Devotions (Page 13)

Devotions (Page 13)

Devotion – Sat. March 9, 2019

John 11: 43 (NLT) Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” This was the voice of command. It was the same voice that told the wind and waves: Peace, be still (Mark 4:39). It was the voice that said “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3; John 1:3). It is the voice that speaks to our hearts today. “Don’t be afraid. I am with you.” Do you hear it? “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…

Devotion – Fri. March 8, 2019

John 11:34-35 (NLT) “Where have you put him?” (Jesus) asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept.   The people interpreted Jesus’ tears as an expression of compassionate grief. In reality His distress was with death itself. He was indignant more than sorrowful. “As He looked upon the cemetery, a silent memorial to the devastation that death had wrought on the human race, He was angered against man’s great enemy. Death to Him was not an…

Devotion – Thurs. March 7, 2019

John 11:25  (NLT) Jesus told (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha? Jesus pressed for a statement of faith. “Yes, Lord. I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” This is the anchor truth, the breakthrough revelation…

Devotion – Wed. March 6, 2019

John 11:21 (NLT) Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When a crisis hits, our conversation fills with “if only’s.” If only I had not said that. If only I had taken a different route. If only I had been more attentive. When we finally quiet our hearts we can finally hear Jesus saying, “Believe in me.” Have you had a moment when your world fell apart and in the…

Devotion – Tues. March 5, 2019

John 11:14-15 (The Message) Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died… You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.” Jesus had barely escaped a stoning in Bethany, Lazarus’ hometown. It was a dangerous place for Jesus. His disciples reminded Him of this (v. 8). But Jesus is always going into dangerous territory. It doesn’t intimidate Him. He has a firm resolve to do the Father’s will in spite of danger. There is no fear in…

Devotion – Mon. March 4, 2019

John 11:5-6 (The Message) Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed on where He was for two more days. “Jesus’ delay was not a matter of indifference; rather, it was a matter of purposeful timing that would strengthen the faith of His disciples (v. 15) and bring glory to God (v. 4). The sickness would not end in death (v. 4) because Jesus would restore physical life” (Kuzmic).…

Devotion – Sat. Mar. 2, 2019

(Jesus) pressed them. “And how about you? Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:13-17 (verse 15 shown) By this time the disciples had seen many miracles. They had heard many sermons and had plenty of time to reflect on Christ’s words and works and process all of it against the reality of their own lives. People all around us listen to the claims of Christianity and try to process it against the realities of their own lives. Ultimately, it…

Devotion – Fri. Mar. 1, 2019

…I hurt for these people. For three days now they’ve been with me, and now they have nothing to eat. I can’t send them away without a meal—they’d probably collapse on the road. Matthew 15:32 The Message Christ’s ministry was holistic. He cared not only for the peoples’ spiritual needs but also for their practical needs. He cared about their hunger and their sicknesses. He knew these listeners had arranged their lives so they could hear Him teach for three…

Devotion – Thu. Feb. 28, 2019

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed (Peter). “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” What happened to the faith that Peter initially felt as he began to walk on the water to Jesus? For a few steps he walked in a miracle; but when his focus shifted to the waves, fear caused him to begin to sink. Faith has much to do with sustained focus. Sometimes the object of focus can determine the strength of…

Devotion – Wed. Feb. 27, 2019

When Jesus got the news (about John the Baptist’s murder), He slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by Himself. Matthew 14:6-14 (verse 13 shown) When Jesus heard of John’s beheading, He withdrew to be alone and process the grief. He lost a beloved partner in ministry. Did His heart sink at the injustice of it all: a drunken king, a lustful dance, a manipulative mother, and a murderous demand for the head of a prophet? Jesus would continue…

Devotion – Tue. Feb. 26, 2019

At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father. Are you listening to this? Really listening? Matthew 13:36-43 (The Message) God sees and knows peoples’ hearts. We are tempted to believe that God is overlooking our heartache and ignoring our pain, but this parable teaches us an important truth about patiently waiting for God’s justice. A time will come when righteousness will prevail and followers of Jesus will no longer suffer but “shine…

Devotion – Mon. Feb. 25, 2019

Then Jesus made it clear to his disciples that it was now necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, submit to an ordeal of suffering at the hands of the religious leaders, be killed, and then on the third day be raised up alive. Matthew 16:21-26 (The Message) Clearly, Jesus was preparing His disciples for the rough road to the cross. His direct and honest conversations revealed a heart fully committed to fulfilling His call. As usual, Peter didn’t understand…