Serious Saturday – April 4 Devotions
Yes, Serious Saturday–back in history, when this day after the crucifixion of Jesus meant so many people struggled with believing His words and promise that He would not stay dead, but would rise again.
But then there’s that saying, that it’s always darkest just before dawn…that often when we feel the most hopeless is the moment just before our breakthrough. The key word is THROUGH — to get THROUGH, not stop in the middle of the darkness, or retreat.
Here are (were) Saturday’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Do you have a dream or a vision in your heart for something greater than what you have now? Ephesians 3:20 tells us God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all we can hope, ask, or think. If you are not thinking, hoping, or asking–you are cheating yourself.
There is a gold mine of dreams, visions, abilities, and strength hidden in every life, but you have to dig to get to it…beyond how you feel or what is convenient. If you will dig down deep into the spirit, you will do greater things than anyone could ever imagine.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“I love You, Father, because You first loved me and sent Your Son to atone for my sins. He totally humbled Himself, submitting to the death of a common criminal, enduring infinite humiliation and pain. On the cross, You laid on Him the compressed weight of all my sin and guilt and shame, of all my griefs and sorrows, and He became sin for me, dying the death I deserved.
I praise You that it was impossible for death to hold Him in its power; You raised Him from the dead to be my Savior, to make me righteous in Your sight. You highly exalted Him, giving Him a position infinitely superior to any conceivable command, authority, power, or control, both natural or supernatural. ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.’ ”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“Prudence means good management of resources. Each of us has an allotted amount of time and energy, and we should manage it in such a way that we bear the most fruit we can.
Emotionally driven people usually lead frustrated lives. They are filled with creative ideas, but are unable to settle down long enough to lay out a blueprint and get a solid foundation. They want instant results, and if they don’t get them, they are usually off to another new project that will also fail.
I encourage you to ‘consider’ decisions, purchases, and life choices. Be sure you expand prudently. Don’t court neglect of other duties by taking on new ones, unless of course those present duties can be moved on to someone else to make room for your new venture.
A sure way to lose your confidence is to have so much to do that you are not doing any of it well.
Pray: Lord, I need to know that You are my foundation, and my life is being built according to Your blueprint. Give me discernment to know Your ways and purposes. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- Yes, I have many dreams and visions — I have just lacked in confidence and the ability to follow through to see things to fruition.
-2- This one was so appropriate for this day and this weekend. It never ceases to amaze me–and humble me–to think about the sacrifice Jesus made for us, for me personally. For all His suffering, the horrible death on the cross…yet death and the devil could not keep Jesus from rising again to new life! That’s worthy of the Hallelujah chorus!
-3- Good management of resources. I do fail miserably at this one–obviously, as I’m up at 1:30am finishing this blog post! This line: “They are filled with creative ideas, but are unable to settle down long enough to lay out a blueprint and get a solid foundation.” and “A sure way to lose your confidence is to have so much to do that you are not doing any of it well.“ Sounds like me– some things I really need to change!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you have dreams for more than you’re doing right now? Do you have a plan to reach for those goals and bring them to fruition?
Do you often think about the personal sacrifice Jesus made for you?
What do you think of this new Hallelujah version?
Are you a good manager of resources? or do you feel overwhelmed with so much to do that you’re not doing any of it as well as you could be?