Children and heirs

March 31st, 2021

When I do my devotions each morning I never cease to be amazed at how much the Bible contains in one or two verses. Today I read Galatians 4:6-7 NLT.

[6] And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” [7] Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

These two short verses tell us…

1. We are God’s children. John 1:12 also tells God has adopted us as His children when we believe in Jesus.

2. God sent the Spirit into our hearts. Jesus lives in our hearts by the Spirit’s presence.

3. We call out to God as our Abba Father. Some Bible scholars say the the word Abba is equivalent to the term Daddy.

4. We are no longer slaves but free as His children.

5. We are His heirs. Romans 8:17 says we are co-heirs with Christ.

I love knowing we are God’s adopted children, co-heirs with Christ, we are free, the Spirit lives in our hearts and we can cry out to our heavenly Father as a child cries to out to their Daddy.

I love God and I love His Word. It always has something fresh for us every day.

Blessings,
Dave

Our help comes from God

March 30th, 2021

Today for my devotions I read Psalm 121:1-8. It is a wonderful Psalm that gives us comfort in times of trial.

As I read six things stood out for me…

1. Our help comes from God who is the maker of heaven and earth (v1-2)

2. He will not let us stumble because He watches over us always (v3-4)

3. The Lord stands beside us and protects us (v5-6)

4. The Lord keeps us from all harm (v7)

5. The Lord watches over our life as we come and go (v8)

6. He watches over us now and forever (v8)

These six things give me great comfort and confidence. It helps me to know that God is both with me now and watching over me always.

Be blessed today,
Dave

God’s love is unbreakable

March 23rd, 2021

This morning for my devotions I read Romans 8:38-39 in the passion translation, this is the version that I shared about in my last post.

Six quick thoughts came to mind…

1. We live with confidence that nothing can separate us from God’s love

2. His love will triumph over death

3. His love will triumph over life’s troubles

4. His love will triumph over evil powers

5. There is nothing in our present or future that can weaken His love for us

6. No power in the universe can distance us from His passionate love for us in Christ Jesus

As I dwell on these six things it reminds me that God’s love towards us in unbreakable.

He loved us and showed it in Christ’s death for us. He loves us today. He will love us forever and ever.

You are loved and kept by God for now and all eternity.

God Bless,
Dave

The Passion translation

March 21st, 2021

One version of the Bible I am enjoying more and more is the Passion Translation. I like the way it speaks to me about God and His Kingdom. I especially enjoy it for my devotions.

Here is a sample of the Lord’s Prayer…

Matthew 6:9-13 TPT
[9] Pray like this: ‘Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn.
[10] Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven.
[11] We acknowledge you as our Provider of all we need each day.
[12] Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
[13] Rescue us every time we face tribulation and set us free from evil. For you are the King who rules with power and glory forever. Amen.’

I really like the way the Lord’s Prayer flows and the wording. Verse 10 really speaks to me afresh in the TPT.

If you would like to find out more about the Passion translation you can visit the website here https://www.thepassiontranslation.com.

Blessings,
Dave

The brevity of life

March 18th, 2021

Psalm 90:12 NLT – Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

As Christians we need to know the brevity of this life so we will have a right perspective about this life and eternity. If we think this life is all there is, we will lose sight of our great salvation and all Jesus has done for us. A person who has true wisdom knows that we live this life in light of eternity and that we will spend way more time in eternity that we will here. As a line in the old hymn Amazing Grace says, “When we have been there 10,000 years, we have only just begun”.

Dear God, help us to understand just how brief our time here on earth is. Help us to realise that the time we spend on earth is nothing compared to how long we will spend in eternity with You. Amen.