Posts from March 2019

Posts from March 2019

DEVOTION – SAT. MARCH 30, 2019

John 13:8b (NIV) “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Love cleanses. Peter protested. Jesus’ response disclosed a spiritual significance that Peter did not yet understand. Later he would understand. Through the cross Jesus would provide a cleansing from sin for all those who accepted it. God saved us…through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7). Yet a constant cleansing is also necessary “to remove the incidental defilement resulting from the casual…

DEVOTION – FRI. MARCH 29, 2019

John 13:4a  (NIV) So (Jesus) got up from the supper table… Jesus had an active love. “Twice it is stated that the supper was interrupted (v. 2 and v. 4). The disciples, as they filed into the room, had looked for someone to wash their feet, but no servant was present. Rather than humiliate themselves, they were reclining with unwashed feet. Jesus, after waiting in vain for one of them to take the place of a servant, finally assumed the…

DEVOTION – THURS. MARCH 28, 2019

John 13:8 (NLT) “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” According to the custom of that day, a household servant washed the feet of guests who had come through the dust and filth of the street. “Since the last supper was held in a private home, and probably as a secret meeting, it is understandable why no servant was present to fulfill this task. Furthermore, the disciples’ minds were preoccupied with dreams of elevation to office in…

DEVOTION – WED. MARCH 27, 2019

John 13:3-4a (The Message) Jesus knew that the Father had put Him in complete charge of everything, that He came from God and was on His way back to God. So He got up…. Christ’s love was tendered in the full consciousness of His own exalted powers. “He deliberately subjected Himself to the needs of His disciples, and sacrificed Himself for them by submitting to an authority which was beneath Him. He told Pilate, you would have no power over…

DEVOTION – TUES. MARCH 26, 2019

John 13:4-5 (NLT) So (Jesus) got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet… The devil had already put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. Think of it: Jesus offered His service in spite of His full knowledge of Judas’ coming betrayal and the coming denial by Peter. “Notwithstanding treachery and cowardice on the part of men and…

DEVOTION – MON. MARCH 25, 2019

John 13:1 (NIV) It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.   The emphasis of John’s account of the Last Supper is on Jesus’ personal love for His disciples. “The significance is not that He loved them to the last of His life, but…

Devotion – Sat. March 23, 2019

Luke 15:10 (NIV) (Jesus told them) there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. All heaven cheers when we turn toward God and begin the journey of following Jesus. Suddenly, wholeness becomes possible. Spiritual healing can begin. A path to transformation opens to us because we have placed our faith in a supernatural God who supplies us with supernatural ability and that makes all things possible. Chains to the past are broken.…

Devotion – Fri. March 22, 2019

I Chronicles 15:1b  (NIV) (David) prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. The Ark of the Covenant was a holy piece of furniture in Israel’s tabernacle. It represented the visible presence of God and was to be treated with honor and respect (though not worshiped). An enemy country had raided Israel and carried it off as a trophy of war; now David had recaptured it and brought it home. He would make sure…

Devotion – Thurs. March 21, 2019

Genesis 3:8b (NIV) …and (Adam and Eve) hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Some people prefer to hide from God rather than engage in honest conversations with Him. It is easy to hide. We fill our schedules with both work and play. We turn up the music and drown out the still small voice that calls to us. We feed our addictions and sit in front of the big screen to engage in someone else’s…

Devotion – Wed. March 20, 2019

Luke 11:9b (NIV) …seek and you will find… To seek after God requires intentionality, setting aside one action for another. God promise is firm: seek me and you will find me when you seek with all your heart. That’s determined pursuit. Life holds so many distractions and disappointments that capture our hearts and hold our attentions. We must break loose of them to pursue God. We put years of study into educational and business pursuits. Shouldn’t we be even more…

Devotion – Tues. march 19, 2019

Colossians 1:9b (NLT) …We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.   We are to increase in our knowledge of God because there is always more to discover about Him. The Bible is replete with Old Testament examples of His demand for justice in a fallen world where mankind yields to the basest of behaviors; but the New Testament focuses on His love and mercy and His deep desire…

Devotion – Mon. March 18, 2019

John 17:3 (NLT) And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.   Most people who believe in God recognize that He revealed Himself in special ways to select people in history (Abraham, Moses, David).  But many don’t realize that God wants a relationship with them also. What does that mean? It can be a bit frightening. They wonder: what would He expect from me?…