Daily devotions @aussiedave

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Trying to help people grow their faith. Social media and online pastor at @NorthPoint. Author of Chasing The Light available at Amazon.

  • aussiedave

    March 29th at 12:15pm

    What we pray about says a lot about who we are and what we believe about God.
    I took this sunrise photo during a family vacation in Florida, and when the unknown man in the image walked past me, I realized he was praying out loud for a friend. I only heard a few sentences, but his prayer encouraged me because it made me wonder who might be praying for me that same morning. It also made me realize that when we spend our prayer time asking God for things (an easy commute, a pay rise, good results in an exam, help finding or keys etc), we risk treating God like a personal magician—if we say the magic words He will make the thing we want appear.
    On the other hand, if we pray only for ourselves, then we’re praying selfishly. A Jewish rabbi named Akiba once said; "If one can pray for the good of his neighbor and does not do so, he is called a sinner". Now that's convicting!
    So I wonder, who are you praying for today?
    LIKE this post and TAG someone you're praying for, so they can be encouraged and we can join your prayers.

    coachdon777

    32 minutes ago
    For the families of those that passed in Tx. So sad.

    molliemendez

    40 minutes ago
    Praying for a lady I met at the food bank, she's afraid because of imigration, she's been here her whole life and they told her she has to pay $1200 to get her papers but she isn't allowed to work😞

    powens72.po

    1 hour ago
    Praying for peace and comfort for my mom and sisters, and praying for the salvation of my son

    jen.kessler

    2 hours ago
    ❤️

    thebyleductjr

    3 hours ago
    Amen

    izzydougler

    4 hours ago
    @ praying for Sinead, my friend at work who is trying to get pregnant. She and her husband are challenged in that area. God bless.

    dailybibledevotionals

    5 hours ago
    @memes4loves I will be praying for you as well

    dailybibledevotionals

    5 hours ago
    @mendivil52 I will be praying

    carolinebab3z

    6 hours ago
    @nila.mnz thank you so much Nilf! You're awesome 🙌🏽 God bless you😘
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  • aussiedave

    March 28th at 12:17pm

    Do you ever feel like the thing God has for you is just out of reach?
    This is the Jordan River just outside of Jericho, a site most Christians know as the place where John baptized Jesus. But for the Israelites of the Old Testament, this river was a roadblock. Decades of irrigation mean the Jordan River is much narrower today, but at the time of the Exodus, this was a wide, fast-flowing river that stopped the Israelites on their tracks. They were on the brink of a God-sized future, but were stuck at an obstacle. Do you ever feel like this?
    In the story, God told His people the only way past this obstacle was to take a step of faith into the water. He told them that only when their feet were wet, would He stop the flow of the river—and that's exactly what happened. But for the river to stop where they people were, God needed to block it far upstream. This means, He was already removing the obstacle long before His followers had the faith to step forward.
    Are you facing an obstacle today? Are you stuck on the wrong side of your own "Jordan”? I believe God is already working to get you through your roadblock so He can move you from being grounded to being grateful! Can I get an AMEN?

    erazogonza

    4 hours ago
    Amen!

    julietheatremom951

    12 hours ago
    Amen! 😊🙏

    paulacutino

    13 hours ago
    Amen

    annietreasure

    15 hours ago
    Amen.

    srnathalie

    17 hours ago
    Amen

    krxstyl13

    22 hours ago
    Amen!!

    rumercs

    22 hours ago
    Amen. 👍

    maryjcorvalan

    23 hours ago
    Amen ❤

    mitch_macpherson

    23 hours ago
    Amen

    prislim7

    23 hours ago
    AMEN Brother!
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  • aussiedave

    March 27th at 12:17pm

    Have you ever noticed that we often talk about how easy it is to see God when you’re looking at the Milky Way, or when a baby is born, or you’re watching a sunrise like this … but it’s a lot harder to see God in the day-to-day of life. It’s hard to see God during your morning commute, or when you’re overwhelmed by your schedule, when you’re battling a migraine, or when you lose a loved one,
    I read a story once about a theologian who asked his students to tell him where they thought God was. When they answered that God is everywhere, the teacher asked specifically; "No, tell me, where precisely is God right now?" The students started to quote verse after verse from the Bible about God being everywhere. Eventually the teacher stopped them, shook his head and said: "No, God exists wherever we let Him in". .
    I love this story because it reminds me that I need to invite God into every situation of my life—good and bad, profound and mundane. What would your day look like if you invited God to exist in every conversation, every relationship, every action, every moment?
    Where will God exist in your life today?

