Weekly Devotion

#MondayMotivation is a free weekly devotional

which includes bible verses, stories, thoughts, and prayers.

This weekly devotional guide by #WorldVisionPH was crafted to invite people to:

Weekly read the scripture as God’s personal message, linking their stories to God’s story;
commune with God in prayer;
realize OUR connection through God as a universal family of believers;
see their daily choices and small acts of obedience as part of God’s work;
Monday Devotion

Blessings for Obedience

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Biblical References:

Deuteronomy 28:1

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

How did Abraham and Noah, who had strong faith, demonstrate their faith? How did the Apostle Paul, who had great faith, show his faith? They all proved their faith through their obedience. Christ also obeyed God, even to the point of death, and He was made perfect and exalted above all creation, having the name that is above every name—a title of dignity above angels and all other spiritual beings in heaven.

The results of obedience are all blessings, and the results of disobedience are all curses. The consequences of obedience and disobedience are definitely different, just as the Bible says: “A man reaps what he sows.”

The Israelites encountered many difficult situations during their journey through the desert. Do you think God led them through the desert where there was no food and no water because He had no power? Certainly not! The Bible says, “God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” (Deuteronomy 8:1–2). We, too, may encounter various difficult situations on our journey of faith through the spiritual desert. Whenever that happens, make sure to remember the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. Just as God tested Abraham’s faith, He tests our faith in order to know whether we obey Him or not.

God measured Abraham’s faith, Noah’s faith, Gideon’s faith, and Joshua’s faith through their obedience, didn’t He? We should continue to raise our faith quotient through our obedience to God. Thinking of what happened in the past, let us obey God’s good teachings fully and receive all blessings from God.

Recall a biblical story of obedience that you liked most.

How could you relate this to your personal experience?

Weekly Devotion

Finding God’s Power and Miracles in Difficult Times

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Biblical References:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,  they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;  my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23

There are places in Scripture that are powerful, so deep, that to recite them is to experience them. Psalm 23 is one of those places.

Psalm 23 is very personal. There are no references to “we” or “us” or “they,” but only “my” and “me” and “I” and “You.” This is David’s testimony, his personal experience with God. But what comforts us and helps us is the psalm’s confidence. David really believes this about God. We realize as we linger over these words that what David writes is not poetic exaggeration. He has experienced God in these ways, heard His voice, followed His lead, felt His care. Beneath the beauty of his words there are solid convictions, formed in his daily experience.

In verses 1-3 you will notice that the pronoun used were “he”, “his”. Then, in v. 4-5, David shifts, referring to Him in second person: “I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me . . . You anoint my head with oil.” And then, he closes by returning to third person: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.“

Why does David switch from talking about God with ‘He’ to talking to God with ‘You,’ and why does it happen in v. 4? Why didn’t he just go on to say, ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for He is with me; His rod and His staff, they comfort me’?“ It is because in verse 4  he speaks of the valley he has walked. He has felt the shadows closing in. Verse 4 describes the crisis points in his life. And in those times, something deep happened between him and God. David changes from comments about God to communion with God because during his valley time, he stayed ever so close to the Shepherd, never taking his eyes of Him. He had experienced God in a way there that had ushered him toward intimacy with the Almighty Shepherd.

As we look closely at the Psalms we are invited to a familiar oasis where we will see that God is closer than you think in times of crisis, that with God you are confident that you will rise  above the storm clouds in our life, even as David did. The Shepherd has you covered.

In this time of crisis,  we are invited  to fix our eyes on the Good Shepherd and in fellowship with Him find comfort, peace and assurance of His presence.

Share your experiences on how your relationship with God grew in this time of crisis.

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