September Devotion, Day 28

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(You can begin this study on Day 1 HERE)
Blessed Is He Who Reads, Hears and Heeds

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy,
and heed the things which are written in it;
for the time is near.” 

Revelation 1:3

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I love reading through the Book of Revelation.  It’s so fascinating to me just how Jesus’ disciple, John, was given this revelation.  We are told that John was on the Island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  It also tells us that John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.

What would it be like to be alone and suddenly see Jesus?  What would you do if He began speaking to you in a loud voice from behind that sounds like a trumpet?

It reminds me of a day when I had been looking for a house for my husband and I…  Well, I think it would be more accurate to say, “looking for a house for me”.  Unlike, John on the Island of Patmos, I was in the flesh, not in the Spirit.

So I found this really cute house and just knew it was the one.  I called my husband at work and asked if he could swing by and look at it with a real estate agent after work. He calmly said, “No.”  I was not so calm.

Later that evening, I was marching around our apartment, quite upset.  Knowing that I really needed to pray, I decided to go out to the garage and get into the car – in the dark.  I wanted some alone time with God and I proceeded to demand that God meet me there in the dark!  As the words were rolling off my tongue, I could sense what I believed to be the presence of the Lord drawing near and I could not get out of that garage fast enough!  I quickly decided that I did not need that cute little house.

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As I read through the Book of Revelation, I am always watching and listening to how John responds to Jesus and what Jesus reveals to him.  What a truly humble man.  I have so much to learn, but I pray that God works this same humility in me.  I also pray that He will be patient with me as it can take a while before I get it.  Is this true of you too?  Do you pray that God will teach you humility?  Do you think it’s a dangerous thing to pray for?

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Let’s read Revelation 1 and then write in our personal journals Revelation 22:17-21. Now spend time in prayer and wait on the Lord to bless you with His presence.

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We are almost to the end of September Devotion.  Only two more days!  I invite you to join me for the all new Gospel Read Thru In October.  It is my prayer that you will continue to come to SimplyLiving101.com daily, so we can read through the four Gospels during the month of October together.

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, September 26, and September 27

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 27

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 27
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.

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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 26

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 26
Words To Tell Our Children

“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life…”

Proverbs 6:23

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What precious gifts our children are from God.  I marvel, as I am sure you do, that God would entrust them to us…  He must truly see something in us that we cannot see.

My husband and I have four children and as we have been told so often over the years by those much wiser than ourselves, “They grow up quickly!”  I would say now they grow up even quicker than that.  It is as if we blinked our eyes only one time, and twenty years flew by.

I can still remember the advice given us, from a manager that my husband reported to, when we were nearing the birth of our first child.  He said something like, “After a month or so, move your baby to his own room, in his own bed, and when he cries at night, don’t rush in and pick him up until his next feeding time.  Simply, cover him back up, make sure he is dry and comfortable, and then leave him to go back to sleep.  Let him cry a little if need be, but don’t pick him up until his next feeding time.”

I know this advice would horrify some, but for us, it was the best advice we could have received.  It worked with our first baby and I wish I could say we were diligent enough to use it for all four of our babies. Yet, I understand that while this may have been good advice for us, it may not have worked for others. 

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I’m so thankful that the Word of God is good for all of God’s children and it is a blessing for any of us who take the time to read it and do what it says.  It makes for a firm foundation for us and our children and our children’s children.

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Let’s take time to read Proverbs 6.  Now let’s write Proverbs 6:20-23 in our personal journals.

If you have children or grandchildren in your life, or even nieces, nephews or neighborhood children, you may want to write them a special letter in your beautiful handwriting using these verses.  Maybe you can even type it up and frame it like this:

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This is only one of many different prayers you can take time to type up for a special person.  Search the Scriptures and find the perfect one for that precious gift God has placed in your life. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by to read September Devotion with me.  I can’t believe how this month has flown by.  I have plans to read through the four Gospels during the month of October and would love for you to join me.  You can get more details here:  Gospel Read Thru In 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 24, and September 25

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 24

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 24
Do Not Withhold Good

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,”
when you have it with you.”

Proverbs 3:27-28

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I remember shortly after I gave my life to Jesus, I was grocery shopping not far from our new home in Tacoma.  It was kind of overwhelming for me to go out and about with a one and a half year old, because I was unfamiliar with my surroundings and I had never lived in a city so big.  I was shocked by the amount of homeless people I saw.

While I was shopping I noticed that bagels were on sale, so I put two in the cart, but at the last second decided to grab a third.  I continued with my shopping and then headed to the checkout and out to the car to load up.  Things were going smoothly and I was able to get out quickly which was good since I had my son with me.

