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“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1


I purchased an expensive picture for our bedroom. I had been looking for one since we moved into the house and I had finally found the perfect one. At least, so I thought at the time of the purchase. There was a condition — the sale was final. I could not return it if I didn’t like it.

To my utter dismay, after the picture was delivered and placed on the wall over our bed, I realized I didn’t like it. It didn’t look right in the room — the colors were too vibrant, and the scene was not peaceful. It disturbed me every time I walked into the room.

Now I faced another choice — take it down and store it, or learn to live with it. The worse part wasn’t the picture itself, it was the guilt I felt over what I had paid for it. I was losing sleep because I felt so terrible, as the money could have been better used. For several weeks this feeling of guilt kept gnawing at me as I went about my work.

One day while I was out walking, the Lord brought the promise in Romans 9:1 to mind: “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The light went on! That is right, I thought, I don’t have to walk around with this guilt. I can confess it and Jesus Christ will remove the feelings of guilt. After all, that is why He died.

So I did. I admitted that my purchase was too expensive, and I told God how badly I felt about it and claimed His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” My burden of guilt was removed immediately, and in its place joy now filled my life.

Through Christ’s death on the cross, God offers us freedom from guilt. Often, we don’t take the time to analyze our guilty feelings or take the time to admit and confess them, and so we suffer needlessly. Friend, do not suffer in silence. Confess to the Lord and know that He will be faithful to forgive.

Have you experienced Christ’s forgiveness of any guilt you are holding onto.

If you have never walked in a relationship with Christ you can start today by committing and submitting your life to him. You can start this with a simple prayer:

Lord, thank You for dying so we can be set free from all of guilt and sin — no matter how big or small.  Your blood has erased all of our sin. Thank You so much! Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen

By Katherine Kehler
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“Then one day the Angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of Manoah. . .” Judges 13:2


We have heard sermons about Samson, and we have watched movies about Samson and Delilah, but I don’t recall ever hearing anyone teach or speak about Samson’s mother. The Bible doesn’t even mention her name — only that she was Manoah’s wife, and Samson was her first child.

Samson! The son who would be extremely strong and a special servant of the Lord, and lead Israel for twenty years and rescue them from the Philistines.

God knew her. “The Angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of Manoah . . .” two times.  He didn’t appear to her husband first, but to her. He told her that although she was barren, she would conceive and give birth to a son. She told this to her husband later, and he never doubted her story.

She received instructions from the angel regarding abstaining from certain foods and drink, and that Samson’s hair should never be cut.

The angel wouldn’t tell her his name. After his second visit, he ascended to heaven (in the offering fire), and she never saw him again.

She wasn’t the kind of mother that people remember. She was never the celebrity, but God knew her and entrusted her to give birth to and raise an extraordinary leader. Her husband believed and trusted her.

 She knew God and God knew and trusted her..

 Father, thank You for the millions of mothers who are never in the limelight, but raise their children the way You instruct them to. The mothers who love You and are faithful and true. You know them, and You will reward them. Amen.

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“For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey Him. And then helping you do what He wants” Philippians 2:13


The day I found this promise in the Bible I was very excited. I was beginning to understand that I didn’t have to change myself. God would change me and this verse confirmed it. He would even help me want to change. Being a determined person, I could be a problem if Christ wasn’t in control of my life, but God would work in me to change me. What freedom that spiritual principle brought to my life.

The Holy Spirit was beginning to convict me about being grumpy in the morning. For years I had rationalized that I was just born that way. I had inherited this temperament from my father and grandmother. I wasn’t a morning person. I didn’t want to speak to anyone until after 10:00 am and preferred that no one spoke to me.

The Holy Spirit showed me that His power was not limited to after 10:00 in the morning, and that I was having a negative influence on our four school-aged children and Marvin every morning. So I claimed the promise in Philippians 2:13 and prayed something like this,

God you are the God of flesh. All things are possible with You. Please change me into a cheerful person in the morning.”

