Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 7-31-18

July 31, 2018

Genesis 18:1-4, 6-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

Our passage for today is special to my heart; I have internalized a promise from God for years.  Sometimes it feels like our imparted dreams from God teeter between hope and the impossible.  If you have felt that way, you are in good company with the biblical heroes of the faith.  When God gives a promise, he never tells us how long it will be before it comes to pass.  We have to stand by faith and believe that if the Lord says something is going to take place in our lives, it will.  

In our passage today, Sarah struggles with hearing the Word of the Lord—she is promised a son—because it defies human logic and physical possibilities.  Yet, like Sarah we must wrestle down those mindsets that demand God fit into human knowledge or experience. Love surpasses or goes beyond human knowledge. God is in charge of all things; He is the Creator of Life.  So, if the Lord speaks to your heart, never abort the promise.  Hang onto it and watch for him to bring it to pass in his time. Just as the Lord promised, Sarah had a son, Isaac, a year later.

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Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 7-30-18

July 30,2018

Philippians 4:10-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

God calls all of his children to abide (dwell) in a state of contentment. Contentment is a state of the soul (mind/will/emotions) as human confidence and trust are placed in God’s love.  So, in the midst of life whether we find ourselves in a place of lack or a place of plenty, we are to be content knowing God is our provider and our Source.  In times of lack, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength to endure and await his blessing.  In times of plenty, we can do all things through Christ who gives us more than enough to live so we can be a blessing to others.  Make contentment your goal today.

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