Short Devotional for Women:
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOST HIGH GOD -
BY MARY WILDER TILESTON
There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?
IS it supposable that God has permitted personal intercourse between man and man to be such a potent instrument in the building up of character, and yet has made all intercourse with Himself impossible? If the spirit of man can, through the power of influence and sympathy, bless and uplift the spirit of his fellow-man, much more, a thousand-fold more, shall God who, be it remembered, is a Spirit also, aid by intercourse and influence the creature spirit whom He permits to call himself His child.
--WILLIAM REED HUNTINGTON
In the fellowship which is established in prayer between man and God we are brought into personal union with Him in whom all things have their being. In this lies the possibility of boundless power; for when the connection is once formed, who can lay down the limits of what man can do in virtue of the communion of his spirit with the Infinite Spirit?
--BROOKE FOSS WESTCOTT
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Short Devotional for Men:
Mister, Are You God?
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt
Dear children, let us not love with word or tongue, but with actions and in truth. —1 John 3:18
The story has been told how shortly after World War II came to a close, Europeans began picking up the pieces after having been ravaged by the war.
Early one morning, an American soldier was making his way back to his barracks in London. As he passed a doughnut shop, he saw a little boy staring into the window. The soldier turned the corner in his Jeep, got out and walked quietly over to where the little fellow was standing. Through the steamed-up window the boy could see the mouth-watering doughnuts as they were being prepared. The boy released a slight groan as he watched the cook place them into the glass-enclosed counter.
The soldier’s heart went out to the boy standing beside him. “Son would you like some of those?” the soldier asked. The boy startled. “Oh yes, I would!” he exclaimed.
The soldier went inside the shop and bought a dozen doughnuts, put them in a bag and walked back to where the boy was standing. He smiled, held out the warm bag and said, “Here you are young man.”
As he turned to walk away, the soldier felt a tug on his coat. He turned around and the child asked quietly, “Mister, are you God?”
This is a great reminder that we are never more like God than when we lovingly give to others. The world, much like the boy in the story, will recognize you as a child of God when you show His love through your actions.
Today, will others see God in your life by how you love and how you give?
1. Jesus said (John 14) that others will know we are His followers by our love for one another. Reflecting on your own life, do your actions show that you are a follower of Jesus?
2. Think of a specific action you can take today to demonstrate God’s love to someone else.
Matthew 25:31-36; John 14:23-24; 1 John 3:16-23
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