Daily Devotionals
Week of July 15 through July 20, 2019

MEMORY VERSE

Ephesians 3:20
“Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we would ask or imagine by his power at work within us!”
 
MONDAY                                     Ephesians 3:20
What an amazing week at VBS! Our memory verse for the week was Ephesians 3:20 with the overall mission of empowering everyone to live out God’s Glory in their life. Each day we looked at a different Bible story and learned how to ‘Go Beyond with Faith, Boldness, Kindness, Thankfulness and Hope’. In my own life I have experienced the power of God that has taken me far beyond all that I could ask or imagine. During my time in the Navy I traveled to over 30 different countries and I have witnessed God at work everywhere I went. I have seen God’s power at work during conflict in the Persian Gulf, with children in an orphanage in South Korea, and uplifting his children in Haiti following a devastating earthquake. We truly serve an amazing God. In what ways have you experienced God at work?
Prayer: “Jesus, open my eyes so I can see power at work in my life. Help me to trust that through you I can do more than I can hope or imagine.   Amen.”  
 
TUESDAY                                          Daniel 6:10-23
Our first day of VBS we went “Beyond with Faith”! Our story was Daniel and the lion’s den from Daniel 6. Daniel had great faith in God and trusted that God would take care of him even in the face of his enemies’ schemes. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see”. No matter our circumstances, we can have faith God will help us in amazing ways to do amazing things! When have you trusted that God would take care of you?
Prayer: “Jesus, guide us as we live out your word and instruction. May we listen and respond with action to your call, with faith. Amen”  
 
WEDNESDAY                                     Esther 4:10-17
On our second day of VBS we went “Beyond with Boldness”! Our story today was about Queen Esther of Persia. Esther went from being a commoner to Queen and used her boldness and wisdom to persuade the King to save the Jewish people. Just like Queen Esther, we are called to be bold and use our position, influence, and resources to stand up for others who have less or none of those things…and just as with Queen Esther, God will be faithful to sustain us give us boldness to go far beyond the confines of our fears and limitations! Ephesians 6:10 tells us to “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power”. How has God’s strength given you the power to stand up for others?
Prayer: “God, thank you for giving me strength, wisdom and courage to stand up for what is right in your name. Help me to be bold like Esther when I face opposition to your will.  Amen”
 
THURSDAY                                         Luke 10:25-37
Our third day of VBS we went “Beyond with Kindness”! Because of our faith we can show Kindness in powerful ways. To help understand this we looked at the story of The Good Samaritan. Because of our faith in God, we can share God’s love with others through not just nice words and good manners, but through powerful actions. Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught that kindness goes beyond showing compassion to friends, loved ones, and people who share our beliefs. We also must expand our understanding of the word neighbor to include strangers and even people we’ve come to think of as our enemies. This story is about more than showing kindness to strangers; it is about confronting our prejudices. Who is your neighbor?
Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for your grace and kindness. Use me to share your love with others today and every day. Amen”
 
FRIDAY                                                 Luke 17:11-19
On our fourth day we went “Beyond with Thankfulness”! Expressing our thanks is an important part of being in relationship with God. We must go beyond by making a practice of showing gratitude in tangible ways. Many times, we take many of our everyday blessings from God for granted. In today’s story 10 men with skin diseases who approached Jesus were instructed to show themselves to the priests. “As they left,” Luke tells us, they were healed (verse 14). Only 1 of them turned back to Jesus to say thank you. His faithful response of thanks healed him completely.  Psalm 105:1 says “Give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make his deeds known to all people”! How can you act out your thankfulness to God?  
Prayer: “Jesus, help me to live out your values of grace and thankfulness every day. I want to have a thankful spirit.   Amen”  
 
SATURDAY                                      Luke 24:13-35
Our final day of VBS we went “Beyond with Hope”! Today we walked along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus with two of Jesus’ disciples who were sad since their Lord had died. As they walked, they shared Jesus’ story with a stranger. When they arrived at Emmaus, they broke bread together and their eyes were opened, and they recognized the stranger as Jesus.
Prayer: “Jesus, we come to you with thankful hearts that through you we have the faith and boldness to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine. Through you we have hope to move us beyond our troubles into better things to come. Amen”