Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 26, 2014

Thanks Living

cb devo nov 26a“O Lord You are my God, I will exalt You and praise Your name; for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1 (NIV)

It’s easy to offer thanks in the getting – you know when our cup is full to overflowing. When blessings abound and life is good. Thanks spills out when getting empties our wants and exceeds our needs. Praise is unceasing where joy resides and faithfulness follows with eager steps. Wonder what would happen if thanks was birthed from giving rather than receiving? If instead of wanting and needing, we found our hearts searching and seeking. If instead of gathering up more, we released. If instead of accepting familiar, we longed to be more like Him and less of us. Wonder what would happen if praise of One was lived out in us? Instead of envy and strife, we offered grace and love. Instead of yours and mine, we offered ours. Because thanks living is knit to the heart that serves. Thanks living hugs the hands extended. Thanks living welcomes the feet that go, even when going is hard. Thanks living clothes the voice that lifts and the written verse that speaks. Thanks living thrives in the midst of knowing God’s voice….obeying God’s lead…..seeing God smile. We gather, we praise, we eat, we shop, we enjoy, we receive –and then with humble hearts we live thanks reflecting the image of One who planned it all long ago.

“Father, how sweet to be Your hands, Your feet – to show Your love and realize thanks living far outweighs the words that flow from our lips.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Wishing you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Coffee Break Devotionals will resume on Monday.

cb devo nov 26b

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 25, 2014

Covenant of Grace

cb devo nov 25“It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:19 (NLT)

As the world turns, time progresses and technology gets more advanced and savvy. Many churches have gone from pianos, organs and hymnals to light shows, bands and giant screens. With new generations and up-to-date technology it’s out with the old and in with the new. In some churches, the great old hymns of the faith are being traded in for new contemporary Christian music. However, some oldies are goodies! Remember the power hymn by hymnist Lewis Edgar Jones “there is power, power, wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb?” The lyrics to this hymn are powerful and Biblically accurate to the shed blood and finished work of Jesus on the cross (John 19:30).

Even God saw a need to usher out the old…the old covenant law of Moses and usher in the new…the new covenant of grace (Rom.6:14). No more shed blood of animals because the old way was not working. God did something new, and He did it once and for all. He sent His son, Jesus! And from resurrection day forward, Jesus’ precious blood has been washing us whiter than snow ever since.

As the hymn says, because of the spotless Lamb His precious blood has freed us from the burden of sin (1 John 2:12). God doesn’t look at our sin, He looks at His Son’s shed blood that covers our sin and says, “we’re forgiven” (Acts 13:38). We are free from ourselves and have been given the gift of righteousness by God through Christ Jesus (Rom.5:17). We have won over evil and Jesus’ victory is ours (1 Cor.15:57).

“Father, we praise and worship Jesus for the gift of salvation from sin, eternal life, healing, protection, provision and peace… because our sins were nailed to the cross, we are covered by the precious blood of the Lamb.”

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 24, 2014

Radiant Joy

cb devo nov 24“For You make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of Your presence.” Psalm 21:6 (ESV)

Seeds of real joy – you know the kind that last – are embedded deep in the heart of those who chose to believe. Real lasting joy radiating from within because the One they trust is the One who walks with them every step of the way. Extraordinary joy comes to those who linger, draw near and cling to Jesus. Sounds so inviting….to truly be filled to overflowing .

Ever witnessed the seeds of joy exploding? Laughter filling the air because He’s the lifter of her head. Storms may surround her, but moments in His Word remind her that God’s joy rises above earthly circumstances. (The joy of the Lord is your strength.)

Ever seen the radiance of real joy? Stunning, captivating because He calls her His own. The world may ignore her, but listening to God’s voice she shines in the warmth of His love. (Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.)

Ever heard the pure sound of extraordinary joy? Compelling because He sings over her as the morning dawns. Noise may seek to distract her, but she is quieted in the presence of God. (Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!)

Filled to overflowing….the cup full and never empty… seeds of real joy that flourish and grow. The world can rain on our parade, but no one can extinguish the rays of the Son (Jesus) shining over us. Lasting – radiant – extraordinary JOY – filled to overflowing!

