Don’t Stop at Your Limits

But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you. (Philemon 1:22) 
Paul asks them to prepare a guest room for him…surely their prayers will cause his release from prison. 
He not only speaks positively of leaving prison, but writes in hopes that he can raise their spirits. 

He expressed faith that their prayers were moving his chains and he looked ahead…not down at his shackles. 
The present moment can often be like Paul’s shackles, clear evidence that we cannot change our situation. 

Don’t stop at your limits, but look to God, who is limitless!! 

I will do what I can, and God does what I can’! 
Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say. (Philemon 1:21) 

When I read this devotion I felt it was full of so much truth and power. I pray today you are encouraged with confidence to do the very best you can in all things great and small and watch God do what you can’t. Hope is seeing light in spite of being surrounded by darkness. Cling to hope and continue putting one foot in front of the other. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

My Redeemer Lives

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. (Job 19:25) 
What a thrill to KNOW that my Redeemer lives! Jesus Christ is just as alive today as He was right after the resurrection. In fact, He is just as much alive today as He was before the crucifixion, and even before He came to earth and was laid in the manger. 
What difference does it make whether we serve a living God or one made of stone? Isn’t it just a practice we believe in? Is it a crutch to help us along our way? No! Absolutely not! 
A living God knows right where you are day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. He sees your every need, hears your every cry, and longs to hold you close to Himself. He is present to walk with you through the valley. He provides a song in the night. He takes your feet from the muck and mire and plants them on a rock. He blesses you with hope and gives joy for Life’s journey. A god with no life is unable to do these things. He cannot see, or hear, or reach, or touch, or provide. He simply cannot. 
But my God is alive! The joy and the assurance that we celebrate on Easter doesn’t end when the holiday is over and the decorations are all packed away. Why? Because Christ is alive. So rejoice, my friend, and live each day with the hope and joy that Easter brings. Walk with Christ. Talk with Him, and allow His joy to penetrate your heart and fill your soul. Don’t live in defeat and agony as if Christ is still on in cross, or in the tomb. HE is alive! He IS alive! He is ALIVE! 
Lord, I praise and worship You because You are alive and because You share Your magnificent self with me as Your child. Thank You for the constant day by day fellowship I have with You. Thank You for being alive! Amen. 
How blessed we are. When I read this devotion I was reminded of what Jesus said to Thomas, blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. He saved me! My redeemer lives! 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Job 19:25 

That you May Believe

And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. (John 19:35) 
Over 333 prophecies were fulfilled during the life of Christ. Twenty-eight of those prophecies were fulfilled while Jesus was on the cross. In this Scripture passage, John points out three times that certain events occurred for the Scriptures to be fulfilled, “that ye might believe.” 
In the Christian life, our salvation (our faith) is based upon one thing: our belief that Jesus Christ came to earth as the Son of God, fully God and fully man, and that He gave His life as a ransom for us. He was not just a good man or prophet or teacher—He was God incarnate. Jesus began His journey to earth back in the Garden. God told us that her Seed (the woman) would crush his head, the head of Satan. The rest of the Old Testament foretold of His coming and God’s people knew to look for Him. Yet, when Jesus showed up on the scene, many of them did not believe. In the course of three years, He did more miracles than could be recorded. But still, many did not believe. 
Jesus fulfilled the prophecies, just as had been told. He died on a cross for the sins of humanity and opened the way for all who look upon Him and believe in Him, to have everlasting life. But, He did not stay dead—He arose on the third day. Jesus conquered death so that we may live. One day the rest of the prophecies will be fulfilled, just as the Bible foretells. One day, Jesus will return and will reign as the King that many of these people were looking for when He came the first time. Until then, we wait and we eagerly look for Him to return. Do you believe? 
The Bible was written so that we may believe. The Gospel of John was written by the disciple whom Jesus loved, so that we may believe. Regardless of life’s trials and hardships, do not allow the hardness of this world to weaken your faith. Look up! Look to the Cross and be saved. Sometimes we need to be reminded to look up and see Jesus. He is with us right now—He is with you right now. Just believe. 
Lord, I will never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross. Help me to never take for granted the forgiveness You have extended to a sinner like me. Help me walk in the freedom You gave to me as a result of Your perfect sacrifice. Amen. 
This devotion blessed me so very very much! What a powerful reminder for each and every one of us, no matter what hardships you are facing, look up. Today, ask yourself, Do you believe? Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. He is great, He does miracles so great! That you may believe. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 12:25 

Just Believe

Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. (John 1:50) 
What does it take for you to believe? For some, we want the small things like a peaceful day. For others, we want our bodies healed. And for others, we want God to appear to us and give us direction on what to do next. All of these requests fall on the lines of appeasing our flesh. Our flesh doesn’t want to struggle or guess; we want clarity, peace and a life that is pain free. But that is why many do not believe. 
At times, God does perform these kinds of miracles, but God doesn’t need to prove He is God as much as we need to prove we believe He is God. Despite how we feel, what we see or how we think, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith goes beyond the senses to a deep understanding and knowing that He is God in the midst of a hassled day and in the hurts from life’s circumstances. Faith is believing without seeing. 
The Lord asks us today, “Do you believe?” If the answer is yes, He will spiritually open your eyes to see in faith what He has for you. He might not show you through a burning bush or through an earthquake, but it is that still small voice that will testify within your spirit His will and ways for you. Sometimes He says, “Wait.” Other times He will say, “Go.” But every time, the Lord Jesus Christ will say, “Just believe.” He knows what is best. Trust Him today with that issue you want to see God work through so badly. Give it to Him. Lay it down at His feet. Just believe and you will see greater things than these. 
Wow! What a powerful devotion! I pray this touches someone to the core today and ignites something inside them that gives them hope to keep moving on. You will see greater things than these, just believe. 
Have a beautiful day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is Psalm 37:5