Heart of Compassion – S3-DE16

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Luke 19:1-10 (TLB) The Living Bible says; 

1-2 As Jesus was passing through Jericho, a man named Zacchaeus, one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax-collecting business (and, of course, a very rich man), 3 tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree beside the road, to watch from there.

 5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name! “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick! Come down! For I am going to be a guest in your home today!” 6 Zacchaeus hurriedly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. 

8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “Sir, from now on I will give half my wealth to the poor, and if I find I have overcharged anyone on his taxes, I will penalize myself by giving him back four times as much!” 

9-10 Jesus told him, “This shows that salvation has come to this home today. This man was one of the lost sons of Abraham, and I, the Messiah, have come to search for and to save such souls as his.” 

Luke 19:1-10 TLB 

Children making a heart with their hands just above their heads. Photo represents a heart of compassion.

Devotional 

Are you lost? Do you feel invisible? Have you ever wondered if your life matters to God? Well—IT DOES! And like Zacchaeus, HE KNOWS YOUR NAME! Zacchaeus was trying to get a glimpse of Jesus, trying to get noticed. He didn’t realize Jesus had already noticed him. 

Although it may not seem like it, God notices you too. So much so, God knows the number of hairs on your head—which is proof that He’s paying attention. He has a compassionate love for you! 

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Love Reveals GOD — S3-DE15

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1 John 4:7-10 (MSG) says; 

7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.

This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. 

1 John 4:7-10 (MSG) 

Photo of one person taking hold of the hand of another. For this blog post the photo represents the hand of God. God is love and Love reveals God.

Devotional  

When you look around, watch the nightly news, walk into a department store during the Christmas holidays—what do you see? You find everything but love among people. Why do you think that is? Does ANYONE know God?  

I realized the problem—People that don’t love others can’t know Jesus as LORD. Thus, they don’t know God!  The renewing of your mind begins with faith in Jesus, and time in HIS Word to learn what love is. And it takes learning about Jesus to see what LOVE looks like.  

Truth is—the excellence of LOVE reveals GOD. 

The sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for the sins of the world was unselfish, enduring love. This love was kind, thoughtful, truthful, and full of grace.  

Jesus didn’t let someone’s race, financial status, or a political party decide whether He would go on the Cross for them. NO! JESUS let love guide the decisions He made. And we too must let love guide us.  

We must learn how to love others as God has loved us

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ALL YOU NEED — S3-DE14

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Ephesians 1:7-10 (TPT) says; 

Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace.  

This superabundant grace is already powerfully working in us, releasing all forms of wisdom and practical understanding.  

And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time.  

And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 1:7-10 (TPT) 

Devotional  

Salvation—New Life through Jesus Christ, comes with a grace gift that has ALL YOU NEED. The truth is this immeasurable grace gift begins with Jesus because He is grace personified. Grace and truth came through Him. 

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United with Jesus — S3-DE13

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Ephesians 2:4-7 (NLT) says; 

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 

So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 

Ephesians 2:4-7 (NLT) 

United with Jesus Christ. Photo of one person placing a wooden cross in the hands of another person.

Devotional 

When we were born, we didn’t get to choose what family we were born into. Some were born into loving families, while others were not. Some were abandoned, while others were received as cherished gifts.  

Even so, one thing every family has in common is that we all have sinned and fallen short. And sin causes destruction in our lives. 

But look at how good God is— 

God, in all His mercy and grace, foreknew that none of us were perfect thus, we ALL needed a SAVIOR!  

You see, our imperfections didn’t stop God from loving us and wanting us to belong in HIS eternal family. He didn’t want us separated from Him. He wanted us closer. 

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None Like Jesus—S3-DE12

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John 8:12 (NLT) says; 

 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” 

John 8:12 (NLT) 

Devotional  

Our lives are filled with memories of some good days and some bad days. Yet one thing you cannot forget is the ONE who got you through those bad days. 

For those that are in Christ, you know like I do those dark seasons do come. But with Jesus, those dark days cannot stay.  

You see, when we have God’s presence, God’s protection, and God’s guidance through this life we are on the path of LIGHT. And Jesus is all that!  

There’s none like Jesus! 

His light shines so brightly that the darkness flees. The LIGHT shines as a beacon of hope and promise.  

