Jesus Demonstrated Effective Ministry

We often hear about the many churches that are closing their doors because they can’t meet budget, or seem to attract a crowd from the neighborhoods in which they are located. While Jesus became well known for the many attributes he displayed, I bolded three actions in today’s Scripture that seemed to have made His ministry effective. Needs still exist today, so I thought we might look deeper into Jesus’ style of ministry and see if we could learn from it. Stay with me as we dig into the Word today.

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2022-01-19
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 4:23-25
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 23 Jesus traveled all through Galilee teaching in the Jewish synagogues, everywhere preaching the Good News about the Kingdom of Heaven. And he healed every kind of sickness and disease. 24 The report of his miracles spread far beyond the borders of Galilee so that sick folk were soon coming to be healed from as far away as Syria. And whatever their illness and pain, or if they were possessed by demons, or were insane, or paralyzed—he healed them all. 25 Enormous crowds followed him wherever he went….

APPLICATION: Some of you may have served in church leadership, or on a committee charged with organizing events designed to entertain different age groups in your church’s community. If your experiences were similar to those in which I participated, then you will agree with me that church leaders spend many, many hours behind closed doors in planning and organizational responsibilities. I’m not sure that we could ever succeed in ministering of the Gospel just through planning, but what if we concentrated on the proven methods of Jesus? Let’s examine the three main parts of His ministry, as mentioned in our Scripture:
—> TEACHING – We send our children to school to learn everything they need to survive in a workplace and in life overall. So, because they are lacking in these areas, we find help for them by well learned teachers. Most of us will pick up the Bible and try to read it, but we are quickly stumped by everything written. I would dare say that just as in Jesus’ day, many of us could benefit from the teaching of God’s Word. Our churches are blessed to have good teachers who do a fair job in teaching through Sunday School, Bible Study and small groups. But it is becoming more and more challenging to encourage attendees of the need to join others in this important learning experience;
—> PREACHING – I found it interesting that some translations said that Jesus ‘announced’ the Kingdom. Research shows that this means He preached about the kingdom of God. I believe this helps us to better understand why most churches still preach the Word of God. Please remember that for the preaching to be most effective to you individually, it is just as vital that you pray for your pastor or preacher, as it is to pray that God would open your heart’s door to accept what He has to say to you that day. You see, God’s Word is designed for us individually and God will speak to us personally and very directed as we tune our hearts to hear Him.
—> HEALING – I believe this is the area that you will tune into most intently, because you have seen so much fraud and false teachings/actions in this regard. I’m with you, because only God can heal, and I detest the idea of men or women proclaiming healing power of their own. However, I believe what the church needs most today is the man/woman of God who acknowledges the sole power of God in healing, and the love of God who sees the need for physical, mental and personal healing in everyone who crosses their path. For there are so many who are hurting in so many different ways, and they are hoping that the church will not only accept them as they are, but also empathize with them over their challenges in life. Especially since Covid, it seems that there is less connection between church leaders and their members who are in desperate need. Many times healing will come to hurting people just from someone who shows that they care. Leave the computer. Close the office. Call someone without worrying if you are disturbing them. People need the Lord, and their first step in that path towards the Master, is through knowing that His helpers and supporters care about, and love each other, especially in their times of need.
As I stated in my introduction, if churches spent as much time in ministering as they do in planning events, the Word of God will quickly extend to all ends of the earth, and the world will know who Jesus is, and that He cares for them, because they could see it in His representatives.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus’ ministry was effective and fruitful because He mastered three of the same areas that we try to perform today. Perhaps today we could emphasize even more on Teaching, Preaching and Healing of the whole person for even more effective ministry.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for caring enough for mankind that You were pliable in the hands of Your Father and followed through with being captured, crucified and buried so that we might know perfect love. I am in awe about Your resurrection and I praise God for such a miracle, because we are left with a risen Lord who still loves and cares for us. Forgive us Lord when we think it too much to sacrifice time to check on, and/or visit one another when there is a known need. How else will we prove Godly love for our Brothers and Sisters? You taught us how to love, and the extreme that one could go through to show love. You showed us how to minister effectively and You have blessed us with great churches, awesome ministers/pastors and also wonderful congregations who need to know about Your love for them, and see it practiced in reality every day. Please forgive us where we fail in this Lord. Help us to follow in Your footsteps for effective ministry to Your children we are blessed to associate with. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Today May Be YOUR Day

Sick for 38 years and lying among a number of sick people. What’s a man’s chances that today might be HIS day? Perhaps you’ve been dealing with certain challenges for a long time and you wonder if God is even hearing your prayers. As you meditate with me on the Word of God today, be reminded that you are not invisible to our all-seeing God! I am convinced that He knows you, He knows your name, and He knows your needs, but He still wants to hear you acknowledge Him and ask for your needs.

