The God Who Helps – October 28, 2022

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 10:17,18

The God Who Helps

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Daily Devotion – October 28, 2022

Devotion based on Deuteronomy 10:17,18

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When I was in grade school, and teams were being picked for kickball, basketball, or baseball during recess, I regularly witnessed what I think is the typical playground experience when choosing teams: the captains always chose the strongest first and made their way down to the weakest. They chose the individuals whose talent or skill could provide the most help to the team.

God doesn’t do the same thing. Time and again in the Bible, when God chooses the individuals, he will associate with, he regularly chooses the individuals who need the most help or feel the most invisible. “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow,” Moses reminded Israel.

There are people who have had to walk through life without father, whether that father left by their own choice or was taken from them by death. There are many people who walk through life as a widow, living each day without the comfort of companionship they formerly enjoyed. There are many people who aren’t fatherless or widowed yet walk through each day feeling rejected, unlovable, or invisible.

But we are never invisible to God. This is the God who chose Israel—the smallest nation—to bring the Savior into the world. This is the God who chose Moses—not the greatest speaker or bravest man—to deliver Israel from slavery. This is the God who chose David—an afterthought even in the minds of his own family—to defeat a giant and lead as a king. This is the God who chose to save all of us, though he is very familiar with all of our sins, by forgiving those sins entirely through the perfect life and sacrificial death of the one truly “good” person—Jesus Christ.

God doesn’t choose the people who are better than most. He chooses people who need him the most.

Prayer:
Gracious God, thank you for helping me so completely and perfectly through my Savior, Jesus. Amen.

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The Choice – October 27, 2022

To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.
Deuteronomy 10:14,15

The Choice

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Daily Devotion – October 27, 2022

Devotion based on Deuteronomy 10:14,15

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Eleven millionaires were on the Titanic, the famous luxury cruise ship that sank in 1912. One of those millionaires was Major A. H. Peuchen who brought along with him onto the Titanic over $300,000 in cash, jewelry, and securities. When the ship was going down, however, he didn’t grab any of those things on his way to the lifeboats. Instead, he grabbed three oranges. He thought the oranges would be more valuable to him at the time.

God can always have whatever he wants. “To the Lord belongs the heavens … the earth and everything in it,” Moses reminds the nation of Israel. If he wants a beautiful sunrise, it’s his. If he wants an oceanfront view, it’s done. If he wants a jaw-dropping view of the Rockies, no problem. But when he saw that this world was going down on account of our sin, he didn’t choose to reach for any of those things. “He chose you,” Moses said. And that truth doesn’t apply just to the nation of Israel. It applies to all who benefit from the work of the Savior who was born from that nation—the Savior who took the whip to save you, felt the nails to redeem you, dropped his blood to cleanse you, broke out of his grave to prove that your grave will one day release you, and sits up on high preparing the most wonderful place in all eternity just for you.

When you are reminded that we live in a world that is dying—remember God’s gracious choice of sending a Savior to save us from it.

Prayer:
Gracious God, keep me firmly rooted in your choice to send Jesus to be my Savior. Amen.

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Faith Rejoices – October 26, 2022

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.”
Luke 18:18,19

Faith Rejoices

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Daily Devotion – October 26, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:18,19

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The young man who spoke with Jesus that day isn’t the only person to wonder what a good life looks like. We do the same thing when we look at ourselves.

This is challenging for us because some days we don’t feel good about our lives. It’s easy to look at our lives and remember the times we weren’t good to spouses, parents, children, or friends. On some of those days, it may even be easy to wonder if God could ever love someone like me.

The problem with that line of thinking is that it finds us guilty of doing the same thing this wealthy young man did—focusing our primary attention on ourselves. Jesus gives us a better way to live: Instead of spending so much time looking at our lives, look at his. Instead of focusing so much on what you have or haven’t done, focus on what Jesus already did.

This young man walked away from Jesus sad when he could have stayed right where he was and found the true wealth his life was missing. The type that will never disappoint you for any reason; the wealth we already have in Jesus, who shed his blood over all the bad in our lives so that we could be forgiven and washed clean of every sin. And therefore, have absolutely nothing in our heart, soul, or mind that isn’t “good” according to God’s definition.

The way we live our lives might not make us good fits in God’s kingdom. But the life and death of Jesus does. You’re good. That’s what the cross of Jesus means. He has made you good—by God’s own declaration.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for the forgiveness that makes me a “good” fit in God’s kingdom. Amen.

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Need for a Savior – October 25, 2022

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Luke 18:18-22

Need for a Savior

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Daily Devotion – October 25, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:18-22

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Often when you see a picture of the Ten Commandments, you see them split up on two different tablets. On the first tablet are the first three commandments, with the remaining commandments listed on the second.

The commandments Jesus quoted to the young man in our Bible reading today would fit on the second tablet. They focus on how we’re supposed to treat the people around us—forbidding adultery, murder, stealing, lying, and dishonoring our parents. And this man didn’t react all that differently than many people might today when they hear those things: “Well, I’ve done a pretty good job with those. I haven’t murdered anyone, haven’t had an affair, and yesterday I called my mom and told her I love her. And if I haven’t, I think that with a bit of effort, if I stepped up my game a bit, I could do those things pretty well.”

We can all be tempted to think we are good enough for God. It appears that the young man speaking with Jesus did. So, out of love, Jesus tried to show the man that he wasn’t good enough and needed someone to save him from his sins. He needed Jesus.

It doesn’t appear that the young man learned his lesson. When Jesus revealed that the young man loved his money more than he loved his God, instead of repenting and seeking forgiveness—the man went away sad.

