Devotions (Page 2)

Devotions (Page 2)

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2019

Luke 1:6  (NIV)   Both of them were upright in the sight of God,  observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.  But they had no children,  because Elizabeth was barren;  and they were both well along in years.  Both Zechariah and Elizabeth had noble heritages and both walked blamelessly before God;  yet Elizabeth remained barren.  How many years had they trusted God for a child?  How many times had they prayed?  Zechariah and Elizabeth trusted God with their barrenness…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2019

Mark 14:29 (NIV)  Peter declared,  “Even if all falls away,  I will not.”  Peter had an inflated sense of his own spiritual strength and capacity.  Jesus knew the intensity of the trial ahead for all the disciples.  He knew that Satan would watch for every opportunity to take advantage of the situation and play off the disciples’  confusion,  fear,  and despair.  Jesus knew Peter’s true capacity.  He knows our as well.  When trials come,  how do we respond?  Satan uses…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2019

Galatians 5: 14 (NIV)   For the entire law is summed up in a single command:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  While differences of opinion are normal among any group of people,  we must not let our differences escalate into strife.  We should be able to voice our differences,  yet respect one another and give each other freedom to learn and grow,  even through mistakes.  We are walking together on this journey of faith,  so love must rule in our…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2019

Matthew 14:19 (NIV)   …Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven,  (Jesus)  gave thanks and broke the loaves…  Jesus gave thanks.  Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for us to express appreciation to our friends and family members.  Out of our sincere gratefulness grows a closer bond and a deeper sense of community.  To be appreciated and loved is a deep,  human need,  and expressing thanks to one another helps to meet that need.  Words of…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2019

II Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)   You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,  and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.  There is a grace of giving,  a spirit of generosity that marks maturing followers of Jesus Christ.  They view all of life as a gift from God and everything they own as on loan from…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2019

Luke 17:17 (NIV)   Jesus asked,  “Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?” Only one of the ten lepers returned to say,  “Thank you”  to Jesus.  We use this story to teach our children the importance of gratitude and expressing thanks.  And certainly the Thanksgiving season reminds us of the importance of living with a grateful heart.  Rather than looking at all the things we don’t have,  why not focus on all the blessings that we do…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Matthew 27:3 (NIV)   When Judas,  who had betrayed him,  realized that Jesus had been condemned to die,  he was filled with remorse.  The person consumed by the words,  “What if…”  and  “If only…”  faces an empty future.  When we are caught up in all of life’s  “ifs”  we find ourselves lost in a crazy,  unending maze of heartache,  going nowhere.  A better response to remorse is:   “What now?”  Judas ultimately hanged himself.  What a contrast to Peter,  who…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2019

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)  I will lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord,  the Maker of heaven and earth.  The psalmist looked up at the hills and saw idols and shrines to false gods dotting the landscape.  While others prayed to gods who could not answer,  the psalmist knew the Lord would hear and respond to his prayers.  Jehovah was the Maker of heaven and earth.  Today our  “landscape”  is…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Psalm 104:33-34 (NLT)  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.  I will praise my God to my last breath!  May all my thoughts  (meditation;  NIV,  KJV)  be pleasing to Him,  for I rejoice in the Lord.  Music and meditation originates in the Psalms.  How simple is praise;  yet,  how profound its effect!  As you prepare for a season of thanksgiving,  recognize its importance in the whole scheme of life.  Thanksgiving is foundational for good mental health; …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2019

I Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)  Give thanks in all circumstances…   (MSG)  thank God no matter what happens.   Life comes pre-packaged with trouble:  but prayer gives us access to a never-ending supply of wisdom and encouragement.  We worship in spite of our problems.  We view heartaches as opportunities for greater reliance on the Giver of Life.  We discover new provisions through Jesus Christ,  our Lord.  Give thanks today no matter what your circumstances because thanksgiving is the doorway into God’s…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Philippians 4:6-9  (NIV)  Do not be anxious about anything,  but in everything,  by prayer and petition,  with thanksgiving,  present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,  which transcends all understanding,  will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Paul gives us the answer to overcoming worry.  Pray,  with thanksgiving,  over every concern.  He doesn’t expect us to pretend that we don’t have problems;  but He wants us to use our energy to give thanks in spite…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2019

Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)  Therefore,  if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother;  then come and offer your gift. Jesus prioritized relationships.  His messages were not ethereal concepts disassociated from the nitty-gritty realities of life.  He presented timeless truths applicable both then and now.  He told people to stop worshipping if they needed…