Pastor Stephen Dedman

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Devotional For June 14, 2024

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬

Finding moments of stillness can be a challenge, especially when we live in such a fast paced world. We are overwhelmed with noise, distractions, and responsibilities that demand our attention. However, there is so much peace and joy when we spend time in the presence of our Creator. 

Psalm 46:10 is an invitation to pause, to quiet our hearts, and to intentionally draw near to God. In the stillness, we have the opportunity to recognize the majesty, sovereignty, and presence of our Heavenly Father.

But why is it so crucial to be still before God? In the stillness, we find refuge from the storms of life. Just as a ship finds a safe harbor amidst turbulent waters, we find peace and security when we anchor our souls in God’s presence. It’s a time to lay down our burdens, worries, and anxieties at His feet, trusting that He is in control.

In the stillness, we gain a deeper understanding of who God is. We can experience His character, His faithfulness, and His love. We come to know Him not merely as a distant deity but as a personal, caring, and involved God who desires a close relationship with us.

This verse also reminds us of God’s plan for all of creation. When we take time to be still before Him, we align ourselves with His purposes. We exalt Him not only in our personal lives but also in the world, becoming vessels through which His glory can shine.

Find a quiet place, silence the noise, and invite God into your presence. As you do, you’ll discover a deeper connection with Him, a peace that transcends understanding, and the joy of exalting God in your life and throughout the world.

Pray

Lord, help me to be still in Your presence. In the midst of life’s chaos, grant me the ability to find moments of peace and quiet where I can know You more deeply. May Your name be exalted in my life and in all the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For June 13, 2024

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭4‬

It’s easy to become self-absorbed, focusing solely on our own needs and desires. However, in Philippians 2:4, the Apostle Paul reminds us of a higher calling – a calling to exemplify the selfless love of Christ.

The verse begins with the word “Let,” which implies a choice we must make. We have the choice to live self-centered lives or to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who displayed the ultimate act of selflessness on the cross. He looked beyond His own interests and willingly laid down His life for the salvation of humanity.

Paul encourages us not only to consider our own interests but also to actively seek the interests of others. This means taking the time to understand the needs and concerns of those around us. It means showing compassion, lending a helping hand, and being willing to sacrifice our own comfort for the well-being of others.

Selfless love is not always easy. It requires humility and a willingness to put others first. But when we choose to follow Christ’s example, we become instruments of His love and grace in the world. Our actions reflect the transformative power of the Gospel.

As you go about your day, ask yourself, “How can I actively seek the interests of others today?” It might be a simple act of kindness, a listening ear to a friend in need, or a sacrificial gesture. Remember that in selfless love, we find the true essence of Christianity, and we become vessels through which God’s love can shine brightly.

Pray

Lord, help me to live out Philippians 2:4 today. Teach me to be selfless. Help me to look beyond my own interests and actively seek the interests of others, becoming instruments of Your love and grace in the world. In Jesus’ name, amen

Devotional For June 12, 2024

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬

In our regular routine of life, we often find ourselves caught up in the everyday rhythms of work, responsibilities, and distractions. Yet, in the midst of all these things, Paul calls us to practice a profound truth: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

The Word of Christ is not a visitor but an honored guest. It doesn’t just visit; it dwells. It takes up residence. It becomes a part of your innermost being. It shapes your thoughts, decisions, and character.

As the Word takes residence, it imparts wisdom. It’s practical insight for daily living. It guides your steps, helps you discern right from wrong, and provides clarity in the midst of confusion.

The Word of Christ isn’t meant to be kept to ourselves. It’s a treasure we share with everyone. We teach others through its timeless truths, and at times, it admonishes, gently correcting and redirecting us on the right path.

This dwelling isn’t a silent one. It’s filled with music – the melodies of praise and gratitude. Whether in psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs, our hearts overflow with thankfulness, expressing our love and devotion to the Lord.

The music that springs from our hearts isn’t mere notes and lyrics; it’s infused with grace. It’s a reflection of the grace we’ve received from the Lord. It’s a melody of redemption and forgiveness.

As you go about your day, take a moment to reflect on this verse. Are you allowing the Word of Christ to dwell richly in your heart? Is it shaping your thoughts, guiding your actions, and overflowing into songs of praise? Remember that in the midst of life’s busyness, this dwelling is your source of wisdom, strength, and grace.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the precious gift of Your Word. Help me, Lord, to let the Word of Christ dwell in my heart and mind richly, guiding my thoughts, actions, and words. May my life be a beautiful melody of praise to You, filled with grace and gratitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.