-sized messages applying faith to everyday life.


Why Worry? – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Sep 22 • 4 min
Worry is a bad investment of time and energy. It doesn’t add; it subtracts from our life. It will rob us of our joy, and our contentment.
God Gives Wisdom — Morning Devotions
Sep 21 • 4 min
Trust God; there are benefits: he gives us wisdom and understanding, and he guides and directs our lives in a personal and meaningful way.
Adversity and Courage — Morning Devotions
Sep 20 • 4 min
Problems are not meaningless; God develops a purpose behind each, and we can have joy in the middle of it all.
More Boxes and Stuff – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Sep 19 • 4 min
We measure our lives by achievements, jobs, possessions. We forget that nothing lasts forever, except a relationship with Jesus Christ.
More Boxes and Stuff – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Sep 18 • 4 min
God longs to provide abundant life for all. But life is not just about possessions. Jesus warns us about greed—yearning for more and more.
Lots of Questions — Morning Devotions
Sep 17 • 4 min
What is my life all about? God has a master plan for you and me—he has already laid out the plan and it’s up to us to find it.
How To Be Up When You’re Down — Morning Devotions
Sep 16 • 4 min
Depression have many causes and will occur because we live in a fallen world, but we can, by God’s grace, do something about it.
Pray Hardest When It’s Hardest To Pray — Morning Devotions
Sep 15
Allow God to be your comfort in these troubled times. You can know peace, even while the world is in turmoil. God does not change. Ever.
Boiling Water – Potatoes, Eggs, Coffee Beans — Morning Devotions
Sep 14 • 5 min
It’s inevitable that you will experience some kind of problem or adversity. How do you endure adversity? Do you come out stronger?
What Happens in a Crisis – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Sep 13 • 4 min
In times of crises, we need to remember that God has been faithful in the past, he is in the present, and he will be in the future.
What Happens in a Crisis – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Sep 12 • 4 min
We must all face crises in our lives. A decisive moment, a significant event in our life that can go either way. Are we there alone?
Knowing God — Morning Devotions
Sep 11 • 4 min
Knowing God and what he wants from us is the most worthy pursuit of your entire life. Then entering into a personal relationship with Jesus.
Feeling Overwhelmed — Morning Devotions
Sep 10 • 4 min
Fear makes us feel overwhelmed. Try this: Watch your health, break the task down, look for alternatives and pray for God’s help.
No-One Is Perfect — Morning Devotions
Sep 9 • 4 min
We all want to think of ourselves as normal. But we all know we are not perfect. Yet God can use us, even for great things!
Becoming a More Confident Person — Morning Devotions
Sep 8
We all have moments when we lack confidence. But God created you in his own image and he wants you to value yourself the way he sees you.
A Crisis of Faith — Morning Devotions
Sep 7 • 4 min
When we suffer, even though we have been faithful, it can lead to doubts about God’s love for us. God takes us through troubles, not out.
Overcoming Boredom – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Sep 6 • 4 min
Boredom is a disease of the soul, a warning sign from God, which you must face. that your life is moving in the wrong direction.
Overcoming Boredom – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Sep 5
Boredom can give rise to negative emotions and behaviours—there is a restlessness from within that needs to be handled wisely.
Good Role Models — Morning Devotions
Sep 4 • 4 min
If ever you need a guide in life, Jesus is the best one to turn to because he knows all about you, and where the future will lead you.
I Feel Like a Doormat — Morning Devotions
Sep 3 • 4 min
We should not allow others to trample on us without defending our stand. Jesus retained his dignity, principles and self-respect.
No More Self-Pity — Morning Devotions
Sep 2 • 4 min
Take responsibility for yourself because there is a lot at stake. God promises to be with us, every step of the way.
Running the Race — Morning Devotions
Sep 1 • 4 min
Life is like a race, and we are encouraged to run well. The prize of eternal life is for everyone who receive Jesus Christ as Lord.
Homing Pigeons — Morning Devotions
Aug 31 • 4 min
True fulfilment in life is not actually about what we do for ourselves. It is far more about how we relate to God and to our neighbour.
You Are Rich Already – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 30 • 4 min
You don’t have to worry, if you have a relationship with God. Let’s depend on each other, and allow God to do his part in our lives.
You Are Rich Already – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 29 • 4 min
Don’t let fear stop you. Positive thoughts about the faithfulness and goodness of God will cause positive changes in your life.