DATE POSTED Sunday, 2021-11-14
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: John 5:2-6
TRANSLATION: GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

BIBLE TEXT: Near Sheep Gate in Jerusalem was a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew. It had five porches. Under these porches a large number of sick people—people who were blind, lame, or paralyzed—used to lie. One man, who had been sick for 38 years, was lying there. Jesus saw the man lying there and knew that he had been sick for a long time. So Jesus asked the man, “Would you like to get well?”

APPLICATION: In our Scripture today, I was once again reminded how Jesus deals with us individually, and how He deals with our infirmities. There was another incident where a lame man sat along the road that Jesus was expected to travel. The lame man shouted so loudly to get the attention of Jesus, that he was told by Jesus’ disciples to be quiet. But among all the people that lined the street that day, Jesus chose to stop and pay particular attention to the lame man. He didn’t immediately heal him, but just as in the case of the man that sat on the porch at the pool of Bethsaida, Jesus asked them to verbalize their need. Seems very obvious, doesn’t it? But it seems like not only did Jesus want the lame men to identify their needs, but He wanted them to see it was their day! At the pool, the Bible says that many sat around waiting for the moving of the waters. Along the roadside, the lame man was one of many who not only wanted to see Jesus, but I’m sure that based on the many stories they had heard about the awesome power of Jesus, they were hoping that He would possibly have mercy on them that day. We are not told if there was anything special that drew Jesus to either of the men reference above, but one thing for sure is that this was ’their day’, and Jesus chose to heal them based of their need. How will you know if Jesus has planned to heal your body today or tomorrow? In the case of these lame men, there was absolutely no one who could tell them to be present, shout real loud, look a certain way, or anything. For it was Jesus who saw them and chose to heal them that day. No doubt He knew their need from a very young age. No doubt they had been at events where Jesus showed up before, and no doubt they screamed for His attention at those times also. I believe the message in this Scripture today is that we must never grow weary in praising God, nor petitioning His throne for our needs and desires. One day it will be our turn for Jesus to look on us, and out of the goodness of His heart, He will meet our desperate needs. Perhaps today you are standing before the throne in desperation, praying that God will meet a certain need for yourself or a loved one. God knows you intimately my friend, so keep on pressing Him for your needs. One day your time will come, and you will encounter the Great I Am, and be healed, enriched, encouraged, of just lifted up. It will be your time for a close encounter with the Master! So never give up, and be ready to give an account of the burning need that is impacting your life!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Although the lame men did nothing different, yet Jesus saw them where they were at, and chose to make their day! Among all the others that were looking to Him that day, yet Jesus saw these lame men and chose to give them the desire of their hearts. We must never give up on petitioning our God, for one day He will choose to grant us our heart’s desire, or meet our greatest need.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for not only creating us, but also hearing our most urgent and intimate cry. It is evident that You keep a very close and constant eye on our needs and hear the desires of our heart. Thank You for showing us through Your Word that You need no rhyme or reason to heal us, but just as Your eye is on the sparrow and You meet their every need, You are also watching over us and waiting to do the same for us. May we always be about our Master’s work, and may we be constant in asking, knowing that one day You will make our day and heal our diseases also. Your love is amazing and beyond comprehension for humble men to understand, but praise God we know that there is nothing You can’t do! Like the lame men, we’ll keep pleading our case and waiting for Your power to be unveiled and unleashed in us! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

You Are The Messiah!

Would you have headed towards the priests if healing was not evident? Would you have found your way back to Jesus to say ‘Thank You’? I am convinced that Jesus still heals today, but I wonder howe many of us have the faith that the lepers had. There are some very encouraging facts about this familiar story that, I believe, will prompt us to trust in God all the more. Take time to meditate with me on the Scripture.

DATE POSTED Sunday, 2021-09-18
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 17:12-16
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT:  12 …. ten men approached him, but they kept their distance, for they were lepers. 13 They shouted to him, “Mighty Lord, our wonderful Master! Won’t you have mercy on us and heal us?”
14 When Jesus stopped to look at them, he spoke these words: “Go to be examined by the Jewish priests.”
They set off, and they were healed while walking along the way. 15 One of them, a Samaritan, when he discovered that he was completely healed, turned back to find Jesus, shouting out joyous praises and glorifying God. 16 When he found Jesus, he fell down at his feet and thanked him over and over, saying to him, “You are the Messiah.”

