Devotions from The GBS Ministry Library

The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” —Matthew 25:40 ESVThis verse comes from the familiar “sheep and goats” passage which contains some of Jesus’ most sobering words....

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Too Big To Exaggerate

  That you…may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. —Ephesians 3:17b-19a ESVHave you ever been tempted to exaggerate?I have.As someone who...

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A Blessed Hope

  “…Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” —Titus 2:13 ESVIt was 1967. She was a young wife whose husband was serving his country overseas. She was grateful he hadn’t been sent to Vietnam, but Europe was...

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Costly Disobedience

  “Thus says the Lord:   ‘As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.’”   —Amos 3:12 ESV Amos, the...

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Our Benevolent God

  He giveth power to the faint;   and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (Isaiah 40:29) The word benevolence can have dark connotations: we use it in the phrase “benevolence fund,” where resources are set aside for catastrophes. But we should...

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Our Merciful God

  For a small moment have I forsaken thee;   but with great mercies will I gather thee. (Isaiah 54:7) The truth of some of God’s attributes can terrify: how can we survive the glance of a sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient Judge of all the earth? No wonder...

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You’re not the only one

  “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;   his mercies never come to an end;   they are new every morning;   great is your faithfulness.   ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,...

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Our Dependable God

  The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:   and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;   and shall say, Destroy them. (Deuteronomy 33:27) Today’s passage concludes Moses’ blessing Israel’s tribes before his death...

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Our Holy God

  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation…. (1 Peter 1:15) As we think about being and becoming holy, we may make saintly people a standard, but this easily leads astray. When God showed Himself to Isaiah, the prophet...

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Our Powerful God

  God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. (Psalm 62:11) Desire for power seems to motivate people, in such obvious areas as politics, but also in small ways, like seeking promotions at work. It’s evident in children,...

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