Daily Devotion for February 21, 2017

'For God Has Said!'

Hebrews 13:5-6,8 NLT
...be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Have you ever stopped to think about the four words, “For God has said?” Charles Spurgeon says, “if we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand.” After all, “what doubt will not be slain by” these words, “For God has said?” What “fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before” these words, “For God has said?” What“distresses of life” and “pangs of death” can stand before these words, “For God has said?” When we “hide ourselves beneath the bulwark” of what “God has said,” fellow Believers, the “corruptions within” us fade, the “snares without” lessen, the “trials from above” have Godly purpose, and the hardships “seem but light afflictions.” Whether these words of our Lord be our “delight in our quietude or” our “strength in our conflict, what 'God has said' must be our daily resort.”

Brothers and Sisters, these four words should also “teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures.” After all, “there may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort.” Or you may be like a prisoner “in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand.” Or, “there may be a potent medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may yet continue sick unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover what 'God has said' “...

Lord Jesus, we ask that You help us Believers discipline ourselves to read and meditate on the Scriptures, so we better understand, know, and rest on every word You have “said!” Moreover, we ask for Your Words to be stored up in us, that they come alive within us. Then Your Spirit can use them to solve our difficulties, overthrow our doubts, give us all wisdom, comfort us, change us—what “God has said” will dwell in us richly as a well of water springing up to everlasting life!

Holy Spirit, make us “satisfied” with what (we) have,” with what “God has said,” so we grow“healthy, strong, and happy in” this life (Spurgeon). Bring to mind every wonderful Word and promise our “God has said!” We ask this in our Savior's name...

AMEN!!!

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