Seeking God: A greater redemption

Seeking God: A greater redemption

Reading: Jeremiah 23:7-8, Psalm 126:1-6

Christ: The bondage under Babylon was to be so severe that even the Egyptian slavery from generations before would pale in comparison. Sometimes My Father wills certain periods of intense captivity because it He wants your attention. Along with that, he longs to demonstrate His ability to deliver His people. Observe that in Psalm 126, their pain was turned to laughter and all the nations praised God, saying, The Lord has done great things for them!

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Think: What hardships in my life might serve as an example of God’s restoration? How does my reaction to these hardships affect how others see God’s work?

Pray: Dear Lord, You grant specific troubles to every individual, people, and nation and yet you never fail to deliver us from our captivity. Through Jesus, you delivered us for the last time from sin. Now we no longer bow down under the weight of the law. All captivity, any troubles we now see are temporary. For through it may seem too heavy now this affliction is light compared to the eternal glory which is saved for us in Heaven with you (2 Corinthians 4:17). Amen.

 


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Seeking God: Not weeds

Seeking God: Not weeds

Reading: Matt 13:24-30, Psalm 28:1-9

Christ: While the owner of a good field was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among his grain. In the morning, the owner’s servants ask whether they should pull up the weeds. ” ‘No,’ ” he says, ” ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, and then gather the wheat into my barn.’ ” The owner is not worried about the presence of weeds because they will not affect the grain’s growth. If you hold both a weed and a wheat seed together in your hand, neither will be changed in their DNA; they are what they are. As it is with you, your faith in Me and decision to become My disciple has completely transformed you. This is why My apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer “weeds”, but I have made you hardy stalks of good grain which will stand the test of time.

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Think: God refuses to risk that even one valuable life is lost. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is patient, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” It is for this reason that he waits to deal out his final justice. In the meantime, we must be like David, who cries out to God constantly for deliverance while at the same time having complete confidence in God’s protection and provision.

Pray: Dear Lord, We are only simple stalks of grain that cannot survey the field as you can. Sometimes I am afraid, because from my point of view, all I can see are weeds. As the wicked crowd in from every side, let us take comfort in our new identity as your beloved which will be harvested for the Kingdom’s purpose in the end. We fully trust in you. Amen.

 


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Renew me, Lord [Printable Devotion Calendar]

Renew me, Lord [Printable Devotion Calendar]

Jesus said:

“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

It sometimes takes me a little too long to realize that I am living life from a place of spiritual dryness. By the time it occurs to me that I’ve gone too many days without prayer I’m usually a tangle of nerves and stress.

Thankfully, we aren’t meant to live like that. My favorite thing about the new year is that it is a wonderful fresh start. This January I want to remember the refreshment and revival the Lord brings to us. That’s why I created a simple printable calendar for January 2016. Each day has a short verse that I think cover all the different aspects of the renewal that Jesus offers.

Please feel free to download and share. I’m personally going to hang a copy above my computer as a constant reminder that with Him, there is never any excuse to remain dry.

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The Valley of Dry Bones

37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley;[a] it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath[b] to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am theLord.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling,[c] and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me,“Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

Ezekiel 37:1-14 ESV