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    Christian Devotional – June 26, 2019

    Give God your best. Elijah was working with the widow that God had sent him to. He knew the plan, but the widow did not. Read 1 kings 17:13-14. Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.'” 1…

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    Christian Devotional – June 25, 2019

    Perception. Yesterday we read that God commanded Elijah to go to a certain widow because she was going to provide for him. Today we see that widow not knowing or understanding anything about that and struggling to even provide for herself. Read 1 Kings 17:10-12. So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.” As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in…

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    Christian Devotional – June 24, 2019

    The next step. Elijah had been obedient and God had provided. However, now there is a new command from God and Elijah has a choice. Read 1 Kings 17:8-9. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 1 KINGS 17:8‭-‬9 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.8-9.NASB Obeying God is truly a command, but it is an ongoing thing. We must continue to obey him and not get stuck in the prior command. What if Elijah had said, “No, God, you told me to go to the stream and I’m staying…

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    Christian Devotional – June 23, 2019

    Don’t underestimate God. God had promised to take care of Elijah during this drought and famine time, but he didn’t say how he was going to do it. Still, Elijah went where he said to go and amazingly something happened that he never would have expected. Read 1 Kings 17:6-7. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook. It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. 1 KINGS 17:6‭-‬7 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.6-7.NASB God can use anything he wants to in order to accomplish his purpose.…

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    Christian Devotional – June 22, 2019

    Obedience. Elijah’s entire life was about obedience to the Lord. Here he followed through on the command that the Lord had given him that we saw yesterday. Read 1 Kings 17:5. So he went and did according to the word of the Lord , for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 1 KINGS 17:5 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.5.NASB If someone were recording the story of our life, how often would there be verses like this one? Do others see us as people of obedience to the commands that the Lord has given us? Elijah was given a specific command and he understood that command…

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    Christian Devotional – June 21, 2019

    “I got your back.” Elijah had delivered a difficult message. Now, God is helping Elijah understand that He will be there to take care of him through this difficult time. Read 1 Kings 17:2-4. The word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.” 1 KINGS 17:2‭-‬4 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.2-4.NASB God knew and understood the Elijah was going to need someone to take care of him during this time. There was…

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    Christian Devotional – June 20, 2019

    Elijah was a amazing person in the Bible. He was used by God in truly incredible ways, yet he was often depressed and struggled. We’re going to spend the next several weeks diving into the life of Elijah. Read 1 Kings 17:1. Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord , the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 1 KINGS 17:1 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.1.NASB Elijah was a settler in the northern area of Israel and he went to the King of Israel and made this statement.…

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    Christian Devotional – June 19, 2019

    What do you “know?” So often we can get caught up in what we know, or what we think we know. It can be a distraction that causes us to have a higher opinion of ourselves than may be appropriate. How caught up are we in making sure we are always right? Read Paul’s final words to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:20-21. O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”- which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. 1 TIMOTHY 6:20‭-‬21 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.6.20-21.NASB We have to remember…

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    Christian Devotional – June 18, 2019

    Where is your treasure? What do you work to gain? Paul is still talking to Timothy about the wealthy and how they should act and he continues in 1 Timothy 6:19. storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 TIMOTHY 6:19 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.6.19.NASB These are people who already have wealth, at least they have it in this life. Paul wants to remind them that storing up treasure is important, buy we are to be storing it up for the future, the eternal future. Only by staying focused on the eternal will we…

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    Christian Devotional – June 17, 2019

    Act rich. There is a way that rich people should act. Paul starting giving Timothy instructions for the wealthy yesterday and he continues today. Read 1 Timothy 6:18. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 1 TIMOTHY 6:18 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.6.18.NASB People who are followers of Jesus Christ and that God gas blessed with wealth. They need to know how to act rich. Here, Paul tells them to do good, be rich in good works and be generous. That is how someone who is rich should act. Interestingly, even people who do not have a lot of money can act…