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Thursday’s Devotional
Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Inspiration
Do you ever wonder why we are so quick to judge others? We far too often are quick to judges others with issues like drug addiction, alcohol addiction, just to name a few, instead of looking at why these people have gotten to the place they are at. It seems easy for us to judge those who are involved; yet Jesus said He came to save that which was lost. Are we not as His ambassadors suppose to be seeing them through Christ’s eyes instead of eyes of judgment? Jesus sees them with compassion and love, longing to free them from their addictions. We are not to enable such activity but as Christian, caring people we are to reach out to those souls suffering; offering them the help they so desperately need. So many families are hurting today because of addictions. I have seen far too much of it in my own community. My heart goes out to these people and to their families. As a Christian we should be doing all we can to influence these people; showing them how Jesus brings the sense of peace and contentment they are searching for.
As the Scribes and Pharisees murmured against Jesus asking Him, why do you sit with publicans and sinner? Jesus answered saying, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:30-32) A physician heals; Jesus came to heal. We see so many sick today from all kind of sin who need to be shown that Jesus is the answer they are looking for. My prayer is through the help of good people and our Lord Jesus Christ they find release from the sicknesses that binds them in despair.
Prayer
Heavenly Father, Help us to be as Jesus was, willing to reach out in love and compassion to those who are sick from the addictions of this world. Teach us the best way to reach each of those who are hurting from a bondage that has taken over their life. Let us not enable them, but do what is necessary for them to get the help they so desperately need. We know you came to heal and save all those who are lost; help us to see others through Your eyes so we know the best possible way to bring them back to You and to the freedom from sin and addictions they so desperately need. In Jesus Name, Amen

Wednesday Devotional
James 4:14 kjv
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Inspiration
When we look at our lives against eternity our life is but a (vapor), here today and gone tomorrow. Our minutes and hours run into days, then years and before we even start to grasp it our time on earth has pasted quickly away. None of us know what our tomorrows hold or when we will draw our last breathe. Every moment is precious and a gift given by God; a gift given to use for His glory. Our time on earth is precious, given to each of us to spend time with our families teaching them about our Savior, Jesus Christ; teaching them to love and care for other people. One of the greatest legacies we can give the ones we love is the legacy of loving Christ and loving others. Not just with words but through our actions, reaching out and helping that one in need, passing along God’s love each day to others. There is no greater peace and contentment than knowing you have filled a void in someone’s life, especially those closest to us. My greatest desire is to leave a legacy to my loved ones of loving Christ and loving others; worldly things are only monetary but love lives on forever in the hearts of those we leave behind.
One day each of us will face our last moment on this earth. As we draw our last breathe we will come face to face with our Lord and Savior. I know for myself, as I enter His Holy Presence I long to hear Him say “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help us as Your children to savor and use every moment You give us on this earth for Your glory. Let our lives be a reflection of Your love and grace to others. Fill our hearts with Your love and let it overflow into the lives of others not just with words but more importantly with our actions. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesday’s Devotional
I Peter 1:19-20
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of the lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.


Inspiration
In Genesis chapter 3 we read where Adam and Eve disobeyed God and hid from Him in the garden. This was the first sin. As the Lord walked through the garden He called to Adam and said, “Where art thou?” If we stop and really think about this we know the Lord already knew where Adam and Eve were because He knows and sees all things. In my heart I believe God was asking them, why have you separated yourselves from Me?
When we, as Adam did, disobey God we separate ourselves from Him also. Just as God made a covering for Adam and Eve in the garden He also has made a covering for us; a way for us to come back into relationship with Him. At the first sin God made a sacrifice of an animal, mostly likely a lamb, to make a covering for Adam and Eve. The blood of that lamb was shed to bring a covering for them.


