DEVOTIONAL 42: A WEEK OF ADORATION

I thought it might be good to take a day just for adoration. Let’s pause a moment and contemplate how glorious, how holy, and how lovely our Father is, our Lord is, and the Holy Spirit is. This blessed Trinity has been blessing us since before we were born, and a pause to praise them is more than due. I invite you to share your praise or a verse that expresses praise, awe, or wonder at Who He is.

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DEVOTIONAL 41: DON’T GO OUT UNARMED

This week’s blog gives you a glimpse into the lives of four mighty women of God and how they prepare for the battle against sin in different ways.

I Peter 4:12 is a very strategic verse for fighting sin:

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 

I Peter 4:1, tells us that Christ Himself suffered in the flesh and that we should prepare by arming ourselves with (His) same way of thinking. The second part of this verse links changing our thinking to ceasing from sin. I have had four wise women in my life who have had four very different approaches to arming themselves against temptation. All of these approaches are effective and worthy of emulating.

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WEEK 40: THE BLESSING OF FRIENDSHIP

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Proverbs 27:9

Previously, we looked at how a true friend gives us honest counsel and acts as an accountability partner. But God had so much more in mind for us when He created this wonderful gift called friendship. I often think how generously and compassionately God was thinking the day He came up with the idea of friendship and decided we should have this blessing among all the other blessings He gives us.

It was God’s idea that we should have a friend.

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WEEK 39: A TRUE FRIEND

Faithful are the wounds of a friend. Proverbs 27:6a

It is really hard to detect your own sin in its early stages. Sure, it is easy to see it when it blows up and becomes really ugly or when it results in consequences, which all sin eventually does. But how can we be more honest with ourselves when the first tendency toward sin begins to grow in our sin-sick hearts?

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WEEK 38: GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR

When I was flailing around in sin and had no clue who God is, I think it would have made me want to know him more if someone had told me that God has a sense of humor. I thought of God as someone remote, living on a high and lofty mountain peak, and I never thought that a valley-dwelling sinner like me could ever relate to Him. I could conceive of a God who would spare me from His wrath or even pity me, but I could never have conceived of a God I could have a relationship with, a real and personal relationship. As I said, I think it would have helped.

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WEEK 37: TAKING ON THE MIND OF CHRIST

A passage that helps me develop a Godlier-view of circumstances is Philippians 2:1-9.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

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WEEK 32: STILLNESS by GUEST BLOGGER GLORIA POAGE

Is stillness possible in this world of chaos, busyness, and division?  We Christians are on a journey here on earth and, without a doubt, are affected by the demands of it.  Our lives are filled with challenges beyond our ability to solve on our own.  We need help!  Ahh, and help is available.

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WEEK TWENTY-FIVE: HOW DOES GOD FEEL ABOUT YOU?

John 11:35 is the shortest verse of the Bible but one of the most profound for those of us who want to know Him more deeply and intimately. It says simply, “Jesus wept.”

We gain deep and revealing insight into the heart of Jesus from this passage. Because He knows what it is to shed tears from a broken heart, He understands our tears .

And Jesus cares about your tears. Hundreds of years before this touching scene, a psalmist wrote:

 You have kept count of my tossings;
    put my tears in your bottle.
    Are they not in your book?

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WEEK TWENTY-FOUR: THE HEART CRY OF GOD

o me, some of the most poignant words in all the Bible are David’s cry of grief upon hearing the news of his son’s death. This son who had betrayed him, tried to steal his throne, brought so much grief to the family for years was the object of so much love and grief and loss that you can hear it in his father’s gut-wrenching cries:

The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

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WEEK NINETEEN: LORD, DON'T YOU CARE THAT WE ARE PERISHING?

Have you ever felt like crying out to God because He seemed to be asleep at the wheel of your life? Have you ever felt He surely could not be tuned in to what is going on with you because you were hurting or terrified or heartbroken? Then you are like those closest to Him, his disciples, when they called out to Him, ““Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

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