I See You—Day 4

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I See You—Day 4 Galatians 6: 7-10 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”  One of our primary challenges to reaping a harvest is time.  As we continue to meditate on our devotional passage, Paul continues with the agricultural imagery of seedtime and harvest. As a young man, I would spend every spring with my grandparents working in the garden. Often I would plant seeds then become impatient waiting for the seeds to sprout. Sometimes I would stare at the garden, but that did not cause the seeds to grow any faster. There would also be moments I would go out and dig around in the garden trying to help the seeds sprout. One day my grandfather saw what I was doing and scolded me. He proceeded to inform me that some things just take time and if I could not be patient I would eventually ruin what I had planted by digging around...

I See You—Day 3

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I See You—Day 3 Galatians 6: 7-10 “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” The writer of our devotional passage now takes a turn in the text. He moves from giving us general statements about how impossible it is to cheat God and begins to give attention to the two types of soil in which seeds are planted. Before, it was we reap what we have sown. Now the emphasis is on the soil we are sowing into.  We sow either to our flesh or the Spirit. Two soils, two grounds to plant into, but into which one have we deposited our seeds? Some decisions in life do not require much thought and commitment; however, for us to reap a worthwhile harvest we cannot afford to be slack with our decisions. We stated earlier in this devotional series that our decisions determine our future....

I See You—Day 2

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I See You—Day 2 Galatians 6: 7-10 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Let’s begin today’s devotional focusing on this thought, for every action there is a reaction. If we allow ourselves to be deceived, we end up in the wrong place. If we attempt to ridicule God, he will have the last laugh. And, whatever we plant it is only natural to receive produce from the seeds we have planted. God is not vindictive, and he is not waiting to get back at us for decisions we have made. However, the Lord wants us to know that there are consequences to our actions. A hot stove is not out to get us, but if we recklessly touch it, we hurt ourselves doing so. Our futures are largely based on the decisions we make. Question: What kinds of decisions are you making? Are you looking forward to the consequences of those decisions? The...

I See You

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I See You Galatians 6: 7-10 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will reap.” When my oldest son was small, like many children, he had a knack for getting into things. Whenever he did something he was not supposed to do, I would call out to him to get his attention as a way of letting him know, I see you. Whenever he was caught, he would be still and shut his eyes. I realized later on, whenever he was in trouble he would close his eyes as his way of “disappearing” to avoid dealing with the consequences—because he could not see me, he thought I could not see him. How often do we behave that way with God? Because we are unable to see him with our physical eyes, we behave as if he doesn’t see us either; therefore, freeing us of accountability. This week’s devotional passage makes use of three aphoristic statements. Do not be...

Under the Shadow of His Wings—Day 5

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Under the Shadow of His Wings—Day 5 Psalms 91 “You will not be afraid.” If we are remaining under the shadow of the wings of the Most High and Almighty it will be evident in how we live and handle our situations. In Hebrew the word for afraid is; yârêʾ, yaw-ray; the overall sense of the word is to dread, experiencing a feeling of great distress, and being intimidated. Often we are afraid because we are intimidated by something or someone and we dread the thought of having to deal with it, therefore, causing us great distress. The word dread speaks of being unfit for action. We are often afraid when we feel inadequate to handle the very thing we must deal with. Because the Lord is our refuge we don’t have to be afraid; better yet, the scripture says, “You will NOT be afraid.” There is something about being under the shadow of His wings that makes us fit for...