APPLICATION: Often after we have exhausted every manmade remedy to heal our diseases, or empower our weaknesses, we will call on the pastor of our church, or perhaps an Elder or Deacon, as we suddenly become convinced that if all else fails, surely Jesus can heal us, or at least ease the pain we are encountering. Notice in the story that these men were not all Jews, so because of their disease and their nationality, they were probably outcasts. I believe that this was evident to the crowd that accompanied Jesus, but I know for certain that Jesus knew exactly who they were. With such a disease as leproacy, they definitely practiced social distancing, because the story tells us that they stood at a distance! Interesting that the lepers had faith to believe that Jesus didn’t have to touch them in order to heal them! Also interesting that the lepers obeyed the command of Jesus to go and show themselves to the local priests, even though they saw no outward sign of their healing. How many of us would start packing up our clothes in preparation for leaving the hospital, if we heard such a command from Jesus? Friends, the faith of these men became evident when they heard that Jesus was coming to town, and that He could probably heal them. It continued and became more evident when they made their first step towards moving near the path that Jesus would travel. They put their lives on the line by shouting above the noise of the crowd watching Jesus come through their town. They demonstrated their faith by asking Jesus to heal them at a distance, and then following His command to go to the priest. But the highlight of their faith was when they turned to go, even though they saw no evidence of their sickly skin being healed – yet. It is evident that at least one of the men was a person of good upbringing, because immediately upon seeing that his skin was healed, he aborted their mission and returned to say thanks, again. In fact, he suddenly realized that this was no ordinary man who healed him, but instead it was the Messiah whose presence they had encountered, and He thought enough of even Samaritans to heal their dreaded diseases. Friends, I believe that God is telling us through His Word that He is still God, and that He is Lord over all the earth – regardless of our religious persuasion, nationality, skin color, or anything else. If we have faith to call on His Son, Jesus, He will bring salvation to our soul. If we have faith to call on Jesus for healing, He still has the power to heal us from our diseases, yes even those for which mankind is still exploring resolution. I wish that as we meet for worship services this week, you will be asked to celebrate all that God has done for you this week. Yes, the worship music is always exciting and we each have perfect worship teams that share the music with us, but it’s the God who healed us, the God who is all-powerful, the God who created us – He’s the one that we want to recognize and worship from the depths of our heart. Please be reminded that Jesus is still Messiah, and He is anxiously awaiting our return to thank Him and worship Him for who He is and all that He has done for us.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Praise God for sending His Son, the Messiah, so that we might have new life – salvation in and thru Him, and that we may call on Him for all of life’s concerns!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for healing the 10 lepers, in spite of their nationality, but merely because of their faith and the condition of their heart. I have no reason to believe You have changed, so I also have faith to believe that You are still our great Healer. Please Lord, help us not to wait for the music to start at church, or depend on the tempo of the music to stir our hearts into worship to our awesome God, but to freely celebrate the awesome and miraculous work of our God among even us. Thank You Lord for being our awesome Messiah! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Nothing Too Big For Our God

At just the time when it seems like something is impossible, or there are no answers to a dilemma, we are reminded from God’s Word that nothing – absolutely nothing, is impossible for our God! It’s in these times of amazement that we learn to enjoy the awesome power of our God, and we regain confidence that there is nothing too big for our God. Perhaps you are burdened with stuff that has forced you to search even deeper for the God who deals in impossibilities. Today could be that very day!

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2021-08-21
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Joshua 3:14-17
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: 14-16 …. The people left their tents to cross the Jordan, led by the priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant. When the priests got to the Jordan and their feet touched the water at the edge (the Jordan overflows its banks throughout the harvest), the flow of water stopped. It piled up in a heap—a long way off—at Adam, which is near Zarethan. The river went dry all the way down to the Arabah Sea (the Salt Sea). And the people crossed, facing Jericho.
17 And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly planted on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot.

