DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Nine, Day Five

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Nine, Day Five

 

“Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods. Pay attention and come to Me; listen, so that you will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, the promises assured to David.” Isaiah 55:2-3 (HCSB)

 

Oh what rich promises we can put our lives on the line for! Regardless of our pleasures in this world, they will never satisfy the inner longer for peace and communion with God. The LORD reminds us in these verses that as long as we will spend our money on things in order to seek contentment or pleasure, be them electronics related, athletic oriented gear, exotic food and wine, home improvements, career advancements, lustful relationships, vacations, etc., we will continually be disappointed as we realize that satisfaction from such things does not last. Why? Because, just as the LORD says, we are to come to Him, in order that we may experience the beauty, the richness and true satisfaction that comes from walking in union with our LORD Jesus Christ. There is no vice that can take away our need for the LORD. As your situation persists, continue to run to the LORD for covering and guidance. We are assured that He will lead and guide us to peaceful ends and deliver us from our enemies, in His perfect time (Psalm 23).

 

Prayer For Today:

Gracious Heavenly Father, You are good. Your blessings abound in my life. Thank You for ____________. Thank You for the relationship I have with (name)__________. Please use this time to further refine each of us as we learn to need You more each day. Your Words are true and I thank You for them. Help me to recall them in times of want and anxiety. Please grant me Your wisdom and guidance in this time. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eight, Day Five

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eight, Day Five

 

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (HCSB)

 

These words of Jesus Christ are very encouraging, indeed. Regardless of our circumstances, regardless of our past, regardless of the odds—we can ask anything according to the will of God, and it will be given to us. Whether we need more faith, an infusion of hope, a new heart filled with God’s love, etc. If we pray for a request that aligns with the will of God, He will grant us the favor of our request. Prayers for deliverance, healing and revival are all things we should indeed pray. The Lord sees our heart motives (1 Samuel 16:7). And at times, he very healing and deliverance God desires to bring to our souls can only be found on the other side of great suffering. Our Lord Jesus Christ, within the Garden of Gethsemane, prayed for God the Father to allow the cup of suffering (brutal torture followed by death upon a cross) to pass. Yet, in keeping with the truth of Matthew 7:7, Jesus Christ humbled Himself to the will of Father God and boldly stated that He desired the will of Father God above His own (Luke 22:42). May we remember that the greatest blessing humanity will ever know only came on the backside of Jesus Christ’s torture and death—this being His victorious resurrection over death and suffering (Matthew 16:21, Acts 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:4). No matter what the current suffering, if you are a believer in the resurrected Jesus Christ, you will see victory over this hardship in the Lord’s perfect way (Romans 8:37).

 

“No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

Claim it personally over your own life and story. Briefly write about your own circumstances that need to be conquered. List them below:

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Now write them at the beginning of each sentence. Claim the truth of this powerful verse over your own life and situation as you declare the Lord’s truth to your own heart.

 

1._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

2._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

3._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

4._______________: “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (HCSB)

 

Ladies, as we grasp hold of the solid and unchanging truths of the Bible, we will feel a depth of security in the pit of our souls. Why? Because the God of all creation, the One who spoke and created all that we see, has made a way for each of us to escape the hurt and trials that come our way in life (Romans 5:8). Remember, the original plan (Eden) was not at all like the reality we experience today. Adam and Eve experienced perfect communion with God in the garden, until they believed God no longer knew what was best for them (Genesis 3:8). As the weight of our circumstances seem to increase, may we encourage our own hearts and those of other suffering, to cry out to the Lord. God has broad shoulders, Ladies, and He is willing and ready to carry our loads (1 Peter 5:7). But, just like any true gentleman, the Lord is waiting for us to ask for His assistance. Call out to Him this very moment.

 

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Eight, Day Three

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Eight, Day Three

 

“Help me understand Your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 (HCSB)

 

At times, the very ways in which God asks us to travel are the ones that seem the most harsh and daunting. If we are not willing to take our gaze off the immediate circumstances and ask the Lord for His eternal perspective on the matter, we can loose heart. The psalmist asks the Lord to grant him divine understanding for the ways and methods God is leading. When we do not understand the Lord’s ways, we are tempted to doubt His goodness and intricate involvement in our personal stories. Yet, the Bible assures us that the Lord cares for us (Isaiah 49:15, Matthew 10:30-31 & 1 Peter 5:7), keeps track of our sorrows (Psalm 56:8, Psalm 126:5 & Revelation 21:4), and has only the best plans in store for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11, Zephaniah 3:17 & Ephesians 2:4-5). Thus, when hard times hit, may we cry out to the Lord for His perfect understanding in order to walk the road marked out for us—in obedience of both word and deed—with the knowledge that God can and does use any hardship to strengthen our relationship with Him.

 

Prayer For Today:

Dear Lord, I am at a loss for words. As much as I do not want to walk through this difficult time, I see that it is not going away. Prayers for immediate healing and imminent rescue have seemed to fall to the wayside. And, to be honest, I am tired; so very tired. Give me Your understanding to walk this extremely difficult road. Help me to lift up (name)_________ in the midst of the tiring journey. God, You alone know the outcome. Yet, with all the uncertainty, I trust in the truth of the Bible. I believe Your promises are true. Help me to pray scriptures back to You when my heart feels faint. I want to be found faithful to obey Your leading. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Seven, Day Seven and review

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Seven, Day Seven:

 

15Then I said, ‘Who are You, Lord? ’ “And the Lord replied: ‘I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting. 16But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen and of what I will reveal to you. 17I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them 18to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.’” Acts 26:15-18 (HCSB)

As trauma hits our lives, our view towards certain individuals or even whole people groups can become jaded. This was the interaction between Paul and Jesus Christ, as Paul was traveling near Damascus—ready to kill and persecute more followers of Jesus Christ. How beautiful and redeeming is the grace of Jesus. Paul had become jaded towards all who followed Jesus—as Paul did not yet know Jesus as the Messiah. Much like Paul, war, death and deceptive actions can all become fuel to a growing attitude of sin within our own hearts towards others. As believers in Jesus Christ, may we repent of such feelings, and ask the Lord to wash our eyes so that we may see all people through His grace and mercy once again. Praise God that such gifts were extended to our own lives—or we too would have no hope and no option for redemption. May we ask the Lord how He would choose to use us to forward His kingdom to help win such people for the name of Jesus Christ.

