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    Christian Devotional – January 6, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 5 God is truly Lord over all. Read 1 Samuel chapter 5. This may be one of my favorite chapters in all of scripture. What an amazing display of God’s power and authority over absolutely everything. We may try to put up idols in our life, but nothing can stand in the presence of our holy, awesome God. Knowing that God is holy and treating him as if he is holy are two different things. What do our daily actions look like and how do they demonstrate the holiness of God? Do we try to add God to any other idols that we have set…

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    Christian Devotional – January 5, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 4 “Let’s get God to do what we want.” Read 1 Samuel chapter 4. The Israelites have been fighting against the Philistines and they have been getting beaten. So they have the bright idea that, instead of going to God and asking him for help, they should just take the ark that represents God’s presence to the battlefield and everything will be ok. They didn’t bother to ask God what they should do. They didn’t even understand what the ark of God represented in the first place. They wanted to fight a battle and so they told God that was what they were doing and…

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    Christian Devotional – January 4, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 3 Do we see God moving in others? Read 1 Samuel chapter 3. I have read through this passage numerous times, and I’m always struck by the innocence of the young Samuel hearing the voice of the Lord for the first time. Yet, if it wasn’t for Eli, Samuel might not have recognized what was happening. Eli was the one who directed him on how to listen to the Lord and respond. Eli was the one who recognized what was happening. How many times has God tried to speak to me and I didn’t recognize it? How many times has God had a message for…

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    Christian Devotional – January 3, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 2 God is the provider. Read 1 Samuel chapter 2. As we look and understand this 2nd chapter of a 1 Samuel, we see the joy that Hannah describes as she praises God for the birth of her son Samuel. She understands and shares a very important truth about who God is. God is the one who gives and God is the one who takes away. Everything we have and everything we don’t have is a result of God’s allowing it in our life. We can be frustrated by what we don’t have, but we misunderstand that God is the one who brings us everything…

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    Christian Devotional – January 2, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 1 The God who hears. Read 1 Samuel chapter 1. When you read through the history of the people of Israel, so much of what happens can be boiled down to the phrase, “the God who hears.” You see, as the people are going through situations, they cry out to God and he hears them. He hears them as a nation and he hears them as individuals. This chapter starts off two books of history of the nation of Israel, and it begins with a story of a woman in distress who cried out to God, and he heard her. So many times we turn…

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    Christian Devotional – January 1, 2023

    The New Year A few weeks ago, I did a Devotional about this verse. You can read that Devotional here. Each year, I have chosen a word that serves to be a reminder for the entire year of what God has shared with me should be important as I go through the year. This New Year brings a new word. I feel led that my word for this year is “continue” based on this verse, Colossians 2:6. As we have made a commitment to give our lives to Christ, that is not just a one time event. We are to continue to stay focused on all that God desires to…

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    Christian Devotional – December 31, 2022

    The Decay Within, Day 9 The Earth is the Lord’s. Read Amos chapter 9. As we finish this chapter, this book, and this year, we are reminded that everything in the earth is the Lord’s. He is truly over everything. It doesn’t matter what we have gone through this year, the Lord is still over everything and the world is still His. We can rest in the knowledge that there is nothing that happens that is outside of God’s control. As we come into the new year, we need to remember that God knows what this new year holds. He is not going to be surprised and we can rest…

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    Christian Devotional – December 30, 2022

    The Decay Within, Day 8 The famine. Read Amos chapter 8. When people go through a famine, they are desperate to get food and water of any kind. Amos shares that the Lord is sending a spiritual famine. People will be hungering and thirsting for God’s words, but they will not have them. Are we desperate for the word of God? Do we long for him to move in our lives? What we are searching for in our lives may very well be God’s truth and that we have been experiencing a famine of our own. Will we turn to him?

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    Christian Devotional – December 29, 2022

    The Decay Within, Day 7 The standard. Read Amos chapter 7. As the Lord is speaking to Amos, we see that God is setting the standard. He show Amos a plumb line. This is used in construction to help find truly straight up and down. The people have fallen away from God and the people are no longer true. When we measure ourselves against others, we are generally not too bad. However, when we are measured to God, we will find that we will never measure up. Are we repenting to God? Do we hold ourselves to his standards?

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    Christian Devotional – December 28, 2022

    The Decay Within, Day 6 Do we grieve over our sin? Read Amos chapter 6. Looking through this chapter, we see so many of the sins of the people of Israel. Yet they were not bothered by their sin. They continued to do all of the things they were doing and had no sense of shame or remorse about any of their actions. Amos was trying to remind them of the importance of coming to God and repentance and recognizing that when we sin, we grieve God. For us, do the things that grieve God, grieve us? When we are disobedient to God, do we recognize just how terrible of…