Becoming a Caring Person — Morning Devotions
Aug 28 • 4 min
Christians are called to love one another. To look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Facing Life with Confidence — Morning Devotions
Aug 27 • 4 min
God is our refuge and strength. He won’t always lead us in the way we think—God may surprise you with his plans.
Happiness – Not Dependent on Circumstances — Morning Devotions
Aug 26
Happiness and joy: Happiness depends on what happens to you. Joy is something else that comes from knowing your Creator God and his Son Jesus Christ.
Love and Mercy – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 25 • 4 min
Mercy is practical assistance. It’s love in action. When we only feel sorry for someone, and we have the power to help, we are not being like Christ.
Love and Mercy – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 24 • 4 min
We speak a lot about love. But not so much about mercy, being kind to others or forgive them, even if they don’t deserve it. Jesus is our model of mercy.
Being Lost — Morning Devotions
Aug 23 • 4 min
An unexpected event can shatter our confidence and we suddenly feel lost. Ask yourself, What is God doing in my life? He will never leave us alone.
Prayer – Do You Really Mean It? — Morning Devotions
Aug 22
Prayer is a conversation with the supreme Creator of the universe. Explain to God how you are feeling, and invite God, through Jesus, into your life.
Declutter Your Life – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 21 • 4 min
In Part 1, I started talking about decluttering your life; talking about how important it is to sometimes help someone to declutter, get rid of some of the rubbish …
Declutter Your Life – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 20 • 4 min
As with our homes, we need to declutter our lives, tackle inner renovation. We can even crowd out faith in God, getting involved in too many activities.
God Is More Than Emergency Cover — Morning Devotions
Aug 19
If we make God our king, best friend, and counsellor, every struggle that we overcome brings us so much closer to him. God wants us to be dependent on him.
Why Me? – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 18
In the Bible Job was a man that suffered total loss and then God restored him. His lesson is that God will bring about a good result for those who love him.
Why Me? – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 17
Our feelings of Why me, God? are real. But no matter how you feel right now, God has not abandoned you and he has not singled you out.
Forget About It — Morning Devotions
Aug 16 • 4 min
There is simply nothing to be gained by going back to past hurts and refusing to get over them. Move on and allow God to bring inner healing for your hurts.
Who Are You When No-One’s Watching? — Morning Devotions
Aug 15
Statistics show good character is declining. People only care about not getting caught. But building character is still important in a Christian life.
How to Overcome Pessimism – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 14 • 4 min
The world has become better through the scientific approach. But science leaves God out of the equation and it cannot deal with matters of faith.
How to Overcome Pessimism – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 13 • 4 min
We live in a pessimistic world, which can take the joy out of life. Against this pessimistic and fearful backdrop, Jesus Christ offers real hope.
Do You Waste Time? — Morning Devotions
Aug 12 • 4 min
In this life, we all have limited time—God’s gift to us. It is important we spend our time on activities that provide value to us and others.
Scars of Life – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 11 • 4 min
Some of us cannot forgive those who have hurt us; we nurture our wounds. But with God’s help, we can focus on transformation, not retaliation.
Scars of Life – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 10 • 4 min
We may have some emotional scars and wounds. God comes with healing and encouragement, but we need to face up to the wounds and hurts in our life.
God Says You Are Worthwhile – Part 4 — Morning Devotions
Aug 9 • 4 min
To know God’s purpose for us, we have to get to know him. We know that marriages prosper when spouses put the effort to know each other; it’s the same here.
God Says You Are Worthwhile – Part 3 — Morning Devotions
Aug 8 • 4 min
God is the One who placed us on this Earth for a reason and a purpose. And our job is simply to discover that purpose and dream and carry it out!
God Says You Are Worthwhile – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 7 • 4 min
It is vital for us to live in the present. The truth is, most of us are plagued with thoughts of only the past or the future.
God Says You Are Worthwhile – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 6 • 4 min
How do we know if we have succeeded and become a person of worth? God is a master of taking ordinary people and doing extraordinary things with their lives.
Love Is the Secret Ingredient — Morning Devotions
Aug 5 • 4 min
God has apparently ‘hardwired’ us to ‘feel’ love. But love, especially in marriage, should be more than just feeling. This is God’s kind of love.
God’s Surprises — Morning Devotions
Aug 4 • 4 min
Surprises are the stuff of life, many times unwelcome. If you walk in step with God, you will find that he can surprise you, but he will not disappoint you.
People of Worth — Morning Devotions
Aug 3 • 4 min
Remember that our worth comes from God, not from within ourselves: We are children of God, so the way to judge our worth should be based in Christ.
