His Eye Is On The Sparrow - I Know He Watches Me

Bible Reading: Matthew 6: 25-27 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?


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Early in the spring of 1905, Civilla D. Martin and her husband were visiting Christian friends Mr. and Mrs. Dolittle. Mrs. Dolittle had been bedridden for nearly 20 years. Her husband was also a cripple confined to a wheelchair. Despite their great afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to those who knew them. During their visit Mrs. Martin’s husband commented on how bright and hopeful the Doolittle’s were. He asked their “secret” to staying cheerful. Mrs. Doolittle replied, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” This beautiful expression of faith gripped the Martin’s hearts and later became the writings for the Hymn “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”.

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
(Cvilla D. Mar­tin, 1905)

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.


Matthew 10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.

No matter what place you find yourself in today - know that Jesus is near. The Word of God tells us he knows how many hairs are on your head. Repeat this: I will not be afraid. Jesus is my portion. He is my constant friend. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

Thank you Lord Jesus for watching me!

No Fear Of Death

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Bible Reading: John 11:25-26 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?


Thanatophobia, or fear of death, is a relatively complicated phobia. Many people are afraid of dying. Some people fear being dead, while others are afraid of the actual act of dying. For some this fear is so strong that it affects your daily life.

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For the Christian there needs to be NO FEAR of death. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that our dying physical bodies cannot inherit the kingdom of God. They cannot inherit what will last forever!

The wonderful secret is: WE WILL NOT DIE BUT BE TRANSFORMED! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. When the trumpet sounds those who have died will be RAISED TO LIVE FOREVER. And those who are living at the time will also be TRANSFORMED. Our physical bodies will be transformed into bodies that will NEVER DIE.

Through Jesus Christ we are given VICTORY over sin and death. So - be strong and immoveable. VICTORY is yours, LIFE is yours, you are a CHILD OF THE KING. Hallelujah & Amen!

Oh death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55

Approaching The Throne of God

 Photo by  Ryan Hutton  on  Unsplash

Photo by Ryan Hutton on Unsplash

BIBLE READING:  Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

How many of us have lived a perfect life?   Not one!  The Bible says in Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God".  I know that I have fallen short - very short in fact - on many occasions.  When we mess up - satan LOVES to throw it in our face.  In fact, he likes to do this so much that he will do it for years and years and years.    It's like an old film that he will replay in our memory over and over and over.   There is a reason that he likes to do this.    He does this so that we see ourselves as c-o-n-d-e-m-n-e-d.   Feeling condemned by past sin is like walking around handcuffed - we can't be free to be who Christ wants us to be - which is a POWERHOUSE for Him, and this makes satan happy.    This is his main goal. Even when you are already saved and a part of God’s family - satan wants to keep you from fullfilling the purpose that you were put here for.

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12

I want to remind you that when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life - God looks at you in a whole different light.   He no longer sees the sins that you committed - they are gone as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).   God now sees you through the blood of his precious son, Jesus.   Jesus paid the debt for all sin of all time!    

Satan no longer has the right to throw your past sins in your face.   Stand your ground against him and tell him that your sins are covered by the blood of Jesus.    Then you will be able to confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace.  

Dear God, Thank you for forgiving me of my sin. Thank you that you have have erased my past from your recollection, but please erase the memory from mine.  I want to be a powerhouse for you - serving you all the days of my life - totally devoted mind, soul, and body to your work.   In Jesus Name, Amen.    

The World Needs You

BIBLE READING:  Romans 10:14-17  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “LORD, who has beloved our message?”

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.


We live in a world that needs Jesus so badly. The god of this world has people blinded. He attacks their identity, their mind, their marriage, their children, their health, and their prosperity. It all began with the fall in the Garden of Eden…. but it continues. Yet, as Christians we have been given authority over the god of this world.

We have an obligation to tell others and show others the love of Jesus. We are not just in this world to exist, but we are here to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I once heard someone say that God does not need us and I have to kindly disagree. He needs us and he wants us. His spirit is present here on earth in the lives of HIS CHILDREN, but we are here in bodily form and we are to be about the work of Jesus. Now, if we refuse to do what he asks us, he will certainly move on and find a willing vessel.

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Just as the Isrealites did not all listen in the above scripture - neither will all those that we share Jesus with. Sometimes that is discouraging - but we must PRESS ON - there are so many that need Jesus and you just don’t know the seeds are you planting with your words and your kind deeds.

Let’s make sure we are loving (even the unlovable), befriending (even the unfriendly), and being the hands and feet of Jesus. Ask yourself that old saying WWJD? (what would Jesus do) - and DO IT TODAY!! The world is waiting on you….

Words Can Hurt Or Heal

BIBLE READING:   James 3:2-10 We all make many mistakes. If anyone does not make a mistake with his tongue by saying the wrong things, he is a perfect man. It shows he is able to make his body do what he wants it to do. We make a horse go wherever we want it to go by a small bit in its mouth. We turn its whole body by this.  Sailing ships are driven by strong winds. But a small rudder turns a large ship whatever way the man at the wheel wants the ship to go.

The tongue is also a small part of the body, but it can speak big things. See how a very small fire can set many trees on fire. The tongue is a fire. It is full of wrong. It poisons the whole body. The tongue sets our whole lives on fire with a fire that comes from hell.  Men can make all kinds of animals and birds and fish and snakes do what they want them to do.  But no man can make his tongue say what he wants it to say. It is sinful and does not rest. It is full of poison that kills.  With our tongue we give thanks to our Father in heaven. And with our tongue we speak bad words against men who are made like God.  Giving thanks and speaking bad words come from the same mouth. My Christian brothers, this is not right.

Have you heard the saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?"  I think this was something our parents told us growing up when we were hurt by something someone said.  But you know what, it never helped!      It never helped because it just isn't true.   The fact is that words have a very profound power - words can cut us to the very core.  

When I was a  teenager, I had a boyfriend who broke up with me - telling me that I would never be as 'pretty as my sister was'.     For many years I would look at myself as 'not pretty'.   I was seeing myself through the eyes of harsh words that someone said - and I wasn't seeing myself through Christ's eyes for me (that's another devotion all together).    

This tongue that we have has I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E power.   We can use our tongue to bring blessings on others or bring curses and death.   The tongue can be hard to control, but not impossible.  With the help of the Holy Spirit each day, we can have power over our tongue.

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech, 1 Peter 3:10
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If there is someone you have hurt with your tongue - go to them today and ask for forgiveness.   If you have been hurt by someone - release that person because of the love of Christ inside of you. 

Guard your tongue today - speak life into others and not death.  Your tongue has power to hurt or to heal.  


Dear Jesus, forgive me for times that I have spoken negativity, defeat, or death into someone.  Fill me with more of you.   Help me to have power over my tongue to only speak life and blessings into other people's lives today.  Help me to spread the love of you wherever I go.   In Jesus Name, Amen!