Pastor Stephen Dedman

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Devotional For July 23, 2024

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭142‬:‭3‬

This verse captures a moment when the psalmist felt overwhelmed by his circumstances. These words describe when he was heavy burdened and it seemed that others had set traps and obstacles in his way.

Life often brings moments of distress and feelings of being ensnared by challenges. In these times, it’s important to remember that God is fully aware of our circumstances. He knows our every step, and nothing escapes His attention. When we’re burdened and feel surrounded by difficulties, we can turn to Him, knowing that He is our refuge and strength.

The act of pouring out our hearts to God is a form of honest and vulnerable prayer. Just as the psalmist did, we can share our fears, anxieties, and troubles with our heavenly Father. He listens, cares, and offers guidance, comfort, and strength. It’s a reminder that in our moments of overwhelming circumstances, we don’t have to face them alone.

So, when you find yourself in a situation like the one described in Psalm 142:3, take a cue from the psalmist. Pour out your heart to God, and trust in His knowledge of your path. He is there to guide you through the snares and give you peace for your troubled spirit.

Pray

Lord, in the moments when I feel overwhelmed, I’m thankful that I can turn to You. You know my path, and nothing is hidden from Your sight. I pour out my heart to You, knowing that You will encourage and strengthen me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For July 22, 2024

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭7‬

In a world that often rushes for immediate results, the idea of waiting patiently might seem counterintuitive. Yet, the Bible encourages us to find rest in the Lord and teaches us the beauty in being patient.

Often we may be tempted to become anxious, to fret, or to question why it seems that the unrighteous are succeeding. But God’s word offers a different perspective.

To “rest in the Lord” means to surrender all of our anxieties and to find peace within His presence. It means acknowledging that God’s timing is perfect, even when it doesn’t align with our own desires or expectations.

“Wait patiently for Him” is an act of faith and humility. It means recognizing that God’s plan unfolds in His own time, and our role is to just trust His plan. Waiting patiently allows us to grow in faith and to learn valuable lessons along the way.

When we see others around us prospering through wicked schemes, we must not be discouraged. God’s justice prevails and the rewards of the righteous endure. Our duty is to remain faithful and obedient to God.

Are there any anxieties that you need to surrender to the Lord? Take a moment to rest in the Lord. Let go of your anxieties and concerns, and wait patiently for Him. And while you wait for the Lord, just enjoy being in His presence. 

Pray

Lord, I surrender my deepest concerns and anxieties to You. I know You are in control of all things and everything fits within your perfect plan. Thank You for taking care of me. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Devotional For July 21, 2024

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬

The Lord of peace is not only able to give us peace but is also the source of peace. When we are going through difficult times, we often try to find peace through our own efforts, but this verse reminds us that true peace only comes from God. It is only when we turn to Him and trust in Him that we can experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.

This verse also emphasizes that peace is not limited to certain times or circumstances. We can experience peace in all times and in every way. Whether we are going through a difficult season, facing uncertainty about the future, or even in moments of joy and celebration, we can always turn to God for peace.

Finally, the verse ends with a beautiful prayer for God to be with all of us. This prayer reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that God is always with us, providing us with the peace and comfort we need. As we trust in Him, we can experience His peace and find strength to face whatever challenges come our way.

Todays verse is a beautiful reminder that peace is not something that we can achieve on our own, but rather it is a gift from God. Do you have His peace in all situations of your life?

Pray

Lord, thank you for the gift of peace in my life. Help me to trust you to experience peace in all circumstances. Let the peace I have be visible to others. In Jesus’ name, amen.