Within three months, my husband Marvin noticed the difference in me. He said,

I sure appreciate your being cheerful in the morning.

I realized that praying specifically really works.

I still don’t bounce out of bed in the morning like my husband does. I like to wake up slowly. But when I begin to wake up, before I get out of bed, I focus on the Lord and ask Him to control and direct my life. What a difference praying specifically has made in my life.

Father, thank You for giving us Your Word and the Holy Spirit who opens our mind to understand it and empowers us to change. Help us to remember to ask specifically. Amen.

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Are we rationalizing away God’s miracles? Or are we thanking God for all He has done and is doing for you? 


“One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, ‘Glory to God, I’m healed!’ He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done…Jesus asked, ‘Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?’”
Luke 17:15-17

I have often thought about how exciting it will be when we get to heaven and our eyes will be opened to all the miracles God did for us – most of which we were unaware of. We will also come to realize how many times we rationalized away many of the miracles…like the nine lepers who were healed.

The cartoon character, Charlie Brown, gave several suggestions as to why the nine lepers never returned to Jesus to give thanks. They reveal a whole lot about human nature:

One man waited to see if the cure was real.
One waited to see if it would last.
One said he would see Jesus later.
One decided that he had never really had leprosy.
One said he would have gotten well anyway.
One gave the glory to the priests.
One said, “O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.”
One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.
One said, “I was already much improved.”

Think about it…are we thanking God for all He has done and is doing for you? Or are we, like the lepers, rationalizing away God’s miracles?

Father, would you please give us an attitude of gratitude – every day? Thank You! Amen.

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And He [Jesus] said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death’ Mark 14:34


Jesus and His disciples went to a place called Gethsemane to pray. He was well aware of the rejection, torture, and crucifixion that awaited him. He became greatly distressed and troubled and said to His disciples, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.”

As I read that verse this week, I thought of some of the times when my soul was sorrowful to death. When our five-month-old grandson died, deep sounds of anguish came out of my mouth — from deep within my soul. Not only was I grieving the loss of our grandson, but also the tragic loss our daughter and son-in-law were experiencing.

On reflecting on this time and others, I remembered how I was comforted and strengthened through the reading of the Word and the empathy of many friends. And because Christ Himself had gone through much deeper agony, He now walked with me in my sorrow.

I wonder, are you going through a time of deep anguish right now? An unfaithful spouse? Divorce? A child or spouse or you, yourself, with terminal illness? Death of a loved one? Abuse? Financial impossibilities?

I encourage you to “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken” (Psalm 55:22).

You probably won’t be freed from the pain and anguish immediately, but He will give you strength for the moment and the day, along with wisdom to know what your next steps should be.

He won’t forsake you.

Lord Jesus, it is so comforting to know that You have gone through anguish and sorrow. You know what we are going through. Thank You for being right there with us all the time, understanding, loving and comforting, strengthening, and giving us wisdom. Amen.

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“The eye is the lamp of the body. . “ Matthew 6:23


We were taking a break at our local coffee shop and a former co-worker came to talk to us. We knew her well! She had always been so cheerful, with sparkly blue eyes. But now, when we looked up at her, we couldn’t but help notice that her eyes weren’t sparkling, they looked dead. She seemed so dejected. We asked her how she was doing and she told us that she was on a sick leave – seems she was burned out. Her present job was asking her to do things she was not good at. She felt like a failure. Her eyes reflected what she felt inside.

Have you ever taken the time to look, really look, in peoples’ eyes?

Sad eyes

Joyful eyes

Angry eyes

Lustful eyes

Friendly eyes

Fearful eyes

Mistrusting eye

Kind eyes

Gentle eyes

Tired eyes

You can learn a lot about a person by looking into people’s eyes.

What did you see in your eyes this morning? What did you see in the eyes of your husband or your children? Your co-workers?

Ask God to use you to make their eyes sparkle with joy again. An encouraging word, a friendly touch, or a smile would help. Take time to look into people’s eyes. Then pray for them.

