Daily Devotion November 24,2022

Marie’s daily verse: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father

 through him. Colossians 3:17 

DAILY DEVOTION, November 24, 2022

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).

Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful church family! Paul addresses the subject in our text. He states that the cure for anxiety is prayer. Whatever our situation, we are to turn away from stress and turn to prayer. We are to present our requests, whatever they are, to God. He adds a little “footnote” to the process. Pray with thanksgiving.

When you pray with thanksgiving in your heart, you are praying with faith. You are thinking of all the blessings God has bestowed upon you, and thanksgiving fills your heart. A thankful person remembers how God has blessed him in the past, and when he prays, he anticipates future answers to his prayers. If you have nothing to be thankful for, why pray? You don’t see God’s past blessings, so why should you have faith for future blessings? Those who want to do business with God are thankful. Yes, we all have our problems, but those who trust in Jesus have an incredible future. That is reason enough to be grateful.

Father, I see blessings in abundance in my life; blessings too numerous to count. I am truly grateful for Your generosity and Your unfailing love. I thank You especially for Jesus, my Savior, and the wonderful future I have because of Him. May His name be honored in my daily life. Amen.

Daily Devotion November 23,2022

Marie’s daily verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

DAILY DEVOTION, November 22, 2022

Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot look on wickedness (Habakkuk 1:13).

God is holy. He is pure goodness. God will never be guilty of evil. The prophet says God is so holy and pure that He cannot bear to look at evil or wickedness. This verse ought to raise a red flag of warning to us. Our sins may seem small to us, but to God, they are so awful that we cannot be living in sin and have a relationship with a holy God.

What does He see when He looks at me? Am I spotless, free from all wickedness? No, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Is there no hope for me? Yes, there is hope. We are forgiven when we place our trust in Jesus and repent of our sins. Forgiveness means we can have fellowship with a holy God. We are accepted by God when we live a life of continual faith and repentance. God cannot even look at us when we cling to some favorite sin without repentance. It comes down to this. What do you want most? To adhere to some sin or to have a relationship with God?

Father, I want to live in harmony with You. I will refuse to hold on to anything that separates me from You, so help me, God. I accept Your forgiveness by accepting Your Son who died for me. When sin rears its ugly head in my life, help me to see the danger I am in until I repent and renounce that which offends You. In Jesus, name, Amen.

Daily Devotion November 20,2022

Marie’s daily verse: Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. PSALM 112:5.

DAILY DEVOTION, November 20, 2022

Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” He answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:37).

In context, the Ethiopian eunuch is reading the Bible in his chariot but does not understand what he is reading. Philip is led by the Holy Spirit to this man to help him understand. The eunuch is reading from Isaiah 53 about a lamb led to the slaughter. The eunuch is puzzled by the words of Isaiah. Was Isaiah speaking about himself or another?

Philip used that Scripture to preach Jesus to him. Jesus was the lamb of God led to the slaughter. Philip instructed him that all who believe in Jesus are forgiven of their sins and receive the gift of eternal life. As Philip proclaimed Jesus to the Ethiopian, faith was born. He wanted to be a disciple of Jesus. He was instructed that baptism was the first step. The Ethiopian confessed his faith in Jesus in Acts 8:37 and was subsequently baptized.

In order for anyone to come to true faith they must understand the Scriptures and how they direct us to Jesus, possibly needing help from another.  When faith is born, baptism follows. Baptism is closely connected with faith elsewhere in the New Testament. Every true believer accepts baptism unless they are incorrectly taught.

Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus to redeem us. Thank you that I have come to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Amen.

Daily Devotion November 19,2022

The Lord is my strength and my defense;     he has become my salvation.He is my God, and I will praise him,     my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” EXODUS 15:2

DAILY DEVOTION, November 19, 2022

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:3-4).

The Psalmist gazes upon our universe and marvels at its wonders. God is the Master artist. The universe He created is full of beauty and marvels. We gaze into the heavens and we see the handiwork of God. How can anyone contemplate this universe and assume it all happened by chance? The Psalmist saw the handiwork of God.

Then he turns to mankind. We are created in the image of God. Our lives are intended to conform to the divine will. But there is rebellion against God. Sin entered the picture and all too often we want to do things our way instead of God’s way. Why should almighty God, the creator of this vast universe, concern Himself with sinful humanity? God has every right to be done with us. Why would He finally choose to visit us in the person of His Son? Why would He redeem us through the suffering and death of His Son? The Psalmist wonders. The only answer is that God loves us. John 3:16 is the answer. “God so loved . . .”

Father, I am astonished by Your love. Thank You for being mindful of me and sending Your Son to redeem me. While You are a God with unimaginable power, You are also a God of unimaginable love. Blessed be the name of the Lord! In the holy name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Daily Devotion November 18,2022

Marie’s daily verse: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. JAMES 1:2-3

DAILY DEVOTION, November 18, 2022

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26).

This beautiful Old Testament prayer is good to memorize and pray it over others. When we pray this prayer for another, we are asking God to bless them, to be close to them, to be gracious to them, and to give them peace. So many of our public prayers center on healing and that is okay. This is more of a prayer for the healing of the soul. If I pray this prayer for my wife, it would go something like this. The Lord bless you, Marie. May the Lord always keep you from harm. Marie, I want you to feel close to God, that His very face is shining upon you. I want God to be gracious to you, Marie. I pray that His peace will fill your soul.

Wouldn’t you love to have such a prayer prayed over you? Why not pray it over others and maybe others will pray it over you. Yes, continue to pray for the sick but we are learning in our Wednesday Bible study that our greatest needs are spiritual. When we pray for the body, we are praying for something that will eventually die. When we pray for the soul, we pray for that which will live forever.

Father, I am concerned when others are sick, but help me realize that our greatest needs are spiritual. Help me to remember this biblical prayer when I pray for others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.