Daily Devotions

Mercy and Grace - September 25 

I praise You for Your mercy and Your grace 

that covers me 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne (click track title to play song). 

The definition of mercy is: "compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm."  God showed His mercy toward us through His love by having compassion on us.  We deserve eternal punishment because of sin.  Yet God chose to pardon our sin because of His mercy. 

Grace means: "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings."  When He pardoned our sin, He made the way for us to have salvation.  He saved us purely because He loves us.  Not only that, He gives us favor and blessing beyond measure, even though we don't deserve it! 

Scriptures: 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) 

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ; by grace you have been saved.  (Ephesians 2:4-5) 

Prayer: 

Lord, we praise Your Holy name.  Thank You for Your mercy and grace.  We don't deserve either, but we are so grateful.  Help us to extend mercy and grace to others daily in order to bring honor to You.  Amen.

I Praise You For The Chains You Broke - September 24 

I praise You for the chains You broke 

and how You set me free 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne (click track title to play song). 

The visual image of chains is not pleasant.  Chains represent bondage, being a prisoner, and having no control over a situation. 

Jesus came to set us free from sin.  Without the shedding of His blood, we would have no hope that the bonds of sin could be removed from us.   Chains come in many forms:  addictions, unforgiveness, fear, etc.  Jesus broke the chains of all bondage when He died on the cross. 

What are your chains?  Let Jesus remove them from You.  He has the key. 

Scriptures: 

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.  (Luke 4:18) 

Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains… Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.  He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.  (Psalm 107:10, 13-16) 

Prayer: 

Lord, I ask You to free me from all the sources of my bondage.  I have tried and failed, because I relied on my own strength. I thank You that in You, I can know freedom and the fullness of joy.  Lord, I choose to follow You and walk the path You have for my life. Thank You, Jesus, for setting me free! Amen! 

Blessings, 

Brad and Joan 

Alabaster Grace 

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Worship The Holy King - September 23 

I worship You alone 

my Holy King 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne

There are many things that demand our attention on a daily basis.  The things that demand our attention are not necessarily bad; they are necessary to our way of living - food, sleep, fellowship with family/friends, exercise, etc.  However, sometimes we can find ourselves giving more attention to those things instead of the Lord. 

The lyrics of the song, I Stand Before Your Throne, describe a deliberate act of putting all of the daily things aside and putting one's complete focus on the Lord.  He deserves our undivided attention.  He is our Holy King. 

Let us endeavor to purposefully set aside time to worship the King today. 

Scriptures: 

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah. 

 (Psalm 24:10) 

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him; Worship the LORD in holy array. (1 Chronicles 16:29) 

Prayer: 

Lord God, You alone deserve our worship.  You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  You are also the King of our hearts.  May we seek to give You our priority on a daily basis.  Amen.

I Stand Before Your Throne - September 22 

I stand before Your throne 

and honor You 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne

We come to the chorus of the song where the lyrics are the high point: "I stand before Your throne and honor You."  The lyrics bring many images to mind of us standing before God, robed in the righteousness of Christ.  I can only imagine that I won't be standing very long, but laying my crown down at His feet!  The Word says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). 

Honor originates in our hearts and refers to the value we personally place on something or someone. When we honor God, we are showing the high regard we have for Him. We are reflecting His glory back as praise and worship.  When we delight in the Lord, seek Him in everything we do, and make choices that reflect the place He has in our hearts, we bring Him the greatest honor. 

We look forward to the day when we will stand before the throne of our Lord, giving Him glory and honor! 

Scriptures: 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) 

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11) 

Prayer: 

Lord God, one day we will stand before Your throne to give You all glory, honor and praise.  Thank You for loving us so much by making the way for us to be able do this.  Amen.

And Now I'm Free - September 21 

And now I'm free 

And now I see 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne

The freedom we have received through the blood of Jesus is a gift.   Our freedom came at a cost.  Jesus became the sacrifice needed to pay for our sin.  He gave Himself at the altar so that we might live.  He made this sacrifice voluntarily; because He loves us, and He paid the price that we could never afford to pay ourselves. 

So as believers in Christ, what are we called to do?  Because we have been set free from our many sins by His sacrifice on the cross, we are also called to be slaves of God, to put Him first and keep Him first in everything that we do.  When we glorify Him in everything that we do, our actions lead us to holiness and a closer relationship with God. 

Scriptures: 

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (Romans 6:22) 

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. (1 Peter 2:16) 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we thank You for the blood that You shed on the cross so that we can stand in freedom, clear from judgment.  Help us to keep You number one in our lives, so that we can grow in holiness and closer relationship with You.  We give You all honor and glory and praise.  Amen.

Coming Before The Throne - September 20 

 

I praise You for the right to come 

before Your holy throne 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne

The gift of salvation was bought with a price that we could never pay.  It is through this precious gift that we can boldly approach the throne of God. 

