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Angela Overton

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And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. Matthew 9:35—39, KJV.

God’s Call Can Be Difficult

Last year I attended a Home Missionaries Conference. I was surrounded by people who were driven by a call to reach their city, but who were also tired, weary, and broken. One man walked up to the pulpit to testify, but began to weep. He said, “I was asked to speak about all of the amazing things that is happening in our church, but to be honest I’m so discouraged. I just lost my job, my wife is pregnant, and even though I believe we are called to this city, I am questioning God’s purpose.”

His honest emotion evoked tears into my eyes and I saw thousands of people moved with compassion. People from every aisle began to move from their seats and place cash and checks on the pulpit. I was crying, praying, and thanking God for this amazing miracle of provision. The call of compassion was answered and this man and his precious family received a love offering of over $6,000 within five minutes.

Jesus chooses to feel your brokenness, your pain, and your anxiety. He is moved by compassion over you.

Sometimes we are so focused about how society is reaching people, but I don’t care how culture reaches for them! I care how Jesus reaches for people!

Reflection

Today, take a few minutes to:

  • Write down the moments when you felt God’s compassion for you.
  • Write down times when a person was moved by compassion on your behalf. How did that make you feel?
  • Now ask, “how can I be moved with compassion?” “How can I make a difference in someone’s life.”

Prayer:

Lord, I pray that You would help me to have an empathic spirit so I can share people’s struggles and brokenness. I desire to be moved by compassion, like You are, and meet people’s needs.  

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

I remember the exact moment when I finished reading though the Bible for the first time. I was in my second year at Bible College and I was snuggled in bed. Up to this point I had tried to finish reading my Bible through in a year, but without success. However, something shifted in me when I became resolute to know God more, I became addicted to reading the Bible every chance I had.

The moment I checked off the last box in my Bread Calendar, I felt as if I had just finished running an Olympic Marathon. I was elated beyond words! Do you know that feeling of butterflies you get when you fall in love? Well, that is exactly how I felt. I fell madly deeply in love with God and the love letters He wrote for me. I remember taking my Bible, hugging it and telling God, “Thank you for Your Words of life.”

Falling In Love

Ever since that moment, I have fallen more in love with God and His word. The Bible is unsearchable—it will always have something fresh for you to learn—it will always minister to you—and it will be a shining light in the darkest moments.

Whenever I teach Bible studies, I always say:

“The Bible is the only book you will read that the author will speak directly to you.”

God is always looking for an opportunity to speak to His people. Sometimes He will speak to you in prayer, other times though the guidance of a spiritual leader, but many times He will strengthen you through His Word of Life.

If you have been praying for an answer, seeking confirmation, needing reassurance, or desiring a closer walk from the Lord, then I encourage you to make time to read the Bible today. I promise that it can change your life.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for Your word. I pray that I would fall more in love with the Bible everyday because I want to grow in my relationship with You. I desire to know the sound of Your voice; the voice of my shepherd. I believe that You know exactly what I need, so I pray that You will lead me to scriptures that will help me grow. In Jesus name, amen!

 

 

 

“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6, KJV.

I’m going to assume that every person reading this devotion has been internally scarred or wounded at some point in your life. Either you have experienced betrayal, broken promises, or maybe even abuse.

If you are the person who looks at themselves in the mirror and sees a reflection of a woman who is scarred and defective looking back at you, this post is for you. You are more than the sum your sin—you are more than those awful words someone spoke into your life—and you are more than that bad relationship. Please know that you are worth fighting for and you deserve the ardent love of God.

You Are A Warrior

You are a woman who is still standing and a woman who is called by God. I think you—yes you—are a warrior.

The pain you have endured is indicative of the dimension God desires to take you.

Our God has felt pain; His friends and family forsook Him, and He felt lonely… just like we have. The God we serve has gone through the things we have gone through. He loves you so much and wants you to know that you are not alone.

Prayer: Lord, show me who I am through Your word and transform the way I think. Show me that You have a purpose in everything I have experienced in my life. Heal me from the inside out.