February 12, 2018 at 8:23 am #45154
12th February, 2018
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. We are in the week of love Do have a brilliant week. Enjoy today’s devotional.
How Prayer Can Change a Man’s Heart
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b (NIV)
Allan was a tough man.
Raised by a single mom with five siblings, he learned to scrap his way through life by sheer determination and grit. He married at 19, had his first son at 20, then a baby girl at 25. Over the next two decades, he advanced from driving a lumberyard delivery truck to becoming part owner of a building supply company.
Allan drank heavily, fought with his wife verbally and physically and terrorized his children emotionally. He gambled, dabbled in pornography and had questionable relationships laced with a host of unsavory vices. But when his teenage daughter gave her life to Jesus and began praying for her family, God grabbed the chisel of grace and began chipping away at Allan’s proud heart of stone.
One day he told her, “I’ll go to church with you from time to time, but I could never become a Christian. I’ve done too many horrible things in my life. God could never forgive me. I could never be good enough.”
His daughter explained no one could ever be “good enough.” If we could, then Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die on the cross to pay for our sins. But Allan couldn’t wrap his mind around that kind of grace.
When Allan was 46 years old, his life took several troublesome turns. After a business deal went terribly wrong, he faced an ugly lawsuit.
Allan teetered on the brink of a nervous breakdown. From his perspective, he was on the verge of losing it all. From God’s perspective, Allan was right where he needed to be.
One day, in a panic, Allan drove from North Carolina to Pennsylvania, attempting to find his wife at a meeting she was attending. When he couldn’t find her, he stopped by a church and asked for prayer. The church receptionist drew Allan a map and sent him to find a pastor who was out in the woods building his new church.
Allan followed the scrap-paper map and found a man with a hammer in his hand and Jesus in his heart. He told the pastor everything he’d ever done in his raucous life. Then the man put his arm around Allan and said, “Now, let me tell you what I’ve done.”
The way Allan later explained what happened was this: “That man had done everything I had done. I knew if God could forgive him and he could be a pastor, then He could forgive me, too.”
Allan accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior that day in the woods of Pennsylvania and became one of the sweetest men I’ve ever known. Allan was my dad.
From my earliest years as a Christian, I experienced the power of prayer to change a man’s life — to strengthen a man’s resolve, protect his heart and grow his faith.
Today’s key verse reminds us of just that: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b). My firsthand encounter with God’s faithfulness to hear our pleas for the men in our lives began with my father and continues with my husband and son.
If you’re married, you have the power to open the floodgates of heaven through your prayers on behalf of your spouse. Whether your husband doesn’t know Jesus yet, has a fledgling faith or lives a fiery, firm faith, there’s no one more qualified to pray for his relationship with Christ than you. No matter where your mate is on the continuum of faithlessness to faithfulness, you can pray with faith — “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1b, NASB).
Today, let’s pray for husbands. If you’re single, then use this guide to pray for the important men in your life.
Dear Lord, I pray for ________________.
His Shoulders — No matter what my husband goes through today, assure him that nothing is too hard for You. Empower him to cut cords of worry with the saber of praise and to place his burdens on Your able shoulders. (Genesis 18:14; Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 9:10)
Culled from https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/encouragement/February 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm #45270
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
All that is not of God must die
All that is crushed will be restored
All that is lost will be made new
God, may we repent of ways that do not serve You
And admit to the tensions that tell us where we need to change
Christ is coming walking towards the cross
God may we see Him clearly
Pouring out love
Pouring out mercy
Pouring out peace
May we kneel before Him in humble adoration
May we take up our cross and follow
And walk with Christ into the ways of life
Happy Ash Wednesday, sisters. May this Lenten season be a time of reflection and recollection for us, to enable us prepare for the risen Lord.February 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm #45305February 15, 2018 at 9:42 am #45318
Amen!! Yes, this journey through the Lent leads to the best part of our Faith, our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.February 16, 2018 at 1:42 pm #45373
16th February, 2018
Abuse means “to misuse, to use improperly, to use up or to injure by maltreatment.” The effects of abuse can be devastating and long-lasting. Many people never recover from it.
There are different kinds of abuse: sexual, emotional, verbal, physical. No matter the form, the results are always terrible. It will keep you from functioning properly and prevent you from receiving and experiencing the righteousness, peace, and joy of God’s kingdom.
I understand this firsthand because I was abused throughout my childhood. Thankfully, I don’t just know the power of abuse, but I know the great power of God’s love. Because of the love of God, my past doesn’t have to affect my future anymore.
If you’ve been abused in the past, understand today that God loves you. Nothing can separate you from His love. He has made a way for you to be free from your past and to enter true Kingdom living.
With Jesus, there is hope for newness of life. Will you receive His love today?
Culled from https://joycemeyer.org/dailydevoFebruary 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm #45457
19th February, 2018
Hello ladies and gentlemen. How are you doing? It’s a beautiful Monday and the devotional is here.
Final Goals or Faithful Steps?
