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Greetings and Grace to all this day!

What a tremendous gift our Lord has given us in allowing us to hear His heart on any given day as we open up His Book and hear what His Spirit would say to each of us in a most personal way.

I have found that for me it is a real key to ask for His Holy Spirit to soften my heart and open my ears before I begin to read or to study the passage before me.

Indeed, Jesus told us that "the Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13).

So, the next time you open up your Bible, or take in a SearchLight broadcast, pause for a moment or two and whisper an articulated prayer asking for His Spirit to tutor you personally...

...and I think you'll discover it truly can make a dynamic difference in taking in the teaching or applying the section you are reading. Praise Jesus for His Spirit being given to each and every one of us - Hallelujah and Amen!

Rejoicing in Jesus,

Jon Courson


Daily Devotional
November 24
 
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
Joel 2:25
 
The Book of Joel sums up a year in the life of a nation. The people of Israel had been plagued by a swarm of locusts that had devoured the land. The crops were destroyed to the point that even the bark of the trees was stripped. There was nothing left. All of the energy and effort of the previous year had been eaten up in a matter of weeks. So too, maybe as you look back at the past year of your own life, you feel like locusts have descended upon it. Maybe you put a lot of energy into a relationship only to have nothing to show for it now. Maybe you gave a lot of yourself to your job but were passed by for a promotion. Maybe the creeping, gnawing, crawling, stripping locusts have left virtually nothing behind of that which you so lovingly planted, to which you so energetically gave yourself.

But, as He said to His people in Joel’s day, God says to you this day, “I will restore the years the locust has eaten. I’ll not only give you a fresh start, but will restore to you the years that were lost, the energy that was wasted.”

When my daughter, Mary Elizabeth, was about two years old, I remember telling her a bedtime story about a big, red bear who came in the house and said, “Mary, grab my neck. We’re going for a walk.” So in the story, little Mary grabbed the bear’s neck and they went for a walk through Jacksonville and all the various stores and shops. At the end of Jacksonville, they went into the Jacksonville Trader. Inside the store, the bear saw a big box and in the box was a beautiful baby doll. The bear grabbed the box, had the people wrap it, and gave it to Mary.

At that point, Mary jumped up excitedly and said, “Where is it, Daddy? Where is it?”

“Where’s what?” I asked.

“The dolly!” Mary said, as she looked under the chair, under the bed, and in her closet. You see, Mary was so into the story that she believed what I was saying had actually happened.

The next day I bought the doll.

“If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give good gifts to His?” Jesus asked (see Luke 11:13).

If you’re saying, “Wow! Beautiful! Thank You, Lord!” as you read promises like this one in Joel, you can be sure He’s going to be so delighted by your faith that blessing you will be His joy (Matthew 8:10).
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store