DAILY DEVOTIONS

09 May 2022

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God said, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

Acts 11: 9b

Reading:

Acts 11:1-18
 

While Peter was praying, he had three different visions of animals to be eaten.
The Jewish people had lived by very strict rules about what they could eat and
what they could not. Here was the voice of God telling him three times to eat
these forbidden food. God was trying to tell him that His love reaches beyond
Peter’s circle of friends and is available to ALL who believe. Peter is taught
that everyone who believes WILL receive the gift and joy of the Holy Spirit.
Peter was called to go to Caesarea to a group of Gentiles who wanted to learn
more about Jesus. After teaching them they were Baptized and received the
gift of the Holy Spirit.
Peter is called back to the hierarchy of the new Church of Believers to explain
why and how he actually ate with these Gentiles. Peter then goes through step
by step of how God convinced and led him to go to them, to teach them and
then to Baptize them in the Name of Jesus Christ and to let the Holy Spirit fill
them.
“ God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3 : 16
And Peter said, “So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us, who
believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?”
Acts 11 : 17.

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Prayer:

 

Lord, I open my heart to You and ask that You will tend to my life, trusting that through You my roots of faith will grow deep. Amen.

10 May 2022

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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:2

Reading:

Psalm 18
 

In a time where all seems to fail, even the most efficiently and thoughtfully created systems. In our daily living we are reminded that it is in God through his beloved son Jesus Christ that we can truly and confidently have a stronghold. All else may fail but He remains the same yesterday, today and forever. 

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Prayer:

 

Heavenly Father, teach us to wholeheartedly trust and depend on thee. In our daily lives there are many challenges and only You are the constant rock that we can depend on. Thank you for being the same yesterday, today and always in the name of your beloved son we give thanks. Amen

11 May 2022

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He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:23-26

Reading:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-23
 

After Paul started the church in Thessalonica, he wrote this first letter to the believers there, within just a few months of leaving. In the face of persecution, Paul wrote to encourage the Christians in that community to grow in godliness.

Paul encouraged them to  hold on to that which they hoped and believed by consistently walk in the Power of God's Spirit.  Paul's prayer was that God would Sanctify them through and through.

Sanctification means to be set apart and to be made Holy. To become dead to sin and alive in Christ, growing in godliness, in maturity, spiritually, being transformed in our thinking and renewing our minds.

God wants us, his children, to progress constantly towards greater holiness in every part of our lives and beings.

We can never do this on our own in our own strength. " For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature for I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18

The only way is though the Spirit of God which lives in us.

God doesn’t just want a part of us. He desires to have all of us. He will not stop transforming us until there is nothing that has not conformed to his image. It is progressive. As long as we live in this age in our flesh we are called to grow “more and more” loving (Phil 1:9), and we are to be transformed as we present ourselves to God (Rom 12:1-2).

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Prayer:

Holy Father, we rejoice in you and we give  you thanks. We thank you that you sanctify us. We thank you for the Holy Spirit who prays for us, who teaches u and guides us.

Help us to live our lives in You. Open our hearts and our minds to your will your word

Forgive us when we stumble Lord.

We thank you that nothing can separate us from your Love!

Amen

12 May 2022

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Your ways, God, are holy.
   What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
   you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

Psalm 77:13-15

Reading:

Psalm 77
 

Have you ever been so stressed and worried that you could not sleep?
Or find your self in such desperation that even the words fail you when you have to explain your troubles.
You try to pray and find peace but it feels like you are speaking to a wall.
Friends try to comfort you but it becomes meaningless sounds.
The writer of Psalm 77 found himself in deep distress, experiencing profound difficulties.
His cries to God appeared to have been ignored. Only memories from his past gave him the faintest sense of joy.

Sometimes when we remain in difficulty instead of being delivered from it, the sense that God hears us but is not helping us makes the pain and frustration so much worse.
The writer of Psalm 77 had his own questions:
Will the Lord cast off forever?
And will He be favorable no more?
Has His mercy ceased forever?
Has His promise failed forevermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?

He answered his own questions by remembering that which He knew for certain: the attributes of God.
By thinking about God rather than himself, he is able to be proper centered to get through the distress:

God’s ways are holy.
Our ways are simply not the ways of God. God knows what we need. God has promised that we will not be tested beyond what we are capable of enduring.“No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13
God’s greatness is incomparable. God does have control over our lives and has the power, far above all else, to help us in our distress.
God’s power is visible. It is visible in His creation. It is visible in our salvation. It is visible through the work of the Holy Spirit.
God is the great Redeemer. The Bible is filled from beginning to end with God's redeeming work. Hebrews 11 speaks of the great cloud of witnesses to Gods faithfulness, His plan, His love, grace and mercy

The Lord is our Shepherd who promises to never leave us alone especially in difficult and impossible times.

Jesus said: "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all c ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.”

John 10:27-30

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Prayer:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Amen

13 May 2022

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Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:8

Reading:

Matthew 6:25-34
 

God's provision is the essence of life, not as much what we envision should be. Matthew 6:25 reminds us that God's grace precedes all our needs even before we are aware that we need them or shall need them. And in this reminder, one is taken to a place where anxiety should have no hold, for all has already been provided for by the good Lord. For grace is there already before we arrive at the place of need. 

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Prayer:

Thank you Lord that you love us so that your grace precedes us, even when we are unaware of the needs. We look to You for the fulfillment of all these needs while acknowledging your grace is more than sufficient. In your name good Lord Jesus we give thanks and pray, 

Amen