Are You Disappointed? – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Aug 2 • 4 min
Whatever challenges we face, we can be more than conquerors with God’s help. A relationship with Jesus gives us hope, not just for now but into eternity.
Are You Disappointed? – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Aug 1 • 4 min
Don’t stay trapped in your disappointments. Acknowledge the trouble, give it space, acknowledge the Lord and pick yourself up.
Criticism Hurts – Part 4 — Morning Devotions
Jul 31 • 4 min
We need to learn to handle criticism; to take the criticism that is helpful and leave alone the criticism that’s hurtful. God loves us as we are.
Criticism Hurts – Part 3 — Morning Devotions
Jul 30 • 4 min
People criticise because they don’t know the whole story, or just to feel better. But we can always learn from some truth in the criticism.
Criticism Hurts – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jul 29 • 4 min
Despite criticism, we must be who and what we really are. If people don’t accept you for who you are, they will not accept you for who you try to be!
Criticism Hurts – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jul 28 • 4 min
Criticism can be very hurtful and drag us down. But we shouldn’t take it to heart. We can use it to grow and improve the different areas on our lives.
Getting Help for Anger Issues — Morning Devotions
Jul 27
In itself anger is not bad. It’s the way we treat it that can cause immense problems.Taking a ‘time out’ stops a quarrel before it gets started.
There’s Still Hope — Morning Devotions
Jul 26 • 4 min
There are moments when we need to prepare for the worst. It’s then when we need hope. God has promised a future of hope if we seek his will.
I Know How I Got Here — Morning Devotions
Jul 25 • 4 min
If you lost something very precious in your life, would you cope? A relationship with Jesus will give you a firm foundation for your life.
Men With Broken Hearts – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jul 24 • 4 min
Men probably struggle the most with betrayal of trust—it’s very hard to recover it. You can always come to Jesus, who knows exactly how you feel.
Men With Broken Hearts – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jul 23 • 4 min
While most people would say their hearts had been broken, men generally repress their emotions. A broken heart needs to be healed properly.
Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone — Morning Devotions
Jul 22 • 4 min
Is God preparing you for something? And you feel: Do I let go and find out, or do I stay where I am in a rut, afraid to move out of my comfort zone?
A Miraculous Rescue at Sea — Morning Devotions
Jul 21 • 4 min
Many people have experienced miraculous survival, When we trust God, how comforting it is to know that wherever we go, he is there with us.
The Power of One — Morning Devotions
Jul 20 • 4 min
We get depressed if we focus on the world’s problems. But there have been individuals who have made a difference. Christ is the best example.
What Is Meditation All About? — Morning Devotions
Jul 19
Christian meditation is the best way to live your life with calmness and purpose. Get alone with God’s thoughts, and learn you can trust him.
Caring for Others — Morning Devotions
Jul 18 • 4 min
We live such busy lives we don’t spend much time caring for others. Paying attention to others’ needs is one way to show Jesus’ love for them.
Was It a Miracle? — Morning Devotions
Jul 17 • 4 min
Do you believe in luck, coincidence—or in God’s ever-present providence? If we believe God is truly all-powerful, then we can believe in miracles.
Overcoming the Difficulties of Life – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jul 16 • 4 min
We try to control everything. This results in fear, frustration, fatigue, and failure. We need to admit we need God, and we need other people.
Overcoming the Difficulties of Life – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jul 15 • 4 min
Many times the cause of our problems is that we want control of our lives. It takes a big person to say, I can’t manage my life—I need help, God’s help
Handling the Hurts of Life — Morning Devotions
Jul 14 • 4 min
At some point in time life will become hurtful to all of us. At those times we can trust God’s infinite wisdom and love. He knows better than we do.
A Good Neighbour — Morning Devotions
Jul 13 • 4 min
Studies show we have lost the old sense of community. More than ever we need to heed Jesus’ command to love others as ourselves.
A Glimpse of Heaven — Morning Devotions
Jul 12 • 4 min
Our citizenship is not of this world—our true citizenship is in Heaven. And Jesus said he has prepared a place for us with him there.
Forgiveness Is a Tough Issue to Face — Morning Devotions
Jul 11
Forgiveness is never easy—but it helps your health. Remember no-one is perfect, don’t try to get even, respond with good and focus on God’s plan for you.
Battling With Depression — Morning Devotions
Jul 10 • 4 min
If today you are depressed, seek competent help. Above all, talk to God. He understands you fully, and loves and cares for you.
Love Thy Neighbour — Morning Devotions
Jul 9
As Christians we are called to love our neighbours. There are many practical ways we can do this. And we can pray for them, too!
