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Daily Devotions for the week
In light of all the incredible things God has done for us, why do we still worry about the little things? I am just as guilty as any of you. There I times I worry about the weather, finances, relationships. Each time I do, I am reminded of how big our God is. God has already lavished us with undeserved grace, mercy and forgiveness. Consider the unmerited gift of His mercy. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5) Ponder the extravagant gift of salvation and an eternity of blessing and peace. Could there be any bigger gift? God moved heaven and hell to reach us when we didn’t love Him, didn’t obey Him, didn’t deserve the gift of that saving love. We stand on this truth. We walk with it on our lips every day. If we understand and accept God’s extravagant provision of the forgiveness of sins and redemption of our souls, why do we doubt and worry about the small, far less important details? The same God that controls the placement of the stars, the rising of the sun, the changing of seasons, the forgiveness of sins, the healing of sickness and the calming of troubles, cares about you. There is nothing that you are facing that He doesn’t know how to handle. Present your needs and your worries to God. Lay them down at His more than capable feet and trade them for peace in the uncertainty. The same God that poured out grace can pour out provisions and blessings. They are not harder than saving our souls. Nor are they as important. Through the lens of eternity, many of the things we all to keep us up at night will seem trivial and unimportant. Will the rain ruin my plans? Even if they do, I know my future looks brighter than anything this world could offer. Don’t just trust God with the big things. Trust Him with the little things too. (Written by Keegan Harkins.) 
Prayer opens up a conversation between God and His people. Too often, we forget that it is not a wish list or a demand. We forget that prayer is meant to be an intimate connection between the Heavenly Father and His children. Sometimes, to our shame, we allow our prayers to be evidence to the people around us of our “great faith”. We spout off flowery words that never reach the throne of God and are therefore useless. Jesus warned about having a sincere prayer in Matthew 6:5 when he said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” Charles Stanley once explained it like this, “God detests the prayers of a man who has no delight in His Word. When we live with a closed Bible, we live with a closed heaven; God will not answer our prayers.” If we are chasing our God with obedience hearts, we can expect to have our prayers heard and answered, but we must never assume the answer will always be yes. Remember, praying is not wishing upon a star or demanding a response. It is a conversation, a plea and an acceptance. Stuck in the pages of my Bible, right next to the verse we just read out of Matthew, I have a piece of paper. Written on it are the words of Matthew Henry. These words have encouraged me and inspired me to accept the Lord’s answer to my prayers – even when they are not what I except or desire. They say, “If He does not give His people what they ask, it is because He knows they do not need it, and that it is not for their good.” God welcomes our prayers but covets our trust. Ask anything of God but accept His answer with full knowledge that His desire far surpasses our own. His ways are always better, even if it takes a while for us to see the evidence. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“What profit is there in being willing to go to hell with others, because they will not go to heaven with us?” (Matthew Henry) Jesus taught, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) The word of God describes the narrow road to heaven. It sets the borders of our path and lights the way towards the narrow gate, but it is not an easy journey. Many of our friends and family will ridicule us for following such a simple and plain road. There are no flashing neon lights, no all-night parties where sin is embraced and delighted in. There are no selfish desires, no greedy lusts to comfort us along the way. Many in our society think it more than strange that we would choose such a path. Many find it offensive that we reject their wild and open path to destruction. There are no protective walls that keep us from hearing their insults or seeing their judgmental looks. It would be easier to join the crowd. Both roads travel towards eternity. One; however, leads to an eternity of destruction and pain while the other to rest, peace and fulfillment. Many will tempt us to join the mobs racing towards their doom, but the party will not last. The group that surrounds us on our way through the wide and condemned gate will not continue their party in the depths of hell. Stay on the narrow road – even if you have to occasionally travel alone. Eternity is a very long time to wish you had. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
Notice the first three words of our text. It says, “Herein is love” That is, this is love; see love! No other definition of love stands in comparison to it! If you want to know love—look at this—this is love! And what does it say next? “…not that we loved God, but that he loved us”! Hallelujah! Natural human love waits for the other person to show some signs of response before they show love. Natural human love is selfish, but not the love of God. He didn’t wait for us to respond to His love, He loved us anyway! Friend, it is not that we loved God, it is God that chose to love us. God reached out with love. It is all His idea. It is God displaying love to man. So our boast is not in our love for God. Instead we boast in God’s incredible love for us. God loves you friend and He sent Jesus to prove His love for you by being the propitiation; appeasing factor for our sins. Today, all who believe that Jesus died and rose again have forgiveness of sins all because of Jesus! Also, we have the assurance of eternal life. This is love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Give Him thanks for His love. He loves you without any shadow of doubt. Blessed are you. God loves you. Yes, you! (Written by Daniel Emmanuel.)
Trust is a wonderful thing. The problem arises because we live in a fallen world that manipulates trust and lets us down. People we trust may not always be there for us, but “The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) God’s trustworthiness is what makes faith possible. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if my plans will succeed or if what I need will make it in time, but I trust. I hold tightly to God because He never waivers and He never fails me. Hebrews 11:10 talks about the tremendous faith of Abraham. Abraham believed that God would indeed make his family line into a massive nation even while his eyes could only see his wife and him, childless and wandering in the desert. Hebrews says, “For he (Abraham) was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder was God.” Don’t miss the beautiful disclaimer in this verse: “whose architect and builder was God”. Why do we strive, worry and claw our way to design our own lives when God is the architect of glory? Why do we worry about our plans when God’s far exceed our expectations? Why do we stress over the details when are not the ones building our lives into magnificent temples to bring God glory and praise? Faith in the only One who is completely and always faithful reminds us that we are not designing our lives but being shaped and molded by grace and purpose. Trust in the builder of our future means we can give Him control and rest in His promises. God has us – completely and eternally. Spend today walking in the faith of a tomorrow shaped by God’s hand. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
1 John 2:15-17 cautions us not to love the world or the things in it. Why? Because it will lead us to a dead end. The things the world have to offer appeals to our sinful nature; lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life. Yes, they bring temporary satisfaction, but they also lead to eternal separation from God. Is it worth it? I think it appropriate to answer this question with the words of scripture, “What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?” (Mark 8:36).
The devil is a great marketer. He knows what will appeal to our sinful nature and he puts the commercial in front of us EVERYDAY! We cannot be passive, we must actively combat the schemes of the enemy. To not love the world, I must first cling to God and put Him in His proper place as Lord! This is not a one-time declaration but a daily reality! What are you doing DAILY to draw close to God? Are you praying to Him, are you reading His word and then responding in obedience? My prayer is that we will not be lulled to sleep pursuing pleasure but that we will remain awake knowing that eternity is at stake. (Written by Anika Jones.)

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