Daily Devotion January 9.2023

Deuteronomy  31:6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 

DAILY DEVOTION, January 9, 2023

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).

Isaiah asks two questions for us to ponder. He then answers his own questions. The God we worship is everlasting. He has no beginning or end. He is the Creator of all that exists. He is so great that our puny human minds cannot fathom Him in his totality. He has revealed much to us about His nature, but there is much of God we will never understand. Be careful when you are tempted to criticize God because He didn’t do what you asked of Him. His ways are way beyond our understanding. Isaiah also reminds us that God’s energy and mind never grow tired. That means He can always hear and answer your prayers. He is never too tired to listen to you. He asks us to cast all our cares upon Him. Even when we do not receive the desired answer, He always ministers to the hearts of those who pray.

Father, help me remain faithful when things that cause me pain and anguish happen in this life. Help me realize that my prayers always reach You even when I do not understand the answer. Thank You for Your love for me and Your everlasting patience. In the wonderful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. 

Daily Devotion January 8, 2023

Marie’s daily verse: 

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:18-20

DAILY DEVOTION, January 8, 2023

Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God … when you have eaten and are full and have built and occupied good houses (Deuteronomy 8:11-12).

One of our prayers is for God to bless us with the things we need. Some TV ministers promote a “prosperity gospel.” Trust in God, and He will bring you all kinds of blessings. You’ll have a lovely house and a full bank account.  Yes, God promises to provide all our needs (Philippians 4:19), and sometimes He blesses us with an abundance. Our verse, however, gives us a warning about prosperity.

Some very successful people believe their wisdom and ability have brought them prosperity. God tells Israel to remember that all we have comes from God. The danger is that we can become so tied up with worldly blessings that God is forgotten. There are two ways we can protect ourselves from this happening. First, thank God for all that you have. Second, be content with what you have. Christians who are not thankful and are discontented, always wanting more, are headed for trouble. They have pushed God aside.

Father, I thank you for reminding me that everything I possess comes from You. I thank You for the many blessings You have given to me. May I learn to be content with what I have. I trust in Jesus as my Savior. As I focus on Him, I am content.  May His name be honored in my life, Amen.

Daily Devotion January 7,2023

Marie’s daily verse: John 8:12He said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life “

DAILY DEVOTION, January 7, 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).

This present life is good, but a better life awaits us. Despite the many good things about this life, there are plenty of tears. There are problems with people, pain issues, problems with finances, and finally, we face the reality of death. I have lost my parents, my only brother, and many church members over the years. It was a time for tears. I remember vividly doing a funeral years ago for a six-month-old child, and I broke down in tears during the service. Yes, life is good, but there are many opportunities for tears.

God promises to wipe away the tears from our eyes. There will be no more death or grieving, crying, or pain. Unlike the present order of things, we will live under a new order. Tears and suffering are such a part of this life that it is difficult to imagine a life free of such things. But that is what God has promised to those redeemed by faith in Jesus.  Keep the faith and look forward to an unbelievable future.

Father, I can scarcely imagine what heaven will be like. I am so tied to this life that I can barely imagine a life that never ends free of all pain. Help me to prepare for the future by trusting in Your Son now. In His name, I pray, Amen. 

Daily Devotion January 6, 2023

Marie’s daily verse: However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen,   what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—     the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. 


DAILY DEVOTION, January 6, 2023

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).

The Corinthians church had many problems. They abused spiritual gifts, immorality was present, they defiled the Lord’s Supper, etc. Paul gives a simple solution to overcoming their spiritual failures. First, they must be steadfast and immovable in their faith in Jesus. As they loosen their hold on Jesus, problems creep in. Our faith in Jesus must be uncompromising. Those whose faith is immovable can endure anything.

Second, they are to abound in the work of the Lord, not just on Sunday and Wednesday, but always. If we are steadfast in our service to Jesus, we will have no time for the foolishness that characterized the Corinthian Church. As a teenager, I labored for seven years at a dairy store in Minneapolis. It provided some funds at the time, but who remembers my labor? I can barely remember all that went on at that dairy Store. In the long run, such work is in vain. What we do for God is never in vain. It has eternal consequences.  Yes, we have to do our various earthly jobs, but in the process, we must not forget that only labor for the Lord endures forever.

Father, I pray the Holy Spirit will be at work in my life, keeping me steadfast in my faith and abounding in the work of the Lord. May Jesus Christ be honored as I live for Him. Amen. 

Daily Devotion January 3,2023

Marie’s daily verse: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:19

DAILY DEVOTION, January 3, 2023

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives (1 Peter 3:1).

Many women balk at the idea of submitting to their husbands! But there it is in black and white in the word of God. The idea is not to bow to his authority no matter what, but to respect his leadership role in the home. If the husband is doing his part (Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, Eph. 5:25), it is easy for the wife to respect his leadership. Peter’s primary concern in the above verse is what a wife is to do if her husband is a non-believer. She is not trying to win him by hammering at him with words. Her loving, kind, Christian behavior may do the trick. Certainly, bad behavior by the wife will never win over a non-believing husband.

Therefore, husbands love your wife sacrificially as Christ loved the church, and she will respect your authority and leadership role. Wives, if your husband does not believe in Jesus, point him to Jesus through your dedicated Christian behavior. Words not backed up by behavior will not influence an unbelieving husband to come to faith. Such words will most likely have the opposite effect.

Father, speak to the hearts of husbands and wives that they may embrace Your will. Living in a close husband-wife relationship can cause problems. However, as both submit to You, life is so much better! May both marriage partners always seek to honor Jesus. In His name, I pray. Amen.