because of God's love
 

 

A free daily devotional for women on God's love

with commentary and homework

The devotional, "God Loves You and Me," will consist of 60 daily devotions. Each day has a different theme about Godís love. The insights the Holy Spirit has given me are given before the Life Application part which is the homework. I use numerous Bible verses related to each dayís theme. Depending on the day, it should take from 4 to 12 minutes.

 

 

Bible devotions for women


Prayer and thanksgiving go together like a turkey and Thanksgiving

     I am sitting down to prepare a devotional for the Thanksgiving season.  I have to admit my attitude isn’t very godly. I have even cleaned the bathroom to procrastinate.  However, my attitude of whining today, is exactly what the Holy Spirit has been telling me not to have through what I am going to write about. Leave it to God to teach us teachers first and to use our lives as “what not to do”.

     About 2 weeks ago I typed into our Bible program the word “thanksgiving” and many verses came up.  One verse in particular has been in my thoughts for those weeks. It is Colossians 4:2:

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving… NASB®

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Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful… NIV®

I have been prayerfully thinking, what does God want me (and you) to understand and do concerning thanksgiving and prayer from this verse? The rest of this article I will answer this question.

     Let’s first talk about the phrase, “Devote yourselves to prayer”.  Since we all need to devote ourselves to prayer, we need to understand what the word devote means from the standpoint of the Greek language.  Zodhiates (in his Complete Word Study New Testament) says, devote means to continue with someone (Acts 8:13) or cling faithfully to someone (Acts 10:7). It is used metaphorically of being committed and faithful in the Christian life especially in prayer.  (Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4 also Romans 12:12)  Did you notice the word devote has a strong relational aspect to it?

     Wuest (in his Word Studies in the Greek New Testament of Colosians) says, devote means to give constant attention to something, to give unremitting care to a thing, to persevere, and to be in constant readiness for.   Christians were to continually devote themselves to what God wanted and to what others needed.  They were also to give constant attention to and readiness for prayer, as well as to persevere in prayer.

     From the meaning of devote, I would say, being devoted to prayer means having a consistent and committed lifestyle of talking and listening to God that comes from being devoted to God Himself and His Word.  Now, I don’t mean we need to walk around chanting something that sounds spiritual to God, or going through our day muttering a few words here and there to God so we can feel like we are doing our relational duty to Him. God wants our prayer life to be authentic and honest.  He wants us to talk to Him as we would talk to someone we love and trust and who truly loves us.  As someone we can’t wait to communicate with.

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A women's free Bible study on God's love

with commentary, homework, and
audio devotions

When I first decided to do this study on God's love some years back, I was going to look up every Bible verse on love and go from there.  However the Holy Spirit made it very clear to me to write about God and what He has done for us.  This is because God’s actions scream of His love for us!

Course outline

insights for women about God

Souls and spirits? And what should make you afraid!

     When we die physically our bodies are buried or cremated by one means or another. Yet, even though our body dies, the Jewish and Christian scriptures teach our soul and spirit live on.  Not scary yet!

     You might be wondering what spirit and soul mean since they do live on after death. The distinction between spirit and soul are difficult to understand in the Bible, but the distinction between body and spirit is clear.  From James 2:26 we know it is our spirit that gives us life, because the body without the spirit is dead. So you could say, our bodies are a shell for living on this earth.  Our spirit is our inner self.  In other words who you are will live on. Since our spirit and soul live on, we are eternal beings.  In other words, we either live eternally with God in heaven or are eternally dead to God in hell.

     In 1 Corinthians 15 you are told that you will get a renewed body for living in heaven if you are a Christian.  Yet, the scary truth is if you aren’t a Christian, you won’t go to heaven, but you will end up in a place that will be worse than anything imaginable, hell.  And you will get a body that will be suited to live on forever in hell.  Now that’s frightening! But you can choose where to go!  If you believe in Jesus then you are a Christian and you will go to heaven.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son (Jesus Christ), so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior. Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God's only Son.  John 3:16-18 (GNT)

But if you haven’t believed in Jesus - be afraid, be very afraid!

Because of God's love, Gini

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