Topic: Recovering What’s Lost
Key Verse: But David found strength in the Lord his God. – 1 Samuel 30:6
INSIGHT: When God enabled David to rescue abducted loved ones (1 Samuel 30:1–20), his success called attention to the failures of Saul to help his own family. Outnumbered by the Philistine army, Saul asked God for help, but he received no answer (28:4–6). Desperate, he turned to a medium in an attempt to call back from the dead his faithful advisor Samuel (vv. 7–9). Samuel did appear, but he told Saul what he didn’t want to hear. The next day the army of Israel would be defeated and Saul, together with his sons, would die (vv. 16–20).
Saul and David both helped show us our need for another King who, by breaking the power of sin and death, would come to the rescue even of His enemies.
Our Daily Bread Devotional 7th February 2021 Message:
At the phone store, the young pastor steeled himself for bad news. His smartphone, accidentally dropped during our Bible class, was a total loss, right? Actually, no. The store clerk recovered all of the pastor’s data, including his Bible videos and photos. She also recovered “every photo I’d ever deleted,” he said. The store also “replaced my broken phone with a brand-new phone.” As he said, “I recovered all I had lost and more.”
David once led his own recovery mission after an attack by the vicious Amalekites. Spurned by Philistine rulers, David and his army discovered the Amalekites had raided and burned down their town of Ziklag—taking captive “the women and everyone else in it,” including all their wives and children (1 Samuel 30:2–3). “So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep” (v. 4). The soldiers were so bitter with their leader David that they talked of “stoning him” (v. 6).
“But David found strength in the Lord his God” (v. 6). As God promised, David pursued the Amalekites and “recovered everything the Amalekites had taken . . . . Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back” (vv. 18–19). As we face spiritual attacks that “rob” us even of hope, may we find renewed strength in God. He will be with us in every challenge of life.
Reflect & Pray
What spiritual attacks or life loss are you experiencing? Turning from your despair to God, how will you find renewed strength in Him?
God, help me to find hope in You even as I face life’s challenges.
Patricia Raybon writes bridge-building books that help believers move big mountains. An award-winning author and journalist, she writes to encourage people in the Word, inspiring believers to love God and each other. A supporter of Bible-translation projects worldwide, she is author of I Told the Mountain to Move, My First White Friend, her One Year® devotional, God’s Great Blessings, and Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Past to Peace. A mother and wife, she and husband Dan, a retired educator, live in her beloved home state of Colorado. Join her on the journey at patriciaraybon.com
In Touch Ministries Devotional 8th March 2021 – Always in His Presence
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.
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Thanks for reading In Touch Ministries Devotional 8th March 2021 By Dr Charles Stanley
Streams of Joy Devotional 8th March 2021 – Your Oil Will Multiply
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
Our Daily Bread 8th March 2021 Devotional – The Reason for Writing
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
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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