Devotion for Friday, June 14, 2019

“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the
Lord.”  Our feet are standing within your
gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact
together; to which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord – an ordinance
for Israel – to give thanks to the name of the Lord.”  (Psalm 122:1-4)

The city of peace is the place
the Lord is building for those who come to the peace that surpasses all
understanding.  Let the ones who seek the
Lord come together that they may know peace in a world at war.  Come then, you who labor in this world to
know the goodness of the Lord God Almighty and the promises He gives to
all.  The good life now and life eternal
is for those who are His.

Lord, let me not be weighed down by the dissipation of this world.  Help me to not fall into the traps set by the
wicked one.  Guide me, Lord, in the way
of righteousness that I may now and forever live into the life You have
promised.  Show me, O Lord, the way of
truth.  Guide me according to all of Your
promises that I may abide in You and You in me now and forever.

Lord Jesus, You promised that if
I abide in You I will produce fruits that are befitting the kingdom of
heaven.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way You
have established that I may now and forever live into the life You offer.  Guide me by the Holy Spirit to do those
things which build up and hold me fast to Your never-failing promises.  Keep me in Your peace today and every
day.  Amen.

Devotion for Thursday, June 13, 2019

“The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.  The Lord will guard your going out and your
coming in from this time forth and forever.” 
(Psalm 121:7-8)

Whom do you trust?  Too many make things more complicated than
they are.  Trust in the Lord and hear His
promises.  He will keep your soul.  Do not worry about the little details but
learn to trust.  The Lord knows all of
our needs.  The Lord knows all of the
obstacles.  Trust in the Lord and He will
guide you on the path you need to travel. 
He will keep you in all of your ways. 
Know the Lord and know life.

Lord, You created all things and You know this and every age.  Guide me according to Your will and keep me from stumbling.  There are so many pitfalls and one of the greatest is that I do not fully trust in You, the One who created all things and knows all things.  Lead me, O Lord, according to Your goodness to see in You the only hope for all ages.  Guard me that I may always be Yours.

Lord Jesus, You have come that we may have life and have it abundantly.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way You would have me go.  Show me the way of righteousness that I would now and forever learn that the way You have established is always true and trustworthy.  Guide me according to the Father’s will to do what is pleasing in His sight that I may now and always live in the faith You have given me.  Amen. 

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Devotion for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right
hand.  The sun will not smite you by day,
nor the moon by night.”  (Psalm 121:5-6)

What is there to fear?  Fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom.  Come into the Lord’s presence
and do not be afraid of what is in the world. 
Come to the One who created the world. 
Know His goodness and see that He who made you knows all that is needed.  Be guided by the truth of His Word and know
that He watches over you and will keep you according to His purpose.

Lord, the world is often a scary place. 
I fear the things that are around me. 
Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I would not falter nor slip
because of the fear the world brings. 
Grant that I would  become bold in
the faith You have given me and stand fast knowing You are always with me.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth, for You
are truth and the way You have established is life.

Lord Jesus, You have come to
save, to rescue and to lead those who would come through You to eternity.  Yes, there are things that are around me that
I fear.  Yes, there are things to be
afraid of, but who will prevail over You? 
You are the One who commands and it is so.  When You said it is finished, You declared
that nothing in all of creation is able to separate us from You.  Grant my heart to know the truth of this
comforting word.  Amen.

Devotion for Tuesday, June 11, 2019

“He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not
slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.”  (Psalm

Happenstance is a word to
describe the randomness of life.  That is
just an illusion.  There is no
happenstance with the Lord.  He has
promised that everything has a purpose. 
Come then into the purpose of the Lord and know that He who is always
present knows all things.  Do not think
that things are random, but see that all things are within the purpose of the
Lord.  He who knows you watches over you.

Lord, when things happen that I do not like, help me not to excuse it
nor ignore it.  Guide me so that I see
that all things truly are in Your hand. 
Lead me into the way of life that You have set before me through
salvation that I would forever abide in the truth of Your goodness.  Let me see through circumstances that I may
know truth.  Help me in those times I do
not understand to live in faith.

Lord Jesus, things certainly did not go the way I would have liked them to go while You were walking the earth.  Yet You lived the life You gave for our sake in spite of, and not because of, circumstances.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth.  Help me to see in You the only hope in this age filled with strife and wickedness.  May I be guided by Your example to live each day in steadfast faithfulness.  Amen.

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Devotion for Monday, June 10, 2019

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help
come?  My help comes from the Lord, who
made heaven and earth.”  (Psalm 121:1-2)

Whom do you look up to?  What is your source for what you need?  The One who created all things is the only
One who can provide all that is needed. 
Look to the Lord and His provision and be guided by the truth of all
that He says.  Know that the giver of
life is the One who knows all that is needed. 
Come to the help of your neighbor and seek the LORD while He may be

Lord, I look around me and seek all kinds of things.  Grant that my heart would not settle for anything
less than the better portion which is found in You alone.  Lift up the eyes of my heart to look upon
You, the source of all life, and be guided by what You know I need.  Let my inward gaze be firm upon You that I
may now and always abide in the truth of Your presence and purpose.

