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April 12, 2015

Before the Throne of God

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

On April 11 my dear husband, prayer partner and soul mate of almost 51 years left this earth to kneel before the throne of God, worshipping and praising Him. I have never missed a day writing a devotional in almost 5 years and will be taking a break. I thank you for your prayers and ask you to tell someone about Jesus today. As for future devotions I wait on God to see what He wants of me on this new chapter of my life.

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April 11, 2015

Couplets

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Proverbs 13{1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

To help us understand Proverbs we must be familiar with the style of writing. Most of it is written in couplet. In this style the writer places two ideas side by side. Each one complements the other. Some of these couplets are contemplative. Some are contrasting. Many compare the two thoughts. It’s like flipping a coin that has two sides. Each of the statements can stand alone. As we read through Proverbs let’s note whether they are contrasting, contemplative or comparative.

April 10, 2015

Wisdom Written

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Proverbs 1:1-9 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— et the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

We tend to think we know what to pray and how to live. We trust our own carnal wisdom. We forget God has provided us with a life instruction book the Holy Bible, There is a tremendous amount of wisdom in Proverbs. We prefer to live our lives horizontally rather than vertically. That is looking to man and physical things rather than looking to God and staying focused on the spiritual. When we have a problem we try to push right through it rather than waiting on wisdom to come from God. We will be looking into several of the proverbs written by a man who asked God, not for riches or physical things but for wisdom.

April 9, 2015

Always Praying

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Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Look this verse up in your own Bible. Notice it immediately follows the verses about putting on the armor of God. After we put on the armor of God we are to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers. Prayer is a religious word for communication with God. Prayer is to be a 2-way communication. 2-way means both do the talking but not at the same time. One talks while the other listens. We are told to pray unceasingly. That means to live and be in a continual attitude of prayer; an attitude of always being aware of the very real presence of God. We have times of praying aloud and times of praying quietly in our thoughts. We are always ready to speak with Him and listen to Him. We are always thanking Him as we behold the beauty He’s created. We intercede as we see pain. We use the sword of His Spirit, His written Word to come against evil we see or hear. Next to the Bible the best I’ve read about always praying unceasingly is the little book, “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. It is a free download and I highly recommend it. Let us learn to continually be in prayer, practicing the presence of God.

April 8, 2015

Lacking Power

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Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

After Jesus showed Himself and ascended in bodily form into heaven the believers gathered together and prayed. I’m sure interspersed with their prayers were questions. What did He mean by saying He would send another Comforter? What did He mean about giving us power? He told us to go into all the world and make disciples but said first to wait here in Jerusalem for another He was sending? They probably prayed for wisdom and understanding. We already have the answers to those questions. Why don’t we see more of the power Jesus promised? We lack enough prayer. It seems so often prayer is used only as the last resort (When all else fails, pray). We are told there is power in gathering together to pray. It is prayer that connects with the power of God. In our church we meet just before the worship service to pray. We meet in a small prayer room. We should have so many people joining us for prayer that we need a much larger room. Until we, the Body of Christ, really desire His power and really come together to pray our churches will continue to dwindle in numbers and continue to lose their impact on our neighborhoods and countries. Let us encourage each other to join together in prayer.

April 7, 2015

So Many Witnesses

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Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Jesus continued to show Himself to people. He gave physical eyes and minds an opportunity to see for themselves and know He was indeed alive. He was still in bodily form they could touch and see. He invited Thomas to touch His scars from the nails. He wanted no doubts to the reality of His resurrection,. We continue today to believe what those who have gone before us have attested to have witnessed. With enough witnesses doubts cease. Jesus had enough witnesses. Doubts have no merit amongst so many witnesses, Today we might not be able to say we saw Jesus in physical form or touched the scars from the nails but we can witness to the effects He has on our daily lives. The believers then had to wait for 40 days before the Holy Spirit would come. (More on that tomorrow.) We have the witness of the Holy Spirit the moment we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives. All we need do is accept. Have you accepted Jesus and His Holy Spirit into your life? Have you shared them with others?

April 6, 2015

Missing Out

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Luke 24:32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Jesus was walking with two of His disciples on the road. They didn’t recognize Him because they thought He was dead. They weren’t prepared to receive Him. After He left they realized Who was with them. We must ask ourselves how often, as we walk through this life, we miss recognizing Jesus walking with us. Our eyes and minds are tuned into the things of this world so intensely that we often miss out on the fellowship of Jesus with us. He wants to talk with us as we walk. He wants to guide us as we walk. It is up to us to keep our eyes focused on Him and our ears tuned to His voice. Let us not miss His continual presence with us as we walk out our physical lives.

April 5, 2015

By Name

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John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary. “She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Mary was grieving the loss of Jesus. She came to anoint His body because there wasn’t time before the start of the Sabbath. As she arrive she was consumed with fear and confusion. The tomb was empty. What could have happened to the body of her Lord? Then she heard her name. There was a loving, warm familiarity about how her name was said. She recognized the voice and the way He said her name. What joy she must have felt to see Jesus standing and very alive. Our question is do we hear Him calling our name? He knows each one of us by our name. Do we listen for Him? Do we recognize His voice? He is very much alive today and desires for us to hear Him calling us. Let us learn to always be listening and recognizing the sound of His voice within us.

April 4, 2015

Keeping Hope

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Luke 24:9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.

Saturday, the day between the crucifixion of Jesus and the day of His resurrection. From this verse we can deduce the disciples spent the time together, at least those who didn’t run away. They were in mourning for the loss of their friend and in fear for their own lives. All their hopes and dreams were dashed. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where it seems our hopes and dreams are dashed. We are blessed to know the outcome of the crucifixion. Jesus rose from the dead. All the hopes and dreams in Him are reality. The disciples had to wait to find this. We only have to remember Who to look to in order to keep from despondency and dejection. When the darkness seems to swallow us we can look to Jesus. God is faithful to fulfill all His promises. We only need to learn to trust and obey.

April 3, 2015

The Centrion

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Matthew 17:54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

The centurion had others with him as they all watched Jesus die on the cross. The moment Jesus died the earth quaked. It took more than just the earthquake to convince the unbelievers that Jesus was truly the Son of God. It was also the way He died. He didn’t die by saying bitter words or threatening words. He died asking God to forgive the people. He said they didn’t understand what they were doing. His last words were, “It is finished.” He wasn’t so much referring to His human, physical life on this earth for He knew He would rise in 3 days. He was referring to His mission on this earth. He had come to show God’s love and to take on the penalty for mankind’s sins. He had done this. The rest is up to us. We must receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as the Son of God, the Word of God, confess our sins and receive His forgiveness while also forgiving ourselves and others. We are to allow His Holy Spirit to live in and through us bring us all the fruits of the Spirit to grow in us. The question on this Friday is do we agree with the centurion? Are we sure He is the Son of God. Open up your heart and mind or those of someone else and take Him in today.

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