A frontlet is something taken from the Old Testament. Some OT believers would literally tie little boxes called 'frontlets' around their foreheads. "Therefore you should lay up these words in your heart and in your soul...may they be as frontlets between your eyes." Deut.11:18 Inside these boxes were reminders; mostly scripture readings and/or things to remind them of God. These devotions are based on this coming week's scripture readings and are intended to both remind you of God, receive the blessing of His Word (for it never returns void-Isaiah 55:11) and prepare your heart and mind for this, His Word for this Sunday.
Devotions for the Week
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TEXT: Hebrews 10:15-25
TITLE: Life Outside The Hole
Therefore, since we've confidence to enter the most holy place by the blood of Jesus...let us draw near with sincere a heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having washed our bodies with pure water." Hebrews 10:19, 22
Jessica Morales née McClure became famous at the age of 18 months. Those around October 14, 1987 remember her as "Baby Jessica." She had fallen 20 feet down an 8 inch pipe; an abandoned well. As TV cameras rolled, the world watched and held their collective breaths with Jessica's young parents as rescue crews worked frantically 58 straight hours. The image of her finally being pulled from that hole is permanently burned into the minds of many people.
As a teenager, Jessica once said, "I don't have any memory of it at all. My scars remind me that I'm a survivor and that God loves me." Sin can put us all in spiritual holes. Holes so dark and deep, it seems impossible that we could ever get out. But Jesus shed blood rescued us from that dark hole. Not only did He rescue us, but He's promised we can always come to Him, confidently and with full assurance He'll always be there. Through the waters of baptism, we've entered into a special relationship with Him. Like loving parents are with their child, so God is with us. He loves us so much His love included sacrificing His very life for ours. Jesus scars remind us too He loves us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessing and privilege to come near to You as dear children come near their loving parents, in Jesus Name, Amen.
TEXT: Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9
TITLE: I Know How You Feel
"For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we've one who was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15
"I know just how you feel!" Words of empathy, words or care, concern, and love. Yet, as sincere as those words may be, and perhaps coming from a person who may have had the same, identical experience, do they really know how the other feels? True, their intentions may be the best and one may be comforted by those words knowing "they're not the only one." But then again, they can be meaningless and sometimes even hurtful because they really don't know exactly how the other feels.
However, Jesus knows exactly how we feel. In fact, He knows even better than we do in our hurt, and often confused state of mind. The Psalmist says, "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord" and "Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely. You are familiar with all my ways" The fact the Lord truly does know our hurts and pain and sympathizes with us is the very reason we go to Him. There we find that peace, that precious peace that goes beyond our understanding and calms and soothes our troubled hearts and mind. Through faith, we also carry one another's burdens thereby fulfilling God's Law which serves as a blessing to those we help as well as ourselves.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for caring, listening, understanding, and bringing me Your special peace, in Jesus Name, Amen.
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
TITLE: The Bottom, Bottom Line
"If only for this life we have hope we are to be pitied more than all men." 1 Corinthians 15:19
Are you a 'bottom line' person? One definition of a bottom line person is "One who appreciates cutting through all the 'store-front' glitz, repetitions, spins, malarkey, baloney, and the like. Rather, he prefers just getting to the clear, concise, heart of a matter and having a simple succinct, summation statement that says it all regarding it.
"It's only for this life we have hope." That's a bottom line for a lot of people. Bottom line; they hope their life along with this fallen world would go on forever. Thus, some put their hope in such things as wealth, fame, beauty, and power and hope it never ends. Others could even hope for things which have purpose, meaning, and endearing qualities such as family, job, and country. However, all of these either have an end or they go 'the way of the earth;' namely, return to dust. What a pity!
Then there are those who's hope is in Jesus Christ. Here's their bottom line: "Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins and because He lives, we live and shall live for all eternity." His Word, life, death and resurrection is basically the bottom line of Christianity. The bottom, bottom line; Jesus!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for my faith in Jesus and Your Spirit making it clear to me Who's my bottom line, in Jesus Name, Amen.