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“And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.” Mark 8:12.

Have you ever heard someone say, “If I could just see a miracle, then I would believe”?

When Jesus was here on earth, He performed many miracles, people believed on Him for awhile, but they were always looking for something more. This grieved the Lord. When it came down to the end of His ministry, many of them forgot about all the miracles He had performed and consented to His death.

We read about the Israelites after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt. Think of all the miracles they experienced: deliverance at the Red Sea, water from the Rock, manna from heaven, and many more. In Leviticus 9:24, the people saw fire come from the Lord and consume the sacrifice on the altar, causing them to fall upon their faces. And yet whenever they faced a problem or some discomfort, they murmured and complained and wanted to return to Egypt.

I believe in miracles and have seen the Lord do some wonderful things that were beyond the comprehension of man. I’ve known of people who have received a miracle from the Lord, and yet failed to live for Him. It takes more than a miracle. There must be faith in the Lord, believing Him just because of who He is and the provision He made for our salvation. It takes love, determination and commitment to live for God even if we never experience miracles.

Prayer: Jesus, the greatest miracle you ever performed was when you died on the cross for our sins and rose again so that we might have life. Help us to serve you because we love you and not because of the blessings you bestow upon us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to change someone who has a made up mind? Call it stubborn if you want; a mind that’s made up simply cannot be changed. From a nasty prison cell, the Apostle Paul wrote this bold, made up mind statement in the Book of Romans 8:38-39,

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (King James Version of the Holy Bible).

The scenarios in this list have caused many people to give up and turn away from God. But, Paul went on record to let the church in Rome know that he had his mind made up. Nothing was able to separate him from God’s Love! Is your mind made up?

Prayer:  Lord, I’ve got my mind made up to live for You regardless. Though I walk through lonely valleys, You are with me. I’m not giving up. I’ll live for You come what may. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  (Matthew 22:37, KJV)

We sing songs about surrendering all to Him but do we truly know what that means? To commit ourselves to Him to the point of surrending our own will or plans requires a sacrifice far beyond singing words to a song. Loving God and making the decision to live wholeheartidly will be the best thing you will ever do. Commit your heart, soul, and mind, and you will find yourself living a fulfilled life with Him at the center.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your unfailing love even when we stumble time and time again. Thank you for your mercy and grace. We are so undeserving and yet you continue to forgive us. Help us make godly decisions as we walk with you each day. In Jesus name, amen.

Devotion by Melinda Keays