Don’t Grow Weary

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Galatians 6:9
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due
time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Just a couple of verses before this we’re reminded we reap
whatever we plant. What do you think that applies to? Does the Lord limit
Himself? Hardly! Will we sow kindness and harvest a crop of hatefulness?
Or joy and receive sadness in return? God’s kingdom dynamics don’t work
that way.

But sometimes it takes longer than we expect before the crop
ripens. When that happens it’s easy to lose heart. Do you get tired of
constantly trying to please someone when he’s never satisfied and you
don’t see anything good come from your efforts? That’s when it helps to
remember that our timetable isn’t God’s and He never said everything will
work out immediately.

Instead, He encourages us not to grow weary and concede defeat. I
think God wants us to do what pleases Him just because we love Him.
When we persevere, even though we can’t see the end result, we can
almost hear Him say, “Well done, My faithful servant.”

Father, when I grow weary,
strengthen me.
When my heart fails,
renew me,
that I may see Your glory.

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God the Need-Meeter

The Savior

Psalm 146:5-9
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and
earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith
forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who
gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises up
those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord protects the strangers; He supports the
fatherless and the widow; but He thwarts the way of the
wicked.

There is absolutely no need the Lord cannot fulfill. He says only
the wicked will find themselves thwarted and not have their needs met.
Those who harbor evil schemes or want to harm God’s people will run into
trouble everywhere they turn. They may look good on the surface and even
seem successful, but nothing is actually right and they aren’t content.

Sometimes we see a person as virtuous simply because he or she
has a winning personality, but what does the Lord think? And what
difference does it make if people only succeed in temporal things?

If our heart’s desire is to please Him, we can depend on God to
supply every need. When we’re so close to Him we hear His heart, our
needs will truly be satisfied.

Father God, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit,
I praise You for Your all-sufficiency
that meets every need.

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God’s Unchangeableness

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Psalm 117:2
For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord!

In the world we live in today not much can be trusted. A person’s word used to be their bond. A handshake sealed a deal.

God’s word, on the other hand, is a sure thing. His goodness, faithfulness, and kindness to us in unfailing.

The Bible contains His promises, warnings, and instructions. They are true truth. We can rely on what He says.

He’ll not change His mind tomorrow and void what He has promised. He has spoken it. It stands forever.

We can either accept it or reject it. If we receive His word as absolute truth, He counts that to us as righteousness. He is reliable—forever.

Praise Him for His eternal, forever truth delivered to You in His book, the Bible.

Father God, I receive Your word as Your absolute truth.
Help me to walk in it and apply it to my everyday life
for as long as I walk this earth.
Thank You for never changing; for Your trustworthiness.
I choose to put my faith in You and what You say.

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God’s Throne

God's Throne

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

God offers and has provided the way for us to be saved through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sake. Therefore, we can come into His throne room with boldness and assurance and openly present our petitions of need before Him (Hebrews 4:16).

He loves us. He is merciful. He cares about us more than we can ever dream or imagine.

Come before Him, the creator of the universe, and lay your needs at His feet. He turns no one away (John 6:37).

Lord Jesus, ruler of all, defender of the weak,
I speak my petitions before You.
I put my faith and trust in You
because You are trustworthy,
You care about what concerns me,
and You make a way
where there seems to be no way.

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God’s Dressing

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Psalm 18:32
The God who girds me with strength, and makes my way blameless.

Left to ourselves, we are weak in body and spirit. God knows that so He gave us His Spirit to reside in us.
This scripture tells us God dresses us for success. No, He doesn’t dress us in Dior gowns and Brooks Brothers suits. He dresses us for warfare.

Some people would rather not think about that, but God does. He doesn’t want us to be on the enemy’s latest list of conquests.

When we walk according to the Holy Spirit, God gives us might and ability far beyond our own. He makes our course of life unimpaired, complete and whole—a blameless path. Our walk is in accord with His truth.
After all, we are His ambassadors. We need to reflect His excellence in all our ways so others may observe and desire His way over their own.

Lord Jesus, I pray to be dressed in Your strength.
May walk with integrity, unimpaired, complete.
May my life and living be a credit to Your kingdom;
a mirror of You kindness and care,
all the days of my life, now and forevermore.

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One True Voice

Jesus the way

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

Today so many voices call for our attention and allegiance. There is only one true voice that echoes down through the ages—the voice of Jesus. He and only He came to execute God’s purposes.
Only Jesus had sinless blood that satisfied God’s wrath. He was God’s man for God’s plan. No other fills the Old Testament prophecies. No other religious leader died and then rose from his grave.
Jesus is the only one worthy of our faith. He and He alone is the only one who can present us before His Father and declare us, “Not guilty.”
All other ways end in disappointment and death. Only through Jesus will we receive a new body that will last forever. Only Jesus can make good on God’s promises.

Thank You, Jesus for Your obedience
to come, live, submit to crucifixion,
rise from the dead, and appear to many
so that we may receive Your abundant life,
forever.

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Basic Training

basic training

Today’s devotional is from a book I co-authored with Ardythe Kolb entitiled Daily Walk with Jesus available here in paperback and e-reader.

I John 2:17
And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

Most often when we’re in a stew about something that’s going wrong, our problem is about time. We live in a minuscule slice of eternity, but it’s all we have, so we panic over life’s frightening issues.

God knows what we need in the eternal plan, and even thought He might want our lives to flow smoothly because He loves us, He understands it wouldn’t be best. He isn’t looking for what makes us feel good at the moment. He allows us to go through hard times to polish our rough edges for the long haul.

Lots of money and a cushy life won’t help anyone–not really. When we realize that everything we have actually belongs to the Lord, and we are merely stewards, our view of value expands. Except as it’s used to help others, riches aren’t worth much. As we give Him ourselves and commit to do His will, priorities change.

We’re created to live forever. Our life in the present age is basic training for forever.

Father, set my mind
on eternal time;
help me to choose my choices
with wisdom.

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