Actions Speak Louder Than Words — Morning Devotions
Jul 8 • 4 min
Our Christian faith requires more than pious words—we are called to action. God did not just told us of his love—he sent his Son to die for us.
God – Like a Comforting Mother – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jul 7 • 4 min
God Is sacrificial like a mother as well as a God of all comfort. He comforts us so that we can comfort others. Do we care for each other?
God – Like a Comforting Mother – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jul 6 • 4 min
The Bible speaks of God as a father but he reflects attributes of mothers as well as fathers. In many cases, we can say God is compassionate like a mother.
The Power of Self-Talk — Morning Devotions
Jul 5 • 4 min
Mastering self-talk is the way to master your life. Don’t jump to conclusions; understand your emotions; seek wise counsel and discipline your thinking.
Hypocrisy and the Church – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jul 4 • 4 min
The Christian church history is filled with examples of positive influences on the world. But still is a work in progress—and so are its members.
Hypocrisy and the Church – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jul 3 • 4 min
Christians are often called hypocrites but there is a difference. A struggling Christian comes to God for help; a hypocrite pretends all is fine.
A Look at Our Emotions — Morning Devotions
Jul 2 • 4 min
The Bible tells us that our thoughts are important. We need to bring out thoughts to God in prayer, think positively, understand and protect our emotions.
This Is the Day — Morning Devotions
Jul 1 • 4 min
You may be dwelling in some happy past memory. Or perhaps counting on some imagined bright tomorrow. Maybe you’re missing on God’s gift of today!
A Disease of Discontent — Morning Devotions
Jun 30 • 4 min
If we are content, we will be far more able to see and enjoy what God has given us, instead of bemoaning what we don’t have.
Little Things Mean a Lot — Morning Devotions
Jun 29
Only a few will do things that impact on millions or even thousands. But there is great power in the small acts of love we can do. And they are God’s will.
Is There Anything God Can’t Do? — Morning Devotions
Jun 28 • 4 min
Focusing on what God can do is much more valuable than on what he can’t do due to their inherent self-contradiction, inconsistency or absurdity.
Fractures In the Family — Morning Devotions
Jun 27
Family conflict is so common is due to the emotional connections with our relatives. But conflicts can be solved the right way when Jesus is in our life.
Jesus Our Companion — Morning Devotions
Jun 26 • 4 min
Every day, some people face a distressing life situation. At such times, they need to know they are not alone, and that in Jesus, God is with them.
How Often do You Say Thanks? – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jun 25 • 4 min
As Christians we should strive to be grateful, living Christ-centred lives—of generosity, gratitude, compassion, joy, and kindness.
How Often do You Say Thanks? – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jun 24 • 4 min
Psychologists have found grateful people live longer and healthier lives.The Bible teaches that gratitude should be the basic orientation of our lives.
The Majesty of God – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jun 23 • 4 min
Our galaxy, sun and solar system are very special parts of the whole universe. We can look at the beauty of all the universe and feel God’s love for us.
The Majesty of God – Part 1 — Morning Devotions
Jun 22 • 4 min
We live on an insignificant planet orbitting a very small star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in a forgotten corner of universe. And yet God cares for us!
Prayer Power — Morning Devotions
Jun 21 • 4 min
Prayers should have ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication—as well as an attitude of readiness to listen to God.
Keeping on Track — Morning Devotions
Jun 20 • 4 min
God has a purpose for your life regardless of your past. When we place our life in the hands of Jesus, it all makes sense and our purpose is clear.
The Time Comes — Morning Devotions
Jun 19 • 4 min
A time comes in your life when you finally get it. You learn many things; to thank God for all his blessings, understanding that he is in control.
How to Avoid Arguments — Morning Devotions
Jun 18 • 4 min
Differences of opinion are normal and healthy in adult relationships. Here’s some practical tips and Bible advice if we get into an argument.
Don’t Jump to Conclusions — Morning Devotions
Jun 17 • 4 min
Somehow it’s easier to jump to negative conclusions about people than it is to assume the best about them. Let’s be generous in our attitude toward others.
Is Revenge that Sweet? – Part 3 — Morning Devotions
Jun 16 • 4 min
Go determined not to seek revenge against those who hurt you. Don’t let evil overcome you this week, overcome evil with good.
Is Revenge that Sweet? – Part 2 — Morning Devotions
Jun 15 • 4 min
Instead of getting even, the Christian way is to serve your enemy. No-one says it comes naturally or is enjoyable. But it is the way God works..