September Devotion, Day 11

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Put Your Toe In!

“… and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water… the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away…”
Joshua 3:15-16

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In February of 1995 I was pregnant with our second child.  God had been drawing me to His Son for quite some time, but this time, the calling was so strong I could not deny Him any longer, I had to find a church.

I drove around looking for a church that my Dad had told me was on 72nd in Tacoma.  It should have been easy enough to find, not far from our home at that time, but I turned right instead of left on 72nd and got lost.  Then, as I was trying to find signs to the highway to go home, there it was… a church!  I walked in and was greeted by an usher who introduced himself and took me to the front of the sanctuary.

I heard the message and listened intently to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  When the invitation was given, I went forward to give my life to Jesus.  I was met by an altar worker and I shared that I wanted to be the wife and mom God had created me to be and I needed to repent of my sins and surrender my life to Him.

Two weeks later I miscarried our precious baby.  I didn’t know the Bible, and I barely knew God.  No one from the church knew me, but they came to our home since I had filled out a visitor’s card.  I stayed in my room upstairs to recover for three days; I didn’t talk with anyone other than family.

It was a hard time, but during those three days alone with God, He laid this question on my heart, “Am I still God?”  I took my time in answering – I wanted to be sure of what I believed, but my emotions were strong like a flood, and overwhelming.

In the Book of Joshua 3:15-16, the Jordan river was at flood stage. God was going to part the waters for them to cross over into the promised land as He had done for their fathers when they came out of Egypt, but the priests had to put their toes in the water first.

Before putting their toes in, however, I wonder if they had to answer a question within their hearts too; “Was He still God?” I imagine that flood water of the Jordan felt strong and overwhelming, but they did it – and so did He!

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Before I left my room to move on as a changed person in so many ways, I answered that question.  I chose by faith to believe that He was God, that He is God, and that He will always be God.  I had a hope that He was who He said He was, and it would be alright.

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Hebrews 11 is known as “The Faith Chapter”, and rightfully so. Let’s take time to read the entire chapter.

Now let’s write out a few of the verses from this chapter in our personal journal. Since we are writing the very words of God, let’s really slow down and think about what we are writing and of course, write in our very best writing.  Let’s write verses 1-3, 6, 13-16 and 39-40.

As humans, we want to see a miracle before we will put our faith in the One who created us.  But if we will stop and take a good look at ourselves in the mirror, we will see one of His most amazing miracles of all.  The flood is strong and overwhelming all around us, it’s time to put our toes in the water, by faith.

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I have been writing these devotions the night before, so that I can wake up and do them along with you and I am praying daily that September Devotion is as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me.  Please continue to join me and leave a comment if you feel led to.  I love to hear from you 🙂

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8September 9 and September 10

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 10

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The Lord Was Angry

“Now the Lord was angry with Solomon
because his heart was turned away from the Lord,
the God of Israel,
who had appeared to him twice.”
1 Kings 11:9

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Sticking with the theme of “wisdom” for this devotional today, and remembering that King Solomon wrote most of the Proverbs, I find it interesting that he would write to his son in this way.  King Solomon  had been given this wisdom from God after asking for it, but he didn’t heed the wisdom he had been given unto himself. Obviously, this wisdom alone was not enough to make him choose obedience to God over his fleshly desires.

It really is a heart issue with us.  We need to have a changed heart; a heart that seeks after God.  But how do we get a heart like that when we are born sinners?  Would we even desire anything of God if we are born dead to the things of God?  Of course not. When we sense God drawing us to His Son, we need to put our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  We need to believe that God raised Him from the dead, conquering all sin, and that He is coming again for those who love Him and obey His commandments.  This is wisdom combined with faith.

Wisdom is important, but it must be combined with faith or there will be no obedience.  Wisdom by itself is not enough.

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I’m thinking of all the times I have been disobedient to God, even though I had the wisdom to know better.  I know my faith was weak in those moments.  Have you ever found yourself in that situation?  It is true, that hearing the word even from God Himself as King Solomon did makes no difference in our lives when it is not combined with faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.

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I love the Book of Hebrews.  If you ever have the chance to sit down and really study it, I highly suggest it.  Today, let’s read Hebrews 1-3.  Take note every time you see that Jesus is better. Ask yourself what or who He is  better than.  Now let’s write out in our personal journals Hebrews 3:12-4:2.

Let’s see if we can answer the following questions:  Why couldn’t the Israelites enter into God’s rest? Here’s a hint:  It’s only one word.  Be sure to use the verses you have written in your journal for your answer.  Why didn’t the word they heard profit them? Again, answer from the verses you have written out.

Let’s take time now to pray and thank God for drawing us to His Son Jesus Christ and giving us Sweet Salvation.

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I cannot believe that we have completed ten days of this devotional already!  I am loving studying in this way with you. Please consider leaving a comment below and letting me know what you think.  I really do want to hear from you! 🙂

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8 and September 9

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 1

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Praise His Glorious Name!

“…Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is
the greatness
and the power
and the glory
and the victory
and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Yours is the dominion,
O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all,
and in Your hand is power and might;
and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”

1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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I still remember the first time I really cut loose and praised God.  It was late, well after everyone in the house had gone to bed.  I had been reading my Bible and had spent some time in prayer.  But suddenly something welled up inside of me and I had so much love and gratitude just wanting to burst out and show Him how thankful I was that He had saved my soul.

I remember as I got up from my chair and quietly stood in the middle of the living room in the dark.  I just stood there for what seemed like the longest time.  I don’t know why I was so self conscious, there was no one around.  Just me and God.  Then, slowly, I raised my hands, just a little at first, but then I fully stretched my arms out to Heaven, and started to praise His glorious name, speaking words that came pouring out, deep from within my heart.  It felt amazing!  I felt so vulnerable, yet so free, so forgiven, so loved, so in touch and enveloped by God Himself.  He was hearing me and seeing me and loving me.

His Word says He inhabits the praises of His people and I experienced it on this day, and now I know this to be true.

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Do you remember a time when you longed to worship the Lord because of all He is and all He has done for you?  How did you respond?  What is your favorite way to worship Him?  I would love to hear from you in the “comment” section below.

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We  all have twenty-four hours on this first day of September.  I’m going to take at least one of my hours and write out Psalm 150 in a special journal.  Will you join me? Remember to write it slowly, taking in each word and writing in your very best hand.

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I would love to spend time in prayer and meditation with you.  Let’s imagine God in His sanctuary.  Think about all the things He has done for us.  As we feel the thankfulness and gratitude well up inside, let’s try a new form of worship; sing a new song, dance before the Lord as David did, or maybe lift our hands and praise His glorious name.  You might even want to do all three!  See yourself praising Him before His throne in Heaven.  Let go.  Cut loose and let your whole self – body, soul and spirit, praise God.

He is worthy to be praised!

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SeptemberDevotionBottomI hope you have enjoyed this first day of “September Devotion”.  Each day in September, I will post a new devotion and I pray that you will join me.

Here is “September Devotion” for September 2, September 3, and September 4

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance