Only Believe – S3-DE4

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV), says: 

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” 

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) 

Devotional 

When I was younger my dad would have my older sister and me sit at the kitchen table to read Bible verses. I didn’t quite understand what I read in scripture, but I believed God was real. And I believed in Jesus. 

As I grew older, I began to see things happen in my life that I couldn’t quite explain. Things I hoped for began to happen for me.  

I didn’t quite grasp at that time that God knew the secret petitions of my heart, and most importantly—He knew me! 

Nothing was kept from Him and everything was right in front of Him. He cared about whatever concerned me. 

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God Knows What We NEED —S3-DE3

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) says: 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” 

“And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” 

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) 

Woman outside with arms raised in worship position in thankfulness to God. Photo represents God knows what we need.

Devotional 

Who among you likes for things to always go your way? 

We all have at some point in our lives. I know I’ve had my seasons of asking God to do things—my way. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with—my way.  The problem lies with our limited knowledge of what’s ahead.  

But, Father God, being All-knowing, has the foreknowledge of what’s best for our lives. God knows what we need.  

And in, Romans chapter 8, verses 26-28, we find Apostle Paul teaching a valuable lesson. We don’t know what to pray, but the Holy Spirit does. We need to live with His leading—even in prayer. 

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Reliance on the LORD—S3-DE2

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV) says: 

In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. I trust in you, do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” 

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” 

“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” 

Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV) 

Photo of Jesus in the clouds with arms open wide. Represents reliance on the Lord.

Devotional 

The oxygen of the believer is reliance upon the LORD. Our total trust in Him is vital to our survival and our walk with Christ.  Having faith in God’s guidance and total trust in HIS will keeps us on the right path in life. 

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The GOD of Salvation Hears You — S3-DE1

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Isaiah Chapter 30, verses 19-21 states, 

“O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, He will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left. 

Isaiah 30:19-21, NLT 

A woman with arms stretched wide in worship and prayer to God. Photo represents the God of salvation hears you.

Devotional 

It is ultimately impossible to go through life without battle scars from life’s many lessons. And although, some difficulties are great and some small; God’s mercy, grace, and love are interwoven in those ups and downs. 

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New Things to Come – S2-DE20

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

The LORD said: “Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” 

Isaiah 43:18-19, CEV 

Photo of a sticky note with the words Change is Coming representing New Things to Come when one let's go of the past.

Devotional 

We all have a past. And past mistakes and bad decisions can hold us captive. And much like the children of Israel, those former things tag along for the ride as we travel into what’s next. So, it can keep us going in circles. 

In fact, it’s those mistakes of the past that can hinder us from seeing what lies ahead—something new

Thus, God wants us to forget past mistakes, and look to those new mercies which are available each morning. And not only that, He is working on something new.  

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The Peace of God – S2-DE19

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) 

The pages of an opened book transform into a dove flying into the sunset. Photo represents the peace of God.

Devotional 

People long for peace. Yet, anxiety and stress can steal one’s peace of mind with overwhelming success. So how do we deal with troublesome times? 

When we look to Jesus, THE WORD, we are reminded of how He always turned to Father God in prayer. His prayer life was constant, and His trust in God never wavered.  

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In the Hands of GRACE — S2-DE18

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them.” 

“The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” 

They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.”  

“Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her.” 

“Woman, where are they?” Does no one condemn you?”  

“No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”  

John 8:1-11, (MSG) 

Photo of hands palms up against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. A cross in the midst of the sun well represents in the hands of grace who is Jesus Christ.

Devotional 

You ever got caught doing something you shouldn’t have? Yep, we all have. But when you’re caught in front of a live audience—it’s embarrassing!  

Much like the adulterous woman we’ve all had and/or have hidden secret sins. And when judgmental people find out—they are ready to point fingers and put up picket signs as if they are perfect. 

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“Are You Ready?” S2 – DE17

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  

The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.” 

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” 

Matthew 25:1-13, NIV 

Photo 1 is a man sitting and watching the sunset over the water. Photo 2 is of a group of people standing in a line. Collage represents how one will be found when Christ returns. Some people will be going about their lives while others will be watching for Him even a they do life. Are you ready?

Devotional 

For the wise, preparation is an essential ingredient in all areas of life. For the Kingdom of God, it’s essential for—eternity.  

A relationship with God is spiritual preparedness that will ready us for life after this one. When Jesus returns for His people, our time spent in God’s Word and in His presence will have made all the difference.  

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The Awakening to LIGHT – S2-DE16

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” 

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” 

John 1:1-5, NLT 

Devotional 

When I was a child the darkness frightened me because I couldn’t see. I stumbled around in the dark as if I were blind. As soon as I’d find the light switch it was like I’d been saved from the creatures that lurked in the darkness. 

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Unified in LOVE – S2-DE15

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” 

Philippians 1:9-11, NLT 

Devotional 

America—a land filled with many intricate doorways that lead to opportunity, and yet some are a revolving door to the past. The cries of the ‘blood of people’ murdered for the color of their skin reach heaven to GOD, the ONE, who created them. 

And as God looks at HIS creation, in which all are made out of LOVE, I imagine, HE must shake HIS head to say, “What have you done with what I have given you?” For the Breath of LIFE is given for HIS purpose, HIS plan, and HIS glory. 

So, to everyone on earth that takes a breath, what really matters is that everyone has a heart of unified love. That kind of LOVE can only come from knowing God.  

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