1.9.19 – Seeing the Rainbow

*This devotion was first published on Pastor Jess Mahon’s (Rocky Mountain Church) daily blog Fresh Bread. I am a contributing writer when he is away. The original post can be found here.

In Genesis 8 we read the story of Noah and his family and all of the animals on the ark. The rain has stopped pouring down, but the waters still cover the earth. They are waiting for the earth to dry out. It’s about seven months later, but finally, the mountain peaks are beginning to poke above the water level. Noah released a raven first, and it flew back and forth until the earth dried up. Then he also released a dove, but it returned to the boat when there was no dry ground to be found. Seven days later Noah rereleased the dove, and this time it came back with an olive leaf in its beak. This was a sign to Noah that the floodwaters were almost gone and the earth was drying up. Another week later, Noah released the dove again and this time it did not return. The earth was drying out, but Noah was still waiting on word from God for when he and his family could leave the boat. It would be another two more months before Noah would hear God say “Leave the boat, all of you – you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. Release all the animals – the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground – so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” (Genesis 8:16-17).

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1.8.19 – Seeing Him

*This devotion was first published on Pastor Jess Mahon’s (Rocky Mountain Church) daily blog Fresh Bread. I am a contributing writer when he is away. The original post can be found here.

Jesus is the Word, and He was with God from the very beginning. Nothing was created without Jesus. When Jesus came into the world and began His ministry, no one recognized Him. The world did not see Him, except for John the Baptist. John was a voice shouting in the wilderness, “Clear the way for the Lord is coming!” (v. 23).

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1.4.19 – Unshakeable

*This devotion was first published on Pastor Jess Mahon’s (Rocky Mountain Church) daily blog Fresh Bread. I am a contributing writer when he is away. The original post can be found here.

“Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!” -Psalm 112:1

Those who fear the Lord and delight in His Word will be blessed and unmoved by the world. Even when the world strikes us down, “Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous” (Psalm 112:4). Psalm 112 tells us the righteous will never be shaken, and is not afraid of bad news. The righteous heart is steady and lives as light among the darkness.

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1.1.19 – God Is Determined To Bless Us

A word of encouragement for walking into 2019.

“But now I am determined to bless Jerusalem and the people of Judah. So don’t be afraid.” – Zechariah 8:15

A trustworthy saying from the Old Testament which rings true to bless us today. God wants to bless us, He wants to prosper us. He does not want us walking around with our head down, defeated by the ruler of this world. When we are in Him, when we live our lives as the children of God we are, we can – and should – walk with our heads held high. We are a blessed and highly favored people. We are not to be downtrodden about our status. We can live with the mindset of “being blessed and highly favored” in our daily walk because the Lord burns with love and passion for us. All of us.

“Then another message came to me from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Mount Zion is passionate and strong; I am consumed with passion for Jerusalem!'” –

Zechariah 8:1-2

The world will see are God’s anointed by the way we live our lives, by the instructions given to us throughout Scripture. We must be students of the Word, letting it govern all aspects of our lives as we seek for the world to know the blessings we intimately know and have. There are several signs the world will see, which follow us as we live the blessed and highly favored life. Living according to the God’s Word looks a lot different than life in the world.

“But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.” – Zechariah 8:16-17

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12.20.18 – Small Beginnings

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” – Zechariah 4:10a

Beginning something new is hard. Continuing on to completion is even harder. Progress feels slow, especially when you already have the vision in your head. But the One who gave you that vision rejoices to see the work begin, and He knows each step along the way is necessary. We can learn to rejoice in the process as well. We should rejoice, for having such a vision entrusted to us from God, and being given the passion and responsibility to bring it to life is a high honor. It is not something we can do on our own, but only by trusting and following the guiding of Holy Spirit through our prayers along the journey.

“It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” – Zechariah 4:6b

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