Devotions (Page 3)

Devotions (Page 3)

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 24, 2019

Matthew 1:22 (NIV)  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet…  If we believe that God can create a man out of the dust of the earth,  and if we believe that God can create a woman out of the side of a man,  and if we believe that God can enable a man and woman who are past the age of childbearing to conceive and give birth to a healthy child,  then why…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 23, 2019

Matthew 1:23  (NIV)  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,  and they will call Him Immanuel”—which means,  “God with us.”  The Bible is a book filled with remarkable narratives.  A snake talks to a woman  (Eve).  A man builds a boat and save the animals of the world from a flood  (Noah).  The second half begins with another remarkable story—the Christmas story.  A virgin conceives a child.  It would all seem quite impossible to…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 21, 2019

John 1:14 (NIV)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.“ I think it’s noteworthy that the Almighty God didn’t act high and mighty.  The Holy One wasn’t holier than thou.  The One who knew it all,  wasn’t a know-it-all.  The One who made the stars didn’t keep His head in them.  The One who owns all the stuff of earth never strutted it.  Never.  He could have.  Oh,  how He could have.  He could have been a…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 20, 2019

Luke 1:28 (NIV)  The angel went to  (Mary)  and said,  “Greetings,  you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.”  Mary teaches us that when we are faced with the unexpected,  we should persevere in faith gracefully.  God interrupted her wedding plans with a proposition:  “I am about to change the world.  Will you go with me on this?”  Mary submitted to God’s will and faced all the challenges that come with an unplanned pregnancy.  She gave birth in…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 19, 2019

Luke 1:42 (NIV)  In a loud voice  (Elizabeth)  exclaimed:  “Blessed are you among women,  and blessed is the child you will bear!”  Immediately upon embracing Gabriel’s message,  Mary faced the reality of  “the space in-between”—the space between the supernatural world of the angel’s message and the physical world in which she would be judged harshly.  But God provided supernatural elements to help hold Mary’s faith secure as she lived in  “the space in-between.”  God provided a friend  (Elizabeth).  God spoke…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019

Luke 1:48b  (NIV)  From now on all generations will call me blessed.  Mary had her own idea of how life would be as the mother of the Messiah.  She had been taught all her life to watch for His coming.  All she had been taught created a foundation to support her belief in what the angel said to her.  We must make sure we are building a platform,  a foundation of understanding that will support our children and grandchildren when…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 17, 2019

Luke 1:13 (NIV)  The Christmas story is filled with angels who were busy delivering messages.  To Zechariah,  who had given up expectations,  the angel said: “Do not be afraid,  Zechariah;  your prayer has been heard…”  To Mary,  the person faced with an unimaginable proposition,  the angel said: “Do not be afraid,  you have found favor with God.”  To Joseph,  the person fearful that trust had been violated,  the angel said: “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 16, 2019

Luke 2:19  (MSG)  Mary kept all these things to herself,  holding them dear,  deep within herself.  Twice the scriptures tell us that Mary  “treasured up”  (NIV)  a unique experience:  here,  as the shepherds bowed to worship her newborn son,  and later when she and Joseph  “lost”  Jesus at the temple.  They were two very different occasions but worthy of a heavenly notation:  this child belongs to God.  The day would come when He would grow into manhood and endure terrible…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 14, 2019

Luke 2:15 (NIV)  …the shepherds said to one another,  “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened…”  People respond in different ways to things they do not understand.  Some live in denial;  most search for rational explanations.  These shepherds believed and voiced a simple response:  “Let’s go see!”  They acted in faith.  We also must decide how we will respond to the truth of Jesus Christ.  Each of us must  “go see”  for ourselves.  We must decide…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2019

Luke 2:8 (NIV)  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,  keeping watch over their flocks at night.  The religious orthodoxy of the day looked down on shepherds because they were unable to perform the ceremonial washings necessary to fulfill the rules and regulations of the law.  Yet God sent the announcement of Christ’s birth to them first!  The story of angels appearing to the shepherds reminds us that God’s invitation to celebrate Christ’s birth extends to everyone. …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 12, 2019

Luke 1:46 (NIV)  And Mary said:  “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…  Mary’s prophetic utterance is called  “The Magnificat”  (vs. 47-55)  and it is a prophetic explosion of purpose and calling.  It was a call to worship a holy God,  to produce acts of compassion and deeds of mercy,  to finally see the redemption of broken Israel,  and to celebrate the arrival of:  1) food for the hungry,  2) relief from poverty,  and…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11, 2019

Luke 1:56  (NIV)  Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.  Mary had arrived at Elizabeth’s house when Elizabeth was six months pregnant.  She left three months later.  Did she witness the birth of John?  Did she learn techniques of childbirth that prepared her for a lonely delivery in a stable many months later?  It seems probable.  Today,  focus your prayers on mothers.  Pray for strength to raise godly children who will fulfill their divine destinies…