Welcome to Day 23 of our Lenten Devotional! We are continuing our study this week on the topic of simplicity. In today’s devotion, we have to take a hard look at our schedules. Are we spending our time in the areas God wants us to, or are lives out of kilter? Just click on the link below to read today’s post about redeeming the time.
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Are you looking for a deeper relationship with God? God desires for His children to walk closely with Him. He went to great lengths to bring Ruth, a young widow from Moab, to a place of intense relationship with Him. Just as God pursued Ruth, He is pursuing you. Maybe, like me, you’ve made mistakes and have wandered far from God. Perhaps you think that God won’t use a woman like you. But, God has made provision for our mistakes by sending a Redeemer!
A Journey Home: Ruth and Her Redeemer ia available as a pdf download. As soon as you purchase a copy, you’ll be given a link to immediately download your copy of the study. After you purchase your copy you’ll see a link to go back to onlyby prayer.com. Click on that link and that will take you to the download page for the Bible study.
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you spoke your death words. how easily they dripped from your tongue. words without grace. words without love. words without hope.
words without life.
did you pray before you spoke to me? did you see the soul before you, so loved by God, before you let loose your darts?
the enemy always comes to kill steal and destroy. what else would I expect but death words?
the Great I AM, the Omnipotent Ruler and Creator of the Universe, the Word, the Truth and the Life. He spoke.
You spoke your life words. How quickly You proclaimed them from Your tongue. My face cradled between Your nail-scarred hands. Costly Words of grace, dripping with love and drenched with hope. Life words.
I love you,
I see you,
I hear you.
I cover you in the shadow of My wings. I came so you can have life and life abundant.
what else could I expect from the Creator of my soul but life words?
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Because of the cross we have choice— life words or death words, blessing words or cursing words. No matter what we’ve done, how far we’ve wandered, or how long we’ve been gone, we have choice. How will we prioritize the words of others? How will we prioritize the words of God? Which will we use to write our story? Which will we give access to our heart? What will you choose? What will I choose? Choose life words and live.
say these life words out loud:
I am called. I am loved. I am clean and forgiven. I am redeemed and washed in the blood of Jesus. I am holy and set apart in love for good works. I am a son/daughter of the King! I have hope and a future!
Help my brothers and sisters in Christ know the truth of who they are in You. Help them to believe Your life words. Help them to know its never to late to turn around and follow You. Now is the day of salvation. Now is the day of redemption and repentance. Amen.
way of life words
To learn how to accept Christ as your Savior, please click on the following link: The Way to God
Please click on the following links to learn more about your identity in Christ:
Beth Moore God’s truth
Gregory Dickow: Identity in Christ
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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Luke 2: 18-21
Joseph, a just man
In verse 19, we learn why Joseph was chosen to be Jesus’ earthly father. He was a just man. He was just the man God had in mind to raise his Son. So God tells Joseph, “Do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife.” What does Joseph fear? For his reputation? For his business? For his personal relationships?
How did Joseph find out? Was it a friend? Was it an enemy who came to him with the the news? Whether friend of foe,
Someone delivers the bad news.
Mary is with child.
How could this happen? Everyone knew Mary’s reputation. She’s a woman of integrity and great character. But she is with child.
God delivers the good news.
The child is not his, but His. The baby is conceived of the Holy Spirit. God tells Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary to be his wife. The have a quick wedding and head to Bethlehem for the honeymoon.
And Mary delivers the Good News, Jesus!
The Names of Christmas.
The name Joseph descends from the Hebrew root yacaph, means to add, to increase. To add more and more. God is always in the business of adding more and more to His people. More righteousness, more grace, more love, and more blessing.
The name Mary also descends from the Hebrew root marah, and it means bitterness, rebellion, a rebellious house. I am not proposing a new doctrine, but perhaps Mary is a symbol of the rebellious nature of the people of Israel. And amid their rebellion and bitterness, God appears one silent night to add more and more to the lives of His people by sending His only begotten Son. More grace, more love, more blessing. If you have bitterness in your heart, you need more and more Jesus.
God yacaph life to our marah by sending the King of Kings.
God is redeeming us from our rebellion and bitterness.
Reflect: How is God adding more and more to your life this Christmas season? Please leave a comment down below. I’d love to chat with you!
by Mary Kane
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