Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 26th

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Trust His Timing. Psalm 31:15 “My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.”

One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t always work on our timetable. In fact, He rarely does. But in a single moment, God can change your life! All throughout Scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for His people. Scripture tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever, which means if He did it for them, He can instantly turn things around for you, too!

You may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God’s hands, Trust that He has your best interest at heart. He wants to pour out His favor. He wants to take you further than you dreamed possible and work in your life in ways beyond what you have ever imagined. And while you’re waiting, don’t try to figure everything out. That’s only going to frustrate you.

Let this truth sink down into your heart today. Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future. Keep standing, keep hoping and keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. Have faith because your times are in His hands, and He will lead you in the life of victory He has for you!

Father, today I humbly come before You giving You all that I am. I trust that my times are in Your hands. I trust that You are working things out in my favor. I set my focus on You knowing that You are working things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Osteen)

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 25th

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What Do You Expect? Habakkuk 1:5 “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.”

Let’s worship the God who still does wonders. He has not stopped working. He still has plans. As we look to the New Year, let our prayers be the same as Habakkuk 3:2 which says: “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”

Don’t limit God to what He has done in the past, he delights to do new things. This year, except Him to. In Isaiah 43:18-21, He tells us: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing: now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”

Did you get that? He formed you for Himself so you may praise Him! Oh, put the past behind you and walk with Him. If you’ve been walking in a weary place, let Him lead you beside still waters. If your way has been rocky, let Him make the rough places smooth. If this past year has been one of your most blessed, don’t think He’s run out of good gifts! Lay the New Year before Him and say, “Not my will, but Thine.”

Matthew 6:9-12 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Pray the Lord’s Prayer aloud, meaning every word. Ask the Lord to let His will be done on earth and in your life. Ask Him to meet your needs this New Year and to protect you and your family from temptation and to deliver you through trials. Thank Him for His faithfulness and praise Him for the wonderful works He’s done, as well as those He’s yet to do.

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 24th

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Watching And Waiting. Isaiah 26:8 “Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.”

On Christmas, we celebrate the coming of the Messiah, but the good news doesn’t stop there. The same Messiah whose miraculous birth we remember will return to earth one day. His second coming, just like His first, will take many by surprise, but this time, they won’t miss it. Luke 21:27 says, “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” He came to earth as a humble baby, He’ll return as King of Kings.

So, what do we do in the meantime? Watch for him! Worship Him! Make Him known among the nations. After all, that’s the final command he gave. We have to take it personally. As you wait for Him, do what he said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20. He commanded, and He will be with us, for He is still Immanuel.

Luke 21:27-28 “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Every day, we are at least one day closer to the return of Christ. As Christians, we should long for His return. Jesus said when you see that He is coming to “lift up your heads, your redemption draweth nigh.” Oh, imagine that day! We will see Christ as He really is. Pray that God will prepare your heart for His return and impress upon you the need for others to know Him.

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 23rd

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We’re A Body…Which Part Are You? Psalm 90:17 “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”

There’s something about the New Year that fills us with hope. Maybe it’s because we feel we’ve been given a chance to do it all again, but better. Perhaps it’s just the wonder of what will be. Worship is more than just the singing of songs or the praying of prayers. Obedience is at the very heart of it.

With that in mind, in what ways does God desire your obedience as the New Year approaches? His word promised that He has plans for you. Can you trust him when He says they are “plans to prosper you and not to harm you?” Jeremiah 29:11. This year, seek His plans and follow them. Let Him establish the work of your hands, and you will have success for his word says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. He will meet your needs for He knows them. If you make any resolutions this year, resolve first to trust Him then to serve Him.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eyes cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” Recognize that we are the body of Christ. Each of us has a place and a purpose, and if we don’t fulfill the purpose God has given us, the body will not function as it should. Imagine your arm if your elbow didn’t bend. Where do you fit in the body? Find your place and fulfill your purpose.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” As you pray today, ask the Lord to reveal to you how He wants you to be involved in His kingdom. How does He want you to serve? Every believer has been given spiritual gifts, and those gifts are meant to build up the body of Christ. Are you using the gifts He’s given you? Ask Him to reveal to you what they are and go show you how to use them.

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 22nd

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Only One Way. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the trust, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

In our culture, almost anything goes. The overwhelming idea is: whatever works for you. It’s okay to believe in God, but it’s not acceptable to suggest there is only one way to know Him.

The problem is that if you believe in Christ, you must also believe His words. He did not say, “I am a way.” He said, “I am THE way.” Think about it. If anything would work, why suffer? If anything else could save us, why would God send His son?

Isaiah 43:10-11 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.” First, understand that God does want us to know Him. It’s why He sent His son in the first place. Second, recognize that there is only one Savior and put your trust in Him. Perhaps you have long since accepted that only Christ can save you, but have you really accepted that only He can save somebody else? Knowing how much others need Christ motivates us to tell them about Him. After all, “how, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14. Tell someone about the Savior today!

Today, thank God for sending the Savior. Pray for those who do not know Him, those who live and work right around you as well as those in foreign lands. Romans 10:14-15 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Pray that God will send His people to preach good news and ask Him to give you opportunities today to share His love with someone.