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God’s Love and Cleansing - Saturday's Dose - 16th December 2017

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Today's Scripture

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” - (John 3:17).

Thoughts for Today

No sin is beyond God’s forgiveness. Sometimes we feel unworthy of God’s love and we hide from Him—believing our sin is more than He can forgive. We try harder to try to earn His favor, but soon our attempts at perfection fall short and, like Adam and Eve, we hide from Him in shame. Thankfully, God’s love is greater than our sin. His love for us is so great, in fact, that He prepared the way to set us free from our sin.

In Jesus’ day, Jews traveling between Judea and Galilee chose the five-day journey around Samaria rather than the two-and-a-half day journey through Samaria because they considered Samaritans unclean pagan idolaters. Jesus, the Savior sent for all people, did not have this prejudice. Instead of avoiding the unclean, he planned His path through the center of Samaria, where He had an encounter with a woman that transformed not only her, but the entire city.

When Jesus arrived in Samaria, He decided to stop for a drink of water. At the well, He met a Samaritan woman with a history of adultery and failed marriages. She did not realize that her problem was not men, marriage, or even adultery, but a desperate, unsatisfied thirst that could only be quenched by Christ Jesus.

Although our struggles are different, each of us can identify with the Samaritan woman. Without Jesus, we are tied up in a hopeless battle against our sin, and the harder we try to get out, the more bound up we become. But Jesus comes straight to the point of our need and says, “Only I can bring you life.” He uncovers the hidden things in our hearts and frees us from their grip.

Jesus came to a degraded, disillusioned woman and showed her that He not only knew her, but could offer everything she had ever longed for. The Samaritan woman’s most desperate need was for God’s love and cleansing, and the same is true for us. The same God who came in the flesh to free the woman at the well is sitting at the well of your life, ready to fill you with Living Water. Do you need forgiveness, healing, or restoration? Come to Christ. You can trust Him to save you, heal you, and renew you.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your salvation, healing, and renewal. Please forgive me for the ways I have tried to satisfy my longing for You apart from You. May I be filled with Your Living Water today. Thank You, Lord. 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

God Moves in Mysterious Ways - Friday's Dose - 15th December 2017

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"For in the day of trouble he [God] will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." - King David (Psalm 27:5).

I have read that William Cowper, like many people today, suffered from times of deep melancholy and depression. One night when he was in a particularly dark mood of despair, he decided to take his life by jumping into the Thames River.

That night the city of London was blanketed with an extremely heavy fog and Mr. Cowper, searching to find the river, lost his way. Stumbling blindly through the fog he was dumbfounded when he found himself on the doorstep of his own home. Going to his room he penned the words of the beautiful hymn:
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower."

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Please help me in my times of despair and depression to trust in you. Hide me in the shelter of your love and lead me to the place of help that I need. 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

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

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