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31/01/15 Hilary , Story # , , , , , , ,

SHARE YOUR STORY!

SHARE YOUR STORY!

We want to hear YOUR story. 

In March, Re:devotionals theme will be STORY. We want to see how the Lord brings us from trial to doubt to His resolution. Where have you seen this in your life? E-mail us your story and be entered into winning a $10 Starbucks card, plus your story will be featured on our blog during the month of March. All entries must be submitted by February 15, 2015. Enter your story to redevotionals@gmail.com or through our contact page here. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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31/01/15 James , Kylee # , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Creation, You Belong With Us

New Creation, You Belong With Us

Scripture Reading: James 5:19-20, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 9:35-38

This scripture in James is gut wrenching. It breaks my heart to think of those sisters that have gone astray from the truth.

To my sweet sister, you know who you are:

My soul is torn in two. Sister, you belong with us. Come back to us. We are not whole without you.

Those streets and the demons calling your name, block them out! Hear our call for you, sweet sister. We’re looking for you. We’re coming to rescue you. Don’t hide in the shadows! Come to the light. Remember the laughs that we’ve laughed. We have laughed until our jaws and abs hurt and experienced joy abundantly together. It was holy ground. That is where you belong. Please come back to us. Remember those big tears and the silent sobs that we’ve cried to mourn the evil that has been done to you – and how those silent tears turned into peace that passed all understanding, because sweet sister, Joy comes in the morning. He turns our mourning into those magical sunny mornings. Remember that?

Sister, do you remember serving side by side. Bringing others into our group. Giving them a chance outside of “the life”. Hanging out in the homeless youth shelter and eating with those kids? I still remember the smile you brought to their faces. And how they felt, like for the first time in their lives someone saw them and heard them. You made a difference in their lives, sweet sister. We need you here with us.

And sister do you remember sitting in the church that one time singing, “I am set free”. What a beautiful moment of praise that was to our Lord who has set us free! Feeling no bondage, but seeing how far we’ve come. How he has given us life so abundant. I long to worship like that with you again, sister.

Sister, we long for you to be with us. Come back to us. But you have to leave it all behind and don’t even question going back. Leave those demons. We’re here for you. We can conquer anything that you’ve left behind and anything that your future holds. We have the Lord God almighty, the giver of peace and healing. And we have each other, the bride of Christ is here for you. Please come back to us, sweet sister. Because you belong with us.

 

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30/01/15 Amy , James # , , ,

New Creation and Prayer

New Creation and Prayer
Scripture Reading: James 5:13-18
 
Let me start by saying I believe in the power of prayer. I believe this passage—that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Prayer is communion with God—communication, if you will. We simply cannot have the relationship God intended with Himself if we do not pray. And I believe He hears us! Scripture talks so often of a God who hears our prayers. I know He cares, from the smallest, most seemingly insignificant thing to the thing weighing most heavily on our heart. 
 
But today I’m asking the tough questions. 
What about those prayers that go unanswered, from our perspective?
Like the mother, crying out to God on behalf of her sick baby, only to leave the hospital empty-handed.
Like the woman whose husband has decided that marriage just isn’t something he wants right now, who prays fervently for reconciliation, only to be found alone.
Like the man who has been without work for almost a year, desperately seeking God for a job to provide for his family, only to be found still waiting. 
 
My friends, I will tell you today, that I do not know all the answers. I do not know why these prayers, though righteous and biblical, seem to go unanswered. 
 
But I will tell you what I do know. 
 
I know that we serve a God who is bigger than we can imagine. That He sees where we don’t—like the other side of the mountain, where we look up and only see the steep, rocky, often times slippery slope. I know that His timing is perfect. I wish I had time to sit with each of you, drink coffee together, and share stories. I could think of time after time where I have seen God’s orchestration of events—big and small—in my life and the lives of my loved ones. And my dear friends, what we see is only a glimpse!!!! Imagine being the God of the universe, possessing the fierce love that He has for His creation. It’s truly unfathomable, as it should be. If we knew it all, we could do it all, and we would be God. But the relationship He desires to have with us is built off trust. Trust that He sees us, that He knows us, and that He loves us. 
Friends, may I encourage you today that whatever you are praying for, carry on. You may not see the end and you may not understand the why, but trust your Heavenly Father. Know that He cares for you.
 
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29/01/15 Britni , James # , , , , ,

New Creation and Honesty

New Creation and Honesty

Scripture Reading: James 5:12, Matthew 5:37, 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

We are living in a generation that craves authenticity. I see it in the media, in my friends, and in myself. We have been presented with false pretenses of satisfaction, fulfillment, and connection. We are fed up with imitations, and ready for something real.