Don’t let this happen to you. When God uses the words of the Bible to reveal your sin, don’t walk away sad. Instead, turn to your Savior. Jesus has already paid the price for your sin. He has lived the perfectly good life you could never live. He is the answer to the question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Trust in the One who has earned eternal life for you.

Prayer:
Gracious Savior, keep my eyes always fixed on your work as my Savior and the everlasting value it gives to me. Amen.

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Faith Is Fully Dependent on Jesus – October 24, 2022

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.
Luke 18:18-23

Faith Is Fully Dependent on Jesus

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Daily Devotion – October 24, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:18-23

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By all appearances, he was a wealthy and successful young man who genuinely wanted to do good things. He seemed to say and do all the right things. In case there was something good he hadn’t done, he asked Jesus for guidance. All in all, he appeared to be a good man who did many good things.

But appearances can be deceiving. He still lacked the one thing that can truly make a person good in God’s sight–a recognition of his sin and trust in Jesus as his Savior.

We can learn much from this young man and his interaction with Jesus. The seeming goodness of our lives is not what makes us a good fit for God’s kingdom. It is only the perfect goodness of Jesus, his complete sacrifice for our sins, and his enduring desire for our salvation that makes us a perfect fit for God’s kingdom.

What must you do to inherit eternal life? Place your trust in what Jesus has done to save you and follow him to the heaven he won for you.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, help me to rest daily in your good and perfect love for me. Amen.

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Life in Jesus – October 23, 2022

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:12

Life in Jesus

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Daily Devotion – October 23, 2022

Devotion based on 1 John 5:12

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The doctor walked solemnly into the hospital room. He explained to the anxious family of his unconscious patient, “All medical procedures have been employed and exhausted. There is no life left.”

Doctors offer excellent and compassionate service. But how difficult it must be for them to say helplessly and hopelessly: “There is no life left.” If only someone could grant life! Wouldn’t any doctor or patient and their family give anything and everything for life?

Death proves that there is no life anywhere else in this world of sin. But God sent his own Son to live our life perfectly for us, granting us the eternal robe of his righteousness. Jesus died our death for us on the cross and rose from the dead, triumphant over sin, death, and hell. Only in Jesus is there life, for “he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” In God’s Son, Jesus, there is life with God.

Trusting in Jesus as your Savior, this life is yours, already now, and forever. You have it. Treasure it! Live it! In Christ, you share the grand privilege of encouraging other believers with the life we have in Jesus, and in reaching out to others who do not yet know and have life, eternal life through Jesus.

God bless you this day and forever as you truly live in Jesus!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you for winning and giving me life. Help me to live that life and encourage others in that life today and always. Amen.

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Wrestling with God – October 22, 2022

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
Genesis 32:24-28

Wrestling with God

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Daily Devotion – October 22, 2022

Devotion based on Genesis 32:24-28

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God doesn’t always give us what we want, at least not right away. Have you noticed this? You pray and pray and pray for something, but there seems to be no answer. Sometimes we become discouraged or angry with God because it appears that he’s not listening. We might even conclude that God doesn’t love us!

To accuse God of not loving us is a sin of the highest order. God is love. He showed that love when he sent his Son to die on a cross as payment for our sins. God’s love for us is greater than any other love we can imagine.

So, why doesn’t God give us what we want when we want it? Sometimes he gives us the opportunity to exercise our faith by being persistent in prayer. Wrestling with God in prayer is a way to demonstrate that we trust he will do what is best for us, in his own time and in his own way.

We won’t wrestle God physically the way Jacob did in this unusual story from the Bible. But we do wrestle with God spiritually in our prayers. Like Jacob, be bold and persistent in asking for God’s blessing. Then, trust that the God of love will answer in whatever way is best for you.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, give me the faith to trust you completely. Give me a spirit of persistent prayer that knows you will do whatever is best for me. Amen.

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Where is your faith? – October 21, 2022

[Jesus said] “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:8

Where is your faith?

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Daily Devotion – October 21, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:8

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“I give up.” How long does it take for you to get to that point? You’ve tried it once. You’ve tried it a second time. And then you decide, “I give up.”

There are times when we should simply give up. For instance, if we’re attempting to dunk a basketball through a ten-foot hoop, but we’re only five-foot, two-inches tall—with a vertical leap of four inches—we can try and try and try again, but we’re never going to succeed. We don’t have the necessary gifts.

Other times, it’s a matter of training. Five-year-olds should “give up” driving a car even before they attempt it once! Not only do they not have the necessary gifts, but they also don’t have the necessary training.

Under certain circumstances, it’s appropriate and wise to conclude, “I give up.”

So, is it okay to draw that conclusion about Christian prayer? Is it ever appropriate to say to ourselves and our heavenly Father, “I give up?” Never! And the reason is simple: all things are possible with God. It is impossible to pray for something that God is incapable of giving us. When we place our faith in him, we are trusting the One who has all things under his control, even death itself.

Does that mean that God will always give us what we want? Of course not, because we don’t always want for ourselves what would be best for us. Human parents understand this. Their children might ask to eat ice cream for every meal, but good parents will deny that request—even though they could fulfill it—because they love their children and want what’s best for them.

Our heavenly Father wants what’s best for us. And, above all else, what does he want for us? Eternal life! He wants it so much he sent his own son, Jesus, to earn it for us through his perfect life and innocent death. So he’s not interested in giving us anything that would get in the way of that eternal goal.

So be persistent and patient in prayer. Then trust that God’s answer is always best for you—eternally.

Prayer:
Jesus, help me trust the answers that you give to all my prayers. Amen.

