Hearing the Words of Jesus – Ed Young Television Devotional – 11/20

Ed Young Television Devotional

Hearing the Words of Jesus

“Whoever has ears, let them hear.” –Matthew 11:15

THINK

Jesus was and is the master communicator. His words bring life, healing, and hope. Every word Jesus spoke while He was on earth had purpose and meaning. And in today’s world, His words are recorded in the Bible for us. When we tap into the Bible, read the words Jesus spoke, and apply them to our lives, we discover that purpose and direction for our lives.

However, not everyone hears Jesus’ words. Too often, we can glance over what He taught, or become selective in what we want to hear. Jesus tells us that if we want to discover the purpose He has for us, then we must not only acknowledge His words; we must also obey them. Are you listening to what Jesus has to say to you? Are you remaining obedient?

PRAY

Thank God for communicating with us through the Bible. Pray for the discipline to read His words every day, and for the courage to obey what you learn.

ACT

Commit to not only hearing Jesus’ words, but to obeying them. Bible studies are good. But unless we apply what we learn, there is no point. Begin to apply the basics of what you have already heard from Jesus, and discover power and purpose beyond your comprehension!

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Too Busy to Pray? – Greg Laurie Daily Devotion – November 20, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Too Busy to Pray?

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19 nkjv)

My grandkids always bust me when I forget to pray before a meal, and I love that.

We don’t always pray as much as we ought to. In fact, we could pray a lot more. When a crisis hits, what is our first inclination? It’s to say, “God, take this problem away.”

Sometimes He does. But there are other times when He doesn’t. The reality is that problem, that difficulty, keeps us in touch with God. It keeps us dependent on God. And it keeps us praying without ceasing.

The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9 nkjv).

Then 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18 tells us, “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (nkjv).

Maybe you’re saying, “Pray without ceasing? How that is even possible? I have a life. I have to go to work. I have to do a lot of things. I can’t just pray all day.”

Why not? It doesn’t mean you have to be on your knees with your eyes closed. It is not just a prayer before a meal or praying with other believers. It’s simply living in prayer, living in communion with God.

When you’re cruising down the freeway or stuck in traffic, your vehicle could become a sanctuary. It could be a place to hear God’s Word, worship the Lord, and pray (just keep your eyes open).

You can be close to God wherever you go. Why? Because the dwelling place of God is with us. If you belong to Christ, you’re the temple (see 1 Corinthians 6:19). So you, too, can pray without ceasing.

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The Widow Gives All – A Different Perspective – November 20

The Widow Gives All

by Berni Dymet

Luke 21:1-4 He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.

It’s Saturday. The Sabbath. People are putting money in the offering at the temple. Some rich businessmen in their fine clothes put their money in; quite a lot, most of them.

The middle class families – they kick in their bit. Of course it’s a bit harder for them. They don’t have quite as much, but they’re doing okay so they put their bit in for God too.

And then, almost unnoticed, this old, shriveled widow comes along. No social benefits back then. And she takes out two small copper coins. A pittance compared to everyone else. And she puts them in the offering to support God’s work.

And Jesus looks at that and says: Look, she’s given more than everyone else. The rest of them gave out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty had given all she had to live on.

Seems that Jesus isn’t so much interested in how much we give. What really matters to Him – is how much it costs us.