The Up Devotional

Welcome to The Up Devotional!

This is a devotional that comes out five mornings a week (Monday to Friday) at 5am. It is written by Pastor Ruttan.

Think of it as your 1-minute shot of daily soul espresso—biblical and down-to-earth.

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  • Readiness September 26, 2023
    You’ve probably seen the bumper sticker which says: “Jesus is coming, look busy!” It’s supposed to be funny, of course. And although Jesus won’t be fooled, and although busyness shouldn’t be our focus, it does certainly remind us that when he comes we should be doing something. But what is that something? It is that […]
  • Plans that are firm-founded September 25, 2023
    In Proverbs 16:3 Solomon wrote: “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” This is a great reminder to commit to God whatever you do—whether you’re in school, in the workforce, a retiree, or something else. When it comes to faith we can mistakenly relegate it to a few quiet […]
  • Confidence not arrogance September 22, 2023
    Paul was known for speaking confidently and boldly about God, even in the face of violent opposition.  He faced riots in Thessalonica (see Acts 17:1-10) and beatings and unjust imprisonment in Philippi (see Acts 16:16-24). Nevertheless, he said: “we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4, […]
  • Followers of the Way, not of the moment September 21, 2023
    In the previous few devotionals I said that honouring God in a big situation is 99% preparation. We know this to be true in other aspects of our lives. Let’s say that someone wants give their child some good advice for a problem they’re dealing with. Over the course of a week, that conversation probably […]
  • Preparing for big situations with little situations September 20, 2023
    In the previous devotional I said that honouring God in a big situation is 99% preparation. We know this to be true in other aspects of life. Let’s say that a sprinter wants to be successful in his race. That race represents 1% of his time. The other 99% is preparation. The same can be […]
  • Honouring God in big situations September 19, 2023
    Jesus did big things. So did his early followers. They spoke boldly, even in the face of violent opposition. They loved enemies, turned the other cheek, gave freely, and laid down their lives for others. Too often, we find ourselves being people-pleasers instead of God-pleasers. Instead of saying or doing something which honours God but […]
  • Remain faithful in affliction September 18, 2023
    When you read through 1st Thessalonians 1, don’t skip too quickly past verse 6. Here is what Paul says as he pays his readers a compliment: “You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” There’s […]
  • Bread won’t help you if you don’t eat it September 15, 2023
    Someone was telling me about a survival show on T.V. A guy was dropped way out in the forest. He had to make his own shelter and catch his own food. But he had to remain healthy. Otherwise he would be medically evacuated and taken to safety. He made a shelter. He even caught a […]
  • Keeping hope in front of your face September 14, 2023
    Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in 1st Thessalonians. It was written less than twenty years after the resurrection of Jesus. One of the things that characterized their thought was that they were eagerly awaiting the return of Jesus. You can sense their anticipation. They thought it would happen any day. In chapter […]
  • Living by the light of tomorrow’s sun September 13, 2023
    Hope. It changes things. C.R. Wiley says it like this: “We live by the light of tomorrow’s sun, and that sun is the Lord God.”* He cites the description of Eden restored in Revelation 22:5: “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the […]
  • Hope works backward to lift you forward September 12, 2023
    Steadfastness of hope. What an inspiring phrase. Here it is in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (ESV): “We give thanks to God always for all of you… remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Hope. We like it. We want it. […]
  • Things you keep doing to keep growing September 11, 2023
    When someone says the word “habits,” what do you think about? Perhaps it’s a bad habit like chewing your nails. Or perhaps it’s a good habit like eating fruit with your breakfast. I’m a word nerd so I looked up some background on the word “habit.” It has a variety of uses. But I find […]
  • Set up camp September 8, 2023
    In the past few devotionals I have said that the battle is waged from a place of stillness. When I say “battle,” I’m speaking about the personal and spiritual battles we face. Whenever we have to face hardships, we want to do so from a place that is calm, focused, rested and ready. It might […]
  • Take back your mind September 7, 2023
    In the previous devotional I said that the battle is waged from a place of stillness. I was speaking about the personal and spiritual battles we face.  Whenever we have to face hardships, we want to do so from a place that is calm, focused, rested and ready. In Psalm 131, David says: “I have […]
  • From a place of stillness September 6, 2023
    “I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother…” (Psalm 131:2) If an army is in chaos, it’s not going to respond very well when the enemy strikes. If a soldier is always fatigued and confused about what to do, he’s not going to face the enemy with power. […]
  • Pride goes before destruction September 5, 2023
    Proverbs 16:18 says: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” When you start to look for it, you start to notice how many times pride and humility are at work in the Bible. Pride causes people to make massive blunders, mistakes, and to engage in outright sin. Humility is continually lifted up […]
  • A friend loves at all times September 4, 2023
    The biblical book of Proverbs has a lot to say about friendship. Here’s another: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). Let’s flush out the meaning. True friends are there for you at all times, including the ups and downs. This is a warning […]
  • Wounds from a friend September 1, 2023
    Twitter (aka “X”) didn’t exist in biblical times. If it did, the proverbs would be posted frequently. They are short and to-the-point. They communicate eternal truths in memorable, bite-sized chunks. Proverbs 27:6 says: “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” What does it mean? It starts by speaking about wounds. […]
  • A good name is desirable August 31, 2023
    Proverbs 22:1 contains one of the many proverbs of Solomon. He says: “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” What does it mean? First, we need to see that having “a good name” is about having a good reputation. But it’s not about being […]
  • As a dog returns to its vomit August 30, 2023
    Proverbs are short, memorable statements in the Bible meant to help us live wisely daily. One of them is Proverbs 26:11: “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Wow, talk about memorable! What principle is it trying to teach us? We should learn from our mistakes. We should not foolishly […]