Do you realize the benefits of not being alone?


When times are good do you realize the benefits of not being alone? When times are tough do you realize the benefits of not being alone? We read in the Bible:

“Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:9-12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

When times are exciting do you realize the benefits of not being alone? When times are stressful do you realize the benefits of not being alone? When times are overwhelming do you realize the benefits of not being alone? Do you realize that you are never alone and always have somewhere to turn? God is omnipresent and so He is always with you, even when you ignore Him or try to walk or runaway from Him. Jesus came as Emmanuel which we learn means “God with us”. So are you ready and willing to start or have an intimate relationship with God? Are you willing to invite Jesus into your heart? Are you willing to engage with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to teach you all things and remind you of everything?

So today as the day begins are you ready and willing to not go it alone? Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of not being alone? Are you willing to live out your life in relationship with God and realize the benefits of not being along?


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for June 2nd


When life overwhelms you


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Matthew‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:

  • Ever found yourself in trouble without having done anything wrong?
  • Ever found yourself facing trials without having done anything wrong?
  • Sometimes we find trouble and trials without having made a stupid mistake.
  • Remember how Jesus tells that “In this world you will have troubles”? Do you also remember Jesus continuing and saying “but take heart for I have overcome the world.”
  • Sometimes difficulties come into our lives so we can remember how much we need Him.
  • Imagine being sent by Jesus and then running into a storm out on the lake.
  • Ever been in a situation where it seemed so bad that you thought it could be the end?
  • Imagine being the men in today’s story, experienced fishermen who were afraid and how bad it would have had to have gotten for them to be so panicked.

“Immediately He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while He sent the crowds away. After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat [by this time] was already a long distance from land, tossed and battered by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m.) Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:22-27‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • Jesus was right there. He is rarely early and never late, always on time.
  • It is he next part of the story that I flash to many times throughout my life. Once when I was at a crossroads and wondering if it was time for me to leave the company I had been with since I graduated university and God used the verse to tell me to get out of the boat. (You can see the article where I share the story by searching on from2005toeternity.wordpress.com for “Get out of the boat”) Back in 2013.

“Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.” He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:28-29‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • Imagine how not thinking things could get worse in the midst of the storm then you spot what appears to be a ghost walking on the water.
  • Imagine the peace and hope and joy they would have had when they realized it was Jesus and he spoke the words for today’s devotional : “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
  • Ever felt overwhelmed in your life? I know 2020 had many such moments. I kept hoping and waiting on God to help me understand what was going on and why. I had started the year with the theme that hindsight was 2020, who knew it would take me till December to realize what the earlier part of the year was for.
  • Some times when the storms come and we start to feel overwhelmed they are self inflicted and we are having to deal its the mistakes while other times it is because we are following God’s direction.
  • No matter the reason for the storms in life, we can stand firm on the reality and the truth that Jesus is with us in the storm and so we can be of good cheer and not be afraid.
  • We can be James 1:2-4 people who consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds
  • We can be John 16:33 people take heart when we face troubles
  • All because we have Jesus with us!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some storms you’ve experienced in the past few years?
    • So many job changes through 2020 (7)
    • So many bosses through 2020 (4)
  • How will it help you next time (or this time) to know that Jesus is never overwhelmed by storms?
    • Remembering the importance of forgiveness
    • Remembering that God is in control, even when we can’t see it

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The center of God’s will is our only safety.”

—Betsie Ten Boom

So are you ready to not go it alone?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen

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