Saturday, July 24, 2010

Claim Your Miracle by JoAnn Lampe

Week 30--July 25-31
Scripture Reading:Isaiah 61-66; Jeremiah 1-15; Psalm 103-106
Key passage for devotion: Psalm 103

The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines a miracle as: “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs”.

Psalm 103, to me, is a song of joy, and a litany of miracles. God provides us miracles every day – some are ordinary, some extraordinary. Do you remember the miracles that God has provided you? And, not only do you remember them, but do you claim them? Do you praise God, every day for the miracles in your life or do you become “bored” with them, as the Israelites did?

The Israelites saw and participated in many miracles, they crossed the Red Sea, they received their daily provision of food and water in the desert and all their animals had enough food too. Yet, they soon started looking for something or someone else to worship. They followed other gods, they broke the covenant their forefathers made with God and they continued the sins of their fathers. (Jeremiah 11:10)

We need to live in the glory of the miracles that God has provided us and not get dragged down by every day life, always looking for bigger, brighter, newer things (gods). So, read Psalm 103 again, be reminded of the miracles in your life and then claim your miracles, remember them every day and give God praise and thanksgiving for all that He’s done for you.

Psalm 103(The Message)
3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you're always young in his presence.

6-18 God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he's rich in love.
He doesn't endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we're made of mud.
Men and women don't live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God's love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.

JoAnn Lampe

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