If we go over to Exodus chapter 12 we read where the death angel was going to visit the Egyptians. God told Moses to tell the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb and spread the blood of that lamb upon the doorpost of their house and when He saw the blood of the sacrificed lamb He would pass over them and they would live. This was the first Passover.
Over 2000 years ago Jesus became our Passover. He was the perfect Lamb slain for our sin and disobedience. In John 1:29, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him to be baptized and he said, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world. Jesus came to be a covering for our sin and disobedience. He willing gave His life upon the Cross of Calvary so we could live and have a personal relationship with the Father. I Peter 1:9, tells us we are redeemed through the blood of the Lamb without spot or blemish. What a deep and unselfish love the Lord has to have for us to be willing to take our sins upon Himself and die in our stead so we can live.


Today is the Heavenly Father saying to you, “Where art thou?” He loves you so much dear friends and longs to have a relationship with you as His child. He gave His only Son Jesus Christ to die as the perfect lamb so each of us could have life and not have to face eternal death and separation from Him. All He asks is for us to become obedient to Him by inviting Him into our heart and life. When we accept Jesus into our heart and life as the perfect Lamb of God we come under the covering of His blood that was shed for each of us. We no longer have to worry about being separated from the Father, or over this world and the things of this world because we have the Father, our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who are always there looking out for us, protecting us, and guiding us. So if the Lord is saying to you today, “Where art thou?” Just answer Him with a simple, “Lord, here I am.” He will come to you bringing the covering of the blood of Christ for you just as He brought the covering for Adam and Eve and the Israelites all those many years ago.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I invite you to come into my heart and life today. I know I am a sinner only saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that was shed upon the cross for my sins and the sins of the world. I don’t want to live my life without You Lord. I need Your presence in my life and Your covering over me daily. I surrender my life to You this moment knowing with You I will have an eternal home with the Father and be in a full relationship with Him again. I love you Lord and I need You! I give You honor, praise and eternal thanks for Your ever abiding love and grace to me. In Jesus Name, Amen

Monday’s Devotional
Deuteronomy 31:8 kjv
And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.


Inspiration
Last Friday as I drove to pick my groceries I was listening to one of my favorite songs now, “There was Jesus” by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton; as I listen to these lyrics below tears began to run down my checks, “When the life I built came crashing to the ground, when the friends I had were nowhere to be found, I couldn’t see it then but I can see it now, THERE WAS JESUS!”
The life I personally had built then is gone now; I have accepted that and moved on but I realized some hurts go very deep. Along with the hurt of a lost relationship I also had dealt with the loss of my church family. This kind of pain runs deep and takes time to heal completely; I know the Lord is healing me every day and through all that I have faced He was always there. The days and nights I cried with no one else there; He was there, holding me spiritually, strengthening me, carrying me, and supplying my needs. For that I can never love my Lord and Savior enough or give Him enough praise. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I could never have made it without Him. And I know with time He will completely heal all the brokenness I still have buried inside.
I also know in my heart there are many others who are hurting with a pain that goes so deep that it will take a long time to heal but please my friends do not go through the hurt and pain alone. Jesus loves you with a love our mortal mind can’t even begin to understand and He longs to pour His love out on each of us, including you. He wants to comfort and strengthen you, and yes, to heal you. I encourage you to read these lyrics and listen to this song. I pray it will bring comfort to you as it reminds you that you are never alone and that Jesus is always there. He loves you my friends and so do I. I encourage you to give it to Jesus and allow him to bring you the healing you so desperately need.


Lyrics
Every time I try to make it on my own
Every time I try to stand, I start to fall
And all those lonely roads that I have traveled on
There was Jesus
When the life I built came crashing to the ground
When the friends I had were nowhere to be found
I couldn’t see it then but I can see it now
There was Jesus
In the waiting, in the searching
In the healing, in the hurting
Like a blessing buried in the broken pieces
Every minute, every moment
Where I’ve been or where I’m going
Even when I didn’t know it Or couldn’t see it
There was Jesus
For this man who needs amazing kind of grace
For forgiveness and a price I couldn’t pay
I’m not perfect so I thank God every day
There was Jesus
There was Jesus
In the waiting, in the searching
In the healing, in the hurting
Like a blessing buried in the broken pieces
Every minute, every moment
Where I’ve been or where I’m going
Even when I didn’t know it Or couldn’t see it
There was Jesus
On the mountains
In the valleys
There was Jesus
In the shadows
Of the alley
There was Jesus
In the fire, in the flood
There was Jesus
Always is and always was, oh
No, I never walk alone
Never walk alone
You’re always there
In the waiting, in the searching
In the healing, in the hurting
Like a blessing buried in the broken pieces
Every minute, every moment
Where I’ve been or where I’m going
Even when I didn’t know it
Or couldn’t see it
There was Jesus


