Glory Seed Devotional, 2018 In Search of the Spiritual Jesus Prelude to Life
Welcome to 2018…
One of the neat things about Jesus is His ability to work ahead of us, for example He is already far into 2018 saying, “Come to me. Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1–2, CSB) I know this particular portion of scripture is about Jesus preparing His disciples for His impending death on the cross. However, stretch your imagination for a moment or two and see Jesus standing in the middle of 2018 where he as already prepared a place where you can rest and come in out of the storm. Jesus does that very thing, FOR YOU!
As we begin 2018 try picturing yourself in this scenario. “Some wandered in the desolate wilderness, finding no way to a city where they could live. They were hungry and thirsty; their spirits failed within them.” (Psalm 107:4–5, CSB) Ever experienced life/living that way? Are you there right now? Are you standing at the beginning of a desolate wilderness and feel being pulled in! If your answer is yes, then you need to pay particular attention to the next 3 verses in Psalm 107. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; he rescued them from their distress. He led them by the right path to go to a city where they could live. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity. For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:6–9, CSB)
I’m not sure what 2018 holds in store for me and my wife, but I know this much. Psalms 107 verses 6 through 9 have proved themselves over and over in 2017 and I am standing on them as we move into and through 2018. In addition to not know what 2018 is store for me since I have no physic powers I don’t know what 2018 holds for you either but borrowing a verse from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “Your eyes haven’t seen, your ears haven’t heard, your heart hasn’t held the Blessings God has planned to give you in 2018.”
The Watch Word for 2018 is Believe, believe not in the dreams and promises of the world, Believe in the Love, Compassion, Faithfulness, and Sovereignty of a God who pulls out all the stops to ensure you have every opportunity to live life to its fullest. May each and every one of you have a divine and holy 2018 moved by the Grace and Blessings of God!
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **
Grace and PEACE,
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** John 14:6, CSB