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Take Me Back Day 22

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Scripture: Psalm 34:18  God is close to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 

Devotional:

When peace like a river attendeth my way;   When sorrows like sea billows roll;  Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say;

It is well, It is well with my soul

In this week’s devotions we are focusing on the hymn It is Well, by Horatio Spafford, who penned these words after suffering the loss of his four precious daughters at sea. 

When suffering in this life, we can be assured through these words in Psalm 34:18 that God is indeed close to us when we are in our deepest despair.  And whether that suffering is monumental or minute, God longs to be our refuge and strength in the midst of our pain.  We need only to be reminded of His presence and yield ourselves to the comfort He offers. You need not suffer alone.

Reflect:

  • In what ways have you experienced God’s closeness in times of despair?
  • If you are currently experiencing a time of distress, would you call out to God in the midst of your pain and become aware of His presence?

Take Me Back Day 21

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Scripture: Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Devotional:  These two verses, perhaps more than any other, sum up God’s grace in a nutshell:  the bad news is we all sin and fall short of God’s glory, the good news is God’s provision of justifying us freely by His grace through Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.

Pretty simple.

Yet, too often we complicate this amazing grace, this provision of our loving, compassionate, all knowing Father.  So much can get in the way of us living out our lives according to this simple Gospel, and sharing it with others who so desperately need to hear it. 

Would you pause today and reflect upon this simple Gospel, this amazing grace?  And give thanks to God for the redemption He has provided for you. 

Reflect:

  • Who in your sphere of influence needs to hear this simple Gospel? Would you pray about and commit to sharing it today?

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