The Giving Light Devotional Podcast

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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

God’s Word Reveals His Nature

When we don’t have a clear view of God, it’s hard for us to genuinely commune with Him or rightly reflect His character to others. Today’s episode talks through our need for the Word of God that reveals His true nature.

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EP65: GOD’S WORD REVEALS HIS NATURE

When we don’t have a clear view of God, it’s hard for us to genuinely commune with Him or rightly reflect His character to others. Today’s episode talks through our need for the Word of God that reveals His true nature.

EP64: BURNING ONES

The Bible is full of individuals who burned with the fire of God’s presence. In today’s devotional, we hope to inspire you to press in and become one of those burning ones.

EP63: HOLY & KIND

“Whom the Lord loves, He disciplines.” In this week’s devotional, we’ll look at this verse in light of who God is as our Heavenly Father and what it means for us, His sons and daughters.

EP62: UPSIDE DOWN

It should not surprise you that the Kingdom of God operates differently or even exactly the opposite of the rest of the world. In today’s devotional, we will examine the type of attitude that it takes to truly advance in the Kingdom of God.

EP61: OUT OF CONTROL

What do you do when your plans don’t pan out the way you thought they would? Why is it that you can do everything right and still experience suffering? How do we find peace when circumstances are out of our control? In this episode, we will explore these questions and more. We’ll look at some Biblical authors who wrestled with the same frustrations, and we’ll hear what Jesus has to say in response.

EP60: LESSON LEARNED

The difficulties of life can deal out painful lessons. In today’s devotional, we talk about God’s desire to reveal His good nature in everyone of our life circumstances.

EP59: HEART OF JUSTICE

We become an instrument of justice when we use our power (ability, influence, gifts) for the good of others. In today’s devotional, Dr. Melodye Hilton shares our God-given responsibility to be doers of justice in this life.

EP58: SELF-LOVE

If you have the capacity to love God and love others, you have the ability to love yourself. In today’s devotional, guest host Shamone Lewin shines a light on the topic of loving your neighbor as yourself.

EP57: BREAK OPEN AND POUR OUT

Our world can become saturated with distractions. In today’s devotional, guest host, Rebecca Hilton leads us into what it means to break open the alabaster bottle of your life at the feet of Jesus.

EP56: WHAT IS IN YOUR HANDS?

Have you ever gotten stuck searching for your purpose in life or maybe believing that you have nothing good to give? In this week’s devotional, Katie Stansfield encourages us that God isn’t looking for our perfection or even our readiness, all He wants is our YES to Him to use what He has put in our hands to use.

EP55: WORDS OF LIFE

What you fill your heart with will affect your whole life. In this week’s devotional, Pastor Steve Hilton reminds us to pay attention to the words that are feeding us and whether they are leading us on a path of death or of life.

EP54: LOSING MY RELIGION

Have you ever found yourself going through the motions of a religious life yet feeling unfulfilled? In this episode, we’ll take a look at what Jesus says is the way to abundant life and explore examples of what real faith in Jesus looks like.

EP53: THE GIFT OF DESIRE

Having desire and having our desires fulfilled should be a part of the normal Christian life. In today’s episode, you’ll be challenged not to stifle your God-given ability to desire.

EP52: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. Today’s devotional encourages you to put your praise on in all circumstances.

EP51: WHY ARE WE SHOUTING?

Have you ever wondered why God’s people SHOUT in church? In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the Biblical precedent for shouting in worship as one of the many expressions of praise. 

EP50: FORGET NOT

In today’s devotional, we encourage you not to forget the benefits and the transformative power of God’s Word.

EP49: THE ATTITUDE OF UNITY

In this episode, we’ll explore the attitude of what unity is and what it is not.

EP48: THE VALUE OF UNITY

The cultivation of life-giving relationships is a continual process. In today’s devotional, we look at the benefits of walking in unity.

EP47: CREATED FOR CONNECTION

Did you know that the need for connection is a part of your created design? In today’s episode, we are going to expose the lies of the enemy that keep you isolated and disconnected.

EP46: LEAVE NO SPACE FOR THE ENEMY

Many of the internal issues and struggles we face come down to the mind space that we are giving to certain things. In today’s devotion we are going to give you a simple key to unlock a victorious thought life.

EP45: JESUS WEPT

We believe that Kingdom transformation begins with compassion. In today’s devotional, we are going to examine how Jesus displayed compassion throughout His ministry.

EP44: CASTING OUT FEAR

Have you ever wondered if you could be free from fear? In today’s devotional, we’re going to share with you what it takes to cast out fear once and for all.

EP43: GOD’S GO-TO PHRASE

We all have go-to phrases that we find ourselves always saying. Today, Pastor Steve Hilton talks about one of the go-to phrases that God speaks over you.

EP42: WE’RE NOT IN COMPETITION

Competition and rivalry have been around since the beginning of time. In this week’s devotional, be reminded that God created us uniquely, each with unchanging and incomparable value. We are not in competition for His affection or for our place in this world.

EP41: COURAGE FOR THE JOURNEY

Bravery is an admirable and desirable trait, but being brave can be intimidating because it requires us to step outside of our comfort zone. In this week’s devotional, be challenged and encouraged knowing that you were called to and you were made for bravery.

EP40: CONDUIT OF LIFE

A conduit is a vessel that both receives into it and gives out from it. In today’s episode, we will examine what it means to be conduit of life as a child of God and as a part of the Body of Christ.

EP39: ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME

Today’s devotional examines the depths of what it means to bless the Lord with all that is within us.

EP38: STEP OUT AND SPEAK UP

Fear leads us into bondage. Today’s devotion is a challenge to step out, speak up, and receive the freedom that Christ provides.

EP37: RETURN TO NORMAL

Like it or not, change is inevitable. So why don’t we prepare ourselves for it? In this episode, we’ll talk about posturing our hearts to remaining committed to following God wherever He leads us, even if it means trusting Him in the midst of a new and changing normal.

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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