Category: Daily Devotional

4/16/24

”My flesh and my heart faileth: But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.“ Psalm‬ ‭73‬:‭26‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As we take time to read this entire psalm, we realize that the writer has become spiritually distracted. In the first 16 verses he is confessing that he has got his eyes off of God and on wicked men. He became focused on how their lives appeared to be easier and without the troubles he faced trying to live a righteous life. Finally he admits that all of this is painful to think about. This is what brought him to the first words in verse 26: “My flesh and my heart faileth…” His strength failed and his spirit was dejected because he was focusing on the wrong things. We should realize this is one of the reasons the enemy works so diligently to get us distracted to where we get our focus off of God. Spiritual distraction is a weapon of the enemy. We must continually guard our souls against it. We should understand that God will be the strength of our heart only when we get our attention back on him. So let us not give in to the appearance of temporary things. The enemy is always trying to paint a picture in our minds that the life of sin is better. But it was when he went into the house of God, when he came into God’s presence, then he began to see things clearly. Thank God, we can come into His presence and there find again, He is the strength of our heart.

4/15/24

”Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭30‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As Jesús explains this Parable of the Tares in later verses, He makes very clear that there will be a final gathering. When that time comes there will be no other chances and judgment will follow. The tares are those called children of the devil. They are the ones who have rejected Christ and chosen sin as their way of life. They are offensive to God and to all that is right. They are those who chose their own way rather than following Jesus. And they will be gathered to be cast into a furnace of fire. But thank God, at the same time, another gathering takes place. The wheat, or children of the kingdom, will be gathered also. These are the ones who have been gathered into God’s family and His kingdom. They are the righteous ones who will then receive their eternal rewards. There is coming a day for all of us when we will be gathered. Are we ready for that day? Have we repented of all sin and let Jesus be Saviour and Lord of our life? Nothing else will matter in that day.

4/14/24

“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD.” Psalm‬ ‭130:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬. We all go through times in our lives when we are down. As much as we enjoy the bright sunshine and the high places of spiritual victory, we still are mere mortals living in a fallen world. This doesn’t mean we have to fall into sin or fail God, but it means that physically, mentally or emotionally we reach a low place. Sorrow touches our lives and we can become cast down in spirit. We experience some loss and it takes us to a very low place. And in those times we do fail, it can be like a deep pit of despair. Whatever brought the psalmist to this place, it is clear, to him it felt like a deep pit. When we are in such a place it is easy to lose our perspective. Things begin to look dark and hopeless. But in these times our greatest need is to cry out to our God! We need to remember that even in the depths of despair, He is with us. Even when we feel all alone, His presence is there. And when it seems there is no one else to look to, no one who can help or understand, may we be sure, that we have a Merciful Saviour Who listens for our feeble cry. He knows and understands what we are going through. And thank God, He alone has the power to lift us up, out of that deep pit we are in! And when He lifts us, the light of His favor returns and our joy is restored.

4/13/24

Part 4 ”He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.” Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭4‬-‭5‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As we consider these marvelous truths about our Lord gathering the outcasts and healing the broken hearted, we should pause to consider, Who it is that does these amazing things. So often when we think of Jesus coming to this world to do these things we forget Who He is. We forget that He stepped down from a throne of glory and condescended to such undeserving people like us. But when we recognize the One Who is bringing healing to our hearts it will fill us with great joy and peace. Our Healer is the One Who created all things by His own power. He is the One Who hung the stars in space and named each one. He is the One Who upholds all of this universe and keeps everything in place. He is the Great and Mighty God! He knows and understands all things. Every pain we feel, every tear we shed, every heartache we suffer, He knows all about it and is touched by our suffering. Let us rest in this great truth of Who our Lord is. As we do, we will soon know that there is nothing too hard, no life so broken, but our great Healer is able to restore.

4/12/24

Part 3 ”He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭3‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As the previous verse speaks of the Lord gathering the outcasts, we should understand that our gracious Saviour always gathers them for a purpose. He does not bring them into His family to leave them as they were, broken and wounded from sin. Rather, His purpose is to bind up their wounds so they can be healed and restored. When Jesus spoke in Luke 4:18, He said that He was sent to heal the broken hearted. Because He knows the brokenness that sin brings, this has always been a part of His purpose in seeking lost souls. And because we live in a world so filled with heartache, this is part of His ongoing work in and through His spiritual family. All around us we see broken hearts and lives. From the old to the young, souls are wounded and suffering because of the tragic consequences of sin. But let us realize, we cannot help them in our strength. The reality is, no one but Jesus can do this work. None of us have the power and wisdom to heal broken hearts. So let us learn that our job is to help bring souls to Jesus, Who is the Great Physician. By His grace, we are to be His gatherers who bring the outcasts, broken and wounded, to our Saviour Who is able to heal and restore.

