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Daily Devo- Imagination

Imagination is define as the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. There are three classifications of imagination– things we should not imagine– things we can not imagine– and things we should imagine.

Luke 1:51 NKJV
He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Things we SHOULD NOT imagine:

  • Things evil in nature
  • Worrisome thoughts
  • Fearful thoughts
  • Lustful or perverted thoughts

Did you know?

Worry is a misuse of our imagination and it also activates fear.

Somethings we CANNOT imagine:

  • Heaven
  • Plans God has in store for us
  • Blessings
  • Miracles

Did you know?

Some people do not believe in Heaven, because they can not imagine it.

Things we SHOULD imagine:

To possess and exercise a healthy imagination makes the impossible things–possible.

Imagination is essential to living by faith. Hebrews 11:1 tell us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Great lives are built around great imagination God’s dreams are bigger than my dreams. Ephesians 3:20

Don’t plan your life and set goals around what you see or your circumstances. Let the size of your God, determine the size of your goals. Remember, God can make the impossible- possible. Let God’s spirit and His word guide you and fuel your imagination.

Satan comes to put doubt in our mind.

Mark 9:23-24 NKJV
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”


Doubt is meant to be doubted and beliefs are meant to be believed.

– Pastor Phil Willingham Sermon 2017

As believers we have a helper in life– someone who is trustworthy and loyal– someone the world does not have because they do now know Him, and cannot imagine His existence.

John 14:16-17 NKJV
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

The key to a stronger and healthier imagination is spending daily quiet time with God. Read His word– listen for His voice– study in your areas of weakness– and trust in His promises.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being our helping hand and guiding as through Your word. Lord, forgive us for our times of doubt and for our misuse of our imagination. Open our eyes so that we can see the wonderful ways of Your law. Help us to understand so that we can meditate on Your works. I pray that you will stir up our spirits so that we will want to seek You more. I pray You will help us as we seek to have a stronger and healthier imagination. Guide our quiet time in Jesus name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Matthew 14:23 NKJV

Jesus is the ultimate example of the importance of prayer. Jesus prayed in public and in private. He prayed with and for the disciples- He openly prayed for others. Jesus commanded prayer- encouraged prayer- taught prayer- and modeled a healthy prayer life.

During Jesus’ life he often left his disciples and stepped away from His ministry to have alone time in prayer.

Jesus revealed that prayer is much more than request-making or seeking guidance. He teaches us that prayer also drives us for the following-

  • for worship
  • for expressions of praise
  • for a way to show adoration of Him
  • for confession
  • for thanksgiving to God.

In Luke 11:1-4 when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray- He gave the example of what we call ‘The Lords Prayer”.

Prayer was not just a lengthy word exercise for Jesus, it was a connection and the way to communicate with God. Jesus would pour his heart and soul into His prayers. It was a time of great expression from His spirit. An intense intimacy with God that does not just form overnight. Jesus spent years praying, seeking, and spending time with God to reach the kind of intimacy that His disciples observed in Jesus while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:36-46)

Luke 24:13-32 tells the story of two disciples that walked with Jesus on the day of His resurrection from just outside of Jerusalem to Emmaus. The gospel reveals that they walked and talked with Jesus for several hours but they did not know it was Him.

When mealtime came Jesus prayed over the bread and than broke it- this is when the disciples eyes were opened and they knew it was Him.

Notice that it was something to do with the characteristics of Jesus’ prayer that confirmed to the disciples that it was Him that they had spent all that time with on their journey to Emmaus.

Prayer was the center of Jesus’ life. The Bible is full of examples on different ways and reasons that Jesus prayed.

If Jesus needed alone time in prayer and He is God’s son- how much more do you think that we need prayer to be the center of our life?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for the power of prayer and for giving us Jesus as the ultimate example. Lord forgive us for not coming to you more in prayer. Open our hearts and eyes to the necessity of pray and fill us with the desire to be more intimate with you. Remind us God that prayer helps us to build a relationship with you. I pray that Your message on Jesus’ prayer life is made clear to each person who reads this. Thank you Lord for Your patience and forgiveness in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Parable of the good Samaritan is told by Jesus in the gospel of Luke– in the new testament of the Bible. Let’s first take a look at the meaning of parable and of good Samaritan– so that you fully understand the text.

Parable is defined by dictionary.com as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

A good Samaritan is defined by grammarist.com as a person who does good deeds out of compassion and not because of any hope of reward.

The story is about a traveler who was stripped of his clothing, beaten, and left on the side of the road half dead. Jesus tells this parable in response to a series of questions from a lawyer (expert in the law)-that was testing Jesus.

The lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded, asking him what is written in the law and what he read of it.

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

But the lawyer, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

This is when Jesus responded with the Parable of the good Samaritan.

A man set out on a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho– on his journey he came across thieves who stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead on the side of the road. A priest happened to come by–he saw the man wounded on the side of the road–yet he passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Then a Levite happened to come by and did the same– saw the man wounded yet passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Than came the good Samaritan whom happened to come across the man on his own journey. The Samaritan saw the wounded man and had compassion. He went to him– cleaned his wounds– bandaged him up– took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day, before the Samaritan departed to continue his journey– he gave the innkeeper two denarii– and said to him ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

Jesus than asked the lawyer which of these men did he think was neighbor to the wounded man. The lawyered responded with the one who showed mercy.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

I encourage every person to read it for themselves in Luke 10:25-37

The moral of the story is that everyone is your neighbor, even those who is normally considered an enemy. Choose to show love and compassion toward others– not because they do/don’t deserve it–but because through Jesus, God gives us compassion and unconditional love.

We love because God first loved us.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- December 24, 2017

Luke 2:7- And she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- March 5, 2017

Luke 12:25,26- “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- March 4, 2017

Luke 6:37- “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- February 20, 2017

Luke 18:27- But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”