APPLICATION: Many stories come to mind as I am reminded of individuals who approached Jesus with situations that seemed ‘impossible’ to every one around them:
– -> A man crippled from birth – he wanted to walk like everyone else, but doctors, family and friends knew that there was no earthly way that could happen;
– -> A child whose sickness led to her death – her dad (Jairus) searched for Jesus when all earthly efforts proved empty;
– -> Over 1 million people faced a crossroads of either continuing to suffer in slavery, or listening to God’s messengers (Moses and Aaron) to follow them – through the Wilderness, with God as their provider of all necessary provisions;
– -> The Israelites stood at a further crossroads in life when Pharaoh’s army was right on their heels, and the Red Sea ahead of them. BUT God provided a miraculous way for them, even when there appeared to be no way; and
– -> In today’s testimony of our miraculous King, the Israelites followed the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant right up to the overflowing Red Sea, hoping that God would provide a way – another miracle?
These are exciting stories to read, but are they fairytales, or are we to think that this same God of Bible miracles is the same God that we serve today? For we awake each morning with increased challenges to our faith and wonder if Jesus will return today, or will He perform yet another miracle for our family/friends/loved ones? Some reading or listening to this devotional today may have awoken to news of yet another family member stricken by cancer, or Covid; Some may have loved ones in Haiti where increasing numbers are reported dead every day from the recent earthquake; Some may have loved ones trying to get out of Afghanistan, but from the scenes shown on the news each day, you just don’t know if they will survive the mobs fighting for their life. So like the Israelites, we also stand at a crossroads about what today may bring. Will God heal our loved ones? Is God in control, even in a distant land like Haiti or Afghanistan? Can God truly do what is impossible in the eyes of mankind? Friends, let me encourage you today to look at the faith, and the outcomes, of my above examples: God provided direction, food, water and protection for the Israelites; The crippled man took up his bed and walked, when commanded to do so by Jesus; In spite of the crowd jeering at Jesus when He said the child was just asleep, yet at the command of Jesus, the daughter of Jairus stood up and greeted her father; And, because of their faith and at the instruction of the Master, the Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry ground without any threat of drowning. But to apply this to our purpose today, let me ask you where is your faith? Have you recently petitioned the Father for anything that seems impossible to man? Through your eyes of faith, are you able to see beyond the realm of man’s knowledge and expertise, and instead look into the eyes of Jesus who specializes in things thought impossible by man? There is hope my friend! You may be looking at situations that seem impossible in every sense of man’s abilities, but God may be waiting for you to look through eyes of faith and ask Him to intervene on your behalf. If you haven’t done that yet, may I encourage you to never give up on the power, strength and abilities of our Father, for NOTHING is impossible with God!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Our Father will create a path where they seems to be no way. He can respond to situations thought to be impossible to man. Have faith!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, if there ever was a time that we needed You, it’s now. Life itself seems out of control as we sit helpless as family members contract dreaded diseases for which there may not be a cure. In fact, there are so many uncertainties that we often stand in a quandary about what tomorrow will bring. I pray that all who read or listen to this devotional will take time to examine their own heart and, through a test of their faith, be willing to seek the face of the only One who has answers to, or can do anything about, current circumstances. Lord I thank You for reminding us of the awesome God that we serve. May our faith be strengthened and, as we are tested, learn to look into the eyes of the only One who can do what others feel is impossible. What an awesome God that we serve! Thank You Jesus for hearing our cry, seeing our desperation and be willing to extend Your power once again in our desperate moments. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

With All Confidence, Trust Jesus

When enough is proven to us, we tend to gain confidence in the one trying to prove themselves. In other words, don’t just tell me you can walk the tight rope, go ahead and walk from point A to point B, then we will gain confidence in your ability. Jesus not only knew the details of what His disciples would find in the town where He was sending them, but He also knows every little detail about each of us – because He is God. Won’t you meditate with me today as we gain even more confidence in our Savior?

DATE POSTED Monday, 2021-08-16
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Mark 14:13-15
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: 13 So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 15 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.”

APPLICATION: The disciples on the lake late one night in boisterous waters gained confidence in the Lord when they saw Him walking on water, and then He calmed the rough waters. They knew His power, because they watched as many miracles were performed in their presence. But seeing first-hand what He was capable of, and how He saved their lives, they grew to be way more confident in His almighty, awesome, power. Jairus had a similar experience when He leaped outside of his Jewish faith and asked Jesus to come and heal his daughter. By the time Jesus arrived at the home of Jairus the child had ‘died’, at least in the eyes of the family and friends present. But Jairus watched as Jesus took his daughter by the hand and helped her to a position of the living! His faith in the miracle-working Jesus jumped to a whole new level that day, for his child who once was dead, stood before him in perfect health! Jairus knew that it was only Jesus, who could raise the dead. In our story today we are reminded of the awesome power of Jesus Christ. For only He could tell His disciples what to expect in actions and words, and with such precision. Can you imagine their expressions as they saw everything coming to pass just as He said? But for us, dear friends, we have a lot of proof available to us in the Word of God, that this same God we serve, is the same One who spoke this world into existence. The same God who created you and I. The same God who told us in His Word that that ‘if we humble ourselves, seek His face, and pray, then He would heal our land and forgive our sins’. With the confidence that this message brings us today, is there anything too big for our God? Can Covid stump Him or challenge Him beyond His ability to heal us, and our land? Many of our loved ones are struggling today, and that may also include many of my readers and listeners. Please go out in faith today, knowing that there is nothing too big for our God. Nothing is impossible for Him. But let me be quick to remind you also, that God told us in His Word, that He has not promised us tomorrow. Be ready for His return and/or your in-person meeting with Him today, for it’s up to God alone when He decides to call you home. It may not be Covid, and it may not be any known health issue you are dealing with, our God holds the key to your life. Be ready to meet Him today. Tomorrow will take care of itself, if you’re around to enjoy it here on earth. If not here, then there is no greater joy than being in the presence of Jesus!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Our God sees and knows all things. I must trust Him with all my heart, soul and mind, God being my helper!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, You know what we need and when we need it. This word was so encouraging today, because everywhere we look, it seems like everything is out of control and meeting with disaster after disaster. But praise be to God, You have reminded us in Your Word that You know exactly what’s ahead, and what’s around the corner. I have no doubt that You knew about Covid long before it ever surfaced to humans, and I know without a doubt that regardless of man’s attempts to find good medical solutions to save us, You are still the same miracle working God who created us, and You have made Yourself available to u,s even today. Lord, may Your will be doing and may Your kingdom come, on earth, as it is in heaven. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

He’s My Rock, Especially in Time of Trouble

Covid patients have family and friends dying all around them, so they may worry about their outcome. Other Covid patients see family and friends losing their homes and cars because they’ve been out of work for so long. What are you, or your friends supposed to do in these circumstances? God’s Word gives us helpful answers today. Stay tuned!

