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28/04/15 Kylee , Promises # , , , , , , , , ,

He is with us

He is with us

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41:10, Zephaniah 3:17, Matthew 28:19-20

There is something comforting about just being with someone. Even if we aren’t talking directly to each other, but the fact that they’re sitting right there next to me in the same room makes me feel comforted. Not lonely. Two is better than one, you know?

As I think about the hard times in my life, it is always much more comforting and easier to get through something when I had someone to go through it with.

Like when you get that hard news from the doctor. It just feels better to have someone there, crying with you. It’s not easy and it very well knocks you down, but you feel supported. That you are loved no matter what the outcome is. They are sharing the burden with you… and it feels a little better not to carry it all alone. They are there walking through the fire with you. God promises that he is there too. Sister, that is holy ground. That is sacred. You better take off those shoes.

Do you see his promises in scripture? Over and over again, God promises that he is with us. After all, that is his name, “Emmanuel”, which means “God with us.”

And not just in the hard times, but in the good times too. When you’re sitting around that dinner table with all of your family members playing board games and laughing so hard you almost pee your pants. That is holy ground. He is there.

And when you meet that precious new baby you’ve prayed so long and hard for. Yes, God is there too, in that sweet and peaceful moment.

And right now, if you’re alone reading this. He is with you, sweet sister. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

You will never walk alone.

 

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27/04/15 Amanda , Promises # , , , , , , , ,

He will forgive you

He will forgive you

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:9, Numbers 14:18

Here at Re:Devotionals we take sin very seriously.

We recognize that our fleshly nature, sin nature, and Satan’s desire to minimize “sin” and convince us that because God is loving, “sin” is okay.

We recognize that this belief system is bologna.

Sin grieves God. Sin is an affront to God.

Scripture is clear that persistent, unrepented sin (1 John 3:6,9) is not the mark of a Christian.

 

Yet, when we sin as Christians and repent of our sin, we are forgiven.

Wiped clean.

Without a remnant or trace of the dirt that once stained us so deeply.

 

The sin that entangles and embodies us to such a great extent that we fear we’re no longer recognizable? When we repent: it’s gone. No more.   

 

Satan also loves to make us feel guilt over the sin that described who we once were. To not allow us release from captivity through the new found freedom in our Savior.

This is not from the Lord, sweet sister.

Scripture is clear that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He will remove our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

 

Saul/Paul? Who persecuted Christians?

Forgiven.

 

Sister, if you’re believing the lie that you are not forgiven or not freed from a past sin (that you have repented of before the Lord), I beg you to meditate on this verse from 1 John 1:9 today and to remember that we have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) because of the power of Scripture. Write it on a card, make it the background of your cell phone, and recite it when the guilt seems overwhelming.

 

You are forgiven sweet sister… go and sin no more.

 

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26/04/15 Amy , Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer

2 Corinthians 1:20

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

 

Heavenly Father, as we begin studying the promises made to us in Your Word this month, help us believe in the YES. Help us remember who YOU are to us. Help us remember that you are good. Help us meditate on your love and your kindness. May we come to a deeper understanding of who YOU are and who you want to be in our lives. Let our “Amen” be so loud and clear to the world that all the glory points back to You.

 

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25/04/15 Elizabeth , Promises # , , , , , ,

He will give you glory in Christ

He will give you glory in Christ

Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1-4

“When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

This promise seems like it might be too good to be true.  It also seems a bit like difficult theology and it’s hard to imagine.  But another part of this passage states: “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

I think what Paul’s saying here is that in order to take part in His glory, we’ve got to take part in His life.  Sounds wonderful! But how in the world would we do that?

One of my favorite aspects of Christianity is the fact that we are invited to participate with God in the world.  We are not slaves, but sharers in the work.  In order to take part in Christ’s life, we are to take part in His work, breathing His Spirit, and being His love.

Imagine a scenario in your life that seems to always keep you from the person you want to be. No, really. Do it. Now imagine the Spirit of God breathing life into your situation, so that instead of reacting the way you usually do, you react as an extension of Christ.  How does the scenario look now?

We are Kingdom people on a mission.  We are here to live life to its fullest, not fearing, being lovers of all people.  How could we take part in this promise without being on the ground, being Jesus to the ones He loves?

This promise comes with a challenge.  But it’s not impossible, sisters.  “Christ who is your life”—He desires to change your heart.  And He will.  And in doing so, He will help you set your heart on the weighty things, the things that really matter.  This is the glory of our lives, which will only increase exponentially with each passing day.  This is the glory being revealed to us today!

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24/04/15 Hilary , Promises # , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

He will give you peace

He will give you peace

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-3, Philippians 4:7, John 14:27

 

Peace is something that everyone wants to find, yet few seem to find it. Peace that Jesus gives is more than a lack of conflict or harmony. In reality that is not what he promised at all. Jesus actually said he would cause division (Luke 12:49-56). So what does this “peace” that God gives us actually mean?

 

In the Old Testament, “Peace” refers to the Hebrew word “shalom”. According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, shalom means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.”

In the New Testament, the primary Greek word for “peace” is “eirene”, and it refers to rest and tranquility. Jesus promises a tranquillity of mind arising from a sense of our justification before God. An internal sense of peace because he declares righteousness over us, because through Jesus we are made right with God. Paul explains, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Romans 5:1–3). We are no longer God’s enemies, but He has made peace with us through the blood of Christ. We can have peace because of the promise or covenant he made with us through his work on the cross. With that knowledge and understanding peace can keep our hearts and minds secure. He also promises us rest. A rest that doesn’t compare to any other thing in this world.

 

If we are allowing the Spirit to work through us, we will find peace. Peace is a fruit of God. We rely on his promises and trust in His truth; we will find everlasting peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding. If we allow the Spirit to flood us and work in us; we will find peace. Following that, we will be creators of peace as well.

 

Where have you seen Jesus give peace in your life? I think of the story where Jesus calms the storm. We see this chaos and scary surroundings all around us, but when we reach out for Jesus, he gives us peace. Let the Lord give you peace today no matter what circumstance you may be facing. Take 10 minutes to pause this morning and just ask the Holy Spirit to give you peace today.

 

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