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Patiently Await – October 20, 2022

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.”
Luke 18:6-8

Patiently Await

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Daily Devotion – October 20, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:6-8

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We’ve come to expect instant gratification. It’s not that we want it fixed, but we want it fixed now. When we begin to feel aches and pains, we expect the doctor to offer a solution after one visit. When a home appliance malfunctions, we want it repaired that day. And when we order something online, we expect to have the item in hand within a day or two. We want it, and we want it now.

Our world of modern convenience has duped us into becoming impatient, and in many cases, sinfully so. That’s not conducive to developing and enriching the life of Christian prayer because patience and persistence are essential ingredients to having one. If we expect immediate results, we’ll become easily frustrated and give up.

Jesus understands what it takes to have a healthy prayer life better than anyone else could. Not only is he true God who hears and understands the prayers of his people with deep compassion and perfect timing. He is also truly human, who during his days on earth “offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7). Yes, to this day, he continues to pray for us at his Father’s right hand. If Jesus’ prayers don’t get instant results, why should ours? And if he hasn’t given up praying and pleading for us every day. Why would we?

Why? Because we’re impatient! Because we don’t get the immediate results from our prayers that we expect. But Jesus reminds us today: the results are coming; we just need to be patient! “Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you; he will see that they get justice, and quickly.”

When you find yourself impatient for God to answer your prayers, remember that you are one of God’s chosen ones, washed of your sins in the blood of Jesus and adopted into God’s family. Be patient and persistent in prayer. God hears you. And, in his time, he will answer you.

Prayer:
Jesus, help me to be like you in prayer, patient and persistent. Amen.

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Wearing Out Your Opponent – October 19, 2022

[Jesus] said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
Luke 18:2-5

Wearing Out Your Opponent

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Daily Devotion – October 19, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:2-5

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If you’re going to be victorious in an athletic contest, it helps to have more skill than your opponent. But having superior skill doesn’t necessarily guarantee victory. Other factors play into who wins and who loses.

One strategy that less-skilled players and teams employ in order to beat a superior opponent is to turn the game or match into a test of endurance. They may have better players, but if you can wear them out with your plodding game plan, you might be able to beat them.

That’s the very lesson Jesus is teaching in his parable of the persistent widow. This woman is seeking justice from her local judge. He doesn’t care about her case, but she wears him out with her persistent pleading, with the judge finally exclaiming, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!” Persistence pays off.

Anyone who has ever begged their parents to buy them something special, only to have their persistence pay off with the item they so desperately desired, knows of what Jesus speaks. If we nagged and nagged, wearing our parental “opponent” down, we’d receive our reward.

If an uncaring judge could be won over with patient persistence, imagine what will happen when you patiently persist in praying to your loving heavenly Father for your needs. After all, he is the one who was willing to meet your greatest need by sacrificing his own son to save you from your sins. Surely, he will respond in whatever way is best when you persistently pray to him for your needs.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, give me the persistence I need in prayer. Amen.

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The Necessary Art of Pestering – October 18, 2022

[Jesus] said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’”
Luke 18:2,3

The Necessary Art of Pestering

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Daily Devotion – October 18, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:2,3

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Children are masters at it, even without much practice; it just comes naturally—whining, begging, pleading, pestering.

Young children have an advantage over adults; without as many earthly cares, they can get away with having one track minds. The child who wants Mom and Dad to buy them something at the store asks and asks and asks again. And why? Because they understand the power of persistence, especially when their parents are in the habit of giving in.

But it has to make God wonder about his own children. Why don’t they utilize the necessary art of pestering him? Why is it that, if they even think to ask their heavenly Father for something, they only ask once or maybe twice and then give up?

Could it be that in their heart of hearts, they think that prayer is powerless? Could it be that in the back of their minds, they’re wondering whether they’re making their request to someone who doesn’t actually exist? Could it be that they’ve convinced themselves that, even if there is a God, he’s a miserly ogre and not a gracious and loving Father?

If God has this impression of you, can you blame him? After all, when was the last time you engaged in such unceasing, persistent prayer that you were actually concerned that your heavenly Father might get fed up with you and respond, “Enough! I’ve heard you already!” Truth be told, it’s more likely for sinners like you and me to go many days without offering up even one sincere, heartfelt prayer, much less pelt the throne of God’s grace with one request after another.

And still, our heavenly Father patiently waits and listens. Because of Jesus’ saving work, our sinful lack of persistent prayer is forgiven. It’s as if we have lived lives of perfectly persistent prayer. And we get a fresh start. Let’s take advantage of it! Live a life of persistent prayer starting today!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, grant me the spiritual persistence and stamina I need to offer you my prayers relentlessly. Amen.

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Always Pray – October 17, 2022

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Luke 18:1

Always Pray

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Daily Devotion – October 17, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 18:1

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How much prayer is too much prayer? If Jesus is our measuring stick, then none of us is in danger of praying too much.

Luke tells us in his gospel that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). Luke emphasizes more than any other gospel writer how much time our Savior spent in prayer. He’s the one, for instance, who describes most powerfully the intensity of Jesus’ prayers to his heavenly Father on the night before he died. We’re told how “being in anguish, [Jesus] prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44). Simply put, Jesus prayed frequently and with great earnestness.

Luke also tells us that once, when “Jesus was praying in a certain place,” one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). It wasn’t as if Jesus’ disciples didn’t know how to pray. They certainly understood the process. They had undoubtedly grown up in mostly faithful Jewish families and had learned from their fathers and mothers how to pray. Like Jesus, it was their custom to go to the synagogue on the weekly Sabbath, so they could hear the Word of God and practice fellowship of prayer with their fellow Jews.