Take time to look in Jesus’ eyes. They are friendly and kind.

Father, our eyes are the light of our bodies. Let them reflect You. Amen.

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“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” 1 Thessalonians 5:24


The hyperlink to the daily devotions isn’t working on your website,” she wrote. I checked and she was right — it wasn’t working. I notified Pat, the webmaster, who, after trying it herself, emailed back, “We have a big problem!” “It’s God’s ministry,” I replied, “so we can trust Him to help you correct it.” That was Monday night. Tuesday — no solution. Wednesday — not fixed yet, and so we mobilized 1,580 prayer partners to pray. Thursday — still not working.

At that time, six thousand people were subscribed to the devotions, so everyday people were emailing us asking why they weren’t receiving them.

Friday morning, Pat wrote me that she had found the solution. A short time later the phone rang and it was Pat again. “I think I am going to cry,” she said. “My computer screen just broke, and I can’t work.” Again I assured her that it was God’s ministry and that He would show her the way.

She bought a new monitor and Friday afternoon sent a one word e-mail: “Hooray!”

God is worthy of our trust.

Have you run into a major problem recently? God is trustworthy, and you can trust Him no matter what the problem.

Father, I thank You for always being there. You are trustworthy. Help us to trust You more. Amen.

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“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”  Hebrews 13:5


Webster’s dictionary defines loneliness as,

being without company; cut off from others; not frequented by human beings; sad from being alone; producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation.

Have you ever felt lonely? Loneliness has many causes: The death of a loved one, divorce or separation, a broken engagement, a career loss or change, a move from one city or country to another. Leaving what is comfortable and familiar and moving into the unknown can be a lonely experience.

Someone once said that loneliness is not simply a matter of feeling alone, but rather the feeling that no one cares what happens to you. Most of us have felt lonely sometime in our lifetime. Feelings of rejection and abandonment are common. Even Jesus felt lonely. We need to know that someone cares about what happens to us.

What can we do to help ourselves when we feel lonely, and how can we help others?

1.  Realize that Jesus also was lonely, so He knows how you feel. Talk to Him about how you feel. (Isaiah 41: 8–10)

2.  Read your Bible every day. You will receive comfort and affirmation.

3.  Know that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. He is always there.
(Hebrews 13:5)

4.  Talk to a friend about how you feel.

If you are feeling lonely today, I also encourage you to read Facing Loneliness, by J. Oswald Sanders. It offers some excellent advice and insights.

Father, we feel so lonely at times. We need You to envelope us with Your love and attention. Thank You that You promised to meet our every need. Help us to be alert to befriend those who are lonely. Amen.

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“Wait for the Lord: be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” Psalm 27:14


Definition of “to wait:” To defer action or departure for a specified time or until some expected event occurs; to be expectant or on the watch.

In our culture of hurried and harried lifestyles — of deadlines and timelines and fierce competition — the Lord enters our lives and says, “Wait for me.” We become angry with people who drive slowly and impatient with children who want us to take time to look at bugs and leaves. God tells us to be still and wait.

We have drive-through banks and fast food outlets, instant meals, instant banking, and wireless communication. And yet God keeps telling us to be patient and wait on Him and for Him.

His commands:

“Wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
Be still before Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7).
Maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6).

The benefits of waiting for the Lord:

Blessed are all who wait for Him! He rises to show you compassion” (Isaiah 30:18).
They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31).
Surely, this is our God; we trust (waited) in him, and he saved us” (Isaiah 25:9).

Our declaration to Him:

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our heart” (Isaiah 26:8).
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5, 6).

Father God, the next time we find ourselves harried, impatient, and worried, help us to take a moment to stop and mentally focus on You and Your sufficiency. You are waiting to show compassion on us. Holy Spirit, remind us to increasingly rest in Christ. You can do beyond everything we can ever dream of or imagine.

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God has always known everything – not because he is more experienced – he just has always known.