    christiancollett_

    1 day ago
    amen! great read

    jchrisstewart

    1 day ago
    Well said, AMEN!

    adams_janet

    2 days ago
    I am inviting Him in. Thank you.

    kimberlydharris

    2 days ago
    This is so powerful. Sometimes I feel like God's not "concerned" about my trip to Target with the kids or a work situation. But that's where He shines the mist because it's the small battles that prepare us for the ear

    dealishromo

    2 days ago
    I want to let God in even in the loads of laundry, many dishes, feeding the many mouths and laying down the kiddos and in the interactions with my husband. #Eternityisnow

    susanne_mc

    2 days ago
    👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼awesome pic and words.

    gigi.cher

    2 days ago
    I've been more intentional about that lately. I'm hanging onto the truth even though it hurts when some people walk away b/c they don't want God in the middle of things🤔

    queentemp60

    2 days ago
    This is so good

    aussiedave

    2 days ago
    @kathygoeswild Hope it encouraged you.
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  • aussiedave

    March 26th at 12:28pm

    This canyon is called Wadi Masada, a dry river bed in the Judean desert of the Holy Land. 'Wadi' is the Hebrew word for a valley that is prone to flash flooding. While this wadi is located in the middle of a barren wilderness, it’s only 20 miles from the more fertile mountains of Israel which means it is subject to dangerous flash floods.
    When Jesus told a story about a wise man who built his house on the rock instead of the sand, he was referring to a wadi canyon like this. You see, a foolish man builds a house on the sand at the bottom of a wadi where rain in the distant mountains can cause a wall of water to tear through the canyon. These floods happen without warning and sweep away everything and everyone in their path. When this happens, the only safe place is high up on the rock of the canyon … which was Jesus’ point. If you’re wise, you build your house on top of the canyon.
    Life is like this sometimes isn't it. Rain comes, the water rises and the ground beneath our feet gets washed away by a torrent we didn’t even see coming. That’s why the wise person builds their life on the safety and security of The Rock.
    If your stuck in the sand today, how can I pray for you?

    jchrisstewart

    1 day ago
    AMEN!

    davidsolis

    2 days ago
    @aussiedave thank you

    davidsolis

    2 days ago
    @kelly__lane thank you

    hanna5533

    2 days ago
    Pray that I will find a church home, and start to go back to church regularly. Please pray that my relationship with the Lord becomes stronger, deeper, and that I develop a boldness in speaking the word of God.

    powens72.po

    3 days ago
    I lost my dad 3 weeks ago. Please prayer for my mom, my sisters and our families for comfort and strength. Always, God is good♡

    jenco_geovani

    3 days ago
    Amen

    kaicbby

    3 days ago
    Prayer for a closer relationship with God and those around me

    christiancollett_

    3 days ago
    amen

    gramsnotes

    3 days ago
    Prayers. Greatly appreciated. For My husband's health

    fishytimestwo

    3 days ago
    Amen
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  • aussiedave

    March 25th at 11:54am

    There’s an old Jewish story I love, that describes God as being like the keeper of a lighthouse on stormy night. With the light shining through the fog and rain, God is able to watch the ships approaching and can see which ones will avoid the jagged rocks and land safely, and which ones will smash on the rocks and be destroyed. Each ship's captain has the freedom to choose the course they take, and while some follow the light beaming from the lighthouse and arrive safely, others will choose not to.
    Obviously, the ship's chances are better if they follow the light, but each captain is free to do as they please.
    The idea behind this story is the lighthouse is the collected wisdom of the Bible, and we are the ship captains. God’s Word provides guidance and values that we can live by, but we are free to choose our own path and direction. Maybe this is why Jesus said; "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around the dark. I provide plenty of light to live in". We choose to either follow his light or stumble in the dark.
    Can you imagine what your life would look like if you followed God’s direction in every decision!

    hanna5533

    2 days ago
    Amen!

    reubenvarghese7

    4 days ago
    Amen

    jchrisstewart

    4 days ago
    AMEN!

    manonpratt

    4 days ago

    milly.clark

    4 days ago
    Lighthouse @benny.payne

    rkloiber22

    4 days ago
    This is awesome and inspirational! Amen @aussiedave

    tiffanyyyy.k

    4 days ago
    Amen 🙏

    jenco_geovani

    4 days ago
    Amen

    clabree1

    4 days ago
    Amen!

