Fertile Ground

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DAILY VERSE

But when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:10

 

DEVOTION

Many times when we pray for things God requires us to wait. The reasons may vary: We need to grow in our faith, if He does this for you now it will end in calamity, or there may be some tree trimming He needs to do. It’s frustrating to wait and not to be sure what God’s will is, but rest assured, when He brings things into completion it will be at the perfect time and it will be on firm, fertile ground.

At Odds with the World

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DAILY VERSE

You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

James 4:4

 

DEVOTION

As soon as you turn on the news or open a paper, it’s obvious, our world has moved far away from God. In the book of Judges, God is grieved, as Israel has done just what he warned them not to, assimilated with the locals. They chose to accept their customs and rituals, moving God to that background. We see that in our culture today. To fill churches, we see pastors bending to worldly popularity rather than holding to the hard truths of God’s word.

If we are not at odds with our culture, we are at odds with God.

On Loan…

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DAILY VERSE

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Psalm 127:3

 

DEVOTION

My wife and I tried for nearly four years to have a child. As time went by and friends posted photos of their baby bellies and newborns, it was torture for my wife as she felt her time for having a child was slowly passing her by. Her first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage and the torture continued. Then, nearly three and a half years ago, she conceived again. Considered high-risk, we spent the entire pregnancy in continuous doctors visits, ultrasounds, and hospital stays. We now have a healthy and beautiful little girl, and she is thankfully on loan to us from our Creator. Life is precious, she embodies that fact daily and we are thankful God rewarded us with her!

Jesus Intercedes

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DAILY VERSE

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

Hebrews 7:25

 

DEVOTION

This is an amazing truth for all who follow Jesus, He lives forever to intercede for us! It’s easy to fall into a pattern of self-loathing when you fail. You can feel as if you’re an utter failure in God’s sight. But Jesus is our go-between, God sees us through Christ’s loving eyes. Self-loathing is a trick of the Devil, ask for forgiveness and forgive yourself. God does!

At a Loss for Words?

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DAILY VERSE

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Galatians 4:6

 

DEVOTION

There will be times throughout your life where you are at a loss for words. You may feel so broken that you don’t even know how or what to pray for. God can feel and translate our anguished groans through the Holy Spirit indwelling each of us. When life has you grasping for the right words, be still, sometimes our most powerful prayers are conveyed through heartfelt emotion.

Thing’s Eternal

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DAILY DOSE

Jesus prays, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you… Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Mark 14:36

 

DEVOTION

One of the hardest things to do is pray that something you’ve held close to your heart doesn’t happen. A business venture, a relationship, a large purchase, something that you’ve been working hard toward. To pray that God’s will is done is the ultimate in letting go of the wheel, and it’s hard! But isn’t that what following Christ is all about? It’s part of growing in our faith and focusing on things eternal.

Time to Make Some Noise!

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DAILY VERSE

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds . . . Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”

Deuteronomy 11:18-19

 

DEVOTION

The era we’re living in is, unfortunately, a time where God has been put on the back burner if it’s even lit at all. Schools founded by Bible-believing Christians, have attempted to expunge God’s name from their campuses. It’s up to every believer to know God’s word and live it every day. It’s as equally important to instill the teachings of the Bible in the next generation. It’s time to make a joyful noise!