So, if they knew how to pray, what were they asking Jesus to teach them? They wanted to know how to pray like their Savior! When they compared their lives of prayer to the Savior’s, they instantly recognized that theirs paled in comparison. Clearly, Jesus knew and understood something about prayer that they did not. They wanted to taste his secret sauce for prayer.

And when Jesus did teach them and us about prayer, what point did he emphasize more than any other? Persistence! Don’t give up so easily or quickly when you don’t receive the immediate answer you want. A life of persistent, unanswered prayers is its own benefit and blessing!

How often should we pray? Jesus’ answer is both simple and profound. He urges us to pray always!

Prayer:
Jesus, grant me a rich measure of faith through your Spirit and lead me to pray continually for every good thing from you. Amen.

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Confidence – October 16, 2022

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:13-15

Confidence

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Daily Devotion – October 16, 2022

Devotion based on 1 John 5:13-15

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“Are you sure?” Satan still asks, as he tries to rob you of your confidence.

John, disciple of Jesus, points out two things that will deepen your confidence.

First is the sure knowledge that eternal life is yours. You have this confidence because “you believe in the name of the Son of God.” His given name is Jesus, which means “savior, rescuer.” A worthwhile study would be to search out as many of the Bible’s titles and descriptive names for Jesus, you could find. His “name” includes all that he has done for you. It is a revealed fact, then, that God’s Son came into the world as true man and accomplished his mission perfectly. The payment of his life, death, and resurrection for the sins of the world was accepted by the Father as payment in full. Trusting in Jesus and everything his names tell you about him, you may know that you have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

Next, the wise old apostle teaches you about a second key to confidence. It regards your prayers to God: “If we ask anything according to his will.” God’s will is what God wants. The Bible reveals what God wants us to believe and do as far as we need to know it. And for the things only God knows, Jesus teaches us to trust as he trusted, saying, “Not my will, but yours be done.” Since we are praying for God’s good will to be done, “We know that we have what we asked of him,” whether his answer be “yes,” “no,” or “wait patiently.”

That’s God-given confidence.

Prayer:
Lord, keep me sure. Amen.

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The Amazing Love of God – October 15, 2022

As [Jesus] was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Luke 17:12,13

The Amazing Love of God

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Daily Devotion – October 15, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 17:12,13

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In Jesus’ day, leprosy was a horrible illness and was incurable. If you caught leprosy, you had to move away from society and live with other lepers. That’s why in our verses today, we meet a group of ten men who were together because they had leprosy. When they realized that Jesus was close by, they pleaded for him to have pity on them.

Unfortunately, this account has kind of a sour ending. To summarize, Jesus healed all ten of them, but only one of them returned to say thank you.

Did Jesus know that would happen? Sure, he did because he knows all things.

Most amazingly, he had pity on them anyway! Most graciously, he healed all of them!

In the same way, our gracious God continues to deal with you and me today. Yes, he knows we’ll fail to appreciate his mercy and often fail to thank him for his blessings.

Yet he continues to deal with us in mercy and with blessing. What a forgiving, loving God!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, forgive me for the countless times I’ve failed to thank you for your mercy, failed to appreciate your blessings. Remind me of your love, that I might be emboldened to live with joy and confidence and might return often to thank you for your mercy. Amen.

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The Blessing of Giving – October 14, 2022

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:10,11

The Blessing of Giving

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Daily Devotion – October 14, 2022

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A seed is a small thing, the size of our fingernails at most but often much smaller. And yet from that tiny seed can come large plants and great fruits. The apostle Paul uses the picture of seed and harvest to instruct us on how to give generously. Paul tells us that God supplies the seeds to us and makes the harvest grow. When it comes time to sow again, God will provide the seeds again and again.

An amazing thing happens when Christians sow with the seeds God provides. When they give generously of their material wealth, it spreads and grows into thanksgiving to God. It’s part of a harvest of righteousness.

Maybe you’ve seen the videos of Christians receiving Bibles for the very first time. A remote tribe that never had the Bible translated into their own language before receives the gift of Bibles written in their own language. The whole village shows up dressed in their best. They rejoice, pray, sing, dance, and give thanks to God for the gifts of generous Christians who helped make it possible.

There is great power in the simplest acts of generosity. For the price of Grande latte, we can help put God’s Word in the hands of families who have never owned a bible before. That generosity produces gratitude in the recipients of the gifts. And the recipients of the gifts pray for the ones who have so generously given.

Paul reminds us that the motivation for this giving doesn’t come from compulsion but rather through the confession of the gospel—the good news that our sins are forgiven in Jesus. As God has given so generously to us, so we give so joyfully to others.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, give me a cheerful heart to be generous as you are generous to me. Amen.

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Giving Thanks to Jesus – October 13, 2022

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 17:17-19

Giving Thanks to Jesus

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Daily Devotion – October 13, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 17:17-19

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It was his Friday night ritual. He went to an old pier on the eastern coast of Florida with a bucket of shrimp. One by one, he pulled out the shrimp and fed the seagulls as they flocked around him. Most onlookers thought he was just a crazy old guy. But his name is Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, and during World War 2, he was stranded at sea. When all seemed lost, a seagull landed on Eddie’s hat, and miraculously, without a struggle, the seagull allowed itself to be caught. Eddie and the other men ate what they could and used what remained of the bird as bait. Its sacrifice saved them. His way of saying thank you was to feed those birds every Friday night.

