Psalm 103:11-12 – Bottomless Love and Forgiveness, Please

Psalm 103:11-12 – Bottomless Love and Forgiveness, Please

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Bottomless Love and Forgiveness, Please is based on Psalm 103:11-12.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

(English Standard Version, Psalm 103:11-12)

Have you ever been to a restaurant where they have bottomless options? You know, bottomless fries with your burger, bottomless fountain drinks, etc. Even though the restaurant claims that these options are endless, the reality is there’s a limit in there somewhere. You’re going to get full, the restaurant is going to have to close for the day, or they’re simply going to run out of the item that they offered you as bottomless.

Unlike a restaurant that is limited by your appetite, their hours of operation, and product inventory, when God offers you something as endless or bottomless, He literally means it. In Psalm 103:11-12 God talks about His love being as high as the heavens are above the earth and He talks about distancing us from our sin as far as the East is from the west. The depth and scope of God’s love and forgiveness here is being expressed in immeasurable terms. It’s essentially endless. Let that sink in. God’s love and forgiveness for you knows no limitations.

Prayer: Father, we thank you that you love and forgive us at a scale that is beyond anything we can even fathom. We ask that you’d help us to fully accept that we are worthy of your love and compassion. Make it more and more real to us each day. Amen.

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Action Step: Do you have something in your life that you haven’t allowed to be touched by God’s love and forgiveness? Spend some time in prayer today and ask God to clearly show you how much His love and forgiveness has the capacity to bring you freedom and wholeness. Visualize what it would look like for you to be walking in freedom, no longer burdened by that heavy weight. Now believe it and accept that’s exactly what God wants to do for you.

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Psalm 138:3 – Empowered by Holy Strength and Courage

Psalm 138:3 – Empowered by Holy Strength and Courage

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Empowered by Holy Strength and Courage is based on Psalm 138:3.

At the very moment I called out to you, you answered me! You strengthened me deep within my soul and breathed fresh courage into me.

(The Passion Translation, Psalm 138:3)

Generally, when people ask us how we’re doing, we simply say that we’re fine, regardless of the hell we might be facing behind the scenes. I know that we’re all often hesitant to speak the honest truth about our personal circumstances due to shame, embarrassment, or simply because we suspect the other person really doesn’t care.

The encouragement I have for you today is that God truly cares. In fact, He’s waiting to hear from you right now. So, where are you struggling today? Surely there’s a place in your life that would benefit from an injection of holy strength and courage. Let’s bring that struggle to the Lord and ask Him to show up in our lives today.

Prayer: Father, we ask that you’d give each of us boldness to come before you in all honesty and truth. Give us the strength and courage we need to share those most difficult struggles with you, the places where we really need you to show up today. We ask that you’d impart divine solutions to our problems and that you’d keep us near as our individual situations get resolved. Amen.

Action Step: Any time you feel overwhelmed by that big struggle in your life today, get quiet and ask God to give you the strength and courage to get to the other side of this difficulty. Note any specific direction or encouragement God gives you in your journal.

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Psalm 23:1-3 – True Self-Care and Refreshment is Found in the Lord

Psalm 23:1-3 – True Self-Care and Refreshment is Found in the Lord

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message True Self-Care and Refreshment is Found in the Lord is based on Psalm 23:1-3.

1 A psalm of David. Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.

(Tree of Life Version, Psalm 23:1-3)

Self-care is all the rage these days. And while I wholeheartedly agree that each of needs to take proper measures to take good care of ourselves, the reality is that man’s self-care regimens have their limitations. There are certain aspects of our human longings and one might even say supernatural longings, that can only be satisfied through a relationship with the Lord.

Do you have areas in your life that are too difficult or too painful for even the best self-care to touch? It’s time to invite Jesus the good shepherd into those circumstances and ask him to bring fruitfulness, rest, and restoration.

Prayer: Jesus, you are our shepherd. In whatever ways we’ve failed to fully realize your constant care in our lives, I ask that you would make that as clear as day to each of us. For the areas of our lives where we’re not yet experiencing the fullness of your shalom and peace, I ask that you’d give us breakthrough right now. Amen.

Action Step: Find a quiet place and declare the words of Psalm 23:1-3 over yourself. Ask God to restore and refresh you in all areas of life where you are currently experiencing discomfort and lack. Write down any breakthrough or unexpected revelations in your journal.

