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“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.” Psalm 16:5

In the NIV this verse reads, “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure.”

We all know what an assignment is.  In school, the teachers assign project that have to follow certain guidelines and meet deadlines.  At work, the boss assigns a job to be done and expects it to be done in a certain way and in a certain time frame.  All these assignments come to an end, but serving the Lord is a lifetime assignment.

Recently, I was given a project to work on.  At first it seemed almost impossible to accomplish.  I realized that it was going to be a lot of work and concentration.  I was getting very frustrated, but went to the Lord in prayer, asking Him to give me the wisdom that was needed.  Suddenly, it became clear to me the way I should approach it and I am happy to say that it is coming together slowly but surely.

God has given each one of us a special assignment, and sometimes it may seem that it is more than we can accomplish, but whatever He has asked us to do, He supplies the tools and the strength we need to do the job.  My assignment will be different than yours, and God does not compare our results with others.  He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, and to see us through to the very end.  All He asks is that we do our very best, and leave the results with Him.  He has made our lot secure.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we thank you for your Hand that guides us each step of the way.  Help us to accomplish the task that you have laid down for us today, trusting only in your love and guidance.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1

I love this time of year.  After the very hot and humid days we are now experiencing cooler nights and pleasant temperatures during the day.  As summer transitions into fall, it is nice to go for long walks and enjoy the beautiful things our Lord has created.  Soon the leaves will begin to change colour, and we will enjoy the Autumn splendor once again.

I am glad when God created this earth, that He made the different seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.  Each one has its special features and although we may not appreciate the extreme cold or heat when it comes, the changes are welcome.  I am glad that I live in a part of the country where the seasons do change.

Just as the weather system experiences changes of seasons, so in our spiritual life we go through different seasons.  As we look back on our life, we can see how the Lord has brought us through many different experiences, each one with a purpose to shape us into the person he wants us to be. As the writer expresses it in Ecclesiastes, we have had times of love, times of trouble, times of weeping, and so many other seasons.  But through each season, the Lord has been there for us, guiding us and directing each step of the way.

Verse 11: “He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Whatever season of life we may find ourselves in today, one thing is for certain that the Lord is always there with us.

Prayer:  Jesus we thank you for your hand upon us in every season of our lives.  Continue to lead us direct us in the path you would have us go.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:23-25

Do you have a full-length mirror in your home?  I heard someone say recently that the last thing a lady should do before she leaves her home is to look in the full-length mirror.  There are so many things that we need to check to make sure that we are ready to be seen in public.  Do we have on shoes that match?  Is our hair neatly combed?  What about our teeth, is there any thing that will reveal the last meal we ate?  Is there a spot on our clothing? As ladies who love the Lord and want other people to see Christ in us, we also check to make sure that our clothes are modest and decent.

James said that the Word of God was like a mirror.  As we read it, the Holy Spirit reveals to us what is in our hearts.  But if we do not act upon what He is showing us, we are like a person who looks in a mirror, sees something that should be corrected, but walks away and forgets all about it.

When the Lord reveals something in His Word that needs some action on our part, it is important that we talk to the Lord about it.  If it is an attitude that needs changing, we need to work on it.  If He reveals something in our life that is not pleasing to the Lord, we need to repent and change what we are doing.  James tells us that when we do this, we will be blessed by the Lord.

It seems to me that we should be looking into two mirrors every day.  The one in the bedroom or hallway reveals what we look like on the outside.  The Word of God reveals what is in our hearts, and that is where the Lord is looking.  Sometimes what we discover in that, will also change the way we look in the natural mirror.

Prayer:  Jesus, as I read and study your Word today, reveal to me the things I need to change, and help me to be obedient to you, because I want to be a doer of the word as well as a hearer.

Devotion by Anne Johnston