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.
Psalm 119:71-72 NLT – My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.  Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.
Suffering is never easy. But when we suffer as a Christian we have two options. To run towards God, or to turn away. When we choose to run towards God as our refuge and strength, He is there as our ever present helper (Psalm 46:1). We allow Him and His Word to comfort us, help us and heal us. When we turn away in our anger, disappointment or frustration, we miss out on so much. Not only do we miss the intimate relationship, but we miss out on His wisdom in His Word. Something that is more precious than gold and silver.
Dear God, help me in my times of suffering to run towards You and not away. I pray that when I suffer I will look to You and Your Word to give me strength, encouragement and healing. Amen
Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT – So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.  This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
We all need an anchor for our souls. An anchor on a boat keeps it in place regardless of the conditions. Having an anchor for our souls is vital for us to stay in place as Christians. If we build our lives on our faith in Jesus, He becomes our strong foundation. He doesn’t change. He doesn’t move. He is our solid rock for this life and our great hope for the next. He is our strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
Dear Jesus, thank You that You never change. You are our rock, our fortress, our refuge. You are a trustworthy anchor for our souls. Amen
Psalm 25:4-5 NLT – Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Psalm 25 has some wonderful words for those who want to walk the path of discipleship to Jesus.
In verse 1 David starts with “O LORD, I give my life to you”. Giving our lives to Jesus is the best thing we can do in this life. God is our Creator, Jesus died for us and offers eternal life. It just makes sense to give our lives to Him.
In verses 4 and 5 David asks for direction. He wants to know the right path to follow. He also asks to be taught by God and led by His truth. This is the true path to discipleship.
When we put our lives in the hands of the eternal King and we want Him to guide and lead us in all we do, we put ourselves in the place God always intended us to be. He created us to be in relationship with Himself and walk in His ways.
As Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”.
My heart is to love God, to know His Divine will for my life, and walk in His ways. How about you?
Dear God, like David, I give my life to You. My desire is to follow You and walk in Your ways. Teach me, guide me, lead me down the right paths. He me to do Your will. Amen.