Thursday 4 July 2024

July 4: Amon 7:10-17

Key Verse: Amos 7:15
But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

Devotion:
What would you do if God called you out to go and say something against the leaders or government? I think the first thing I would do is spend time with God to find out a bit more. By reading these words from Amos it does appear he did exactly that because he was able to tell the priest Amaziah some personal details!

Always try to make sure it is God who is prompting you to do things and make sure you are prepared for what is ahead instead of rushing forward with half an idea. The evil one also has his spies amongst us and will use them to trip us up if we go in unprepared. We don’t have to be the ones fighting the war because Christ has already done that; but we should be prepared for what the evil one could do to trip us up and make us look like the ones telling stories!

God will always make sure you are prepared for what is ahead if you are willing to stop and listen to His instruction. Today I have been wearing a T-shirt which proclaims “God does not make mistakes!” He does not! But we do and if we do not listen to the instructions carefully, we may be the ones ending up with egg on our faces...

Points to Ponder:
Do you listen for instructions?

Or do you rush in like a fool?

Wednesday 3 July 2024

July 3: John 20:24-29

Key Verse: John 20:29
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Devotion:
One of the hardest things to do is to believe on something you have not witnessed, especially when it is by definition ‘unbelievable!’ Why else would we have the word unbelievable if it did not mean exactly what it says! Thomas was keen to believe and to follow Christ, but when they told Him Jesus had come back to life, he could not quite bring himself to believe it – after all he had witnessed the wounds Jesus had on His body!

This is where Christ calls on us to have faith in the unseen. Jesus came to us to change the world and the way we look at things. It is up to us to take on board all we have read about and to believe it in our hearts without having to witness it first hand. This is the definition of faith – believing in the unseen!

Our task is to believe in what Christ can and does do even though we know it goes against our physical thoughts and against what we think should be physically possible. Nothing is impossible for Christ and nothing should stop us from believing nothing is impossible…

We have our bibles which are full of promises from Jesus and we should stand firm on those promises knowing He has done it all before and will do the impossible once again. Yes, it does take a deep faith in Christ!

Points to Ponder:
Can you believe without seeing?

Will you trust Christ and what He has said can be done?

Tuesday 2 July 2024

July 2: Matthew 8:23-27

Key Verse: Matthew 8:27
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Devotion:
There were a few times when Jesus made known the power of God in ways which made people stop in their tracks; this was one of them! Some of the disciples were experienced fishermen and knew how to handle themselves at sea, even in storms. None of them had ever seen a storm be quieted by a person!

Jesus did not claim this victory as His own but gave the glory to His Father in Heaven. He was willing to place His faith and trust in God and to rely on God at that very moment. When we do place our trust entirely in God’s hands, we can be sure He will answer us in ways we do not see every day. I know this because I have seen what He can do when I have placed my faith wholly in His hands.

If we claim to have done something when it was clearly God, we should not expect Him to continue supporting us when we call out to Him. But the disciples continued to see God love and support them wherever they were and what ever they were up to!

Jesus did not hesitate to give God the glory. We should do likewise and make sure we show others God is the power and He should get all the glory!

Points to Ponder:
Do you give God the glory?

Or, do you take glory for your own?

Monday 1 July 2024

July 1: Matthew 8:18-22

Key Verse: Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Devotion:
I used to get upset by people who would say I was blindly following God because I had no direction in my life, but nowadays I know I have the direction and I know I am still following God. The difference now is I have the confidence to stand up when people say things like that.

There are always going to be people who will try to trip us up by asking us difficult questions – the sort of questions they would not be able to answer honestly: things like “would you take your children first or God first!” I know the answer to that and no matter which way I answer, someone is going to get upset with me; so instead of answering it directly I try to think of a circumstance in their life where they would have a difficult choice to make and pass it back to them. But I would also tell them I know the answer to their question but will defer my answer unless they can make an honest and informed decision to mine.

The reason why I would do that is to show them they need to qualify their question because life is never as simple as their question. There will be times where I would seemingly take one first and times when I would seemingly take the other first – but they would be bound by very different circumstances.

God would never ask us an impossible question. Instead He gives us every chance to make the right choice at the time and will support us in our choice. When we give Him honest answers and call on His name, He will always make sure we can make a good choice and give us the chance to do so!

Points to Ponder:
Do you get bothered by people trying to trick you with questions?

Will you ask God for guidance every time?