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TREM Daily Devotional 18 August 2018 – Let Down Your Net

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TREM Daily Devotional 18 August 2018 by Dr. Mike Okonkwo

Topic: Let Down Your Net

Scripture: “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Luke 5:4

Message: According to the account in the book of Luke chapter 5, Peter never caught a fish. He toiled all night but caught nothing. He went fishing at the right time, with the right tools, with the right materials, and with the right people. He laboured and still caught nothing. And then Jesus the light of the world showed up. He said cast your net into the deep for a draught. In other words, stretch yourself because what is coming is a load. Peter replying said, “but I didn’t catch anything, I laboured not even one fish”. Jesus said let down your nets!

Beloved this is the time for you to let down your net into the deep. Don’t try to set the normal goals that you set because if you can meet the goals you don’t need God. When you set goals that are bigger than you, you are saying to God: you are the one I am looking up to. I believe you for the impossible. Peter let down one net and the bible said he caught a net breaking and boat sinking load of fish. Remember it was out of the same place he had failed earlier. They may have told you that you will go home empty, but Jesus says you will not go empty. They said your business is closing but Jesus is saying that because of your encounter with me you are starting a new business. It is not about you but all about Jesus. He has the final say.

As you launch into the deep, your heaven will never be shut. Your ground will always produce. Anywhere you go, expect only the best. Anywhere you find yourself in life, expect that place to work for you. I call you blessed. You are blessed going out and blessed coming in. You are blessed in your basket. You are blessed in your storehouse and you are blessed in your body. The blessing of God comes over you and overtakes you in Jesus name.

Further Reading: Luke 5:1-7

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 100-102; Evening- 1 Corinthians 1

TREM Daily Devotional 18 August 2018 was written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.

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Our Daily Bread 19 October 2018 Devotional – Bring Your Boats

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Topic: Bring Your Boats

Read: Proverbs 3:21–31

Bible in a Year: Isaiah 56–58; 2 Thessalonians 2

Scripture: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27

Our Daily Bread 19 October 2018 Message: Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to eastern Texas in 2017. The onslaught of rain stranded thousands of people in their homes, unable to escape the floodwaters. In what was dubbed the “Texas Navy,” many private citizens brought boats from other parts of the state and nation to help evacuate stranded people.

The actions of these valiant, generous men and women call to mind the encouragement of Proverbs 3:27, which instructs us to help others whenever we are able. They had the power to act on behalf of those in need by bringing their boats. And so they did. Their actions demonstrate a willingness to use whatever resources they had at their disposal for the benefit of others.

We may not always feel adequate for the task at hand; often we become paralyzed by thinking we don’t have the skills, experience, resources, or time to help others. In such instances, we’re quick to sideline ourselves, discounting what we do have that might be of assistance to someone else. The Texas Navy couldn’t stop the floodwaters from rising, nor could they legislate government aid. But they used what they had within their power—their boats—to come alongside the deep needs of their fellow man. May we all bring our “boats”—whatever they may be—to take the people in our paths to higher ground. Our Daily Bread 19 October 2018 Devotional

Prayer: Lord, all that I have is from You. Help me to always use what You’ve given me to help others.

Thought for the Day: God provides for His people through His people.

INSIGHT
Helping others by doing good when it’s in our power to act (Proverbs 3:27–28) is also the focus of Paul’s instructions to believers. Encouraging us to live meaningful and purposeful lives before a watching, non-believing world, Paul tells us to “be very careful, then, how [we] live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:15–16). Careful living means we are to live godly lives as “children of light” pleasing to the Lord (vv. 8, 10). Paul expects “those who have trusted in God [to] devote themselves to doing what is good” (Titus 3:8). We are to adopt a never-give-up attitude when it comes to serving others: “Let us not become weary in doing good . . . . As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9–10).

What can you do this week to serve someone?

K. T. Sim

Our Daily Bread 19 October 2018 Devotional was written by Kirsten Holmberg (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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TREM Daily Devotional 18 October 2018 – Grace Will Work For You

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TREM Daily Devotional 18 October 2018 by Dr. Mike Okonkwo

Topic: Grace Will Work For You

Scripture: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Message: All through in the scriptures, we see grace at work. Have you ever wondered why Moses was preserved? The rest of the little Hebrew children were killed, but grace kept him. God then took Moses into the very camp of the enemy and yet they couldn’t touch him. They were touching other children but not Moses. Why? Grace says, “this one is untouchable”. God went a step further to ensure that they used their resources to bring him up in Egypt; in the very camp of the enemy.

