Divine Lessons

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God" (1 John 4:1a).

Homeschooling that is led and guided by the Holy Spirit proves to be the most successful. Prayerfully choosing curriculum, daily schedules, lesson plans, field trips, extracurricular activities, or even books used for reading or literature class allows God to influence your children's education. God is the best at customizing our children's education because He knows the future plans for each of their lives (Jeremiah 29:11).

God is also the best at customizing your daily spiritual lessons. He wants you to succeed in your walk with Him, as well as homeschooling. In order to make sure you are listening to the right advice, He tells you to test the spirits to find out whether or not they are of God. Anything that does not confess Jesus Christ is not from God (1 John 4:2-3). God will never lead you to do something or teach something contrary to the Word of God. He uses other mature Christians to guide and instruct you, as well as circumstances to point you in the right direction.

God's divine lessons are waiting for you today: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things" (John 14:26a). The Lord is looking for those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chronicles 16:9a), so He can use them to bring glory to His name. If you desire a deeper walk with God, then start obeying His Word. In obedience, He will show you more of Himself to give you the most exciting life you could ever imagine. "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21).

Father, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to guide me. Speak to me today and fill me with Your Spirit. Show me how to live a life that will glorify Your name. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Comments(18 comments)

LYNDA B 10/22/2008 04:47:07

Truely a wonderful lesson today.

SISTER L 10/22/2008 16:32:45

Fabulous lesson, yet again. I really needed this pick me up today. Thank you ever so much!

DENISE W 10/22/2009 17:58:22

I love all the lessons, I have read do you have any insights for a mom who will be homeschooling only one child, a girl for kindergarten, she goes to preschool now, and I do a little of preschool here at home. I pray a lot and have put homeschooling in Gods hands, and asked for His guidence. We will be doing Horzions Kindergarten. While I'am excited about it, also very uncertian of my skills to keep her interested. I' am a only child as well.

JANET T 10/23/2009 06:28:40

Denise W - For helpful information on homeschooling an only child, watch for the upcoming Homeschool View enewsletter on the AOP blog on November 5 and read the "What's on Your Mind" article. Also, find great ideas on homeschooling a kindergartener in AOP's free whitepapers at http://www.aophomeschooling.com/whitepapers.php. God's best to you as start on your homeschooling journey with your daughter!

JUDE A 10/22/2010 00:08:33

truly inspiring message today... am contemplating on giving up already after two years but the Lord has spoken to me very clearly through other people, my circumstances and this devotional... thanks and continue to keep encouraging homeschool families :) You are truly a blessing

Cory M 10/22/2010 05:37:47

willing servant Lord teach me today

DK L 10/22/2010 06:29:43

i really wish the WHOLE devotion would come up in the email like it used to! i read these devotions everyday and think they are wonderful but it has been quite annoying that half way thru now i have to sit and wait to get the rest of the devotions -- small i know, but i am just being honest

MICHELLE L 10/22/2010 06:51:39

I have to agree... I love this devotional. There have been several times that I have been discouraged and the words in Daily Focus have been exactly what I needed to hear. But I like to read it in its entirety without having to hit the link to the website.

Thanks for the encouraging words!

Lisa W 10/22/2010 06:52:27

Thank you so much for these wonderful insights, they are a wonderful addition to my day. I have a very small request...Each day I download my emails and then take them on the road with me to read, I can no longer do that...You used to have the entire devotional on the email but now your system requires that I get on to the interet in order to complete the reading. I do not have access to the internet throughout my day. Please consider reverting or allowing for options on delivery method.

CHARLES J. T 10/22/2010 07:47:34

Denise W - As a homeschooling mother of now 6(newest one is 3 mons old) My biggest advise is to remember who is in control, God. He will guide and lead you. When I contemplated homeschooling my husband said "You already are homeschooling aren't you?" (I had been working here or there with our 1st born). Then the Lord laid on my heart that he was right in more ways then I knew! Our children are now taught that we(parents) are teaching our children from the start. The lessons may be simple this this is a ball, I love you or this or that is more important to me then you are...but we are teaching non the less. The Lord showed me that I was to teach them about His love foremost and like Solomon of old know that there is never an end to book learning but the end is knowing, loving, and serving God. If you keep your focus on the Lord I believe He will take care of the rest. Homeschooling for 10+ years now, life is up and down all of the time. In the worlds eyes why bother but it's absolutely wonderful if we keep our eyes on the Lord.

JANE L 10/22/2010 14:49:28

Jane L.

I look forward to reading my devotionals everyday. It helps me to understand God's purpose for my life and my child.

brenda s 10/22/2010 20:01:38

what to do when your teenager doesnt want to be homeschooled and wants to go to public school?

KAREN D 10/22/2010 20:04:37

I also wish the devotionals would appear on one page like they used to. The interruption of having to go to a web link to finish reading it half way through interrupts my focus on the message. I appreciate that you want to draw us to your website for shopping purposes, but that really takes away from the "purpose" of the devotional.

PLEASE GO BACK TO THE OLD DEVOTIONAL EMAIL!! I love reading these every day, and having the message all in one place. God's message is all in one place. . . wish yours still were, too.

Sandy P 10/22/2010 20:31:37

to Jude A - dont give up!! Pray hard and push on!!

FAITH Y 10/22/2010 20:48:49

Charles J T Thank you for your words of encouragement. We started homeschooling our 4 year old (JC) in January and our 8 year old (JC) in July. So far we have seen God's hand in yo he guides us daily. Like you we believe that the most important thing is to know that our children love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

I also enjoy reading the daily devotions and look forward to the encouraging messages and comments.

Faith YC

WENDY M 10/23/2010 06:28:15

In response to Brenda S, if God has been working on me about anything, it's that I'm to go to HIM and only Him for answers. I've struggled terribly w/other people (and Christians, being sinners, too, can be the most "authoritative", and therefore, damaging, in "leading" others. So, listen to your daughter, pray, and then attempt to discern if her desire is God led, worldly, or by others. Trust Him and be patient for His answer. Then, don't second guess yourself! Trust!

D E 10/26/2011 08:36:05

John 14:26 is one of my fav scriptures=D

LISA K 10/26/2011 08:38:27

DkL and Karen D-I wrote to them about having to finish reading the email by clicking on a link, and it is now fixed for me. I don't understand that but I read them again now b/c it is fixed...

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