Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020 … Ever-Present Power

Berry Patch Devotions in 2019 - Day 48 

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK ...  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song, images, and lyrics from the group, Celtic Woman, singing … You’ll Never Walk Along … poignantly singing of how we, as Christians, are promised by God that He will walk with us ALWAYS.

Highlight Verse[s]: Matthew 29:19-20 [ESV] ...   19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 
… Jesus’ “Great Commission” comes with a great promise.
Highlight Passage [context]: Matthew 29:16-20 [ESV] ... USE THIS LINK ...
… Jesus’ promise that as we share Him with others, He will always be with us.

  Reference Passage : … Acts 1:8 [ESV] … 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 
 … As Jesus ascended into Heaven, charging us to be His witnesses, He promised to give us His ever-present power.

Reference Passage : … 2 Timothy 1:6-7 [ESV] … 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 
… We need not fear the world; because the Spirit of God is in those who truly believe in the Lord and witness in HIs Name.

Reference Passage : … 1John 4:4 [ESV] … 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 
… We need not fear the world; because the Spirit of God is in those who truly believe in the Lord and witness in HIs Name.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Lisa M Samra, uses a story of the witness of a Columbian soccer star to show that God is ALWAYS with us so that we never are alone. … The ODB author wrote: During the 2018 World Cup, Colombian forward Radamel Falcao scored in the seventieth minute against Poland, securing a victory. The dramatic goal was Falcao’s thirtieth in international play, earning him the distinction of scoring the most goals by a Colombian player in international competition. Falcao has often used his success on the soccer pitch to share his faith, frequently lifting his jersey after a score to reveal a shirt with the words, … “With Jesus you’ll never be alone.” [see photo] 

And fellow Christians, as we are charged by Jesus to be witnesses for Him in this world [see Acts 1:8}, we can be fearless with our witness, as was the Columbian soccer star, because of Jesus’ promise that we, in His Name and for His glory, will never be alone in our witness.

Yes, when Jesus ascended into Heaven after His resurrection (see highlight passage), He charged His disciples (that’s you and me!) to go into all the world to make disciples. And we need not fear in sharing His Gospel because the power He gives to us from HIs Spirit is greater than any power we’ll come against in this world [see 2Tim. 1:7 and 1John 4:4].

So, as the old Nike motto declares, let’s go out today and “JUST DO IT” … for Christ!! 

My THANKFULNESS: ... Oh Abba Father, ... thank You, Lord, … for giving us Your ever-present power to share Your good news with he world.

My Prayer Today: Oh Abba Father, ... King Jesus, ... I pray, Lord, that all reading here will join me, to be His witnesses, knowing that we’re never alone. Amen

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