Pastor Stephen Dedman

Devotional For September 29, 2023

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
‭‭Joel‬ ‭2‬:‭28‬

This is a powerful prophecy that speaks of a future outpouring of God’s Spirit upon all people. It’s a promise of God’s presence and guidance in a remarkable way. This verse reminds us that God desires to have a close and personal relationship with each one of us.

The promise that God will “pour out His Spirit on all flesh” signifies inclusivity. It’s not limited to a particular group or age; it’s for everyone. In this promise, we see God’s desire to work in the lives of people from all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life. He wants to use both the wisdom of the old and the energy of the young.

God’s promise of pouring out His Spirit should fill our hearts with hope and expectation. It reminds us that His presence is not distant or reserved for a select few; it’s available to all who seek Him. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive guidance, empowerment, and the ability to fulfill our God-given purpose.

As you reflect on Joel 2:28, seek the Lord in prayer, spend time in His Word, and be receptive to the desires He places in your heart. Trust that His Spirit is at work, both in you and in the world around you.


Lord, thank You for the promise of Your Spirit. I open my heart to receive more of Your presence and guidance. Use me to fulfill Your purposes and to be an instrument of Your love in this world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For September 28, 2023

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬

In this verse, the Apostle Peter provides us with valuable wisdom and guidance on how to navigate the spiritual battles we face in life. He urges us to be both sober and vigilant, and he likens our adversary, the devil, to a roaring lion on the prowl.

Peter encourages us to be sober, not just in the sense of abstaining from alcohol, but also in our spiritual lives. Sobriety means being clear-minded and not clouded by the distractions or temptations of this world. It’s about maintaining spiritual clarity so that we can discern the enemy’s tactics.

Being vigilant implies being watchful and alert. We are called to watch over our hearts and minds. The devil is constantly seeking opportunities to lead us astray, so we must remain vigilant in our faith, prayer, and devotion to God.

Peter reminds us that the devil is our adversary, and he is relentless in his efforts to devour our faith, joy, and peace. Understanding the nature of our spiritual enemy is crucial. He often operates through deception, temptation, and discouragement.

While the devil may be an adversary, we have the ultimate protector in God. Through prayer, faith, and reliance on God’s Word, we can resist the schemes of the enemy. God provides us with the armor of faith to stand firm.

As you go about your day, stay rooted in your relationship with God, and you’ll find the strength to overcome the challenges that come your way.


Lord, thank You for the guidance and wisdom found in your Word. Help me to be sober and vigilant in my faith, guarding my heart against the schemes of the enemy. Strengthen me with Your Spirit so that I may stand firm in my faith and find refuge in Your loving arms. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For September 27, 2023

…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬

In today’s verse, the Apostle Paul highlights two essential aspects of our relationship with God.

1. God’s Divine Will: The verse acknowledges that God desires us to align our will with His divine purpose. His will is always perfect and in our best interest. When we earnestly seek His will, we open the door for His guidance and blessings in our lives.

2. God’s Empowering Grace: Not only does God invite us to follow His will, but He also empowers us to do so. This empowerment comes through the Holy Spirit, who works within us, transforming our desires and enabling us to carry out His plans.

As we seek God’s will in our lives, we may face moments of uncertainty or doubt. But God’s Spirit guides and enlightens our hearts, helping us understand His purpose for us.

When we encounter difficulties or obstacles in following God’s will, His empowering grace equips us with the strength and resilience needed to overcome them.

God’s empowerment allows us to live purposefully, fulfilling His good pleasure. When we align our will with His, our lives take on deeper meaning and significance.

Philippians 2:13 reminds us that God is actively at work within us, enabling us to desire and fulfill His divine will. As we seek His guidance and rely on His empowering grace, we can live a life that brings Him glory and aligns with His perfect plan for us.


Lord, I am so grateful for Your invitation to follow Your will and for the empowering grace of Your Holy Spirit. Help me to seek Your guidance in all aspects of my life and to align my desires with Your purpose. Help me to trust in Your empowerment to fulfill Your good pleasure. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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