The Giving Light Devotional Podcast

ABOUT

Welcome to the Giving Light Devotional Podcast. Giving Light is a local church and global equipping center based in the beautiful countryside of central Pennsylvania. This podcast is meant to be an encouraging and thought-provoking devotional to empower you in your walk with God and others.

“The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light.” Psalm 119:130

LATEST EPISODE

The Temptation of

Self-Preservation

Nobody likes to feel like they’re in trouble. Since the garden of Eden, we as human beings have been trying to cover up our wrongdoings. Why is that? In this episode, we’ll learn about leaning in to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the perfect love that casts out fear, renews our mind, and transforms us from the inside out.

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EP36: THE TEMPTATION OF SELF-PRESERVATION

Nobody likes to feel like they’re in trouble. Since the garden of Eden, we as human beings have been trying to cover up our wrongdoings. Why is that? In this episode, we’ll learn about leaning in to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the perfect love that casts out fear, renews our mind, and transforms us from the inside out.

EP35: CANCEL DISTRACTIONS

Have you been giving the distractions in your life too much attention? In today’s episode, we talk about removing another obstacle to seizing your moment. 

EP34: THE BLAME GAME

Playing the blame game is never fun, especially when you surrender your power over to your circumstances. In today’s episode, we are going to confront the first obstacle to seizing your moment: blame. 

EP33: FAKE NEWS

It’s so easy to get caught up in fake news and be stirred by the voices around us. In this episode, we talk about the necessary key to break free from this vicious cycle of confusion, fear and anger.

EP32: IMPROVING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Jesus commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. In today’s episode we’ll lay a foundation for community transformation.

EP31: HIS NEARNESS IS MY GOOD

Pulling from the wisdom of Psalm 73, in today’s episode, we are reminded that on our own, we carry a limited perspective that can often lead to trouble. When we choose to enter into the presence of the Lord and cast our cares on Him, everything changes in the light of an eternal vantage point.

EP30: PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR ACTION

In today’s episode, we discuss what it means to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Get ready to prepare your mind for action.

EP29: THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

Did you know that your tongue has the ability to empower life? In today’s episode, we talk about the responsibility we have as Believers to steward the power of our tongue.

EP28: SHINE A LIGHT

In this episode, Dr. Melodye Hilton shares how when you carry the light, you need not fear the darkness.

EP27: VALUING HUMANITY

God created every human being in His image and likeness. Today, we hear from Dr. Melodye Hilton on the absolute importance of valuing all of humanity.

EP26: LORD, DON’T YOU REALIZE?

Have you ever been led by the Holy Spirit to do something that you didn’t quite understand? In today’s devotional, we’ll look at what it means to be a believer and how that truth encompasses every area of our life.

EP25: NEVER CALLED TO FIT IN

You will never stand out by fitting in. God has given you a unique calling and identity. In this week’s devotional, Dr. Melodye Hilton shares on embracing your role and avoiding the comparison trap we often fall into.

EP24: NO LONGER SLAVES

What does friendship with God look like? In this episode, Pastor Joel Hilton shares the relational boundaries that Jesus put in place that help our friendship with Him to thrive.

EP23: ADOPTION TO SONSHIP

This week we talk with Rebecca Hilton about what the Bible means when it says that we have been adopted into the family of God.

EP22: INVITATION TO INTIMACY

In this episode, we’ll take a look at Moses and his choice to only move forward if it meant going with God. Your calling is not a destination; it’s an invitation to intimacy.

EP21: PRESENCE OF PEACE

Jesus already possessed the reality of Heaven in the middle of the storm. In this short episode, we’ll learn the powerful truth that peace is not the absence of a storm; peace is the presence of Jesus.

EP20: LIVING GENEROUSLY

Generosity is part of the nature of God and the economy of His Kingdom. This means that we too are called to live generously. In this episode, we’ll talk with Katie Stansfield about how creating boundaries helps us to create postures and rhythms of an openhanded way of thinking and living.

EP19: GOD’S GENEROUS NATURE

We were created in the image and likeness of our Father God. But what is He like? We have to know who He is in order to really embrace our identity as His sons and daughters. In this episode, we’ll talk with Katie Stansfield about God’s nature of generosity and what that means for us.

EP18: FREEDOM FROM WORRY

No matter what situation he found himself in, the Apostle Paul was able to govern himself through Christ who strengthened him. In today’s episode, we’ll glean from Paul and learn the steps to walking in contentment without worry, anxiety or restlessness.

EP17: JOY IS PROPHETIC DISCERNMENT

Why would we have joy when faced with trials? The Bible instructs us to do this, but sometimes it’s hard to know how or why. In today’s episode, we’ll learn how joy is actually prophetic discernment and how to put it into action in our lives.

