MATTHEW: Prophecy Fulfilled

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MATTHEW: Prophecy Fulfilled

Nothing is more important in our Christian experience than understanding who Jesus is.  His life, His character, His ministry, His work on the Cross, and His death and resurrection are the most foundational realities of our faith.  Gracefully, God gave us not one, but four biographies of the most important Person who ever lived.  The first story, the Gospel according to Matthew, gives us the assurance that Jesus is indeed the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.  Matthew reveals Jesus as the Messiah, the One who had been promised to be the forgiveness for our sins.  And Matthew gives us marvelous insight into the incredible way Jesus lived and loved.

From Women of Faith Devotional Bible.  Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)  Used by permission.

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HAGGAI: A Matter of Priorities

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HAGGAI: A Matter of Priorities

The word consider is used again and again in this book of only two chapters. The phrases consider your ways, as well as consider now are recurring themes.  They are good reminders for us in our own day and age.  God’s Word challenges us to not be casual about our lives, taking them for granted, doing what comes “naturally.”  His encouragement to us is to live intentionally, make right choices, and be good stewards of all He’s given us.

In the days of Haggai, the task at hand was to rebuild the temple.  The people were busy about their own lives and dwellings. Haggai charges them to reconsider their priorities.  That’s a convicting charge even today.

From Women of Faith Devotional Bible.  Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)  Used by permission.

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ZEPHANIAH: Grace and a Plan

ZephaniahPeople can be utterly rebellious and profoundly disobedient, yet God keeps coming back with clear warnings to them.  And, meanwhile, He assures the faithful they’ll be protected.  He never ignores the wicked, as we might consider doing.  Quite the contrary, in His great love, He gives them yet another chance to repent of their wickedness.

And through it all He keeps a watchful eye on those who trust Him.  He says to Zephaniah, “I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:12).

He’s both fair and just . . . when it comes to the transgressor, as well as the righteous.  He has grace and a plan for both.

From Women of Faith Devotional Bible.  Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)  Used by permission.

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Finding My Bearings

Finding My Bearings

The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . . . Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. —Romans 14:17, 19

One day I could hear that inner voice shouting orders at me: Cook the dinner . . . volunteer in the classroom . . . finish the scrapbook . . . make the deadline. And above all, you’d better look fit and thin while you’re at it.

Finally I put my hands over my ears and found a quiet place to sit—not an easy task in a house with six kids. God met me there and made sense of my exasperation. The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,He seemed to whisper. Thin or not, I love you. And I don’t desire a to-do list from you. I desire righteousness and peace and joy in My Holy Spirit.

The promises, straight from Romans 14, soothed me then and there. I still had things to do when I left that quiet place, but I had my bearings...

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