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Daily Devotion for February 3, 2010



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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Prayer for the Morning

Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.


Prayer for Grace and Strength

Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,


Community of Prayer

Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.

Isaiah 11:1-6 (King James Version)

The Wolf and the Lamb

1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Note on the Scripture

This beautiful passage from Isaiah was important in Christ establishing His legitimacy. It predicts the coming of a savior from the family of Jesse. The mention of the little child makes it particularly appropriate for Advent, as we prepare to remember the birth of Jesus.

Every line of this passage is a gem unto itself. I especially love "with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth." The second part is a little difficult. "Reprove" means to give a scolding or a criticism, but the reproval here is not directed at the meek of the earth, but for them. It means that Christ is going to scold people because they treat the poor without equity, that is, without fairness or equality. He's going to judge the poor with righteousness, instead of just pushing them around.

I don't know if the expression "the lion will lie down with the lamb" actually exists as a quote from antiquity. The best I can tell, it is a misquote of this passage from Isaiah. There is a lion, and a lamb, and a predator "lying down" with prey, but they all occur in different phrases. But however one quotes it, it is a beautiful image of a changed world, where even the weak and poor can find comfort.

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    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Dali/David

    I think it had to do with dependence, David had always trusted God for his Kingship, he could have killed King Saul in the cave, but did not because he trusted God to make him King, so by taking a census he was checking his resources, in effect trusting his own logic and judgement on what to do next, .

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Cursing

    I was talking to a fellow sister and she shared with me that hearing cursing even mild cursing upset her and caused her to stumble. At first I thought it was a little odd because we often hear it all the time. Then I asked her is she ever heard me curse and she pointed out that she had - I discovered I often curse to emphasize a point and did not even realize it.
    I share your struggle with this. But listen to the first verse of Psalm 39:
    "I said, 'I will guard my ways,
    that I may not sin with my tongue;" - Mason

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Cursing

    I was talking to a fellow sister and she shared with me that hearing cursing even mild cursing upset her and caused her to stumble. At first I thought it was a little odd because we often hear it all the time. Then I asked her is she ever heard me curse and she pointed out that she had - I discovered I often curse to emphasize a point and did not even realize it.
    I share this for self reflection. In Peace, Eric

  • Daily Devotion Comments • god's will

    The daily inspiration for Feb 22 on God's will is supremely helpful to determining what God's will is in the problems and solutions that come our way. Another "Thank you Jenny". Great insight.

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Loving Me

    Wonderful Words Jenny,I'm really hard on Me,without a doubt it is nowhere near the peace I should have from the words of Scripture but it gives me that thought of a Buffer zone and some added space to fail,the BIGGEST part for me everyday is a feeling of guilt before My Lord Jesus,maybe I need to STOP that somewhat...

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Adds

    I never see ad's on here! And if you are it is based on your own algorithm, your search engine thinks it knows what you want to see.. I emphasize THINKS.. Lol

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  • Daily Devotion Comments • Feb 19, 24 Daily Inspiration

    May God bless you Mr. Barge. Thank you for your insight both on todays scripture, but especially for todays Daily Inspiration (and memory verse.) I far too often find myself "leaning on my own, very bent, understanding. Then I fall. May God guide us all with His infinite love and understanding.

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Dali/David

    Isaiah 42:15 In-Context is happening now.

    Why was The LORD so angry with David for taking the census?

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Adds

    Good morning,
    I want to ask why TEMU is part of your adds? TEMU is not a company that is trust worthy or of The US.
    I don't determine what ads you see. They are based on your personal browsing history.

  • Daily Devotion Comments • Heaven

    Thank you, Mason, for the encouragement, and reassurance that I don't need to stretch my brain to imagine the beauty and tranquility of Heaven. It is enough to have faith that God has prepared a home for those who love and obey Him.

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