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Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

-Nehemiah 8:10

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOST HIGH GOD -   

BY MARY WILDER TILESTON  


There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

--JOB 32:8


If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

--LUKE 11:13


IS it supposable that God has permitted personal intercourse between man and man to be such a potent instrument in the building up of character, and yet has made all intercourse with Himself impossible? If the spirit of man can, through the power of influence and sympathy, bless and uplift the spirit of his fellow-man, much more, a thousand-fold more, shall God who, be it remembered, is a Spirit also, aid by intercourse and influence the creature spirit whom He permits to call himself His child. 

--WILLIAM REED HUNTINGTON


In the fellowship which is established in prayer between man and God we are brought into personal union with Him in whom all things have their being. In this lies the possibility of boundless power; for when the connection is once formed, who can lay down the limits of what man can do in virtue of the communion of his spirit with the Infinite Spirit? 

--BROOKE FOSS WESTCOTT


This is a public domain version of Joy and Strength. Shared from here with permission.

Devotions.org, a division of Back to Bible has a daily source of devotions to keep you in touch with God and His word, written by some of today's top authors and Bible teachers. Browse the variety of resources completely on their website. 

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Mister, Are You God?    

This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt    

 

Dear children, let us not love with word or tongue, but with actions and in truth. —1 John 3:18   

 

The story has been told how shortly after World War II came to a close, Europeans began picking up the pieces after having been ravaged by the war.

 

Early one morning, an American soldier was making his way back to his barracks in London. As he passed a doughnut shop, he saw a little boy staring into the window. The soldier turned the corner in his Jeep, got out and walked quietly over to where the little fellow was standing. Through the steamed-up window the boy could see the mouth-watering doughnuts as they were being prepared. The boy released a slight groan as he watched the cook place them into the glass-enclosed counter.

 

The soldier’s heart went out to the boy standing beside him. “Son would you like some of those?” the soldier asked. The boy startled. “Oh yes, I would!” he exclaimed.

 

The soldier went inside the shop and bought a dozen doughnuts, put them in a bag and walked back to where the boy was standing. He smiled, held out the warm bag and said, “Here you are young man.”

 

As he turned to walk away, the soldier felt a tug on his coat. He turned around and the child asked quietly, “Mister, are you God?”

 

This is a great reminder that we are never more like God than when we lovingly give to others. The world, much like the boy in the story, will recognize you as a child of God when you show His love through your actions.

 

Today, will others see God in your life by how you love and how you give?

 

GOING DEEPER:

1. Jesus said (John 14) that others will know we are His followers by our love for one another. Reflecting on your own life, do your actions show that you are a follower of Jesus?

 

2. Think of a specific action you can take today to demonstrate God’s love to someone else.

 

FURTHER READING:

Matthew 25:31-36; John 14:23-24; 1 John 3:16-23

This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

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Making Everything New -   

This devotional was written by Mike DeVries

 

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” —Revelation 21:5a

 

What if?

 

Those two words are perhaps the most powerful in the English language. They speak of a profound hope that is at the heart of what we as Christians believe and embrace; namely, that what we see and experience right now in our lives is not the end of the story. The pain we feel, the past that haunts us, the failures that leave us with the feeling of being less than desired… all of these things are not the end of your story, nor mine.

 

The hope of Christianity is that, in Jesus, God is making everything new again.

 

Revelation 21 paints an astounding picture of the dream God has for this world. In it, we find God remaking the cosmos—a new heaven and a new earth. Yet what is most extraordinary is what happens next: Heaven comes crashing into earth—humanity does not go somewhere else to be with God, God comes here—His dwelling place is now among the people. It is in this new reality that God proclaims that He “is making everything new.”

 

God is making everything new and right again—everything from creation to your life and to mine. Everything made new again. Everything.

 

Let that sink in a bit. What might this mean for…

• The things that haunt us from the past?

• The hurts that seem to control us?

• Places of failure, where we just don’t have it all together?

• Places where we just cannot sense any victory?

• Our fears of what has been, what is, or what could be?

• The anxieties we feel about the present or the future?

• Our relationships?

 

Think of the hope this brings. Your life, right now, is not the end of your story. The God who is about the business of making every new is more than able to make your life new again. The hope of Christianity is not merely that someday, somewhere else things will all work out, but that in the here and now you can experience freedom and wholeness.

 

This is the good news of Jesus.

 

What if? What if your life could be made new again? That would be heavenly, would it not?

 

GOING DEEPER:

1. Where do you need the reality of “everything being made new” to engulf you? What would it look like to live whole and free in that area of your life?

 

2. Take a few moments to reach out to God for the freedom and wholeness that He promises in Jesus.

 

FURTHER READING:

John 10:10; Romans 5:15-17

This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

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IN THE CLOUDS -  

BY MRS. CHARLES COWMAN

In Streams in the Desert

"If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth" (Eccles. 11:3). 


Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; he will be out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they will yield plentiful showers. 


How can we have rain without clouds? Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the dark chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord's love-letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds, but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers. 


O Lord, the clouds are the dust of Thy feet! How near Thou art in the cloudy and dark day! Love beholds Thee, and is glad. Faith sees the clouds emptying themselves and making the little hills rejoice on every side.--C H. Spurgeon 


"What seems so dark to thy dim sight 

May be a shadow, seen aright 

Making some brightness doubly bright. 


"The flash that struck thy tree--no more 

To shelter thee--lets heaven's blue floor 

Shine where it never shone before. 


"The cry wrung from thy spirit's pain 

May echo on some far-off plain, 

And guide a wanderer home again." 


"The blue of heaven is larger than the clouds."


The public domain version of this classic devotional is the unabridged edition of Streams in the Desert. Shared from here with permission.

Devotions.org, a division of Back to Bible has a daily source of devotions to keep you in touch with God and His word, written by some of today's top authors and Bible teachers. Browse the variety of resources completely on their website. 

More of Devotions.Org: http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions

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