Psalms 100:4-5 Devotional

Psalms 100:4-5 Daily Devotional

 

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

– ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4-5‬‬

Observations:

We should always be thanking God and praising him. Why? Because he is good. He’s never not good. His love is forever and he will never fail you. These are all great reasons to praise God and worship him.

Applications:

You can praise God and give him thanks through prayer and worship by song. You can also use a gratitude journal to write out specific things you’re thankful for to help you remember them and see how the Lord has answered your prayers.

Prayer:

Jesus, you are so good. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and all you’ll continue to do as I trust in you and follow you. Help me recognize your goodness and faithfulness all the days of my life. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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Psalms 126:5 Devotional

Psalms 126:5 Daily Devotional

 

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“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”

‭‭– Psalms‬ ‭126:5‬‬‬

Observations:

This verse is meant to be an encouragement. The Lord will take our mourning and turn it into joy in its proper season. We just need to be patient as we wait on the Lord.

Applications:

It won’t be easy trying to apply this verse because it requires patience. Patience seems to be severely lacking in most people (including me), so that means this will also take some practice. And that’s uncomfortable. However, you can rest knowing that God will use your tears to bring about joy rather than more tears.

Prayer:

Help me to see you at work in my life, Lord. I need more patience, so I pray that you would continue to help me work on being more patient with the people in my life and my current circumstances. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Ezekiel 36:26 Devotional

Ezekiel 36:26 Daily Devotional

 

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“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

– ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26‬

Observations:

This is an Old Covenant promise from God to the people of Israel. The specific promise in this verse has been fulfilled in Jesus, and that was God’s plan when he said this through the prophet Ezekiel. As we receive Jesus, our old spirit and hardened heart are replaced by a new spirit and softened heart. A spirit and a heart receptive to God’s promptings and a spirit conscious of the needs of others.

Applications:

Receiving this spirit and heart is the simple part. You just need to accept Jesus into your life through the belief that he is who he says he is. We can apply this verse and use our new spirit and heart by serving others. Help meet the practical needs of the people within your sphere of influence. You can also pray for them, but meeting practical needs should take priority.

Prayer:

Thank you for replacing my stubborn, hardened heart with a heart of compassion and love for others. Help me to go beyond just praying for others; I want to help meet practical needs. Help me to use this new heart of compassion to recognize the needs of others and meet them. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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2 Corinthians 9:8 Devotional

2 Corinthians 9:8 Daily Devotional

 

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“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:8‬

Observations:

God blesses us so we can bless others. Wherever we go and whenever we go anywhere, God has prepared us to do the good works he’s set out for us. His blessings allow us to do his work.

Applications:

This is another one of those things where you just need to receive what the Lord has for you. Really, the only application here is to take the abundant blessings you’ve been given and help others. Go and do what you can to do the good work that God has laid out for you.

Prayer:

Thank you for your blessings. Help me to use what you’ve given me to serve others effectively. Give me the strength and energy to use those blessings in a way that honors you. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Matthew 6:34 Devotional

Matthew 6:34 Daily Devotional

 

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“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

– ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬

Observations:

Every day has its unique version of trouble. Jesus is telling us to concern ourselves with today – with what’s actually happening – as opposed to what may happen tomorrow. The thing about tomorrow is that whatever we think might happen is not guaranteed. Tomorrow itself is not promised. Live each day focused on being present in the moment; you can take care of tomorrow when you get there.

Applications:

Dealing with worry and anxiety is hard. I’m a big advocate for mental health professionals, and if you think you have anxiety or depression, please seek professional help. For those people and the ones who may not necessarily need professional help, prayer does work in dealing with anxiety. On a more practical level, breathing exercises are helpful in calming a chaotic mind. Breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, and hold that for four seconds. Repeat as often as necessary, then deal with the next available problem.

Prayer:

Jesus, I thank you that you are present in the midst of my pain, anxiety, and chaos. Bring me peace in times of trouble, reassuring me that you have truly overcome the world. Help me to breathe easy knowing you will take care of me today and every day. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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