Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016: Miracles Do Happen!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 109  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Chris Tomlin singing How Great Is Our God, declaring the greatness of the God we serve.

Highlight Passage:  2nd Chronicles 20:12 [NKJV] … 
15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  
… When we TOTALLY depend on our Lord, He shows up to win the battle.
Highlight Context – 2nd Chronicles 20:1-30 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God show what He can/will do for His chosen who served and surrender to His glory.

Reference Passage #1 - 2nd Corinthians: 12:9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK ... 
… Then why do we keep trying so hard to do life on our own?

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, helped me remember a miraculous sports incident which occurred at the Lake Placid winter olympics in 1980. Perhaps many readers here will remember Al Michaels, who was covering the ice hockey venue on TV, declaring pridefully, “Do you believe in miracles!” … when the USA Ice Hockey team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history, defeating the USSR ice hockey juggernaut.

Well, I’m not here to be the one to declare that great incident a miracle of God’s intervention; but those kind of incredible occurrences seem to help believers believe more readily and more easily in the greatness of a God who certainly has shown Himself in biblical history to intervene and protect His chosen people, … much like the incident our ODB author highlighted from 2nd Chronicles, Chapter 20 [linked above].

Truly, as Chris Tomlin leads a worshipful audience in singing “How Great Is Our God!” … we, who know what God did for us sinners on Calvary, agree that we believe in, surrender to, and serve a God Who shows up when we come to Him needing His mercy and grace. And I may not know whether the 1980 ice hockey victory was truly a MIRACLE of God; but I do know one miracle and victory which occurred in my own life; … and that was that day in 1983 when my great God swooped down and brought me out of the pit of death into His kingdom and family forever.

And so, … with confidence, … I can sing along with Chris Tomlin today.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!! Amen  

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