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February 17
John 5:19-29

19Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.20“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.21“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.22“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,23so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

24“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Two Resurrections

25“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.26“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;27and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.28“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,29and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.


LightbulbTips on spending devotional time with God

There are many methods to quieting ourselves to spend devotional time with God. Below are several suggestions to approaching spending time with God.

  1. Set a time. We’ve all heard it said that it takes between 21 days to three weeks for something to become a habit. Set aside a time for devotions that will allow you to be consistent most days during your week. In the bible, most Christians spent morning hours with God—meeting God before meeting men. However, if the morning isn’t a convenient time, choose a time of day that will allow you to be consistent.
  2. Locate an area free of distraction. When Jesus spent time with God, He usually went off by Himself to spend quiet, alone time with God. We should follow His example. When we sit down to meditate on the word of God, we should do this without interruptions from the television and phone.
  3. Read God’s word. Reading God’s word during devotional time is beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, it allows us a subject upon which we can meditate; secondly, we are commanded in the bible to “put on the full armor of God.” That armor is the word of God. Thirdly, the reply we are waiting on from God can come in the form of scripture.


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