Humble…Obedient…Blessed

Dec.20, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture, Intended Purpose, from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word. If you want to leave comments or feedback, you can email jp0870584@gmail.com. The significance did the sheep and shepherds have to Jesus’ life is that Jesus came into the world in the most humbling low esteem way, and the shepherds were the first to be notified. God bless you.

The scripture is from Luke 2:8: “There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.”

The devotion is titled Humble…Obedient…Blessed by Darla Noble.  Darla states the during the time of Jesus’ birth, shepherds were close to the bottom of the social scale. Yet they tended, guarded, cared for, and manage sheep; one of the most vital commodities of the economy and health. She further says that this would make perfect sense that God would choose shepherds, the keepers of the lambs offered as a sacrifice for sins, would be the first to meet Jesus, the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world. In conclusion, Darla asked that as we celebrate the Christmas season and enter a new year, she hopes we will become more like the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks that night: humble, obedient, and blessed.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What occupies our time? How do we feel about lowly, menial work? What can we learn from today’s bible verse about God’s attitude toward humble laborers?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, what occupies my time is doing the best job I can do because I know it is God who placed me in the position, even if it is lowly and menial work,  I will do the best I can to add to God’s glory.

A Personal Prayer for us: Holy Lord, thank You for sending Your Son into the world. Thank You for Your many blessings. Please help us make our lives a living celebration of His birth during the Christman season and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/20/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Humble…Obedient…blessed by Darla Noble.

Making the Invisible Visible

Dec.19, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture, Intended Purpose, from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word. If you want to leave comments or feedback, you can email jp0870584@gmail.com. Faith is believing in something that is not seen. God bless you.

The scripture is from Romans 3:23-24, 28: “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. We maintain therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

The devotion is titled Making the Invisible Visible by Heather Tietz.  Heather starts this devotion by comparing the air to faith. We all know that air is a force, but it is invisible. For example: air can blow seeds, push clouds, lift airplanes, and drive the weather. It is a force causing change. She goes on to say that Faith, like air, is an invisible force. It can be heard in words, prayers of thanksgiving, encouraging self-talk when depressed. Faith can be seen in our tithe and in the Sabbath we honor. Faith can be felt in the peace that comes when we pray. To conclude, for air, it must have a force to put it in motion. That force is sunlight. For faith, it is God’s grace, His gift of Jesus, the Light of the World. This is the force that gives our faith movement.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: How could we explain the relationship between grace and faith to a child? How does following God’s commands and doing good works fit into it all?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, I would explain to the child that faith is based on God’s grace, He offered His son as a sacrifice for our sins. To show our gratitude, we follow God’s commands and do good works to glorify Him in Heaven.

A Personal Prayer for us: Thank you, Lord for being gracious to us. Thank You for sending Jesus to love us and show us how to love You and love others. Help our hearts for You to affect how we live today. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/19/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Making the Invisible Visible by Heather Tietz.  

Intended Purpose

Dec.18, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture, Intended Purpose, from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word. If you want to leave comments or feedback, you can email jp0870584@gmail.com. For me to live according to today’s promise, I need to make sure I do my part to preserve what God created. Humanity is included in God’s gift because we were given authority over His creation and to care of it. God bless you.

The scripture is from Genesis 1:30: “’To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;’ and it was so.’”

The devotion is titled Intended Purpose by Darla Noble.  Darla starts this lesson off by talking about the pesky flies and mosquitos. How we thought why God created them and how we could do without them. God created everything for a purpose. He created us for a specific and unique purpose. God created everything needed to sustain each and every living element of His creation and make the planet a robust, thriving ecosystem. God continues to bless us too. He has done even more for us. Everything He created lives according to His purpose.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What are some things God provided for you yesterday, today, and tomorrow?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, God has put air in my lungs, food to eat, beautiful things to look at, and pets to love and love us.

A Personal Prayer for us: Dear Lord, thank You for being a God of provision. You wrap us in Your arms with tender loving care. Please help us to live a life that expresses our thanks for what You do. Help us to fulfill Your purpose for our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/18/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Intended Purpose by Darla Noble.  

Faith Factor

Dec.15, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word. If you want to leave comments or feedback, you can email jp0870584@gmail.com. For me I am not afraid of anything. When things come up, I am confident in my faith in God. God bless you.

The scripture is from Proverbs 3:25-26: “Don’t be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation for the wicked, when it comes: for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.”

The devotion is titled Faith Factor by Beatrice Jean-Baptiste.  The author states that from the begging of time, fear presents a challenge, and no one is exempt from it. Anxiety, depression, and fear are universal, and affect all humanity all over the globe. In the above passage Solomon is encouraging us to live in faith. God promises to keep us from being overtaken by destruction like the wicked. God’s protection and provision buoy our faith in Him. In conclusion, fear is universal, but faith is too. When we put our trust in God, our fear transforms into faith.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: How can we cultivate our faith in God? In what specific ways might that eliminate our fear and improve our confidence?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, as I read God’s Word, I cultivate my faith in God. Doing this eliminates my fears and improves my confidence.

A Personal Prayer for us: Gracious God, thank You for replacing our fears with faith. Our confidence in You empowers us to put our hope and trust in You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/15/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Faith Factor by Beatrice Jean-Baptiste.

Seeing God Every Day

Dec.14, 2023

Here are my reflections and comments from today’s scripture from Our Daily Inspirations App.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, before I read or comment on God’s word, I pray that He prepares my heart to receive his guidance and ask that He uses me as his vessel to comment on His word. If you want to leave comments or feedback, you can email jp0870584@gmail.com. For me for me I see God in everything. God bless you.

The scripture is from Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

The devotion is titled Seeing God Every Day by Darla Noble. The author says that when people read the beatitudes (Matthew 5), they focus on the cost rather than the reward. Today’s verse, being “pure in heart” isn’t about being perfect. It is about seeing God every day, everywhere you look. She concludes that the pure on heart are truly blessed; they see God.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: Where do you see God? Take the time today to write down all the things that show you who God is.

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, I see God in everything. My favorite time is in the mornings. I see the sunrise. I smell the fresh morning air. I feel the cool crisp air. I hear birds chirping. I taste a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

A Personal Prayer for us: Dear God, please make us pure in heart. We ask that You open our eyes and the eyes of our hearts to see You everywhere we look. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/14/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Seeing God Every Day by Darla Noble.