James is beckoning us to be genuine, and follow through on what we say. He has set a pretty solid example in chapters 1-4 of his book, as he boldly dictates right from wrong, and blatantly calls us out in the areas we may have gotten sloppy.

His writing style makes me think that James was a secure, confident man. And I believe that confidence came from James claiming the freedom that the Lord offers, in being called His own.

As Paul writes to the Corinthians, the “new way” of Christ  gives us such confidence, (so that) we can be very bold. That boldness must stem from being aware of one’s identity as a child of God, which can then produce sweet, refreshing authenticity.

Sisters, join me today in pursuing the confidence that comes from claiming freedom in the Spirit of the Lord. Allow his identity to overwhelm you, and to give you the courage to speak boldly, to be a voice of reality in this world full of imitations.

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28/01/15 Becky , James

A Prayer for the Year Ahead

A Prayer for the Year Ahead

A prayer from Billy Graham, written for “The Saturday Evening Post” in 2008.

Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.

We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.

In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.

In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.

In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.

And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).

We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.

And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.

Amen

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27/01/15 Elizabeth , James # , , , ,

New Creation and Remembering Perseverance

New Creation and Remembering Perseverance

Scripture Reading: James 5:10-11

 

Suffering + Patience = Perseverance.

 

There are a lot of places in the Bible that encourage us to do certain things: do not fear.  Be strong. Don’t take revenge.  Be still.  So why are they so hard to do sometimes?

 

If we feel like we are isolated, then we will often fail.  It is so hard to feel like an island and truly live in harmony with God’s Kingdom.

 

But that’s why this passage is so cool.  It reminds us that we are not alone and that our struggles are not a new thing to God, even if they’re new to us.

 

“As an example of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord….You have heard of the steadfastness of Job…”  There are people vital to our spiritual history who suffered, doubted, maybe lost hope….but endured with patience and persevered.  They are like the pioneers of our faith.  They tested it and found it true, something they could fall on and live.

 

When you feel alone, struggling, not like a new creation at all…remember the past, remember the people who also struggled, but who became more than conquerors.  Remember that it is not a hopeless cause, and that others who came before you led the way for you.

 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).  You’re not alone, the ancient stories of the saints are echoing behind you to keep going!

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26/01/15 Hilary , James # , , , , , , , , , , ,

Patience to Endure in an Urgent Time

Patience to Endure in an Urgent Time

Do you ever have days where you just can’t wait until the Lord comes back? Whatever cause that may be from a troubled heart, sickness or a longing for our Savior, or fed up with injustices in the world or … you fill in your blank. Sometimes my heart just longs for the Lord. We see such brokenness and know that the only solution is for when our King comes back. We utter Paul’s words in Revelation 20:20, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

James calls us to endure and be patient. Whatever trial comes our way or reason he says ENDURE, BE PATIENT, but REST in the peace that Jesus is coming back and that is where we find our courage to continue. I love verse 9, James says, “ Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!” We don’t have time to mess around, we are assured that Jesus is coming back soon. So how will be live in this urgency?

How can we take this year to realize we are in a day and age that could see the Lord come back – how would our daily lives change? If Jesus came back in the next hour, how would you want to stand before him? Take time today sisters, to realize the urgency in our hearts. To realize how this urgency can spring us into action for the Kingdom and deeper intimacy with the Lord. How will you change your life this year to focus on living in an urgent time?

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25/01/15 Britni , James # , , , , , , , ,

New Creation and the Oppression of Poor

New Creation and the Oppression of Poor

Scripture Reading: James 5:4-6, Isaiah 1:11-20

 

I have 41 slaves working for me (give or take).

According to slaveryfootprint.org, based on the clothing and electronics I own and the food I eat, it takes approximately 41 individual slaves to sustain my lifestyle.

 

[If you haven’t yet done so, take 5 minutes and complete the survey at slaveryfootprint.org to determine how many slaves are working for you]

 

This is a gross, shameful reality. But I’m honestly not all that shocked to hear it. Over the course of the past five years or so, I’ve worked earnestly to become more aware of slave-labor practices that are occurring in our world today, in order to hopefully translate that awareness into action. I’m painfully aware of the presence of evil that exists in modern-day slavery, and becoming more aware on a regular basis.

 

I hope this has caught your attention. Especially those of us who are Christ-followers should be stirred by these facts. The poor are among us, and in some ways we are the perpetrators!

 

James is certainly not known for mincing his words. And for that, the book of James stirs in me a deep respect alongside a regretful groan. He calls us to action, and doesn’t bother to sugarcoat that call.