DATE POSTED Sunday, 2021-08-15
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 46:1-3
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble – more than enough and always available whenever I need you.So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you.

APPLICATION: My wife and I have a relative who has been in hospital about two months, most of that time being on a ventilator. Not only was his family prohibited from visiting with him, but they are facing mortgage and automobile payments, plus mounting utility bills, while their primary bread winner lies incapacitated and without his usual income. Understandably they are questioning what will they do? In my Old Testament Scripture today, the Israelites were facing a ‘giant’ as they stood ready to cross the Jordan River to take up new residence in their Promised Land. Not only were they facing huge armies, but they have just been notified that their leadership is also changing. No doubt they also had many questions about ‘what will they do’? Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and after facing many personal challenging situations, David wrote the Psalm we are meditating on today. You see, David knew that like him, his ancestors and his descendants have either faced, or will face, extreme circumstances where they could only look upward and acknowledge before God that they have no answers or insight into what they should now do. Friends, our world leaders today are right at that same place in pondering ‘what will they do’? For the man-made vaccine they produced to prevent the spread of this disease, has merely slowed down the impact, but even to vaccinated individuals are forced into already filled hospitals because they are about to die from the impact of this disease. Hospital beds would have to be emptied by dying children, before additional infected children could be admitted, according to one US State official. Have we not reached the same dilemma, the same ‘giants’ as the Israelites, and as David faced? I believe that God knew all about the challenges we would face that we would have no truly known cures for, so He had David share these encouraging words with us: ‘You, oh God, are a proven and safe place for us to turn to in these troublesome times where we have no real proven man-made answers. Because of all that You have already proven to us throughout Your Word, we know without a doubt that You are a proven source of help for those who have placed their faith and trust in You. Our mountains of faith are shaking, and the earthquakes of failed attempts by doctors and others are making us question each day ‘what else is coming that will be worse than we have today?’ You alone are God, the One who created this world and each of us that run around in it. You know the ones who have thrown their hands up and conceded to the defeat of crime, dreaded diseases, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. So I believe that the rest is up to us, we must now look to You more than ever before to take our hand and lead us through these rough waters, these troublesome times and these circumstances that we seem to have no real worry-free answers for.’ I’m Yours Lord, please take my readers/listeners and I by the hand and lead us through, while easing our minds to all that’s going on around us.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus is more than enough to satisfy our needs and our ailments, and He is available at all times – even though hospitals may be filled and doctor’s offices closed!

PRAYER: Dearest Lord Jesus, we stand very flustered and almost worried about the outcome of family and friends who are fighting for their lives because of Covid. We often shelter ourselves from the world, because we know that there is nothing else this world’s doctors and hospitals could do. But then we read the words You inspired David to share with us, and we are reminded that there is One greater than all our diseases and worries. You designed and created these human bodies. You know what impacts our bodies, and you stand ready to help us fend off diseases or anything else that might cause us grief. Lord, I just want to say thank You for accepting my plea to know You and to draw close to You. Because of that, I can freely look to You for EVERYTHING in life. Please calm our fears and protect us from the evil one and any diseases that may threaten us. May this serious time in our lives serve to draw us closer to You and depend fully on You for every phase of life. We are anxious to enjoy all the blessings of heaven that You have prepared for us, but we would really like to stay here as long as You desire, so that our lives might influence the unsaved. Please be our comfort and stay while every day ministering to the needs and challenges of this world. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

In Desperation, We All Need Jesus

We often find excuses why another person won’t listen to us if we tried to share with them about our Savior. So do you suppose that the crowd were astonished to see the leader of the Jewish temple show up to visit with Jesus while He was in their midst? Would you have dreamed of sharing Christ with Him, if you met him in private? Knowing Jairus taught that Jesus was only a prophet, what do you suppose drove him to the feet of Jesus? Let’s think on these things today and try to apply the lesson to our lives.

DATE POSTED Thursday, 2021-08-12
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 8:41-42
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: 41–42 Just then, a man named Jairus, the leader of the local Jewish congregation, fell before Jesus’ feet. He desperately begged him to come and heal his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, because she was at the point of death.

