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The Vine and the Branches - Saturday dose - 9th December 2017

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"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:5 . 

"A Bible scholar and pastor tells about a piece of wood that he keeps on his desk. He took this piece of wood from a vineyard in the San Joaquin Valley. It is a section of vine out of which grows a branch.

"The owner of the vineyard told him that if two people were in a tug of war using this section of the vine, it would break. However it would never break where the vine and branch are joined together for that is the strongest point of the vine. A vine, according to this teacher, is different from a tree. If you pull on a branch that goes into a tree, it will break at the trunk of the tree—in a tree that is the weakest place. But in a grapevine that is the strongest point—where the branch is joined to the vine."

Perhaps this is one reason Jesus likened those who truly put their trust in him as a branch grafted or joined into the vine, the vine being him. That bond is unbreakable. As Jesus said, "And this is the will of him [God] who sent me [Jesus], that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." - John 6:39-40.

Prayer: "Our Loving Father, 
Thank you that my bond to Jesus is unbreakable, not because of anything I have done (except to believe that Jesus died for my sins), but because of what Jesus has done for me in giving his life to save me from my sins. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 
Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

The Gift of Showing Mercy - Thursday's Dose - 7th December 2017

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One day as the crowds were gathering, Jesus went up the mountainside with his disciples and sat down to teach them. This is what he taught them. . . . God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. - Matthew 5:1-2,7.

THE People of ancient Rome told the story of Androcles, a slave whose master was cruel. Androcles ran away and hid in the woods for a long time. He was happy to be free but had a hard time finding food, so he began to get hungry and weak. Finally, convinced that he was dying, Androcles crawled into a dark cave and lay down to sleep.

He was awakened by the loud roar of a lion that had entered the cave. Androcles thought the lion was going to eat him, but he watched in fascination as the lion limped in circles around the cave, constantly whimpering and occasionally roaring in pain.

When the great creature finally lay down, Androcles approached the lion care­fully. To his surprise, the lion allowed him to gingerly lift the injured paw. Androcles discovered that a long, sharp thorn had lodged itself in the lion's paw. With one quick motion, he pulled the thorn out. The lion licked the tender paw while Androcles still held it in his hand, and soon both man and animal fell asleep.

The next morning the lion brought food to Androcles, and it continued to do so every day until a band of soldiers came into the cave and recognized Androcles as an escaped slave. The soldiers arrested him and took him to Rome.

In those days runaway slaves were forced to fight wild animals in the Colosseum for the entertainment of the people. After a few days in prison, Androcles was taken to the Colosseum. His guards dragged him out into a dirt arena and left him alone. He trembled as he heard the roars of a hungry beast.

Finally, a gate was opened at the other end of the arena, and a mighty lion raced in, roaring and baring his teeth. The creature leaped upon Androcles in a single bound as the crowd watched in astonishment to see Androcles and the lion he had befriended roll over and over in the dirt in a happy reunion. When the crowd heard the slave's story, they cried out for Androcles and the lion to be set free, and they were.

This fable illustrates an important truth. Jesus put it this way: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Matthew 5:7, NIV). The person who shows mercy to others often receives mercy back, while the person who refuses mercy to others is cheated out of many good things.

It's just another way that obeying God's commands protects us and provides for us.

REFLECT: Have you ever been blessed by someone who has shown you mercy? Have you returned that blessing? Have you ever been blessed by being merciful to someone else?

PRAYER: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Thank you, God, for the mercy you have shown to me. Help me to show mercy to others. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 
Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.
Courtesy:Daily Dose Devotionals Team

The Journey of Obedience - Tuesday's Dose - 5th December 2017

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Today's Scripture

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love” - (John 15:10).

Thoughts for Today

The psalmist said, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). Like the psalmist, we can be content to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” until what God desires of us clashes with what we want.

How often do we know what God is calling us to do, but we want to do something else? Maybe we don’t want to give up something important to us. Maybe we are afraid we won’t succeed.

Maybe we are too busy focusing on what we want that we lose sight of what God desires for us. Oswald Chambers says, “When God draws me, the issue of my will comes in at once—will I react on the revelation which God gives—will I come to Him?”

As followers of Christ, we are called to a life of obedience to God’s Word. However, we often find that there are areas in our lives in which we struggle against His plan. The Christian walk is all about knowing Christ and becoming like Him through the surrender of our selfish ways and desires.

When we make God the priority of our lives, we will want to obey Him—not just because He tells us to, but because we love Him. It is then that we gain a transcending peace - (Philippians 4:7).

We should enjoy the journey of obedience. It is only when we make a commitment to follow the principles in God’s Word that we find true joy and contentment. Have you discovered the pleasure that comes from doing what God asks you to do?

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the journey of faith I am on with You. Only in Your strength will I succeed. I pray that through the power of Christ, I will be able to do whatever You ask of me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

Amen."

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

God Cares For You - Friday's Dose - 1st December 2017

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"Not one sparrow ... can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't worry! You are more valuable to him than many sparrows"-
(Jesus in Matthew 10:29-31).

You may have read about some city workers in Hamilton, Canada, who were trimming trees along a certain street. In one tree they found a nest with several baby robins in it. They decided not to trim this tree until the nest was empty

When it was abandoned, the workers returned. In the nest they found a piece of paper, along with dried twigs, the robins had used to build the nest for their babies. On the paper were printed the words, "We trust in the Lord our God!"
In life when things get rough as they sometimes do, it pays to remember how Jesus said that God was aware of every sparrow that fell to the ground and that we were of much more value than many sparrows. This was to let us know that God cares when we are hurting. As the hymn writer expressed it:

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

O Yes, He cares; I know he cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
In my times of sadness and distress help me to not only to know that you care, but also to feel your loving care in the very depths of my being. And please give me loving friends who will support me through these times—not to preach at me or give me advice, but just to be there—and be as Jesus to me. And help me to do the same for others who are going through tough times. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, 
Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Living in harmony with His will - Thursday's Dose - 30th November 2017

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"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." - James 1:27. A young teenager named Cody went on a mission venture to Ethiopia. While there he was exposed to poverty conditions he never knew existed. On one occasion, a little boy tugged on his shirt, evidently indicating that he wanted the t-shirt which Cody was wearing. Cody gently turned him away and kept his shirt. He returned to the States and began to reflect upon the trip. The face of the little boy would not leave his memory. Nor would his t-shirt. Cody began a campaign to collect t-shirts to send to the poverty-stricken country. He made calls, knocked on doors, and eventually had a whopping 18,000t-shirts of which 10,000 were usable. CNN called after hearing of his efforts and reported that they had discovered a relief plane to ship the shirts free of charge—but they could not guarantee where they would end up. The relief agency used a jet and flew into a country not requiring a customs inspection—you guessed it—Ethiopia. The recipients were ecstatic. So was Cody. Perhaps, more often than not, if we look for the obvious, we will see it every-which-way we turn. And, if we are in tune with God and living in harmony with his will, we will see it. Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, Please help me to see the world around me through the eyes of Jesus and be what he would be and do what he would do. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen." Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you. Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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