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.

Blessings and Curses

Dec.13, 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 some blessings that come from listening to God’s Word and obeying His commandments are His unyielding love and support. God bless you.

The scripture is from Deuteronomy 11: 26-27: “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today.”

The devotion is titled Blessings and Curses by Katelyn Molloy. The author recalls a memory when she was in the fourth grade. Her teacher passed out voluntary worksheets to be completed by a certain day. One week she forgot to do it. The consequence of not turning the worksheets was sitting out at the beginning of recess. She decided to lie; during lunch she completed the worksheet and tried to hand it to her teacher saying she found it in her backpack. Her teacher was not fooled and informed her that she would sit out the whole recess. She learned that lying did not get her anywhere but made it worst. She said this is like God’s commandments. God asks us to follow His commandments for our own good. He is not doing this to control us, but to have us live a happy and long life, full of His blessings.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: How can we become more familiar with God’s commandment? How has following God’s commandments blessed you?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, I study God’s word daily and I have been blessed by living a happy life, full of His blessings.

A Personal Prayer for us: Dear God, thank You for Your love. Please bless us and help us follow Your commandments. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/13/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Blessings and Curses by Katelyn Molloy.

The Holy Spirit

Dec.12, 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. I think that Jesus says the world cannot receive the Spirit of Truth, because the world is still in sin. God bless you.

The scripture is from John 14: 16-17: “I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever: the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive, for it doesn’t see him and doesn’t know him. You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

The devotion is titled The Holy Spirit by Darla Noble and Joyverse. The authors start with how we describe our spirit. Then ask if it is holy. The Holy Spirit is described as divine. It is Jesus’ final parting gift to us before He left the earth. The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit. It counsels us, guides, and fills us with God’s divine presence. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is available to every person for free at any time. You might ask, how can we receive the Holy Spirit? In Acts 28, Peter saysto repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, and we will receive the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit following our repentance and our baptism. In conclusion, the Holy Spirit is a precious gift from God. It can guide and direct our lives, protect, teach, comfort and give us the strength to be the person God created us to be. The authors are asking won’t we let the Holy Spirit fill us, today and always.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What words would you use to describe your spirit?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, I would describe my spirit as holy because it is a gift from God.

A Personal Prayer for us: Dear God, we repent of our sins. Thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that washed us clean. Please fill us with Your Spirit. We want to live by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/12/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, The Holy Spirit by Darla Noble and Joyverse.

God’s Military Escort

Dec.11, 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. I think Ezra would be ashamed to ask the Babylon king for protection because God’s hand is on all those who seek Him, for good. God bless you.

The scripture is from Ezra 8:22: “For I was ashamed to ask of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the way, because we had spoken to the king, saying ‘The hand of our God is on all those who seek him, for good; but his power and his wrath is against all those who forsake him.’”

The devotion is titled God’s Military Escort by Heather Tietz. The author sets the background for this devotion by stating that before Jesus and Roman rule, journey by foot was dangerous, law was not enforced, and bandits were common. Referencing the above verse, Ezra was preparing for a journey from Babylon to Jerusalem with treasures for the God’s temple. With the Babylon’s king permission, 220 temple servants, about forty Levite priests, and the prayers of God’s people, Ezra sets out with no Babylonian military support, just fasting and prayers from God’s people. After several months, the temple treasure arrived safely. In conclusion, Heather reminds us that God is enough. God will protect us in His own way. Our God has all the tools of salvation at His hands, God is enough!

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: What are you most afraid of? Can you truly say, “God in your Savior and protector?” Why or Why Not?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For me, I am not afraid of anything because God is my Savior and Protector.  

A Personal Prayer for us: Dear God, please protect us from the problems we will face today. Help us to remember to place all our faith and all our trust in You. You are more than enough for us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/11/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, God’s Military Escort by Heather Tietz.

Like a Wind Turbine

Dec.08, 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. I do good works because of my faith. God bless you.

The scripture is from Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast.”

The devotion is titled Like a Wind Turbine by Heather Tietz. The author starts by stating that most religions require actions. Many religions teach that a peaceful afterlife is contingent upon one’s own success at living right. Christianity is different. It needs only faith. It is God’s gift to us. God only ask that we believe. When we believe, we can’t help but trust Him. God wants our heartfelt, “Not my will, but Yours God.” Our invisible trust will manifest itself in actions because Christian lives live differently when faith is there. The author continues to make the point about faith by the way giant turbines work. She says that the wind might be invisible but set a giant turbine in front of it and you can see it’s there driving the blades around, powering factories and homes, giving life to lifeless things. Faith is like the wind. You can’t see it working until you put it to work. When you put a problem in front of faith, you can see faith working, driving us to our knees, giving peace beyond understanding, inspiring works, and prompting feet to move. Faith in Jesus empowers Christian lives. Faith lights up the world.

Reflections, Questions, and Challenges for Us: How does your faith manifest itself in a recent problem?

Here is my response, yours may be different: For us, we were facing our daughter’s death. When she died, we put our faith in God that she was finally home with the Lord, and we celebrate her life with others.

A Personal Prayer for us: Dear God, thank You for Your saving grace. Please bless our faith, strengthen it and use it to bless others. We praise You for Your many gifts, though we know we are unworthy of them. You are our all in all. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Inspirations (2023/08/12) retrieved from Website: Daily Bible, Like a Wind Turbine by Heather Tietz.