September Devotion, Day 13

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In the Hand of the Potter

“…Then I went down to the potter’s house,
and there he was, making something on the wheel.
But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter;
so he remade it into another vessel,
as it pleased the potter to make.”

Jeremiah 18:3-4

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In the Book of Jeremiah God tells the prophet to go to the potter’s house.  He had something to show Jeremiah pertaining to the house of Israel.  They were marred and they were in the hand of the Potter.  

But the Bible tells us that we are all marred, not just the house of Israel.  Sin entered into the world through Adam and it has spread from one person to the next to the point of consuming us all.  And the result of sin has been death which has also spread to us all.

This is where our faith comes in.  It’s by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God that the Potter then begins to remold us.  I love Romans 5 because it tells us clearly that while we were still in sin and enemies to God, Jesus died on the Cross for us and through His death, we are reconciled to God and saved by His resurrected life.

When we place our faith in Jesus  Christ as the Son of God, we are no longer God’s enemies through sin, but we are now His children through Jesus’ death and resurrection!  Amazing!

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Sometimes the Bible is hard to wrap our minds around, but we cannot comprehend it with logical thinking.  We need the Holy Spirit to direct us through the Word of God and help us to believe what it says about us and about God.  Psalm 119:34 says, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.  Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.”

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Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to give us understanding as we take time to read Psalm 139.  Read it out loud if you can, as a prayer to God.  Take it slowly and let it flow from your heart.  Let’s sincerely ask God to search and see if there is any hurtful way in us and let’s give Him time to answer.

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I cannot believe that we are on Day 13 of this devotional.  The month of September is flying by.  I know school is beginning for many, and some have already started, but it’s important that in our busyness and change of schedules that we continue to cherish the things of God above all else.  I pray that this devotional will help you do just that.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, and September 12

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 12

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 12
Prayers of Blessing

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

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This is the prayer that Aaron and his sons were to bless the sons of Israel with.  When I find a prayer of blessing in the Bible that really stands out to me and that I can feel myself praying for others, I tend to begin using it in my daily prayer time for my family and friends.  I also tend to pray that prayer for so long that it becomes a part of my life – it just automatically comes out of me any time prayer is needed.  In my prayer journals, as I re-read, I often find the same prayer being prayed day after day, over a long period of time and it still means so much to me.

For years, I have prayed for God to raise our family up to be mighty men and women of God, and to raise up Godly spouses for each of our children.  I pray that we would be blessed and have His peace every time we lay our heads down to sleep.  I prayed that our bodies would be healed if we needed it and that we would hunger and thirst for His Living Word, reading it daily and obeying it.

For years, I have prayed over those who leave our home to go to their home, or to work, or run errands, or just to play;  I pray Lord, please surround them with angels and take them safely to their destination and back again.  Please give them wisdom, understanding and knowledge for their jobs, and discernment for the times we live in. Please give them favor with You and with those whom they come in contact with today. Please help them to be bold to share the Gospel of Jesus with anyone You lead them to.

For the past several years, I have prayed similar to what is often called “The Prayer of Jabez”.  I love the words in this prayer, and they are wonderful to pray for those I love and hold dear to me.  I take these words before the throne of God in all sincerity of my heart. That our family and friends would be blessed indeed and that our territory would be enlarged. That God would keep His hand upon each of us and the enemy far from us. That He would make us a blessing to the world and to glorify Jesus in all we do. 

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Do you have a special prayer for you, your family and friends that really resonates with you?  Do you pray for missionaries and pastors and others who take the Gospel out to huge portions of the world?  Having a specific prayer in mind that we would pray for anyone, may give us a sort of foundation to begin building upon and encourage us to pray daily or in a specific moment of time, always allowing the Spirit of God to lead. Our prayers of blessing matter to God and to those we pray for.

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Isaiah 55 has been one of my most favored chapters in the Bible since I became a Christian over 20 years ago.  I have memorized verses 6-13 in the past, but as I read through this chapter now, I can see I need to refresh!  Let’s read Isaiah 55 out loud today.  Read it boldly, as if all the people of the world are listening.  Don’t read it silently, let it out!

Now let’s write out Isaiah 55:6-13 or just write the whole chapter if you feel led to do so.  Blinkin Squiggle

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Isaiah 55 is a beautiful chapter and I get especially excited when I read, “For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and (imagine this) all the trees will clap their hands”.  Oh my goodness!!!!!  This is when I decide to use a specific prayer – when I feel it in my soul – so that the prayer means something from me to God for someone else!!!  Make sure you FEEL it!

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10, and September 11

With Jesus’ Sweet Love,
Constance

55 To Save A Life

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Isaiah 55 is one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible.  As a matter of fact, my husband and I named our third child after his favorite book, Matthew, and my favorite book, Isaiah.  There are so many wonderful verses in this chapter and many of them I have memorized – maybe even the whole chapter.  They come to mind all the time, in almost every situation.

Tonight I was thinking of a friend who is not a Christian.  It’s her decision.  She has listened patiently to what Jesus has done for her.  But she has gently told me that she simply does not believe like I do.  She said she does not know where she will go when she dies, and she chooses to not believe the Words of God in this matter.

I am not an evangelist, as some would say, but I am a praying person!  Since her birthday is this month, she has been on my mind a lot and Isaiah 55:6-9 seemed like a perfect birthday prayer to pray for her.

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“Seek the LORD while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

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“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
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Do you have friends and family that you need to continue praying for?  I hope this passage in the Word of God will encourage you to keep on and not cease praying.  I have so many people in my life that I thought would NEVER come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, that now call Him Lord.

In my life there were many who thought I WOULD NEVER know Him.  After 30 years of walking in my own dark place, there were many who thought it could never happen.  But here I am praising my Lord Jesus and sharing His precious Words with you.  Thank you so much for stopping by, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Praying!

Constance

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The #2 Way To Be Truly Thankful

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I am sharing with you FIVE WAYS to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving.  Here is #2:

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The Second Way to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

Throughout my day I continue to reflect on the verses I prayed over in the morning.  I find ways to relate my life to them and to share these promises with family and friends.  I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance the things He has taught me during my communion with Him in the early morning.  I also look for ways I see God at work in our lives.

A second way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving Day is by encouraging each family member to help in the making of a list of what we are thankful for.  At dinner or during family time we share something we are truly thankful for that day.  A list is made together and then read at our Thanksgiving celebration.

Another option would be to hand write several letters and send them to people you are truly thankful for.  This is a wonderful act of kindness that will truly make you thankful this Thanksgiving and will lift the spirit of others around you.

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Do you still send handwritten letters? I would love to hear from you and if you leave a comment below I will be sure to read it. Thank you so much for visiting SimplyLiving101.  Tomorrow I will be sharing the Third of “Five Ways to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving”.  I hope you will join me again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Constance