Prayer
Heavenly Father, sometimes our hearts are burdened with a hurt that goes deep into our soul. We don’t always know where to turn and those around sometimes abandon us at our lowest but You Lord I know in my heart will never leave me or forsake me. I ask You to come into my heart and heal all the brokenness. Where there is loss fill me with peace. Teach me Lord to look to You and not to others for my healing. Place in my life the kind of people who will never leave me; remind me that all are human and make mistakes. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me and walked away when I needed them the most. Just as You promised in Your Word I know You Lord will never leave me or forsake me; for that I will love and praise You all the days of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen

Friday’s Devotional

Jeremiah 17:7 kjv
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Inspiration
We are living in a world today that seems to have gone completely crazy at times. We see heartache, sickness, oppression all around us to just name a few. As we stand in the middle of it all it is not hard to get discouraged and to loss hope. As Jehovah’s children we have to remember that our hope is not in this world or anything in this world; but our hope is in the Lord, the maker and keeper of all things. There is not anything He doesn’t know or have an answer for. He holds each one of us in His hand and He knows every care and heartache. Our Lord is just waiting patiently for us to reach out to Him and ask Him to bring the peace we desire to our lives. How very blessed we are to have a Savior who loves us and longs to comfort us so much! Put Your hope in Him my friends; for in Him only can we find the peace and hope this world needs so badly.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we come to You looking for a filling of Your Holy Spirit as we see the turmoil around us. Fill our hearts with hope in You for we know Father You are the keeper of all things. In You we can find hope, for we know You hold the whole world in Your hands. Let our hope and trust be in You and Your promises to Your children. Help us set our Spiritual eyes upon You and our home in heaven with You as You lead us away from all the hopelessness found in this world to a place filled with a renewed hope that is only found You. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen

Thursday’s Devotional

John 6:35 kjv
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

Inspiration
There are times we feel a hunger or longing in our soul. We go through our days searching for peace, contentment, and happiness not coming to the understanding that Jesus feeds our hunger and thirsty soul. For myself, I can get busy and fail to talk to the Lord or study His Word the way I should; I then begin to feel this restlessness in my spirit. Anytime I find myself feeling this way if go to the Lord and spend time with Him I always feel as though a burden has been lifted. I have a sense of peace I cannot find anywhere else. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life, come to me and you will never spiritually hunger or thirst again.” My friends, if He is not your go to I encourage you to make time for Him, invite Him into your heart, talk to Him, listen to Him with your heart and I know He will fill all the empty place in your heart and life.

Prayer
Father in heaven, I come to You for a filling today. I know You are the bread of life for me and the whole world. Fill every empty place in our heart and soul, giving us a sense of peace that can only come from a relationship with You. Let Your Holy Spirit flow into us dispelling every spot of darkness and emptiness, leaving us with a sense of contentment and purpose. We love You and we need You every minute of every day. We give You honor, praise, and glory! In Jesus Name, Amen

Wednesday’s Devotional
Romans 8:26 kjv
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Inspiration
Have you ever been so upset and overcome with emotion you didn’t know what to pray? I have seen times when I knelt to pray and all I could do was cry and say Jesus, Jesus over and over again. At times likes these the Spirit sees our heart and interceds to the Father on our behalf. I am so thankful for that Holy Spirit send by the Lord to comfort, guide, and interced for us especially when we are at our lowest. God’s love for us is beyond anything our human heart can comprehend and He is always waiting with outstretched arms to comfort us.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for Your love to me. I know as You look down on Your children You only want the very best for us. Thank for sending Your Holy Spirit to watch out for us and to interced on our behalf. I humble myself before You, giving You all the honor, praise, and glory that is Yours and Yours alone. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesday Devotional