Come, Holy Spirit, and minister to my heart.  You know that my mind knows these things, but often my heart is far away.  Guide me away from the ways of this world to look up and see that the help You give is always present.  Lift me up this day that I would seek the source of life and know Your presence.  What more can I ask?  You, who sees my heart, knows all that I need.  Amen.

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Devotion for Sunday, June 9, 2019

“Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace.  I am for peace, but when I speak, they are
for war.”  (Psalm 120:6-7)

We live in a world that is at
war against the Lord.  They are also at
war against one another.  The heart of the
Lord is love and peace.  Those who hear
the voice of the Lord long for peace. 
Come then into the Lord’s presence and be one of peace and not war.  Dwell in the presence of the Lord and learn
the eternal values He offers by grace. 
Know His goodness and the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Lord, I am in conflict.  You know
the hearts of all of those who dwell in this age.  There is war amidst the longing for
peace.  You have promised Your peace to
those who come to You.  Grant that I
would be a person of peace and live the way You have directed me to live.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that, in
spite of what happens around me, I would pass on Your peace to those around me.

Lord Jesus, You said that You
would leave Your peace with Your disciples. 
Help me Lord to live into the peace which You offer.  Guide me according to Your goodness to learn
to live in peace with my neighbors. 
Guide me in the way of peace to live this way despite what goes on
around me.  Lord, You have come to save
those who turn to You.  Save me Lord and
guide me forever.  Amen.

Devotion for Saturday, June 8, 2019

“Sharp arrows of the warrior, with the burning coals of the broom
tree.  Woe is me, for I sojourn in
Meshech, for I dwell among the tents of Kedar!” 
(Psalm 120:4-5)

Do you go to the places that
will produce trouble?  Do you listen to
things that will stir what is not right in your heart?  We live in a world filled with trials and
troubles.  Pay attention to the
environment of your ears and eyes.  Flee
from what will bring out wickedness.  Know
that the Lord will protect you but that you also need to do your part and stay
away from places and things that are dangerous to your heart.

Lord, whether it is what I am listening to, what I see as entertainment
or even walking on the streets, there are so many places that bring my heart to
wickedness.  I do not even know all of
the things that affect me.  Guide me out
of the pit that I may come into the light of Your presence and know those
things that are affecting my heart.  Lead
me to meditate upon Your Word day and night.

Lord Jesus, You know this world and the places of corruption.  Guide me that I may stay away from what would tempt my heart to sin.  Lead me according to Your goodness to walk humbly with You this day.  Shield my eyes, ears and heart so that I may not fall prey to the wickedness that is in this world.  Lead me along the narrow road of righteousness for Your name’s sake.  Amen.

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Devotion for Friday, June 7, 2019

“In my trouble I cried to the Lord, and He answered me.  Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given to you, and what more shall be
done to you, you deceitful tongue?” 
(Psalm 120:1-3)

No matter how far you progress,
you are only as good as your worst moment. 
It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes
out.  The Lord knows what sin has done to
the soul.  The one who turns to the Lord
becomes sensitive to the depths of depravity to which we have fallen.  Cry out to the Lord in all of your trouble
and He who hears your prayers will listen to your cry.

Lord, You know my heart.  You
know the depths to which sin has ravaged me. 
Bring me out of the pit that I may learn to not speak what is deplorable
nor think what is unthinkable.  Guide me
by Your grace to think those things which are pleasing in Your sight and thereby
guard my lips.  Help me now and always to
listen to You that Your Word may dwell richly inside of me.  Deliver me from bondage to sin.

Jesus, You have come to set the
captive free.  You died on the cross that
we would be freed from sin.  Yet, sin’s effects
still have a hold on my heart.  Lord,
there is no excuse; only Your grace can change me.  Lift me up by Your mercy that I may overcome
those times when I fall for the depravity within me.  Lead me according to Your Word that it would
be Your Word that comes out of my mouth. 

Devotion for Thursday, June 6, 2019

“Let my soul live that it may praise You, and let Your ordinances help
me.  I have gone astray like a lost
sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments.”  (Psalm 119:175-176)

You know that this life will
end.  The Lord has promised eternal life
to those who trust Him.  Do you long for
your soul to live in the presence of the Eternal One?  You have gone astray.  Your heart has times where it is far from the
Lord.  Do you remember the commandments
of the Lord?  Come now and trust in the
Lord who created You.  Be guided by the
order of creation that He established.

Lord, I do not even know where to begin.  It is You who must rescue me.  Bring my heart to the place where it
surrenders to You.  Lead me according to
the way of salvation You have established. 
Help me now and always to simply abide in Your goodness, mercy and
precepts of love.  Help me to be one who
overcomes the adversity of this world that by Your grace I would be Yours

Lord Jesus, You are the Savior
who has come to gather the lost sheep. 
Grant that I would be one of Your lost sheep.  Redeem me according to the Father’s will that
I would be able to abide with You in eternity. 
Lead me along the path You know I need to walk that I would learn grace,
mercy and Your precepts.  Teach me to
obey Your will that I would know how to live into the eternal life You promise.  Amen.

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