GOD WINS - Week 2 Devotions (with Scripture)
Monday, May 23, 2022 – Revelation 1:10-12 – 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.
Worshiping God means being attentive and obedient to His voice. It was on the Lord’s Day – the day of worship - when “a loud voice like a trumpet” got John’s attention. And it was while he was “in the Spirit,” in an attitude of adoration and praise, that he heard Jesus speak. Whether God speaks in an audible voice, through His Word, or through the inner promptings of His Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus must be ready to hear His voice and respond to His call upon their lives.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – John 10:27 – 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Jesus is our Good Shepherd! He provides for, protects, and lays down His life for His sheep. When we spend time with our Shepherd we begin to recognize His voice and respond to His promptings. We trust Him and His leadership in our lives. When he calls us by name, we respond. When we hear His voice, we follow. When we surrender to His Word, His Will, His Way for our lives, we experience life abundant and eternal. Do you hear the voice of your Good Shepherd today?

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Psalm 95:6-8a – Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: 8 Do not harden your hearts . . .
Jesus, like a shepherd, longs to be our guide and to direct our steps. Unfortunately, sheep have a mind of their own and often go their own way with little or no regard to the Shepherds call upon their lives. There are consequences to our rebellion and spiritual pitfalls to those who refuse to listen and obey. So today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. He knows what’s best and promises to lead us to life everlasting.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 – Matthew 7:28-29 – 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus spoke with authority. The crowds were amazed at His teaching. His voice elicited respect and response. Jesus still speaks today – through His Word, through His Spirit, through others. Do you acknowledge His authority? Are you amazed by His teachings? Does His voice elicit appropriate respect and response in your life? Let us not be hearers of His Word only, but doers also!

Friday, May 27, 2022 – Hebrews 4:12-13 – 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
John’s description of the voice in Revelation 1 depicts “a sharp, double-edge sword” coming out of his mouth. Quite an unusual and frightening description until one remembers that the Word of God is “sharper than any double-edged sword.” Jesus speaks the Word of God. It divides. It judges. It holds us accountable. May God’s Word accomplish its purpose in our hearts and lives today!