Immanuel Voices
October 4, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 5


John 15:9-10

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

 

Thought for Today

How can you have a heart that is passionate about the things God is passionate about and pure before Him? By being in a love relationship with Him. When we understand who we are and identify with our place as a son or daughter of God and a child of His Kingdom passion and obedience become easy. Your identity informs your behavior. As a child of God, who knows and loves his/her Heavenly Father, there are simply things that you do and do not do. Just like as a fan of your favorite team there are colors you do and don’t wear. As a member of your earthly family there are behaviors that are acceptable and unacceptable, no matter what is considered “normal” for other families. So, if you have a passion or obedience problem what you really have is a relationship problem. You are not connected to Jesus as you should be. He is the vine, you grow out of Him. If you lose your connection with Him you lose your identity as a part of the vine. What steps do you need to take to strengthen your relationship with Jesus this weekend?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for making me Your child. I apologize that I have not lived up to that reality. Help me to better understand what it means to be Your child and, growing in Your love, begin to live like it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Trusting God's grace means trusting God's love for us rather than our love for God. […] Therefore, our prayers should consist mainly of rousing our awareness of God's love for us rather than trying to rouse God's awareness of our love for him, like the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:26-29).” ― Peter Kreeft, Prayer For Beginners

 

Quote of the Day

What makes a man's 80 year-old Irish uncle skip like a little boy? "Me Father is very fond of me! ― John Ortberg Jr., Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

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October 3, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 4


1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 

Thought for Today

Are you afraid of God? Do you worry that He might punish you for something you have done, maybe something no one else knows about that still comes to mind late at night? When you think about standing before the judgment seat of God do you worry that you might be rejected? John would say that you harbor those fears because you haven’t experienced God’s love deeply enough. Those who have truly plumbed the depths of God’s love won’t fear such things. Do you think Jesus would have endured all His suffering knowing God might not love you anyway? That you might still have to suffer the consequences of your sin from God? No way! God so LOVED the world (that means you) that He sent His Son. God loves you with a perfect love. He could not possibly love you more and He refuses to love you less! Spend time with God today and talk to Him about His love for you. See how you feel about those old fears when you’re done.

 

Prayer

Loving Lord, I praise You that, knowing everything about me, You chose to show Your great love by sending Your Son to rescue me. Help me to learn to rest in Your love and let it cast out all my fears. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It's not about finding ways to avoid God's judgment and feeling like a failure if you don't do everything perfectly. It's about fully experiencing God's love and letting it perfect you. It's not about being somebody you are not. It's about becoming who you really are. ― Stormie Omartian

 

Quote of the Day

I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens. ― Woody Allen

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October 2, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 3


1 John 4:15-16

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

Thought for Today

Notice how many times God mentions the Law or obedience in today’s passage. Zero. To what does God tie His love? Confessing Jesus and abiding in Him. Being obedient to God is a byproduct of having a relationship with God. Those who abide in God come to know God’s love so well that love becomes a dominant characteristic in their lives. Others will see the way they love and know that they have been close to God. God has always longed for a relationship that draws us close to Him. So, if you struggle to love, to be compassionate, or to forgive, the remedy is to spend more time with God. That’s what “abide” means, to spend time in His presence. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God. They go hand in hand. How can you make a little more time to spend with God today?

 

Prayer

Beloved God, I desire to spend more time with You. Show me when and where we can meet today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us. ― Tullian Tchividjian

 

Quote of the Day

Abiding in God: " Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter — you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.” ― Desmond Tutu

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