    zando325

    4 days ago
    Amen!
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  • aussiedave

    March 24th at 11:48am

    This plant changed the way I read the Bible and transformed my faith.
    This is an arara, a bush that grows in the middle the desert … yet remains evergreen and produces this amazing fruit the size of a softball. To a hot and thirsty traveller, this bush seems like a blessing because the arara fruit looks so refreshing and full of life. But when I pulled the fruit off the tree and cracked it open, it let out a puff of hot air and dust, and inside it was hollow and dry. There was a small seed at the center surrounded by what looked like a spider’s web, that was secreting a small amount of white juice that locals warn is poisonous.
    It looked great on the outside, but it was lifeless and dry on the inside.
    This is what the prophet Jeremiah referred to when he wrote: "Cursed are those who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord … They are like a (arara) bush in the desert, with no hope for the future." It’s easy for us to be like the arara. On the surface we can go to church, say all the right things and look like we've got it all together … but inside be dry, hollow and lifeless because we’re not relying on God.
    What are you doing today to ensure you are healthy on the inside?

    love_cherie

    3 days ago
    I love your message powerful

    alayemeni

    4 days ago
    OMG it's true

    iceerhodes

    5 days ago
    So good to remember!

    poodle4life5

    5 days ago
    Wow...wow....thank for opening the Word of God with such understanding...wow....

    its_toucaan_sam

    5 days ago
    AMEN!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    kateemoore59

    5 days ago
    P.s. My family and I are in Australia now; this is good to know!

    kateemoore59

    5 days ago
    Reading the Word, praying in the Spirit

    jchrisstewart

    5 days ago
    AMEN! Needed this

    powens72.po

    5 days ago
    Meditate on God's Word and tell others about Him. Thank you for this

    jjndesert

    5 days ago
    Reminds me of the inside of the cup...... ☕️ Blessings!
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  • aussiedave

    March 23rd at 11:20am
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    This is my amazing wife Meg! Today, we are celebrating our wedding anniversary. I know that I’m a better, more complete person because of her—and I believe this is what God intended marriage to be.
    You see, in the story of creation in the Bible, the text says Eve was created from one of her husband Adam's ribs, and the word "rib" here is "tzela" in Hebrew, which actually means way more than a single rib—it literally means an entire "side" or "side wall". Whenever the word "tzela" is used in the Bible, it always means one half of something—like one side of the tabernacle or the side of a hill. So the rabbis teach that when God made Eve from Adam's "tzela", He actually created her by splitting Adam in half! WOW!
    Perhaps this is why scripture says in marriage the "two shall become one flesh", and why Adam refers to Eve as "flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone". This is also biblical proof that my wife is my better half!
    I’d like to pray for all the married couples today. If you’re married or know of a couple who could use prayer, TAG them in a COMMENT and I’ll pray for them by name.

    srnathalie

    17 hours ago
    Beautiful ❣️

    jazielmariee_

    3 days ago
    @oscar__ibarra__ read this one, follow this page!

    izzydougler

    5 days ago
    Please pray for my lovely sister Elaine and her hubby Kieran 😁

    izzydougler

    5 days ago
    Happy anniversary ❤️. Beautiful picture. Could you please pray for Paul & Sandra. Thank you so much.

    inhisnamehr

    5 days ago
    This is so good! Blessings to you!

    johnwoodall

    5 days ago
    Who is this model? Beautiful person and photo. Congrats. 😘

    susanne_mc

    5 days ago
    👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼congrats.

    _shelleyann

    6 days ago
    Thank you @aussiedave and Happy Anniversary :-)

    samuelsjutta

    6 days ago
    Congratulations !

    danielaofficial

    6 days ago
    🙏🏼 amen
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  • aussiedave

    March 22nd at 11:20am
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    We all worry. We all get anxious. There would be very few people reading this post who haven’t worried about something in the past 24 hours. Someone once said "worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength", and while I’m sure we all agree with this idea … it doesn't stop us from worrying, right?
    When talking about worry, Jesus once said we should compare ourselves to the grass of the field that God cares for and "clothes" with beautiful flowers. Since we’re more valuable to God than grass, he said, we shouldn't need to worry because God knows what we need before we do! This probably reminded his audience of an ancient Jewish teaching that says behind every blade of grass on earth is an angel whispering encouragement: "Grow, grow, grow". I really like this picture. I like to imagine that every time we start to worry, God is behind us encouraging us to grow beyond our anxiety. What if when you worry, God is whispering for you to grow your trust in Him so you can experience peace.
    Let's pray for everyone struggling with worry and anxiety today. Just COMMENT with the word PEACE and we'll pray for you by name.

