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I shall lay my crown down before His feet…for my wealth is in the Cross.

Devotion by Sarah Young

Jesus Always  ~  Embracing Joy in His Presence

I REDEEM YOU FROM HELL – crowning you with Love and mercy; I wrap you in goodness and renew your youth.

I give you these magnificent gifts because I take pleasure in you.

Let My delight in you soak into the depths of your being – satisfying your soul.  Although I see

your sins and flaws, my perfect Love never wavers.  I look on you first and foremost as My

redeemed one, wearing a paradise crown and wrapped in beauty eternal.

I want your identity as My beloved to be front and center in your mind.  However, your

Thoughts  often get stuck on trivial matters, especially when your mind is in neutral.  This is why

I urge you to be alert and always keep on praying.  Invite Me to enter into your circumstances-

including  your thoughts, feelings, and decisions.  Communicating with Me will help you focus

less on trivial matters and more on glorious realities.  While you wait in My Presence, I will

renew  your strength.  Regardless of how old you are, you’re always young in My Presence!

 

He redeems you from hell – saves your lift! He crows you with love and mercy – a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness – beauty eternal. He renews you’re youth – you’re always young in his presence. ~Psalm 103:4-5 MSG

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble will salvation. ~Psalm 149:4 NKJV

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions will all kinds of prayer and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. ~Ephesians 6:18

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~Isaiah 40:31

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Even life’s broken pieces may be recast

 

Even life’s broken pieces may be recast.

                And the vessel that he made of clay was marred

                in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another

                vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

                                ~Jeremiah 18:4~

 

In a clay pit in Jerusalem, in the valley between the upper and lower city,

Jeremiah saw a potter fashioning a lump of clay into a lovely form.  Just as

He was completing it, the work crumbled in the workman’s hands, and

some of the fragments fell to the ground.  He thought the potter would

let them go and begin with new clay, but he gathered the broken pieces

and began to make them over.  So God, although He had failed with His

people, would try again.  We have the same God.  If our lives are marred,

our ideals broken, and we are but the shattered bits of what we might

have been, we can have another chance.  We can be made over.

 

Thou, O God, art the potter; we, the clay.  Our disfigured failures we

bring to Thee. Make of them something beautiful and useful to Thee.  Amen

(Prayer and devotion by Walter Moore)

 

Bible Studies

God Gives ~

God Gives...2014

 

Every day God Gives of His wisdom and knowledge and brings understanding to our daily life.  Do we spend time to hear him as he tenderly speaks to our spirit, mind and hearts?  Our faith is strengthened by spending time with Him.  It doesn’t need to be complicated or ceremonious.  It doesn’t require you to be super smart or super spiritual.  But it does need one very special component.  It requires you, just as you are…because He loves us all the same.

My prayer is that this series will bring you closer to the Lord and knowing his clear wisdom in answering some of life’s difficult questions and demands.  He knows when the weight of what burdens you requires more than you can give emotionally, physically and spiritually – it is overwhelming.  This is where God meets you and takes you under His care, you can then give it all to Him.  Begin to release those things that weigh you down and experience all that God has to Give into your life.  It will always be exceeding and abundantly more than your expectations could imagine.  Let God Give to you all that he has planned for your day and it will begin to make your tomorrow better.  Talk to him in prayer or just in your heart.

I pray that if you don’t know Christ Jesus, you may personally come to accept Him in your heart as your savior and Lord.  He will forgive your sins and remember them no more.  You will be a new creation in Him.  Spend this time to get to know Him.  Get a bible and read his word.  Start in the New Testiment  and read about His gospel.   You will discover the verse in John 3:16, were of those things that God Gives to us is salvation through the gift of His only Son, JESUS.  His life teaches us how to cope in an unforgiving world.  His life given for us, brings us reconciliation and eternal life with the Heavenly Father.  This is the greatest of all God Gives: it is love; because in His unfailing Love is the power of eternal life.

God's Grace is Sufficient 8.23.15

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Simon the Wizard

My Devotion: Acts 8:4-25.  God Bless you ~ Zoey

Ancient Sorcerers

 

 

Simon the Wizard

8:4 Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus. Going down to a Samaritan city, Philip proclaimed the Message of the Messiah. When the people heard what he had to say and saw the miracles, the clear signs of God’s action, they hung on his every word. Many who could neither stand nor walk were healed that day. The evil spirits protested loudly as they were sent on their way. And what joy in the city!

9-11 Previous to Philip’s arrival, a certain Simon had practiced magic in the city, posing as a famous man and dazzling all the Samaritans with his wizardry. He had them all, from little children to old men, eating out of his hand. They all thought he had supernatural powers, and called him “the Great Wizard.” He had been around a long time and everyone was more or less in awe of him.

Prayer:

Father God you are immutable. You are faithful and true, mighty and sure.  Impostors – like Simon the Sorcerer, may come and go.  But you, our Father, will watch over your Living Word; it will do your good pleasure and it will not return void.  For in your wisdom, sent the Apostle Philip to remind the Samaritans not to listen to Simon the magician, as we read in this passage.

 

12-13 But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God’s kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left! Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. From that moment he was like Philip’s shadow, so fascinated with all the God-signs and miracles that he wouldn’t leave Philip’s side.

Prayer:

I thank you for those presently, who are going out into all the world preaching the Message of the Messiah.  Yes, this same present evil seen in the world today is no different as was in this passage telling of Simon the Magician. This man had believed and been baptized hoping to gain the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. Foolishly thinking he could be “like” Philip and then once again, manipulate the people in Samaria to believe that he was greater than the Apostles sent by your Son, Jesus the Risen Savior of the world.

 

14-17 When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Father God, your timing is perfect.  The Holy Spirit had not fallen upon the people until the apostles Peter and John had arrived from Jerusalem.  You were faithful to Philip, so that he would have the support of Peter and John.  Samaria was and still is so very dear to your heart, Lord.

 

18-19 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, “Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

20-23 Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.”

 

Prayer:

Father God, the price that your Son paid on the Cross as our Messiah is not measured in silver or gold. It is not a commodity to be sold or bought. It is an eternal gift – freely given and it is forever only yours to give.  Here we read in your Word that Simon’s deceptive manipulation was for monetary gain and power. Praise you, God, for you are NOT for sale! Nor is Your Holy Spirit deceived.  Help us to have the same bold conviction as the Apostle Peter did to rebuke those who have ill intentions and holding hidden selfish agendas.  Give us the wisdom, the transparency and unity in the Holy Spirit to walk out our salvation before you, Lord.  Amen.

 

24 “Oh!” said Simon, “pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!”

25 And with that, the apostles were on their way, continuing to witness and spread the Message of God’s salvation, preaching in every Samaritan town they passed through on their return to Jerusalem.

[The Message translation]