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See Yourself With HIS Eyes

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) 
 
Whatever you’re facing in life, or whatever is coming in your future, God has already given you the faith for it. It may not look like it, and you may not feel like you have what it takes to overcome, but faith in God isn’t based on our circumstances or how we feel. 
 
The enemy would like for you to believe that you don’t have a chance in life, that you’re too weak, too poor, too whatever. But God has a different view of you. God sees you through the eyes of love. He sees not what you can be, but what He has invested in you, not what you or others may see. 
 
Seeing yourself the way God sees you leads to a life of overwhelming victory. 
 
But it takes faith. You can’t just hear that God loves you and sees you as His child, you have to believe it. It takes faith to move forward and overcome the challenges of life. And faith does you no good if you don’t know how to release it. You have to release your faith in order for it to work. 
 
We release faith through our words, actions and, of course, through prayer. It’s up to us to act. 
 
1 John 4:4 is a scripture we quote a lot, and almost anytime I say this verse in a church or meeting, everybody claps and cheers. But how many people really believe that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world?” 
 
The truth is, the One in you is greater and He loves you. So stretch your faith today and see yourself the way God sees you. It doesn’t matter what the enemy wants you to see or how things might look. Our faith overcomes through the One who lives in us! 
 
Dear Lord, When feelings of inferiority, insecurity and self doubt creep into my heart, help me to see myself the way you do. Amen. 
 
I pray this devotion blessed you as much as it has blessed me. So often we can become overwhelmed by life and the things we face but if we would just stop for a moment and see ourselves the way God sees us, as today’s devotion encourages, we would quickly realize in ALL these things we are more than a conqueror through Him who loves us. See yourself with HIS eyes. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalm 47:1


In Progress or Completed?

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14) 

 

It’s satisfying to finish a job. Each month, for instance, one of my job responsibilities gets moved from one category to another, from “In Progress” to “Completed.” I love clicking that “Completed” button. But last month when I clicked it, I thought, If only I could overcome rough spots in my faith so easily! It can seem like the Christian life is always in progress, never completed. 

 

Then I remembered Hebrews 10:14. It describes how Christ’s sacrifice redeems us totally. So in one important sense, that “completed button” has been pressed for us. Jesus’s death did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves: He made us acceptable in God’s eyes when we place our faith in Him. It is finished, as Jesus Himself said (John 19:30). Paradoxically, even though His sacrifice is complete and total, we spend the rest of our lives living into that spiritual reality—“being made holy,” as Hebrews’ author writes. 

 

The fact that Jesus has finished something that’s still being worked out in our lives is hard to understand. When I’m struggling spiritually, it’s encouraging to remember that Jesus’s sacrifice for me—and for you—is complete . . . even if our living it out in this life is still a work in progress. Nothing can stop His intended end from being achieved eventually: being transformed into His likeness (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). 

 

Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for us. Help us trust You as we grow into followers whose lives look more and more like Yours, knowing that You are the one who makes us complete. Amen. 

 

Today’s devotion blessed me. It reminded me that God is at work to make us who He intends us to be. Trust Him along the way and be obedient as He leads, guides and instructs you. He is indeed The One who makes us complete, I love that. 

 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

 

Today’s Reading is Romans 1:20 



Looking For Direction In Life?

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105) 

 

Looking for direction in life? Confused about the next step? Concerned about which path to take and which one not to take? If you answered “yes” God has a Word for you on this morning. 

 

LOOK NO FURTHER! 

 

The “Word of God” is our compass in life. It is also our guide, our helper, our deliverer, our peace,  our joy, our redemption and our everlasting promise. 

 

The Psalmist of this text declares that the “Word of God” is a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. 

 

The light of God’s Word makes things clear and visible so that we will not trip and fall into the traps and snares of the enemy. 

 

When God’s Word becomes a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 

 

The Word of God is the Christian life support, our sustaining power, our oxygen tank, our feeding tube, our guiding light and our eternal hope of glory. 

