Devotionals

Enjoy our daily devotionals written by Pastor Randy Dubois of our Columbia City campus. You can also get these daily devotionals on Facebook, where Pastor Randy posts them daily on his personal Facebook. These devotionals can be used as another way to grow in your walk with Jesus and to grow in your understanding of God and His Word.

The Murder of Gedaliah (Day 63)

Read Jeremiah 41:1-18
 
   The 80 men came from three cities of the northern kingdom to worship in Jerusalem. Ishmael probably killed them for the money and food they were carrying. Without a king, with no law and no loyalty to God, Judah was subjected to complete anarchy. 

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Jeremiah Returns to Gedaliah (Day 62)

Read Jeremiah 40:1-16
 
   The Babylonian commander, who did not know God, acknowledged that God had given the Babylonians victory. It is strange for people to recognize that God exists and does miracles and yet not personally accept Him. Knowing God is more than knowing about Him. Be sure you know Him personally. 

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Jeremiah Remains in Judah (Day 61)

Read Jeremiah 39:11-18
 
   God had promised to rescue Jeremiah from his trouble. The superstitious Babylonians, who highly respected magicians and fortune tellers, treated Jeremiah as a seer. Because he had been imprisoned by his own people, they assumed he was a traitor and on their side. They undoubtedly knew he had counseled cooperation with Babylon and predicted a Babylonian victory. So the Babylonians freed Jeremiah and protected him. 

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The Fall of Jerusalem (Day 60)

Read Jeremiah 39:1-10
 
   Zedekiah, son of Josiah and last king of Judah, ruled 11 years, from 597 to 586 B.C. Zedekiah’s two older brothers, Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim, and his nephew Jehoiachin ruled before him. When Jehoiachin was exiled to Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar made Mattaniah the king, changing his name to Zedekiah. Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, who captured him, killed his sons in front of him, and then blinded him and took him back to Babylon, where he later died (2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36; Jeremiah 52). 

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Jeremiah is Imprisoned (Day 59)

Read Jeremiah 38:1-13
 
   No wonder Judah was in turmoil: the king agreed with everyone. He listened to Jeremiah; then he agreed Jeremiah should be killed; and finally he rescued Jeremiah. Jeremiah was not popular; his words undermined the morale of the army and the people. Zedekiah couldn’t decide between public opinion and God’s will. What is most influential in your life; what others say and think or what God wants? 

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The Lord’s Reply (Day 2)

Read Habakkuk 1:5-11
 
   God responded to Habakkuk’s questions and concerns by stating that He would do amazing acts that would astound Habakkuk. When circumstances around us become almost unbearable, we wonder if God has forgotten us. But remember, He is in control. God has a plan and will judge evil doers in His time. If we are truly humble, we will be willing to accept God’s answers and await His timing. 

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Paul’s Vision and His Thorn in the Flesh (Day 47)

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
 
   Paul continued his boasting by telling about visions and revelations he had received from the Lord. Paul explained that he didn’t know if he was taken up in his body or in his spirit, but he had been in paradise: the third heaven. This incident cannot be positively identified with a recorded event in Paul’s career, although some think this may have been when he was stoned and left for dead (Acts 14). Paul told about this incident to show that he had been uniquely touched by God. 

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Pressing Toward the Goal (Day 12)

Read Philippians 3:12-21
   
   Paul had reason to forget the past: He had held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7). We have all done things for which we are ashamed, and we live in the tension of what we have been and what we want to be. Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become. Don’t dwell on your past. Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on your relationship with Him now. Realize that you are forgiven, and then move on to a life of faith and obedience. Look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ. 

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Obedience to God’s Call (Day 2)

Read Haggai 1:12-15
 
   Haggai encouraged the people to finish rebuilding the Temple. Opposition from hostile neighbors had caused them to feel discouraged and to neglect the Temple and thus neglect God. But Haggai’s message turned them around and motivated them to pick up their tools and continue the work they had begun. 

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Paul’s Reason for Writing (Day 31)

Read Romans 15:14-22
 
   Paul was enthusiastic about what God had done through him. Being proud of God’s work is not a sin: It is worship. If you are not sure whether your pride is selfish or not, ask yourself this question: Am I just as proud of what God is doing through other people as of what He is doing through me? 

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The Death Of Jesus (Day 67)

Read Mark 15:33-41
 
   Jesus did not ask this question in surprise or despair. He was quoting Psalm 22. The whole Psalm is a prophecy expressing the deep agony of the Messiah’s death for the world’s sin. Jesus knew that He would be temporarily separated from God the moment he took upon Himself the sins of the world. This separation was what He had dreaded as he prayed in Gethsemane. The physical agony was horrible, but the spiritual alienation from God was the ultimate torture. 

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