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow (1 Corinthians 3:7, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Every year at New Years, I’ve made a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish in the next twelve months. The list usually looks a little something like this:
- Lose twenty pounds
- Read fifty books
- Declutter the whole house
- Grow my business by 20%
I spend a lot of time dreaming about what my life will look like if those things happen: how much better I’ll look, how much more peaceful my home will be, and how much more successful I’ll be if I can just accomplish those things.
But about three weeks into the New Year, my resolve starts to waiver. The first week I’m all starvation and Salvation Army. I will get this weight off – of my body as well as out of my house! And then obstacles come up and my “Eye of the Tiger” passion starts to fade. I realize that my New Year’s burst of energy has fizzled, and really, how did I expect to get all that done? So instead, I’ll eat the leftover chocolate Christmas orange and watch a Real Housewives marathon.
After decades of making goals, I’ve finally come to the realization that I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. My goals were always focused on the end, focused on the reward waiting when the huge goal was accomplished. I spent so much time focused on the outcome, the part that I tried to control but couldn’t, that I wasn’t paying attention to the part I needed to focus on – the small part that was my responsibility.
Instead of the final goal, I need to stay focused on the faithful step I can make.
Instead of outcomes, I need to stay focused on my output.
So instead of “Read fifty books” (the final goal), I now say “I will set aside thirty minutes in the evening for reading” (my faithful step).
Instead of “Lose twenty pounds” I now say, “I will walk for 30 minutes in the morning.”
Because when I am focused on the outcome, I miss the One who is making the miracle happen. I miss God’s hand in my life because I’m convinced that I’m the one who is making things happen.
We would all love to believe that we have absolute control over how our lives will turn out, but just like those who work the farm, some of us plant the seeds, some of us water, but the final results are up to God and God alone.
Our job, just like those farmers, is to faithfully show up and take the next step.
And as much as I would like to lose twenty pounds in the next year, the pounds can’t be the focus. This morning’s walk has to be.
What is your next most faithful step?
Dear Lord, thank You for honoring not just the outcomes, but also the next steps. Help me to be faithful in everything You have for me, and to keep my eyes only on You.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
For one of the goals you have for yourself, what is the one, next, most faithful step you can take?February 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm #45495
20th February, 2018
Hello Today’s devotional is here.
The Name That Meets Our Need
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 (NIV)
“Who is your mommy talking to?”
I was on my knees with a mop rag in my hand and a prayer on my lips when the raspy whisper reached my ears. I glanced up to see my young son, Lukas, and our little neighbor boy standing in the kitchen doorway, their faces flushed from a game of backyard soccer.
I rose to my feet to greet them, but before I could say a word, my 5-year-old answered the question that dangled in the space between us: “My mommy’s just talking to her friend.”
Our 4-foot guest craned his neck and scanned from wall to ceiling in search of my conversation mate. “What’s her friend’s name?” he asked curiously.
My son shrugged his shoulders and flashed me a smile, “Just Jesus.”
The boys spotted the cookies I’d set on the kitchen table, so they raced across the room to enjoy an afternoon snack. But when their conversation shifted to preschool chatter, my thoughts still lingered on my son’s guileless words.
I’d sung that name in Sunday school as a child and scribbled it in my journals as a teen. I’d whispered that name in my prayers and hummed it over my babies. But I’d never realized that just Jesus had a name to meet all my needs until a wise woman ushered a simple challenge.
I was in a season of silent discouragement at the time, overwhelmed with the daily demands of my growing family. Although my life was filled with good things, I woke each day with a wordless sense of dread and fell into bed each night with a nagging sense of disappointment.
When I finally shared my struggle with a group of women in my Bible study, a wiser, older friend wrapped her arms around my weary frame and pulled me close. “Honey,” she said, “you’ve got a Savior who has a name to meet your needs. You’ve just gotta call on Him.”
She pulled out her Bible right then and there and flipped those time-worn pages to Psalm 9. With tender reverence, she read me these beautiful words found in verse 10: “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
She gave me one more hug and promised to pray. Then I went home determined to seek Jesus in the midst of my daily grind.
As I started studying His names in Scripture (there are more than 700 of them!), I discovered that every name of Jesus reveals a unique piece of His heart for us. And each name invites us to trust Him in a special way.
- When we’re anxious, we can trust Him to be our Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
- When we need assistance, we can bank on Him as our Helper. (Hebrews 13:6)
- When we’re confused, we can seek Him as our Truth. (John 14:6)
- When we’re alone, we can believe He is Immanuel, God-With-Us. (Matthew 1:23)
- When we feel weak, we can rely on Him as our Strong Tower. (Proverbs 18:10)
I began calling out to Jesus as I pressed through the hours. I talked to Him while I folded laundry and meandered to the grocery store, while I lingered in the sunshine and as I rocked babies in the dark. And the more I called my Savior by name, the more I found Him to be faithful and true.
Eventually, the name of Jesus became so much more than a mere reminder of my faithful Savior. The name of Jesus became a catalyst for my faith. The name of Jesus didn’t just shift my thoughts to the Friend I hold dear; the Name of Jesus anchored my heart to the only hope that holds.
