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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Devotions

- Shoe Box Devotionals - 
 
 
 
Number 6
 
Deuteronomy 22:4 NIV
“If you see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help him get it to its feet.”
Think of those you know. What burdens are they struggling with? Four little words in today’s verse:
“…do not ignore it.” This is especially true for those you know who are struggling with a lesson God
has already walked you through. Offer what you have – your shoulder, a listening ear, your time,
encouragement, prayer, compassion. One of the best ways to find our own significance and add
meaning to life is to come along side another who is struggling with the weight of a burden too heavy to bear alone.
 
 
 Number 5
 
Mark 5:22 (22-24, 35-43) NIV
“Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet.”
Jairus, a man of position and authority impelled by the desperate need of his dying child, did not
hesitate when he abandoned his status to assume a very humble posture at Jesus’’ feet. Have you
fallen at his feet lately? Regardless of whether it is an ailing family member or a marriage ––
dropping all pretense as we drop to the feet of Jesus is our best chance of help and hope as well
 
 
Number  4   
 
Deuteronomy 8:4 NIV
“Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.”
Do you lack resilience in your faith journey? Do you long for staying power when life’s tension
mounts, or when people disappoint you? There is a simple, powerful message to glean
from today’s verse: God’s anointing rests on His children who choose to move forward in the power
He provides. Even when you are in one of life’s deserts with a dry canteen, God will establish your
steps and keep your spiritual feet strong and mobile as He leads you to refreshment. The key to
success is to make obedience a habit before you face the deserts.
 
Number 3   
 
Exodus 24:10 NIV
“… the God of Israel. Under His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.”  (Additional reading: Isaiah 54:11-12; Rev. 21:15-21)
 
Today’s Scripture passages put an interesting slant on things regarded as highly valuable treasures here on earth. In heaven, priceless jewels and precious metals are used for building materials and street pavement! Think of it. People spend a lifetime contemplating, coveting, and accumulating things. One day, those things are what we long to own, and the next – they own us because they require a greater investment of our time and resources to guard them from being taken away. Ask yourself: “Is my focus on things or people, and is my appraisal of another person’s significance based on what he or she owns?”  Someone once said, “The most important things in life are not things; they are people.” [Word count: 117
 
Number 2
 
Joshua 10:24-25 NIV
“When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Because kings are accustomed to having others lower to the ground than themselves, this was the ultimate humiliation, and the encouragement of Joshua’s declaration is for us as well: “…this is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” What enemies do you face right now? Name them. Financial ruin? Wayward child? Loneliness? Today’s passage powerfully communicates God’s dealings with the enemies that come against His children. No matter what you face, be encouraged to press on. The strength and success you gain today will arm you for the battles in the future.
 
Number 1
 
Joshua 3:15-17 NIV
…as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing…”
 
Some days the pressures of deadlines, strained relationships, and late payments reach flood stage. And, instead of helping us escape, God beckons us to stand in the racing current with Him! Instead of "Come away my beloved", we hear Him calling, “Come on in! The water’s fine!” Once we take that first timid step into the Jordan, the results delight us. Our wet feet testify that instead of being swept away, His peace is sweeping over us. We learn that He can transform any torrent in life into a firm, dry place on which to place the full weight of our hope because He stepped in first! [Word count: 107]
 
 
 
 
 
 
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