EP16: THREE LEVELS OF FEAR PART TWO

Because perfect love casts out fear, abiding in God’s love is imperative. In today’s episode, we continue our interview with Dr. Melodye Hilton and discover the second and third levels of ego-centric fear. Be sure to check out the episode page for extra resources to help activate these truths.

EP15: THREE LEVELS OF FEAR PART ONE

We were not created to function in fear. When we do, we start to act opposite of who we really are. In part one of this two-part series, we interview Dr. Melodye Hilton and reveal the first level of ego-driven fear.

EP14: IMMOVABLE MOTION

This week, we focus on Colossians 2:6 and what it looks like to walk in spiritual consistency. “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.” (Colossians 2:6)

EP13: THE ARCHITECTURE OF A THANKFUL HEART

Did you know that a thankful heart offers protection, revelation, power, and rest? Today, we’ll be talking about the architecture of a thankful heart.

EP12: THE FOUNDATION OF A THANKFUL HEART

The enemy would love to keep us in a state of discontentment and bitterness. How do we combat these attempts? With gratitude. In this episode, we’ll look at powerful truths that will help us to lay the foundation for a thankful heart.

EP11: THREE DISTINCT EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH

In the final chapter of this 5-part series on faith, we’re talking through the 3 distinct expressions of faith. We’ll unpack the faith we need to live by, the gift of faith, and the fruit of faith and how each one can be put to work in our lives. I hope you enjoy this episode and as always be sure to check out the episode page for notes, Scriptures, questions and more to further enrich your devotional life.

EP10: COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FAITH

We will always relate to God in the way that we perceive Him to be. This perception shapes our beliefs, our theology, and how we define and interact with faith. This week, we learn about some common misconceptions about faith and how we can align our perspective towards truth. This is episode 4 of a 5-part series on faith.

EP09: RECEIVING AND GROWING IN FAITH

In today’s devotional, we’ll talk about how we receive and grow in faith. I’ll also give you three habits you can create in order to steward the revelation you’ve been given. This is episode 3 of a 5-part series on faith.

EP08: FAITH IS AN ISSUE OF THE HEART

In this episode, we’re talking about faith being an issue of the heart. Faith is not just the mental acceptance of truth. In order for there to be true fruit from our faith, what God says has to be deep within our heart. This is episode two of a five part series on faith.

EP07: WHAT IS BIBLICAL FAITH?

This episode introduces a five-part series on faith. Today we’ll be looking at what Biblical faith actually is. Buckle up and get ready to be encouraged, challenged, and empowered in your personal faith with God.

EP06: THE BENEFIT OF SELF-GOVERNANCE

Each of us has been given the power and responsibility to walk in self-control. In today’s episode, Dr. Melodye Hilton shares the life-enhancing benefits of self-governance.

EP05: CREATED TO BE POWERFUL

You were created to be powerful! In this episode, leadership consultant, coach, and pastor, Dr. Melodye Hilton teaches us on exercising the spiritual fruit of self-control and how self-governance is the highest and most fundamental form of leadership.

EP04: WALKING WITH WISDOM

Proverbs 4:7 says “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (NKJV) In today’s episode, we explore the three elements of walking in wisdom: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

EP03: SUCCESS WITH LESS EFFORT

No matter what situation you may be facing or what obstacle you are trying to overcome, God is able and willing to give us wisdom–without rebuke. In this episode, we’ll learn how walking in wisdom helps us to succeed with less effort while also prolonging our effectiveness.

EP02: THE ENEMY OF CONFIDENCE

As believers, sometimes we fall into the trap of accepting confusion as par for the course in our journey with the Lord. What am I called to? Why am I here and what am I supposed to do? What decision should I make? In this episode, Pastor Joel calls out the spirit of confusion as a thief and the enemy of our confidence. Learn how to counter confusion with revelation of who God is and the faith to live confidently as a son or daughter of the King.

EP01: LIVING CONFIDENTLY

In this pilot episode of the Giving Light Devotional Podcast, host Joel Hilton leads us to look at the direct correlation between faith and confidence. As believers, our confidence must be rooted in the work of Jesus both in us and through us. As our revelation of who God is increases, our confidence will also grow and we can truly know what it is to be more than conquerors through Christ.

HOST

Joel Hilton is an ordained pastor at Giving Light Christian Fellowship in Elizabethville, PA. He is the founder of Brave Music as well as leader to Giving Light’s worship department, Brave Worship.

For more than a decade, Joel has been mentoring people to develop their talent and God-given purpose with a desire to see them grow and thrive as healthy and mature individuals. He carries a unique ability to hold in tension the absolute truth of God’s written word with a prophetic edge to deliver it in such a way that partners with what God is doing and saying today.

In homage to his city of birth, Joel remains a devout fan of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL team. He is a loving husband and father of three.

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