31 Days of Praise | Day 20 God of Miracles

You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. 

Psalm 77:14 (NIV)

Miracles are a special exhibition of supernatural power at work. Miracles, by definition, are works done by a divine power to fulfill a divine purpose. Webster’s Dictionary describes miracles as, “An event or effect in the physical world deviating from the known laws of nature, or transcending our knowledge of these laws; extraordinary events brought about by a super-human agency.

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I believe most of us would recognize a miracle if we were to experience one. For us, miracles occur when something happens that we cannot readily explain other than accrediting it a higher power.

God is in the business of miracles. He demonstrated great miracles throughout His-story.

We can praise Him for those miracles He has done. We can praise Him for the miracles He is doing. We can praise Him for the miracles He will do in the future.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

 

Morning Prayer 12 | Patience

After love, joy, and peace, Paul turns our attention to three inner-qualities: Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. Love, joy, and peace are fruit that comes to us from God through the Holy Spirit. With these next three qualities, we turn inward, all the while leaning on the Spirit to help us.

Patience demonstrates our capacity to accept and tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without becoming angry or upset. Anger and distress are emotions we express when things don’t go our way. It doesn’t matter if the root-cause is us or an outside force. None of us like it when things don’t go according to our plan. We prefer to live problem-free lives. We understand that suffering is part of life, but we don’t welcome it. Patience can be an elusive character trait to capture. Growing in patience can be a painful lesson if we rely on our own power. However, we don’t need to depend on ourselves. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us to lean on. When we are patient in times of difficulty we are expressing our confidence that the Lord is in control of the situation and He will work it out for our good.

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Faith is expressed by how we respond to the God work is doing in and around us. How we respond reveals what we truly believe about the Lord, about ourselves, and others.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

The more our expression of faith resembles holiness, the sweeter our response is to the Lord who delights in us as we grow nearer to Him spiritually. Spiritual growth measures how much more like the Lord we become over time.

Prayer: Father God help me grow to be more like You in my daily life. May my response reflect my trust in You and honor You in every way, especially when things don’t go according to how I planned them or don’t happen as quickly as I would prefer. Let me be confident in You in difficult times as well as the during the good. Help me celebrate You in all that I say and do regardless of the circumstances or situation I face. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

31 Days of Praise | Day 14 The Lord Gives & Provides Faithfully

All praise, honor, and glory be Yours, O Faithful Lord because You are a generous, faithful God who gives and provides for Your people. Throughout history, from generation to generation, the Lord has given graciously and generously to us. He provides for His entire creation, ensuring that even the sparrows have food to eat. God provides and gives to each of us, even though we may not always be aware of His continuous work in our lives. He is always at work all around us and through us. In doing His work, the Lord gives and provides, caring for all our needs. This truth offers us the opportunity to sing God’s praises.

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In Genesis 22, we see Abraham, the friend of God, respond to the Lord’s instruction faithfully, although he didn’t have a lot of detail to go on. He knew that the Lord had been faithful to looking after Abraham and his family in the past, so Abraham trusted that the Lord would provide for him now. God’s generosity and provision grow our ability to trust Him, recognizing that we can depend on the Lord.

Genesis 22:1-14 (ESV)

1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham! And he said, Here am I. 2 He said, Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, My father! And he said, Here am I, my son. He said, Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 Abraham said, God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So they went both of them together.

9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham! And he said, Here am I. 12 He said, Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, The Lord will provide; as it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.

Looking back at your life, how has the Lord provided for you? In what ways have you seen God give to you over the course of your life?

Today, you and I can praise God for many things, especially His generosity and faithfulness in giving and providing for our needs. Glory be to God!

The Devotional Guy™

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