 

As Christians, we must daily search the Word of God, study it, believe it and obey it for indeed it is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. 

 

Without the light of God’s Word we will continue to stumble in the dark. We will never make it to our destination because we will not be able to see our way out of where we are. It is the light of God’s Word that illuminates our path. 

 

How are you keeping your lamps burning? I can only hope and pray that it is by the leading of God’s Word alone.
 

To walk in the light we must enter the small gate and stay on the narrow path. Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”.  

 

Avoiding darkness involves the daily choices of choosing to walk in the light of God’s Word. 

 

Walking in the light means disconnecting from the darkness of situations, people, places and things that hinders clear vision. 

 

It is the Word of God that has the power unto salvation. 

 

It is the Word of God that has lead all of us who are saved, out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. 

 

The Word of God is a guiding light! Are you being lead by it? Or, are you still walking in darkness? 

 

Thank you Lord for your guiding light, for indeed it is a light unto my path. 

 

Still looking for direction in life? Look no further! 

 

I pray this opens your heart to understanding God’s direction for your life. Although you may not understand everything you read in the Bible, if you put aside your biases and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and understanding, God’s Word will speak clearly to your heart. Then give thanks for his Word and put it into practice to please and serve him, today and every day. 

 

Thank you, Lord, for your clear and excellent Word. By your Holy Spirit, guide my understanding as I read and listen so that I will find light for my path today. Amen. 

 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

 

Today’s Reading is Hebrews 7:25



God Is Our Fortress

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psalm 91:1-2) 
 
Throughout the Psalms (praise songs) David refers to God as his fortress, refuge, and strength. 
 
He faced many physical and spiritual battles throughout his life and saw firsthand how God provides a strong fortress regardless of what attacks us. 
 
In the ancient world the fortress was often walled off from the rest of the city, supplied with food, water, and ammunition where the people could be protected and the city could be defended. 
 
David knew that he did not need to fear, because in God he found a fortress stronger than any attack this world could muster. 
 
We all have our own fortresses that we run to when we face overwhelming circumstances. 
 
These fortresses can take the shape of people or relationships. 
 
They can also be material things in our lives that we think will bring happiness and take our minds off of our problems. Like David, we should realize that the one true fortress we have is with the one true God. 
 
This fortress will always protect and never let down. 
 
After reading this devotion I was reminded of that old hymn we still sing in our church, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. What a beautiful reminder. When we turn our eyes upon Jesus the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. Is God your fortress? I challenge you today to run into His open arms. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 90:17 

 

 

 



God’s Eternal Promise

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. (Genesis 9:13–15) 
 
I was taught as a child that the rainbow symbolized God’s promise that He would never again destroy the earth with water. Every time it rained, I looked for the rainbow and I remembered God’s promise. Since moving to Southern California, I have seen fewer rainbows, mainly because it seldom rains here. But as the winter brings seasonal rains, I find myself once again searching the skies for that rainbow. What a joy to see that beautiful arc of colors when the sun breaks through the clouds! 
 
As beautiful as the rainbow is, there is still nothing as beautiful as another symbol that Christians look toward. The symbol of a cross representing the cross of Christ. Just as the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to not destroy the earth with water, the cross is a sign of God’s eternal promise of salvation. As Jesus, Son of God, died on a cross, the cross would forevermore represent God’s covenant of grace and love. The cross is a symbol reminding us that Jesus died for our sins. For those who believe in Jesus, the cross represents a covenant of everlasting life with God in heaven. 
 
Rainbows and crosses are just two ways that God reminds us of His covenants, or promises, to us. What other ways does God remind you of His promises for your life? Be encouraged and hopeful because the Lord will never let you down, He will keep every promise. Sit down with His word and ask Him to show you His promises for you today. You might be surprised at the reminders that He will give you. And never let a rainbow or a cross go unnoticed…take a moment when you see them and give God praise for keeping His promises. 
 
