Devotional July 7th It is well

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

There are times when going through hard places I can no longer rely on the knowledge I have of God. It is at those times I walk out and look at the stars and try to imagine how many, how big, and far apart they are.

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Devotional July 6th

Revelation 21:3-6 (NIV) 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

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Devo Monday June23rd

Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV)
1.) Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.

2.) In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

What more can one say about these verses? If God is not at the center of one’s life all is in vain.

It is He who gives us meaning, hope, and a future.

Devotional Sunday June 22ed

Joshua 3:15-16 (NIV)

15) Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

I don’t think it would be an easy thing to step into this river with this massive chunk of gold on your shoulders. The Jordan is a fast moving river and I have been told that at flood stage it is about a mile and a half wide.

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Devotional June 3rd Waiting on God

Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It does not matter whether young or old there are times in life we grow tired and frustrated. We feel as though we can’t go on or even why go on. We begin to look inward instead of outward.

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Devotional June 2nd Life

Luke 12:15 (NIV)

15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Luke 9:23-25 (NIV)

23) Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?

There seems to be this victim mentality going around. I am not happy because… God tells us to find life we must lose it. What did He mean?

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Devotional May 29th Know Him

John 1:1-5 (NIV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

How do we know someone? It is by their words. What is in a man will come out. When we date we spend time with someone listening to them, studying them, so we might know them. We know God by His word. His word and He are one, you cannot separate them. In the same way, we are known by our words. Relationships fall apart because we stop listening and studying one another.

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Devotional May 28th Hair Tonic

Judges 16:22 (NIV)

22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

Samson was a Nazirite. This is a person who has made a vow to God. The vow consisted of three things; one could not cut their hair, no alcohol, and no contact with the dead.

Samson fails God and his enemy shaves his head. Samson loses his strength, but in time his hair begins to grow back and he has a mightier victory at the end of his life than the beginning.

Samson problem is he see his strength coming from his vow (his works) not God’s grace and his relationship with God. As time passes his hair begins to grow or his relationship with God changes, grows, and he has a whole new understanding of God.

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Devotional May 27 When God See You

Judges 6:12-14 (NIV)

12) When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” 13) “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14) The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

The Midianites had impoverished Israel. Israel was no match for their numbers. This Angel of God comes and tells Gideon he is a mighty warrior and to attack this nation, because God is with him. To which Gideon replies: “excuse me, but if you’re with us why are we in this mess?”

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Devotional May 26th Memorial Day

Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)

10) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11) Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

God did not tell us to put on armor, because we are going to a picnic. There is a war going on in the heavens for the souls of men, and in war there are going to be some casualties.

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