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    Christian Devotional – March 12, 2019

    Lonely people often try to isolate themselves even more. Naomi did. She already felt alone and abandonded, so what did she do? She tried to be completely alone. Read Ruth 1:8-9. And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me. Ruth 1:8 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.8.NASB She basically tells them, “Look, you two have been great, but I got nothing more for you, so you should go back to a place where people can support you.” Lonely people often feel they have nothing to give and assume that…

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    Christian Devotional – March 11, 2019

    What’s the first step to take when you feel alone? Naomi knew it, and she took it. Naomi picked herself up and decided to go back to where she had been when she didn’t feel alone. Read Ruth 1:6-7. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the Lord had visited His people in giving them food. Ruth 1:6 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.6.NASB Naomi knew she needed to get back to God. She didn’t know what that would do for her, but she recognized that she needed something different, so she started with that. When…

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    Christian Devotional – March 10, 2019

    Alone. First Naomi left the land she knew. Then her husband died. Then 10 years later both her sons die. She felt very much alone. Read Ruth 1:3-5. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband. Ruth 1:5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.5.NASB We have all felt alone at some point in our lives. Maybe it was while we were literally, physically by ourselves. Maybe we were surrounded by people but didn’t feel understood or accepted. There are mamy ways to feel alone. Regardless of the way in which you felt alone, it still hurts all the same. God sees us when…

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    Christian Devotional – March 9, 2019

    Living out your faith is hard. We just finished James talling about having faith and acting on it and now we’re going to journey back to the Old Testament and see how two women lived out their faith. Read Ruth 1:1-2. Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons. Ruth 1:1 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rut.1.1.NASB The story doesn’t start out with much faith. This family, living in the promise land, experiences a famine. It doesn’t say anything about…

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    Christian Devotional – March 8, 2019

    Who wants to be a hero? In today’s culture we see lots of focus on superheroes. We have movies, books, comics, and even whole conventions where people dress up like them! The Bible talks about heros. Read James 5:19-20. My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19‭-‬20 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.5.19-20.NASB So how can you be a hero? According to these verses in James, if we are willing to help our fellow believers turn away…

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    Christian Devotional – March 7, 2019

    How effective are your prayers? We all want to be someone who gets what we pray for. We want to see God move in areas that we feel are important in our life and the lives of others around us. Read James 5:17-18. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:18 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.5.18.NASB Yesterday we saw that confession and prayer for each other is the key to seeing results in our prayer life. Today, James gives us a real life example. In these verses, we see Elijah mentioned and telling how he, even though he was just a man, made a…

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    Christian Devotional – March 6, 2019

    Confession, others, and effective praayer. It may not seem that these should go together, but they do. The way to have effective prayer is indicated in James 5:16. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.5.16.NASB As we recognize our sins and as we are confessing them to the Lord, there will be times that we have sinned against others and we need to confess our sins to them as well. People need to see and learn from our mistakes and real relationships are based on…

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    Christian Devotional – March 5, 2019

    What role does prayer have in your life? Talking with God can have such amazing results, but do we see that and are we looking for it everyday? Read James 5:13-15. and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. James 5:15 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.5.15.NASB No matter what state or situation we find ourselves in, there is a prayer for that. Prayer is the answer to everything we feel, think, or do. When we are happy, we should be praising God through prayer. When we are sad and upset,…

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    Christian Devotional – March 4, 2019

    Do your actions match your words? So often in today’s society, we use words quickly and occasionally thoughtlessly. Read what it says in James 5:12. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. James 5:12 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.5.12.NASB James has just been talking about how the wealthy should be acting and now he explains the importance of what everyone should be doing when it comes to what is said. Do we do what we say we are going to do? Or…

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    Christian Devotional – March 3, 2019

    Endurance. God is faithful. That is who he is and is a characteristic of what makes him God. As a result, we can endure, knowing that he will always be faithful to us. Read James 5:9-11. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:11 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.5.11.NASB One of the wonderful things about reading God’s word is the fact that we can see examples of how God has worked and moved throughout history. We can read about faithful servants of his who endured through…