I am encouraged and hopeful today. Why? Because I am reminded through today’s devotion that The Lord will never let me down, ever. He keeps every promise. It may not turn out the way I thought it would but when I take each step in faith believing and trusting Him, I won’t be disappointed because He reminds me daily just how blessed I am. Weather it be be through a rainbow, a cross, my spouse, my children, my health or my family and the list goes on, I am blessed. Remember today, He deserves our praise. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is 2 Peter 3:9


The Power of Trusting The Lord with All Your Heart

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) 
 
If the future feels uncertain right now, and worry keeps occupying too much room in your heart, in your mind, remember this: God is already in all of our tomorrows. He knows our way, and He has a plan. And we can be assured it’s always the best one for us. 
 
God never asks us to figure it all out on our own. He just asks us to trust Him, to recognize His leadership and Sovereignty in our lives. And He promises to make our pathways straight. 
 
– “Trust (be confident in, be bold, be secure) 
 
– in the Lord with all thine heart (seat of emotions, inclinations, mind, soul), 
 
– and lean not (trust, support) 
 
– unto thine own understanding (discernment). 
 
– In all thy ways acknowledge him (know, recognize), 
 
– and he shall direct thy paths (pleasing, right, smooth).” Proverbs 3:5-6 
 
We may not always see what’s ahead, but He does. 
 
There’s great power in trusting Him. For it clears the way for our security to be based solely on Him, not on our circumstances, or other people, not on ourselves, or our own ways of thinking. 
 
He is faithful to lead us and He sees the big picture. He brings clarity and light through foggy times. He knows what’s around the other side of the bend where we can’t fully see. His timing is perfect even when we start to feel like we’ve been forgotten. No matter how we feel or what our current situation may be, we can be confident that God’s Presence will go before us, paving out pathways, guiding and guarding our steps. 
 
Keep choosing trust. Let go of worry, hold on to Him. 
 
What do you need to trust God with today? Ask Him to help you guard and protect your heart from worry or trying to figure out everything on our own. Pray for His Spirit to fill you afresh and give you wisdom to hold on to His Truth. 
 
I was blessed by this devotion today. I pray there are others who needed to be reminded of this scripture today as well. Have confidence in God, trust Him with ALL your heart! He will never fail you. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 3:5-6


Talk to Your Tears

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:5-6) 
 
There is nothing sad about sowing seed. It takes no more work than reaping. The days can be beautiful. There can be great hope of harvest. 
 
Yet the psalm speaks of sowing “in tears.” It says that someone “goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed.” So, why are they weeping? 
 
I think the reason is not that sowing is sad, or that sowing is hard. I think the reason has nothing to do with sowing. Sowing is simply the work that has to be done, even when there are things in life that make us cry. 
 
The crops won’t wait while we finish our grief or solve all our problems. If we are going to eat next winter, we must get out in the field and sow the seed, whether we are crying or not. 
 
If you do that, the promise of the psalm is that you will “come again with rejoicing.” You will “doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his (your) sheaves with him (you).” Not because the tears of sowing produce the joy of reaping, but because the sheer sowing produces the reaping, and you need to remember this even when your tears tempt you to give up sowing. 
 
So, here’s the lesson: When there are simple, straightforward jobs to be done, and you are full of sadness, and tears are flowing easily, go ahead and do the jobs with tears. Be realistic. Say to your tears, “Tears, I feel you. You make me want to quit life. But there is a field to be sown (dishes to be washed, car to be fixed, sermon to be written).” 
 
Then say, on the basis of God’s word, “Tears, I know that you will not stay forever. The very fact that I just do my work (tears and all) will in the end bring a harvest of blessing. So, go ahead and flow if you must. But I believe — though I do not yet see it or feel it fully — I believe that the simple work of my sowing will bring sheaves of harvest. And my tears will be turned to joy.” 
 
