MB Mission is the global mission agency for the Mennonite Brethren denomination worldwide. The Western Canada office is located in Abbotsford, BC.
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Daily Devotional: Rest or Religion? Isaiah 28:11-13 “…with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, ‘This is the resting place, let the weary rest’; and, ‘This is the place of repose’ - but they would not listen. So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule;…” God’s desire is that we enter his rest, a place of surrender, worship and peace. We surrender our self-will, our selfish ambition (which can still function very well in religious leadership) and our independence, so that our focus becomes obedience, worship and the glory of God. If we reject the narrow path, we find ourselves on the broad path of religion, where the focus is “do and do, and rule on rule”. This path has the appearance of devotion and faithfulness and is so well travelled that few become motivated to leave it, no matter how tiring walking this religious path becomes. The choice is ours. Father God, I repent for following the path of religion and not entering your rest. Thank you for the foreign tongues and strange tongues which you use to show me a better way.
Daily Devotional: Loving Discipline Hebrews 12:6-7 “…the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons...” It takes God’s grace to view our difficulties and challenges from the perspective of God’s loving, transforming discipline. When we understand that all of life is a classroom and all our relationships are opportunities to grow in grace and discipline, we approach difficult relationships and opposition differently. God disciplines us because he loves us. We are being transformed not just through blessing and encouraging promises, but also through pain, difficulty, endurance and opposition. When we are part of God’s family, he takes a personal interest in our progress toward holiness and Christ-likeness. We are disciplined through life’s experiences because God loves us. Father God, thank you for your loving discipline in my life. Thank you for all the hard situations that require endurance. Be glorified in and through me.
Daily Devotional: God’s Faithfulness to Us Isaiah 11:10-12 “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day, the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant of his people…and gather the exiles of Israel…from the four quarters of the earth…” God’s salvation gospel for the world and his salvation of his covenant people Israel, come together in the Root of Jesse – Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is the hope of Israel and of the ends of the earth. God’s promise to re-gather Israel from the four quarters of the earth is happening in our day. This prophetic act is linked to Jesus standing as a banner for all peoples. God’s faithfulness to his first covenant people, Israel, is a sign to his second covenant people (the Church), that he is not a covenant breaker, but a covenant keeper. For those who know Jesus Christ, his place of rest will be glorious. Jesus, thank you that you are faithful to your promises and your Word. Thank you that we have been invited to enter your rest.
Daily Devotional: Walking with God in this World Micah 6:8; 5:5; 7:18 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God…he will be their peace…Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?…delight to show mercy.” Our call is to walk with God in humility, to invite him to fill us with his presence which is peace, and to live with mercy and justice toward our fellow man - to image God in this world in mercy, justice and humility. God has called us his inheritance. Our God has given us his name, extended forgiveness to us in Christ and delights to show us mercy. Should we express any less enthusiasm to show mercy and forgiveness to our fellow human beings? God himself is our peace, our “shalom”, our wholeness, fulfillment and rest. Father God, thank you for your mercy to me. Fill me with your peace and be my peace this day.
Daily Devotional: God’s Ways, Paths and Purposes Micah 4:12; 4:2 “…they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan…Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’” God desires that his people know his ways and his plans. God does nothing without first sharing it with his servants, the prophets, (Amos 3:7). God shares his plans so that we can intercede and pray and cooperate with his purposes on the earth. That is one of the ways of God, when we don’t understand the ways of God we will not know his plans. To know God is to listen to his Word and cooperate with his purposes. Those purposes affect the destiny of nations and history for God’s glory. We can either be spectators in history, or seek the Lord and cooperate with his purposes on earth. The choice is ours. Father God, I desire to learn your ways so that I can walk in your paths and cooperate with your purposes in this generation for your glory.
Daily Devotional: The Bondage of Pride Hosea 5:4-5 “Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord. Israel’s arrogance testifies against them…” The progression of sinful acts to a demonic foothold in our lives is enabled by pride which keeps us from responding to God’s call to repent. Our pride is like the front gate in our lives. When the gate is close, God’s Spirit cannot enter. God opposes the proud and arrogant, but he gives grace to the humble. Israel’s idolatry and pride opened the door to a spirit of prostitution; they were no longer faithful to their covenant with God. Despite repeated calls back to God, Israel remained proud and rebellious. Sinful habits open the door to demonic oppression; pride keeps us from repentance and freedom. Jesus has come to set captives free. Will we call on the Lord Jesus, humble ourselves and seek the freedom that only Jesus can bring? Jesus, thank you that you set captives, like me, free. I humble myself before you and desire to keep the door of my life open to your Spirit.
