Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 2-10-22

Intro: Recently, I have been participating in a stretching class. It is my time to focus on this physical temple of God. Are you deliberately doing things that contribute to your wholeness? Seems like this body of mine needs some stretching in order to maintain a right posture and flexibility. I had been noticing I was physically slouching; not sitting up straight. The more I thought about it I was also aware I was mentally slouching; not focused on the joy of my salvation that keeps me thinking straight. And lastly, I was suddenly aware I had allowed my emotions to start slouching; my soul was wounded by the pride of mockers [spiritual know-it-alls; those who falsely judge other Christians]. Please remember this, Satan disguises himself as an angel of light in order to attack our faith and confidence in Christ (2 Cor 11:14).

I needed this passage today, my friends. God always knows what we need and sends his Word to the rescue, doesn’t he? As God’s children, we are blessed at every turn; we must spiritually look for the blessings of our salvation. That is why the enemy works so hard to get us bent, burdened and burned out. Certainly, as believers how we view things must be seen through the cross of Jesus Christ; God’s love given to us. We all need discernment these days, because Satan is certainly crafty. However, the Holy Spirit makes our spirits sit up straight, directs the focus of our souls upon the goodness of God for salvation, and helps us rest knowing we belong to him alone and He writes our life stories according to His plan. So, the next time you become aware Satan has caused you to do some slouching, call for the Holy Spirit to help you listen up to the Truth, stretch your faith muscles, and send that liar Satan back to hell where he belongs. God watches over you, today. Hugs!

Psalm 1

Oh, the joys of those who do not
    follow the advice of the wicked,
    or stand around with sinners,
    or join in with mockers.

But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked!
    They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.

They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
    Sinners will have no place among the godly.

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
    but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for life and for faithfully caring for me. Thank you for being my Rescuer each day; your love is always there catching me and guiding me into a deeper place in your love. Grant to me today a full measure of your loving grace, strength, and power as I delight in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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