I needed to be reminded of this today. I pray it encourages someone today to rise, put your hand to the plow, even with tears, and say with confidence, my tears will be turned to joy and keep moving forward. Be encouraged today. He is always faithful. What an incredible father He is.  
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 126:5 


Take Another Look at Jesus

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Hebrews 3:6) 
 
If there ever was a faithful person, it was Brother Justice. He was committed to his marriage, dedicated to his job as a postal worker, and each Sunday stood at his post as a leader in our local church. I visited my childhood church recently, and perched on the upright piano was the same bell that Brother Justice rang to notify us that the time for Bible study was about to end. The bell has endured the test of time. And although Brother Justice has been with the Lord for years, his legacy of faithfulness also endures. 
 
Hebrews 3 brings a faithful servant and a faithful Son to the readers’ attention. Though the faithfulness of Moses as God’s “servant” is undeniable, Jesus is the one believers are taught to focus on. “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters . . . fix your thoughts on Jesus” (v. 1). Such was the encouragement to all who face temptation (2:18). Their legacy could come only from following Jesus, the faithful One. 
 
What do you do when the winds of temptation are swirling all around you? When you are weary and worn and want to quit? The text invites us to, as one paraphrase renders it, “Take a good hard look at Jesus” (3:1 The Message). Look at Him again—and again and again. As we reexamine Jesus, we find the trustworthy Son of God who gives us courage to live in His family. 
 
Father, through Your Spirit, empower us to courageously love, honor, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.  
 
This devotion blessed me. Looking to Jesus can give us courage to face the challenges in our lives. No matter what your facing,  remember to take another look at Jesus. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Romans 1:16


In the Moment

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life. . . No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself . . . (John 10:17-18) 
 
The ambulance door was about to close—with me on the inside. Outside, my son was on the phone to my wife. From my concussed fog, I called his name. As he recalls the moment, I slowly said, “Tell your mom I love her very much.” 
 
Apparently I thought this might be goodbye, and I wanted those to be my parting words. In the moment, that’s what mattered most to me. 
 
As Jesus endured His darkest moment, He didn’t merely tell us He loved us; He showed it in specific ways. He showed it to the mocking soldiers who had just nailed Him to a cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). He gave hope to a criminal crucified with Him: “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (v. 43). Nearing the end, He looked at His mother. “Behold thy son,” He said to her, and to His close friend John He said, “Behold thy mother” (John 19:26–27). Then, as His life slipped from Him, Jesus’s last act of love was to trust His Father: “Into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). 
 
Jesus purposefully chose the cross in order to show His obedience to His Father—and the depth of His love for us. To the very end, He showed us His relentless love. 
 
When I read this devotion it depicted a very real image of what Christ went through for you and I, why, because He loves us, before we were even born, He chose to die for me, for you. What an example to follow knowing that every word of Jesus was spoken in love. I am reminded of James 1:29, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. May we ponder these questions today, What matters most to you? How do love and obedience fit together? 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 51:1-2 


Celebrating Creativity

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life . . . (Genesis 1:20) 
 
A rarely seen jellyfish waltzed with the currents, four thousand feet deep in the ocean near Baja, California. Its body shone with fluorescent shades of blue, purple, and pink, bright against the backdrop of black water. Elegant tentacles waved gracefully with each pulsing of its bell-shaped hood. As I watched the amazing footage of the Halitrephes maasi jellyfish on the National Geographic video, I reflected on how God chose the specific design of this beautiful, gelatinous creature. He also fashioned the other 2,000 types of jellyfish that scientists have identified as of October 2017. 
 
Though we acknowledge God as Creator, do we slow down long enough to truly consider the profound truth revealed in the first chapter of the Bible? Our amazing God brought forth light and life into the creatively diverse world He crafted with the power of His word. He designed “every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly” (Genesis 1:21). Scientists have discovered only a fraction of the wondrous creatures the Lord created in the beginning. 
 
God also intentionally sculpted each person in the world, giving purpose to every day of our lives before we drew our first breaths (Psalm 139:13–16). As we celebrate the Lord’s creativity, we can also rejoice over the many ways He helps us imagine and create with Him and for His glory. 
 
