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Rob's Daily Devotions April 15 – 21

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 9:04 AM Rob's Daily Devotions April 15 – 21 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.

Rob Gardner Retired AFA Staff Member MORE


His Will

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.  Then he separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:1-4 NLT).

There is nothing too big for our God!!!! Give Him all of your problems, needs, and desires.   He is able.   There is nothing too big or too small that He can't fix.   Just remember to pray in His will, not ours. 

Dear Lord, your will: nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.  Amen.


The Power Is His

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless (Isaiah 40:29 NLT).

God's plan is living in us and through us.  He will accomplish all that He has laid out for us if we are obedient.

Also, we need to realize; we are invincible to Satan's attacks, not by our power or abilities, but by the power of Jesus Christ.  Satan can ruin our families, work, ministry, and our lives if we don’t stay focused on “the main thing” and that “main thing” is keeping JESUS “the main thing.”

Today focus on Jesus; He is “the main thing.”  When we keep Him first in all that we do, we will be victorious in all aspects of our lives.

Lord God, help us to stay focused on you.  May we relive Your amazing grace each and every day.  Amen.


We Should Serve Him and Others

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6 NLT).

We must realize that God is everything that we are not.

Father God, thank you for being God.  Thank you for your creation.  Thank you for every mountain you created and every valley you placed on our earth.  Thank you for life.  Father, you created a perfect man and man chose to fall into sin and brokenness.  Father, thank you for Jesus.  Thank you for saving your broken creation and giving us a chance to have a relationship with You through our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Lord God, you are amazing.  Help us to humble ourselves and realize that You are God and we are your children.  Help us to serve You and to serve each other.  Help us to be more like Jesus today than we were yesterday.  It is in His mighty name we pray.  Amen.


What Is Faith?

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1 NLT).

Faith is an intangible, mysterious thing.  I can't give you the faith that I have, and you can't give me the faith that you have.

One thing that we can be certain of is that when we put our hope, trust, and faith in Jesus Christ, we are placing that faith in the right place.  By placing our faith in Christ, we are placing our faith on the Rock.

Thank You, Lord, for being the Rock of our lives.  We pray that all, who might be struggling with their faith, will open their hearts to Your presence in their lives.  Lord, provide them confidence so that they might attain the faith of our fathers.  Amen


Darkness or Light?

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.  You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil – the commander of the powers in the unseen world.  He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.  All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature.  By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.  But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.  (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-6 NLT).

Are you still dead or are you living in the Light of our Savior?  God's plan is perfect, but we must become willing participants.  Have you made that choice?

Jesus accepts us as we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way.  Thanks be to God.

Lord, bring all of us out of the darkness of sin and into Your amazing light.  Lord, keep Your light burning brightly so that many might see Your love, mercy, and grace.  We ask and pray in the mighty name of Jesus.  Amen.


He Bled for Us

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith.  He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:24-26 NLT).

Have you been washed in the blood of Christ?  Have you accepted Him so that the blood that He shed will cover your sins?  He died for each of us, but you must accept that He did this for you.  No one can do it for you, you must proclaim Jesus as your Savior.

Please pray with me:

Lord God, lead the lost back home to You.  We ask in the mighty name of Jesus.  Amen.


The Water can be Deep

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.  So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.  “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.  Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.  “You have so little faith,” Jesus said.  “Why did you doubt me?”  When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped (Matthew 14:28-32 NLT).

We get ourselves in bad situations because of our lack of faith and belief in our Savior.  We will often step out in faith for what we feel Jesus is asking us to do, then we get discouraged when things don't go as we expected.  Sometimes, we immediately give up our God-inspired dreams.  We question ourselves on whether it was something that God wanted us to do or was it something that we wanted to do.  So we just give up and quit.  This seems to be a pattern of our human nature.

As we are floundering in our unbelief and lack of faith, God will show up and show out.  His intervention is many times immediate.  Although at other times, He will make us wait and flounder in our lack of belief, not as punishment, but in order to teach us an important lesson in life.

It's important for us to always remember that God is with us and will never leave us.  As it's been said many times, “The will of God will never take you where the riches of God cannot supply you.”

We should go into all areas in life prayerfully with faith and trust in our God.  He will lead, direct, and deliver us.  His will?  It will be done – even if we find ourselves sinking in deep waters.  He stands ready.

Thank you, Jesus, for pulling us out of the deep waters of our lives.  Thank You, Lord, for calming the storms and stilling the waves.  Amen.


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