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Daily Hope with Rick Warren Devotional 17 February 2021 – Jesus Comes to You in Your Storm

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Daily Hope with Rick Warren Devotional 17 February 2021 Message

Topic: Comes to You in Your Storm

“About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.” Mark 6:48 (NLT)

Daily Hope with Rick Warren Devotional 17 February 2021

Have you ever had a storm blow your life off course?

In Mark 6, Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him to Bethsaida while he went off by himself to pray. It wasn’t a long trip by boat, but they were blown off course by a storm. When Jesus saw them struggling against the wind in the middle of the lake, he came to their aid.

Does your life feel like the disciples’ today?

Maybe you had no intention of being where you are in your job, your marriage, or your finances. You’ve been blown off course by situations you couldn’t control. You feel like you should be at your original destination by now, but at this point you’ve given up hope of getting there. You just want to get back to safety.

Or perhaps you had big dreams for your life that you gave up on a long time ago. You’re not even worried about progress anymore. You’re just wondering, “Can I survive?”

What does Jesus do when you’re at your moment of desperation? Mark 6:48 says, “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water” (NLT). Notice that he didn’t tell the disciples to come to him. He knew they couldn’t get to him. So he went to them instead. The same is true for you. When you’re at your point of desperation, Jesus comes to you!

I love the fact that Jesus did not stand on the shore and shout instructions. When you’re in a storm, you don’t need advice. You need a miracle! You need somebody to show up, and that’s what Jesus did. He intervened in the disciples’ storm.

This is the Gospel: God doesn’t stand on the shoreline telling you what to do; instead, he comes out and meets you in your own storm—in your pain, fear, depression, and discouragement. He comes to you. What a God!

You may feel abandoned right now, but you’re not. The Bible says in John 14:18“I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you” (TLB). You can count on it!

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In Touch Ministries Devotional 8th March 2021 – Always in His Presence

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In Touch Ministries Devotional 8th March 2021 By Dr Charles Stanley Today’s Message

Topic: Always in His Presence

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 139:1-12

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.

3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,”

12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.

In Touch Ministries Devotional 8th March 2021 By Dr Charles Stanley Message:

In today’s reading, David asked, “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139:7). The more he pondered the possibilities, the more he realized the answer is “nowhere.” God is present everywhere and at all times. This reality causes people to react in one of two ways—some find it a great comfort while others are filled with dread.

People who don’t know the Lord may think that He’s always judging their every move. But for those of us who belong to God through faith in His Son, His continual presence is a great comfort. We never have to walk through trials and heartaches alone, and we have complete confidence that He’s always providing, protecting, and guiding us through life.

This truth should change how we live. Knowing that God is ever-present motivates us to think, speak, and behave in ways that glorify Him. It’s a reminder to stand firm against temptations and pursue holiness.

There’s never a single moment in which the Lord is not looking out for your best interests. Nothing slips past Him into your life by accident, nor does the enemy have even a nanosecond’s opportunity to destroy you. This is the security we receive as believers, so let’s rejoice in knowing God is always with us.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 10-12

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Streams of Joy Devotional 8th March 2021 – Your Oil Will Multiply

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Streams of Joy Devotional 8th March 2021 By Pastor Jerry Eze

Topic: Your Oil Will Multiply

Focus Scripture: “And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.” (2 Kings 4: 2)

Pastor Jerry Eze Streams of Joy Devotional 8th March 2021 Message:

The widow of one of the sons of the prophets had a pot of oil in her house, and that pot of oil became the seed that birthed her increase. Elisha told her to pour that oil into as many vessels as she could borrow, and every available vessel was filled with oil. So her oil multiplied. The pot that contained the oil did not multiply, but the oil multiplied. The container remained the same, but the content went to a new level.

Friend, you may still be a little pot of oil, but God says, your oil is about to multiply. Your content will be multiplied; your greatness will be multiplied; your capacity/abilities will be multiplied; your ideas will be multiplied; your influence will be multiplied; what you have in you will be multiplied. You may still look as ordinary as ever, but you will witness extraordinary manifestations of God’s goodness.

The same pot that only had a little oil became a pot that filled several other pots. It didn’t change, but its capacity and results changed for the better. Hear me as I hear the Lord: you may not change but your capacity will change, your results will change, your impact will change, your influence/importance will change, your access to high places will change, and your destiny placement will change. You may be same, but your content will overflow.

If Jesus has redeemed you, you need not be more than a ‘small pot’ for your results to rise higher. If Jesus has redeemed you, the same location, job, business, relationships, career, etc that never gave you meaningful results in time past will begin to yield massive results that will blow your mind and make you smile. The redemptive work of Jesus in your life has some impact on your capacity if you dare to look inwards.

Don’t be fixated on the big pots of this world. Be content to be that pot that will fill other vessels with oil.

Isaiah 54:3 says: “For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.”

Declare With Me: My pot may not multiply, but my oil will multiply; my content will be multiplied, in Jesus’ name!

Pastor Jerry Eze is the dynamic Founder and President of the fast-growing Streams of Joy International. A seasoned Pastor and leader, a consummate conference speaker and leadership coach. The work of ministry have taken him to major platforms around the world

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Our Daily Bread 8th March 2021 Devotional – The Reason for Writing

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Our Daily Bread 8th March 2021 Today Devotional Message for Monday By Our Daily Bread Ministries, Written By John Blase

Topic: The Reason for Writing

Today’s Scripture: John 20:24–31

Key Verse: But these are written that you may believe. – John 20:31

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 5–7; Mark 11:1–18

INSIGHT: Thomas is mentioned among Jesus’ disciples in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but it’s John’s gospel that gives us a close-up view of him. John’s account of Jesus includes six scenes where Thomas appears (all in chapters 11–20), and he first speaks in 11:16 after the death of Lazarus. Jesus’ well-known words in John 14:6—“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”—were in response to Thomas’ query, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (v. 5).

In John, we see Thomas as a pessimist and realist—inquisitive, human, honest. And he’s commonly referred to as “doubting Thomas” because of his words in John 20:25 and Jesus’ response to him in verse 27. But his last recorded words reveal that he was convinced of who Jesus is: “My Lord and my God!” (v. 28).

Our Daily Bread 8th March 2021 Today Devotional Message

“The Lord is my high tower . . . . We left the camp singing.” On September 7, 1943, Etty Hillesum wrote those words on a postcard and threw it from a train. Those were the final recorded words we would hear from her. On November 30, 1943, she was murdered at Auschwitz. Later, Hillesum’s diaries of her experiences in a concentration camp were translated and published. They chronicled her perspectives on the horrors of Nazi occupation along with the beauty of God’s world. Her diaries have been translated into sixty-seven languages—a gift to all who would read and believe the good as well as the bad.

The apostle John didn’t sidestep the harsh realities of Jesus’ life on earth; he wrote of both the good Jesus did and the challenges He faced. The final words from his gospel give insight into the purpose behind the book that bears his name. Jesus performed “many other signs . . . which are not recorded” (20:30) by John. But these, he says, were “written that you may believe” (v. 31). John’s “diary” ends on the note of triumph: “Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” The gift of those gospel words allows us the opportunity to believe and “have life in his name.”

The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are diary accounts of God’s love for us. They’re words to read and believe and share, for they lead us to life. They lead us to Christ.

Reflect & Pray

How might it change the way you read the Gospels if you thought of them as diaries? How are you being led to the heart of Christ through them?

Gracious God, thank You for the gift of the Scriptures, written down by faithful hands so that I might believe and have life.

Our Daily Bread Ministries is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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