The Word was God

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Devotion:  John 1

One of Christ’s names is the Word.  He existed from the beginning.  He was with the Father always.  Everything was made through Him and without Him nothing was made.  In Him was life and the life was the light of men.

Our dear John came to bear witness of Jesus who is the Light of the world.  He gives light to every  man coming into the world. Jesus was born to Mary who was of Jewish descent.  The Jews are God’s chosen people, His own did not receive Him.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John declared himself, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the LORD.”  John also said, he was not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals.

Phillip and Nathanael joined John in following Jesus.  This God-man always spoke and taught the Word of truth in a powerful way, so that lives were radically changed.  Here was the Word made flesh, standing in front of them.  His voice brings healing, moves mountains and brings peace in the midst of horrific storms.

In Motion:

Believe in, hope in, trust in the Word; made flesh!  You will be constantly amazed at all He will accomplish on your behalf!

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Until the Calamity Passes

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Devotion:  Psalm 57:1-11

Just think; we are under the shadow of God’s wings!  We can always take refuge in that safe place, until any calamity has passed.  If you are under the Shadow of God’s wings dear reader; that means He’s near by.  He who promised to never leave you nor forsake you; will be right there for you, even in the midst of your upside down world.

As you cry out to God Most High, do you believe He will perform all things for you and send from heaven to save you?  Do you believe this same God reproaches the one who would swallow you up? Stand on the fact; that He shall send forth his mercy and truth directly into your life.  Even though your enemies have prepared a net for your steps, determine your heart will be steadfast.

Sing and give praise in the midst of your calamity.  Exalt and glorify the Lord your God until He brings you safely home.

In Motion:

Read this Psalm over and over until it gets into the marrow of your bones.  You can deposit every single word into your spiritual bank. The more you read it, the deeper it will take root into your heart and soul.

Great Company

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Devotion:  Psalm 68:7-11

How many times have you experienced the powerful presence of the Lord?  His Holy Spirit is with us always and never leaves us nor forsakes us; but I am talking about the times God manifests Himself to you in such a personal way, that you walk away changed.  In Christendom, these are called mountain top experiences, when God pulls back His mysterious curtain and reveals Himself to His beloved children.

God longs to go before you and march through every wilderness with you.  Your earth may be shaking and you find yourself longing for spiritual rain and the presence of your God.  Just as Sinai was moved at the presence of God; He longs to move heaven and earth on your behalf.  He will send plentiful rain to the place you are dwelling; physically and spiritually. He longs for you to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord to give His word.  Then be among the great company of those who proclaim it!  People are starving to hear the truth of all God is doing in your life!

In Motion:

Be a part of the great company to proclaim the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

 

Loaded With Benefits

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Devotion:   Psalm 68:19

Most Americans carry insurance policies for their health, as well as life insurance.  Why?  Because it’s better to have it and not need, it than need it and not have it.  The premiums can be astronomical in price but if one has the means to pay the cost, he or she can be assured, they will reap the benefits of their policy.

This verse says,”Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation.”  If you look in God’s Word, He speaks of the vast supply of His daily benefits.  We get to have eternal life with Him but what are some of His daily benefits?  New mercy every single morning, continual unmerited grace, abundant love, forgiveness the moment we repent, wisdom when we ask, a daily relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He paid the total price; His life, in exchange for yours.  The earthly benefit is a fruitful, abundant life.

In Motion:

Thank God; on this Easter Sunday, for all your daily benefits!

Perils of the Desert

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Devotion:  Psalm 106:7-15

Due to our earthly circumstances; many times, we find ourselves in captivity.  God still provides and takes care of us, while we wander around in the same place, becoming content to stay there.  The Israelites were in the desert for four hundred and seventy years. Because of their miraculous deliverance, one would hope they would have no desire to be back in captivity.

How could they forget watching their enemies, as they were covered by the waters?  They had “believed His words and sung His praise, but soon forgot his works and did not wait for His counsel.”  These chosen ones grew weary of the manna and began begging for meat.  The Bible tells us, God “gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.”

I don’t know about you dear reader, but I do not want leanness sent into my soul.  If you find yourself in the desert of  “Christian Camp Training”; ask the Lord to help you learn well, the lessons He is teaching your soul.

In Motion:

While you may find yourself in the desert, hear and obey the voice of the Lord your God. Receive the training, straight from His heart, ordained for the good of your soul. Do not reject His harsh discipline.  He is preparing you for your next assignment.

 

A Terrible, Horrible ,No Good, Very Bad Day.

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Devotion:  Luke 24

Today is the day Christians all over the world remember the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Certain women who had followed after, observed the tomb and how Jesus body was laid, returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils to place on the body of Jesus.  They rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

On Monday, these women came to the tomb with their spices. They could not believe their eyes!  The stone had been rolled away and His body was missing; so where was He?  Had the same men who gambled for His garments, taken His body?  They probably felt panic strickened and heart sick. Was it not enough that they had watched their Savior die, in such a horrific manner? Now, His body could not be found.   It was turning out to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

All of a sudden, they beheld men in shining garments.  In unison, these men asked, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!”   Jesus spoke to them regarding their sad conversation but they did not recognize His voice. Finally Jesus said, “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself.  Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”  They were still having trouble believing what their eyes beheld.  So He asked for food and they gave him some fish and honeycomb and He ate it in their presence. They were beholding prophecy fulfilled.

Isn’t it so dear that The Son of Man, appeared first to the women who had served Him during His thirty three short years on earth?  He allowed them be the first to tell the eleven disciples; “He’s alive.”  What started out to be a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day, was changed into the best day ever!  Life was changed forever, for every person who had believed on the One to come; as well as all who would be born after Jesus resurrection.  That my friend, includes you and me!  Praise the Name of Jesus, Our Risen Lord and soon coming King!

In Motion:

The message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection changes every terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, you have ever had or ever will have!  Tell everyone you know, He’s alive!

Clean Out, Make Room

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Devotion:  Philippians 3:13-14

I desperately need to clean out my garage and my attic.  There are things stored in those areas, that clutter up much needed space.   I must take the time to make room for only the things we actually use and give away or sell the rest.

Likewise;when I hold onto the past hurts and disappointments, they clutter up my mind and heart and take up space that could be used for Christ’s kingdom purposes.  I want to offer these up to God; as a gift and then move on to make room for more of Jesus.  I will be much more productive spiritually, when I free up my mind and heart to follow the will of my Lord.

In Motion:

Clean out all the hurts and disappointments that hold your mind and heart captive.  Make room for all the new things Christ wants to accomplish in and through your life.