Devotions – Page 2 – Jessica Hurtado

Devotions

Strongholds

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 NKJV).   Paul highlights that our fight is against knowledge [things that exalt itself against the knowledge of God]. Although we are here on the Earth (walking in the flesh) and things come against us that we would be...

Wineskin In The Smoke

“My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?” For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.” (Psalm 119:82-83 ESV) Many times, the waiting seems longer than we’d want it to be. Or I should say, the waiting is always longer than we’d want it to be. In our culture, we aren’t very good at waiting. We want everything fast if not instant. We have instant cooking pots, we have fast-food drive throughs. We’ve become accustomed to quickly gaining what we are after. How do we respond...

Bound by Peace

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3 NLT)   The Apostle Paul has just prayed over those receiving his letter to experience inner strength through spiritual growth (Eph. 3). Notice Paul starts his text in Chapter 4 with “therefore”, which indicates a consequence. Paul is...

God With Us

“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” (Psalm 139:7-10 NLT) Have you’ve ever found yourself surrounded by a circumstance or individuals that you could not seem to get away from? If you are a parent, you should have a clear picture of what this looks...

You and Me

“Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others” (Philippians 2:4 ESV).   What can be defined as your “own interest”? Getting the promotion at work, perhaps a pay raise, disciplining your children, ensuring your families’ needs are met, ensuring your car has gas, maybe even getting to watch whatever movie you want or choosing the radio station during the road trip. The list of things that can be define as your own interest can be endless. Notice, nothing on this list is “bad” or “wrong”. This list, in fact, is...

The Spirit is Willing But…I Fell Asleep?

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Then...

Seeking Direction? Pray

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, ‘Everyone is looking for you’.” (Mark 1: 35-37 NLT)   As our hearts long to pour out to those around us, we must continuously seek out the Father’s will and replenish our strength through prayer. Jesus just had a full day of healing many that were sick with various needs. I’m sure he was tired, as the scriptures outline that he was fully God, but also fully...

What Do You Model?

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)   What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word training? Is it a Power Point Presentation, a set of weights, running, a laptop, throwing a ball around? The word training can trigger different views of what it represents, but notice none of these are in reference to ethics, values, core believes, etc. If we look at the scripture, we can see it is not referring to an occupation or a...

Our Inner Battle

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want...

Paid in Full

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 ESV The prophet Isaiah is speaking about the mandate that Jesus will carry out for humanity. There are several words in this scripture worth noting. Bear with me as I define each word to really grasp what the prophet Isaiah was giving us insight to. In Hebrew, to pierce means to slain and in Greek it means to prick violently. Transgressions represent a violation of a law; a wrong-doing....