Recent Written Devotions 2021
Blessed by Friends by Janet Gehlhar
I have been blessed with wonderful, supportive, loving friends. My friends show up when it isn’t convenient, are willing to listen, and love me for who I am. I see each one as a blessing from God while I’m here on earth. And yet, no earthly friend can totally meet all of my needs.
Jesus is my bestest friend. Poor grammar, but the point is clear.
Jesus is always with me, listening 24/7, never in a hurry…(Matthew 28:20)
forgives instantly…(I John 1:9)
loves me unconditionally…(Psalm 57:10)
and is preparing a room for me in heaven for eternity…(John 14:2-3)
The most important thing Jesus did was to die on the cross for my sins. He sacrificed his perfect life for my sinful one.
No one has greater love than this: that someone lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 EHV)
I’m awed once again at how much Jesus loves me. I’m asking the Holy Spirit to work in my heart so that I may reflect Jesus’ love to everyone I meet. My prayer is that everyone would know and treasure Jesus as their bestest friend.
Gifts of the Spirit by Carolyn Webb
Have you ever tried to learn a new language? 43% of the world’s population is fluent in two languages. Less than 1% can fluently speak five or more languages. I can only speak one language. I have made feeble attempts to learn a new language and gave up due to the time commitment needed to master this skill.
Jesus had given his disciples the great commission to make disciples of all nations. That would be extremely difficult for men with no training in foreign languages. Their work started in earnest as visitors with diverse languages came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Pentecost harvest festival. With a special gift from the Holy Spirit, the disciples were instantly able to communicate with all of them. Peter told the crowd, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, NIV)
What is your gift?
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 7:6-8, NIV).
The gift of the Holy Spirit is unique for each of us, but the purpose is the same – Go make disciples!