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Small Steps Daily Devotions for January 3 - 9

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Monday

God in the Flesh

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1 NLT).

The Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ, is the beginning and the end.

John proclaims a personal, in the flesh, relationship with Jesus. His testimony is real, true, and factual. Jesus came so we might have a relationship with God. Without Christ, we cannot approach God because of the sin in our lives. Jesus satisfied our sin debt on the cross.

Thank you, Jesus, for saving us from ourselves. Lord Jesus, we give praise and thanks in your name. Amen.

Tuesday

Grab His Hand

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters (Psalm 18:16 NIV).

Our Lord will reach down to us, but we must reach up and grab His hand.

Lord, we lift our hands high to your throne. We are in dire need of you. Many don't know you. Many have turned from you. Lord, I ask you to remember your righteous few. Lord, save us from this evil and destructive world. Come, Lord, take our hands. Amen.

Wednesday

His Wisdom, Given Freely

I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths (Proverbs 4:11 NLT).

People can be an instrument of godly wisdom but can never be the source of godly wisdom.

Lord, thank you for using your children to share your wisdom. Help those blinded by this broken world see the only source for wisdom is through you and your amazing Word. We praise you, Father God, and it is in your Son's name we pray. Amen.

Thursday

Always with Us

I am counting on the LORD;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word (Psalm 130:5 NLT).

Life is crazy. We never know what will cross our path. We aren't to worry, though. We are to trust in Jesus and enjoy every minute He has blessed us with. Tell your family and friends you love them. Give them hugs and kisses, and thank God for every breath.

We might not be able to count on our next breath but we can count on God. He is always with us and will never leave us.

Lord, thank you for never giving up on us. Thank you for being with us 24/7/365. Yes, Lord, you are with us yesterday, today, tomorrow, and for eternity. Thank you for your Holy Word. Thank you for every breath we take. We praise you, Lord God, and give our lives to you. We pray in our Savior’s name. Amen.

Friday

Distracted Living

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts (1 John 5:21 NLT).

What is distracting you? What is in your life that takes a higher place than God? Maybe it's not a higher place than God, but something that takes your eyes off of Him. Maybe you should evaluate then re-evaluate your life's focus. We need to remove the distractions and give God his just devotion and attention. I bet life will become a lot easier to navigate. Just saying.

Dear Lord, open our eyes to who or what we are placing between you and us. We ask in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.

Saturday

Choices Matter

Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever (Psalm 86:11-12 NLT).

We serve an amazing God, but more than that, a God who loves us, has mercy on us and gives us second chances through His grace. I am so thankful He is a God of second chances; a God who sent Jesus to our earthly world so we might have a Savior; a God who loves us more than we can ever understand.

We serve a God who is God of all creation, and He loves us. We also serve a just God who can not be in the presence of evil and sin. He has a plan of salvation for each of us, it's our choice on whether we choose Him or sin. We can't serve both our sinful nature and God. God doesn't wish to condemn anyone to eternal separation, but He gives us the choice. We have the freedom to choose life or death. I pray for each of you to choose God and His commands, not the frills of this broken world. Our time, on this earth and in this life, is short. Our decision will determine our eternity. Choose wisely.

Praise you, Father God, for your love, mercy, and grace. We pray in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.

Sunday

Living in His Light

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity (Colossians 4:5 NLT).

Are we doing this? Are we living a Christ-honoring life in full view of those who don't have a relationship with Him?

Are we living in this world and not being drawn into being of this world? It's very easy to be drawn from God's light into the Devil's darkness. We must armor up each and every day.

(Please read: Ephesians 6:10-17)

Being a follower of Christ means picking up your cross and following His calling in your life. Many times that may not be what you have envisioned for yourself. Many times it may not be what you really want to do because it is out of your comfort zone. Jesus has a way of pushing us, sometimes far beyond an area of comfort.

God, your will – Nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else. Amen.

(Editor's Note:  "God Has a Gift for You" is the good news that restores the broken relationship we have with God because of our sin.)

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