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God Gave Me a New Song — S3-DE11

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Exodus 15:2 (NLT) says: 

“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him!” 

Exodus 15:2 (NLT) 

Hands raised in worship representing how God gave me a new song.

Devotional 

Remember the songs of your past that evoked emotion? Some songs reminded you of good things. Yet, others reminded you of bad experiences which brought you to tears. Either way, there were always songs playing in your head. 

When we look back in Exodus chapter 14, the people of Israel were playing songs in their heads of fear, doom and despair. There was nothing positive playing on the radio.  

And then, it happened! God turned their sorrow into joy. No longer was their grim situation of bondage able to keep them held hostage to the sorrow song station. Exodus 15:2 records a new song playing in their ear—a song of praise in their mouths. 

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The Promise: It’s Already Supplied — S3-DE10

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Philippians 4:19 (NLT) says: 

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) 

Devotional 

Even at the start of our lives, God has been taking care of us. In the womb, as we began to form, God was there supplying what we needed and we didn’t even know it. 

We didn’t have a care in the world, and we didn’t even think about what was needed. Likewise, we didn’t have to know what we needed because God made sure to supply our needs since the beginning of time. 

And just like He knew we would need food and water, he also knew we needed a Savior. Thus, God sent HIS Son, Jesus, to meet our need for Salvation even before we were even born. 

And, sometimes the need is met through discomfort or pain. For instance, Jesus died on the Cross supplying our need for Salvation. It cost HIS life, but then, when He got UP, HE made new life readily available to all that would believe in Him. 

Emmanuel, God with us (Matt. 1:23), knowing that we needed HIM, provided a way to HIM. So, for all that would believe in HIM would find forgiveness of all sin. 

Photo of a Holy Bible. Pic represents how the bible is filled with the promises of God. Hence the blog title; The Promise: It's Already Supplied.
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EVEN ME — S3-DE9

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Mark 16:1-8 (NLT) says: 

“Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.  

Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ 

But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone which was very large, had already been rolled aside. 

When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, ‘Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!  

Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.’ 

The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened. 

Then they briefly reported all this to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen.” 

Mark 16:1-8 (NLT) 

Woman standing in the forest looking to the sky. Photo represents a silent prayer for purpose as one asks God--Even Me.

Devotional 

Is any among you suffering from guilt and shame? Do you think God cannot use you because you’ve made some mistakes? 

Well, here’s a bit of solace (comfort).  

Peter had sinned and denied Jesus three times before the Lord’s crucifixion. He probably couldn’t imagine the Lord ever using him again after this.  

And although Peter had already been forgiven, I’m sure he felt ashamed for what he had done like most of us do. 

But here’s the beauty in God’s love for us—God’s grace is multiplied in the midst of our mistakes. 

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STAY ON COURSE — S3-DE8

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) says: 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) 

Photo of people standing on a paved road winding through a lush green meadow. Pic represents how one should follow God's directions and Stay On Course.

Devotional 

For the Christian, we struggle at times in our walk with Christ trying to do right. Let’s be honest—it’s hard! We’re not perfect—But, Jesus IS! He knows our struggles to make the right decisions daily. 

Sometimes it feels like driving at a high speed on a race track and all of a sudden we are spinning out of control. It’s scary and we feel like screaming, “God Help! God, how will I get back on course?  

The good news is that God is full of goodness, kindness, and mercy. He’s faithful to help us correct our course if we just look to His Word. HIS help is readily available to us who trust in HIS Word.  

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Heaven’s Perspective of LOVE — S3-DE7

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John 3:16-17 (ERV) says: 

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world. He did not send him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him.” 

John 3:16-17 (ERV) 

Devotional  

The love God has for HIS creation goes far beyond our imagination. And, this love did not come without a cost. In John 3:16-17, we find that this love had a hefty price to be paid by Jesus Christ and came with a divine purpose—Salvation.  

Photo of a hand reaching down and another hand reaching up. Pic represents God reaching down depicting heaven's perspective of love.

You see, Heaven’s Perspective of Love is that it’s a sacrificial giving of all that you are to benefit another.  In fact, this love carries a load that belongs to another. This love lifts every burden, every problem, and every dreaded thing upon itself.  

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