Bible Devotions

Ask yourself: Does my behavior adorn the doctrine of God my Savior?

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Ask yourself: Am I growing in grace?

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Ask yourself: Am I walking not after the flesh but after the Spirit?

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Ask yourself: Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind?

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Ask yourself: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?

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Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 1

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Every Word Comes to Pass for Good or Bad

Read Joshua 23

Joshua was a good leader.  He always pointed the children of Israel to God.  He reminded them of what God said.  He recalled how not one word of God has failed.  He urged the people to keep and do all that was in Moses’ Law so they would reap all the good God had in store for them.  But he didn’t stop there.

Joshua warned the people as well.  As all that God said concerning good things has come to pass, then prepare yourselves for the bad things too.  He admonished them to recognize that God is just and fair.  If they choose to turn from God, there are negative consequences.  He reminds them the cursing that will come to pass when they transgress against the Lord.

Have you noticed how you can navigate through life experiences much easier when you’re in tune with God?  Things seem to roll off, rather than cling to our soul, when we are obedient to the Word of God.  As an example, I remember a time of chaos in my home.  It was right before dinner.  I arrived late, which is usually stress-producing.  The dog was barking. The baby was crying. The teenager was complaining, etc.  Yet, God’s Spirit rested upon me.  A great wonderful peace came over me.  I felt a huge grin spread across my face.  I know I was blessed, even when life at the moment was a little crazy.

Jesus Christ is our leader.  We follow Him.  All things work out according to His plan.  Our obedience to His plan, we cause an impossible peace, even in the amidst of stress-producing environment.

Father and Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the peace you provide when we are aligned with you.  Enable us to follow you and know with certainty all your words come to pass.  Equip us with the ability to stay connected to you during all times of life here and now.  You are faithful and you do what you say you will do. Help us recognize when we choose our way over yours, so we may quickly confess it and come back to you.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

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©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

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False Assumptions Get Us No Where

Read Joshua 22

Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Mannasah finished helping their brethren possess the Promised Land.  Joshua blessed them and sent them to their own possession on the other side of the Jordan.

In Joshua’s send off speech he says, “you have kept the charge of the commandment of the Lord. You kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and have obeyed my voice in all I commanded.  You have not left your brethren for these many days up to this day.”  What a legacy!  The children of Rueben, Gad and half tribe of Mannasah were obedient, God-fearing believers.

When they returned to their possession, they built a great alter at the Jordan on the children of Israel side of the river.  But when the children of Israel heard about it they assumed the worst and went to make war against Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Mannasah.  Oh how quickly their praise turned to skepticism!

As we read the rest of the story we discover the children of Israel were concerned about themselves.  They feared that any sin found in Rueben, Gad or half tribe of Mannasah would be held against them.

In the end their misunderstanding was straightened out.  Rueben, gad and half tribe of Mannasah built the alter as a witness between the children of Israel and them so future generations would know they really were part of the children of Israel.

How quickly do you jump to conclusions?  Have you discovered most of your assumptions have been false?  What would your relationships look like if you choose not to assume the worst?

Father God above, we have no right to judge others for we don’t know the whole story.  You are the only perfect judge.  Help us to seek to understand before jumping to conclusions.  Teach us to resolve misunderstandings in a godly way.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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Read Joshua 21

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel.  All came to pass. Joshua 21:45

The Bible teaches us the character of God.  Last time we pondered God’s mercy over judgment.  This time we will consider God’s reliability.

Today’s verse is a good example.  God promised many things to the children of Israel.  All of them had come to pass.  Let’s review:

  • God said He saw the plight of His people in Egypt.
  • God said He would deliver them from the hand of Pharoh with many signs and wonders.
  • God said they would leave Egypt with many treasures.
  • God said He would lead them in the wilderness.
  • God said he would provide for their needs, food, water, and clothing while in the wilderness.
  • God said He would never leave nor forsake them.
  • God said He would bring them into the Promised Land.
  • God said He would subdue their enemies.
  • God said He would spare the Israelites when they put blood on their doorposts at Passover.
  • God swore to enlarge their territories.
  • God said He would provide atonement for His land and His people.

Now after living forty years in the wilderness and who knows how many years taking over the Promised Land, the children of Israel were at rest.  God did all He promised.  Not one thing failed.  All came to pass.

This is a repeated theme in the rest of the Bible.  God said…He did it or will do it.  We can trust Him to do what He said.  God has proved Himself reliable throughout the Bible.  But His reliability doesn’t stop with His written word, it continues in the lives of those who trust Him.

God said I have loved you with an unending love.  God said though your sins may be as scarlet, I can make you white as snow.  God said if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart, you will be saved.  God said there is no condemnation for those in Christ.  God said the old is gone and the new has come.

Talk with believers they will tell you how reliable God is.  They know what He did for them.  For me He took away years of bitterness and hardened heart and gave me a tend heart of love.  He took away my self-sufficiency so I would depend on Him.  He has lifted me up and placed me firmly on the foundation of Christ, never to be removed.  He purified me from all my unrighteousness.

God is reliable.  He is trustworthy.

Have you trusted Jesus Christ to save you yet?  Today is the Day of Salvation.  Put your trust in Jesus.  He will not let you down.

Lord Jesus, the One who was sinless yet died to pay for my sin, thank you for your reliability.  Help us to understand the depth of your trustworthiness.  Let us come to you boldly.  Fill us with your Spirit and lead us on the pathway of life.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.


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