Jesus miraculously healed ten men from leprosy, but only one of them came back to give thanks to Jesus. Perhaps the others were thankful, but didn’t show their gratitude to the one who healed them. Only one came back to express his thanks to Jesus.

His gratitude was a sign of his faith in Jesus, a faith that consisted in total dependence on God. The man knew there was nothing he could do to heal himself of leprosy; only Jesus could do that. His faith didn’t disappoint him, and through his faith, Jesus assured him that he was saved.

Faith in Jesus saves. Faith saves because God gives undeserved, unqualified, unconditional love. The proper response is the same as the leper who came back: to fall at Jesus’ feet and give thanks.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was a Christian. He said that he was saved to serve God and to serve others. That’s an even better way to say thanks than feeding seagulls some shrimp. It’s a way that we can all say thank you to Jesus.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for giving me faith to trust in your saving work. Help me say thanks by serving you and the people in my life. Amen.

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Jesus Have Mercy – October 12, 2022

As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Luke 17:12,13

Jesus Have Mercy

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Daily Devotion – October 12, 2022

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When did he know? When did he know that the red, irritated skin wasn’t going to get better on its own? Was it when the lesion started spreading? Was it when he noticed it on both of his arms or legs? Maybe it was when his hair started to fall out. Or perhaps when he pinched his hand in the door and realized there was no pain. Did he try to cover it up and hide it so no one would notice? When did he know that he had leprosy?

Leprosy was worse than a death sentence. It meant you had to live like you were already dead. You were traumatically ripped away from your family and friends. You were cut off and forced out of your city or village. You existed on the fringes. It was like you were invisible.

When did you know? When did you feel the pain in this life? That you were missing something? Your condition isn’t leprosy, but it is even more dangerous, even more isolating. It’s the infection of sin. Sin corrupts everything in this life. Your relationships. Your health, mental and physical. And it separates you from God.

“Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” That’s all the ten lepers could say to Jesus. It was their only hope. All you can say to Jesus is the same, “Jesus, have mercy!” And he does. Just like Jesus had mercy on those lepers, he has mercy on you. Jesus forgives you your sins, restores and redeems you.

Jesus told the lepers to show themselves to the priests. That’s it. No big show. No theatrics. But each one went, and each one was healed.

Forgiveness comes in the same way: No big show. No theatrics. Your believing heart trusts the words, “You are forgiven.” And God sees your sins no more. You’re clean and no longer separated from God because Jesus does have mercy.

Prayer:
Lord, give me faith to trust your words of mercy and forgiveness. Amen.

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A Gracious Promise – October 11, 2022

The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.”
Genesis 8:21

A Gracious Promise

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Daily Devotion – October 11, 2022

Devotion based on Genesis 8:21

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They got what they deserved. The people at the time of Noah’s flood were described as corrupt and violent. Their thoughts were evil all the time. A holy and just God demands perfection and obedience. Those people were far from it. When the flood waters came and destroyed them, they rightly received God’s judgment.

Sometimes we think, “I wish God would give me what I deserve. I’m a hard worker. I’m faithful to my spouse, at least outwardly. I am a good citizen, and I pay my taxes. I attend church regularly. And yet my life is still a struggle. I live paycheck to paycheck. Where are my blessings, God? When will you give me what I deserve?”

Entitlement kills gratitude. And if we think we are entitled to anything from God, that entitlement doesn’t just kill gratitude—it kills faith too. The hard truth is we aren’t much different from the people at the time of the flood. God uses a similar phrase to describe them and us, “every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.”

If we deserve anything from God, it’s the same thing the people at the time of the flood received: death and destruction. That’s what our sins have earned us.

But God holds back his judgment. He made a promise never to destroy all living creatures again. It’s not because we did anything to earn or deserve that mercy; God just gives grace and mercy because he is a loving God.

Even the flood was an act of love. It preserved the line of the Savior, Jesus. God saved eight people from the flood. But when God sent Jesus, he saved the whole world. And all who put their faith in Jesus will be saved. That’s a lot to give thanks over!

Prayer:
Dear God, give me a thankful and grateful heart for not giving to me as my sins deserve but instead giving me life through Jesus. Amen.

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Noah Built an Altar – October 10, 2022

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
Genesis 8:20

Noah Built an Altar

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Daily Devotion – October 10, 2022

Devotion based on Genesis 8:20

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Noah built an altar. People familiar with the story of Noah and the flood know Noah built an ark. But Noah also built an altar. For about a year, Noah and his family lived on the ark while it floated on top of the flood waters. Death and destruction swirled around them.

What thoughts went through the minds of the eight people on that ark as the rain waters fell and the flood waters went up? Every creature outside of the ark lost its life. Were Noah and his family horrified at the carnage?

When it was time to leave the ark, how did Noah feel? Thankful. Noah built an altar. And then he offered up a great sacrifice to God.

There were only seven of each clean animal saved on the ark, and Noah took one of them, fourteen percent of the living population, and offered it as a whole sacrifice. Every part of that sacrifice was offered to God. Noah didn’t save any of it to feed himself or his family, but with gratitude in his heart, he offered it all. It was Noah’s way of saying thank you and dedicating his whole self to God in gratitude.

Noah’s sacrifice was great, but it wasn’t the greatest sacrifice this world has seen. The flood waters purged a wicked generation, but sin remained. God knew the only solution to that sin was a sacrifice, the sacrifice of Jesus on a wooden cross. God gave all of himself as the sacrifice for sin; he didn’t hold anything back. The result? Your sins are forgiven. All of them. They are purged by the blood of Jesus.

