Devotional: ‘God Guides Us with His Eye’ 

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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)

God has promised to guide His children. He does not want us stumbling through life, making mistakes that can cause us great harm and damage. He wants to guide us, and He is able to do so. David said that the Lord would guide us ‘with His eye.’ What does this mean?

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Devotional: ‘Discovering God’s Perfect Will’

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Most of us struggle with praying the way we should. Why is that? For one thing, whenever we pray, we are engaging in spiritual warfare. In addition, it takes a great deal of faith to pray to a God we can’t see or hear. But perhaps one of the biggest reasons we fail to pray is because we believe deep down inside that God’s will is going to be done regardless of whether we pray or not. Yet, Jesus tells us that prayer is very important. Consider this passage of Scripture.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV)

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Devotional: ‘Letting God Plan Our Life’   

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I use a planning calendar to help keep my life organized. Whenever there is an important event that I need to remember, I put it on my calendar and even establish a reminder that will alert me in advance. In addition to my calendar, I also use various apps that help me stay organized and I keep these apps synced between my laptop and iPhone. But even with all of this, I sometimes miss something important. In today’s study, James gives us three essential principles for making good plans.

James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. NKJV

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Devotional: ‘Right Faith Produces Right Action’

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Throughout the Bible, the word ‘faith’ is often used as a noun. For instance:  “…contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints. (Jude 1:3 NKJV) “…building yourselves up in your most holy faith… (Jude 1:20 NKJV) ‘The faith’ Jude speaks of involves the convictions and beliefs that we hold concerning God, His Word, and our salvation.  As followers of our Savior, we must always hold dear and defend the true Christian faith.

The word ‘faith’ is often used as a noun, but it is also sometimes used as a verb. For instance: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18 NKJV) James is not saying that our salvation is the result of our faith plus our good works. James is saying that true faith always produces positive action. As Dr. Adrian Rogers used to say – “What we do after we pray is what reveals what we really believe.”

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Devotional: ‘Jesus Commands Us to Have Faith’

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Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” NKJV

Peter asked Jesus to ‘command’ him to come to Him on the water. In response to his request, Jesus said, “Come.” The way Jesus said this was a command. “Come” is a Greek imperative which means that it was something Peter had to do. In essence, Jesus was commanding Peter to take a step of faith.

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Devotional: ‘Faith-filled Prayers and Faithful Prayers’ 

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Luke 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” 6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” NKJV

A great example of praying with faith can be seen in the life of a man by the name of George Mueller. (1805-1898) During Mueller’s lifetime, it is estimated that he received what would be in today’s market value millions of dollars to help support his orphanages, and that everything he received came about as the result of his praying with faith. Financial support was not all Mueller received because of his faith. Consider this amazing story-

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Devotional: ‘Reaching Out in Faith’

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Luke 8:43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Hundreds of people were touching Jesus that day, but only one person touched Him in such a way that it caused a miracle. Immediately after the woman touched Him, Jesus asked, “Who touched Me?” Peter could not understand Jesus asking this question because a multitude of people were touching Him. But Jesus recognized that something special had just happened. “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Jesus felt healing power go out of Him when the woman touched Him. What was it about her touch that made it so different?

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Devotional: ‘The Power of Faith’

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Luke 8:22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed, He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” NKJV

One of the aspects of our relationship with God that has always amazed and puzzled me is that it is built almost entirely upon faith. Rarely does God give us tangible evidence of His presence and power. He doesn’t speak to us in an audible voice. He doesn’t perform miracles that will prove His existence. He doesn’t send glowing angels to stand before us. Yes, He did these things a few times throughout Scripture, but more often than not He didn’t. Instead, God expects His people to live by faith. It says in the book of Hebrews, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) We must have faith in order to know God and to experience Him.

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Devotional: ‘A Heart That is Rewarded’       

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James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. NKJV

Over the last couple of days, we have been focusing on James’ encouragement for us to be “doers of the Word and not hearers only.” (James 1:22) James tells us that God’s Word is like a mirror meant to help us make necessary spiritual adjustments. Just like each of us looks into a physical mirror each day in order to make necessary physical improvements, so we should also look into God’s spiritual mirror each day in order to make necessary spiritual improvements. We should do this not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is the best thing to do. James says- “…this person will be blessed in what he does.” Why will we be blessed?

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Devotional: ‘A Heart That is Responsive’

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James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. NKJV

Every morning many of us look into the mirror in order to try to improve our appearance. Some of us may even spend a considerable amount of time doing this. Imagine how silly it would be for someone to look into the mirror and see what needs to be done and then walk away without doing it. They might say, “Boy the mirror really made me look bad this morning, but that’s ok because I know that my friends and family will still love me.” Whereas it may be true that they will still love us, I’m sure that would love us even more if we had taken a moment to comb our hair.

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