    pinksilpink

    2 days ago
    🙏🏼

    lilhabiy

    4 days ago
    PEACE

    u_jackson13

    4 days ago
    Peace

    chumach728

    6 days ago
    Peace

    mamareese46

    6 days ago
    Peace

    michelle_melonie

    6 days ago
    Peace! Amen!

    its_toucaan_sam

    6 days ago
    AMEN!! PEACE!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    litttledinosaurus

    7 days ago
    Peace

    merianw59

    7 days ago
    Peace. Before I read this I was crying to God for peace in my life, home work health

    ashlnic

    7 days ago
    Peace
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  • aussiedave

    March 21st at 11:22am

    Imagine what your faith would be like if you knew God wanted to speak to you every day!
    In the times of the Old Testament, this is exactly what people believed—that God was constantly telling them He was with them through everything they experienced in nature. So they wrote things like; "the heavens declare the glory of the Lord" to express this idea that God was always communicating with them.
    The last time I was in Australia, I went into the bush one morning and took this photo. Because I was far from the city, a long way off a main road and completely out of cell service, I was able to sit in silence and watch the sun rise. As I listened and watched, I realized that God still speaks to us, but we've built things—careers, schedules, programs, technology, devices—that distract us from hearing the message God is trying to send us. Author Dallas Willard says our failure to hear God’s voice is "due to the fact that we do not in general want to hear it." Perhaps it's time we stopped, spent some time in the woods or at the ocean or in the garden ... and reminded ourselves of God's presence.
    I dare you to take a moment today to put your phone down and sit silently outside to remind yourself that God still speaks.

    pinksilpink

    2 days ago
    Amen

    its_toucaan_sam

    6 days ago
    AMEN!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    jchrisstewart

    7 days ago
    AMEN! Needed this

    wearethebearz

    7 days ago
    Yes and Amen thank you

    vimelr

    8 days ago
    Amen.

    latinmelody

    8 days ago
    Yes He does still speak!

    swirleyncompany

    8 days ago
    Interesting...I just read this....I did do this today!!! Praise Jesus!!!

    josh_tolson

    8 days ago
    Amen

    rachel.laughlin

    8 days ago
    Amen

    jch2012star

    8 days ago
    Amen amen
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  • aussiedave

    March 20th at 11:16am
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    Jesus once told his followers the story of a shepherd who had 100 sheep, but when he lost one of them, he did something illogical ... irrational ... something ridiculous. He decided to leave the 99 tore sheep alone in the field, while he went off to find the one lost sheep. When he eventually found it, the shepherd went home and threw a party to celebrate finding the sheep! This story, Jesus said, was an illustration of the crazy and irrational love God has for us!
    I’m sure the sheep in Jesus’ story didn’t do anything to be found. As author Judah Smith says; "What did the sheep do? He didn’t do a thing. If anything, he probably ran further away." And that’s the point! Jesus was highlighting—that God will pursue you with a ridiculous and irrational level of love and grace whenever you wander off.
    I wonder how many of you reading these words feel distant from God? I wonder how many of you need to be reminded that God is seeking you and pursuing you today with an illogical and irrational level of love, grace and acceptance. If you feel lost today and need prayer, LIKE this post and COMMENT with "SHEEP” and I will pray for you today.

    chumach728

    23 hours ago
    Sheep

    pinksilpink

    2 days ago
    Amen🙏🏼

    its_toucaan_sam

    6 days ago
    AMEN!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    fbags

    7 days ago
    Sheep 🐑

    alayemeni

    8 days ago
    Amwn

    siprarayc

    8 days ago
    Amen. Praise the Lord !

    hanna5533

    8 days ago
    Amen! Thank you for such a fitting word for the body of Christ.

    peigi_aine

    9 days ago
    SHEEP.

    poodle4life5

    9 days ago
    Love this pic...DoF is very well done and totally conveys the story...trying to get this without post processing but not capturing it...just getting started in photography so I have a lot more pics to take to practice

    poodle4life5

    9 days ago
    Bless His Holy Name....I once was lost but now I'm found..blind but now I see....Amazing Grace....
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