God doesn’t ask his people to offer animal sacrifices as a show of thanks anymore. Instead, God asks them to show gratitude in the way they live their lives. God’s people show gratitude when they follow God’s commands and will; it’s their way of offering their whole lives in heartfelt thanks for the saving sacrifice of Jesus.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for your great sacrifice for my sin on the cross. Give me a grateful heart that lives for joyful service to you. Amen.

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The Joy of Giving – October 9, 2022

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-9

The Joy of Giving

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Daily Devotion – October 9, 2022

Devotion based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

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In the comparison that the apostle Paul uses of sowing seed, implied is the truth that the sower would not have seed to sow if there had been no previous harvest. So, we would have no offerings to give if God had not blessed us with the money we have. We are givers because God has given to us. And he gives us so much more than we can ever return to him! How can we ever give back to God a gift equal to salvation, an offering comparable to the peace of the forgiveness of sins, a donation that even comes close to the gift of his Son?

We don’t just practice giving. We practice Christian giving. Christian giving involves our faith in the promises of God. God urges us to trust in his limitless ability to cause his blessings to abound in our lives. We can give our offerings generously, trusting in the promise of God that he cares for us and will supply all that we need for life.

God’s grace is poured out on us abundantly. His grace works in our hearts a willingness, yes, a joy, to give offerings to God. The joy of giving is a result of God’s miracle worked in our hearts to thankfully give to God, who has given us the joy of salvation by faith in Jesus. When we focus on Christ, our giving is not a reluctant action or a compulsive habit but a joyful and thankful response to God’s great love for us. This is the kind of cheerful giving that God loves.

Prayer:
Lord God, increase my trust in your promise to supply all I need for life. Lead me to reflect my thankfulness for all your blessings in the joyful way I give my offerings. Amen.

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Final – October 8, 2022

This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
2 Thessalonians 1:7

Final

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By the early 1990s, the popularity of Johnny Cash had faded. To be sure, the older generation still enjoyed hearing him in concert, but he hadn’t had a hit song since the 1970s. And the younger generation just looked at him as an interesting country singer from a bygone era.

Then there came into Johnny’s life a man by the name of Rick Rubin. Rick Rubin was a star producer for some of the biggest names in the music industry. Rick, however, was mostly known for his work with hard rock bands and rap artists. Nevertheless, he sought Johnny out. He wanted to work with him. He told him he was convinced that Johnny still had some things to say.

Rubin’s instincts were right. Together, he and Johnny Cash produced a series of albums entitled American Recordings. They sent shockwaves throughout the music industry. Critics wrote rave reviews about the unprecedented quality and substance of the songs. To a new generation the songs were edgy and fresh. And through those volumes, Johnny Cash took the opportunity to say some things that he wanted to say.

Shortly before he died, Johnny Cash released one more album with Rick Rubin. For the title track he chose a song he had written entirely on his own, a song that reflected his Christianity and his reverence for God’s Word. The title of the song is When the Man Comes Around.

When the Man Comes Around is about judgment day. It’s about the return of Jesus Christ. Filled with biblical references and pictures, the song radiates with the certainty that the final day is coming, that Jesus will return, that time is short, and that the moment for serious reflection is right now.

And so, it is. This simple reality—the reality of Jesus’ return—gives urgency to our work of proclaiming sins forgiven through faith in Christ. And it gives each of us good reason to set aside our everyday busyness to consider what you and I possess in the only Savior this world is ever going to have.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, the Last Day is coming. You will return soon. Fill me with urgency and eagerness. Fill me with anticipation and joy. Amen.

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We Have Only Done Our Duty – October 7, 2022

“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
Luke 17:10

We Have Only Done Our Duty

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A firefighter runs out of a burning building carrying a little dog. He hands that dog to its owner. The owner cries with joy and says to the firefighter, “Thank you so much for going back in to save my dog. You’re a hero!” The firefighter simply says, “You’re welcome, ma’am. But no thanks is necessary. I have only done my duty.”

A story like that would have a strange twist if that firefighter had said, “Alright ma’am, I got your dog out, but if you want little Fluffy back, I’ll be expecting a reward!” No firefighter would say that. Their job is to protect people, their pets, and their property from fire. A firefighter doesn’t expect a reward for correctly doing their job.

When we perform a good work prompted by faith in Jesus, we don’t say to God, “All right God, did you see that nice thing I did for my spouse? I’ll be needing some kind of reward now for making that little sacrifice.”

A Christian’s loving actions aren’t prompted by getting things in return for their service. A Christian’s acts of love are simply part of being a follower of Jesus. A Christian does not look for any special praise or commendation in return for a loving action. When being thanked for an act of love, a Christian can say the same thing as that firefighter. “I have only done my duty.”

Faith delights in duty because faith grasps what Jesus has already done for me. So, when I do the things that God has commanded me to do, I can say, “I have only done what my Savior has already done for me one million times over. I delight to serve him. What an amazing duty I get to carry out, being like Christ to others.”

Prayer:
Dear loving Lord, you have saved and served me not because it was your duty but because you loved me. Let me love and serve others as you have loved and served me. Amen.

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All It Takes Is a Little Faith – October 6, 2022

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
Luke 17:5,6

All It Takes Is a Little Faith

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Devotion based on Luke 17:5,6

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Have you ever tried doing what Jesus says here? Have you ever tried using nothing but your faith to uproot a mulberry tree and launch it into the ocean? Should be easy, right? All it takes is faith as small as a mustard seed!

If you haven’t been able to uproot a mulberry tree with your faith, what does that mean? Does that mean you don’t really have faith? If that’s the conclusion you’ve come to, don’t worry! That’s not the point Jesus is trying to make here.

