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Rob's Daily Devotionals for August 7-13

Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 07:49 AM Rob's Daily Devotionals for August 7-13 ATTENTION: Major social media outlets are finding ways to block the conservative/evangelical viewpoint. Click here for daily electronic delivery of The Stand's Daily Digest - the day's top blogs from AFA.

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Comforted So That We Might Comfort 

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT). 

God's plan is perfect. Every detail is worked out to perfection. We can trust in Him to provide for us and He then uses us to provide for others. That provision is not only the ability to comfort others, but to also help others in many ways. 

We are never to walk past someone whom we can help without offering a hand of assistance. That said, there are sometimes situations that are best suited for someone else to handle. Maybe God put you across a situation that you can't handle, but you know someone that can? Maybe your job is just to get these two parties together? I'm just saying that God has a mysterious plan that gives us an opportunity to work together for the good of others in the mighty name of Jesus. 

Thank You Lord for your plan. Thank you for putting us in the right place at the right time, so that we might be of assistance to others. We are also thankful for people providing help to us when we need it most. Dear Father, thank You. In Jesus' name, amen. 



Prayerfully Yours, Lord 

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet

and a light for my path.

I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again:

I will obey your righteous regulations  (Psalm 119:105-106 NLT). 

Join me today in prayer. I pray that God will use our petitions, to do amazing things in our lives and in our nation. 

Let us pray together. 

Lord, we come humbly before Your Throne to ask that You guide our path, today and forever. We ask this for ourselves and for all those that read these words. We have all stumbled and struggled with life. We need You Lord and Your direction for our lives. Lord, we ask specifically that you will give us discernment for Your will in our lives.

We also ask, for all those that are reading this, that You will provide them a clear vision of what you would have them to do. Lord, lead us and direct us in Your perfect ways.

Father God, We also pray for our nation. Our nation is struggling with sin. We have removed You and Your instructions from our lives, our government and our people. We are struggling as a nation with hate being the main theme for the day. Lord, We lay these requests at the foot of the cross. We give you total control and ask that you meet our needs and Your mighty name be glorified. I pray this in the matchless name of Jesus the Christ. Amen. 




“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying”  (Romans 12:12 NLT). 

Our hope is not in this world but in God. We will have trouble and trials as we walk on this earth, but God provides us the strength to endure. Stay strong and pray. 

Dear Lord, thank You for your unfailing love. In Jesus' name, Amen. 



Prayer Time

Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter (Psalm 24:9 NLT).

What does your prayer life look like? Are you getting quality time with God? Are you getting some "alone time" with Him? Are you coming to Him praise or just your wish list? Are you spending time listening for Him to speak? If so, then when God speaks, do you act in obedience?

These are all valid questions that every follower of Christ should ask themselves. We should spend time each day with a devotion and prayer. Being a Christian is so much more than going to church on Sundays and Bible study on Wednesdays. We must develop that personal relationship with Him. He does hear our prayers. His timing is perfect and might not line up with our time table. This will make us rely on our faith, in which we grow.

If you want to grow deep in Jesus, begin or extend your personal prayer time. Bring Him all your needs, no matter how small and be sure to praise Him for answered and also unanswered prayer. It's been said that unanswered prayer is sometimes the best answer that we can receive. God knows the big picture, we don't. Trust in Him.

Father God, help us to realize that we need our prayer time, daily, if not more often. Help us to be still and listen for Your instructions. Help us, Father, to understand that we can bring You any request, whether it be tiny or huge. Lord, help us to pray in Your will and not necessarily our wants. Father, thank You for loving us and hearing our pleas. I pray in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.



God's Grace and Our Faith

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith  (Philippians 3:8-9 NLT).

Are you guilty of leaving God at the church house? Too many of us walk around depending on ourselves. We go to church and get some preaching and feel good about ourselves, walking out in our spirit and not in the Spirit of God.

Folks, we aren't made right by ourselves or by the things we do, but are only made right by the power of God. We must die to self and live for Him. We are saved by our faith in Christ and by His mercy & grace for us.

Lord God, thank You for saving us from ourselves. Help us Lord, to truly die to self and let You have full control. Amen.



God's Promises - Bank on Them

“God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection”  (Psalms 18:30 NLT).

He promises His hand of protection. The key to His promises is to give Him your heart, abide in His word and live according to His direction.

Dear Father, help us to draw nearer to You. I pray in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus. Amen. 



It's Temporary 

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever 

(2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT). 

Whatever we are struggling with is only temporary. Our struggles are just part of a broken world we live in. Be assured, Jesus paid the ultimate price for each of us (everyone), so that those that know Him, really have nothing to fear or worry about. 

One of the key points to take from this is “those that know Him”.  Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?  Choices must be made. Choose wisely. 

Lord God, may you bless all those that read this today and let them know, no matter what is going on in their lives, You are with them and will bring them through the fire. I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. 





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