Spirit and Soul is all about eternity. Life ever after with a God who has prepared a place in advance for us. Dig into the Word. Search out your heart. Contemplate where you will spend eternity. . .then choose to offer your life to God.
DEVOTION BY James Cagle POSTED 12/1/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Proverbs 14:30 KJV
We are more attentive to our physical health than our mental health or the health of our psyche, yet it is often a sick mind that sickens our physique.
Our psyche or spiritual side is connected to our physical side. No disease or sickness of the physical can be transmitted to the spiritual, but spiritual illnesses do affect the physical. The psyche is the soul and mind—the actual being living in the body. If the heart is sound or content, then the joy of the contented spirit will sustain the health of the body.
The psyche can be unsound because it’s wounded or under the incrimination of the conscience. When the heart is sick because of envy or other diseases of the soul, the body is directly affected and can become ill. When we are covetous or have been hurt or wronged and are unwilling to forgive—but instead allow a vengeful spirit to reside in our hearts—we embrace those things that can destroy our physical health. Spiritual cancers such as hate, anger, and covetousness. Worry, anxiety, and fear can cause high blood pressure, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Envy, a spirit of covetousness and discontent, affects the core of our physical being—our bones because red bone marrow produces blood cells.
If we don’t release these things by leaving everything in Jesus’ hands, they will sooner or later affect our physical health, but the real problem is a sick psyche. Whatever disease our mind has directly affects our body.
What spiritual steps can you take to prevent physical sicknesses?
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DEVOTION BY Cindy Sproles POSTED 11/24/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Psalm 95:1–2 KJV
She shook as the teen snatched the money from her hand.
The elderly lady was slow to unlatch her 1950s purse and pull out a zippered money pouch. She fumbled through the bag until she retrieved a $5 bill. She smiled as her aged, trembling hand stretched across the grocery counter. The clerk snatched the bill from the woman’s hand. Under her breath, I heard the woman mumble, “Ungrateful.”
With the woman’s groceries bagged, a reluctant employee loaded her groceries, continually glancing at his watch. This trip to load groceries was past his clock-out time.
As I passed by the woman’s beat-up car, I stopped and held her door for her. “Seems like the season to be jolly hasn’t caught up with everyone,” I said.
“I guess not, but I’m old and slow.”
“That’s no excuse for people to be rude. Don’t blame yourself for the lack of gratitude in the world.” I patted her hand and smiled. “You have a nice day.”
As I stepped away from the car, I heard the woman say, “I am thankful, Lord, for the kindness You have shown me today.”
In every situation, the psalmist found an opportunity to praise the Lord and give thanks. In his walk with the Lord, he’d learned of God’s unfailing promises and presence, and with every instance that arose, he found reason to be thankful. His thankfulness extended to singing joyfully to the Lord and calling God the rock of our salvation.
As time passes, our world loses sight of gratitude and thanksgiving. Impatience has replaced thanksgiving, while greed and selfishness have removed the joy from our lives. Take time to refocus and remember exactly what thankfulness is, then learn to show it more readily. Sing joyfully, even in the hardships of life, and know that God is the God of Promise—Yahweh. He is unfailing in His love and faithful in His promises. Show thanks. Give thanks. Be thankful.
What are some ways you can show your thankfulness this Thanksgiving season?
DEVOTION BY Marilyn Bay POSTED 11/17/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Isaiah 30:19 NIV
For the third day in a row, I heard the pathetic bleating of the lone triplet.
His mother and two siblings grazed in an adjacent pasture with the other sheep while the complainer stayed in the corral, begging them to rescue him. On day one, I went into the pen where the young lamb stood. Making sure he watched me, I purposefully walked through the open gate to show him the opening through which the rest of the flock had departed. He followed, calling out with pity before he bolted to the pasture to find his mother and the rest of the flock.
On day two, we repeated this process. By day three, I was annoyed and decided to let him figure it out alone. He eventually found the gate but not until he raced around the pen and frantically bleated for his mother. While his mother would have finally returned to the fold to gather her son, she was anxious to get her breakfast.
I am so glad our heavenly Father is more patient with us than I was with this lamb. The Great Shepherd speaks to us and gives us the resources we need to grow and change, yet He is always there, even when we repeatedly fail to find the gate. He hears us, answers us, and never gives up on us.
Have you told yourself you can’t cry out to God because what you are grappling with is too difficult, insignificant, or embarrassing? Our heavenly Father is far more patient and caring than we are. So, take time to call out to Him today.
What’s on your need-to-cry-out-to-God list?
DEVOTION BY Julie Grenness POSTED 11/10/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Matthew 6:21 NIV
One afternoon, I read a book about a devoted husband’s love letters to his wife.
I reflected on what a treasure true love is. I can rest here and compose my own love letter. Someone described me as a single, stand-alone woman, but I can still compose my own love letter because I know the meaning of true love. My love letter is to God.
True love is a treasure—the thing we all search for in life. For me, this means expressing my thanks to God for simple things that do not cost anything.
The real treasures we can enjoy involve rising with the dawn and watching a beautiful sunrise, listening to birdsong in a tree as we watch the beautiful flowers in a garden, or enjoying family and friends.
Our bodies are also treasures in themselves because God has created them for love. Although they wind down in the golden years, we can enjoy these years by thanking God for the real treasures in life. We can devote more time to prayer and appreciate God’s great gifts to everyone. Believing in Jesus’ gift to us all, we can find our real treasure in loving God.
What treasures can you list in your love letter to God?
DEVOTION BY Darrell Waters POSTED 11/3/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Matthew 7:14 KJV
I once watched a video clip of a movie about a boy who lived for God.
The rest of the boy’s immediate family also lived for the Lord. Then a tragedy occurred. As the son lay dying, he asked his parents and brother if they could hear the angels. The mother said she could, and they were beautiful.
I have heard of other instances where people ready to meet the Lord have experienced this same phenomenon. God has a beautiful place called heaven for those prepared to meet Him at death or when He comes.
After we have trusted Christ as our Savior, God wants us to grow by reading His Word, praying, going to church, and giving.
Jesus said many would not be willing to come to Him and that only a few would find the way to salvation—compared to the billions who would not. God will reward those who witness with their words and actions.
Ask God to help you walk the line.