May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. I Corinthians 13:14
The Trinity is a mystery! God is One Person and Three Persons!
Several illustrations help explain the Trinity:
• An egg has a shell, a yolk and a white.
• Water can be liquid, ice, or steam.
• Three separate candle flames can be combined to form one flame.
Perhaps the best way to describe the Trinity is as a relationship.
A man can be:
• a son to his parents.
• a husband to his wife.
• a father to his own children.
He is one person, yet he is a different person in each unique,
Say or sing these words from “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
When you pray, thank God for loving us in so many wonderful ways.
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You remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:27
God never grew. He was never born. He was always there, and no one created Him. Our brains cannot understand that. Somehow, God has no beginning and no end.
If you were to climb a high mountain, and look down on a parade, you would see it differently as someone on the ground. You could see its beginning and its end at the same time.
Still, God is before the beginning, and after the end. It is comforting to know that the God who is beyond time is always present and caring for us when we face difficult beginnings and endings in our own lives.
Say or sing these words from “God Is So Good.”
I praise God’s name,
I praise God’s name
He’s so good to me.
When you pray, thank God he is with us during the beginning and ending times in our lives.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3: 14
When Moses heard God speak to him from the burning bush, Moses asked, “Who are you?” God answered, “I AM that I AM.” God was saying, “I am the One who always is.” God exists outside of time.
There is no way to measure God. He was not created. He has no beginning and end. We can’t understand this mystery. Still, because God is eternal, we will live with him forever someday!
Say or sing these words from “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.”
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
When you pray, thank God that He will be with us forever.
...all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
When a newborn baby gets home, look out! That little kid is going to take up a lot of everybody’s time. Talk about helpless!
Even though God created that tiny, demanding baby, God could not be more opposite. God does not have to depend on anybody else for anything. All other life in the universe is a gift from God. God is perfect. He has no needs and there is no way He can improve. He does not need our help to get by!
But because of God’s grace and love, He wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to be a part of His work. God wants to bless us and wants to help us to be a blessing to others.
Say or sing these words from “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children.”
Thank Him, Thank Him, all ye little children,
God is love, God is love;
God is love, God is love.
When you pray, thank God for allowing us to use the gifts He has given us to serve and bless other.
You are always the same; you will live forever. Psalm 102:27
Sometimes in science-fiction movies, some nice creature will mutate into something scary! Sometimes, in real science, one type of virus will mutate into another kind. Mutation is a word that means change.
Here’s a big word that describes God: immutable. It sounds like the word mutate, doesn’t it? But this word, immutable, with those two letters “im” added to the front, means “does not change.” God is immutable. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
That’s good news for us. In a world that changes so quickly, we can know that God’s truth, promises, character, and most of all, His love for us, will never, ever change.
God loves me so,
When you pray, thank God for being the same loving, caring God every day.
By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. Proverbs 3:19
It is a good thing to be smart. You should always study and try hard to make good grades. You should also become wise.
Wisdom is a kind of being smart that helps you make good choices. Wisdom is the kind of brain power that causes you to see the world as God sees the world. Wisdom helps you make decisions that please God.
God is wise. He created wisdom. Read the Bible and obey God in all things, and you will be on the road to wisdom.
When you pray, thank God for his wisdom, and ask him to help us be wise in the choices we make.
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How
impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
God is really smart. We can’t even begin to understand how smart God is. He knows the past, the present, and the future. He can hear everybody pray at the same time. God knows where we are all the time, and He even knows what we are thinking. God is really smart.
Today, many people worry about identity theft, where bad people try to steal someone’s important computer information in order to take their money. As a rule, we should be careful how much we let strangers know about us.
But it’s cool that God knows us so well, because God loves us so much and He only wants what is best for us.
Say or sing these words from “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him”.
Praise Him, angels in the height. Sun and moon, rejoice before Him; Praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise the Lord, for He hath spoken; Worlds His mighty voice obeyed. Laws which never shall be broken For their guidance He hath made.
When you pray, thank God for knowing all about us, and for always loving us.
For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth. 2 Samuel 7:28
Every day we hear lies and half-truths. For example, many TV commercials are not truthful. They tell us that if we will buy a certain product or take a particular trip, we will be happy.
Sometimes, we exaggerate and make things sound bigger and better that they really are. We know for certain that God is always truthful. God’s Word, the Bible, can be trusted. In fact, all the truth we see around us comes from God.
