A Devotion May Be Someone's Only Bible

Spirit & Body

We have two bodies as such. The physical body and our spiritual body. The Spirit is an important part of both. Giving our hearts to Christ brings that spiritual body into balance and therefore, helps us understand the ups and downs of the physical body – even accept them when others cannot.

Joyful Praise Overcomes

The onslaught of nastiness just keeps on coming, but joyful praise overcomes.

Friends getting the dreadful news of cancer and other diseases. Family members and friends succumbing to accidents and Alzheimer’s. People losing jobs and homes. Political stances generating protests and riots. Close friends ending relationships because of opposing views. The things posted on Facebook and other social media are alarming and appalling. I could go on with the list, but even these few statements are disheartening.

I saw the video a friend with a recent diagnosis of cancer posted on Facebook. From her hospital bed, she lifted her beautiful, full-bodied voice in the unmistakable tune and words of “Amazing Grace.” Over the months, as she endured painful treatment, setbacks, and a dire prognosis, her posts continued with words of praise to God and thankfulness for the love and prayers surrounding her.

Although I pray for God’s healing in her body, I have no doubt He has already brought healing to her soul. Like Habakkuk, she found a way to be joyful in the God of her salvation, no matter the calamity. 

How good it is to meet with other believers and praise God with songs and hymns. On occasion, a church might lack someone to lead worship songs, and the only other option is live streaming or musical accompaniment on tape. Even then, we can lift our voices in worship. Through hardship and tears, the joyful sound overcomes.

Lift your voice in praise to the God of your salvation, even when you’re going through the onslaught.

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One Step at a Time

I did it. One step at a time.

Although I once was an avid runner, I had abandoned running many years ago. Fear and excuses prevented me from lacing up my sneakers despite my desire to run again.

I’m too tired. Running just seems too hard. I’m too busy. I’ll start tomorrow. I’m too out of shape. What will people think of me if they see me struggling? It’s too embarrassing!

Eventually, growing tired of my excuses, I concluded I had to start where I was to get back into the athletic condition I desired. That day, I ran. Although I didn’t run far, fast, or long, I ran. A few days later, I ran again. And again. And again.

Slowly but surely, I noticed growing strength and endurance in my body. I am still far from being in great running shape, but I know I am headed in the right direction. It reminded me that change of all kinds happens one step at a time.

If it’s reading our Bible, we can start with just three minutes a day. Perhaps we want to become a more grateful person? We can end our day by verbalizing three things we’re thankful for. Maybe we want to be a more loving person? We can look for one opportunity to compliment, encourage, or bless someone else every single day.

Paul says the hour has come for us to wake from our slumber. The time to move forward is now.

What is one area of your life you’ve been longing to change? Take that first step today. God will meet you where you’re at and help bring you where you’re called.

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Always Rejoice

It may not seem realistic for God to tell us always to rejoice.

A highly intelligent young man had been miraculously protected and blessed by the Lord. He came from a broken home where a prescription-addicted mother had raised him. But he understood his dependency on the Lord.

Later, despite little formal education after high school, he became the co-owner of a prosperous company. His personal relationship with Jesus produced a beautifully spirited man. Then, both of his children declared they were living a lifestyle he disapproved of.

He had a choice between what the Bible said and what the current humanistic philosophy promoted.

Unfortunately, he emotionally justified his children’s behavior by saying their choice was not a lifestyle, but who they were. He rejected what the Bible declared and moved away from believing it.

In turn, his parents sorrowed over his decision, but they remembered the Bible says nothing in this world can separate God’s children from God’s love in Christ Jesus. They realized their adult son was not their responsibility any longer. He had to answer to the Lord as they did. Still, they prayed he would return to the Lord as they trusted in God’s promises.

Attempting to live with our emotions and weaknesses—always to rejoice—is difficult. We live in a fast-paced, over-materialistic world that is increasingly losing contact with God’s teachings. Yet God can help us rejoice always, regardless of our circumstances.

Look for the joy, even in dire situations.

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The Body of Christ

While reading one of my favorite magazines, Reader’s Digest, I came across a sweet story about a mom and dad who had difficulty getting their four-year-old daughter to sleep in her bed. Each night, the parents attempted to convince the child that God watched over her and that she would be okay in her room alone.

One night, just as they thought they’d been successful, the mother felt a tap on her shoulder and heard a soft voice, “Mommy, I know God’s in there with me, but I need someone with skin.”

I often feel like that little child, alone in the dark. While I know God is always with me and watches over me, I sometimes need someone with skin. I believe the body of Christ performs this function, as Paul describes: Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Our spiritual gifts can provide huge benefits to others. 

God encourages us to bring our problems to Him, but sharing our troubles with other believers is also comforting. I always draw on the strength of the Lord in times of need. But I’ve also learned the wonderful privilege of counsel from fellow believers. It is healing and encouraging for someone to listen to my words and acknowledge my feelings.

Do you lean on the faith of others? How can you be more thankful for the gift of another child of God whom you can touch and see?

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Zealous for Obedience

Once in my life, I experienced real need and had to choose to become dependent on a specific source of food that could help.

In my heart, I felt it was wrong to go that way, but it seemed almost impossible to eat without the help. Inevitably, I cut back on the food I ate and fasted more often. By doing so, I felt better and drew closer to God.

We all want to be more faithful in our walk with God, but we may not always consider what that means.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. We must believe He exists and will reward those who diligently seek Him. Daniel knew what that meant. He lived in the courts of the king of Babylon but chose not to defile himself with the king’s food. Instead, he obeyed God’s dietary laws for the nation of Israel and honored God with His choices.

As a result, God gave Daniel and his friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. He also gave Daniel the ability to interpret dreams and solve complex problems.

Sometimes, we find ourselves in difficult situations where we don’t know how to honor God without sacrificing something that may seem beneficial. At the same time, this thing is sinful or morally compromising. We may worry or fret over how our obedience will pan out.

Rest assured. God is faithful and rewards those who obey Him. The reward may not come as we expect or in the way we thought was right. Yet, God rewards those who follow Him and keep His commandments. We may be surprised at how God rewards our obedience. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Rather, be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

What are some ways you can be zealous to obey God?

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