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Devotional

Blessings for an Upright Heart

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me (Psalm 119: 7-8 NIV).Blessings for an Upright Heart

There are two “I wills”—one in verse seven and one in verse eight. Here, the psalmist has the best of intentions, He wants to follow God’s Word with his whole heart. He admits he doesn’t yet know all there is to know about God, but he commits to a lifelong learning experience.

Praising goes hand in hand with learning. When you turn your heart to praise God, you become motivated to learn more about Him. At the same time, the more you learn about Him, the more you are compelled to praise Him! This wonderful, unending circle will improve your heart, your mind, and your life.

Notice that your praise cannot be half-hearted. You must praise Him with upright heart. This means your praise will be sincere, and it will be for God alone. You may love your church and your pastor, but your praise is to be for God alone. You may adore your family, but your heart must always be directed to God.

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Faith Must Always Produce a Work.

…And by works faith was made perfect (James 2:22 NKJV).

We can “talk” faith, but if we don’t have any fruit following it, we have not brought forth what God wants—our faith has not been perfected.

Sometimes we are so involved in our own little family that we forget Jesus was sent to feed the whole world. We are a part of not only a spiritual revival, but also a physical renewal. We cannot say to hungry children, “Be fed,” and then let them starve to death. Faith must always produce a work.Faith must always produce a work.

We cannot merely go around saying, “The Word works.” We must act like the Word works; then it will produce fruit. One night I was murmuring over a situation. My son Mike said, “Mother, you say that what things you desire when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them. Have you really prayed for your need? If so, then don’t you really believe that you will have it?”

The Word was like an arrow to my heart. I then repented to the Father and my family for murmuring.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to You in Jesus’s name. We thank You that the Word is working in us and that we are not just “talking the Word, but also acting the Word. We are not “make-believers,” we are believers making the Word work. The you, Father, that you are perfecting our faith today.

In Jesus’s name.

Amen

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God’s Will for Your Wholeness

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well (3 John 2 NIV).

When we talk about healing, we almost always think of physical healing, but God’s healing is for the whole person.God’s Will for Your Wholeness

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul prayed, May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.

May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV). God wants all of you well. His Word declares that healing is for your entire being—your spirit, your soul, your body.

Where you are and whatever your circumstance, the Lord wants you whole. If you have a broken heart, He wants to heal it. If you have a broken pocketbook, He wants to heal it. If you have a sick, infirm or broken body, the Lord wants to heal it. Wholeness is the will of God for every individual, and certainly nothing is too difficult for the One who created the universe and fashioned your physical body. The Lord is able to heal your circumstances and your relationships just as easily as He can heal your body—if you’ll only ask and believe.

What needs healing in your life?

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“Lord, read my Bible? I read my Bible all the time. What are You saying?”

Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
(Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)

Some years ago, Wally and I were on vacation in New Mexico. We had left a horrendous problem in our office, and though my body was in New Mexico, my head was still in Denver. I was in torment, and the Lord told me, “Read your Bible.” I thought, “Lord, read my Bible? I read my Bible all the time. What are You saying?” Read Your Bible

But the Lord said, “You are not reading enough of the Bible for this problem. Your problem is an elephant, and the Word you have read today, in comparison, is an ant. You need to read enough of the Word until it becomes the elephant and the problem becomes the ant.” I literally consumed the Word until it became the elephant.

When we went home, the Word was so strong in my heart that I began to understand our problem clearly. Six months later it was beautifully resolved.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Give us such a hunger for the Word that, instead of thinking “coffee” in the morning, we will think, Where’s my Bible?” Instead of a midnight snack of ice cream, give us the midnight snack of more scriptures. Let us have a consuming hunger for the Word of God.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen

“Lord, read my Bible? I read my Bible all the time. What are You saying?”2019-01-24T11:07:12+00:00

Rejoice, Pray, Bless

Rejoice, Pray, Bless

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1 NKJV).

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

Praise, blessing, prayer, joy—these qualities and behaviors should be what distinguish Christians from the rest of the world. If most of your thoughts do not fit into one of these categories, if your day is mostly about fear, anger, jealousy, ambition, etc., then you are not in God’s will for your life.

We can’t be reminded often enough to count our blessings.

Ask God to help you live a thankful life, full of joy and blessings for others.

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We are called into fellowship?

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV)

We are called into fellowship? Can you imagine the Lord calling US to fellowship? We usually feel as though we are calling upon Him for fellowship. But God loves fellowship with us.

One morning I was lying in prayer on my couch, I was telling the Lord what a privilege it is to live for Him. He spoke to me and said, “You don’t live for me, you live with me. We live together, and we are seated together in heavenly places. We meet together in daily fellowship when we join in prayer.”

When we pray to the Father, both Jesus and the Holy Spirit pray with us. They intercede for us as we fellowship together.

We are never alone because He is Jehovah-Shammah—the Lord Who is present. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Why? Because He has called us into this fellowship.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to live in continual fellowship with You on a day-to-day basis. Thank You that the Fellowship of Jesus is sweet. Thank You that we walk daily in newness of life. Thank You that we walk daily in the Spirit and in fellowship with Your Son.

Amen

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