The very laws of nature that make the sun rise and the stars twinkle come from God, because God is truth.
Say or sing these words from “Be Thou My Vision.”
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
When you pray, thank God for His truthfulness, and ask God to help us to always tell the truth.
You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased. Revelation 4:11
Worthy means God has great worth. He is beyond any treasure we can imagine. God is above all his creation. He is more awesome than the whole universe or anything we can imagine.
At the same time, God is involved closely in our lives. He is near, giving each of us His undivided attention. God is truly worthy of our service and our worship.
Say or sing these words from “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.”
All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
Henry van Dyke
When you pray, thank God for being worthy of glory, honor, and power.
For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live
pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. Philippians 4:8
God is holy and pure. There is no sin or evil in God at all. He is the standard of all purity and holiness. We should always seek God’s truth and strength to help us become pure and holy followers of Jesus.
If you put wrong information in my computer, you will get wrong information back out. We are the same as our computers. God has set the standard. Make sure that good, wholesome, pure words and images that honor Christ are getting to your brain!
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy words shall praise Thy name,
In earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in thee Persons, blessed Trinity!
When you pray, thank God for his holiness and purity, and ask God to help make us holy and pure.
The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. Psalm 116:5
God always does the right thing. This is called righteousness. Because God is righteous, he hates sin. Our sin separated us from God.
Here’s the good news: Because of God’s righteousness, he loved us, even though we were sinners. God’s righteousness caused Him to send Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin, so we could have a right relationship with God.
Say or sing these words from “To God Be the Glory.”
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.
When you pray, thank God for being good and righteousness, and ask God to work in us to make us righteousness.
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
No one likes to play a game with someone who doesn’t play fairly. All of us want to be with people who follow the rules, take turns, and treat everyone the same.
Since God is pure and holy, He treats all people with fairness. God’s fairness also means that everyone is held accountable for doing wrong. Nobody slips by unnoticed! But God is faithful and just. When we tell God how sorry we are about wrong choices we have made, God forgives us!
When you pray, thank God for being faithful to forgive us.
Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so
much. Psalm 119:140
The Bible contains more than thirty-thousand promises.
We can start every day and face every situation being sure that God will not change. He is faithful, and his promises are always the same. This should help us remain calm and peaceful.
When hard times come, we can believe a promise from God. We become stronger followers of Jesus when we face the unknown by trusting in His promises.
We should always be memorizing promises in God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will help us remember the right one just when we need a word from the Lord!
Trust Him, trust Him, all ye little children,
When you pray, thank God that we can always trust Him, no matter what happens.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10: 29-30
Do you ever wonder if God knows you? The Bible says:
~God knows your name. (John 10:3)
~God know how many hairs you have on your head. (Matthew 10:30)
~God has your name written on the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 49: 16)
~God has more thoughts about you than grains of sand in the sea. (Psalm 139:18)
God knows you and cares for you. Always seek God, to know Him better and know the plan God has for your life.
Say and sing these words from “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children.”
Praise Him, Praise Him, all ye little children,
When you pray, thank God for knowing everything about us, and for loving us so much.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6
God cares for each one of us. He thinks about us, and wants us to bring our problems, concerns, and prayer requests to Him. God wants us to trust Him in all things. God cares about the decisions and choices we make. God cares about our behaviors and habits.
God wants you to know that He is working in you. God wants to make things better for you, and to help you be a better follower of Jesus.
God cares for me,
When you pray, thank God for caring for us every day, and for caring about our habits and choices.
Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. God is pleased with
everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from. Acts 10:34-35
God loves everybody just the same. It doesn’t matter to God whether someone is old or young, rich or poor, tall or short, or what country they come from, or what language they speak. God loves everyone.
God loves people who are so busy with their own lives that they don't think about Him much. God even loves those that say they don’t love or believe in Him. God loves everybody just the same, and wants all people to come to know and love Him.
God wants us to show his love to others by our kindness and acceptance of others.
Serve Him, serve Him, all ye little children,
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
God is always giving us wonderful gifts. Even though we may not think about it, each new day of life and each breath we take is a gift from God. We take so much for granted.
It is a good idea to make a list of good gifts you have been given. Remember to write down the special things, and also the ordinary things that help you live.
