Category Archives: Devotions

“I Will be Your God”

What a powerful and loving statement from the one true living God.  We see this as a prevailing sentiment throughout the Old Testament that whenever God speaks to Israel, He refers to Himself as the Lord your God.  In Exodus 6:7 God is speaking through Moses to the Israelites and says, “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.”  What beauty there is in that statement!  In II Corinthians 6:16 the Apostle Paul echo’s these sentiments, “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 

Again, what a powerful statement, to know that the Creator of all that is has chosen an elected few to be their God.  His love abounds in such infinite quantity for His people that He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins, to purchase us with the blood of Jesus on the cross.  As Charles Spurgeon states, “My People.  Here is the specialty.  The whole world is God’s; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s, and He reigneth among the children of men; but of those whom He hath chosen, whom he hath purchased to himself, he saith what he saith not of others-My People.  In this word there is the idea of proprietorship.”

Among all that is in this world, in this universe, if you have excepted Jesus as your personal Savior then how sweet it is to look to heaven and say You are My God.  To know that you are among His people.  If you can “by humble faith, lay hold of Jesus’ garments, and say, My Christ” If you can, “then God saith of thee, and of others like thee, My People; for if God be your God, and Christ be your Christ, the Lord has a special, peculiar favor to you;  you are the object of His choice, accepted in His beloved Son.”

Prayer for the Day:  If you have accepted Christ as Savior, thank the Lord for His blessings of mercy and grace.  Thank Him that He is Your God and You are His people. 

If you have not yet received Jesus as Savior, what are you waiting for?  There is an outlined example with verses of what it means to be a child of Christ’s here

Additional Study: Isaiah 44:6-8, Deuteronomy 32:9, Colossians 3:12-17

He Restores My Soul

Think about what David is saying here in the 23rd Psalm.  It’s a phrase we’ve heard repeatedly, likely even memorizing from a young age.  But have you ever stopped to think about exactly what this means?  In one sense David is saying that the Lord refreshes us or renews us, clears out the things of this world from our mind, if only we spend time with Him by reading His Word and praying daily.  When we’re overwhelmed by the things of this world, problems that seek to literally drain our soul, we can call on the Lord as our Rock, our Refuge.  He has the power to restore our soul and make it whole. 

To restore something means to return to its original state.  Our original state was that of one created in the image of God.  This image was wholly perfect and righteous, but being born into sin, we needed God’s restoration of mercy and grace through faith in His Son Jesus.  Titus 3:5-6 ESV tells us, “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”  There’s our same concept again of restoration, or renewal of the Holy Spirit.  In either implication, the source of restoration is clear, and that is God.  As C.S. Lewis stated, “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.”  Seek God with all of your heart that He might give you restoration of your soul.   

Job 22:23a If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:

Jeremiah 15:19 If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me

I Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

The Good Shepherd

Have you ever been lost?  Wandered around aimlessly trying to figure out where you were?  Maybe things got difficult for you once and you ran away.  Maybe you’re lost right now and you don’t even know it.  In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus illustrates this picture with the parable of the lost sheep.  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12  Jesus is expressing how caring the shepherd is, that he is concerned so much for the one sheep that has gone astray, he’s willing to leave the other 99 to find the lost. “And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” Matthew 18:13

In John chapter 10 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 When we’re lost and gone astray, the Good Shepherd searches for us.  He is prepared to fight off the wolves as they move in around us.  He calls out to us and we hear Him, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 Is He calling out to you today?  Is He searching for you to bring you back to the fold?   


Father I pray right now for the lost sheep.  Lord God my heart is burden for the lost sheep that are wandering out there right now.  Lord you know their names.  Dear Lord you know the name of the burden you’ve placed on my heart.  I pray Lord that he hears your voice and knows it.  I pray Lord that you seek him out and find him.  Prepare a hedge around him and protect him from the wolves that seek to rob, kill, and destroy.  Lord I pray that your word holds true that “A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”  Father God I pray right now in the name of Jesus that you return this lost sheep to his fold.  That you strengthen those you placed in charge of your fold that they tend to the lost sheep when he returns.  Lord we faithfully await to rejoice when this lost sheep is found.  I ask these things in the name of the Good Shepherd, Your Son, My Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

II Timothy 2:19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”