I am thankful for those of you who faithfully read this devotion each day. I pray that we continue to draw close to Jesus together. I hope you and your families have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
BIBLE READING: Proverbs 4:20-22 My Son, give attention to My Words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
This is one of my favorite scriptures. It speaks so much to me and reminds me personally to stay in the Word of God. I know I may at times sound like a 'broken record' encouraging everyone to be in God's Word --- the reason I say this is revealed inside this scripture:
Give attention to My Words: Our mind is to be focused on the Word. We are to give God's Word first importance and top priority in our life.
Incline your ear to My sayings: LISTEN to what the Word says. God will speak to us through His Word but He will also speak to our hearts, or even through another person.
Do not let them (God's Word) depart from your eyes: Many times we fail because we see ourselves the way others do. Do you see yourself the way the doctor does, the way your husband does, the way people do --- OR do you see yourself the way God does? Let God's word be true and everything else a lie! (Romans 3:4). How can we see ourselves the way God does? --- by keeping our eyes on the word of God – day, after day, after day. That means we won’t look at the symptoms, or the condition, or the problem because that will get our mind off of what God word says --- will see ourselves totally and completely the way God does!
Keep them (God's Word) in the midst of your heart: How do we let God’s word penetrate deep into our heart? We think on scripture ALL DAY LONG - whisper it or speak it to yourself, think on it, ponder it – chew on it – eat on it – feed on it -- like Joshua 1:8 says “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
For they (My Words) are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. The Hebrew word for health here is also the word for medicine – in other words --- my words are life to those that find them, and (medicine) to all their flesh!
THEN when you follow God's prescription - the medicine (His Word) will bring LIFE and HEALTH and HEALING to your whole body. Now this is a prescription that we cannot afford to skip!
Pay attention to My Words; Listen carefully to my words; Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate into your heart DAILY.
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?
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!
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.
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
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.
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.