Devotions

SCRIPTURE: Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. (Num. 11:1) OBSERVATION: God our good Father hates complaining! In fact, his wisdom tells us: …

SCRIPTURE: Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Ps. 26:5) OBSERVATION: Beautiful words! God offers to teach and guide those who seek him and put their trust in him. In order to experience this hope, we must trust him …

SCRIPTURE: But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you…” (Ex. 3:11-12 NIV) OBSERVATION: “Know Thyself” was written on the pagan Temple of Apollo at Delphi. God never said “know thyself.” The only thing necessary is …

SCRIPTURE: “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (Lk. 14:33 NIV) OBSERVATION: Following Jesus is serious business. That doesn’t mean being a disciple is without joy, but being a disciple is no joke. It takes a willingness to adjust the priorities of our …

SCRIPTURE: Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” (Lk. 8:50 NIV) But on hearing this, Yeshua answered him, “Don’t be afraid! Just go on trusting, and she will be made well.” (Lk. 8:50 CJB) OBSERVATION: To “just believe” means to trust and keep on trusting. Jesus …

SCRIPTURE: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mat. 1:21 NIV) OBSERVATION: “Save” is the word “sozo” in the Greek text. It means “to save, to make whole, to make completely well.” The messenger from heaven announces …

SCRIPTURE: Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. (Phi. 2:14-15 NIV) OBSERVATION: A huge part of becoming blameless and pure is our attitude towards others. We …

SCRIPTURE: …and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:24 NIV) OBSERVATION: In the context of this verse, Paul uses a picture of changing clothes, instructing us to (1) take off the old self, (2) pick up God’s way of thinking, and (3) put on …

SCRIPTURE: Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Rom. 4:20-21 NIV) OBSERVATION: God uses Abraham as a great example for us. God had promised him a …

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