Daily Devotional Video 4/6/2020 – PSALM 116 : 17 , GENESIS 3 : 2 – 6 , 1 JOHN 1 : 7

“BRING GOD THE SACRIFICE of thanksgiving. Take nothing for granted, not even the rising of the sun. Before Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, thankfulness was as natural as breathing. Satan’s temptation involved pointing Eve to the one thing that was forbidden her. The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one fruit she couldn’t have rather than being thankful for the many good things freely available. This negative focus darkened her mind, and she succumbed to temptation. When you focus on what you don’t have or on situations that displease you, your mind also becomes darkened. You take for granted life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from GOD. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that is “fixed.” When you approach GOD with thanksgiving, the Light of GOD’S Presence pours into you, transforming you through and through. Walk in the Light with GOD by practicing the discipline of thanksgiving.” para-phrased – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD. PSALM 116 : 17 (NKJV)

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. GENESIS 3 : 2 – 6

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 JOHN 1 : 7

Prayer: Lord what a timely word. Help me not to focus on what I don’t have or can’t do in this season, but on the many blessings all around me of which are far greater in number! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Devotional Video 4/3/2020 – EPHESIANS 3 : 20, 2 CORINTHIANS 4 : 18

“IN GOD YOU HAVE EVERYTHING. In GOD you are complete. Your capacity to experience GOD is increasing, through HIS removal of debris and clutter from your heart. As your yearning for GOD increases, other desires are gradually lessening. Since GOD is infinite and abundantly accessible to you, desiring The LORD above all else is the best way to live. It is impossible for you to have a need that The LORD cannot meet. After all, GOD created you and everything that is. The world is still at GOD’S beck and call, though it often appears otherwise. Do not be fooled by appearances. Things that are visible are brief and fleeting, while things that are invisible are everlasting.” para-phrased – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…. EPHESIANS 3 : 20

as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 CORINTHIANS 4 : 18

Prayer: Lord thank you that I have everything in you. You are all I need. Set my mind on eternal things and less on earthly things today. Increase my desire for you and your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Devotional Video 4/1/2020 – 1 THESSALONIANS 5 : 17, PROVERBS 3 : 6

“GOD IS CALLING YOU to a life of constant communion with HIM. Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn for a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with GOD can be uninterrupted. But GOD challenges you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes, and find GOD in the midst of it all. Talk with The LORD about every aspect of your day, including your feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you; it is to keep communing with GOD. A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with GOD, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead, ask GOD’S Holy Spirit to guide you moment by moment. GOD’S Holy Spirit will keep you close to The LORD.” para-phrased – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Pray continually. 1 THESSALONIANS 5 : 17

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. PROVERBS 3 : 6

Prayer: Lord, your timing and your word are always perfect and exactly what I need. Help me to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world and find you in the midst of it all. Holy Spirit, guide me moment by moment today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Devotional Video 3/31/2020 – PSALM 34 : 8, GENESIS 16 : 13 – 14, JOHN 20 : 19, COLOSSIANS 3 : 15

“TASTE AND SEE THAT GOD IS GOOD.The more intimately you experience The LORD, the more convinced you become of HIS goodness. GOD is the Living One who sees you and longs to participate in your life. GOD is training you to find HIM in each moment and to be a channel of The LORD’S loving Presence. Sometimes GOD’S blessings come to you in mysterious ways: through pain and trouble. At such times you can know The LORD’S goodness only through your trust in GOD. Understanding will fail you, but trust will keep you close to GOD. Thank The LORD for the gift of HIS Peace, a gift of such immense proportions that you cannot fathom its depth or breadth. When JESUS CHRIST appeared to HIS disciples after the resurrection, it was Peace that The LORD communicated first of all. CHRIST knew this was their deepest need: to calm their fears and clear their minds. GOD also speaks Peace to you, for HE knows your anxious thoughts. Listen to GOD! Tune out other voices, so that you can hear The LORD more clearly. GOD designed you to dwell in Peace all day, every day. Draw near to GOD; receive HIS Peace.” para-phrased – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. PSALM 34 : 8

So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Truly here I have seen him who looks after me. Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered. GENESIS 16 : 13 – 14 (ESV)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” JOHN 20 : 19

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. COLOSSIANS 3 : 15

Prayer: Jesus thank you for reminding me that peace is only found in you. I won’t find it anywhere else. Fill me with your peace today as I spend time with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Devotional Video 3/30/2020 – PROVERBS 3 : 5, DEUTERONOMY 33 : 27, JEREMIAH 29 : 13 – 14

“GOD IS TAKING CARE OF YOU. Trust GOD at all times. Trust GOD in all circumstances. Trust GOD with all your heart. When you are weary and everything seems to be going wrong, you can still utter these four words: “I trust You, Jesus.” By doing so, you release matters into The LORD’S control, and you fall back into the security of CHRIST’S everlasting arms. Before you arise from your bed in the morning, The LORD has already arranged the events of your day. Every day provides many opportunities for you to learn GOD’S ways and grow closer to HIM. Signs of GOD’S Presence brighten even the dullest day when you have eyes that really see. Search for GOD as for hidden treasure. GOD will be found by you.” para-phrased – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. PROVERBS 3 : 5

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, “Destroy him!” DEUTERONOMY 33 : 27

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” JEREMIAH 29 : 13 – 14

Prayer: Jesus thank you for always taking care of me. As we approach Easter, help me to remember, talk to my kids about, and reflect on the significance of your journey to and through the grave. You took care of me then with the ultimate sacrifice. You gave your life, now I give you mine. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Devotional Video 3/27/2020 – ROMANS 12 : 2, REVELATION 2 : 4, COLOSSIANS 1 : 27

“BE STILL IN GOD’S PRESENCE, even though countless tasks clamor for your attention. Nothing is as important as spending time with GOD. While you wait in GOD’S Presence, The LORD do HIS best work within you: transforming you by the renewing of your mind. If you skimp on this time with GOD, you may plunge headlong into the wrong activities, missing the richness of what GOD has planned for you. Do not seek GOD primarily for what HE can give you. Remember that GOD, the Giver, is infinitely greater than any gift HE might impart to you. Though The LORD delights in blessing HIS children, The LORD is deeply grieved when HIS blessings become idols in their hearts. Anything can be an idol if it distracts you from GOD as your First Love. When GOD is the ultimate Desire of your heart, you are safe from the danger of idolatry. As you wait in The LORD’S Presence, enjoy the greatest gift of all: Christ in you, the hope of Glory!” para-phrased – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ROMANS 12 : 2

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. REVELATION 2 : 4

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. COLOSSIANS 1 : 27

Prayer: God I know that nothing is as important than spending time with you. Help me to push back the clamor and to do lists of the day and sit in your presence, allowing you to renew my mind and see things more from your perspective. What a precious gift. In Jesus’ name. Amen.