Jesus is trying to show us the power of faith. He indicates that even with a little faith, great things can be done. That’s because, ultimately, it’s not our faith that does anything. It’s the one we’ve put our faith in who does the impossible.

God does the impossible. He takes away every single sin of every single person in the world through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. He allows sinners like us to stand innocent in his presence. He allows us to talk directly with him in prayer. These things should not be possible for us but because of God’s love for us, they are possible.

If God found it necessary, he would allow you to uproot a mulberry tree and hurl it into the ocean. God could make that happen for you. But God probably doesn’t need you to do that. Instead, he has given you faith to be able to forgive those who sin against you, just as he forgave you. He has given you faith to persevere through difficult seasons of life and moments of great loss. He has given you faith that clings to Christ so that salvation and heaven are yours. What once sounded impossible has been made possible, through faith in the all-powerful Lord.

Prayer:
Lord, increase my faith. You work the impossible and so I put my trust in you. Amen.

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Love Increases as Faith Increases – October 5, 2022

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
2 Thessalonians 1:3

Love Increases as Faith Increases

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Devotion based on 2 Thessalonians 1:3

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If you plant a small apple tree in your backyard it may take several years before it’s able to start producing apples. But as that apple tree grows it could one day produce more than 100 apples for you each year. Some mature apple trees in orchards have been known to produce upward of 1,000 apples in a year! With the growth of an apple tree comes an increase in the amount of fruit it produces.

We could view Christian faith as an apple tree. As faith grows in a person’s heart, there will naturally be an increase of love flowing out of that heart. In the Bible, acts of love are often referred to as “fruits of faith.” As faith grows, love increases.

Now the question could be asked, “how does a person grow in faith?” Growth in faith happens as a Christian comes into contact with Jesus in the Bible. A growing faith is an ever-deepening appreciation of Jesus and what he’s done for us.

And what has Jesus done for us? He has loved us immensely and undeservingly! He’s taken away our sins and given us new life, even eternal life. A growing faith clings ever tighter in trust to what Christ has done. Ultimately, growing our faith isn’t something we do but something God does.

And here’s where the increase in love comes in. The more one basks in that love of Jesus, the more one wants to share that love with others. Serving and loving others becomes less of a duty and more of a delight for those who have experienced Christ’s love. Christians consider it a privilege to imitate Christ in their service to others.

As an apple tree grows, its apple production increases. It’s a natural thing. As faith in Christ grows, the love a person has for others also increases. It’s a natural thing for the one rooted in Christ.

Prayer:
Lord, increase my faith. Increase my faith not only because it will be good for me, but also because it will be good for others as I share my acts of love fueled by faith. Amen.

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Generosity Made Possible – October 4, 2022

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
1 Chronicles 29:14

Generosity Made Possible

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Daily Devotion – October 4, 2022

Devotion based on 1 Chronicles 29:14

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Maybe you’ve heard people say the phrase, “Who am I that God would bless me so much?” But maybe you haven’t heard anyone say the phrase, “Who am I that God would allow me to be so generous?” Yet, that is what King David says in our Bible reading for today.

God had blessed David with a prosperous kingdom and amazing wealth. The people of Israel also gained the blessings of being part of David’s rich, powerful kingdom. David and his people turned some of the wealth back over to God as they donated supplies to build him a magnificent temple in Jerusalem. David knew that the only reason he and his people could be so generous in giving for God’s temple was because God had first been generous to them.

God has also given you a generous mountain of gifts. He’s given you his undeserved love in Jesus, forgiveness and peace with him, and a home in heaven. On top of all those generous gifts, God has also blessed you with earthly gifts: food, drink, comfort, and financial resources.

Because God has been so generous to you, he has now made it possible for you to be generous in return. You now have a heart that wants to be generous toward God with your time, talents, and treasures. After all, everything you have is a gift out of his hand! All you’re really doing is giving good gifts back to the one they belonged to in the first place.

Who am I that God would be so generous to me? Who am I that God would give me the ability to be so generous to him and others? I am someone loved by my Father in heaven. That’s who I am.

Prayer:
Thank you, heavenly Father, for generously giving me so many spiritual and earthly blessings. Work in me a generous heart that loves giving good gifts to others. Let me give back to you with my time, talents, and treasures. Amen.

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Praise the Possessor of All – October 3, 2022

David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.”
1 Chronicles 29:10,11

Praise the Possessor of All

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Daily Devotion – October 3, 2022

Devotion based on 1 Chronicles 29:10,11

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Do you praise the billionaires of the world? Probably not. After all, what have billionaires like Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos ever done for us? Maybe we own a Microsoft laptop or love our two-day Amazon Prime shipping, but we still had to pay for those things. They weren’t just given to us by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. We probably wouldn’t praise the billionaires of the world.

However, we do sing praise to the possessor of all things. Like King David, we praise our Almighty God, who is the owner of everything in heaven and earth. God created everything and possesses all greatness, power, glory, majesty, and splendor. We don’t praise Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos because of how rich they are and how much they possess. But we praise God, the possessor of all things because he is also the giver of all good things! Our God uses his greatness, power, and glory to bless us!

We can’t help but shout our praise to the one who has allowed us to possess his love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit’s work. We can’t help but shout our praise to God, who has given us Christ’s white robe of perfection to possess as our very own. We can’t help but shout our praise to God for sharing the glory of his heaven with us. Praise God, the possessor of all, who shares all he has with you!