As a believer, you should not go about as though you are naked. You have the highest levels of arsenals. The devil is not powerful than we are. All power belongs to our God and He has deposited this power in His word. The word of God carries grace. It was grace that made Vashti make a mistake. There was no reason why she shouldn’t have answered her husband’s call. After all, she was also having her party. The natural thing to do was to answer him but grace had zeroed in on Esther. I see grace relocating you.

TREM Daily Devotional 18 October 2018 – Grace Will Work For You

Heaven had already packaged Esther to be a Queen. So, grace was at work directing every affair. Somebody may be working with you in the same place and he doesn’t know that grace is working for you. David was forgotten even by his father but grace was looking for him. The prophet Samuel said this matter will not be complete until he arrives. There are certain things that will never take place until you appear. So, don’t bother about the delay. It will never happen until you show up. That same grace that worked for others will work for you. I will hear your testimony.

Further reading: Esther 2:1-17; 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Isaiah 53-55; Evening- 2 Thessalonians 1

TREM Daily Devotional 18 October 2018 was written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.

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Our Daily Bread 18 October 2018 Devotional – A Piercing Thorn

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Topic: A Piercing Thorn

Read: Isaiah 53:1–6 | Bible in a Year: Isaiah 53–55; 2 Thessalonians 1

Scripture: But he was pierced for our transgressions . . . and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Message: The thorn pricked my index finger, drawing blood. I hollered and then groaned, drawing back my hand instinctively. But I shouldn’t have been surprised: trying to prune a thorny bush without gardening gloves was a recipe for exactly what just happened.

The pain throbbing in my finger—and the blood flowing from it—demanded attention. And as I searched for a bandage, I found myself unexpectedly thinking about my Savior. After all, soldiers forced Jesus to don an entire crown of thorns (John 19:1–3). If one thorn hurt this much, I thought, how much agony would an entire crown of them inflict? And that’s just a small portion of the physical pain He suffered. A whip flogged His back. Nails penetrated His wrists and ankles.

But Jesus endured spiritual pain too. Verse 5 of Isaiah 53 tells us, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him.” The “peace” Isaiah talks about here is another way of talking about forgiveness. Jesus allowed Himself to be pierced—by nails, by a crown of thorns—to bring us spiritual peace with God. His sacrifice, His willingness to die on our behalf, paved the way to make a relationship with the Father possible. And He did it, Scripture tells us, for me, for you.

Our Daily Bread 18 October 2018 Devotional – A Piercing Thorn

Prayer: Father, I can’t imagine the pain Your Son endured to wash away my sin. Thank You for sending Him for me, to be pierced for my sins that I might have a relationship with You.

Thought for the Day: Jesus allowed Himself to be pierced to bring us spiritual peace with God.

INSIGHT
Isaiah 53:1–6 is part of a section of the book known as the Servant Songs. There are four Servant Songs in Isaiah that describe the service, suffering, and triumph of the servant of the Lord—Jesus the Messiah. These songs are found in Isaiah 42:1–9, 49:1–13, 50:4–11, and 52:13–53:12.

This last servant song describes the suffering and triumph of the servant. Though He is pierced, crushed, punished, and wounded, it’s His suffering that brings us peace and healing (53:5). The ultimate purpose for this suffering is outlined in verse 10—His life is an offering for sin. The servant takes our place—suffering for us and bearing our sins. And by His suffering and death, we are given life and peace. But death is not the end for the servant: “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life” (v. 11). In His suffering and resurrection, Jesus reconciles humanity to God (see Matthew 8:17; Acts 8:30–35; Romans 10:15–17; 15:21).

How can you celebrate the life that Jesus died to give you?

For more on the book of Isaiah, see Old Testament Survey: Ecclesiastes–Isaiah at christianuniversity.org/OT224.

(J.R. Hudberg)

Our Daily Bread 18 October 2018 Devotional was written by Adam Holz (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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