Devos 10/10-10/14

10.10.16 

God purses us and he never stops. We may think that he gives up on us sometimes, but that’s us. We fail him. We are the ones that run and try to get as far away as we can.  It doesn’t matter the distance or the depths we go to turn from God, because he always catches up to us. How beautiful is that! That’s real love…. Our faces may have turned from the Lord, because we are ashamed or broken, but that’s why we have a perfect creator waiting in our midst. He’s ready to take us in and captivate us with his pure and perfect love.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  –Romans 8:38-39

God will stop us in our tracks and pick us up right where we are and take us into his grace, grace that surpasses all understanding of the human mind. God deeply cares for us, so stop running and embrace his goodness. No. it’s definitely not always going to be easy, but that’s what makes pursing God that much more worth it. We fight for him, because he fights for us.

10.11.16

In the midst of our chaos, we forget to stop and see the physical beauty that God has provided for us here no earth. We are surrounded by marvelous views; sunsets, mountains, oceans, flowers, snow and rivers. The list is endless. It’s easy for us to dismiss these surroundings that encompass us. We get wrapped up in our daily schedules and lost in the busyness of society. God’s beauty is everywhere; we’re just too blinded sided with “life” to even realize that it’s there. Today, go outside and receive some fresh air. Maybe take a walk or sit on a bench. Open your heart to receive God through his creation. Take in the simplicity of nature and delight in Gods astonishing artwork. Nature is a gift from God, because after all, he did create it.

Read Genesis chapter 1 and meditate on the creation that God has given to us.

10.12.16

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 John 4:18

All of us want to feel accepted and loved by others. We spend quality time pursing and pouring into people to feel recognition and importance. At times, people let us down and they end up pushing us away. We may fear rejection, because it can sting and leave us feeling crushed and brokenhearted. The truth is that the earthly acceptance we search so hard for only leaves us empty and searching for more. The love that Christ pours out to us is endless. He accepts us just as we are. We don’t have to be crippled with the fear of rejection in Christ. He so willing adores and embraces us at all times. Sweet Jesus, captivate our hearts today with YOUR love. Help us to know that we are fully accepted by you. Teach us to give our fears to you.

Say goodbye to earthly rejection and embrace your acceptance in your heavenly father. He never turns you away. You are his precious and treasured child.  Rest and rely in the assurance of our sweet Jesus to fulfill you with all that you need. Let him provide his constant supply of love towards you, because your fears are drowned in his perfect and selfless love.

10.13.16

“Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” –Colossians 3:12

While Jesus was on earth, he exemplified and exceeded mounds of compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility and patience. Multiple stories in the New Testament show Jesus’s intentionality with everyone he encountered and how he poured out his constant supply of compassion. As believers, we should be a representation of Christ, which means we are to say and act how Christ did. Representing Christ isn’t rules to follow or a check list to check off, no. Reflecting the character of Christ comes from Christ and in order to be like him our hearts must be open to him. Opening our hearts declares that we are willing to let God pour into us and give us more of him. Man, being fed by God is enriching, sustaining and never ending. Let God breathe life into you and see how he influences your actions and words. Be willing to let God clothe you in his loving goodness so that as his vessel, you can influence those around you of the gospel.

God, I pray over these girls that they would have the willingness to open up their hearts to allow you to fill them up with more of you. Clothe them in YOUR compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience so they can represent you and represent you well.

10.14.16

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” –John 8:31-32

God’s word isn’t here for us to skim or pick out what we like and dislike. It’s a tool and guide for our daily walk with Christ. Scripture is God breathed and is still resourceful now as it was back then. I know throughout college we can get consumed with other things we have to read or take care of, so the thought of taking time to read the bible is exhausting. Girls, I have had my fair share excuses of why I’m not reading the bible. I think to myself that I’ll get to it later, but guess what? When I say later it tends to never happen. I push it off so much that I never get around to reading it. It shouldn’t be like this. Reading scriptures and stories from the bible are there to regenerate, teach, build, grow and pursue our relationship with Christ. When we push away the tangible item that helps us seek Christ more then we lose an opportunity to connect with our precious, loving and glorious creator. His word speaks life and is documentation for our faith. I encourage you all too deeply spend time in the word today. Pick any book, chapter or verse and meditate on the truth. Read over a passage multiple times so that it is engraved into your mind. Let it overflow in your heart so that you may share it with others and see how God brings life through his word. Let scripture bring freedom to you today. Let the excuses go and indulge in his powerful word and see scripture come to life.

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