And I can’t blame him! There is urgency in the air, dear sisters. There are over 29 million slaves living in our world today. James beckons us to listen to their cries, and reminds us that our Sweet Lord hears their cries and has not forgotten them!

 

As we look ahead to the fresh start that lays before us in the new year, may we consider those who are looking toward another year of captivity. God has offered them the same transformation, hope and redemption that we have received. Is it possible that our very own actions are squelching that hope, for these brothers and sisters?

 

May James’ admonition weigh on our hearts today sisters. May it rest uneasily in our souls, and prompt us to rise up and act!

May we begin to

Learn to do good.

   Seek justice.

Help the oppressed.

   Defend the cause of orphans.

   Fight for the rights of widows.

 

–>Check out madeinafreeworld.com and goodguide.com to learn how you can respond to James’ call today

 

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24/01/15 Hilary , James

New Creation and Worth in Wealth

New Creation and Worth in Wealth

Scripture Reading: James 5:1-3

 

During the time this was written, the majority of the Christians during James’s era were persecuted by the rich (1). So in many ways, this was not just an exhortation of “don’t become materialistic and greedy”, but also an encouragement to the believers that admits their suffering and oppression, there will be justice. The assurance that the rich will always lose their riches; riches hold no value or worth in eternity. So know that if you’re a persecuted person under a terrible or greedy boss, you may hold the best treasure. The treasure that your hope comes from Jesus and your riches are held in eternity.

 

Yet, you may be on a different perspective. You’re probably not a billionaire, but you are probably part of the masses in the world that don’t have to worry about their next meal or a house to live in. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day (3), so I know for most of my community, this is not the case at all. We are wealthy in the majority of the worlds eye, yet how often do I find myself worrying about money? I think of Jesus, when he was speaking to the Rich Young Ruler (2). He told the man the best way to enter the kingdom of heaven was to sell everything he had and follow him, yet the man turned away sad because he had so much acquired wealth; wealth that it stood in the way of following Jesus. Jesus responds to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

 

How often does our wealth or worry of provision get in the way of following Jesus? Can we truly leave it all behind and follow him despite the cost it may be for us? Or how often do we turn down generosity because we are trying to manage our wealth without the sacrifice we are called to?
We should not worry about money, God is our greatest provider. Money should not get in the way of following Jesus. Our money is ultimately His money. We should act in obedience with our money the way he calls us. Our tithe and generosity should not be last priority. When he calls us to give it all away, be obedient. You’re prize will far out do the things you think you need to hold on to.

 

This year, take time to reflect where money may be a hiccup for you – whether that’s an abundance or a lack. Where are we making it an idol that keeps us from following Jesus and entering the Kingdom of God? Are we too scared to lose what we have? Or are we too scared to give it over to the Lord to provide and stop relying on ourselves? Sisters, take some time in the secret place today and see where money maybe holding you back from entering the Kingdom of God.

 

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  1. https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Jas/Dont-Be-Materialistic
  2. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+10%3A17-27&version=NIV
  3. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats
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23/01/15 Hilary , James

New Creation and Intentional Sin

New Creation and Intentional Sin

Scripture Reading: James 4:16-17

 

“Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:16-17

 

I am going to take this a little different route today then maybe a first glance view of knowing you shouldn’t sin, but you do it anyways. I shouldn’t lie, but woops did that today. I think we can all agree with james when he says it’s a sin when we do things like that. But, lets take it a step further. I know for me this often hits home more than the above.

 

Have you ever been in a place where independence takes over and you think you can do it, or did do it all on your own? We can vainly boast of our successes or plans, without taking notice of God’s providence or his direction. James declares this as evil and I think he is right. Not that because it may fail, because our plans may not, but because we are either not submitting under the Lordship of Jesus when we make our own plans or when we forget that God was the reason behind most of it. Often, we try to take our lives in our own hands, forgetting God or ignoring him. But little do we know we just trapp ourselves. We start living in fear or closed dreams rather than the liberty we can have from walking in God’s plan for our lives.

 

And the worst of it all? Deep down, we know that we shouldn’t be relying on our own independence, but on dependence of the Lord’s will on our life. Walking in obedience to his call. Not only with not sinning, but with direction. I find it remarkable how easily people can hide in their “safe” life, often ignoring the call of God that is marked upon them just because of fear of stepping out, or stepping into obedience.  They forget to dream and call out the vision God has on them. They forget, that they should be doing it, but decide to boast about their own plans and successes.

Don’t forget Sisters; don’t rely on your own success and plans. Don’t settle for “safety” of the world, settle for the adventure and calling the Lord has on your life. What are the ways the Lord is calling you to step out this year? What direction and plans is He leading you into this year? And remember, “it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”


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