Psalm 139:1-3 NLT – O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.  You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.  You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
God knows us inside out. He knows everything about us. These verses tell us He examines our hearts and knows our thoughts. In spite of knowing everything about us, He loves us deeply. So much so, that He moved heaven and earth to secure a place for us in heaven when Jesus died for us. It is reasurring that we don’t have to wear a mask with God like we do with people sometimes. He knows ALL and He loves ALL of us.
Dear God, thank You that You love me just as I am. It gives me comfort to know that You have examinded my heart and You know my thoughts, and You still love me. Thank You Jesus died for me and for preapring a place for me in heaven. Amen.
Psalm 71:5-6 NLT – O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood.  Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!
God has always been there. Even from before our birth. He has always cared for us, even though we may not have realised. I came to Christ in my early 20s. I have never really thought about God until then. But looking back I can see His fingerprints throughout my early life. He was there looking after me through the good times and the bad. He brought people into my life to help me and He gently nudged me in His direction. I am so thankful.
Dear God, thank You that You have always been there. Even before I was born You were there. Thank You for loving and caring for me right throughout my life. Amen.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT – Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Today’s verses of the day in my Bible app were Proverbs 3:5-6. I can’t think of a better option than to trust in the Lord and seek His will for a new year. God knows our future and He knows us, so we can trust Him. These verses tell us that if we trust in the Lord and seek His will, He will show us the right path to take. This is in the small things and the big things. A great thought for 2019.
Dear God, help me to trust in You with all of my heart and seek Your will in all I do in 2019. I pray that as I follow Jesus and walk in Your ways, that You will show me the right paths to take. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 119:143-144 NLT – As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.  Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live.
As the pressure closes in and we become stressed, it is important to press into God’s Word, the Bible. Like David we can find joy in His commands. The Bible shows there is more to this life than the current worries and concerns we may be facing. The Bible shows we are eternal and everything we face in this life will soon pass. The Bible shows will spend way more time in eternity that we do in this life.
Dear God, thank You that when I become stressed or worried about the problems of this life, I can run to You and Your Word. I pray that I will find joy and strength in Your commands. I pray that I will remember that I will spend way more time in eternity and the problems of this life are momentary compared to the glories of heaven. Amen
1 Timothy 6:10-12 NLT – For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.  But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
Today in my devotions three things jumped out at me from these verses.
1. Don’t love and crave money as it can lead you astray – Money is important to be able to live on and bless others, but it can’t be the sole focus of our existence. Don’t let money take God’s first place in your life.
2. Be a true person of faith – Stay away from things that can lead you astray and pursue the things that keep you on track with God. Verse 11 shows us six things to pursue.
3. Hold tight to the hope you have in Christ – Jesus gave us eternal life by His death on the cross for our sin. When we accepted Jesus we gained that eternal life. Hold tight, stand firm, continue on and stay focused.
Dear God, please strengthen me and help me to fight the good fight of faith. Help me to stay away from the things that would lead me astray and pursue the things that will keep my faith strong. Help me to pursue righteousness, a godly life, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Amen
Proverbs 14:26-27 NLT -Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children.  Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.
Proverbs talks a lot about having a reverential fear of the Lord and how it is the beginning of wisdom. When we understand who God is and put Him in His rightful place in our lives, we have our foundation set right. Today’s verses talk about being secure because we fear the Lord. It says that not only will we be secure, but He will be a refuge for our children. When we fear the Lord and understand He is above all things, we can trust Him with our future and the future of our children. Fearing the Lord really is a life-giving foundation.
Dear God, today I come before You will a reverential fear of who You are. You are mighty God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe. You made all things, You own all things, and You are in control of all things. You hold life and death in Your hands. I trust You with my life and the lives of my family members. Please be a refuge and life-giving fountain for us all. Amen.
In Colossians 1 there are two great verses that say a lot about our salvation.
Colossians 1:13-14 NLT says, “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,  who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”
In these verses we see five truths…
- Our salvation was the Father’s idea.
- The Father set our salvation in process by sending His Son.
- We are now in the Kingdom of God.
- Jesus purchased our freedom from sin and death at the cross.
- Our sins are forgiven.
Dear Father, thankyou for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. I thankyou that I am saved and free and that I am now part of Your eternal Kingdom. Help me to follow Jesus and live my life according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.