Pastor Stephen Dedman

Devotional For February 25, 2024

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6

Today’s verse gives us the essence of worship, inviting us to lift our voices and our hearts in praise to the Lord. But what does it mean to praise the Lord with everything? It goes beyond mere words or rituals; it encompasses the totality of our being. It’s an expression of gratitude, adoration, and reverence for the One who is worthy of all honor and glory.

To praise the Lord with everything means to engage all our senses in worship – to sing with our voices, to clap with our hands, to dance with our feet, and to lift our hands in surrender. It means to offer Him the best of our talents, our time, and our resources as an offering of love and devotion.

Praise is not confined to the sanctuary; it permeates every aspect of our lives. It’s found in the beauty of creation, in the laughter of children, and in the kindness of strangers. It’s present in the mundane moments of everyday life and in the miraculous interventions of God.

When we praise the Lord with everything, we align our hearts with His purposes and His will. We acknowledge His sovereignty over all creation and surrender our lives to His loving care. And in return, we experience the joy and the peace that come from dwelling in His presence.

So, let us heed the call of Psalm 150:6 and praise the Lord with everything we have and everything we are. Let us lift our voices in song, our hands in worship, and our lives as living sacrifices unto Him. For He alone is worthy of all praise, now and forevermore.

Pray

Lord, I praise You with everything I have and everything I am. You alone are worthy of all honor, glory, and praise. Help me to worship You in spirit and in truth, with every breath. May my life be a living testimony to Your goodness and Your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For February 24, 2024

Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
Isaiah 35:4

Isaiah 35:4 offers a message of hope and encouragement to all who are fearful-hearted. It’s a reminder that in times of trouble, we can find strength and courage in the promises of God. He is not a distant or indifferent God, but a loving and compassionate Father who cares deeply for His children.

God says, “Be strong, do not fear!” These are not empty words but a powerful declaration of His faithfulness and sovereignty. He calls us to rise above our fears and insecurities, to trust in His unfailing love and power to deliver us from every trial and adversity.

The promise doesn’t stop there. God assures us that He will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He is a God of justice who will set things right and make all things new. He will come to our rescue, not with a timid hand, but with the full force of His might and power.

Whatever you may be facing today, whatever fears may be holding you captive, remember the promise of Isaiah 35:4. Be strong, do not fear, for your God will come and save you. Place your trust in Him, and He will give you the strength and courage you need to face whatever lies ahead.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the promise of Your presence and deliverance in times of trouble. Help me to be strong and courageous, knowing that You are with me and that You will save me. Give me faith to trust in Your unfailing love and power to see me through every trial and adversity. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For February 23, 2024

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬

In moments of struggle and weakness, where do you turn? How do you find the strength to persevere?

The author of Hebrews offers us a powerful invitation and a comforting promise in Hebrews 4:16. He urges us to come boldly to the throne of grace, the very throne of God Himself. It’s an invitation to approach our Heavenly Father with confidence, knowing that He welcomes us with open arms and a heart full of love.

At the throne of grace, we find mercy. It’s here that our sins are washed away, our guilt is removed, and our shame is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. It’s here that we find the freedom to confess our sins, knowing that He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

But the throne of grace offers us more than just mercy; it also provides us with grace to help in our time of need. It’s a grace that sustains us in our weakness, strengthens us in our trials, and empowers us to overcome every obstacle that stands in our way. It’s a grace that meets us where we are and enables us to walk in victory, no matter what circumstances we may face.

So whatever challenges you may be facing today, whatever burdens you may be carrying, know that you do not have to face them alone. Come boldly to the throne of grace, and there you will find the mercy and grace you need to help you in your time of need. Approach Him with confidence, for He is always ready to pour out His love and compassion upon you.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the invitation to come boldly to Your throne of grace. Thank You for the mercy and grace You lavish upon me, especially in times of need. Help me to approach You with confidence, trusting in Your unfailing love and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.