As I began to pull out of the parking lot, I noticed a woman with a sign.  I don’t remember what it said specifically, but it made reference to the fact that she was hungry.  This was an area where Jesus had been really working on me.  My husband and I had been discussing it in our Sunday morning adult Bible study class and I found it interesting that so many Christians were opposed to helping those on the streets. They felt that they were being taken advantage of by people who could get jobs, but were simply too lazy to work.

I decided that this woman might be doing the same and I passed her by.  I didn’t feel bad about it at all…  until I stopped at the end of the block for the red light.  As I sat there, the Holy Spirit began speaking to me ever so softly to go back, to not deny her. In my heart I loudly answered back, “No!”, and that began a battle between my flesh and God’s Spirit that I will never forget.

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Have you ever made a decision to not help someone even though you had the means to help them?  How did you feel about it?  How do you decide to help some and maybe not others?  These are questions I think we all struggle with at one time or another.

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Today let’s take time to write out Matthew 25:34-40.

As I struggled against the Holy Spirit that day, I drove around the block of the grocery store, not able to go home.  By the time I came back around to where the woman was standing, I was in tears.  I somewhat begrudgingly parked my car and went to the back to open the hatch where the groceries were.  There on top of one of the bags of groceries was that extra bag of bagels I had purchased – I knew it was for her.

As I approached her I waited while someone else was talking with her, however, he did not give her anything.  Then her gaze turned to me and I reluctantly handed her the bag.  I was humbled even further when she quickly took the bag from me, ripped it open and shoved a bagel into her mouth!  She was so hungry and so grateful!  She could not stop telling me, “God bless you!  I am starving!” and I could not stop crying in shame.  I still cry while typing this now, twenty years later.

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Thank you again for joining me for September Devotion.  I truly love spending this time with you each morning.  I have my own personal journal and am doing September Devotion right along with you.  I hope it is as much of a blessing to you as it is to me. 🙂

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 19, September 20, September 21, September 22, and September 23.

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 23

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Better Is A Day In Your Courts!

“For a day in Your courts is
better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

Psalm 84:10

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Even today, when I read Psalm 84, it reminds me of one of my favorite worship songs by Kim Hill, “Better Is One Day”.  I heard it sung live by Kim, I believe in 1999, when I attended the “Renewing The Heart – For Such A Time As This” conference in Seattle.  A friend who had tickets invited several of us to go and it ended up being a time of worship I will never forget.

The words to this song left me feeling as if I had truly entered into the courts of God and it changed the way I worshiped Him.  “How lovely are Your dwelling places” had taken on a real meaning to me, and I felt that I could relate with the Psalmist for the first time.

In addition to an amazing time of worship, the guest speakers came with messages that kept me clinging to God.  I listened intently to Joni Eareckson Tada speak about the accident that changed her life at only 17 years old,  and I heard Kay Arthur speak for the first time on a lie that moms often believe, a topic I had never heard anyone speak on, but helped me to make a deeper commitment to my children.

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At that conference in Seattle with some special Christian friends I learned something new about worship and placing my hope fully in God;  That while we are still on this earth waiting for Jesus to return, we can come into the presence of God, come into His courts with praise.

Since learning this, my soul has had many times of longing and even yearning for the courts of the Lord;  “My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God” at the thought of dwelling there one day; “How blessed are those who dwell in God’s house!  They are ever praising You.”

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Let’s take time to write Psalm 84 into our personal journals.  Remember to use your very best handwriting.  You may like to take time to listen to “Better Is One Day” by Kim Hill and praise God along with her.  It will be a nice start to your day.

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Thank you again for joining me for September Devotion.  I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below. 🙂

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 19, September 20, September 21, and September 22

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 25

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 25
Faithful

“Well done, good and faithful servant.  You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Matthew 25:21

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I think as Christians all of us would love to hear these words at some point in our lives. But we would have to know clearly what it is we are called to do.  Jesus has made this clear by commanding us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves.

This would take submission to our Master with a true desire to do it His way, and not our own.  When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, His Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us and Paul tells us to, “… walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”

It would take dedication and commitment on our part, seeing it through to the very end no matter how long it might take.  Hebrews 3:6 tells us, “but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house — whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.”

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It would also take a life of godliness and 2 Peter 1:3 says that Jesus has taken care of this on our behalf, “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”

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Let’s read Titus 2.  Now pick the portion of Titus 2 that applies to you and write it out in your personal journal.  Now let’s take time to pray that God will help us to be faithful servants in the portion that He has given us.

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I am so enjoying writing these devotionals for the month of September!  I pray that they are a blessing to you as well.  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thank you 🙂

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, and September 24

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 19

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Ask of God

“But if any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting,
for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea,
driven and tossed by the wind.
For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
being a double-minded man,
unstable in all his ways.”