Daily Devotional: Pride and the Fear of the Lord 2 Chronicles 26:5, 16 “He [Uzziah] sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God [a vision]. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success…But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall…” Humility draws the presence of God and his grace in our lives. Uzziah needed instruction in the fear of the Lord and so do we. Our natural tendency is toward independence and rebellion, not the fear of the Lord. Ironically, it was Uzziah’s success through God’s blessing on his life and leadership that led to his downfall through pride. He began to believe that he had a special position with God and could make sacrifices in the temple, led by priests. His military and business strength became his identity rather than his relationship with God. There is no substitute for living with the fear of the Lord! Father God, I humble myself before you and acknowledge that all I have comes from you. I repent for pride and rebellion, and pray that my family and I would grow in the fear of the Lord God Almighty.
Daily Devotional: Gratitude to God Psalm 116:12-13 “How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” When God has touched your life and extended grace, forgiveness and freedom to you, the only response is gratitude and worship. Just as a glass is raised and a toast offered at a wedding, so we can lift the cup of salvation and publicly express our gratitude to God for his salvation for us. Public testimony of what God has done for us is still our most powerful witness to the world around us. We can also thank God by calling on his name and pursuing communication with him. The Lord God Almighty loves us and wants a deeper relationship with us. Prayer that includes listening to his word to us, thanksgiving and prayer in the Spirit, all strengthen our faith and relationship with the living God. Lord God, you are my life. Thank you for your goodness to me. I pray for an opportunity to lift up the cup of salvation today.
Daily Devotional: Created to Worship Psalm 104:33-34 “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” We were created to know and worship God. He is called our Maker and our Creator. We are to sing, not just about God, but to him. Our private worship and meditations can be filled with life when we know God. Our personal worship to God can begin our day as we awaken our soul to communication and communion with God. Through the day our worship and expressions of love and devotion can fill our private thoughts. When the fellowship of God’s Spirit is alive within us through the day, we are filled with joy and purpose. This is how we were created to live! Jesus, you are the centre of my life today. Fill me with the joy of worship and praise this day.
Daily Devotional: Seek Me Amos 5:4, 6, 14 “…Seek me and live;…Seek the Lord and live,…Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.” More than religious ceremony and ritual, the Lord God desires relationship with those who seek him. Life comes from God, not from sacrifices and declarations of devotion to him. To seek God is to humble ourselves, to turn away from sin and repent, and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness, and then live for and with God’s presence with justice and righteousness. It is in knowing God, listening to his Word and worshiping him that we are renewed in the life of God. It’s God’s manifest presence in our lives and midst that sets us apart as God’s people. When others see the presence of God within us, they too are drawn to know him. Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. I seek you this day and your life-giving presence.
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Daily Devotional: Freedom Isaiah 30:1; 31:1, 3 “‘Woe to the obstinate children,’ declares the Lord, ‘to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit…Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses…the Egyptians are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit…” In the tests of life God is developing within us perseverance and the discipline of seeking God and his resources. There is always the temptation of finding our protection, deliverance and security in the “horses of Egypt” - man-made solutions and the escape that entertainment and pleasure brings. Egypt has not delivered God’s people. God’s call to us is humility and a greater dependency on him. His deliverance begins on the inside as he sets us free from sin and its entanglements. Freedom begins at the cross. Freedom is to be the mark of God’s people that sets us apart from the nations around us. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! Father, thank you that you have set me free. I desire to follow your plans and ways this day.
Daily Devotional: Eyes to See by Faith Hebrews 11:1; 11:6 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…without faith it is impossible to please God…” The reality of the unseen, spiritual realm is rejected by the materialistic, rationalistic western worldview. Yet it is precisely this quality of faith which is required by God for those who desire to know him and walk through life with him. Without faith in the unseen we are unable to cooperate with God for his purposes here on earth. God reveals and speaks to those who seek him regarding that which lies ahead, so that we can cooperate with him and pray into being that which has only been a promise. This capacity to cooperate with God for the fulfillment of his promises and Word is what marked the life of every God-pleasing man or woman of faith. Will God find faith on the earth today? Jesus, open my eyes that I could see and cooperate with you in my generation, for your glory.
