Devotional by John Manley
Read: Genesis 22
One of the most chilling experiences recorded in the Old Testament comes in Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to take his son, his only son Isaac, whom he loves to Mt. Moriah and offer him for a burnt offering.
A casual reader of the Scriptures is amazed at the swift obedience of Abraham to carry out this audacious command from God. But what one must keep in mind is that, at this stage in life, Abraham had been walking by faith for nearly 100 years and he had learned to trust God’s heart, even when it did not make sense to him.
Devotional by Johnathan Arnold
Read: Luke 2:40-50
The first words of Jesus recorded in Luke’s Good News account were during Jesus’ first Passover in Jerusalem. In Jesus, just a boy, — a fully human boy — was also the fulness of Deity, and with it omniscience. Entering into Jerusalem, he knew that looking after His Father’s affairs meant someday dying outside the walls of that beautiful, bustling city. Perhaps he marked the dark spot in his mind as his parent’s caravan approached the city gate.
Devotional by Jeremy Fuller
Read: Nehemiah 2:1-8
"Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So, I prayed to the God of heaven." (Nehemiah 2:4)
Nehemiah was a man of prayer. The first chapter of the Old Testament book that bears his name is eleven verses long. Seven of those eleven verses are an earnest prayer for his backslidden nation. A careful study of that prayer will show that he was a deeply spiritual man well versed in the theology of the Jewish religion.
His prayer in chapter two is a different kind of prayer – it was an inaudible prayer. It was a prayer that likely lasted no more than 5 or 10 seconds. And yet it was nonetheless a worthwhile prayer in the eyes and ears of Almighty God. It was an Arrow of Prayer!
by Johnathan Arnold
"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God" (2 Corinthians 4:15). The King James translators chose the word "redound" from the Latin redundare meaning to surge like a wave: an explosive wave of thanksgiving to the glory of God! The Greek carries the idea of overflowing like the cornucopia pictured above. The more thanksgiving, the more glory that God receives!
The glorification of God is the ultimate purpose of our jubilant thanksgiving. As we know, 1 Corinthians 10:31 is plain that the whole end of our Christian life is God's glory. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." This Thanksgiving season, thanking, eating, and drinking are frequent. But will we consciously lift up our thanking, eating, and drinking as God-glorifying acts of worship?
Devotional adapted from Holiness and High Country by A. F. Harper
Read: Ephesians 3:14-21
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory... Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)
[Ask yourself these questions.] Am I tempted to think that my case is different from and more difficult than the spiritual problems of others? Am I thinking about some wrong attitude of which I am ashamed? Am I disturbed by my failure to more fully achieve some spiritual goal? I may ask grace for this also. I may be different from others and my special problem may seem impossible. But, thank God, there is power adequate for me. Paul commends us "unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."
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