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Holy Week Devotional 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We, at Faith Bible Church, want to be intentional about drawing close to God and seeking Him during this season and this week. Join us as we pray together.


Psalm 71:1-3 (NIV) “In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.”


From MK Jauchen - Throughout the psalms, the writers regularly refer to God as their refuge, their shelter, and their place of rest and deliverance. This week we remember and celebrate that Jesus, the Son of God, willingly set out for Jerusalem knowing that He would be betrayed, persecuted, and killed. This man, who in His earthly life had no place to lay His head, is for us as believers, our refuge-the place we can always go for rest and deliverance. Christ willingly gave up His right for deliverance from His suffering, so that we might have deliverance from the sin and death that invades our life. Our rock of refuge, suffered for our sins and in Him alone we find our deliverance.

  1.  Pause for a moment in your day and ask God how you can take refuge in Him. Is there a situation in your life that you need saving from? Are you struggling with a sin that threatens to destroy you or is hindering you from loving God and loving others well? Is there a relationship that needs repairing? Pray to Him about those things and ask for His deliverance.
  2. Praise God that Christ has delivered us from our sins, our shame, and our guilt. Praise Him for being your rock and your refuge.

 

 

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Holy Week Devotional 1

 

Isaiah 42:1 (NIV) Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.


From Karen Hall - During Lent, we consider Jesus and His sacrifice and realize that our only hope is in Him. His death and resurrection allow us to benefit from God’s mercy rather than experience justice. The Son who is gentle and will encourage the fainthearted and despairing (Isaiah 42:3), the One who is the Father’s delight – He will be the one who executes justice to the whole world. Truth and righteousness will prevail (Isaiah 42:4) in our personal lives because of His death and resurrection and in the whole world because of His death and resurrection.


This week, as you watch the news or are feeling fainthearted, remember with Whom your hope lies. As you anticipate worshiping on Good Friday and Easter, pray that God will give you an opportunity to share your hope with a neighbor or co-worker. Just like God holds up His Son & says “see…my delight”, share your delight in Jesus, your savior with someone you know.

 

  1.  Spend some time today thinking about your hope in Jesus. Why do you hope in Him? Praise Him for the hope you have in Him and ask Him to use this week to draw you closer to Him.
  2. Consider the Father’s delight in Jesus. Is there someone today that you can share your delight of Christ with? A co-worker, a friend, a family member? Pray about how God might be calling you to share the gospel with those people in your life who don’t know Him.
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