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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, December 29, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[He will always be with you, never leave you.]
Psalm 30:8-12 – I cried out to you, O Lord. I begged the Lord for mercy, saying “What will you gain if I die, if I sink down into the grave? Can my dust praise you from the grave? Can it tell the world of your faithfulness? Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me. Help me, O Lord.”
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Quoted verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” — Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
“Story” – Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA) titled her story “GOD’S HELPERS;” here is a portion of Tatiana’s story:
“Sent by my Russian church to a Christian conference, I was traveling to Budapest. Many worries occupied me: I had no idea how to find the conference location; I couldn’t afford a taxi, and I did not speak Hungarian. Among the passengers was an elderly Hungarian man who could help me, but I did not want to ask him. I thought that . . . he might remember the way the Russian army crushed the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. . . . Finally, after a lengthy prayer, I approached him and presented my problem.
“To my surprise he took my suitcase, accompanied me to the bust stop, bought my ticket, and asked the driver to tell me where to get out. I tried to reimburse him, but he refused. He shook my hand, smiled at me, and left.
“While riding through Budapest’s beautiful downtown, I prayed and thanked my heavenly Father for sending me this helper. In the actions of this kind stranger, I saw the fulfillment of God’s words: ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’ (Heb. 13:5).”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY –I will look for God’s helper in all circumstances.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to set aside our worry and instead trust you to be our refuge and strength. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO STRUGGLE TO TRUST GOD
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