He Leaves the Ninety-Nine

DAILY VERSE

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

Luke 15:4

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DEVOTION

No matter how bad any of us messes life up, God continuously seeks us out. I know this first hand. I strayed away from the fold when I was younger. It was God, wandering away from the flock, that pulled me back in and allowed me to rededicate my life to Him. We sing “Reckless Love” in worship often. I’m grateful God left the 99 to retrieve this lost lamb.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still, You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

– Bethel Music

 

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Show Grace

DAILY VERSE

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

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DEVOTION

We all make mistakes. Many times our days are filled with them. Thankfully, God shows us grace. Like the movie Ground Hog Day, we have a fresh start each day to do better. Be thankful, always strive to stumble less, and show others the same grace you’ve been gifted with.

 

Gargantuan Faith

DAILY VERSE

And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

1 Samuel 17:49

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DEVOTION

Picture this skinny kid. He’s refused the sword and armor he was offered and trods out into the expanse between these two armies to face a giant with some stones and a sling. That takes FAITH! Not a small faith, but a gargantuan faith!

To see big things happen in your life, you must also be willing to put your full trust in God, to attain that gargantuan faith that’s big enough to conquer the giants you are sure to face.

 

God Loves You!

DAILY VERSE

…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:5

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DEVOTION

God knows every hidden sin and every outward sin I’ve ever committed. He knows every flaw, has witnessed every failure, but still, He loves me immensely. When the world throws all it has at you, you can rest easy knowing that you are truly loved by God.

 

Be the REAL You

DAILY VERSE

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

2 Corinthians 13:4

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DEVOTION

There are many people who strive to be perceived as though they are living a perfect life. Those same people can become exhausted because we all face trials and our lives are never perfect. God takes us with all of our imperfections and uses them to glorify Himself and point others to Christ. You see, in our weakness, He is strong. Don’t be afraid to portray the REAL you because God can work with that.

 

Remind Yourself

DAILY VERSE

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

Psalm 103:1-5

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DEVOTION

I do this all the time, talk to myself, I mean. The old saying goes, “Count your blessings.” When you’re faced with anxiety and a lack of hope, know this, the Enemy is attacking. One way to combat his attacks is to reflect on all that God has done and everything He is. Warriors for Christ must be ready to do battle! The prize is hope.

 

You Have the Power

DAILY VERSE

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7

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DEVOTION

When we are facing trials, and the Enemy is busy throwing arrows of anxiety, fear, and confusion at us, we need to draw on the power that raises the dead to life! We often forget that we have that power to draw on. We succumb, many times forgetting we have access to it. Draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to battle back, regain the ground you have lost, and wait for the harvest God has coming!