“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25 NIV) In June 2016 we went on a cruise to Alaska. It was simply fabulous! If you’ve been on a cruise, you know the staff take lots of picture of you and your party from beginning to end. One evening they announced there would be a drawing for “free” pictures. We signed up immediately. The requirement was you must be present to win. So, we showed up at the…
“But when the people of the land shall come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gates shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it” (Ezekiel 46:9 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). After bringing a dead congregation to life, Ezekiel was instructed by God to set up Sanctuary rules. This scripture intrigued me last year and I underlined it. Now I’m returning to peruse what is being said. It’s important for us in the 21st century not to leave the House of God the way we came in. You may have only one door for an entrance and exit but you can still leave another way. Sorrow may have caused you to come in grieving but you can leave with joy from being in the presence of God. Don’t leave the way you came in!
Prayer: In Your presence there is always fullness of joy! Thank You, Lord, for lifting my heavy load in Your House. As the song by Bill and Gloria Gaither declares, “Because You live I can face tomorrow.”
Devotion by Kaye Singleton
Do you feel weaker in God than you have in the past? Are there times in your life when your commitment to God was stronger? When you prayed more? When you read the Holy Bible more? When you attended church more? Trust in the Lord and you can be strong again.
READ: Isaiah 40:31 from the Holy Bible New Century Version, “But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky. They will run and not need rest. They will walk and not become tired.”
Prayer: Dear God, I’m sorry I haven’t talked to You much lately. Please forgive me. Today, I recommit myself to You and to the teachings of the Holy Bible. I promise to attend church so that I can learn more about You. I want to trust in You so that I can become strong again. Amen.
Devotion by Debbie Simler-Goff