Devotional: ‘God is Not Ashamed to be Called Their God’

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“All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously, people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:13-16) 

The part that stands out the most to me in this passage is – “God is not ashamed to be called their God…” Does this mean that God could beashamed to be called the God of some, and if so, why?

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Devotional: ‘Able to Look Beyond Our Immediate Circumstances’

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“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:8-10)

Abraham was an amazing man of faith. By faith he packed up and moved to somewhere he had never been. By faith he stayed there and never tried to return home. And by faith he was content to live in a tent, even though he owned the whole land. How did Abraham’s faith enable him to do such remarkable things?

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Devotional: ‘Content to Live in a Tent’

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Do you like camping? Some people do and some people don’t. Camping for the weekend might be fun, but what if you had to spend the rest of your life living in a tent? What if you had to live in a tent when you knew that you were entitled to have a house? With that in mind, consider what we read about Abraham and his pilgrimage in the Promised Land.

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.” (Hebrews 11:8-9)

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Devotional: ‘Faith to Leave the Known for the Unknown’

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“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’  So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…” (Genesis 12:1-4) 

Not only did Abraham have to travel to a place he had never been, he also had to leave behind all that he had ever known. Many people have a hard time leaving the familiar. They want things to stay the way they have always been. Yet, as Henry Blackaby says in his study ‘Experiencing God’, “You cannot stay where you are and go with God.”

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Devotional: ‘Faith to Believe Even When You Can’t See’

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I’m sure that most of us are familiar with the old saying, “Seeing is believing.”Thomas is a famous example of this.

“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)

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Devotional: ‘Noah is a True Story About a True Man’

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Many people disbelieve the story of Noah and the ark. They think that it is nothing more than a myth or a fable. I admit, it is mind-blowing. To think that one man and his three sons, who lived thousands of years ago and who had nothing more than crude tools, could build a wooden boat the size of a football field and that the entire world could be covered by water does seem pretty incredible. So, is the story of Noah and the ark true? I believe it is and I will give you three reasons:

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Devotional: ‘The Consequences of Disobedience’

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“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” (Hebrews 11:7)

Noah did an amazing thing. By faith, he built an enormous boat, even though he had never seen a drop of rain. We read from Genesis 2:5-6 “…for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land… and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground…” Therefore, how foolish this must have seemed to Noah’s friends and neighbors when they saw him building such an enormous boat. The Bible says that the ark was over 500 feet long and 5 stories high. This wasn’t just a boat. This was a gigantic boat.

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