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Bible Devotionals
March 23, 2006
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Glad you are reaping from it. Today's made me cry.

A Tandem Bike Journey

Thursday, March 23, 2006

You've asked for the journey to be clear to you before you begin, but the Lord has explained that in order to pedal by faith, not by sight, you must get in the back seat and trust Him to take you to the high places, even though you don't know how He's going to get you there.

So, you finally agree to let the Lord take over this bike ride, and you jump on the back and start pedaling. At first you're so excited, "Oh, Lord, I just know we're going to be to the high places any time now, because you promised me you'd take me there." He smiles quietly, and you keep pedaling.

"Are we there yet?" you ask after a few hours. He smiles and says, "Just keep pedaling." Another few hours pass. "Are we there yet?" Your question gets the same answer: "Keep pedaling."

After pedaling up some high hills and through some hot deserts, you are truly exhausted. "Lord, I'm tired of pedaling. If this is what it takes to get to the high places, just forget it. I'll settle for staying right where I am."

"No, my child," He says, "I won't let you settle for anything less than the high places. Trust me."

Lately you've noticed that the Lord hasn't had a lot to say. You would prefer some handwriting on the wall, or at least an audible voice to assure you that He knows what He is doing. But he says, "Get the Book out–the road map to the high places–and read it if you need some reassurance."

A few days go by on this long road to the high places, and you are becoming discouraged. The Lord stops and says, "You do need a rest, my child. Here is a shade tree; let's stop for awhile for some nourishment. Let me strengthen your feeble hands and steady your knees that are giving away." And with incredible gentleness and perfect timing, the Lord gives you a break from the pedaling and refreshes you with water from within you, like a well springing up. You eat the meat and bread of his Word, which builds your muscles and strengthens your heart. And you fall asleep like a baby under that shade tree next to the Lord.

As you fade off into sleep, you hear Him singing softly, "O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart's desire; O rest in the Lord."

March 31, 2006
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BE HAPPY

Psalm 118:14-15 says.... There LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: "The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!

Happiness is the result of a radical, outrageous relationship w/ the Lord. There is much to discover about his plans for us.

Our contentment won't last if we are not obeying God by seeking him w/ our whole heart. God wants us to really talk to him and pay attention to his answers. Spend enough time w/ him this morning to walk in victory all day.

Joyce Meyer

March 31, 2006
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Thanks for this mamma....very inspirational.

Any more inspirational bible bits?

March 31, 2006
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thank you mamac

March 31, 2006
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REJOICE!

Proverbs 15:13-15 says...

13. A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

14. The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15. All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

The Bible is a book of joy. God wants His people to be in right relationship with Him, and He promises that He will give them joy.

Jesus prayed for His followers to have His joy. John 15:11 says...I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. And John 17:13 says..I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.

Belief in Christ gives "joy inexpressible". I Peter 1:8 says... Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

In a time of trial, God's people can "count it all joy". James 1:2 says... Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

A fruit of the Spirit is joy. Galatians 5:22 says...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

Believers look forward to God's kingdom, described as "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 says...For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The joy given by God should give us "a cheerful countenance" and "a merry heart". Proverbs 13:15.says... Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.

God's people should be the most joyful people there are, because they know God, His love and salvation, and their eternal destiny. "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will, rejoice!" Philippians. 4:4 says... Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

March 31, 2006
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im going to print this and hang it up if you dont mind thank you mama

April 2, 2006
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I've lost track of whose turn it is for devotionals. Well, seeing none has been posted today yet, I thought I'd do this.

The topic of grace has been on my mind. Sometimes people feel their worth is a function of how good they are, or that they are only valuable to God if they're performing well.

God always loves us, of course, especially when we don't feel very lovable, because that's when we particularly need it. God loves us because of whom he is, and because we are his children.

Without further ado, I'd like to post one of my favorite passages of scripture on grace, which puts grace and works in perspection, from Titus 3:3-8 (New International Version):

3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,

5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

April 24, 2006
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If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
2 Timothy 2:21

The Bible refers to us as earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7 says...”But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us”).

We are made of clay (Isaiah 64:8 says...”Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”).

God formed Adam out of the dirt (Genesis 2:7 says....”the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being”.

And King David said, “Remember Lord, that I am but dust” (Psalm 103:14 says...”for he knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust”.

When we fill ourselves with God’s Word, we become containers of His blessing, ready to be poured out for His use. God can even use cracked pots! We are all valuable to the Lord. We can offer His truth to people everywhere we go.

Read God’s Word before you go about your routine today, and see how may people you can bless with the truth of His love.

(from Starting You Day Right Devotions by Joyce Meyer)

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