APPLICATION: We are way more judgmental than God ever intended us to be! We believe we know what a person is thinking, and we seem to have the answers on why they would refuse to listen to us! So for those gathered around Jesus, what do you suppose they must have thought when Jairus showed up, and when he knelt before the Master? Shocked? Afraid that Jairus was up to no good? Perhaps they stood ready to protect Jesus, if Jairus tried any funny stuff? But for just a moment today, stop and think about what brings people to Jesus. Although this man was a Jew and even stood in leadership with the Jewish people, yet in his time of desperate need he went to Jesus. That tells me that regardless of how strongly he spoke about Jesus not being the Messiah, as his fellow Jews believe, yet Jairus knew deep inside that Jesus was the Son of God and could therefore heal all man’s diseases. Isn’t it interesting how Jesus never questioned Jairus about why he would now seek Him out? I believe this is one more story that shows the love and concern of Jesus for His children, no matter how confused they are about who the world thinks Jesus truly is. I’m afraid that we have tried to become so ‘politically correct’ that we try to accept the misguided beliefs of another person, even when we know without a doubt what the Word of God says. Don’t your friends deserve to hear the truth, and then they could decide if the world is right, or if they could trust ‘thus says the Word of God’? Pray for me, while I lift each of you up in prayer, that we will love our family and friends enough to share the truth with them while laying aside any assumption we have about what they would accept from us. I heard a story last Sunday that reminds me of why Jairus may have sought out Jesus. You see, if Jesus is trying to get us from a place in our lives, that we will call Point ‘A’, to a better place in life, that we will call Point ‘B’; He knows that we will not willingly collect our things and move to Point ‘B’ if everything is going just fine at Point ‘A’. Often He will start placing obstacles in our path around Point ‘A’ and opportunities around His path at Point ‘B’, so that our minds will be redirected. Do you suppose that Jesus knew what it would take to win the heart of Jairus? Being a leader of the Jews, do you suppose that in Jairus becoming a changed man, other Jews might also be drawn to Jesus? Seek the Lord while He may be found dear friends. He will give you the desires of your heart, plus a whole lot more. Perhaps your friends are watching what you will do with Jesus, before they decide. Let me encourage you to turn your eyes upon Jesus today. Don’t wait for a disaster to help you make up your mind. Read my Footnote, especially the Scriptures noted in the link ‘To Know Jesus’. Know Him today, and know real peace!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus listened to the cry of Jairus and followed through in healing his daughter, regardless of what Jairus taught in the Jewish temple. No one is beyond the love of Jesus, if they call on Him!

PRAYER: Lord, I believe that You saw desperation in the heart of Jairus as He approached You on behalf of his daughter. You saw His need and You met His need. Many of us meditating on this devotional are burdened with needs. Oh that we will be impressed to seek You out as being the only One who could meet our needs. Covid is rampant all around us, and many of our family and/or friends are bedridden with this dreaded disease. May our hearts be so burdened, that we will remember who is able to heal and restore health and strength back to our loved ones. Please forgive us for judging others. In Your example in today’s Scripture, You simply met Jairus at his point of need – no questions asked and no level of judgment noted. Teach us Lord to be more like You in every way, every day, so that others will know of You, and believe in You. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Share What Jesus Has Done For You

Putting aside all challenges, and every heartache you might have, can you look into the face of Jesus and thank Him for all His kindness, His miraculous touch on your life, His protection in the storms of life and the pain-free, perfect place He has prepared for you when you leave this world? If you feel like you could do that, may I challenge you to consider how many family, friends, coworkers or others that you have shared that with? Think about that today with me dear friends!

DATE POSTED: Wednesday, 2021-08-11
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 8:38-39
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: 38 But the man who had been set free begged Jesus over and over not to leave, saying, “Let me be with you!”
Jesus sent him away with these instructions: 39 “Return to your home and your family, and tell them all the wonderful things God has done for you.” 
So the man went back and preached to everyone who would listen about the amazing miracle Jesus had worked in his life.

