Category Archives: SHORT DEVOTIONS SUITABLE FOR HANUKKAH

Remember What God Has Done

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Remember What God Has Done

2 Chronicles 20:7-9 NKJV
“Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, If disaster comes upon us – sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine – we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.”

We must remember (recall) God’s care (help) for us in the past, when He has brought victory to us in other desperate situations. Jehoshaphat did just that. He remembered where God had brought them from and what He had done for them. Jehoshaphat remembered the victories they had won and the obstacles that they had overcame with the help of God.

Exodus 6:7-8 NKJV
“I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’ ”

Psalm 44:1-3 NKJV
“We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.”

God is the same God that He was in days past. You can look back on past miracles (help) and it will build your faith in believing that God will help you again.

We Are The Temple Of God

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During the Christmas season the thoughts of many are upon Jesus as a baby. But, we must recognize that Jesus did not stay a little baby. He grew up, was obedient to the Father, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, rose again, and is now in the presence of the Father. We too, must grow up spiritually, be obedient to the Father, turn away from sin, and draw close to the Father.

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During His ministry Jesus was interested in the temple and it’s spiritual cleanliness. Twice Jesus was driven to anger when He saw the defilement of the temple. God is still interested in the temple today – us. We are the temple of God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God‘s.”

As a Christian we have the Holy Spirit living within us and we are the temple of God. With this great privilege comes a great responsibility. We must not defile the temple of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God. God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

Defile means to corrupt something or ruin something: to damage reputation; to damage somebody’s reputation or good name; to destroy sanctity of something; to make a holy or sacred thing or place no longer fit for ceremonial use; to pollute something dirty or polluted.

2 Chronicles 34:7 NKJV

“When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder, and cut down all the incense alters throughout the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.”

We must seek God, remove all the idols/altar/images from our lives and return to Jerusalem- a place of true worship. We must be faithful and loyal to God. Our intimate relationship with the Lord must not be defiled by idolatry or any other sin. When we defile the temple of God we make it unfit for the presence of God, and we grieve the Holy Spirit. God has given us the power that we need to be able to be a pure and holy temple for Him. That power is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will help us not to defile the temple of God and to be all that God intended for us to be.

Is your temple reflecting the holiness of God?

Does your life reflect that the Holy Spirit is living in you?

Dear Father,

I thank-you for the Holy Spirit, who lives in me. It truly is a great privilege. Help me not to forget the responsibility that comes along with it. Holy Spirit, help me not defile my temple or to grieve You.

Help me to seek You, O Lord, with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. Remove everything from my life that tries to turn me from You, and give me a greater desire for true worship. Help me to be faithful and loyal to You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

The Waters Divide

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Exodus 14:21-22 NKJV

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

When they left Egypt, the Hebrews were perused by the Egyptians. They came to a point where the enemy was behind them, mountains to each side of them, and a sea in front of them. To the natural eye it looked like certain death for the Hebrews. They had no way to escape from the Egyptians. However, God had a plan – He provided a way of escape for His people.

All night God caused a strong wind to blow across the sea. This wind made a path through the sea and made the sea bed dry. All the Hebrews, the children of Israel, were able to escape their enemy by crossing the sea on dry ground.

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You always make a way for me to escape from my enemies. I thank-you that nothing is beyond Your control.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Sun Stands Still

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Joshua 10:12-14 NKJV

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.”

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The five kings of the Amorites gathered together with all their armies to attack Gibeon because they had had made peace with Israel. The men of Gibeon sent a message to Joshua about the Amorites, asking that he come and help them fight their enemy.

So Joshua and all the people of war set out to Gibeon. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand.”

During the battle Joshua called out to God and said, “Sun, stand still over Gibeon and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” Hearing Joshua’s request, God caused the sun to stand still and the moon to stop for a period of time, allowing the people victory over their enemies.

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You have power over everything and that You can do all things. I thank-you that You hear my cry and You help me overcome whatever comes against me. Through You alone I have victory!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Miracle Of Jesus’ Birth

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h1Matthew 1:18-25 NKJV

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her Firstborn Son. And called His name Jesus.”

 

Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, was found with child. Joseph did not know that she was with child by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was just man. He did not want Mary hurt so he thought about divorcing her secretly.
As Joseph slept an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Joseph awoke and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him to do. He took Mary as his wife, and not many months later Jesus was born.

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to the earth to save us from our sins. I thank-you that Jesus truly is Immanuel, God with us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Lord Spoke To The Fish

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Jonah 2: 10 NKJV

“So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

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God commanded His prophet, Jonah, to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the city would be destroyed because of their great wickedness. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for Tarshish. Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of Nineveh. Because Jonah did not have a right heart attitude, he refused to carry out God’s command. He deliberately rebelled against God.

While Jonah slept on the ship, God sent a storm, causing the frightened sailors to call upon their gods and to throw the cargo into the sea in an attempt to lighten the ship’s load. Lightening the load did not help and the sailors became more and more frightened.

They cast lots to find out who among them had brought this trouble upon them. The lot fell on Jonah and they questioned him about what he had done. He admitted to them that he was running from God. The sailors cried out to God for mercy as they threw Jonah into the sea.

Jonah 1:17 NKJV

“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

Jonah was terrified! He found himself alive in the belly of a great fish, which God caused to swallow Jonah whole. For three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the great fish. Finally, on the fourth day he cried out to God for help. He thanked God for all that He had done. Jonah knew that only God could save him.

God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to go and warn the people of Nineveh about their sin. At last, Jonah went to Nineveh in obedience to God. When Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh, they believed God, and He withheld His judgment from the city.

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You are a God of forgiveness and second chances. I thank-you that You do not give us what we deserve, but that You are patient with us, full of love and mercy.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord Is Our Light

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Psalm 27:1 NKJV

“The Lord is my light and my salvation’

Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Jesus, our Lord, delivers us from darkness through His saving light (salvation). We have been delivered from our enemy, Satan. Since Jesus is our deliver we should not be afraid of or fear anyone.

Psalm 118:14 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation”

No matter what is going on around us or what we are going through we can rest assured that the Lord will deliver us.

Micah 7:8 NKJV

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness,

The Lord will be a light to me.”

 

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your Son, Jesus, who has delivered me from darkness into Your marvelous light. Thank-you for always being with me, You are my light and my salvation. There is nothing to fear because You surround me with Your presence, love and mercy. No matter what is going on around me or I have the promise that You will deliver me. We do not have to be afraid because we are assured that You will deliver us. You are my light and my salvation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.