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Saturday, February 25, 2017 Devotion

 

“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places.  He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”  (Psalm 18:33-34)

The Lord prepares the one who walks with Him for the spiritual battles that will take place upon this earth.  There are those who think the peace of God is the cessation of hostilities, but walking in a land in rebellion against the Lord means having a world that is hostile to all who are in Him.  Be prepared by the Lord for whatever may come knowing that He has already provided for your every need.

Lord, clear my mind to see that in You I must be prepared for all that will come.  Keep me from thinking that it must be what I determine it should be, but instead simply accept that You have prepared me for all that will come.  Grant me strength in You to do battle where You will have me battle that I may remain faithfully in Your care.  Guide me this day in the way You would have me go.

Lord Jesus, You were constantly assailed by those who minds were upon themselves and the ways of the world, yet with tenacity You continued on for the sake of all those who would come to the Father through You.  Continue to guide me this day that I may hold fast to Your never- failing truth that You have revealed which is a light unto the nations.  Lead me in all things Lord Jesus.  Amen.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Devotion

“For by You I can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall.  As for God, His way is blameless; the word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”  (Psalm 18:29-30)

There are those who fight, resist and seek their own strength to topple the One who has already determined His will.  Seek refuge in the One who saves.  For God has given to those who come to Him sure promises and His strength as their shield.  Take refuge in the Lord and know that He will lead you all the days of your life within the arms of His eternal care.  Run with the Lord.

Lord, my mind fills with doubts and I trust in what I know.  But what do I know?  A few years and a partial experience of the whole.  You who know all things have granted us the ability to come into You and be shielded from all that this world throws our way.  Guide me O Lord in Your way, for Your way is truth.  Help me in times of weakness to lean on Your ever present arms of mercy.

Lord Jesus, You are the blessed assurance of the ages.  You have come in our frail weak earthly body to lead the way into eternal peace.  Guide me today and every day that I may walk in the ways You would have me go.  Lead me according to Your kindness and help me through every doubt that assails me.  Lead me O Lord in the way of salvation that I would abide in You now and forever.  Amen.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Devotion

“For You save an afflicted people, but haughty eyes You abase.  For You light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.”  (Psalm 18:27-28)

The Lord rescues those who know this world is in trouble and turn to Him.  In Him there is the true direction of life and the way to live.  Those who think all is well while trouble is around them will not see that the God of creation reaches out to those who desire goodness and mercy.  He lightens the load by showing the truth of this world and all who see it come to Him.

Lord, there is darkness in this world.  Although You have shown us some things, there are many who refuse to see things as they are.  They seem to stumble in the darkness.  Guide me not to be angry with them, but have compassion on those who do not see.  Lead me to know that what You have shown me is true that I may walk in the way You would have me go.  In all things, lead me in Your way O Lord.

Christ, You have come and You are the light shining in the darkness.  Guide me ever more into the light You have revealed that I may walk in the way of light.  Lead me to see and respond according to what You show me that I would walk in Your ways.  Help me O Lord to learn from You how to be faithful.  In all things, guide me according to Your never-failing promises.  Amen.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Devotion

“With the kind You show Yourself kind; with the blameless You show Yourself blameless; with the pure You show Yourself pure, and with the crooked You show Yourself astute.”  (Psalm 18:25-26)

There is a wisdom in life that is reflected in this grace which the Lord has given us.  What you give to another elicits a response of the same kind.  Show yourself, which we all do, and receive the same response.  God is love and desires that we respond and reflect with that love for Him and for others.  Do not be trapped by the crooked, but live in the light of the One who is kindness itself.

Lord, help me to have the type of personality that You have placed there from the beginning.  Guide me in your way by the fruits of the Spirit that I would reflect Your light in all I say and do.  Help me to live according to Your never- failing principles and be guided by the light of Your love.  In all things, may I reflect to others what You have given me through grace.

Holy Spirit, without Your guidance none of these things upon which I ponder would be possible.  Help me this day to grow more in the kindness and love that You have given me by grace.  Lead me to explore the reality that if I act with kindness I will eventually see around me kindness.  Keep me from the way of the crooked and set the path straight before me that I would walk the path You have revealed.  Amen.

Friday, February 24, 2017 Devotion

“For who is God, but the Lord?  And who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless?”  (Psalm 18:31-32)

Upon what is your hope based?  Is it upon the shifting sands of this world’s ways?  Is it upon the dreams you wish?  The Lord is the creator of all things and upon Him rests all that exists.  Do not trust in those things that will shift and change, but upon the One who created all things.  Know that in Him are life, liberty and the eternal future that is in Him alone.  Know the Lord and know life.

Lord, I am carried away by whatever the current trends are and place my hopes and dreams upon the fleeting ways of man.  Take me out of this cycle that trusts in things other than You that I may see truth and live the life for which I have been created.  Guide me in Your ways O Lord, for only in You is there hope beyond tomorrow.  Help me see with clarity how simple things really are.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming in a way in which we can easily comprehend Your message.  You have asked for us to follow You, the cornerstone of existence.  You have called for all who would hear Your voice to simply come as we are and be guided by Your gentle hand to learn the way of eternity.  Lead me, O Lord, to follow You in all of Your ways that I would abide in You and You in me.  Amen.