APPLICATION: This is a very similar lesson to the one we encountered in yesterday’s devotional, so perhaps God is really working at our hesitancy to share about His goodness. Unfortunately, we each know of friends, and perhaps family as well, that did not make it through the challenges of COVID. But we all know of folk that did well, and survived this dreaded disease. We are thankful for the latter, and I’m sure those who overcame are also very thankful and probably share the highlights of their healing with family and friends. Now imagine for a moment that you were in the shoes of the demon possessed man. He was fortunate enough, and blessed to have met Jesus and enjoy His comfort and His healing. In fact, there was such a turn around for this man that he asked to remain in the presence of Jesus. No doubt he felt like there were enough other maladies in his life that hanging with Jesus for a longer period might restore perfection in his life once again. But notice that true to a previous statement by Jesus, where He said that He didn’t come to hang with those who are well, but instead with the sick and oppressed, so Jesus told the man that he must instead go and tell his family what Jesus had done for him. So think with me about the life of this man before he was touched by Jesus. He had no control over his life and his movements because of the demons that controlled him, so no one wanted to come anywhere close to him. Then this man found Jesus and received a healing touch from Him. Can you imagine the difference that must have occurred in this man? I’m sure that people must have looked at him and, seeing such a turnaround in his body and the control he now had over his movements, they must have immediately determined that he must have been in the presence of Jesus, the Healer and all-powerful Son of God. Friends, we are embarrassed to tell others of our many aches and pains because we don’t want them to feel sorry for us, but aren’t we ready to shout it from the mountain tops when our bodies are healed and our minds are at peace in knowing that we’ve been in the presence of Jesus? The demonic man expanded his outreach and wound up telling the whole town, not just his family, about all that Jesus had done for him. While this sounds very logical, isn’t it interesting the word used by the Passion Translation – he ‘PREACHED’ to everyone? You know, we all hide from this term because we don’t feel like we are well versed in the Bible, but we all can share about our experience with Jesus. Let me encourage you dear reader or listener, just tell them what Jesus has done for you – ‘preach’ this good news to them. Jesus will do the rest in drawing them to the foot of the cross to meet this Jesus who healed us, touched us, saved us, cared for us and returned us to society in best form.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Just share what Jesus has done for you! Share the good news with all you come into contact with. ‘Preach’ to them!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, what have we done to deserve God’s own Son? Who are we that He should live and die for us? Just as You healed the demonic man, You have also healed many of us reading Your Word today, and we are most appreciative for You loving us so much. Lord, we just can’t keep this inside, we must share the mercies of the Lord with others or we will burst. Please give us boldness to share the joy that fills us, and brag on Your goodness with all those we come into contact with. Just as You commanded the healed demonic to go and share what You did for him, I believe You are saying the same to Your children again today, so that the unsaved world will hear about Jesus and know Him personally. May Your kingdom come, even through our personal encounters with You. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Just A Touch From The Master

Two stories in our Scripture today, and in both cases we could see that the individuals were convinced that a ‘touch from the Master’ would take care of their respective problems. As we meditate on this neat Scripture though, I want you to think about how the individuals knew about the source of their healing. They heard it from somewhere! Are you sharing the love and power of your God with those you come into contact with?

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2021-05-11
WRITTEN AT: Jupiter, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Mark 5:22-23; 27-28
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 22 The person in charge of the Jewish meeting place was also there. His name was Jairus, and when he saw Jesus, he went over to him. He knelt at Jesus’ feet 23 and started begging him for help. He said, “My daughter is about to die! Please come and touch her, so she will get well and live.”
27 The woman had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him in the crowd and barely touched his clothes28 She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will get well.” 

APPLICATION: At one point, a pastor of a church I attended, at each baptismal service, had everyone stand who ever had a part in that person’s life. It was amazing – from Nursery workers, to Sunday School Teachers, to Youth workers, to Deacons and family members, they all stood as a witness. As I meditated on this Scripture today, I first thought about the Jewish worker from the temple. If they believed that Jesus was not truly the Messiah, why would the Jew feel like Jesus had the power to heal his daughter? Could it have been that many friends bragged on Jesus and shared their overwhelming joy of seeing loved ones healed by this Son of God? Could it be that for years his friends had been especially good to him and shared with him the love of Christ, even though they knew what He believed about Jesus? Now step into the feet of this Jew. What if temple worshippers saw him approaching Jesus? Would he be mocked for the rest of his life? What about you my friend? Are you willing to befriend and encourage an unbeliever, or a person of another denomination or even a cult? How will they know, if you don’t tell them about your Lord? Don’t wait, depending on a friend to tell them. In our second story, we see where a woman who had been sick for a very long time, knew that her chances were slim in getting close enough to Jesus to actually petition Him for healing, but she had heard enough about His healing power, and she had enough faith to believe that if she could only get close enough to touch His robe, she would be healed. Where did this confidence come from? Perhaps friends had shared with her about the One who could heal from a distance by merely speaking the word; One who could heal various diseases and issues like He did for the blind man, the crippled and the man lowered down through the roof. People had undoubtedly shared the good news with her about this Savior of the world. All of this was so touching to me, until I tried to compare it to what we do today. Some may still share the awesome news of Jesus Christ, but isn’t our story often smothered by our whining and complaining? You know, about the ugly suit the preacher had on this week; how you felt like he would never finish his sermon; how the person who sat next to you in church was rude and unfriendly. Wouldn’t our sharing be more productive to the lost friend, or the hopeless person if we told them about the love of God that you were reminded of as you heard the Scriptures read once again, and how you now understand better all that God portrayed through a certain Scripture? Friends, it is so easy to notice the things that are wrong, or that doesn’t fit your expectations, especially when you went to church unprepared to meet with, and celebrate the King of all kings. A pastor of mine had a note stuck to his pulpit with the words ‘O that they might see Jesus’. What if we had those words implanted in our hearts and made them our goal throughout every day? Wouldn’t the people you come into contact with hear more about the love and power of your Lord, rather than the ranting and complaining about your church service or the attendees? Many of our contacts need a touch from the Master, for one reason or another. I pray that each of us will aid them in finding the Master, and not hinder their search through our negative attitudes and ugly actions, God being our helper.

PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for the assurance we have of salvation; the proof that we can show of our healing; and the awesome comfort from a God who loves us beyond anything we could imagine. So many are hurting, need healing, and long to know that someone loves them, but they are hopeless on where to turn for either of these. Lord, You have been so good to my readers and I. Please provoke us to share Your love with others and to share our story about the God who saved us, even while we were deep in sin. You encouraged us, You loved us and You gave us amazing hope. Sharing that with a friend who is hurting and in need of a Savior, will make all the difference in the world. It changed the life of the dad who needed healing for his daughter, and for the lady with a blood issue. I believe that there isn’t anything that You can’t do dear Lord. Help me to share that reassurance, especially with those who hurt and feel destitute. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Determined to see Jesus

There are at least two ways that we could look at the theme I chose for this devotional today. (1) How determined/diligent am I to see Jesus during my day; and (2) How determined/diligent am I in letting go and letting God reign in my life so that others might see Jesus and believe on Him. No doubt God may give you even greater insight in this Scripture, but let’s at least explore these two!

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2021-04-28
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Mark 2:2-5
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: Soon there were so many people crowded inside the house to hear him that there was no more room, even outside the door.
While Jesus was preaching the word of God, four men arrived, carrying a paralyzed man. But when they realized that they couldn’t even get near him because of the crowd, they went up on top of the house and tore away the roof above Jesus’ head. And when they had broken through, they lowered the paralyzed man on a stretcher right down in front of himWhen Jesus saw the extent of their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are now forgiven.”

OBSERVATION: There are at least two ways that we could look at the theme I chose for this devotional today. (1) How determined/diligent am I to see Jesus during my day; and (2) How determined/diligent am I in letting go and letting God reign in my life so that others might see Jesus and believe on Him. No doubt God may give you even greater insight in this Scripture, but let’s at least explore these two!

APPLICATION: This is a very popular Bible story. In fact, I remember as a child seeing this miracle demonstrated on flannel-graph! However, as I meditated on the Word today, I was forced to consider all that took place in this story, and I would encourage you to also seek God and ask Him to truly speak intimately to you as you meditate on this. Think with me about my insights that I believe God got my attention on:
-> Seeing Jesus in my day: The men who carried the lame man knew that only Jesus could heal their friend, based on the miracles they had already heard about Him. First of all, we could see great faith here because, just as we see today, there are many who still can’t walk. Did they never get close enough to Jesus, or did He decide not to heal them? But for these men, there is no indication that anything negative ever crossed their minds, for they had a friend who needed Jesus and they were determined to get him in the presence of the great Healer. How are we doing in our faith? Anywhere close to what the men in our story showed? Do we just give up when it seems like doctors are hopeless with our diseases and our ailments? Are we quick to judge when we see loved ones who experienced healing or a touch from God, or do we praise God with them over the miraculous touch of the Master? Do we automatically fall back to things like ‘good luck’; ‘happen-chance’; or just ‘great doctors’ when we see someone overcome pain and suffering, or are we the first to raise our hands in thanksgiving to the God who can? Dear friends, we still serve the same awesome God who can still touch broken hearts and still heal our diseases. Do we have the kind of faith that prompts us to seek out the Master Healer first?
-> Letting others see Jesus: Notice how Jesus decided to heal the bed-ridden man based on the faith demonstrated by he and his friends. What do you suppose our friends conclude about our faith? Do they see that we are confident in our faith? Is it something that they wish that they had, because of what they see in our life? Would you have dared tear a hole in the roof large enough to let a man and his bed down, because of the depth of your faith in the Great Healer inside the room below?
Friends, I believe that our words and our actions will reveal to others the extent of our faith. I trust that each reader has such a determination to see Jesus, and that you are so filled with faith, that you are in constant contact with Him throughout your day. As you are reenergized in your faith, those who are close to you will desire what you have and will grow to desire the King that you love and adore. Oh that our faith will be evident through our actions every day.

PRAYER: You saw the faith of the paralyzed man and his friends and you honored their steps of faith by healing the paralyzed man. Lord, I pray that You would touch our lives in such a way that our faith would be energized and that our pride will be set aside, for You alone are worthy of our praise and honor. It’s You in whom I believe, and I pray that my readers would would also acxklnowledge their extreme faith in You. For Your praise only, I pray that You might be recognized and glorified in and through us. May unbelievers witness our faith and be so reminded of You that their hearts will be stirred to surrender to You precious Lord. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!