Daily Devotional

A Hedge of Protection

February 8, 2019

Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side. – Job 1:10

Recently I was thinking about how Satan accused God of putting up a hedge around Job. Indeed, for a time God did put a hedge around Job, protecting his family, his possessions, and his health. God blessed Job’s life abundantly. I truly believe that God has...

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Be Careful What You Let Grow

February 7, 2019

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. – Matthew 13:25

Sometimes I act before I think things through or ask for advice. One example of this tendency is in my garden, where I decided to plant some mint. Although someone warned me that mint can “take over” a garden, I did not really think it could be that bad. So I planted ...

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God’s Flutes

February 6, 2019

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. – Isaiah 42:3

Amy Carmichael worked for fifty-three years in South India. She wrote, “The poorest shepherd boy on our South Indian hills is careful to choose, for the making of his flute, a reed that is straight and fine and quite unbruised. But our heavenly Shepherd often...

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Take a Stand Now

February 5, 2019

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. – Psalm 107:2

On my first day in the army, I saw soldiers, soldiers, and more soldiers. All were in uniform, and from all appearances, all were identical. I was thrilled to be one of them, a soldier in the United States Army. Yet, I knew there was at least one difference; I was also a Christian....

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How Important Is Your Thumb?

February 4, 2019

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. – 1 Corinthians 12:18

 I did not realize my thumb was sore until I tried to help my grandson out of his car seat. As I pushed the release button on the seatbelt, my thumb did not have enough strength to do the job. Of course, the four-year-old child was able to...

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Just a Sparrow

February 3, 2019

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24

Looking out of my window, I watched a sparrow singing for all he was worth. For a body so small, I thought it was amazing that he could produce such ...

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Having It All

February 2, 2019

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory. – Philippians 4:19

"What if you could have it all?” Those words caught my eye a few days ago, and I started to think about what “having it all” really means.

That question was, of course, referring to having everything in this world, including riches. I began to consider what it might be like to have...

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Our Faithful Friend

February 1, 2019

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9

Recently I started reading a fiction book by a well-known author. Although the plot was intriguing, I soon discovered that the descriptive details that set the scene were far from spiritually edifying, so I had to decide whether or not I would finish the...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

January 31, 2019

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. – Psalm 146:5

After a telephone call to transfer a sizable amount of money from one bank account to another, I was able to write a large check. Later that day, I needed to go to the bank and debated about whether to go to the same branch...

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Spiritual Accountability

January 30, 2019

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. – Romans 14:12

When we become Christians, we have great privileges. We have forgiveness and redemption. We have peace with God and a relationship with Him. But these privileges demand accountability. Accountability is “being subject to giving an answer or an explanation.” In other words, accountability is being asked, “Why did you do this?”...

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