Deeper Dive Devo (Wk6/Day2)

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Deeper Dive Devo (Wk6/Day1)

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Read: Genesis 11:10-32

This is the account of Shem’s family. Two years after the great flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. 11 After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters. 12 When Arphaxad was 35 years old, he became the father of Shelah. 13 After the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 When Shelah was 30 years old, he became the father of Eber. 15 After the birth of Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters. 16 When Eber was 34 years old, he became the father of Peleg. 17 After the birth of Peleg, Eber lived another 430 years and had other sons and daughters. 18 When Peleg was 30 years old, he became the father of Reu. 19 After the birth of Reu, Peleg lived another 209 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 When Reu was 32 years old, he became the father of Serug. 21 After the birth of Serug, Reu lived another 207 years and had other sons and daughters. 22 When Serug was 30 years old, he became the father of Nahor. 23 After the birth of Nahor, Serug lived another 200 years and had other sons and daughters. 24 When Nahor was 29 years old, he became the father of Terah. 25 After the birth of Terah, Nahor lived another 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

26 After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 27 This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. 28 But Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the land of his birth, while his father, Terah, was still living. 29 Meanwhile, Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. (Milcah and her sister Iscah were daughters of Nahor’s brother Haran.) 30 But Sarai was unable to become pregnant and had no children. 31 One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. 32 Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran. (NLT)

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk6/Day1)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:5—The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. (HCSB)

Matthew 11:29—Jesus: “Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NLT)

CONSIDER

Since God Himself is gentle with us, He directs us to be gentle with others. Who is someone who could benefit from your being gentle with them?

Thinking even one step deeper, how could you be gentle in a perfect way with their needs?

Frances de Sales: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”

PRAY

Lord, Your Scriptures tell me that it’s Your kindness that leads me to repent of my sins . . . not fear of Your judgment! This is so encouraging! Of course, while I do fear what You could do to me in punishment, I know that I’m compelled to come closer to You because of Your gentle way with my imperfection. Give me Your heart so I will mirror that gentleness with others today. When I am like You, it can be so, Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk5/WKND)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 12:10-11—Our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (NLT)

CONSIDER

Do you think God’s discipline feels more like getting spanked or like having to run wind sprints at practice for not maintaining intense focus?

What is “holiness”? How do you believe the author means discipline leads us to be able to “share” in God’s holiness with Him?

PRAY

God, You are holy and perfect. This holiness of Yours is far beyond both my comprehension and my capacities. But I know just because I can’t understand Your holiness or achieve it perfectly myself, You still want me to pursue Your holiness by being near to You. Please lead me into situations today that will test my choices as Your son/daughter. Light the way for me to choose as You would choose so that I might be more like You, my Father. In Jesus’ name I ask You, Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk5/Day5)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:4—God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NLT)

Luke 6:21—Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. (NIV)

Psalm 30:11—You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy . . . (NLT)

CONSIDER

What’s the most painful thing you’ve ever experienced? Does it seem counter-intuitive to you that the level of this pain will be more than counter-acted by God’s joy and laughter? Why/why not?

Jesus wants us to know that we’ll not always be in pain in this life (and, for sure, not in the life to come). Because of this, how might you open yourself to laughter (or give others laughter) today as a way to be nearer to your own comfort and joy?

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.” –Maurice Chevalier

PRAY

It’s encouraging to know that You are trying to “clothe” me in Heaven’s fashions of joy and laughter. While this fashion should lead every trend of what people are wearing in this world (and it’s what I want to wear every day, Lord!), sometimes I still feel like I’m dressed in sadness at the people and things I’ve lost or am losing. So, please bring joy to this constant pain and mourning I sense in myself and I’ll thank You for your comforts as You do, Lord. I long to laugh with You and with those who love You in Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ laughter, Amen.

Deeper Dive Devo (Wk5/Day5)

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Read: Genesis 9:18-29

The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth. 20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” 26 He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. 27 May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died. (NIV)

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk5/Day4)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 12:7-9—As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? (NLT)

CONSIDER

Henry Blackaby: “God is interested in developing your character. At times He lets you proceed, but He will never let you go too far without discipline to bring you back. In your relationship with God, He may let you make a wrong decision. Then the Spirit of God causes you to recognize that it is not God’s will. He guides you back to the right path.”

How long does it normally take for you to recognize that Your Father in Heaven may be disciplining you for an attitude or action that doesn’t reflect His Family or His Way?

Why is being disciplined by God actually a signature that He loves you? How might He be loving you in this way right now?

PRAY

Holy Spirit, I pray for Your clear direction so that I’ll make fewer wrong steps and an increasing number of steps on Your path with You. Restraining myself under temptation and un-restraining the Holy Spirit when I would otherwise quit will mean You will need to act less like a Disciplinarian and more like the Dad You long to be to me. But, when You have no alternative but to discipline me, I’ll accept it as love from You–just in the same way I receive Your blessings. Thank You that You love me in every painful and precious way I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.