September Devotion, Day 27

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There Is Something About That Name!

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” 

Acts 4:12

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How can anyone truly surrender their life to someone whom they don’t really know or understand?  In Ephesians 2:4-10, Paul answers this question,

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the age to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

As you read through these verses, you see that it’s “with Christ Jesus” and “in Christ Jesus” that God has saved us by grace through faith, and He did this while we were dead in our sins.  God did it and we are told that we can’t even boast in this fact.

Some ask this question, “What is our part then?”  Paul answers in Romans 10:9-10,

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness,
and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Our part is simply to believe what God has done for us in Jesus Christ His Son and we will be saved.  Now, we can’t leave out Ephesians 1:13-14 that tells us something else that happens when God saves us by grace through faith and we believe in Jesus Christ,

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvation —
having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance;
with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession,
to the praise of His glory.”

Because of the name of Jesus Christ we can have confidence before God, a sincere and clean heart, a steadfast confession that does not waver, the ability to stimulate one another, and the desire to come together regularly to encourage one another – and we need this now more than ever.

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Are you here and have never given your life to Christ?  I want you to know that it is easier than you think because God has done it all for you through His Son Jesus Christ. You just need to believe that God is telling you the truth about His Son.  There is no other way for you to be saved accept by the name of Jesus Christ.

Inspired to Cherish
Let’s write in our personal journals Hebrews 10:19-25.  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have confidence to enter the holy place where God is?
  2. Is your heart sincere and cleansed from an evil conscience and your body washed with pure water?
  3. Are you holding fast the confession of hope without wavering?
  4. Do you take time to consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds?
  5. Is it a priority to you that you not forsake assembling together with fellow believers in order to encourage one another?

Now let’s spend time on this beautiful Sunday asking God our Father to help this to be true of us after all He has done for us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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We are almost to the end of September Devotion.  Only three more days left and I will bring this devotion to a close and put it into book form as a PDF for you to access in the right side bar under “Bible Studies I Have Written For You”.  Don’t forget to check out Gospel Read Thru In October.  It is my prayer that you will continue to come daily, joining me in reading through the four Gospels during the month of October.

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, September 12, September 13September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, September 18September 19September 20, September 21, September 22, September 23, September 24September 25, and September 26

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 16

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Together In Perfect Harmony

 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body;
and be thankful.

Colossians 3:13-15

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I don’t think there is ever a time of the week for me that feels more like what is described in the verses above, than on church morning.  All over the world we enter into the church with a sense of excitement to see each other again in this special place. I think it’s because, it’s not just a few of us, but a lot of us – a gathering together of the Body of Christ that comes bearing with and forgiving one another.

Then as we begin the service, we pray together and we enter into worship.  The distractions eventually cease, and the Holy Spirit leads us on; beckoning us to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.  It’s truly a beautiful thing when we are in our time of worship, all together.  It’s a time of love that we all share for the Father, for His Son Jesus, and for the Holy Spirit.  It is a perfect bond of unity.

Now our Pastor leads us in the Word of God.  Following along as sheep follow their Shepherd, we are led from everyday life and the hardships we have endured through the week, into the throne room of God to feed on the Bread of Life.  It’s in this place that we drink of His Blood and partake of His Flesh and our souls are nourished in the only way they can be.  His peace replaces our anxiety and where there are convictions, repentance flows from deep within, and we are cleansed, and we are truly thankful!

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Recently, through sermons given specifically on the Church, I have come to realize for the first time how beautiful the Body of Christ truly is.  It has been made clear to me through the Scriptures that Jesus LOVES His Bride.  She is beautiful and pure before the Father because of the cleansing Blood that Jesus willingly shed on the Cross for Her.  He loves Her and we are to do the same.  Each one of us, a part of this amazing Body of Christ, is to love each other as deeply as Jesus loves us.  This is the fruit that we bear, love.

Inspired to Cherish
Today, let’s write out 1 Corinthians 13 in our personal journals.  Afterward, let’s read through this chapter and mark everywhere we have written the word “love” with a red heart.  Now, below our writing, let’s make a list of everything we learn about love.

How important is love to the Body of Christ?  Let’s pray and ask God to help us truly love the Body of Christ as He loves Her.

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I pray that you have a blessed day and that the Holy Spirit guides each of us on a beautiful path that allows us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with many.  I pray that those in our presence will sense the love of God like never before.

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, September 12, September 13September 14, and September 15

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 6

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The Love of The Lord

“But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
and His  sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word,
obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will.”

Psalm 103:17-21

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There are so many things that happen in our lives that cause us to question the love of those who are closest and most dear to us. We hurt each other even when we don’t intend to because we so often choose sin over obedience to God.

But the Lord’s love for us is perfect and cannot be tainted by sin. It is in the love of God that we can put our full trust and never have our hearts broken.  It is in His love that we find forgiveness for our own sins against God and receive the strength and even the desire to forgive those who have sinned again us.

God is faithful even when we are not faithful.  His love can bring healing to our broken hearts if we choose to love and obey Him by forgiving others as He has forgiven us.

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Do you believe that God has forgiven you of your sins?  Do you truly believe that He loves you?  Has your heart been so broken by others that you think God may do the same to you?  I have found that reading the Bible daily has opened my eyes and my broken heart to the truth of God.  I have found in the Scriptures that He is not a man like you and I. He has not been overcome by sin as we have.  He is faithful and can be trusted with your heart.

Inspired to Cherish
Today let’s write out John 3:16-17 in our personal journals.  Now look up Numbers 23:19 and write this verse in your journal as well. Talk to God about your fears.  If you have a hard time trusting that He truly loves you and will never leave you nor forsake you, ask Him to help you let your guard down and trust Him.  If you are having a hard time forgiving someone who has hurt you when they should have loved you, ask God to help you forgive them today.

I believe that this is so important.  It is a command from God that we forgive those who sin against us.  It is not an option for believers to not forgive because Jesus died for our sins and forgave us of each and every sin we have ever committed against Him. Therefore, God has every right to command us to do the same.  We must obey and we must ask Him to help us to obey because sometimes forgiveness is not easy, believe me I know.

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Thank you again for joining me in this new “September Devotion”. I have been writing this devotional daily as we go, waiting on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Each of these first six days have been such a blessing to me and it feels so good to start the day out in the Word of God, in prayer and in awe and wonder of all God has done for us.  I am praying it has been the same for you.

Please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

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

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

How To Pray For Children

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Praying for guidance from God as a Mom is huge to me, I need all the help I can get.  When I don’t know exactly what to pray, I always turn to the Scriptures and just read them, write them, or pray them back to God.

My daily journals are literally filled to the brim with the handwritten Word of God.  I figure they are His Words so they are true and powerful, and I choose to trust that His Word will be done.

Here’s only one of the many beautiful prayers in the Bible.  This one was written by the Apostle Paul and it is perfect to pray over our children.

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“… I bow my knees before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly
beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus
to all generations
forever and ever, Amen.”

                                                                                                        -Ephesians 3:14-21

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How do you pray for your children?  Do you have a favorite prayer from the Bible that you pray or do you pray to God using a prayer journal or prayer calendar?  I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below.

Happy Praying!

Constance