Sometimes we have been given so much stuff, we can forget about people who have little. One of the best ways to show our gratitude for all we have is to share with others.
When you pray, thank God for blessing our lives with so many things, and ask God to help us to always have an attitude of thankfulness.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8
The word grace comes from ancient Latin word that means favor. Your friends may often ask, “Hey, will you do a favor for me?” They are asking you to help them with something they have not earned. It is a gift.
Grace is a gift. It is the favor and kindness that comes from God that we have not earned. God shows us his grace each day through the good things that we have because of His love.
Say or sing these words from “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for thy courts above.
When you pray, thank God for his grace, that gives us so many wonderful things.
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17
Did you know God sings?! It should not surprise us, since God created music while He was creating the universe and everything in it. Music is one of God’s wonderful gifts to us.
Zephaniah 3:17 says that God loves us so much, He sings joyful songs about us. We make Him happy! He is always close to us, calming our fears. We should always sing our songs of praise back to God!
I praise His name,
When you pray, thank God for calming our fears, and for loving us so much that He sings songs of love over us.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalm 91:1
God is kind and good. He shows us mercy, compassion, and patience. God is giving and forgiving. God is always near, but He can seem especially close when you are going through hard times.
During difficult days, remember to pray and to depend on others and most of all, depend on God. Trust in God, and read God’s promises. One particular Bible passage has been called “God’s 911.” Psalm 91:1
and the following verse offer a wonderful encouragement and promise to remember at all times!
God is so good,
When you pray, thank God for caring for us tenderly and giving us strength during difficult times.
You, O Lord, are a God of mercy and grace, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth. Psalm 86:15
Paul referred to God as “the God of Patience.” The Bible calls on us to be like Christ, and to put on, just like a coat, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. God’s Word says we are to put up with each other’s little annoying habits, and forgive one another, just as God has forgiven us.
Thankfully, God is patient with us, and "slow to anger." That phrase in the original language (Hebrew) means “long anger.” God works a long time in our lives to help us get our act together and obey Him fully, without getting angry.
As we allow God to patiently work in our lives, we will become more like Jesus in our actions and attitudes.
Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
All who live in love are thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.
When you pray, thank God that He never gives up on us, and continues to work patiently with us.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
Do you enjoy making things? You may love to make up songs, draw pictures, write stories, or shape modeling clay. When you do any of these things, you are being creative. We are creative because God is creative.
God created the entire universe. God used his powerful voice and spoke creation into existence. God said, “Let there be light” and there was light! Finally, God created us! We were created to enjoy God and love him forever.
When you hear a bird, ski on the snow or water, watch a sunset, or play a game with a friend, you are enjoying the creative power of God.
Say or sing these words from “We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer.”
We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you, we kneel and adore you;
We bless your holy name, glad praises we sing.
Julia C. Cory
When you pray, thank God for wonderful things he made in creation.
I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. Psalm 59:16
God is all-powerful. God is "omnipotent" (omni = all; potent = powerful). He spoke and the world was created. Psalm 8:3 says God is so powerful, that making the heavens was just like finger painting for Him.
Sometimes God shows His power in little ways. If someone is mean to you or calls you a name, God is surely powerful enough to put that person in their place. But God’s power in you allows you to pray for that person instead of getting even.
God mixed lots of love in with his power. God is so loving and powerful, He let His Son die on the cross for our sin, then caused him to rise from the dead!
When you pray, thank God for his power and his love.
For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
The little song says: “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do!”
Sometimes our problems and hurts seem so big, and they go on and on. We pray and pray for something to happen, but God seems silent. During these times, God is still at work!
When things seem hopeless, learn to be patient. Remember that nothing is impossible with God. He began a good work in you, and He will continue His work until it is finished. Things may not go as you planned or as you prayed they would, but God is still working!
When you pray, thank God for working patiently in our lives.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10
God is everywhere. There is no way we can understand this, because we can only be at one place at a time. But God is beyond time and space.
This is a good thing. God loves us so much, and knows we need him near. God loves us and He wants to be close to us.
A famous quote says, “Bidden or unbidden, God is present.” “Bidden” means “called” or "asked." God is always with us, whether we ask him to be near, or not.
When you pray, thank God that He is always with us, no matter where we go.
Tomorrow, a new devotional series begins, based on Romans 12, titled "Becoming Like Jesus."
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