Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Songs & Words about Mercy

  • Mercy Seat +

    Vicki Yohe gives a compelling description of the effect Christ’s love has on our sin. A song that shows us Read More
  • I'll Glorify His Holy Name: Ain't No Rock (MercyMe) +

    Ain't No Rock lyrics, originally performed by MercyMe-- Ain't no rock, gonna cry in my place as long as I'm Read More
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SylviaAs a kid, did you ever make a trade, "no trades back"?

I'd always draw back, thinking, "Now wait a minute. What does he know that I don't? I may decide that what I had was better and want it back!" In every need, Jesus invites us to exchange our insufficiency for His all-sufficiency, no trades back. He longs for us to substitute our "I don't have" for "I have all I need in Jesus." We take great hope that more than what God does, it is who He is that really makes the difference.

Who He is to us is so much more than what He does for us. His person is inseparable from all His power and presence. Your momma may have told you "Be a brave boy" or "Be a brave girl," but Jesus tells us not to worry about feeling brave or putting on a happy face: just let Him be for us who He is for every need.

His strength shines best in our weakness. Jesus says to us, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Like Paul, we can say, "I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:9-10).

Aren't you glad? It's called grace--God's enabling presence. "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8).

Pray this way:

Come, Holy Spirit, and give___________ a new revelation of Your covenantal-keeping love and power, and minister to _________, spirit, soul, and body at this moment.

Where they are weary, give them Your strength in the resurrection power of Jesus.

Where they are hurt, rub in Your healing oil of comfort and peace.

Where there is self-doubt, minister the truth of Christ in them, their hope of glory.

Where they are striving, give them rest in Your grace, Your trustworthiness, and Your timing.

Where they are spiritually dull, give them fresh Bread of Life to eat and Living Water to drink and draw them into greater intimacy with You.

Where they are afraid, banish fear with the sound of Your voice, assuring them of Your nearness in love and faithfulness.

Where they are despairing, give them hope that You do all things well. Let them know whom they have believed and be persuaded that You are able to keep what they have committed to You.

Where there deceived by sin, convict and grant repentance. As they repent, forgive and cleanse them, and break strongholds of evil from their lives.

Where they are under fire, give them understanding of the larger spiritual battle, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat the schemes of the evil one.

Where they feel alone and abandoned, surround them with covenantal relationships to encourage them, and make them aware of always being in Your presence wherever they are.

For their every need, be their Jehovah-Jireh provision.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Eugene Peterson was one of America’s most beloved preachers. Let’s not miss his last sermon. +

    Eugene Peterson, the internationally best-selling Christian author who passed into the great unknown this week, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: 2009 Book of Faith Jubilee +

    Peterson discussed a wide range of topics with Diane Jacobson, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 1 +

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series of lectures Eugene Peterson Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 2 +

    This is part 2 of Eugene Peterson's 1991 Simpson lecture Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • God's Healing Touch by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to God's word for you in Isaiah 42:3. "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick Read More
  • The Healing Day by Bill Fay +

    It will be okay on the healing dayno more coldest placeon the healing day Read More
  • Inner Healing by Judith MacNutt +

    The following is a clip from a teaching at the MacNutt's Level I School. While brief, it provides a good Read More
  • Healing Ministry & Spiritual Warfare by Judith MacNutt +

    Judith MacNutt on the relationship between spiritual warfare and healing ministry. Read More
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