Since we have such a high honor bestowed upon us, let us seek to live in such a way that God is honored.  We can approach His throne because He has called us to be His children.  With that comes the awesome responsibility of bringing glory to His name so that when others see us, they see Him. 

Come before the throne of grace today. 

Scriptures: 

 “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Revelation 3:21) 

 “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 8:1) 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we thank You that You have given us the right to come before Your holy throne.   It is actually more of an honor and a privilege to come before You.  Had it not been for the blood of Jesus, we would stand in judgment, instead of freedom.  We praise Your holy name.  Amen.

The Gift of Salvation - September 19 

I praise You for the gift You gave 

to call me as Your own 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne

One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that God offers us our salvation as a free gift.  It isn’t something we can buy, and it isn't something we can earn by doing good works. 

The Bible also tells us two important truths about God’s gift of salvation.  First, it tells us that it is a costly gift.  Think of it this way:  If you want to express your love for someone by giving them a very fine gift, what do you do?  First, you go to the store and buy it.  And the finer the gift, the more it costs you.  To your friend or loved one, it’s a free gift, but it wasn’t free on your part. 

The same is true with God’s gift of salvation.  To us it’s free, but it cost God the life of His Son.  The reason is because on the cross Jesus Christ became the final sacrifice for our sins.  He paid for our salvation with His blood. 

The Bible also tells us a second truth: Like any other gift, God’s gift of salvation doesn’t become ours until we accept it.  Just as we can refuse the gift someone offers us, we can also refuse God’s gift of salvation. 

If you haven't already done so, receive the free gift of salvation today. 

Scriptures: 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) 

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we are so very grateful to You for Your salvation given so freely to us, but at such a great cost to You.  Thank you for calling us to be Your children, to profess Your love to the world.  Amen.

The Blood of Jesus - September 18 

I praise You for the blood You shed 

Upon that lonely tree 

Today we continue sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track entitled, I Stand Before Your Throne

If it had not been for Jesus' death on the cross, we would not be able to receive Him as our Lord and Savior. 

These lyrics point directly to the fact that it is only the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from sin.  His blood washes all of our sins away. 

His death on the cross was harrowing, horrific and humiliating.  He faced death willingly, alone, separated from the people He loved on this earth, and also from His Father in Heaven. 

The loneliness and pain of His death was a miracle for us.  It enabled us to have a New Covenant relationship with our heavenly Father. 

Hallelujah!  What a Savior Jesus Christ is! 

Scriptures: 

For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God.  He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually. (1 Peter 3:18) 

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. (Revelation 1:5) 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, it is by the blood of Jesus that we are cleansed from all sin and are able to come into Your presence.  We thank You for providing this path for us to be called Your sons and daughters.  Amen.

Your Love Has Rescued Me - September 17 

I praise You for the love You have 

And why You rescued me 

Today we begin sharing the first song on our latest CD, Before Your Throne.  It is the title track, I Stand Before Your Throne

From the beginning of our relationship, God brought the calling of serving Him through music to us.  Now, almost four years later, we are endeavoring to be faithful the ministry in bringing the listener closer to the heart of God. 

This song, I Stand Before Your Throne is a reference to Revelation 7:9-10 where we will all one day proclaim, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and the Lamb!" 

In order to stand before God's throne, we have to receive Him as Lord.  When that happens, He rescues our soul and redeems us as His own.  It is His unfailing love that even makes this possible. 

Today, if you were to stand before the throne of God, what would you say? 

Scriptures: 

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2) 

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16) 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, thank You for the awesome privilege of proclaiming Your praises.  With our whole hearts we give You worship from the altar to the throne.  Amen.

Before Your Throne - September 16 

Today is a very special day for us.  We have the honor and privilege of presenting music from our third CD, Before Your Throne, this afternoon at our home church, Irvington Baptist Church.  Here is a sampling of the songs:

This project has been underway for about a year, and we have received support and encouragement from so many people.  Gifts and talents have been put to use and we are now ready to share the songs that God has given us so that people can be drawn closer to Him. 

Before Your Throne is all about coming to the Lord and surrendering completely to Him. 

We go through many trials in our lives, but God has promised that He will always be there for us.  The subjects of songs on this CD range from being at the foot of the cross, to laying down our lives to Him, to standing before His throne in worship. 

Our lives are to bring glory to the Lord.  He is our Shepherd - He will take care of us.  He has given us His Holy Spirit - He will sanctify us.  He is faithful - He will give us strength to endure. 

Throughout the next few weeks, we will be sharing songs from Before Your Throne.  We pray that the Lord will speak to you through them and bring you closer to His heart. 

Scriptures: 

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2) 

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16) 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, thank You for the awesome privilege of proclaiming Your praises.  With our whole hearts we worship You from the altar to the throne.  Amen.