What creative gifts has God given to you? How might you use them for His glory? 
 
Today’s devotion blessed me when I read it. So often I fail to slow down and just admire God’s incredible creativity. Take a moment today and just admire God’s creativity through every living creature and remember He even sculpted you for a purpose. Make the most of each day He has given you for the good and to further His kingdom. Choose to make today even more beautiful. Creator God, thank You for inviting us to appreciate Your awesome creativity and to enjoy what You’ve given us. Amen. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Ephesians 1:3 


Second-Wind Strength

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) 
 
At the age of fifty-four I entered the Milwaukee marathon with two goals—to finish the race and to do it under five hours. My time would have been amazing if the second 13.1 miles went as well as the first. But the race was grueling, and the second-wind strength I’d hoped for never came. By the time I made it to the finish line, my steady stride had morphed into a painful walk. 
 
Footraces aren’t the only things that require second-wind strength—life’s race does too. To endure, tired, weary people need God’s help. Isaiah 40:27–31 beautifully weds poetry and prophecy to comfort and motivate people who need strength to keep going. Timeless words remind fatigued and discouraged people that the Lord isn’t detached or uncaring (v. 27), that our plight doesn’t escape His notice. These words breathe comfort and assurance, and remind us of God’s limitless power and bottomless knowledge (v. 28). 
 
The second-wind strength described in verses 29–31 is just right for us—whether we’re in the throes of raising and providing for our families, struggling through life under the weight of physical or financial burdens, or discouraged by relational tensions or spiritual challenges. Such is the strength that awaits those who—through meditating on the Scriptures and prayer—wait upon the Lord. 
 
When have life circumstances taken the wind out of you? In what particular area do you need God’s strength today? 
 
Lord, I come to You in my weakness and tiredness; please grant me renewed strength. Amen. 
 
After reading this devotion I was reminded of that beautiful hymn, they that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait. Teach me Lord to wait down on my knees and in your own good time I know you will answer my plea, teach me not to rely on what others do but to wait in prayer for the answer comes from you. Today, whatever your facing, my prayer for you is that you will wait on The Lord, faith believing in prayer. He will grant you renewed strength, trust Him for it. He will provide you with your second wind in life. 
 
Have a beautiful day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Matthew 18:20


Being Consumed

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. (Psalm 32:3) 
 
In his book The Call, Os Guinness describes a moment when Winston Churchill, on holiday with friends in the south of France, sat by the fireplace to warm himself on a cold night. Gazing at the fire, the former prime minister saw pine logs “crackling, hissing, and spitting as they burned. Suddenly, his familiar voice growled, ‘I know why logs spit. I know what it is to be consumed.’’
 
Difficulties, despair, dangers, distress, and the results of our own wrongdoings can all feel consuming. Circumstances slowly drain our hearts of joy and peace. When David experienced the consuming consequences of his own sinful choices, he wrote, “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah” (Psalm 32:3–4). 
 
In such difficult times, where do we turn for help? For hope? Paul, whose experiences were filled with ministry burdens and brokenness, wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8–9). 
 
How does that work? As we rest in Jesus, the Good Shepherd restores our souls (Psalm 23:3) and strengthens us for the next step of our journey. He promises to walk that journey with us every step of the way (Hebrews 13:5). 
 
What are some of the consuming struggles you’ve experienced? How did you respond? How did God meet you in those difficult times? 
 
This devotion blessed me. May this be our prayer today, Father, give me the strength to endure the hardships of this day, and the hope of Christ for the eternal tomorrow You have promised. Amen. He is forever faithful. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Matthew 11:28


Flourishing Like a Flower

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. (Psalm 103:15) 
 
My youngest grandson is only two months old, yet every time I see him I notice little changes. Recently, as I cooed to him, he looked up at me and smiled! And suddenly I began crying. Perhaps it was joy mixed with remembering my own children’s first smiles, which I witnessed so long ago, and yet it feels like just yesterday. Some moments are like that—inexplicable.
 
