Daily Devotion January 17,2023

Marie’s daily verse: Do you not know? 

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,     and his understanding no one can fathom. ISAIAH 40:28

DAILY DEVOTION. January 17, 2023

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life. We have been born into a new life that has an inheritance that can’t be destroyed or corrupted and can’t fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3, God’s Word Translation).

Peter’s heart is overflowing with praise as he reflects on the Gospel of Jesus. We receive a new birth when we place our faith in Jesus. That new birth comes to us from a merciful God. We don’t deserve it; we can’t earn it; we can only receive it as a gift from a gracious God. Peter then adds that this new birth leads to a new life. The resurrected Christ dwells in our hearts and leads us to live a new kind of life. That new life focuses on Jesus and our desire to follow Him in obedience.

He then adds that we have an inheritance. Again, we don’t earn an estate. We receive it from one who loves us. An earthly inheritance is nice. My inheritance from my parents is long gone (they were not wealthy!). The legacy we receive from Jesus can never be lost or destroyed. It will never fade away. It is waiting for us in heaven.

What a blessing it is to be a Christian. Whatever comes our way in this life, we have an inheritance that will never fade away.

Thank You, Father, for the beautiful blessings we receive when we trust in Jesus. Thank You for the new birth and for the new life we receive. Thank You for the inheritance with which You have blessed us, a legacy that can never be destroyed. Blessed be the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

Daily Devotion January 15, 2023

Marie’s daily verse: Romans 2:1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 15, 2023

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

The first part of this verse is easy to understand. Our delight is to be centered on the Lord – – – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We are to experience delight in serving Him, in our prayers, in our worship, in our Bible study, etc. Once we have been redeemed, we find great joy in everything related to God.  If we don’t, we need to reexamine the reality of our faith.

The second part of the verse Is subject to two different interpretations. Does it mean that God will give us whatever we desire? A better understanding is that when we delight in the Lord, our desires change. He changes our hearts. We cease to focus on me, me, me!  We want to help others. We want to love and forgive. We want to follow Jesus. These new desires are given to the redeemed by God. The verse leads me to ask a question. Do my desires center on me or on God?

Father, I thank You so much for loving and forgiving me. I thank You also for changing the desires of my heart. May Your name be honored and praised forever. In the blessed name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Daily Devotion January 13, 2023

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”REVELATION 21:4

DAILY DEVOTION, January 13, 2023

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12).

In this life, we know God dimly. While we have a considerable amount of revealed truth, there is much we will never know about God in this life. We have enough information in the Bible to receive salvation. We are to place our trust in Jesus. He is our Savior. We also have much revealed truth about how we are to live. But with all the information we possess, much about God remains a mystery.

We would love to know why Christians face so much suffering. We would love to know more details about heaven. So much is hidden from us. We know in part, but we desire to know more. Elsewhere Paul said we must walk by faith, not by sight. When life seems confusing, and you don’t understand why, the best we can do is to pray “hallelujah anyhow.” We must not abandon our faith when we don’t understand. We try our best to cope with this life, come what may, looking forward to that time when we shall see Jesus face to face.

Father, help me accept that my knowledge of You is partial in this life. When I do not understand Your ways, may my faith in You remain strong. I thank You for the knowledge I possess in Scripture pointing to Jesus, my Savior. In His name, I pray. Amen.

Daily Devotion January 12, 2023

Marie’s daily verse: Job 11:18: 

Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 12, 2023

Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him or give thanks to Him as God, but became futile in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21).

Why are there atheists in the world? Paul declares in Romans 1 that God’s existence is known by the things He has created (Romans 1:19-20). He declares that to deny the existence of God is inexcusable. What reason do those who reject God give to justify their atheism? I think many do not want to have to give an account to God. They want to be independent. So, they convince themselves that God does not exist. They think that leaves them free to do whatever they wish without having to give an account to God.

Paul says those who make such an unreasonable conclusion have darkened hearts. He adds the words “foolish” and “futile” to describe those who reject God. It is a terrible thing to deny what you know to be the truth. There is no good way to explain the universe apart from a Creator. The theory of evolution is full of logical inconsistencies. Did the universe come into being by accident? Was there a big bang that created the universe? But where did the “stuff” come from that went boom? I think Genesis 1 gives the best answer. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Father, I thank You for clearly revealing Yourself to us in creation. Open the eyes of those who deny You, that they may behold Your existence in the wondrous world You created. May I be a faithful witness to You and Your Son, Jesus, our Savior, in whose name I pray. Amen. 

Daily Devotion January 10,2023

Marie’s daily verse: James 1:3Because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

DAILY DEVOTION, January 10, 2023

You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels (Revelation 3:4-5).

Sardis represents a dead church. Only a few in that church remain faithful. We do not want to be like the church in Sardis! Garments refer to character. Many in Sardis had defiled their character by their failure to follow Jesus. We are encouraged to overcome such character flaws. We are to keep our faith strong and follow our Master. That includes repentance when we fall short. Those who walk in repentance and faith will see their character cleansed. They will be dressed in white garments. Their names are inscribed in the Book of Life and will never be erased. They possess eternal life.

We see two categories of people in these verses. Some have defiled their character so badly that they no longer follow Jesus. Others have also defiled their character but have overcome through repentance, faith, and a sincere effort to follow Jesus. As a result, they are forgiven, cleansed, and clothed in white, symbolizing that they are true Christians. What will become of those whose garments remain stained? I think you know the answer. The church at Sardis reminds us to keep our faith, obedience, and repentance active. Then we will walk with Jesus in white garments, and He will tell the Father that we belong to Him.

Oh God, I confess that my character is far from perfect. I am so sorry that I have failed You. I trust in Your Son, and His shed blood to forgive me. Please help me to walk with Jesus on the path of faith, obedience, and repentance so that I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever. In His name, Amen.