James 1:5-8

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When I was in my mid twenties, I had an opportunity to go deep sea fishing with my Dad off Newport Bay on the Oregon Coast.  It is an experience that I am glad I’ve had, but honestly, I would never think to do it again.

The initial thought of going was fun.  I remember stopping at a sandwich shop to get plain ham and cheese sandwiches.  My Dad said, that if it didn’t have the mayonnaise and other condiments on it, it would keep us from getting seasick, and even though I thought it a strange thing to have for breakfast, it worked.  We didn’t get sick.

I remembering heading out and thinking the boat was going to break into pieces when we hit the “breakers”.  They seemed appropriately named at the time.  Then we finally got to the smoother waters and just kept going until land could no longer be seen. There was only water and sky everywhere we looked.

We caught lots of fish, and more than one fish on our line at a time.  That part was exciting too, but the thing that stood out more to me than any other part of the trip was the motion of the waves.  We were tossed to and fro on the waves; one minute way, way up, and then next way, way down, and it didn’t matter how long we were doing this, it never got comfortable and I secretly longed to get back on stable ground.

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In these verses, God tells us through James, that this is what it’s like when we need wisdom, but we ask of God without faith, or maybe we don’t ask God at all.  Do you know the feeling when you are trying to make a decision, but it just won’t come and you feel emotionally tossed to and fro on the sea?  You cannot figure out what to do; one minute you feel up and then next down, and sometimes as if you might be broken into pieces.  It is probably a good time to ask God in prayer, not just for wisdom in the matter, but for the faith to believe Him in the matter.

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Even though we have already read Proverbs 3 in our devotional, let’s head back to this wonderful book of wisdom and read it again.  I have mentioned to you that in the morning before my husband leaves for work, he reads one chapter of the Proverbs to me and it always seems to give some form of wisdom to remember throughout my day.

Let’s read the entire chapter of Proverbs 3 out loud and then write it out in our personal journal.  Now, on a 3 x 5 card let’s write out verses 5-6 and put it to memory.  I cannot tell you how many times in one week I will recall this verse and even speak it to my children.  It is a wonderful reminder and worth memorizing.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

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If you have made it all the way through to Day 19, thank you so much for staying the course with me!  I love how our personal journals have filled up with so much wisdom from the Word of God and I look forward to meeting you here each morning.  Thank you for visiting and please leave a comment below.

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, and September 18

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 14

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 14
A Great Multitude Is Coming!

“Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram…
2 Chronicles 20:2

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Have you ever been informed that something bad is going to happen?  That you have an enemy coming after you and you need to be prepared?  How did you respond to the news?  Were you afraid?  What did you do to get prepared?

It reminds me of the time in elementary school when I was told by a fellow classmate that the block bully was going to beat up my friend and I after school!  We quickly made a plan to take a new route home of which he found out and met us on the way.

While we stood there listening to him yell at us in the open field right next to my house, my friend suddenly punched the bully in the nose.  I was shocked that she did it, but while he was lying there crying with nose bleeding, we ran!  I probably don’t need to tell you that he never bothered us again, but did ask us to never tell a soul. 🙂

One of my favorite victory stories in the Bible is about King Jehoshaphat.   In 2 Chronicles 20 he had just been told that a great multitude was coming against him and they were already on their way.  The third verse tells us right away that Jehoshaphat was afraid.  But here’s where it gets really good.  In his fear he turns his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah.

He was right in responding this way.  Verse one tells us that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites were coming to make war.  That’s a lot of people!  Now, if you are not familiar with it, let’s stop here because I think we should read this entire awesome victory for our devotional today.

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It’s a good thing to be prepared for an attack.  God tells us that we have an enemy, the devil, who prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  If we think for a moment that he can’t do any damage, we definitely should read Job 1-2 and really consider what is taking place in these chapters and who is allowing it all.

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Let’s take time now to read 2 Chronicles 20:1-25.

As I mentioned above, this story is one of my favorite victories and I love how they worshiped the Lord while He took care of the whole battle, but it’s also one of the saddest stories to read in the Bible. Take the time now to read 2 Chronicles 20:26 – 21:1.  We must be prepared, yet always seek the Lord to know exactly what to do.

Let’s get out our personal journals and head over to the New Testament and take time to write out Ephesians 6:10-18.  I love these verses.  If you haven’t memorized the different parts of the armor, write it out on  a 3 x 5 card (maybe even draw a picture) and go over them several times a day.  Before you know it, you’ll be able to point to your head and beginning with the Helmet of Salvation, say them all.
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Many of you have sent me an email or a Facebook message and they are so encouraging to read.  It’s fun remembering different things that have happened in my life and taking the time to share them with you.  Do you have any childhood memories that you would like to share that pertain to this devotional?  I would 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 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, and September 13

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 13

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 13
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 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