“Sweet Jesus, joy can slip through our fingers – help us to trust You more day by day.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 21, 2014

Then Sings My Soul

cb devo nov 21“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? “ Psalm 139:7 (NIV)

Ever lose your keys? Seems like a common occurrence, especially when they lurk under all that stuff in our purse or better yet still in the car. Ever misplace your thoughts? A natural occurrence as we age. In our busy lifestyles of multi-tasking, we wouldn’t think twice about what we planned to say. Ever walked with one who can’t remember where they live or finish their own sentences? It’s not common or natural, but often life steals away memories leaving a person fearful or grasping to complete a conversation. While our body and mind may fade, you can’t quiet the worship that dwells within our soul. I witnessed such a blessing the other day. A beautiful voice filled the air, words flowing freely and hands raised mesmerized by her Savior’s love – you could see it in her eyes and aging face. Though at other times distant and unconnected, her soul was still in perfect union with her Creator and dearest friend. I’ve heard of that incredible joy before when a young girl in a coma uttered God’s words while her body remained lifeless and disconnected. She may not have known who she was or how to move her body, but her soul worshipped God in spite of her earthly limitations. Our spirits are knit with His and nothing can steal away the eternal memory of His presence. So though we watch with tendered hearts aching for the return of what they once knew – He, our God, smiles in wonder as they worship Him from the heart.

“Father You now every thought, every word that utters from our lips. Help us to never forget that Your
presence is always with us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 20, 2014

God’s Battle

Power Struggle Between a Man and a Woman“The LORD says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this large army. The battle is not your battle, it is God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b (NCV)

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, not sure what to do next? A battle is raging. Heavy hearted, full of anticipation of what to do next? The phone is lifted, dialed, no answer. The text is sent, no response. The hunt is on to find someone who will sympathize and give advice to no avail. Tug of war is raging – the strong will to take on whatever versus the calling of the Spirit to give the Lord the problem. Finally the will gives up and surrenders the battle over to prayer where it should have started. The Holy Spirit brings this verse to mind “The battle is not your battle, it is God’s.” YES, that is the Word needed for peace. The battle is not mine but God’s. Why is it so easy to take on the battle when it is not ours to battle? The pain is deep, the baggage is heavy, and none of it is for us to bear, yet we try. We have the best resource of encouragement and help within us, the Holy Spirit, yet our sinful nature tries to prevent us from relying on God from the start. Strong wills are brutal; they come with extra pain and stress. Let go, and let God take care of the battle. Sit back and sing praises to His Holy name for those things He is currently doing directly in the front lines of our lives.

“Father, thank You for the peace You provide and for taking on my battles, today I give to You my battle of_________ (fill in the blank).”
For His Glory,

Debbie Struble
TRBC Coffee Break

 

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 19, 2014

Embracing Reality

cb devo nov 19“God, the one and only – I’ll wait as long as He says. Everything I hope for comes from Him, so why not?” Psalm 62:5 (MSG)

Crisp Fall night perfect for a warm fire – right? Or at least that’s what I thought. Sitting on our patio with flickering flames in our fire pit felt great, so I slid close to the fire and enjoyed its warmth. Only problem is I’m now paying a price for smoldering logs. My allergies were irritated, and those few moments of pleasure – well they’ve definitely been forgotten. Stuffy head, watery eyes and overall yucky greeted me in the morning. Sound familiar? We often envision things better and more enjoyable until we get upclose and personal. Date night with hubby halted romance when finances entered the discussion. A quiet weekend relaxing evolved into supervising a grounded teenager. The clean desk we vacated on Friday is cluttered by Monday with stacks of files due to an absent co-worker. Disappointments will always follow unrealistic expectations and escalate our attitude to yucky; however, we can curb that trend by embracing reality. Life will get messy, but God delights in transforming yucky into awesome. When we learn to accept imperfections (did we forget we had them too?), God infuses us with His grace and patience. When we allow that tough financial discussion to unify our marriage romance rules. And that quiet weekend – well there’s no greater investment than molding and shaping the character of our children. So the next time we’ve raised our expectations and placed our hope in the “perfect moment,” we would be wise to check in with God. After all – He does rule the Universe, and I’m sure He can rock our world far beyond our imagination.

“Father, we miss so much when we expect so little – enlarge my view as I place my hope in You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 18, 2014

Shedding Old – Embracing New

cb devo nov 18“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 (NKJV)

We all have heard the story about the butterfly that came out of the ugly cocoon. Who would ever guess that out of something so plain would emerge a beautiful, colorful butterfly? Yet, I recently learned from my broken ankle that our bodies have the ability to be healed and transformed. The process starts with bruising and swelling, but then by shedding old skin it replaces it with new, smooth, beautiful skin.

When we come to know the Lord, we come bruised and swollen by sin. Once His cleansing touch starts, the bruising and swelling transforms to purity and beauty. Our sin inflated soul gives way to the Holy Spirit.

When the nurse removed the bandage from my ankle, I saw a bruised, purple incision that made my ankle look ugly and distorted. I pitied myself, because I was looking through the eyes of someone who didn’t understand the outcome of major surgery. The doctor told me that my leg looked fine and eventually the swelling and bruising would subside as healing took place. And my doctor was right.

