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365 Devotionals: Tears For God’s People

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

On My Knees

Memory Verses

21 But this I call to mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 It is because of the Lord’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 AMP

You have heard my voice, “Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief,
From my cry for help.” Lamentations 3:56 AMP

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b KJV | Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John 15:14 KJV

Song of The Day

Watch and listen to “On My Knees” by Jaci Velasquez.

Bible Basis

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Key People

Here is a list of key people – the who’s who of overcomers, found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jeremiah. Also called the “weeping prophet”. One of the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. According to Jewish tradition, Jeremiah authored the Book of Jeremiah, the Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations, with the assistance and under the editorship of Baruch ben Neriah, his scribe and disciple.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Lamentations 3 – 5

Lamentations 3 Amplified Version (AMP)
Lamentations 4 Amplified Version (AMP)
Lamentations 5 Amplified Version (AMP)

Reflection

Time is fleeting and irreplaceable.

Whether you spend an hour or a second on any one occupation, you can never get that moment or group of moments back. In other words, your time is priceless. Allotting such a hot commodity may require changing your comfortable routines to allow one-to-one communication with a friend who is closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

Since we are made in the image of God, we do well to recognize the significance of our closeness to Him by design. We have thoughts, emotions and personal will. We have these traits in common with God. When He says that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8), we should not take those words to mean that God does not understand or is unable to relate to our needs.

In fact, we can read in the word that God is touched by the movement our hearts; and He knows exactly how we feel (Hebrews 4:15a). He is more intimately knowledgeable and concerned with your life and well-being than any other person. Thus, God is a perfect example of a best friend.

You may have heard the hymn, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, only half a million times unto this day. Still, it is a wonder that some believers do not treat their relationship with Christ as lovingly as they do friendships with other people whom they call friends. God calls you his friend if you do His will (John 15:15). Have you ever examined God’s approach to friendship? How does he show his care for you? In fact, He extends to you the highest quality of friendship: love… And that love is so great (John 15:13) that He allowed His own son to take your place on the cross (John 3:16), to secure your opportunity to live with Him in eternity.

God values your friendship so much that although He is an omnipotent King, he does not treat you as a servant (John 15:15). God is willing to share His wisdom, resources and power with you. All He asks in return in your trust in Him and support of His will in your life. For this we can take the example of Abraham, with whom God established a lasting covenant, according to Abraham’s faith in God and willingness to be in total submission to His creator (James 2:23).

Having a friend you can trust on this earth is a blessing (James 5:16)8. We read in that, “confession is good for the soul.” However, we must be careful that we do not depend solely, or primarily on the human sounding board. We should not forget that God has all the answers; and his advice is never flawed, biased or just plain wrong.

Never be afraid or reluctant to be totally honest with God. If you feel any need to ask forgiveness from God, do it. And even if you know you have lived salvation to the best of your ability all day long, it is yet good to ask God to forgive anything that may have offended someone, although it was not your intent to injure their feelings. Repent and ask for forgiveness for anything of offense; ask God to speak to you from His heart; and be prepared to listen to Him.


References

« The Amplified Bible
« The King James Bible
« Book of Lamentations (Wikipedia)

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