“Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else” (Galatians 6:4, New English Translation). We can take a deep breath and get back to a semblance of normal with the hurry and scurry of the holidays now behind…
“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Habukkuk 3:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). God created the deer to be an incredibly agile and graceful creature. He knew that it would need the ability to navigate its often treacherous habitat. Let’s pray together that God will give us that kind of sure footed stability to safely traverse the steep paths of life’s journey to greater spiritual heights.
Prayer: Lord, plant my feet on solid ground and enable me to reach extraordinary places in You.
Devotion by Julie Long
Have you noticed the reaction from a young child who has tasted table food and the mother is trying to make them eat a jar of baby food? I remember trying to do this to our daughter Shana. She would shake her head “No” vehemently indicating she didn’t want the baby food and often she would point to the food on the table. She was telling us that she was growing up and wanted to eat what the big people were eating.
How can we be content to stay a spiritual baby? The Word of God says to grow up!
“For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe” (Hebrews 5:13 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for providing the sincere meat of the Word. Your Word is what satisfies the hunger in my soul.
Devotion by Kaye Singleton
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Do you hunger for spiritual growth? The aroma of God’s presence is calling you to taste and see that the living bread He provides will fill you to overflowing and you will never hunger or thirst again.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the fresh spiritual nourishment that You provide for me daily.
Devotion by Julie Long
Today I tended to my house plants. They looked healthy. But after examining them closely under a bright light it was obvious they needed pruning. They were full of debris. I cleaned them up. Then I gave them a gentle shower in the kitchen sink. This no doubt refreshed them.
Often, we are just like house plants. We need tending. We need to be examined closely under the bright light of Jesus’ presence. We need Jesus, the Master Gardener to remove the debris in our lives. To shower us gently in the Holy Spirit! We need Him to refresh us.
Psalm 42:1-2 from the Amplified Bible, ‘…my soul pants and longs for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, the living God…”
Prayer: O God, remove anything in me that hinders my spiritual growth. My inner self wants to be close to You. Refresh me today.
Devotion by Debbie Simler-Goff