Friday, May 26, 2017

DAILY DEVO...can we live without God?

Can we live without God?

I've never met anyone who considered life to be just a "day in, day out" regimen. Even though somedays it may feel like that. But most people want some kind of connection to a higher being; something spiritual and with purpose.

The Bible teaches that only God provides spiritual life (John 3:16). In John 10:10, Jesus says, "… I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly."

However, with that said, many attempt to find their spiritual life in other places, and not in God. I love today's Scripture reading in John that shows Peter's beautiful perspective on life without God...

(John 6:67) But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

Prior to this, Jesus had asked the disciples if they wanted to leave like the others. But Peter, having already experienced the eternal life that Christ offered, did not want to be anywhere else.

The question today is, "can you live without Christ?" If you only know Him on Sunday's, it could be that you have made a chose to live for others "day in and day out" and not eternally for Christ.

I hope that you have experienced Christ in such a way that you couldn't imagine life without Him.

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 24:1-25:31, John 6:43-71, Psalm 81:11-16

SATURDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 25:32-27:12, John 7:1-24, Psalm 82

SUNDAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 28-29, John 7:25-8:11, Psalm 83



Thursday, May 25, 2017

DAILY DEVO...seek the Giver not the gift

We are all familiar with the story in the Bible of Jesus feeding the 5000. Have you ever noticed the attitude that Jesus sees in the crowd?

After sending His Disciples to Capernaum, Jesus catches up with them and has a confrontation with the crowd...

(John 6:26) Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. "

Clearly, Jesus was concerned that the crowd was more concerned with the blessing and not the One blessing.

I think it easy to fall into the trap of seeking God for what He can give rather than for Who He is. The people who saw the many loaves, sought after Him because of the food. We too, can seek God for what He gives and lose sight of Who God is.

There are a lot of things that I could ask God for. But in the end, if I don't have Him in my life, what good are all those other things?

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 22-23, John 6:22-42, Psalm 81:1-10

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daily Devo...got questions?

We all have questions. We question people why and we often question God why. Job in the Bible asked a lot of "why" questions. I think it's totally human nature to ask such questions.

Somehow, we think if we understand the answer, it will make our pain and misery easier.

In today's Scripture reading in John, we see that the role is switched. Instead of being asked a question, Jesus Himself, is the One asking the question...

(John 6:5-6) When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do."

Here, we see that Jesus asks Philip the question of "where", but it couldn't be because Jesus needed to know the answer, for He already had a plan and He knew exactly the "where, when and how." Jesus wanted to see how much Philip trusted Him.

It's like that in our life also. When you ask me those hard questions in life like "why did they die?", "why did they leave me?" or "where is God?" I can only give the answer that I know to be true..."I"! DO"! "NOT"! "KNOW"!

I really don't know some of those answers. Some things just aren't for us to know, only God knows.

The question for us to answer today is "will we trust Him?" It is so comforting to me to know that even in the midst of my questions and not understanding, God already knows about it and has a plan in motion.

It's alright to ask questions but can you trust Him even if the answer isn't what you want or need?

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING:  1 Samuel 20-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 80:8-19

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Daily DEVO...God is in your cloud!

One of the most magnificent sights I've ever seen is over the beach right after a storm, the clouds break and a glimpse of the sun breaks thru.

It's almost as if a bright spotlight from heaven breaks thru the dark clouds.

Many of you reading this today are in a storm. The clouds are hovering above you and you wonder if they will ever clear. None of us want storm clouds in our life, not when we can have sunny, blue skies, right?

However, like the clouds over the beach, when God's light shines thru, the clouds WILL move out of the way.

(Psalm 80:7) "Turn us again, oh Lord,
Cause Thy face to shine, and we will be saved."

Today's Scripture reading in Psalms is a good reminder that even in the roughest storm, God's face will turn towards us and His amazing Light will break thru and all will be well once again. Even the clouds will bow!

God is in your cloud. Wait for it...it's about to move out of the way.

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 18-19, John 5:25-47, Psalm 80:1-7.

Monday, May 22, 2017

DAILY DEVO...where does your strength come from?

In today's Scripture reading, we find one of the greatest stories told of strength and courage.

Strength and courage isn't always about size; strength and courage is in best form when your faith, not your muscles, are big!

The Philistine army had gathered to war against Israel. The Philistines had a giant, over nine feet tall, come out in full armor taunting the Israelites for 40 days. His name was Goliath and everyone was afraid of him.

Until David, a young teen age boy, came volunteering to fight him. It took king Saul some convincing to let such a little, young, untrained boy go against such a mighty force. David didn't come forward with much, no armor or swords, just courage and God's Hand of protection.

(1 Samuel 17:45) David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,but I come against you in the name of the Lord, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."

As the giant moved in for the kill, this confident young boy reached into his pocket and slung a stone at the giants head. That was quite the victorious day for the Israelites.

We all face giants in our life. Many of us are not big enough or strong enough to overtake them. It is only by the power of God that we can go to battle against those Goliath's in our way.

Your victory is not in overcoming the giants, but rather, standing in the strength and the courage of the Lord.

Get your stones ready!

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 17, John 5:1-24, Psalm 79:8-13

Friday, May 19, 2017

Laced with Grace...loosen your grip

We all know that everything comes from the Hand of God. But somehow when those blessings are passed from His Hand to ours, we hold on with a tight grip.
I have always been impressed with my husband’s ability to give to others so freely. He is the kind of man that would give the shirt off his back for a stranger. I like to think I also have a giving heart, but honestly, my grip on the things I adore doesn’t always come loose easily.
I wish I could be more like him and more like Hannah was. The Bible tells us of how Hannah had a undeniable understanding of the gift from God that her son Samuel was…
(1 Samuel 1:22) “Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, ‘After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before he Lord, and he will live there always.'”
If you are familiar with the story of Hannah, you will know that she had begged God for a child and when God answered her, she wanted to give him back to God, to serve Him all the days of his life.
I find this selfless act that Hannah did so remarkable. So often, we grip so tightly to those things that God has freely given us that we forget where it all came from in the first place.
I love how Hannah was so grateful to God that she humbly loosened her grip on the best gift she had and offered him back to the Lord. I don’t want to just give the “best” gifts back to the Lord, I want to have such a loose grip that everything I have and everything I am, I offer back up to Him.
What belongs to God that you still are holding on to? Let it go and let God do some awesome things in your life!
BLESSINGS. Laurie
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Monday, May 15, 2017

DAILY DEVO...the Word is Jesus

As we begin reading in the book of John, John lays the foundation for what we will soon see unravel as the love that God has for us.

John very boldly states that the Word, which is the very reason for life, became flesh and lived among us...

(John 1:14) "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

That may seem odd to you. How can the "Word" come alive, you might ask? I would like to bring our focus today on one word: "Word". In the first verse of John, we see that "Word" is very specifically defined...

(John 1:1) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

There can never be any question about where or how the Word came to be. The Word has always been and will always be. It is unchangeable. It is Undeniable. And it is all powerful!

The "Word" is Jesus.

Jesus became flesh, to walk among us to show us firsthand that the "Word" is life and life everlasting. Many try to find fulfillment in other things; like a job or relationships, and some may find what they are looking for. But there will be no better fulfillment in life than a relationship with Jesus.

This is the very reason that Jesus came; to give life and to give it more abundantly.

Read the book of John with me. In these next chapters, we will find that Christ dwelled with John and He dwells with you and me also. Jesus is THE Word!

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 2:22-4:22, John 1:1-28, Psalm 78:17-24