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March 4, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Transfiguration 1


Transfiguration

 

Matthew 17:2-3
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

The Sunday of the transfiguration is a call to preparation, for Lent is at hand. Jesus takes His inner circle of disciples up on a mountain. There the disciples witness an amazing spectacle: Jesus begins to glow with an internal brightness and heroes of the faith appear. What is it all about? What lesson is Jesus trying to teach His bewildered disciples? In point of fact, this moment is not about them at all. They are just witnesses. What they witness is that Jesus, in His fully human nature, needs encouragement as He begins His final terrifying journey to Jerusalem. The Father causes Jesus’ divine nature to shine through to remind Him of who He is and sends Moses and Elijah to share words of encouragement. In these last days before Lent (which begins on Wednesday) what encouragement do you need? How can you prepare yourself for the long journey to Jerusalem with Jesus? Take some time in the presence of God to receive it today.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You demonstrate that the need for encouragement is not a sign of weakness, but a thing that draws us to You. Grant me what I need to be well prepared for the journey we have ahead together. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living. — John Henry Newman

 

Quote of the Day

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. — William Arthur Ward



Comments

03-05-2019 at 9:43 AM
Dick Wauer
Encouragement and empowerment builds faith and confidence. They are much more valuable than criticism and judgement.
03-05-2019 at 7:35 AM
Melba Layton
This devotion is so meaningful and confirms what I experienced.
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March 1, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Can I Know God Personally? 5


Can I Know God Personally?

 

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

 

Thought for Today

In the past week we have confirmed that God wants us to know Him; that God made a way for us to know Him; and that God removed the barriers to knowing Him when His Son Jesus went to the cross for us. Today we discuss the final piece to the puzzle. God sent a Helper to guide you through the process of knowing Him. God sent the Holy Spirit to connect you to God by granting you the gift of faith. The Holy Spirit has the power to unlick your heart and mind to the truth about Jesus. He walks with us daily to teach us everything we need to know. And He reminds us of the things that Jesus said about God’s great love for us and how we should live in response. Most Christians don’t give much thought to the Holy Spirit. We are aware of what the Bible says about Him, a little bit. However, we don’t realize His importance in our lives. We are rightly focused on Jesus, under whose authority the Father placed everything. We are supposed to worship and adore Him. But we should not forget the Holy Spirit who walks beside us each day. If you long to know God personally, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Him to you. After all, that’s His job.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to know God personally. Teach me what I need to learn and great me the faith to believe it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and my job to love. ― Billy Graham

 

Quote of the Day

Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen. ― Gary Hopkins

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February 28, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Can I Know God Personally? 4


Can I Know God Personally?

 

John 14:6-9

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

 

 

Thought for Today

Jesus came and opened up a whole new understanding of what it means to know God personally. In Jesus God came down to earth to engage us directly. He told us how much He loved us. Jesus told His disciples that because they had seen Him They had seen God the Father as well. It is by developing a relationship with Jesus that we connect with God and discover His heart for us. Read about Him in your Bible today. Discover how He lived and loved. See the arms that long to embrace you stretched across Calvary’s cross. And in His sacrifice for you discover the God who made a way to know you personally.

 

Prayer

Jesus, help me to know You more nearly and love You more dearly today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love. ― Peter Kreeft

 

Quote of the Day

You seek the heights of manhood when you seek the depths of God.— Edwin Louis Cole

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