May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………
Today’s Bible Reference: James 1:16-18
Today’s Bible Text: 16 My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this. 17 Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. 18 God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created.
The Bible Translation: Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
My Take Away: It seems like we easily find God when we have needs or wants. In fact, I sometimes wonder if we don’t have a nickname for God, such as ‘sugar daddy’, because we believe that all we need to do is ask and it will be given. Friends, I believe that you will find throughout the Word of God that He responds more to our relationship with Him. For we read over and over again how He blesses those who know Him intimately, but that He curses those who despitefully abuse His name. But friends, I want us to really concentrate on the message in these few verses and how they can be applied to us today. Often when we see good things happening to ourselves or our friends, we attribute them to things like: good luck; the recipients deserve that; they’ve worked long and hard towards that; this couldn’t have happened to better people than this; etc. However, I want to draw your attention towards the words declared in these verses, for we are told who the creator of all good things are. This helps us to consistently look to the Father for the things that we need, and it reminds us of the One that deserves our praise and our thanksgiving. We are also given a peaceful and calm assurance that although our earthly fathers may be moody or perhaps unwilling to give to his children, our heavenly Father NEVER CHANGES! May I encourage you today to draw close to God and watch Him draw close to You? Watch Him bless you with so much that you will be ‘blown away’ with His goodness! In Psalm 59:10 we are told that God is changeless. Let’s cling tightly to the unchanging hand of God, knowing that He will provide for His children in ways that we might only imagine, but never dream to be possible for us!
Prayer: What an awesome God that we serve! Thank You Father for watching out for us, Your children. Thank You for not giving us mixed signals, but for consistently loving us and blessing us with undeserved goodness and mercy. In an ever changing world, You are unchanging. In a world where resources are always tightening, yet Your love and Your gifts abound. Thank You dear Lord that Your love and devotion to us has nothing to do with worldly changes, but all to do with the relationship that we have with You. Please touch Your children today and empower us to stay true in our relationship with You, regardless of the circumstances around us. You always deserve our praise! Thank You Lord for who You are and for everything You mean to us. We love You Lord, AMEN!
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