Unsinkable YouVersion Devotional

Unmistakable
By Danny Saavedra
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”—Romans 1:20 (NIV)

Some people have a very distinct style of doing things. In fact, it’s so unique to them that you can pick it out with little effort. A good example of this is Pablo Picasso’s painting style. No one would ever mistake a Picasso for a DaVinci, Pollock, or Warhol. The same can be said of Tim Burton. His directorial style is so different from anyone else out there. As soon as the opening credits roll, you can pretty much tell you’re watching a Burton flick. His personality definitely shines through his work . . . and the same is true of God!

In today’s verse, the apostle Paul is basically spelling this out for us. God’s style is unmistakable. Why? Because it’s perfect, good, indescribable, and unexplainable. The mountains, the sun, the roaring oceans, the deepest intricacies of life and the universe . . . all show the full majesty and power of the Lord. And this had been evident since the moment God created the heavens and the earth. 

This idea that Paul is putting forth here is explained by R.C. Sproul, who said, “I believe firmly that all of truth is God’s truth, and I believe that God has not only given revelation in sacred Scripture, but also, the sacred Scripture itself tells us that God reveals Himself in nature—which we call natural revelation.” This natural revelation—or general revelation as some call it—is essentially God revealing Himself through the nature (His created works). This differs from special revelation, which is direct communication by God through special divine intervention (His Word, His voice through a burning bush, dreams, visions, etc., and the incarnation of Jesus). 

In light of this, no one can claim that there is no God or that everything in this universe was by chance, randomly coming into existence without purpose or meaning, without an intelligent, skilled designer at work. I personally believe it defies logic to believe that everything came about by chance; it requires more faith to believe there is no God! 

This truly leaves us, as Paul said, “without excuse.” No one can claim ignorance. God has given us all such clear evidence of His existence and claims. So the next time you step outside, look around, see the works of His hands . . . see Him and worship! 

DIG: Read Romans 1.

DISCOVER: What aspects of nature and the universe most clearly show evidence of God as Creator to you?

DO: Spend time in God’s creation today. Take a walk, watch the sun set, lay down under the stars, etc. Observe nature and the mighty, powerful hand of the Lord, and spend a few moments in worship.

Advent YouVersion Devotional

Equipped for Purpose

It was finally time for the first promise of God to be fulfilled. Sin would soon be forever defeated, but first, the Savior had to be placed in His mother’s womb. Can you imagine how excited God must have been as He sent an angel from heaven to reveal His plan to Mary? This was a moment thousands of years in the making!

Think about Mary: young and humble but favored by God. When He sent the angel to her side, He sent him with words of love. He let her know she was chosen and had no reason to fear. Before she had time to doubt or let insecurity creep in, God gave Mary the confidence she needed to walk out His purpose for her life. 

As Christmas approaches, put yourself in Mary’s shoes and reflect on this moment. Think about how incredible, maybe even overwhelming, it was for her to discover the extent of her God-given purpose. It’s important to realize that just as He had divine purpose for Mary, God has divine purpose for you. Just as He chose her and entrusted her with great plans, He has also chosen you and entrusted something miraculous to you! Ask God to reveal what He created you to do, and be confident that He’ll equip you to do it.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of Jesus. Thank You for choosing a woman like Mary to bring Him into the world. You used her as a vessel for Your greatest miracle. Thank You for also giving me a divine purpose. Help me to be still, to seek You, and to know You more during this season. Use this time to reveal more about Your purpose for me as I focus on the purpose of Christmas.

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9 KE WOMEN OF THE BIBLE

Joanna, Wealthy But Humble, Day 5

Today’s reading is taken from Luke 8:2-3 and Luke 24:10.

Joanna, a name that means “Yahweh’s Gift,” was the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas. Holding such an important position, Chuza would have earned a good salary. No doubt, he provided Joanna with a nice home and every available luxury of that day. Yet, when Joanna met Jesus, he healed her of an unrecorded illness or evil spirit that controlled her life (Lk 8:2), and Joanna made a self-sacrificing decision. She chose to risk her comfortable lifestyle in order to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

Life was difficult for the women who served Jesus and his disciples. Yet Joanna joined these women in giving unselfishly not only of her time and energies but also of whatever money she had to support the Lord’s work.

Joanna went to Jesus’ tomb on the early Sunday morning following the crucifixion. She is listed as one of the women who reported the resurrection of Jesus to the eleven disciples.

Joanna could have lived out her years focusing on the luxuries and privileges provided by her wealthy and influential husband. Instead she was willing to give up her mansion on earth for the mansion in heaven she knew would be hers when she committed herself to Christ. Joanna was privileged to be among the last at the cross as well as among the first to witness the empty tomb and proclaim the Lord’s resurrection. She stands in history as a woman with position and possessions whose devotion to her Lord is exemplified in humble service.

Who Really Knows You? – Love Worth Finding – December 8

Who Really Knows You? 

DECEMBER 8

O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Psalm 139:1

Who knows you better than the One who created you? Who cares more for you than the One Who died for you? Who leads you more carefully than the One Who knows the end from the beginning? There is no greater picture of courage than the picture of Jesus Christ—the Savior Who lays down His life. 

You can know security because the One Who loves you is compassionate, caring, and courageous. That’s what caused Him to leave Heaven and come and die for us. Jesus knows you. He cares for you. He wants to lead you into the abundant life.

Discover how well the Lord knows you. Read Psalm 139.

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