9/5/13 Daily Devotion

Isaiah 44:6-8 “This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. [7] Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come—yes, let them foretell what will come. [8] Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

Who is God to you? This is the eternal question for the Christian, the question that seemingly demonstrates the amount of space God is allowed to occupy within our lives. Those observing us, those who do not profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior, continually seek the answer to this question. They want to know exactly what God means to us. They want to know if God is the center of our lives or just a small insignificant part of our existence. They want to know if our lives have been surrendered, or if it’s just a claim that we make. Who is God to you? What does your life say about Him? What do your words say about His presence within your life? What do your actions say about His presence within your life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my life speak loudly and proudly about how much I love having you within it.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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9/4/13 Daily Devotion

Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

When we feel alone, when we feel like others have compromised our trust, we begin to feel alone and weak. The strength of others, their powerful presence within our lives, gives us the fortitude to move forward. They give us the initiative to proceed with our lives. This is true of God. The powerful presence of God within our lives gives us strength to move through the difficulties of life. The powerful presence of God within our lives gives us the courage to pick up the pieces and move forward. The powerful presence of God brings to us a sense of peace and understanding that cannot come from anywhere else within this world. So let us then come to rest in the assurance of God’s presence within our lives as we trust Him with them.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, come powerfully into my life, so I may rest upon the assurance of Your presence.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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7/5/13 Daily Devotion

Isaiah 16:5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David—one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.

As we travel through this adventurous life, we come to discover that many aspects of it are understood only as they are about to occur. This, at times, causes us to move within speculation, walk forward in fear, or take chances that are unnecessary. When it comes to God, none of this is necessary. For the most part, God is fairly predictable. As we turn the pages of His Word, we can see what He has done in the past, what He expects of us, and pretty much what He will do in the future. While we will not always know the exactness of God’s move or the completeness of His ways, we will always know that as He moves us forward, He does so with our best interests in mind. Thus, He is mostly predictable. God wants us to grow. He wants us to expand our knowledge of Him. He wants us to trust Him, so He will move in our lives in the best possible direction for us and the expansion of His kingdom.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me trust in Your direction for my life. Help me see that You are ready to guide me in a powerful way, if I would only allow this to happen.

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4/2/13 Daily Devotion

Isaiah 54:8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.

Anger is an attribute of God, but it ALWAYS comes forth appropriately. How can God be happy with the direction of the world? How can He express joy when we are walking away from His presence? How can He be filled with happiness when we curse His name? God loves us all, but He is not aways happy with the decisions we make. Sometimes He is angry. The other side of all this is very important: while He can be angry with our decisions, He will always have compassion on a repentant heart. God does not work in the same manner as man. We have a difficult time showing compassion to those that have hurt us, but, gratefully, God doesn’t. Where would we be right now, at this moment, if God refused to show us compassion and hold us completely accountable for our actions?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me to extend compassion in the same manner as I have received it from You.

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3/21/13 Daily Devotion

Isaiah 51:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

Within our Christian lives, we are to continually be in pursuit of righteousness. We are to seek what is good and right, according to God and His Word. We are to reach for the good and release the bad. We are to strive to walk a path that continually glorifies God. Being righteous does not mean lording our lives over another. It simply means trying to be as God has directed, upon the path that He has called us to walk, while influencing the lives of those whose paths we cross.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, show me how to become more righteous than I am at this very moment, so I can influence this world for Your glory.

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3/13/13 Daily Devotion

Isaiah 49:14-15 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” [15] “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

How can God forget about us? How can our presence escape His mind? How can our troubles be absent from His concern? To imagine God forgetting about us is to imagine something impossible. God’s love for us is so deep and powerful that there is not a moment that He does not consider us. As we have read today in Isaiah, to imagine God could forget about us is to imagine a mother can forget about the infant she is feeding, utterly impossible.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I know that as each moment of life passes, You continue to consider me, my needs, and my future. I just wanted to say that I greatly appreciate Your concern for me.

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