Prayer For Today:

LORD, I feel very convicted over some deep routed thoughts I have buried deep within my heart. Please forgive me of them now. Help me to bring honor to You through not only my words, but also through my thoughts. Thank You again for Your grace and mercy within my own life. Use me to minster to (name)___________ for Your glory. Help (name)__________ to come to realize that You are the God of love and forgiveness. Thank You that my own life is a testimony of Your radical redeeming power. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

**Week Seven in review. Which verse did the Lord use this week to really speak to you in your current situation? In what way do you feel God asking you to trust Him more? As we thank the Lord for walking with us for seven weeks amidst this season of need, may we also take the time to declare to the Lord anew our devotion to His plans and purposes for He alone is good.

**Optional Service Project: At church this week, find some extra money (the amount does not matter) to go towards the furthering of missions through the church. By helping others that are speaking to other nations about Jesus, the Lord will bless you as you allow God to use you as a vehicle to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Seven, Day Five

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Seven, Day Five:

 

9He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him 10for the administration of the days of fulfillment — to bring everything together in the Messiah, both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.” Ephesians 1:9-10 (HCSB)

 

The Apostle Paul had seen first hand, on a road near Damascus, that God’s plan of salvation was indeed through Jesus Christ the Messiah. Although He had murdered and imprisoned many followers of Jesus, the Way, Paul was shown divine grace as Jesus audibly spoke to Him and used Paul as an example of a radically changed life. The same man who had breathed murderous threats to those who followed Jesus, was now the very man being used by God to proclaim that Jesus was in fact the Messiah to those both near and far (Acts 9:1-31). The fact that God would choose to continue to extend undeserved grace and unmerited mercy to each and every one of us, is indeed, a mystery of our loving God (Ephesians 1:9-10). May we make the conscious choice to love God fully and submit our worries, our doubts and our prejudices to the feet of Jesus (Ephesians 1:22-23). Each and every hardship and difficult circumstance can in fact be radically changed due to the transformative power of Jesus Christ. Paul, who was once a murderer, was now the very man leading the charge to further the message that Jesus Christ was Messiah. God truly can make all things new (Isaiah 43:19).

 

Prayer For Today:

Dear LORD, thank You for the encouragement found in Your Word, the Holy Bible. Help me to look afresh at the situations around me that seem too difficult for You to fix. Help me to counsel my heart with Biblical accounts, like this one, that show You can do the impossible time and time again. Help me to show (name)_____________ the mysterious gift of love and merciful grace that is found through Jesus Christ alone—regardless of the details in our stories. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Seven, Day Three

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Seven, Day Three:

 

“Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours.” Psalm 86:8 (HCSB)

 

How incredible to ponder that time itself was an invention. Sound, light, fire and love were also created elements from an Infinite Mind. Yahweh, the LORD, taught the lion to roar, the sun to set and the eagle to soar. All authority was given to Jesus Christ over heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). Thus, it is our great honor to proclaim His salvation for every heart. No matter if their origins of birth are Tel Aviv or Togo, Paris or Pakistan, California or Kirgizstan—we are called to proclaim God’s supremacy around the globe for the hope of winning hearts and minds for Jesus Christ. In the middle of the conflict, in the center of the struggle, I encourage you today to not loose sight of this larger picture. Prayerfully ask the Lord to reveal to you whom He would choose for you to declare His goodness to in the midst of trying circumstances.

 

Prayer For Today:

Dear Jesus, help me to be a bold witness for Your redemptive work on the cross and resurrection from the grave—even now. Help (name)________ to experience the freedom that is found in You alone. Help me to pray for (name)_________ in this time. Please speak to (name)__________ through visions, verses in Your Holy Word and dreams. Make Yourself so evident that You cannot be ignored or denied. Please use me and my story to further Your message of hope and grace to the people around the world both here in my city as well as where You may choose to send me in the future. In Your name I pray, amen.

HOMESCHOOLING in COVID…Counting in the Bible

Number Counting from 1-12—This could be used to help remember the clock numbers, too

One. There is one God (1 Chronicles 17:20).

Two. The Bible has two parts; the Old Testament and the New Testament (Psalm 119:105)

Three. God has three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17)

Four. The first four disciples of Jesus were Peter, Andrew, James and John (Matthew 4:18-22)

Five. A little boy was used by Jesus to feed over 5,000 with his lunch of two fish and five barley loaves (John 6:1-13)

Six. On day six of creation, God made every animal that crawls and walks as well as mankind (Genesis 1:24-31).

Seven. On day seven of creation, God rested (Genesis 2:2).

Eight. Josiah was eight years old when he became king (2 Kings 22:1).

Nine. Jesus healed ten men, but nine did not say thank you (Luke 17:17).

Ten. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 4:13).

Eleven. After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His eleven disciples (Mark 16:14-15).

Twelve. Jesus told His twelve disciples that anyone who wants to be first in God’s kingdom, must be the very last and the servant to all (Mark 9:35).