The cookies had disappeared, and the boys were making plans for their afternoon play. They murmured thank-you through a mouthful of crumbs, then headed back outside, leaving me alone with my mop rag and my sticky kitchen floor.
Me and just Jesus.
Dear God, may the Name of Your Son be the cry of my heart and the anchor of my soul. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 124:8, “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (NIV)
Culled from https://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/encouragement-for-today/encouragement-for-today-february-20-2018.htmlFebruary 21, 2018 at 9:34 am #45526
21st February, 2018
Good morning all. Hope your day is off to a great start. Add some ginger to it via this devotional.
The Power of Praying the Scriptures
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8 (NIV)
As a first-grader, our daughter Virginia had a big heart for God. So much so that when she overheard another child say her family didn’t believe in Jesus — and that they thought prayer was stupid — she stopped in her tracks. “She doesn’t believe in Jesus?” Virginia asked, to nobody in particular (but loud enough for half the kids on the playground to hear). “She thinks praying is stupid?”
And then, before anyone could answer, Virginia pronounced her eternal judgment: “Well, she’s going to hell!”
When Hillary, our older daughter, recounted the story that night, I cringed. (Wouldn’t you?) I loved Virginia’s enthusiasm (well, most of the time), but I realized God would have to temper her boldness with wisdom and grace if she could ever share her faith effectively.
(Or if she would ever have any friends.)
I got out my Bible. It has a concordance in the back, and I looked for a verse about wisdom to personalize as a prayer for my girl. I settled on Daniel 12:3, and wrote out God’s promise like this:
May Virginia be wise, shining like the brightness of the heavens. May she lead many to righteousness and shine like the stars for ever and ever.
Praying the Scriptures — taking the Bible’s actual words and using them to give shape to our prayers — is a habit I stumbled into more than 20 years ago, when laundry loomed large and prayer time was short. (Having four children in six years, I measured my days not in hours, but loads.)
In an effort to ward off the weariness, I used the dreary routine as a prompt: “Clothe Hillary with compassion and kindness,” I’d pray, folding the umpteenth pair of soccer shorts as I borrowed from Colossians 3:12. “Cover her with humility, gentleness and patience.”
Today, our kids are adults, but the margins of my Bible bear witness to their growing-up years. I prayed for safety (Psalm 121), good friendships (Proverbs 16:28), and character traits like self-control (Titus 2:5-6). And much more. Now, as I consider my kids’ grown-up needs, I’m still mining the Scriptures, pulling promises and prayer prompts for everything from their jobs, to their marriages, to their faith.
And what I’ve learned, after all these years, is that it doesn’t matter whether we’re praying for our children, our spouse, or our coworkers and friends. When we allow the Bible to animate our thoughts — when God’s Word influences not just our prayers, but also our perspective — the more our requests align with what God wants to do. It’s like we slip our hand into His, partnering with our Heavenly Father to accomplish the good things He has planned. I don’t fully understand it, but I think this is what Jesus was getting at in John 15:7 when He said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
Have I gotten everything I ever asked for? No. Has that sometimes been hard? Yes. Have my kids hit some rough patches? Most definitely. But God has been faithful, teaching me to stake my trust in His vision, and not my agenda. And, time and again, His Word has not come back void.
And bold little Virginia? She’s a city girl now, living and working amid a beautifully diverse mix of New Yorkers. She is as comfy at a band party as she is in a Bible study, but in both places she’s eager to hear people’s stories and gently point them to Christ. She still blurts out stuff from time to time (she’s her mother’s daughter), but God is fulfilling that Daniel 12:3 promise. He is shaping and using Virginia to scatter the darkness — and all I can do is say, “Thank You.”
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the privilege of partnering with You through prayer. Please work in _______, giving them the desire and the power to do what pleases You. (Philippians 2:13, NLT)
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 55:11, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (NIV)
Culled from https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/02/19/the-power-of-praying-the-scripturesFebruary 22, 2018 at 8:14 am #45568
22nd February, 2018
Hello Today’s devotional is so apt. Enjoy!
Stop Keeping Score
There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God. — Ecclesiastes 2:24 (AMPC)
We all get hurt sometimes, and it’s vitally important to learn how to forgive quickly so we can be spiritually strong and healthy. For example, if someone has hurt you, don’t spend the next 10 years of your life hurting yourself by hanging on to that offense. Most likely, the other person isn’t even thinking about you, while you dwell on the incident for years. That only hurts one person—you.
When we walk in unforgiveness, we try to “keep score,” viewing ourselves as better than the other person.
Back in the early days of our marriage, when Dave and I were fussing and fuming at each other, I would bring up stuff from the past that he couldn’t possibly remember and Dave would say, “Where do you keep all that stuff?” Well, I had a place, and it was all in there eating at me. And every new thing Dave did wrong was added to this list until it became a bitter giant in my heart.
Thank God I’ve learned a better way to live! When we walk in God’s love, we find freedom by keeping “no account” of wrongs done to us. If you’re hurting from the pain of unforgiveness today, ask God to help you stop keeping score. You can let go of your bitterness today.
Culled from https://joycemeyer.org/dailydevo
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