Monday, February 20, 2017 Devotion

 

“I was also blameless with Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.  Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.”  (Psalm 18:23-24)

No, there is no one without sin, but this is not the same as being blameless.  In Christ, all sins have been taken away and the one who is in Christ is therefore blameless.  But one who is blameless leads a life that seeks to keep away from iniquity.  The one who does good is judged by what they are able to do in Christ.  Seek then the righteousness that comes through the Savior.

Lord, I have often thought I had to earn it all and forgot that without what the Savior has done it is impossible.  Guide me into the place where I think less of myself and simply do what it is that You have always asked me to do.  Guide me along the paths You would have me go for Your Name’s sake.  Keep me on a path that produces fruit befitting Your kingdom and leading a life that is acceptable to You.

Lord Jesus, without You it would be impossible.  Help me I pray to see in You the only hope for us all.  Then, help me to live into the life that is always choosing to not do the things of iniquity, but that which is pleasing to You.  Through all things grant that I would remain thankful for all that You have done and give my life in gratitude to You.  Through You alone I am able to walk with You now and forever.  Amen.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Devotion

“For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.  For all His ordinances were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me.”  (Psalm 18:21-22)

Many are they who hear but do not do.  The ones who come into the Lord seek His ways and flee from the ways of the wicked.  He has given us His statues to lead us and teach us the way of life.  Though there be those around you who will not obey, it is not they, but you who shall stand before the Lord to give an account.  Stand in grace before Him by seeking His ways all the days of your life.

Lord, You have come to lead the way back to You.  Your Son has been sent in order to clear the way.  Guide me to learn repentance that I would unlearn the wickedness of this age in order to learn Your ways of righteousness.  Lead me to delight in Your statutes and to ignore the scoffers and haters of goodness.  Help me clearly understand the way I should travel and then lead me in that way.

Lord Jesus, You have come to reach out to all who would receive You, and through You, in the Holy Spirit,  the Father.  I need the help You give each and every day.  I struggle to please others rather than You and do things for which I am ashamed.  Help me now and always to simply come to You, my Savior, knowing that You will always guide me in the way of righteousness.  Lead me always Lord Jesus.  Amen.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Devotion

“He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.  The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.”  (Psalm 18:19-20)

It is the Lord who saves.  We do not save ourselves, but are saved by the Lord.  We are saved to come back into the order of righteousness he established from the beginning.  He will lead us.  Do good and know the way of the Lord.  Share the hope of salvation and be the example of one who trusts the Lord; for He will bring you to a broad place to become who He made you to be.

Lord, you delight in your little ones, for You created them and they are yours.  Guide the hearts of all who know this to come into Your righteousness and live with You more fully through the difficulties of this world of rebellion and sin.  Teach us the way that is clean and right and help all who turn to You to be guided by Your Holy Spirit in order to receive Your goodness now and forever.

Lord Jesus, You traveled a difficult road in order to free us to come with You to eternal life.  Help me today to do those things which are pleasing to the Father.  Guide me to make choices that are fitting for righteousness.  Help me through all things that will come my way to see in You the never ending gift of goodness and holiness.  May I be fully Yours now and forever.  Amen.

Friday, February 17, 2017 Devotion

“He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.”  (Psalm 18:17-18)

No matter what happens in life, the Lord is there to guide you along the way.  Things in life will happen, as they did to Jesus, but it does not mean the Lord is not with you.  In fact, when all is stripped away, it is the Lord in front of Whom you will stand.  Trust in the Lord above all things and know He will guide you through all things.  He who gave life sustains it through all trials and travails.

Lord, help me to see in you the way of life and that throughout this life You lead and guide me to the place You have always intended.  Through what I call the twists and turns of life, You are leading ever forward to the place where You have always known I would be.  Help me live the drama of this life knowing You are always by my side, accomplishing all that You have purposed.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for demonstrating in the body that this life is not something that is coasted through, but lived in good times and bad.  Lead me to know that in You is all hope; and Your grace sustains me through every valley and over every mountain that shall be in my path.  In You I see that all things shall work together for good.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way You would have me go.  Amen.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Devotion

“Then the channels of water appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.  He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”  (Psalm 18:15-16)

Out of the midst of many troubles the Lord lifts up those who turn to Him.  Trouble is in the world and shall remain until the end of this age, but it need not overwhelm you.  The Lord knows all that You need and provides even before You ask.  He will not condemn those for whom Christ died, but has purpose in all that comes our way.  Always seek the Lord, for in Him alone is the future.

Lord, You have called me out of the fog of this world to seek You and all of Your ways.  Guide me along the paths of righteousness You have established for Your name’s sake that I may walk them with You leading.  Guide me through all times of trouble in this age of constant turmoil.  Lead me to see in You every hope, knowing that Your will shall be accomplished through all that happens around me.

Lord Jesus, by Your example, help me see that You have already prevailed over the tribulations of this world.  Though there still be a time of rebellion, guide me away from such disobedience that I would walk in Your ways knowing that You have the words of eternal life.  Lead me, my Savior, in the way You would have me go and show me what is pleasing to the Father that I may continue steadfast in Your righteousness .  Amen.