Dwelling with the Lord

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DAILY VERSE

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.

Genesis 3:8

 

DEVOTION

What did we lose because of sin? Though we cannot claim the “original sin”, we are all flawed due by one defect in our character which results in most every sin ever committed, selfishness. Becuase of it, we’ve lost that closeness with God, Him walking among us. Thankfully, Jesus Christ repaired this broken relationship. Now we can all have a hope of dwelling with the Lord for eternity!

God in the Desert

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DAILY VERSE

I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land.

Hosea 13:5

 

DEVOTION

We often refer to those times that we go through trials as our time in the desert. We think of the desert as dry and barren, devoid of life. But God met with Moses there, His people experienced their closest and most intimate time with Him as they made their way to the promised land going through it. As you go through those times where you feel like you’re stranded in the middle of a desert, realize that God is closest in these moments and your opportunity to grow can thrive.

Courage

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DAILY VERSE

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.

1 Corinthians 16:13

 

DEVOTION

C.S. Lewis writes this about courage, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” We need the compass of God’s Word if we are to navigate this world courageously. To put things in a geeky perspective; our spiritual operating systems need constant updating, upgrades, and virus protection. The only way to get that is through daily downloads of God’s Word and spending time with Him in prayer, listening to the “still, small voice” of the Holy Spirit.

Great courage is within your grasp!

Attacking the Gates

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DAILY VERSE

And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.

Matthew 11:12

 

DEVOTION

Are you violently attacking God’s purpose for your life? I love the classic scene from The Blues Brothers when Elwood Blues announces: “We’re on a mission from God.” When God puts something in your heart, your passion should follow. You should be attacking it as a soldier on a mission. What has God placed on your heart? Are you attacking it with passion? God gives us talents and a purpose if we’re no using them they’re being wasted.

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DAILY VERSE

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

 

DEVOTION

Grit is the place where passion and perseverance meet. It’s resilience in the face of rejection, strength in the face of fear. Even in the face of impossible odds. Even if you’re hanging on by a thread, you hang in there. No matter how many times you’ve been knocked down, you get back up! That is God strengthening through trials. That IS following Jesus.

Always Give Your Best!

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DAILY VERSE

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:23

 

DEVOTION

When you’re not doing something you’re passionate about the only way to be sure you’re doing your best at it, is to imagine your CEO is the Lord Himself. It changes your perspective on a massive level. We should always approach everything as if God is always watching: our friendships, our marriage, our job…fill on the blank. Always give your best!

Arm Yourself!

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DAILY VERSE

The Lord surrounds the righteous with favor as a shield.

Psalm 5:12

 

DEVOTION

As believers, we expect that God would guard us against evil, but in a world populated by human beings gifted with free will, you’re bound to get hit with some verbal and/or emotional shrapnel. God will surely shield us from the spiritual arrows shot in our direction, but we are to arm ourselves with God’s word and our faith to withstand the assaults waged on us by others. So holster up, it’s a rough world out there.