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March 5, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Transfiguration 2


Matthew 7:5

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

 

Thought for the Day

Human beings have a tendency to talk when they should listen. On the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter was shocked by the radiant appearance of Jesus and the presence of Moses and Elijah. His response to this amazing occurrence was to begin talking. “Let us set up three tents for you!” Peter was still speaking when the Father came in a cloud and silenced him. “This is my Son…listen to Him.” When we come into the presence of God our response is often to fill the silence with words. God would rather that we listen first. Make time to open your Bible, then open the ears of your soul and listen to what He has to say. Become comfortable with the silence and resist the urge to speak first. His words are the important ones.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, help me to learn to tame my tongue, especially when I am seeking You. Give me ears to hear You and the will to act upon Your words. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Our Lord's descent from the holy heights of the Mount of Transfiguration was more than a physical return from greater to lesser altitudes; it was a passing from sunshine into shadow, from the effulgent glory of heaven to the mists of worldly passions and human unbelief; it was the beginning of His rapid descent into the valley of humiliation. ― James E. Talmage,

 

Quote of the Day

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. — Epictetus



Comments

03-05-2019 at 10:37 AM
Lori Rueffer
I don't see the devotional attached for today, Tues Mar 5th. Would you send it again please or tell me how else to find it. Thanks for your help.
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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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