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Psalm 118:6 – God is Bigger than My Man-Sized Problems

Psalm 118:6 – God is Bigger than My Man-Sized Problems

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message God is Bigger than My Man-Sized Problems is based on Psalm 118:6.

The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?

(New Living Translation, Psalm 118:6)

When we’re facing difficulties in life, it can be easy to let our minds begin to wander and turn what is actuality a molehill into an entire mountain range. When we give in to fear and start heaping hypothetical problem upon hypothetical problem, we start to lose our perspective about the true size of the challenge before us.

Psalm 118:6 reminds us of the truth that the Lord is for us, so we no longer need to give in to fear. That verse goes even further and asks the all-important question, “What can mere people do to me?” We are the sons and daughters of the creator of the universe. Our man-sized problems are no match for His power, wisdom, and mercy, which are all at work in our lives every single day.

If you find yourself being dragged down today by some man-sized problems, it’s time to invite God into those circumstances and ask Him to shift your perspective.

Prayer: Father, we ask that you’d partner with each of us today to help us overcome the problems that are before us. Show us that you are infinitely bigger than any of the difficulties we face and lead us to the solutions that will turn any place of stress and anxiety into a circumstance filled with your joy and peace. Amen.

Action Step: Are you facing an entire laundry list of problems? Get a piece of paper and write down your five biggest obstacles. Find a quiet place and spend some talking to God about how much bigger He is than any of the obstacles on your list. Ask Him to give you a specific divine solution to each obstacle. Be sure to record God’s responses in your journal.

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Psalm 32:7 – God Speaks Deliverance Over Me

Psalm 32:7 – God Speaks Deliverance Over Me

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message God Speaks Deliverance Over Me is based on Psalm 32:7.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

(English Standard Version, Psalm 32:7)

I absolutely love Psalm 32:7 because it gives us a window into the father heart of God. As our heavenly parent, God guides His sons and daughters to a place of preservation and safety and while we’re there He loudly declares words of deliverance over us.

Spend a moment to think about the enormity of this idea. The voice that spoke the world into existence out of nothing is surrounding you and me with shouts of deliverance. If God is speaking over us and our circumstances right now, that means the atmosphere around each of us is filled with God’s presence and is therefore pregnant with holy potential. Are you willing to partner with Him to fully receive the deliverance He is offering you?

Prayer: Father, sometimes we fail to see how you’re working in our lives. I ask that you’d heighten our spiritual senses right now and reveal to us the ways that you are working in the midst of circumstances both to preserve us and to deliver us from the relationships, addictions, and problems that are currently holding us back from walking in our full Kingdom potential. Empower us to fully step into the deliverance you have for us today. Amen.

Action Step: Find a quiet place and ask God to reveal the shouts of deliverance He is speaking over you today. Note the specific things God shows you in your journal.

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Psalm 18:2 – Power to Overcome any Obstacle

Psalm 18:2 – Power to Overcome any Obstacle

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Power to Overcome any Obstacle is based on Psalm 18:2.

In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.

(New Living Translation, Psalm 18:29)

Do you have an obstacle you just can’t seem to overcome? For me, that obstacle was my weight. By my late 30s, I was stuck at just under 250 pounds, which is an unhealthy weight for me. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to make any lasting progress with weight loss.

Then one December morning that all changed. I was out on my morning run and God began to speak to me about the areas of my life that needed to be set in order. The biggest being my overall health. I agreed with God and prayerfully partnered with Him to make and execute a plan on how to reduce my weight. 2 months later at the end of February, I was 30 pounds lighter.

I was honestly blown away by this experience. This was an obstacle I was unable to overcome my entire adult life and it was only in partnering with God that I was able to achieve the results I longed for. I wholeheartedly believe just as it says in Psalm 18:29, it was God who gave me the strength to climb that wall.

Prayer: Father, we all have obstacles that are holding us back, the things that no matter how hard we try we just can’t seem to make any lasting progress. Today we ask for your strength to become real and tangible in our lives. Show us how to partner with you to finally achieve the breakthrough we’ve been hoping for. Amen.

Action Step: Find a quiet place where you can be alone with God for an extended period of time. Get a piece of paper and write down that one obstacle that you just can’t seem to get past, the thing that if you were able to make the progress you desire, it’d be a total game-changer. Pray and wait on God to give you a strategy for partnering with Him overcome this obstacle. When God gives you some next steps, write them down. Begin implementing them immediately. Be sure to track this journey in your journal.

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