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Living in Faith: Procession of Triumph

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionFaith is … Living Life as a Procession of Triumph

In the Word

… thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 2 Corinthians 2:14

Of the Word

When the opponents of 17th century British author, John Bunyan, were trying to silence him, they offered him the choice of renouncing his faith or serving a term in prison. He chose the latter and spent twelve years in the Bedford jail. Of that experience he said, “I have determined, the Almighty God being my help and shield, yet to suffer … rather than violate my faith and principles.” Out of Bunyan’s imprisonment came the great literary work Pilgrim’s Progress. What a blessing!

That was what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote, … thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ … (2 Corinthians 2:14a). That was the spirit of Paul. His life was a series of hardships, but he regarded them as blessings. He was able to remain thankful because he knew that God was leading him.

We may be facing all kinds of hardships, yet because of our faith we can be content in spirit. Our reward: God is with us. Our life becomes a triumphal procession when it is lived in Christ.

Walking with my Lord

O Lord, in all situations and circumstances, give me faith that is stronger than steel and more durable than diamonds. In Christ’s name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 21/30 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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How, Lord … Can I Find Renewed Energy?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionHow, Lord … Can I Find Renewed Energy?

In the Word

“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (GNT)

Of the Word

When the gas gauge in the car is nearing empty, we know that unless we soon get a fill-up the car will stop running. The same holds true for the battery. Until it is recharged, a dead one keeps the car from going anywhere. Like cars, even we faithful Christians can reach the burn-out point that may keep us at a standstill. It is then we need to be recharged with a spiritual fill-up.

Where do we go for that energizing when we are emotionally drained and just plain worn out? Some choose exercise or a change of diet. Others seek quiet places to read or listen to music. Those things help, but for a real recharging we must turn to God, our solid source of renewal.

Make time to study Scripture with other Christians. Regularly participate in worship and receive the Lord’s Supper. Meet with God daily in prayer for … the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26 GNT).

Walking with my Lord

Forgive me, Lord, for all too often I do not take time to be renewed by You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so my life gives glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 3/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked (GNT) are taken from the Good News Translation ® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.
 

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How, Lord … Can I Cope With Aging?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionHow, Lord … Can I Cope With Aging?

In the Word

I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. Isaiah 46:4a (GNT)

Of the Word

It’s a well known fact that each time we celebrate a birthday we are a year older! After time we one day admit, “I’m not as young as I used to be.” Some things take a little longer to do, interests change, our children have children, and it becomes more and more difficult to disguise the gray hairs as well as remember where we put the car keys.

For some aging can also bring concerns about retirement, uncertainness about where to live, health issues, and financial adjustments to life style. This can also be an ideal time for Satan to throw doubts and worries our way, concerns about what will happen tomorrow

God gives us more assurance in His Word. I have cared for you from the time you were born. … I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you (Isaiah 46:3b, 4b GNT). God’s love and care last for all of our days — even the gray-haired ones — and into eternity.

Walking with my Lord

Father, forgive me for having doubts about the future when I know You cared for me even before I was born. Thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son Jesus that assures me I will spend my final tomorrows in heaven with You. In His blessed name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 2/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked (GNT) are taken from the Good News Translation ® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.
 

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How, Lord … Can I Accept What I Can’t Change?

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionHow, Lord … Can I Accept What I Can’t Change?

In the Word

… I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation … Philippians 4:12b.

Of the Word

As we read the Apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians, we may think it’s quite difficult to be content with the problems that continually creep into our lives — problems we can’t change. How are we to accept unemployment or loss of property or death of a loved one or illness or straying children or dwindling retirement accounts, just to name a few of the continuing trials of life?

Accepting our circumstances doesn’t mean we have to like them! Paul certainly couldn’t have enjoyed being shipwrecked, beaten, ridiculed, or jailed but he did unlock the secret of acceptance: I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).

We, like Paul, can learn to be content because Jesus is with us and will never forsake us. With patience, He will help us accept what we cannot change. We, like Paul, are given the strength to endure from the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, assuring us our trials are temporary.

Walking with my Lord

O Lord, help me to feel Your presence and listen for Your loving voice. Please strengthen my faith so I will not allow worry to dominate me. In times of trouble help me give You glory by being an encourager to others. In my Savior’s name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 1/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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Simple Trust: Getting Ahead

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionGetting Ahead

In the Word

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Of the Word

What is said to be true of a large percentage of students going into medicine, law and business?
They cheated to get ahead in school.

It is frightening to think that the doctor performing our next surgery may have cheated to get into medical school. Can we truly trust our tax preparer or the person making our will? If we cannot trust even people in those positions, who can we trust? Ever wonder that?

There is One who has no need to cheat. He knows everything. He even knows how many times we have cheated or lied or done any other sin, but He still loves us. He hates our sin because He knows how much sin hurts so He died on the cross to save us. But He is no longer dead. He is alive and no cheating was done to accomplish that! No one came to sneak Him out of the tomb. But God raised him from the dead (Acts 2:24a).

God promises that we, too, shall live if we trust in Him. Just as He raised His Son from the dead, we can trust Him to do the same for us. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Walking with my Lord

My Lord and My God, when I am tempted to lie or cheat, remind me that I am Your child. Help me to be honest and fair in all I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 3/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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Simple Trust: Keeping Cool

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionKeeping Cool

In the Word

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. Psalm 32:10

Of the Word

Who used a cabbage leaf to keep cool?
Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his baseball cap to keep cool. He even changed it several times during a game.

So what do you do to keep a cool head? How do you face the heat of the day? You probably will never use a cabbage leaf, but God does want us to keep a cool head in the midst of all we face. That is why He asks us to trust Him. After all, He took the real heat for us when He went to the cross to conquer sin, death, and Satan. Nothing could be worse than that!

Because we know He has won that victory for us, we can face our earthly woes in complete confidence as we remember God’s cooling, soothing words, Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him (Psalm 32:10).

Walking with my Lord

Lord God, when I am about to lose my temper, cool my emotions. Help me, Lord, keep a cool head, especially when stress and aggravation run high. Help me look to You to keep me calm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 2/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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Simple Trust: I Trust in You

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionI Trust in You

In the Word

But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14

Of the Word

What do the United States, Nicaragua, and Florida have in common?
The Motto, “In God We Trust.”

Sometimes it is hard to know who to trust. Everyone seems to want something from us and sometimes even those closest to us are willing to lie or cheat to get what they want.

A three-year-old girl watched her mother busily wait on customers in their family store. Suddenly she announced, “I have to go potty.” The busy mom appreciated the offer of one of the clerks to take the little girl to the bathroom. Once in the restroom, the little girl went into the booth and then announced, “I’m done.” When questioned about why she did not use the bathroom, she replied, “I didn’t have to go. I just wanted chocolate. Tell my mother I went to the bathroom so I can have some chocolate.”

Lying and cheating are not God-pleasing actions. Neither are they necessary for us to receive God’s favor. He freely gives us all we need. When we wonder who we can trust, we can turn to His Word, But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14).

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me trust in You. Guide my words and actions. Make me a trustworthy example to Your people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Simple Trust. Elaine Bickel, author. 1/29 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3558 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
 

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