Devotionals

A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

God arms me with strength; he has made my way safe. -Psalm 18:32 NLT

Weather has determined the outcome of many battles. It was frustration with hampering conditions that prompted General George Patton to ask his chaplain to write and issue a “weather prayer” two days prior to the Battle for the Bulge. The Allies won by air power, made possible by fair weather. David had skirmished and fought many foes. King Saul sought his life. But when David seemed...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

What we consider as riches tells a lot about us. A friend visited Mother Teresa’s House for the Dying in Calcutta. She asked a helper, “How do you stand doing this day after day?” The woman pointed to a portrait of Jesus, with the caption, My Lord and my God. “He is...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3

Demons thrive in chaos, but God brings a steady, secure equilibrium to the lives of people in covenant with Him through Jesus Christ. Old sailing ships often carried lead to provide ballast. God provides the ballast for our lives--moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godli...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9

Here is a scary promise: No one born of God practices sin. The Greek tense refers to continual action, and the verse is saying that people who continue a lifestyle of sin don’t have God’s “seed” in them. But the meaning goes deeper, because not even pagans sin every moment. Many Christians practice “sin m...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

A friend of mine waited after a banquet for a parking attendant to bring his car. A woman’s auto came first, and she got in as the motor idled. Suddenly her accelerator jammed, and the car sped out of control toward people leaving a restaurant. Thankfully, no one was injured. Had the woman turned off the ignition, the danger would have ended immediately. When Jesus R...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

All people know titles for God--the “Great Spirit,” “Ground of All Being,” “the Man Upstairs”-- but only those in covenant know His name. Each biblical name of God reflects some blessing, or favor available to those who known His name. “The Lord Is My Peace,” The Lord Is My Righteousness,” “The Lord Is My Heal...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

"These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:17-18

In war, infantry will slog their way to a head-on encounter with the enemy, and they must have the resources appropriate to the moment. A field commander radios map coordinates to a...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

“Where do you live?” the young initiate into a secret Nazi order was asked. “Stuttgart,” he replied. “Wrong!” “Germany!” “Wrong!” “Sir I don’t know the answer,” the bewildered youth said. “Tell people you live in Hitler!” the officer said....

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Psalm 23:5

The shepherd searched for a tableland for his sheep. Craggy slopes wouldn’t do, because the animals could fall. When he found the flat stretch, the shepherd would clear it of threats to the sheep. He would locate a water source, and then hack out a sheepfold. Though the enemy--lions and bears--might look hungrily into the perimeter,...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

I have attended university graduation ceremonies that included honoring a distinguished former student. When the person’s named was called, a prominent member of the board or administration would escort the honoree to the stage. If you are in covenant with God through Jesus Christ, when your name is so...

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