Today the quiet allows the mind to ponder the things of God. Reading today allows surrender of the preconceived notion of how things should be. The words shared with me today enhance the place of listening. Thoughts about the past (I am in the now) reflect the journey, the desert, the wilderness, the growth and the personal relationship with my God. When looking back, the choices taken or not taken, reflect to me that God knows who I am. Having experienced the audible voice of God many times and several periods in my life, I know that He knows who I am. What resonates in my soul is that He drew me in with His love, His voice, His gift of His Son that I might have eternal life as well as life here more abundantly. Continue reading…!
Today’s post is kind of short for me but to the point. “This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Today, recognition blesses my soul and that keeping my commitment to the present, the now is wrapped up in this Scripture. I believe that I am truly living now because I have surrendered my gift of writing to Him. Embracing and using this gift to share with others has been a rewarding and eye-opening journey of self-discovery. There’s more, keep reading!
I want to speak about being God’s masterpiece today. In our sermon from last night’s church service, I was blessed by the reminder that we are the masterpiece of God. Each of us have the opportunity to allow God to mold us in such a way that we would be a work that would testify to His glory.
The Scripture used was Jeremiah 18 where God speaks to him about the potter and the clay. The potter must possess the clay or have it in his hands in order to mold the shape and transform it into a work of art. We must surrender to God in order for Him to transform us. We have this awesome opportunity to become God’s precious work that will be completed upon Jesus’s return. Or, we can refuse to surrender and become an unfinished work. I pray for the body of believers and any new believers the following Scripture: Philippians 1:6 – “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (NLT)
Read Jeremiah 18 for further insight on the potter and the clay.
Sandra R. Vercellono
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright © 1965, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189.
This devotion was spent pondering the word exalt. The definition includes to glorify; to praise; to elevate in rank,honor, power, character, and quality. I looked into elevate, meaning to raise up; which is archaic or rare. I want to use that definition today. We need to raise up the Lord. I realize that the Lord already sits on the right hand of the Father, elevated to that position by God Himself. We can, however, elevate or exalt the Lord in our lives. By our conversation and our behavior, we can exalt the Lord, the world or the enemy. Psalm 21:13 – “Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.” (NLT) With music and singing, we celebrate. How often do we truly understand the element of music in our worship to the Lord? We can exalt the Lord by singing and making melody in our hearts to Him. How can we do that except our minds are stayed on Him? Our minds being fixed on who He is and all that He has done for us. (NLT) Psalm 57:11 – “Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth.” As bright as the stars are and as far in the heavens as they reside, how much more is the glory of God? The Word says that God would make the rocks cry out if there was none to worship Him. He is exalted simply as our Creator. (NLT) Psalm 99:5 – “Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before His feet, for He is holy!” I think about the word exalt and the meaning to glorify, to praise, and to elevate. This should be daily practice. We surrender ourselves to much less worthy things. Can our Lord get the glory and praise that’s due Him for His precious sacrifice? We should declare to make praise a daily exercise as part of our worship. When we do, we open the door for more of the Lord’s transforming power. When the praises go up, the blessings come down. (NLT)
Sandra R. Vercellono Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible New Living Translation, Copyright © 1965, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189.