Pastor Stephen Dedman

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Devotional For April 14, 2024

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭14‬

In the closing words of his second letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul prays a blessing upon the believers, invoking the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. This triune blessing is the essence of the Christian faith.

First, Paul invokes the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace is defined as God’s undeserved favor. It is through the grace of Jesus Christ that we are forgiven, redeemed, and reconciled to God. His grace is freely given, available to all who believe, and it empowers us to live transformed lives.

Second, Paul speaks of the love of God. God’s love is unconditional, unfailing, and incomprehensible. It is a love that surpasses human understanding. It was out of love that God sent His Son into the world to save us (John 3:16), and it is His love that sustains us through every circumstance. Knowing that we are loved by God gives us strength, comfort, and assurance.

Finally, Paul mentions the communion of the Holy Spirit. Communion refers to an intimate fellowship with God, made possible through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit not only guides and empowers us but also enables us to experience a friendship with God and with one another. Through the communion of the Holy Spirit, we are united as the body of Christ, sharing in a common faith and purpose.

As we meditate on this triune blessing, may we be reminded of the richness and depth of our relationship with God. May we embrace the grace of Jesus Christ, rejoice in the love of God, and cultivate a communion with the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing be upon us all, now and forevermore.

Pray

Lord, I thank You for the triune blessing of Your grace, love, and fellowship. Help me to fully embrace the depth of Your love, to walk in the grace of Jesus Christ, and to live in agreement with Your Holy Spirit. May Your presence be with me always, guiding me, strengthening me, and filling me with Your peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For April 13, 2024

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭97‬:‭5‬

In nature’s majesty, we catch a glimpse of the splendor and power of our Creator. The towering mountains, with their peaks reaching towards the heavens, stand as witnesses to the greatness of God. Yet, even the most majestic mountains pale in comparison to the awe-inspiring presence of the Lord.

Psalm 97:5 paints a picture of the unmatched magnificence of God’s presence. It declares that at the mere presence of the Lord, the mountains melt like wax. This imagery conveys the overwhelming power and authority in the presence of God.

As we reflect on this verse, we are reminded of the holiness of our God. His presence is not to be taken lightly. It is a presence that demands reverence and inspires awe. It is a presence that can transform the landscape of our lives and melt away the obstacles that stand in our way.

In our daily walk, may we never lose sight of the majesty of His presence. May we approach Him with humility and awe, acknowledging His sovereignty over all creation. And may we find comfort and strength in knowing that His presence goes before us, making a way where there seems to be no way.

Pray

Lord, I stand in awe of Your majestic presence. You are the Lord of the whole earth, and nothing is impossible for You. Help me to approach You with reverence and humility, acknowledging Your sovereignty over all creation. May Your presence be my constant companion, guiding me and sustaining me each step of the way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For April 12, 2024

I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭57‬:‭2

Psalm 57 is attributed to David, written during a time of great distress. It seems to indicate that it was written when David fled from Saul and hid in a cave. Despite the danger surrounding him, David’s faith remained steadfast. David expresses his trust in God’s protection and deliverance, declaring his intention to seek refuge in the Most High.

Life often throws us into situations where we feel stressed and overwhelmed, much like David hiding in the cave from Saul’s pursuit. In such moments, it’s natural to seek refuge, to look for a place of safety and security. However, our instinctual response may be to rely on our own strength or to seek refuge in temporary comforts.

Psalm 57:2 presents us with a different approach. Instead of turning to earthly sources for comfort, David directs his cry to God Most High. He recognizes God as the ultimate source. This verse challenges us to shift our focus from our circumstances to the character and power of God.

We are encouraged to cry out to God in prayer, trusting that He hears and answers. Just as David found refuge in God’s faithfulness, we can find comfort in knowing that God is with us in every trial and that He is actively working on our behalf.

Pray

Lord, I come to You today acknowledging You as God Most High, the one who reigns over all creation. In moments of distress, help me to turn to You as my refuge and strength. Give me the faith to trust in Your provision and the courage to cry out to You in prayer. Thank You for Your faithfulness and for the assurance that You are always working for my good. In Jesus’ name, amen.