Deeper Dive Devo (Wk4/Day2)

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Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk4/Day2)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Psalm 139:13-15, 17-18—You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together . . . How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me! (NLT)

CONSIDER

How intriguing it is that God acknowledges He knows how “complex” we are. Why do you think God says you are “wonderfully complex” and mean it as a compliment?

What do you think God is thinking about you right now?

REFLECTION: What do you wish that other people understood better about how God made you?

PRAY

God, I am blown away that my birthright is to be exactly who you made me to be . . . in all of my wild complexity. I want to tell You thank You for knowing exactly how to make me as well as knowing that You think about me as precious. Your thoughts about me are so many and come so often. Help me have the actions and the attitude You had in mind when You made me at the start. Through Jesus’ name I praise You for Your creative perfection and power, Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk4/Day1)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

1 Samuel 17:38-40, 45—[As he was preparing to fight Goliath, King] Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started . . . 45 David replied to [Goliath] the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel . . .” (NLT)

CONSIDER

Why would David have initially been tempted to wear Saul’s armor and use his sword?

Why would Saul’s armor and sword have been useless to David?

What would happen if you were fully confident in the design God gave you with your personality and gifts?

PRAY

Lord, forgive me that, sometimes, I try to be like someone else other than the person you made me to be. I would love to have more and more confidence in not only YOU, but also who you made ME to be. Teach me what my slingshot and five smooth stones are so I can be courageous like David. I know that sometimes me and my wrong views of myself may be the biggest Goliath in between me and courageous victories, Lord. In Jesus’ name I ask You, Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk3/WKND)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Nehemiah 9:1-3,38—On October 31 the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads . . . they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God. . . . 38 The people responded, “In view of all this, we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our leaders and Levites and priests.” (HCSB)

CONSIDER

On Oct 31, the Israelites took their spiritual Halloween masks off and were honest about who they were. Why do you think people don’t confess sins nowadays–quite like this story describes?

What are the benefits of being so publicly honest about the things we struggle with? What are the risks of doing it this way?

PRAY

Lord, we are sinners and we know it. There are sins we struggle with in our personal lives and as a family and as a church and as a community. We ask for your forgiveness, but even more, we pray for your help to change so that we don’t have to confess them again tomorrow. Thank You, Father, for reminding me that my sins and my victories in life are always connected to others. Help me and help us all, Jesus. I pray this in Your name, Amen.

Deeper Dive Devo (Wk3/WKND)

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Read: Genesis 3:1-7

Genesis 3:1-7–Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. (HCSB)

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk3/Day5)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Psalm 62:5-8—Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. 6 Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (NIV)

CONSIDER

What things are worrying or upsetting your soul today?

Sit quietly for a moment. Then meditate on each of these phrases in Psalm 62 as a slow prayer to God. What did God say to you during that quietness?

How do you “feel” when you know you’re trusting God?

PRAY

Help me to be still, God. My anxieties often feel larger than my trust. But because You say that You not only care, but are also my fortress, I will offer You each one of my anxieties and worries today. Here’s one of my anxieties that have been wrestling me down, Father. It’s ___________. It’s Yours now. Here’s another worry I’ve been dwelling on, Lord: __________. It’s Yours, too. Teach me how I can find a restful spirit when I know You are near. In Jesus’ name I ask for Your Spirit, Amen.