4/11/24

Part 2 ”The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.“ Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭2‬ ‭KJV‬‬. As we consider our gracious Lord gathering the outcasts, let us ask, “How does He gather souls?” We know that men gather by different means. Some gather by mental persuasion. Others try to draw people with an appeal to fleshly senses. And sadly, many try to gather by force and with cruelty. But we should understand that our gracious Lord gathers through the power of His love. The prophet Hosea describes how God gathers in 11:4: “He draws us to Himself with cords of love”. Paul writes in Romans 2:4: “God’s goodness leads us to repentance”. So we see that the manner in which God gathers the outcasts and needy souls is always through the goodness and power of His great love. Because He loves, He sends His Holy Spirit to reveal our need of Him. He lets us know that He is the only one Who can meet the needs of our soul. He shows us the incredible price He paid for our souls upon Calvary’s cross. And then He calls us to a personal decision. He does not force us. He will only gather those who are willing to come to Him. So as we go about this great work of reaching out to needy souls, let us learn from our Lord. We are not gathering souls to a church or to ourselves. We are merely the vessels He uses to gather the outcasts into His family. And by His grace, let us gather in love.

4/10/24

Part 1 ”The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.“ Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭2‬ ‭KJV‬‬. These words reveal God’s attitude towards struggling people of all generations. He Who created us knows how weak we are and how prone we are to wander. He knows the damage and separation that sin causes and the deep wounds it inflicts upon the soul. And at times, the consequences of sin may cause us to be an outcast. But what does it mean to be an outcast? Sometimes great outward sin can cause people to become outcasts from society. Many are the souls who have felt the grief of being cast out of churches and religious fellowships because of not conforming to certain ideas of men. And most people, at some time in life, experience the pain of being cast out from human relationships that were once dear. But often, individuals begin to consider themselves outcasts when they have failed or are going through times of depression. They feel separated from others because of what they are going through. These are perhaps the most difficult ones to gather because it usually involves us forgiving ourselves. But let us praise our God, that He is able to reach to the deepest valley or the furthest country and reach the outcast. And in His great mercy, He is still able to gather them in to His family.

4/9/24

“because he should have remained in the city of his refuge…” Numbers‬ ‭35:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬. When God appointed the Cities of Refuge for Israel He made the conditions very clear. As long as the offender remained in the city he was safe. The revenger of blood could not get to him. Verse 25 says “…he shall abide in it…”. And if he went beyond the borders of the city, then he could be found and killed by his enemy. 1 Cor. 10:11 reminds us, “that these things were written for our example”. Thank God, we know that Jesus Christ is our Refuge! We, who are guilty, can run to Him and find a blessed Refuge for our souls. In Him we find forgiveness and security for our souls. No enemy can harm our souls as long as we are abiding in Christ. And then, Jesus Himself tells us in John 15, that we must abide in Him! And without this abiding we will not be safe! Would to God that believers today truly understood the necessity of a life of abiding! Salvation is not an occasional visit with Jesus. Rather, it is a profound life change where we come to abide in Him Who is the only Refuge for our souls! By God’s grace, let us learn to abide in Jesus.

4/8/24

“In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and He heard me. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.” Psalm‬ ‭120:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Everyone understands that when we are lied about or someone spreads deceitful information about us, it is very hurtful and causes distress. Our human reaction is to respond in the flesh and try to get back at the person responsible. As fallen human beings we long to vindicate ourselves. But the psalmist David gives us this great example of what the Godly do when these things happen. Rather than make his appeal to men, he cries out to God. Instead of worrying so much about his reputation (which is only what people think of us), he asks God to deliver and safeguard his soul. How much heartache could be avoided if only God’s people realized, that God can fight our battles so much better than we can! And that He is using these kind of situations to grow us spiritually and make us more like Jesus. In the end it will not matter what others think or say about us. But what truly matters is what God knows about us. By God’s grace, let us seek to please the only One Who can deliver our soul.

4/7/24

“Great peace have they which love Thy law: And nothing shall offend them.” Psalm‬ ‭119:165‬ ‭KJV‬‬. When the person or object of our love is weak or unsteady, it causes our hearts to be troubled. We worry that which we love will be taken from us. And with all things human these are very real concerns, because there is nothing permanent about this world or the people in it. But when our love is for God’s Word we can have great peace because we know it is forever settled in Heaven. It is unchanging, unshakable and will endure eternally! This is what happens when a person truly loves God. They fall in love with His Word. They love to hear His voice speaking to them through the Word. We find great peace because the God Whom we love has spoken to us all that we need to know. Because He is Unfailing we know that every Word He spoke is unfailing. This kind of security is what brings us great peace. We know that because God said it, it is settled! Men and devils may try to change, twist and manipulate it, but God’s Word is eternal. Let us put our faith in Jesus Christ Who is the Incarnate Word. Let us love Him Who is our peace. As we do, we will have great peace no matter what comes against us.