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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” Luke 24:49

I’m ready to begin my ministry now. Why is God making me wait?

Jesus told His disciples that they would tell people of all nations about Him.  But first, they had to wait for the Holy Spirit. God has important work for you to do for Him, but you must do it by the power of the Holy Spirit, not in your own strength. It’s easy to be in a hurry to get on with the job, even if it means running ahead of God. But sometimes, waiting is a part of God’s plan for you. Are you waiting and listening for God’s complete instructions, or are you running ahead of His plan for you? You need God’s timing and power to be truly effective.

God’s promise:

The Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help. Isaiah 30:18

One Year Mini 500This devotion is taken from One Year Mini Daily Inspiration

The world can be so overwhelming! You’re navigating an endless stream of tasks, demands and stress. Take a break from it all with The One Year Mini Daily Inspiration. It’s a great way to connect with what’s most important in life – your relationship with God.

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Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.

Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NLT)

God’s creatures find joy in feasting on Heaven’s abundance and drinking deeply of His delights: “You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see” (Psalm 36:8-9, NLT). This abundance and the river of delights from from and are completely dependent on their source: God. He alone is the fountain of life, and without Him there could be neither life nor joy, neither abundance nor delights.

God doesn’t want to be replaced or depreciated. He wants to be recognized as the source of all our joys, and He wants us to draw closer to Him through partaking of His creation. My taking pleasure in a good meal or a good book is taking pleasure in God. It’s not a substitute for God, nor is it a distraction from Him. It’s what I was made for.

“Give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9

Life PromisesThis devotion is taken from Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn

Inspired by the best-selling book Heaven, Life Promises for Eternity provides readers with more than 100 brief, inspirational readings on the topic of Heaven and the New Earth.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, his nation under duress. His world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon. He faulted God for his horrible emotional distress. He also blamed God for his physical ailments. “He (God) has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones” (Lamentations 3:4 RSV)

His body ached. His heart was sick. His faith was puny…He realized how fast he was sinking, so he shifted his gaze. “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’, says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him’ “(vv 21-24 RSV)

“But this I call to mind…” Depressed, Jeremiah altered his thoughts, shifted his attention. He turned His eyes away from his stormy world and looked into the wonder of God. He quickly recited a quintet of promises. (I can imagine him tapping these out on the five fingers of His hand)

  1. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
  2. His mercies never come to an end.
  3. They are new every morning.
  4. Great is thy faithfulness.
  5. The Lord is my portion.

The storm didn’t cease but his discouragement did.

Thank You, precious Savior, that Your love is steadfast. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for your great faithfulness, not only to me but to all your people from the first day of creation. When I am tempted to become distressed, may I choose to gaze on You. May I remember that you are my portion. May I hope in Your unceasing love, amen.

 

Live LovedThis devotion is taken from Live Loved by Max Lucado, a licensed title from OMF Literature.

These devotions by best-selling author Max Lucado will calm your soul and nourish your heart. You can live the way God intended. Features excerpts from his most recent inspirational books, focusing on the ideas of steadfast, perfect, wise and merciful love, and “loved to love others”

 

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

At no time in the history of cosmetics have women been more vocal about looking younger and prettier than today.

Beauty products for women, and even for men focused on their looks (metrosexuals is what we call them), have become multibillion-dollar businesses. Never before have there been more gyms and spas to make people feel good about themselves.

Beauty clinics have likewise been ultra lucrative. Every day, there is someone undergoing surgery or treatment for bigger eyes, a higher nose bridge, firmer breasts, and whiter skin – and talking about it in ads or to friends.

“Take 10 years off your face,” one ad says. By eliminating eye bags, wrinkles, sagging jowls and the telltale signs of aging, one can indeed look younger.

But Mark Twain said this about aging: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Aging is part of life as God designed it. We cannot stop it or deny it. We can have all the surgeries, cosmetics, herbs, and pills available to us today, but time will still tick by. We will grow old. And we will look it and feel it eventually, no matter how much we may try to delay it.

It is best, then, to enjoy the seasons of life – teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and so on. Let’s delight in the different experiences that our life stages bring. With age comes wisdom and maturity that even the greatest mind of youth cannot begin to imagine.

Lord, thank You for the gift of time. Help me to use it as best as I can according to Your divine plan for my life.

 

GraceThis devotion is taken from Grace Found Me by Grace D. Chong, an original title from OMF Literature.

It is easy for busy women to drown in a sea of responsibilities and to be faced with doubt and worry each day. In Grace Found Me, author Grace D. Chong points you to Him who can give rest to your heart and soul. Allow Him to remind you who He is and what He can do so you will no longer fret.

Grace Found Me is a recipient of the 2012 Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Award, Inspirational Category, from the Book Development Association of the Philippines.

You shall eat at my table always (2 Samuel 9:7)

There’s a beautiful story in the life of King David illustrating God’s grace to us through Christ. Mephibosheth was the son of David’s bosom friend, Jonathan, son of Saul. He’d been crippled in both feet at age five. After David was established as king over all Israel, he desired to show kindness to anyone remaining of Saul’s family, “for Jonathan’s sake”. So Mephibosheth – crippled and destitute, unable to care for himself and living in someone else’s house – was brought into David’s house and “ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11, NIV).

Why was Mephibosheth treated this way? It was for Jonathan’s sake. We might say Jonathan’s loyal friendship with David “earned” Mephibosheth’s seat at David’s table. Mephibosheth, in his crippled and destitute condition, unable to improve his lot and wholly dependent on the benevolence of others, is an illustration of you and me, crippled by sin and unable to help ourselves. David, in his graciousness illustrates God the Father, and Jonathan illustrates Christ.

Just as Mephibosheth was elevated to a place at the king’s table for Jonathan’s sake, so you and I are elevated to the status of God’s children for Christ’s sake. And just as being seated at the king’s table involved not only daily food but other privileges as well, so God’s salvation for Christ’s sake carries with it all the provisions we need, not only for eternity but for this life as well.

This account both begins and ends with the statement that Mephibosheth was crippled in both feet (verses 3,13). Mephibosheth never got over his crippled condition. He never got to the place where he could leave the king’s table and make it on his own. And neither do we.

 

HolinessThis devotion is taken from Holiness Day by Day by Jerry Bridges, a licensed title from OMF Literature.

Each entry has been carefully selected from Jerry Bridges’ best writings, connecting with you on a deeper level and encouraging personal discovery. This quick daily read is full of inspiration, commitment, and transformation for men and women to grow in spiritual maturity.

 

 

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

When the foes of Martin Luther prepared to destroy Wittenberg Cathedral, incensed that he had posted his 95 Theses on its doors, he wrote the words of a great hymn,

“A mighty fortress is our God. A bulwark never failing. Our helper He amid the flood. Of mortal ills prevailing…”

Luther based his words on Psalm 46, which promises, “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:7) 

But why Jacob? Wasn’t he the one who cheated his brother out of his birthright, who fled for his life and displayed a lack of integrity? Yes it was Jacob who wrestled with God at one of the lowest points of his life. “I will not let you go until you bless me!” Jacob cried out. God met Jacob in his despair, and he bore the mark of God’s hand for the rest of his life. (more…)