In Psalm 103, David penned a poetic song that praised God while also reflecting on how quickly the joyful moments of our lives pass by: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone” (vv. 15–16). 
 
But despite acknowledging the brevity of life, David describes the flower as flourishing, or thriving. Although each individual flower blossoms and blooms swiftly, its fragrance and color and beauty bring great joy in the moment. And even though an individual flower can be quickly forgotten—“the place thereof shall know it no more” (v. 16)—by contrast we have the assurance that “the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him” (v. 17). 
 
We, like flowers, can rejoice and flourish in the moment; but we can also celebrate the truth that the moments of our lives are never truly forgotten. God holds every detail of our lives, and His everlasting love is with His children forever!
 
In what way can you flourish in this moment? How can you bring joy to another? 
 
This devotion blessed me. God provides what we need to flourish for Him. I love the word, what an incredible reminder, The Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. Amen!! 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is 2 Corinthians 4:7-9


Are You There?

I will be with thee . . .(Exodus 3:12) 
 
When his wife contracted a terminal illness, Michael longed for her to experience the peace he had through his relationship with God. He had shared his faith with her, but she wasn’t interested. One day, as he walked through a local bookstore, a title caught his eye: God, Are You There? Unsure how his wife would respond to the book, he walked in and out of the store several times before finally buying it. To his surprise, she accepted it. 
 
The book touched her, and she began to read the Bible too. Two weeks later, Michael’s wife passed away—at peace with God and resting in the assurance that He would never leave or forsake her. 
 
When God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, He didn’t promise him power. Instead, He promised His presence: “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). In Jesus’s last words to His disciples before His crucifixion, He also promised God’s eternal presence, which they would receive through the Holy Spirit (John 15:26). 
 
There are many things God could give us to help us through life’s challenges, such as material comfort, healing, or immediate solutions to our problems. Sometimes He does. But the best gift He gives is Himself. This is the greatest comfort we have: whatever happens in life, He will be with us; He will never leave nor forsake us. 
 
How can you draw on the power of God’s presence? How can you live differently, knowing He’s there with you every step of the way? 
 
Lord, thank You for the wonderful promise that You’ll be with me always. In the midst of life’s crises and routines, may I learn to rely on Your presence, knowing You are walking with me. Amen. 
 
This devotion touched me. I love what it says, the greatest comfort we have: whatever happens in life, He will be with us; He will never leave nor forsake us. What a reminder, an assurance we have in this life. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, Psalm 46:1. He is always faithful. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Matthew 6:6
 


Watch Out!

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) 
 
I grew up in warm southern cities, so when I moved north, it took me a while to learn how to drive safely during the long, snowy months. During my first hard winter, I ended up stranded in a snowdrift three times! But after several years of practice, I began to feel comfortable driving in wintry conditions. In fact, I felt a little too comfortable. I stopped being as vigilant. And that’s when I hit a patch of black ice and skidded into a telephone pole on the side of the road! 
 
Thankfully, no one was hurt, but I learned something important that day. I realized how dangerous it can be to feel comfortable. Instead of being watchful, I had gone on “autopilot.” 
 
We need to practice that same kind of vigilance in our spiritual lives. Peter warns believers not to glide thoughtlessly through life, but to “be vigilant (alert)” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is actively trying to destroy us, and so we too need to be active, resisting temptation and standing firm in our faith (v. 9). That’s not something we have to do on our own though. God promises to be with us in our sufferings and, ultimately, to make us “strong, firm and steadfast” (v. 10). By His power, we learn to remain watchful and alert in resisting evil and following Him. 
 
Where do you need to be more alert? In what ways will you stay vigilant in following Jesus? 
 
This devotion blessed me. May this be our prayer every single day. God, keep me from growing lazy or too comfortable in my spiritual life. Help me to remain watchful and alert so that I can resist temptation! Amen. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 62:7