O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me, and place your hand of blessing on my head.”  Psalms 139: 1-5

When our children were small, they would often wonder how I knew what they were doing and what they had done. They thought I had eyes in the back of my head.

Once when our son was about six, he had played with matches and when the fire had suddenly flared, it singed his eye lashes and brows. I noticed it while we were eating dinner and said, “Mark, you have been playing with matches and fire.” He was surprised that I knew. Of course a mother always has clues because she has previous experience.

God, however, has always known everything – not because he is more experienced – he just has always known.

Arthur W. Pink, in his book, “The Attributes of God”, writes,

God knows everything. Everything possible, everything actual; all events and all creatures of the past, the present, and the future. . . Nothing escapes His notice, nothing can be hid.”

God tells us in Ezekiel 11:5,

For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them

Another amazing thing about God – we never have to be concerned whether God hears our prayers, because he knows our thoughts and the intent of our hearts. His infinite mind is capable of giving the same attention to our prayers as he is to the million individuals who are praying to him. He knows everything.

He also knows every time we fall, he knows our every sin, yet, he fixes His heart on us. He loves us. To realize this should cause us to fall on our knees in adoration.

Be amazed! God knows everything.

Father, you are so great. Our finite minds cannot take it in. Give us the capacity to know and love you more. Amen!

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“Love … does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil” 1 Corinthians 13:5


Every now and then, the Lord impresses a Bible verse or phrase on my mind and I can’t forget it. That is what He did last month. During a church service, the pastor spoke from 1 Corinthians 13.  I don’t recall anything else about the message, but the Lord burned the phrase, “love is not easily provoked,” into my mind. Since then, when I find myself getting impatient, angry, or irritated at someone or a situation, the Holy Spirit brings the verse to mind.
I agree with the Lord immediately, thank Him for His forgiveness and cleansing, and ask Him to be in control of my life again and change me.

Someone said, “I ‘fess’ them as I does them, I don’t bunch them.” Spiritual breathing is a good definition. Breathing out the old (confessing) and breathing in the new (Christ taking control of my life again). I have experienced tremendous freedom in my spiritual journey since I learned this spiritual concept.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”   (Philippians 2:13)

Thank You Lord Jesus, for sending Your Holy Spirit to comfort us, direct us, change us, and empower us. You are so awesome! Amen.

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“I am gentle and humble in heart” Matthew 11:28


I have been rereading The Glorious Pursuit, Embracing the Virtues of Christ by Gary L. Thomas. As before, the content is very thought provoking. Thomas opens with this thoughtful paragraph:

Pause a moment and try to imagine yourself as a person who acts with the compassion of Christ; who has the patience of God Himself; who is discerning; gentle, yet confident; surrendered to the will and purpose of God. This is the life Jesus wants you to inherit, transforming you into a person who is motivated by the beautiful, not the lustful; the generous, not the selfish; the noble, not the conniving; the creative, not the destructive.”

The book is all about embracing the virtues of Christ. One chapter, “The Caressing Life,” expands on the virtue of gentleness, especially the gentleness of Christ.  Jesus describes himself, “I am gentle and humble of heart” (Matthew 28–30).

We are also admonished to

Let your gentleness be evident to all” (Philippians 4:5).

How does this work out in real life? If you have read the Gospels, you know that Jesus was gentle with most people — healing, feeding, preaching, and teaching. He also became angry with phonies and people who were just trying to set Him up, and He told them in no uncertain terms that He knew what they were trying to do.

I was reflecting on this late last night when our doorbell rang. Two women were on our doorstep asking to use our phone because their car had broken down — they needed to call a cab. I hesitated. We live on a busy highway and have had some unpleasant experiences over the years — people such as these requesting help and then lying and stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment from our barn and garage. However, to be fair, many were honest and just needed help, which we offered. — my husband has helped several women change flat tires.

But how do I embrace a gentle spirit when I have been hurt and/or deceived? There is only one way. Open myself to Christ and ask Him to develop a gentle, discerning spirit within me. For everything that God asks us to do, He also provides the resources. Isn’t that great?

