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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 26


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 followin…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 26




HE THE PEARLY GATES WILL OPEN
Fredrick A. Blom, 1867–1927
Translated by Nathaniel Carlson, 1879–1957
  But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV)
Out of the repentant heart of a backslidden Swedish pastor came this deeply emotional and vividly worded hymn, which expresses his renewed faith in God. After serving as the minister of several churches, Fredrick Arvid Blom somehow fell into deep sin and even was in prison for a time. “I drifted from God,” he explained, “and became embittered with myself, the world, and not the least with ministers who looked on me with suspicion because I was a member of the Socialist Party.” Then like a “dove when hunted” or “a wounded fawn,” Blom cried in anguish to his heavenly Father, who in “love divine” forgave him and healed his broken heart and life. From this restoration came this lovely text, which has since…