Devotion, Prayer

The Power of Prayer – Monday

Rose Of Galaxies Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Rose Of Galaxies Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

If you thought surrendering your life to Christ would give you smooth sailing waters to heaven and there would be no storms, you thought wrong. Believers face a sinister, hostile, aggressive enemy that fights dirty. His name is Satan. He strikes hard using powerful weapons when we least expect it.

1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

How do we fight? We have been instructed to put on the whole armor of God, to stand and to pray.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

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Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Prayer is to the Christian what communications are to a soldier in combat. Prayer summons help, request, supplies and instructions for battle. Prayer builds a line of defense that Satan and his forces cannot penetrate.

WHEN A BELIEVER PRAYS, SATAN TREMBLES.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Plug-in to the power of prayer.

Devotion

How does all this fit into our eternal salvation? – Saturday

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John 10:27-29 – 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Eternal life is given to us by Jesus. Wow, He gives it and the Father guarantees it. We are kept in the palm of the Fathers hand. He has hold of us. He is keeping us. We are eternally saved because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He keeps us from falling and His resurrection is our assurance that this eternal life is indeed true.

If you have not already this week, please stop right now and take time to reflect of His finished work at Calvary. Thank Him for loving you, saving you and keeping you.

Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

We are kept by the same power that provided for us the resurrection. God will never let you go. The resurrection assured that He is capable of doing just that. Keeping you secure in Jesus.

Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for all He endured to assure me of my eternal salvation. Help me live my life everyday anticipating His return to take me home to be with you. I renew my commitment to honor you in how I live my life. Give me the strength to bring others to you. I pray in Jesus name, amen.

Devotion

What does the resurrection mean to each of us? – Friday

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

His resurrection actually means the possibility of life for each of us. Sin has an eternal price. It must be paid. We either pay for it ourselves, or someone else has to pay for it. Only one person in all of human history meets the qualifications God requires.

Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

There is a song written many years ago that says this: “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I own, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” I am a sinner and I owe a debt that I cannot pay. God will only accept two forms of payment. My eternal death or Jesus’ substitutional death. With the substitutional death, comes life. Eternal life that comes with the resurrection. Wow. You see, Jesus did not stay dead. You as a believer, will not stay dead.

II Corinthians 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

I Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

One day, if Jesus does not come first, I will physically die. My body will be buried in a cemetery. Don’t worry however, I will not be dead. I will be with the Father and the Son in Heaven. Then one day, Jesus will call that body from the grave and I will be glorified and I will live forever with Jesus. Can you say the same thing?

Prayer: Father, thank you for the resurrection. I am eagerly awaiting the coming on my Lord Jesus. Help me live my life as if He could come today. Let me be used to bring others to Him. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotion

What happened during the time Jesus was dead? – Thursday

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I Peter 3:18-19 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

That word prison refers to the place where the dead lived awaiting the resurrection. Sin had to be paid for before they could enter into the presence of the Father. Jesus went there and revealed the truth to those who were awaiting the resurrection. We are told that Jesus ministered to those who were there. Death is the judgement for sinful man. Jesus became sin for each of us. He paid the debt of death.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Sin must be paid for.

It has a price. The ultimate price is death. Jesus literally died. His spirit separated from His body and He died. This is what happens when you and I die. Now, since His resurrection, the believer’s spirit goes straight to heaven to be with the Lord and the body goes to the grave.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Jesus, while in “prison” was getting ready to lead those who were believers into the presence of the Father.

Prayer: Father, I am thankful that Jesus took my punishment. I realize He died for me and took ALL my sin upon Himself. Help me to live my life in a way that show you I love you and am thankful for all you have done. Help me to honor Jesus and share His love with others, I pray in His name, amen.

Devotion

Was His burial important? – Wednesday

Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Bible prophecy is important. If God fore told something and it did not happen as He said it would, then God and the Bible would be unreliable. Hundreds of years before the crucifixion, Isaiah told of Jesus’ burial. It would be among the wicked and rich.

Matthew 27:57-58,  When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:  He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.:

Jesus’ tomb was among the tomb of others who had died in sin. This is encouraging in the fact that once again it proves the truth found in the scriptures. God’s word is sure and steadfast. In it we have the words of eternal life.

Why should His burial have such importance in the scripture? Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all tell of the event.
1. In order to be buried, you must first be dead. This is proof that Jesus actually died.
2. The body was properly prepared and anointed for burial.
3. The tomb being sealed made it impossible for His disciples to steal the body away.
4. His death was necessary for there to be a resurrection.

When we think of all the things about Jesus, we often overlook the importance of His death. You see my friends, without Him first dying, we could not have eternal life. We could not be included in the resurrection of the dead, because there would be no resurrection. Today, take some time to reflect on the fact that Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, tasted death for each of us. The just for the unjust! It is all part of God’s ultimate plan for man.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the shedding of blood on the cross. I know my salvation is possible because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Help me to live for Him every day of my life. I love you and praise you for your goodness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Why did His death happen the way that it happened? – Tuesday

Isaiah 53:10-11 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Long before Jesus came to earth, the Father ordained that our redemption would take place by the giving of His son. Up until Jesus crucifixion, animals had to be sacrificed on a yearly basis. When Jesus shed His blood, it satisfied the Father. The sin debt had been paid. It had to happen the way it did or God could not have be satisfied and our salvation would not have been possible.

Hebrews 9:11-12 – 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

You see that, He obtained eternal redemption for us BY HIS BLOOD. He shed Blood. Blood was required. Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

As odd as I might seem, today take time to thank God for the shedding of blood Jesus did at Calvary. It is what washed you white as snow.

Isaiah 1: 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the blood of Jesus. Help me never to be ashamed of Him and what He has done in my life. I praise you today for including me under the precious blood of Jesus, In His name I Pray, amen.

Devotion

What does it mean to reflect on Him – To remember Him? – Monday

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This passage in Psalms holds great promise for the believer. Often, we allow the trials and troubles of this life cloud out His goodness in our everyday lives. David wrote this as he felt entrapped by his enemies. He felt he was being overcome. Ever feel that way? What did David have to do? This man that God called the apple of His eye was in despair. He is what he did. He stop, waited and reflected on God goodness and God’s protection and God’s mission for his life. He “reflected” on what the Lord has already done in his life.

That is something we need to start doing more of. We need to wait on the Lord. We need to look back at what He has done for each of us.
1. He gave His live on the cross for our sins. – Matthew 20:28
2. He has gone on to glory to prepare our eternal home. – John 14:1-3
3. He has promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. – Hebrews 13:5
4. He has promised that this is going to work out just the way He planned, Romans 8:28-29
5. He has promised when it is all over, He is coming to take us home with Him. – Acts 11:1

Psalm 27: 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Give God the Glory, for indeed great things He hath done.

Prayer: Father, thank you for all that You have been doing in my life. Help me this week to reflect on Your goodness and on all that Jesus has done for me. Let me be faithful in sharing Your love and goodness to those I have influence over, I pray in Jesus name, amen.