Devotion January 25.2023

Mariie’s daily verse: John 14:6Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 25, 2023

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1).

David is praying. His prayer puts me to shame! His longing for God is intense. His seeking is earnest. He longs for God with his whole being. He thirsts for God like one thirsts for water in the desert. Do I ever have such moments? David was not always in that frame of mind, but he knew he had enemies in this context. Some want to see him dead. When he was in serious trouble, he turned to God with intensity.

When life throws serious problems our way, we need to pray David’s prayer. We need to seek God with all our might. He is there to help us if we seek Him. David’s prayer is not necessarily a daily prayer. It is a prayer for those times when we face serious problems. If you are faced with a troublesome issue today, seek the Lord. Let David’s prayer become your prayer.

Father, I thank You for Your love. I know I can count on You when I am in trouble. While You are with me always, there are days when I need to seek Your help with greater intensity. Help me always to remember that I can call upon You. In the blessed name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. 

Daily Devotion January 23.2023

Marie’s daily verse: When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. 

6The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

PSALM 118:5-6

DAILY DEVOTION, January 22, 2023

Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is a “good news, bad news” verse. The bad news is in the first clause: “The wages of sin is death. We know that wages refer to what we have earned. I receive wages from the Warsaw Christian Church for various duties I perform as a pastor. We also know what “sin” is. It refers to thoughts, words, and deeds carried out in conflict with the will of God. Since we have all sinned more often than we can recount, we have earned wages, namely death. Unfortunately, that death is an eternal separation from God and His love.

Thank God for the good news! We move now from wages to “gift.” The gift of God is eternal life. Why not wages? Don’t we try to live a good life, and as a result, we earn God’s favor? Please don’t fall into that trap. If you really want wages from God, all you will receive is eternal death. None of us are good enough to merit God’s favor. The good news is that God has a gift for us, the gift of eternal life. A gift is different from a wage. A gift is freely given.

The gift of God is not given unconditionally. It is received through Jesus Christ, our Lord. The gift is for “whoever believes in Him.”  (John 3:16).  When God sees true faith in Jesus, He says, “I have a gift for you. All your sins are forgiven, and eternal life is yours.” Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Dear Father, I confess that I have offended you time and time again. I am so sorry.  I want to do better. Thank you for your promise that eternal life is a gift. I trust in Your Son as my Savior and Lord, and I receive the gift You so graciously offer. Thanks be to you, O God, for Your unspeakable gift. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


Daily Devotion January 22,2023

Marie’s daily verse: Matthew 17:20″Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there. ‘And it will move. Nothing is impossible with God.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 22, 2023

Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Ephesians 6:16 KJV).

“Above all” means that faith is our primary defense against the work of Satan. Using a figure of speech, Paul thinks of Satan as shooting darts at us. Faith is our primary defense.  Whenever we are without faith, we are vulnerable. Satan’s temptations are very powerful. If we try to resist in our own strength, we will most certainly fail. Satan is much stronger than we are. As we resist his temptations by faith, he cannot touch us. Never face a day without faith. Don’t allow any of Satan’s darts to pierce your soul. Keep that shield up. As Paul said elsewhere, “The just shall live by faith.” If Satan causes you to fall, repent quickly and renew your faith in Jesus Christ. Someone said, “If Satan comes knocking at your door, let Jesus answer.” Let the devil know that Jesus is the Lord of your life. Once Satan realizes that you are a person of faith, he will leave you alone and search for a more vulnerable target.

Father, help me to live by faith. Then, when temptations come, help me to respond with faith. I don’t want to yield to temptations. I want to quench them with the shield of faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


Daily devotion January 21,2023

Marie’s daily verse: Psalm 94:19: When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 21, 2023

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:11-14).

Paul teaches us that we receive salvation from the grace of God. That grace is fully revealed in Jesus, our Savior, who gave Himself up for us. Faith in Jesus leads to a new life, a life where we have made a once-for-all decision to deny ungodliness and worldly passions – – – a new life where our main interest is to live a godly life. Now we await the return of our Redeemer. Paul refers to Jesus as our great God and Savior. The day will come when He will return in triumph to bless His children forever and to judge wickedness. The coming of Jesus in power and glory is on the mind of every Christian. We do not know when that day will occur, but we eagerly await it. It is the day when God’s final plan will be put into operation.

So, who are we as Christians?

1.     We have received the grace of God by faith in Jesus, who gave Himself for us.

2.     We strive to live free from ungodliness.

3.     We await the return of Jesus.

When these three elements are in place in our hearts, we know we are God’s children.

Our gracious heavenly Father, what an incredible plan You have put in place to redeem us. Help me to embrace Your plan with true faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Daily Devotion January 18,2023

Marie’s daily verse: Hebrews 12:14Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 18, 2023

The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years . . . it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).

God is very kind to tell us how many years we have to expect. Seventy to eighty years is about what we can anticipate. Hum, since I am in my 80’s, I guess I am on a short leash! I am thankful to be functional (if limited!) at my age. As we oldies often say, “where have the years gone?” It does seem like only yesterday I was in high school. I still remember our fight song from high school in Minneapolis. “Cheer for the orange and blue, waving forever…” Well, I won’t bore you with the rest.

I suspect the hymn “I’ll Fly Away” is based on this verse. Those who trust in Jesus will fly away to a much better home in heaven. Death is not to be feared. Yes, this life is all we have known, and we wonder what heaven will be like. We don’t know the details, but it will be wonderful beyond our ability to comprehend now. The greatest blessing will be to be with Jesus. It is all because of Him that we expect to arrive safely in heaven. One of these days, you will fly away. Be prepared!

Father, how thankful I am for Jesus. I would have no hope were it not for Him. Keep me in true faith until I arrive safely in my heavenly home. In the blessed name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.