Like my ankle, a bruised spirit takes a while to heal. I had to follow strict doctor’s orders. For me, it meant several weeks of bed rest with my leg elevated, pain medicine, and physical therapy. Life in Christ also requires following instructions. If we live by the Spirit, we must walk in step with the Spirit. The medicine for our broken spirit is to dwell in the Word of God, pray to Him and praise His name. If we fill our hearts with praise, we will gain the strength to fight our way out of the cocoon of sin and emerge in beauty to glorify Him.

“Father, thank You for Your saving grace. You are the doctor of doctors and the mender of our souls. Thank You for healing us from within. We love You, Lord.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 17, 2014

Mighty Warrior

cb devo nov17“You (Jesus) who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” Matthew 27:40

Ever wonder how Jesus transitioned into ministry – the fulfillment of His divine purpose? He was raised up out of the river, baptized by John and praised by His Heavenly Father. Acceptance, excitement and then came the wilderness. Isolation and forty days of fasting – incredible preparation. And then he came; the one (Satan) who seeks to steal, kill and devour. Jesus hadn’t performed any miracles, yet He was a moving target in the eyes of Satan. Questioning Jesus’ identity – “if you are the Son of God.” Questioning Jesus’ power – “throw yourself down.” Questioning Jesus’ wisdom of the Word “it is written.” Questioning Jesus’ worship – “fall down and worship me.” Tempting to say the least, yet Jesus resisted Satan on every level with the Word of God.

Fast forward to Golgatha where a rugged cross held the body of our beaten, bleeding Savior. Watched by His accusers who yelled, “Save yourself if you are the Son of God.” Bound by nails yet Jesus was profoundly free in His silence. Jesus identity and power couldn’t be shaken by Satan’s powerless words .

Sound familiar? Satan’s voice swirls in our heads at the brink of obedience. It’s the same voice that steals, kills and devours before we even move into our God ordained potential. Satan will tempt us throughout our journey of serving God, but if we follow Jesus example and resist on every level, we can be victorious! If we hold tight to the truths of who God says we are then our confidence in Him will not be shaken!

“Father, You have given us the weapons to fight the fiery darts of Satan. Help us to stand firm clinging to Your Word.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 14, 2014

God’s View

cb devo nov 14“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good!” Genesis 1:31a (NKJV)

Looking out an airplane window, I saw blue skies and the sun shining. Down below, however, there was nothing except thick, white, billowy clouds. They looked like huge piles of Cool Whip. It was awe-inspiring to realize that God is so personal in our individual lives. His amazing power to create the entire universe does not hinder Him from seeing through the “clouds” into our very hearts and actions! With my human eyes nothing on earth was visible: with His Omnipotent eyes, nothing is invisible!

The white was almost too bright for my eyes, and it reminded me of when Moses had been in the presence of God so long the Israelites could not look at his face! And the beauty of the Lamb of God is likened to the white such as no “dry cleaner” on earth can attain! The beautiful sight of white clouds reminded me that God sees me clothed, not with my filthiness, but the robe of Christ encompassing my human form. Someday, that robe will have a crown and rewards added to it, so that they may be laid at the feet of Jesus! How incredible that is!

Such a gorgeous creation God has made for us to enjoy, even if we do have to fly above the clouds to see some of it! He’s so incredible, so magnificent, and we take Him so lightly! Oh, that we would have a holy reverence for Him as we walk here on His earth!

“Lord God, we honor and praise You for the glory and majesty of Your creation! Help us, God, to always look at the things of life as representing You, as we long for the day when we look upon Your face!”

For His Glory

Sandy Day
TRBC Mountain Blend

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 13, 2014

Empowered By His Strength

cb devo nov 13“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31:17 (NIV)

Every day, I have my “to do list” ready to go so my day will be productive. I can even hear the cheering of the crowd in my head as I put that check mark next to an accomplished task. I want to be a productive person! I want my work to matter. No matter how much planning or preparation, I will still have those days where things do not go quite as efficiently.

Overwhelmed by our to do list, we face constant demands that vie for our attention. We sift through the essentials and then we go to bed overwhelmed and exhausted. Next morning, we do it all over again. I’m so glad we don’t have to face our life lists alone! God offers to come along side of us giving us strength, perspective, and wisdom as we need it. That Proverbs 31 woman shows us that we need to face each of our tasks with God-power and a Godly-perspective. Once you read verse 17 and keep on reading it just gets better. Verse 31 shows us that she “…fears the Lord…” Her source of strength is rooted in faith and her dependence on God.

Your life list looks different from mine. We all have unique ministries, friendships, jobs, and responsibilities. No matter what you do, God can and will give you strength for each task when you prioritize Him and fear Him.

“Lord, I was created by You and for You. Please remind me on a daily basis that You are my strength and that everything that I do is for your honor and glory. Help me prioritize my life list today so I will glorify You!”

For His Glory

Melissa Tucker
TRBC Coffee Break

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