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Living in Joy: Joy in forgiveness

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionJoy in forgiveness

In the Word

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Of the Word

Joseph’s brothers hated him enough to plan murder. He felt their hatred as they taunted him about his dreams, threw him into a deep pit, accepted the traders’ coins, and sent him into slavery. (Genesis 37) Years passed and God did not forget Joseph. Instead He elevated him to a high position in Egypt. How easy it would have been for Joseph to repay evil for evil when his hungry brothers appeared before him. Instead, he forgave them. Yes, he tested their hearts and motives, but he forgave them and remained faithful to God. Only because of God’s grace could he forgive all that his brothers had done. (Genesis 45)

How can we forgive those who hate us and hurt us? It is only by God’s grace. It is only because in Christ, God has forgiven us. The sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary gives full coverage for our sins — for all of our sins. We are forgiven by God in order to be forgiving to others.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, forgiving others is not easy for me. I often want to pay back and hold grudges. Give me a kind and compassionate heart so that I, by Your grace, can forgive others as You have forgiven me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 18/30 ©2005 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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Living in Joy: Joy in our differences

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionJoy in our differences

In the Word

… they had no further objections and praised God … Acts 11:18b

Of the Word

Every eye was upon the young man as he walked into the church. His clothing was black and loaded with chains, his hair spiked and brightly dyed. What was he doing here? First impressions often reflect personal fears and prejudices. That fact is neither new nor unique to our society.

In the time of David his youthfulness was used as an excuse to doubt his success against Goliath. (1 Samuel 17) During Jesus’ ministry His message was discounted because of His father’s occupation. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son (Matthew 13:55a)? What then makes “good” Christians? What do they look like?

Consider Galatians 3:26–28: You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Christians have faith in Christ. They look like God’s people, whether in boots or sandals, bald headed or braided.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, forgive me when I forget that all people are precious to You. When personal prejudices and poor first impressions turn me away from loving my neighbor, remind me that, in Christ, we are one. In His name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 17/30 ©2005 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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Living in Joy: Joy in Reaching Out

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionJoy in reaching out to people everywhere with God’s Word

In the Word

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

Of the Word

With the invention of electronic communication via the internet our world is so much more accessible. Missionaries who were once in very remote places now have access to the outside world through generator-powered computers.

When Jesus spoke to His disciples about reaching the whole world with the Gospel they must have thought He was exaggerating. How could this message actually be preached everywhere? Today we see evidence of that message being spread to the outermost parts of the earth. We may not personally be able to share the Gospel around the world, but we can make our Christian witness known in our daily lives. We can support our church’s missionary efforts with prayer and financial gifts. What joy we have in knowing God’s Word is reaching people everywhere.

Walking with my Lord

Heavenly Father, support and strengthen missionaries everywhere as they deal with the hardships and joys of speaking Your saving Word to those still in the darkness of sin. Give me strength to boldly witness of You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 16/30 ©2005 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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Comfort from the Psalms: Forgiving Myself

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionForgiving Myself

In the Word

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my rebellious ways. Psalm 25:7a (GW)

Of the Word

Sins of our past can burden us with “what if” questions. “What if I hadn’t fallen into addiction?” “What if I kept the child I chose to abort?” “What if I hadn’t lied?” “What if I hadn’t cheated?” “What if I hadn’t taken what wasn’t mine?” “What if I had tried harder to save my marriage?” We can beat ourselves up with regrets from the past but, the past is the past. Under no circumstances can it be changed.

What can be changed is how we face the future. Christ invites us to come to Him and lay our sins at the foot of the cross, asking with repentant hearts for His forgiveness. And we, God’s very own children, can walk away forgiven. We are forgiven to live a full life in Him, forgiven to be what He wants us to be.

When we leave the foot of the cross, we leave our burdens there. Picking them up again only serves to separate us from God’s good and perfect forgiveness. God says, “… I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). Holding fast to God’s forgiveness, we can learn to forgive ourselves and move forward in accordance with His will.

Walking with my Lord

Forgiving Father, I am ashamed of the times I have hurt You because of my sin. I come, asking Your forgiveness. Through Your Holy Spirit help me to live a life that honors You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 18/30 ©2009 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 GW are taken from GOD’S WORD, God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, Grand Rapids, MI. Copyright © 1995.
 

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Comfort from the Psalms: An Unchanging God

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionAn Unchanging God

In the Word

Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations … Psalm 119:89–90a

Of the Word

Isn’t it amazing how many things have changed in our lifetimes? Travel that may have taken our grandparents days or weeks can now be done in hours. We can be almost anywhere in the world within minutes, thanks to the Internet. Things don’t even look the same as they did when we were growing up. Televisions, appliances, and the car in the driveway have all undergone dramatic changes.

Change doesn’t always come easily to us. We may yearn for a slower pace, a simpler lifestyle, or an uncomplicated telephone!! We sometimes ask, “Why can’t things just stay the same?” But change is inevitable!

With all that is changing around us, how wonderful it is to know that God’s Word is the same for all time. What He said yesterday still stands today. His promises to love us, grant us peace, and never leave us are still in effect. God hasn’t changed His plan of salvation for us, and it won’t be any different tomorrow.

“… the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever” (1 Peter 1:24b–25a).

Walking with my Lord

Loving Father, I am grateful that Your unchanging Word and love are always there to give me strength. Help me to cling to it in all of life’s situations. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 17/30 ©2009 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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Comfort from the Psalms: Facing the Enemy

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionFacing the Enemy

In the Word

I go to you for protection, Lord; rescue me from my enemies. Psalm 143:9 (GNT)

Of the Word

No matter what measures we take to avoid them, enemies sneak into our lives. They come in the form of bills, illnesses, or disappointments. They can be what we eat, drink, or put into our bodies. Enemies may be who we associate with, abusive relationships we endure, or simply what we read, listen to, or watch on TV.

The war against enemies cannot be won alone. Therefore, we must never underestimate the promises in God’s Word and the power of God’s answers to prayer. Participating in counseling or a group discussion may help. Taking part in a Bible study or finding a prayer partner may be helpful, too. Seeking God-pleasing help is not a sign of weakness. Instead it is a step toward fighting off the enemy.

… God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” Let us be bold, then, and say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me” (Hebrews 13:5b–6 GNT)? We can face any enemy with Christ beside us.

Walking with my Lord

Lord, help me, this day and always, to know that Your power is stronger than any enemy I may face. Remind me that Jesus faced and conquered Satan, the most terrible enemy of all. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 16/30 ©2009 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 – Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992.
 

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Living in Faith: Trusting Jesus

Mustard Seed Daily DevotionFaith is … Trusting Jesus to Provide Real Security

In the Word

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19a

Of the Word

Many people in the world today are desperately searching for security. In their minds, if they could find the right combination of material blessings, such as the perfect job with high pay and a solid retirement plan, they would never need to worry again. If only they would look around them and consider what has happened to others like them who have placed their trust and sought their security in the things of this world! There is no lasting security in the material things of life.

But we, as Christians, do have a secure anchor and His name is Jesus. Our faith rests not in things of this world, but rather in the person of Jesus Christ. He proved once and for all He is the secure anchor we need in this world in which we live. He proved Himself when He showed Himself alive to the disciples. He is our risen Lord.

Our anchor is our faithful God who has provided for us in the past, is doing so now, and will continue to provide for us even into eternity. He provides all of the security we need. Our faithful God is our security from eternity to eternity.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord Jesus, You are my hope and the firm, secure anchor for my soul. In Your name. Amen.


Mustard Seed: Living in Faith. Author: Rev. Darold Reiner. 18/30 ©2007 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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