Publication of Devotionals

Dear Readers,

I have just signed up for two college courses. Therefore I will have to cut down on a few things. That’s why the publication of the Able to Perform Devotionals will shorten by two days. From now on the blog posts will go online (only) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The other two blogs, Mirjam Fels (Studying and Teaching at Home) with new posts during the weekends, and Leben in Irland (Life in Ireland) on Tuesdays, will continue also.

Thank you for your understanding.

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That They May Know

That they may know that this is Your hand—
That You, LORD, have done it!

Psalm 109:27

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are holy, all powerful, and mighty to save. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we belittle the urgency of studying Your Word. We are free to choose from many printed and digital versions of the Bible; and we are free to read Your Word every single day. Forgive us, precious LORD Jesus, for we so often take this freedom for granted. Help us to diligently seek You in the Scriptures. Enable us to talk about Your words and Your works when we are at home, when we are on our way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. Teach us how to bind them as a sign on our hand, how to let them be as frontlets between our eyes, and how to write them on our doorposts of our house and on our gates. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Yesterday we read one of my favorite stories, the story of how Elijah and the false prophets of Baal met on Mount Carmel. There was a sort of a competition going on that time. Elijah challenged the other prophets to call on the name of their gods, and then he would call on the name of the LORD. “And the God who answers by fire,” said Elijah, “He is God.”

All the people agreed, and, after everything was set up on their altar, the false prophets began to call on the name of Baal. “O Baal, hear us!” they shouted, but nothing else happened. So Elijah began to mock them and said that they might have to shout louder, or, perhaps, their god is on a journey or sleeping. Whatever they did, it did not work — for there was no answer by fire.

Then it was Elijah’s turn. He put everything in order on the altar which he built in the name of the LORD. There was a trench all the way around it. Elijah said to fill water pots with water and to pour the water on the sacrifice and on the wood — not once, not twice, but three times — and the water ran all around the altar and also filled the trench.

And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said,
“LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
let it be known this day
that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant,
and that I have done all these things at Your word.
Hear me, O LORD, hear me,
that this people may know that You are the LORD God,
and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
Now when all the people saw it,
they fell on their faces; and they said,
“The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”

1 Kings 18:36-39 (emphasis mine)

Know that the LORD, He is God today.

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He Delivers Us

Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us,
and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Psalm 100:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You have made us. You always know, and You always want, what is best for us. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are taking good things for granted. Help us, O LORD, whenever we want to despair during one of life’s storms. Guide us and enable us to see that You have always been, that You always are, and that You forever will be the LORD over all the heaven and the earth. You remain in control and above all. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

While reading Psalm 107 this morning today’s verse came to my mind. He is God, Psalm 100:3 says. It is He who has made us. We should not only remember that God has made us, but we should constantly remind ourselves that we are His. We belong to Him because He sent His Word and healed us, and delivered us from our destructions. (Psalm 107:20) Hallelujah!

Oh!

Psalm 107 starts with a strong feeling:

Oh, give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good!

Four more times we will find an “Oh” and a reminder to give thanks to the LORD; and each of these sentences is ending in an exclamation point. (verses 8, 15, 21, and 31) Meaning there is an expression of sudden or strong feeling revealed through them.

Each time, with the exception of verse 21, where another verse is put in between, the Oh-sentence follows a Then-statement. Then what? “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble” are the words that start off verses 6, 13, 19, and 28. The “then” gives us a hint that something else happened first, and that after the “then” something follows.

Oh, but that is not all! Let’s take a closer look at the lines between the “then” and the “oh” which read as follows:

And He delivered (saves, brings) them out of their distresses.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD today!

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Continuous Growing in Faith

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.”

Mark 11:22

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the everlasting God, Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. You are the One who is able to perform, and with You nothing is impossible — all according in Your Timing and Your perfect Will and Purpose. Help us, O God we ask, to have faith in You, and keep us on the right Path now and forevermore. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

What happens after you have sown a seed in your garden? You watch it grow. At first there is no sign of what happens in the compost. The next thing you notice is the tiny plant that just appeared on top of the soil. And then you will watch it grow and grow some more until it has grown enough to bear fruit.

Faith is like that. First there is the Seed of the Word sown into our life. And we are all exited at that time, are we not? Oh, and how thrilled we are about the first appearance of the Word working inside of us. Then, after another while and for a shorter or longer period of time, there might not be much growing going on. We become frustrated and begin to wonder what has happened. How can we continue to make progress in our growing in the faith?

What is faith?

Now faith is
the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

We do agree that we have to be aware of false teaching, right? One of the things false teaching will rob us of is hope. It will also try to convince us that we can only have faith in things which are visible. If the things are not seen, so they say, they cannot be true — they cannot be counted as facts.

Our continuous growth in faith depends much on who we believe God is, and what we believe about His works in the past, in this present time, and in the future.

Have faith in God today.

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