Devotionals

The Burning Bush Experience

The Burning Bush Experience

Have you ever been reading a Bible story you’ve read countless times and suddenly it’s like you’re seeing it for the first time? That happened to me this week with the familiar story of Moses’ call at the burning bush found in Exodus 3-4!

The Believer's Inheritance

The Believer's Inheritance

Have you ever stopped to think about your inheritance? The word itself is not common terminology in our culture. When I first think of an inheritance, the thing that comes to mind is a wealthy family from centuries ago (Is that just me?). However, if we truly understood our inheritance as Christians, as servants of the Lord, it would absolutely change our lives.

Rest For The Weary

Rest For The Weary

Several years ago, I went on the single most unsuccessful vacation of my life. It was our last year of high school and my cousin and I coerced our dads into taking us backpacking. For those of you unfamiliar with backpacking, it’s essentially camping without a permanent camp. You hike with your bedding, food, and all of your necessities on your back. Now, I love camping and I love hiking, so I assumed I’d love backpacking. This trip, though, was a failure for a slew of reasons, including 31 creek (river?) crossings, an ear infection, a mud pit (I’m convinced it was quicksand, but everyone says it was just a mud pit), and a sprained foot (courtesy of the mud pit/quicksand). However, all of that paled in comparison to the biggest obstacle I faced on our little adventure: my backpack was excessively too heavy. When backpacking, it’s very important to carry only what you need and to get gear as light as possible.

Fully Loved

Fully Loved

For the past two weeks, I’ve written about the importance of loving God with our whole hearts. It’s so important that Jesus calls it the greatest commandment, but do you know what’s interesting? Jesus talks a lot more in the gospels about how much God loves Him than how much He loves God. Jesus actually prayed to the Father before He went to the cross saying, “I have made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it know, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). He prayed that we would have the same love of the Father in us that He had when He walked the earth!

Knowing God

Knowing God

Have you ever had God speak to you about a scripture that you’ve heard countless times in a way that makes you see it completely differently? That happened to me recently with the verse in Hosea 4:6 when God said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” I’ve heard that verse many times and never thought too much about it, to be honest. However, as I looked deeper into it this week, I found a couple of other Scriptures in Hosea that shed some light on what God meant when He said that.

What Are You Hungry For

What Are You Hungry For

Did you know that your taste buds not only process information about what you eat but change, based on the information they receive?

Wholehearted

Wholehearted

Last week, we looked at the scripture from Mark 12:30 that says to, “…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” He asks for our wholehearted devotion, but what exactly does that look like? How do we love God with our whole heart? We get some insight from one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament, found in 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34-35. King Josiah reigned in Judah from 640-601 B.C. and the Bible says in 2 Kings 23:25, “Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.” What a powerful statement to be made about your life!

OUTPOURING OF AGREEMENT

OUTPOURING OF AGREEMENT

The Holy Spirit and the Word of God always agree. You will never have a outpouring of the Holy Spirit unless it is accompanied by the word of God. At the same time, the word of God alone is not enough without an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

That You May Know

That You May Know

Last week, we looked at the verse in 1 John 4:16, in which the apostle John talks about knowing and believing the love that God has for us, but God’s love is not the only thing he says we can know. In fact, John uses the phrase we know, or you know over and over again in this particular book of the Bible. He actually gives his purpose for the letter in 1 John 5:13:

With All Your Heart

With All Your Heart

Mark 12:28-34
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that [Jesus] answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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