Pastor Stephen Dedman

Devotional For July 15, 2024

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭28‬:‭2‬

Today’s verse reminds that obedience to God’s voice is the key to unlocking these blessings that overflow and overtake our lives. God desires to bless His children for their continued obedience. It is out of the goodness f His heart that He shows us what great things He can do. 

Imagine blessings that don’t just trickle in but flow forth in abundance. God’s promise in Deuteronomy 28:2 is that His blessings will not only come upon you but overtake you. He doesn’t hold back; His desire is to lavish His goodness upon us. 

There is a connection between obedience and blessings. When we align our lives with God’s commands and listen to His voice, we position ourselves to receive the blessings He has prepared for us. Obedience reflects our trust in His plans.

The many types of blessings mentioned in Deuteronomy 28 encompass a wide range—physical, material, and spiritual. These blessings give us a glimpse into the heart of a loving Father who desires to provide for His children in every aspect of their lives.

The idea of blessings overtaking us highlights God’s initiative in showering us with His grace. As we walk in obedience, blessings chase after us. It’s a beautiful reminder that God’s favor is not contingent on our efforts alone but on His boundless love.

Can you say that you are blessed with the goodness of God? Are there areas where obedience to God’s voice can bring about His blessings in greater measure? Consider how aligning with His will can lead to an overflow of blessings.

Pray

Lord, I’m grateful for Your desire to bless me. Help me to listen to Your voice and obey Your commands. Help me walk in alignment with Your will and experience the overflow of blessings that come from living in Your ways. Thank You for Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For July 14, 2024

holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬

In the letter to the Philippians, Paul encourages believers to hold fast to the word of life. This call reminds us that our lives should be lived with purpose and dedication.

The “word of life” that Paul refers to is the Gospel, the message of salvation and hope found in Jesus Christ. In a world full of despair and uncertainty, our faith, in Christ, should draw others towards the source of true life.

Being a light in the world is not always easy. Challenges, distractions, and the many temptations that surround us, dim our spiritual glow. The enemy seeks to make us think that our labor is in vain. 

It is in these moments that Paul’s challenge becomes even more critical. To “hold fast” implies a firm grip, a strong commitment to the truth of the Gospel, and a deep devotion to Christ.

By holding fast to the word of life, we position ourselves with God’s purposes and find joy in knowing that our efforts are not in vain. Our lives take on eternal significance when we become faithful stewards of the Gospel, spreading its message through both words and actions.

Examine yourself to see if you are truly holding fast to the word of life. Are you living in a way that reflects the light of Christ? Are your actions, attitudes, and words drawing others closer to Jesus?

Pray

Lord, thank You for Your word, which brings life and hope into my soul. Help me to hold fast to the Gospel, to remain committed in my faith. Make my life to be a testimony to your goodness and grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For July 13, 2024

Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭26‬

In the busyness of life, we often find ourselves absorbed in the immediate, consumed with the demands and responsibilities of the day. Yet, Isaiah urges us to pause, to lift our gaze beyond the mundane, and to fix our eyes upon the heavenly display of our Creator.

Consider the magnitude of these words – the One who flung the stars into existence, who set each celestial body in its course, knows them all by name. The vastness of the universe is not a random occurrence; it is a meticulously crafted masterpiece. In the same way, the God who governs galaxies is intimately acquainted with every detail of our lives.

As we ponder the magnitude of God’s creative power, a sense of awe and reverence fills our hearts. The stars declare His glory, and we are reminded that our lives are intricately woven into His divine masterpiece. The Creator who fashioned the cosmos is not a distant deity but a God who calls us by name, guiding us through the journey of life.

In the midst of life’s challenges, uncertainties, and joys, let us anchor our faith in the unchanging character of the One who spoke the stars into existence. Lift your eyes, not just to the stars, but to the Author of your story. Trust in the greatness of His might and the strength of His power. Not one detail of your life escapes His notice, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the hands that flung the stars across the heavens.

Pray

Lord, I stand in awe of Your mighty power. Teach me to trust in Your sovereignty and find comfort in the knowledge that not one detail of my life escapes Your loving gaze. In moments of uncertainty, may Your presence be my anchor. In Jesus’ name, amen.