Prayer:
Almighty Lord, you truly possess all things in heaven and earth. I praise you and thank you for sharing all things with me through your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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A Glorious Return – October 2, 2022

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.
2 Thessalonians 2:1,2

A Glorious Return

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Daily Devotion – October 2, 2022

Devotion based on 2 Thessalonians 2:1,2

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There was confusion among the members of the church in Thessalonica. A report circulated that Jesus had already returned; his second coming had already taken place. This information had allegedly come from Paul himself, so these Christians were led to believe that it was true. The impact on their faith and life was obviously distressful. If Jesus had already come, then they were left behind. Their hope for heaven was shattered. They were haunted by the fear of what was going to happen to them.

But the message that Jesus’ second coming had already occurred was false. It did not come from Paul. God did not lead him to proclaim that kind of message because it would have contradicted the truth. The word of God that Paul and other holy men of God were inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim clearly testified the truth about the coming of the Lord. This great event will take place on the very last day of this world’s existence. Jesus will appear, all the dead will be raised, and “every eye will see him” (Revelation 1:7).

No one will miss out on the second coming of Jesus. The hope and anticipation that we have for his glorious return rest on his first coming. Humbly he came to bear the guilt of our sins and suffer the punishment we deserved. He came to forgive us and give us the gift of eternal life. And he will come again to take his faithful people home with him forever in heaven. No child of God will be left behind. That’s the truth!

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, fill me with the peace of your forgiveness that you accomplished when you came to this world as my Savior. Establish my hope in your glorious return when you will bring to an end all things here and receive me into the joys of heaven’s eternal home. Amen.

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Time and Eternity – October 1, 2022

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

Time and Eternity

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Daily Devotion – October 1, 2022

Devotion based on Hebrews 13:8

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A popular theme of science fiction productions is traveling back into the past or jumping ahead into the future. Even if that were possible, the reality is that people can only be at one place at one time.

But at every moment in time, “Jesus Christ is . . .” Our glorified Savior Christ is King over time because he is not bound by it. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

“Jesus Christ is the same . . .” That means the message delivered by Jesus, the eternal Son of God, will not need to be morphed or reformatted for another time or place. The message is the same. The truth of his words stand firm forever.

“Jesus Christ is the same . . .” That means the reassuring comfort of his presence is the same for every person in every part of the world at every point in time. Every believer, including the saints in glory can say, “Jesus is with me.”

“Jesus Christ is the same . . .” That means his death on that one day in history gave the gift of God’s forgiveness to all people of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Savior who was with Adam and Eve is the Savior who died for them. The Savior who appeared to Moses is the Savior who died for him. The Savior who meets us in worship is the Savior who died for us.

And when we meet this Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, on the last day, he will not need to time travel. He will be the same Jesus who had come in time to live, die, rise, and then ascend into heaven (see Acts 1:11). His words, presence, forgiveness, and love will be forever the same. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Prayer:
Jesus, I am greatly encouraged and comforted knowing you are unchanging. I can count on your unchanging word, your continual presence, your daily forgiveness, and your eternal love. Through all the changing experiences of my life, lead me on the sure and certain way to the glory you have prepared for me. Amen.

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The Word is Enough – September 30, 2022

If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.
Luke 16:31

The Word is Enough

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Daily Devotion – September 30, 2022

Devotion based on Luke 16:31

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My father is a man of few words, but he is also a man of his word. As a child, I learned that when he had something to say, I had better listen and obey.

I remember once, we were on a road trip, driving across middle America. I was sandwiched between my two sisters, and I was getting on their nerves. We bickered back and forth for a while. And then dad spoke.

“That is enough!”

And that was enough. Just like that, the argument was over. The fighting stopped. Peace was restored.

Jesus once told a story about a man whose soul went to hell after he died. Not wanting his still-living brothers to suffer the same fate, he asked that a dead man whose soul was in heaven be sent to earth to warn them. The answer he received is striking.

“They have God’s Word. That is enough.”

That Word is enough. This is because the Bible tells us all we need to know. It tells us all about Jesus and what he did for us. Jesus became earthly poor so that you might become eternally rich. He took on our debt of sin, paid for our guilt with his blood, and suffered our punishment with his death. And he rose from the dead to prove that he is our salvation.

Knowing these truths, recorded in the Bible, is all you need because it proves how much God loves you. No matter what you may be facing, you can go back to the Bible and be reminded again and again. This is why you do not need something more than the Word of God. You do not need something better than the Word of God. The Word is enough.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for showing me your love in your Word. Amen.

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The Lord Lifts up the Lowly – September 29, 2022

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. . . The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
Psalm 146:3,8

The Lord Lifts up the Lowly

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Daily Devotion – September 29, 2022

Devotion based on Psalm 146:3,8

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His skin oozed as he scraped at the sores and scabs that covered his flesh. He sat on his throne of ashes, looking out at all that was left of his once great wealth. And it wasn’t much.

Satan had systematically stolen all that was his. His livestock was stolen. His servants were massacred. His livelihood went up in smoke. His children were killed. His health was hanging on by a thread. His wife gave up on him. His siblings and acquaintances abandoned him.

But there was one thing that Satan could not touch. The hope Job had in the Lord his God. In good times and bad, God is the help of the helpless, the defender of the defenseless, the lover of the loveless and unloved. When Job’s life let him down, God remained his helper. When he was laid low—the Lord lifted him up and restored him.

Like Job, you can trust in the Lord. He is the God who allowed himself to be lifted onto a cross to pay for your sins, to make you righteous in his sight. He is the one you can trust to lift you up when life lets you down.

Whatever you are facing this day, put your trust in the Lord.

Prayer:
My Lord and my God, I will praise you as long as I live, for you are my hope, my help, and my salvation. Amen.

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