For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey Him, then helping you do what He wants” (Philippians 2:13).

He will produce in us the wisdom to know when to be gentle with people and when to be firm.

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You are good and what you do is goodPsalm 119:68

God will never run out of goodness. Everything He made (and makes) is good.

God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

His creation is filled with His goodness. He made colors so we could enjoy them. He made flowers, mountains, sunrises, sunsets, and a loved one’s smile because He is good. He gave us eyes to see His beautiful creation.

He gave us ears to hear — the birds singing, children laughing, and choirs singing.

The earth is full of the goodness of God” (Psalm 33:5).

He has given us the ability to taste and enjoy food — fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, and much more.

The tender mercies of the Lord are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9).

Today, as you reflect on the goodness of God to you, think about this verse,

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men” (Psalm 107:8)!

Often we take God’s goodness for granted. Like children, we think we are entitled to all of His blessings.

Take time today and thank Him for His goodness to you!

Father, thank You for being totally good, that there is no shadow of evil in You! Your goodness is everywhere. Help us become aware of Your goodness and be amazed. Amen.

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“Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything that I need”  Psalm 23:1


One night, just before bedtime, I was reading my Bible–Psalm 23. I meditated on the words of that Psalm. Because I was going through a particularly difficult time and felt very much alone, I wondered how to apply this Psalm to my life at this time .

Through the years, the Lord has at times given me forewarning of changes coming in our lives. Sometimes He speaks in a dream, sometimes through what other people say, and of course, the word. On this particular night, as I sat meditating on Psalm 23, God put a picture in my mind that was almost like a video clip.

In this picture I was a child – His child – and I was holding His hand as we were walking. He was very friendly and kind and I was very happy and content. We were climbing a hill out of a valley. We were near the top, but not quite there yet.

I looked up at Jesus and very excitedly asked Him, “What are we going to do now, Jesus?“.  Again He looked at me with that wonderful, kind smiling face. He didn’t answer my question but I knew our life would continue the great adventure with Him. A few months later, the truth of that picture began to become a reality.

Life is changing continually. We are not sure  what God has planned for us, but we know that Jesus is holding our hands as we go. We know that God is always with us.
Psalm 139:17-18 tells us,

How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly. I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me!

Father, thank You for thinking about us all the time. There is no one who cares for us as much as You do. Amen.

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“Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” Ephesians 6:11


Every morning I begin my day by asking God to direct, empower, and protect me, so I will be able to please Him in all I do, think, and say. I want to be in tune with what He wants for me. Often, there are times during the day when I take back control of my life from God and try to do things my way. When I do this, I leave a door open for the enemy.

One night, after talking to Marvin on the phone — he was in Florida — I went to bed and fell asleep. Suddenly I awoke. I thought I felt someone crawling into bed with me.  My first sleepy thought was a joyful, “Oh, Marvin must be home.” Then I realized that he was in Florida.

I got really scared and silently prayed, “Lord, who is it?” He let me know that it was the enemy. I knew I had to pray aloud and so I prayed, “In the name of Jesus, I command you to get out of our house.” As soon as I prayed the presence left. I lay there for quite a while until I had the courage to turn on the light. Yes, the name of Jesus is powerful indeed!

Dramatic attacks of the enemy like that are rare. Far more often he attacks with fiery darts. The enemy uses someone’s careless remark or our own imaginations to tell us that no one appreciates us or that we are of no value. Within minutes our self-esteem can plummet to rock bottom because we listened to the enemy instead of listening to the Holy Spirit.

We must be alert so that we are able to discern whose voice we are listening to. Our thought life has two channels — one is alert to God, and one is alert to Satan. We have to choose which channel we listen to. If we ask Him to, God has promised to direct our steps. As we spend time with Him, He will teach us to hear His voice.

 Father, thank You that You are faithful and will strengthen us and protect us from the enemy. Cause us to be alert and listen to Your voice. Thank You that You are the Almighty God. Amen.

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