Daily Devotions

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My life…as a blossom in a… barren desert?

My life…as a blossom in a… barren desert?

Thank You for the evidence of Your love both in our lives and in that which You have created for our use. The earth does indeed blossom abundantly, even when man turns his back on You and on the opportunity to rejoice in You.

The fruit of heaven; the tree of life.

The fruit of heaven; the tree of life.

Now we see that Your Spirit says to the churches (that includes us), that if we “overcome”, and we know that means overcome the evil spirit that Adam’s sin brought upon all mankind, we will be allowed to eat from the tree of life in the midst of the Paradise of God. In Genesis You clarified that we who are permitted to eat of the tree of life [...]

Jesus, O’my God, etc.;praise or blasphemy?

Jesus, O’my God, etc.;praise or blasphemy?

Father, the enemy does blaspheme Your Holy name. Help us never speak Your name and the name of Jesus except reverently. Your hand is not shortened that it can not both heal and destroy. We seek the healing of our hearts and minds this day that we might say, do and think that which is acceptable in Your sight.

The omnipotence of God…a fearful reality.

The omnipotence of God…a fearful reality.

Help us this day, to transition from temporal, here and now fear, to a sense of security that no matter what happens, we are Your children, promised an eternity of safety, security and goodness with You.

A simple yardstick…what would Jesus do?

A simple yardstick…what would Jesus do?

Where change is needed, shed Your light upon our lives and help us see what you would have us do. The words, “What would Jesus do?” give us an effective way to evaluate our choices. Help; us ask that question often. We pray that You will give us the resolve to more effectively seek You and serve you, this day.

Vanity…the pursuit of what is not for what may yet be.

Vanity…the pursuit of what is not for what may yet be.

Father, Solomon sees the oppressors and the tears of the oppressed, but sees no comforter. Had Solomon been a prophet, as well as the wisest man that ever lived, he would have capitalized Comforter and assured us that You, Jesus, were coming. The Scriptures refer to You, Jesus, in many ways, including Comforter, Counselor, Savior, Redeemer and Son [...]

Does it take courage to cry out to God?

Does it take courage to cry out to God?

Father, we see that the Psalmist cries out to You, with his whole heart. When God, have we felt such anguish, such concern? Jesus Himself talks about the times he “rose up early” to talk to You, to cry out for the needs of Your people. Here the Psalmist does the same and is sometimes awake through the entire night, meditating on Your word.

An innocent child…the perfect example of faith.

An innocent child…the perfect example of faith.

When we observe the purity and innocence of a child, You tell us that these children and their innocence are a representation of persons who will inhabit Your kingdom. How, Jesus, can we ever achieve that kind of innocence? The answer comes from You. “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”

Are wisdom and prudence the greatest gifts?

Are wisdom and prudence the greatest gifts?

Jesus, being wise and prudent would seem to be a very good thing. How is it that here You say that Your teachings are hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to babes? We know the answer from Your word. Prudence and wisdom, of which Solomon had abundance, did not necessarily always lead to a closer walk with You.

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