Pastor Stephen Dedman

Devotional For May 14, 2024

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬

When we grasp the reality of our crucifixion with Christ, it transforms our perspective on life. No longer are we slaves to our old sinful nature or the pressures of this world. Instead, we are empowered to live by faith in Jesus, drawing upon His strength, wisdom, and love to guide us.

We are called to live in the reality of our union with Christ. Just as Paul experienced, our old selves have been crucified with Christ, and we have been raised to new life in Him. This truth has profound implications for how we live each day.

Living by faith in Christ means surrendering our wills and desires to Him, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and direct our steps. It means trusting in God’s promises and relying on His grace to sustain us through every trial and challenge. It means seeking to glorify Him in all that we do.

At the heart of this life of faith is a deep awareness of Christ’s love for us. He loved us so much that He willingly laid down His life for us, taking our sins upon Himself so that we could be reconciled to God. In light of this great love, how can we do anything less than live our lives in devotion and service to Him?

Pray

Lord, help me to grasp the reality of my crucifixion and the new life that I have in You. May I live today by faith, drawing upon Your strength, wisdom, and love. Keep me ever mindful of Your great love and empower me to bring glory and honor to Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For May 13, 2024

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
‭‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬

Life is filled with its share of trials, hardships, and uncertainties. From personal struggles to global crises, we encounter tribulations of various kinds that can shake us to our core. In moments of difficulty, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless, wondering where we can find peace.

Yet, in the midst of life’s storms, Jesus offers to find our peace in Him. He doesn’t promise a life free from trouble, but He assures us that His presence and victory over the world are greater than any challenge we may face. In Christ, we can find a peace that transcends our circumstances, a peace that anchors our souls even in the midst of life’s fiercest storms.

When we fix our eyes on Jesus and anchor our hearts in His promises, we discover a peace that the world cannot give nor take away. It’s a peace that surpasses understanding, a peace that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). In Jesus, we find not only peace but also hope, strength, and courage to face whatever trials may come our way.

So, as we navigate the challenges of life, let us take heart in the words of Jesus. Let us find our peace in Him, knowing that He has already overcome the world. May His presence be our refuge and strength, sustaining us through every trial and leading us into His perfect peace.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the peace and hope I have in You. Help me to set my heart and mind on Your glory as I endure the trials and sufferings I face today. Give me joy in seeking Your presence and searching Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For May 12, 2024

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭28‬

Who are the mothers or mother figures that have impacted your life? Motherhood is far more than biological maternity. It’s a reflection of a nurturing, sacrificial love that can be found in many relationships and roles.

Proverbs 31 paints a beautiful picture of a woman who embodies the qualities of a nurturing caregiver. She speaks with wisdom, provides guidance and instruction, and diligently cares for her household. Her children and husband rise up to honor and bless her, recognizing the invaluable role she plays in their lives.

This biblical description of a godly mother serves as a model for women who aspire to live out their faith in practical ways within their families and communities. It emphasizes the importance of character, integrity, and faithfulness in fulfilling the role of a mother and nurturer.

On this Mother’s Day, take time to express your gratitude and love for all those who have nurtured and cared for you. Whether it’s through a simple thank-you note, a thoughtful gesture, or spending quality time together, let us take the opportunity to honor the mothers and mother figures in our lives.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the gift of motherhood and the mothers who have blessed me. Help me to honor and appreciate the mothers and mother figures in my life, recognizing their invaluable contributions. Help me to grow in Your likeness and extend grace to those who may need a blessing as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.