2 Timothy 1:7 kjv
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Inspiration
In the day and time we are living in it is not hard to let fear come into your mind. We fear for our family and loved ones as we watch the death of others around us from the COVID virus. None of us are immune to COVID or to fear. Satan wants us to fear to the point we no longer trust our Savior. We cannot let fear consume us to the point we can no longer function or trust God. God is still in control and even though we do not understand all the things happening around us we have to be willing to put our faith in the Lord to even be able to function with any sense of peace. The bible plainly teaches us that in the last days we will see many things come to pass including pestilences. As chaos is happening around us let us fall to our knees and ask the Lord to surround us and protect. Ask Him to help us overcome fear with faith in Him; and to fill our heart with love for one another. But more than this let us ask Him to make us ready to meet Him when our time comes to leave this world for none of us know the day or hour of our departure.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we see the chaos happening around us and satan wants us to fear to the point we no longer trust You. Help us Lord to overcome our fear with faith in You. Fill our hearts with love and compassion for one another; give us a sound mind that is focused upon You and not what is happening around us. Strengthen us and give us peace in knowing when our days on the earth are done we have a home with You waiting for us. In Jesus Name, Amen

Monday’s Devotional

Jeremiah 1:5 kjv
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Inspiration
What an amazing promise Jeremiah had from the Lord. The Lord told Jeremiah He had known him, sanctified and ordained him to be a prophet before he was even born. The Lord has that same promise to each of us. He knew each of us before we were born and has sanctified and ordained us for a purpose in the time we are living in. Each of us has a purpose; a reason for living in this day and this time. Whether or not we fulfill our purpose is up to us. If you don’t know your purpose, ask the Lord to help you find the direction he desires for you to go; for there is no greater peace and fulfillment in our live than knowing we are living our lives in God’s purpose for us.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, Just as You knew Jeremiah You know each of us and our purpose for being on this earth. Guide me Lord in the path and purpose You sanctified and ordained me for in this day and time. Fill me daily with Your Holy Spirit and a greater desire to serve You so when my days on this earth are finished I will rest knowing I have fulfilled my purpose for You. In Jesus Name, Amen

Friday Devotional
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Inspiration
Paul says here to study to show thyself approved unto God; we are to not just read God’s Word but we are to study it, ponder it, asking the Lord to reveal the living meaning into us. I find myself to many times just reading and not mediating on the Word. If we are not careful we can be put in a situation where someone asks us about something in God’s Word and we are unable to answer because we have not gasped the meaning in our heart. This can put us to shame as a Christian. One of our greatest gifts to others is to be able to rightly divide God’s Word and pass it on to them.

What we put our time into is what we will be knowledgeable about. For example I know people who are very knowledge about movies especially old western. They can tell you who starred as most of the characters of those movies. They have invested their time into them and became knowledgeable in them. Me, on the other hand know very little about them because even though I enjoy watching them I have not invested time in them. On the other hand I can tell you most things about running a title on property because I have invested my time in it for 24 years.

As Christian we need to invest time in God’s Word as much as possible, study and mediate upon it so we are able to answer any person’s question about the Lord and Salvation through Him. Don’t get me wrong; it is alright to love other things and be knowledgeable about them but our first priority should be to know God personally in our heart and to be knowledge in His Word. When we do this we will never be ashamed and God will always be able to use us to bring others to Him.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me to arrange my time so I will be able to invest in You and Your Word regularly. Teach me to make You a priority in my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and give me knowledge and wisdom so I can rightly divide Your Word and pass it on to other; helping them come to know You as their Lord and Savior. In Jesus Name. Amen