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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 24



Providence

Could Moses part the Red Sea without God? Could the Disciples feed 5000 men with a boy’s sack lunch without God? Could Lazarus come back from the dead without God?

We usually think about God intervening to make something happen, not stop something from happening. Sometimes He frustrates our efforts to accomplish His will.

Remember Jonah? He had a whale of a time running from God.

What about you? Can you think of times God empowered you to do something? Can you think of other times He stopped you from doing something?

Jonah was the CEO of his own life. He wanted to know God’s will, but was unwilling to do it. Now, Jonah didn’t mind hearing what God wanted. He definitely wanted the luxury of having the final decision.

Jonah obeyed God with his actions, but not his heart. He celebrated his own will while cowering to God’s will.

I’m sure you are willing to experience His power in life to accomplish something. But are you willing to encounter Him to stop you from follow…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 24


MY SAVIOR FIRST OF ALL
Fanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915
  You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)
The strong, triumphant spirit of American hymnwriter Fanny Crosby was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Even though she was blind from six weeks of age because of improper medical treatment, she never revealed bitterness or depression. At one time a well-intentioned minister remarked to her:
  “I think it is a great pity that the Master, when He showered so many gifts upon you, did not give you sight.”
  “Do you know,” replied Fanny, “if at birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator, it would have been that I should be born blind.”
  “Why?” asked the surprised clergyman.
  “Because when I get to heaven, the first sight that shall ever gladden my eyes will be that of my Savior!”
For Fanny, the anticipation of heaven was the joy of seeing her Lord “face to face.” …