Daily Devotional: Mercy and Grace – By Faith Hebrews 10:29 “…who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” The once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of mankind was God’s grace to us. As we receive forgiveness, by faith, we are set free from the power of sin and death, free to live by the Spirit of grace and free to stand before God’s throne of grace. However, our response to God’s mercy and grace to us must not be presumption, but rather gratitude. Just because we are free from the power of sin and death doesn’t mean we are living to our full potential. We seek the face of God, by faith and we receive mercy and forgiveness, by faith. Thank you Father for mercy and grace. I choose to receive them and live in mercy and grace today – by faith.
Daily Devotional: Christ’s Government and Peace Isaiah 9:6-7 “For to us a child is born…and the government will be on his shoulders…Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end…” Hebrews 8:10-11 “I will put my laws in their minds…I will be their God, and they will be my people…they will all know me…” Jesus came to establish a kingdom in the hearts and lives of men and women who would know him - a kingdom where he is king, where peace prevails and where his laws and covenant are followed, a kingdom where people know the king personally and intimately. No longer would there be senseless killing because of ambition, greed, pride and fear. A new kingdom allegiance has been established which supersedes the kingdoms of this world. Christ’s kingdom and peace will increase in influence and impact until the end of time. Jesus, you are my peace. You are my King. I pray for your grace and Spirit’s counsel to live according to your ways and laws today.
Daily Devotional: Creator and King Psalm 100:3-4 “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” With humility we acknowledge God as our Creator. Only the arrogant look for other origins for life through random chance and human prowess. As sheep in need of a shepherd, our lives lack purpose, direction and protection apart from the Shepherd. We acknowledge our Shepherd and Creator through worship, thankfulness and praise to his name, which is above every name. It is God’s presence, the courts of the Lord, which God’s people are invited to enter. It is not enough to know we are created by God. We are to know him, walk with him, worship him and live for him. Every day we have the privilege of entering the presence of the Creator and King of the universe. Father, thank you for the gift of worship. May you be glorified in my life this day.
Daily Devotional: Sabbath Rest Hebrews 4:9-10, 16 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work…Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” It is God’s mercy and grace that invite us to repentance and a life of following Jesus. The Sabbath-rest of God is available for all who surrender their self-will, independence and fear, to boldly approach the throne of grace through the blood and forgiveness of Christ. We choose to rest from our own work, the strength and activity of self effort, to seek the face of God and enter his rest. The rest of God in the midst of our “time of need” comes as we surrender our anxiety, fear, pride, wounds and ambitions at the foot of God’s throne of grace and find his love, mercy and forgiveness. We are complete in God’s shalom. Jesus, thank you for your rest. My life is in you. Thank you for your invitation to Sabbath rest.
Daily Devotional: Encourage Today Hebrews 3:12-13 “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today...” The invitation to know Christ Jesus and share in his life is available to all who believe and choose to obey him. We also have the freedom to sin willfully and turn away from Christ in rebellion. However, life apart from Christ will not lead to rest or fulfillment. Life and rest for our soul are found in knowing and following Jesus. With hearts that easily wander, we need to encourage each other daily, regularly, often, in order to stay faithful to Jesus. Today we live in the age of grace and mercy where Christ’s love and kindness leads us to repentance. There will come a day when we will stand before the throne of God and give an account for our lives. That day it will be too late to choose resting in Christ. Trust and obey today…Today. Jesus, you are my life and my rest. I love you and offer my will and my life to you again today. I pray for opportunities to encourage others today.
Daily Devotional: New Altars 2 Kings 16:15 “…On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt offering…Sprinkle on the altar all the blood of the burnt offerings and sacrifices. But I will use the bronze altar for seeking guidance.” Ahaz decided to worship God on a new altar he had made as a copy of an altar he had seen used by the king of Assyria. In essence, he switched God’s altar and began worshiping idols. When we sacrifice the best of what we have to idols of success, materialism, security and health, we exchange the glory of God for idols made by men. Ahaz, however, continued to seek God’s guidance on the altar God had instructed his people to make. Can we give our best to other gods (which don’t speak), but still seek the living God for counsel? If we think we can do that, we have reduced God to a servant of ours and we have committed blasphemy. When our prayer life is focused on getting God’s help or direction, but the best of resources and time is invested in ourselves, we mirror the sins of Ahaz. Father, I offer myself to you as a living sacrifice on the altar of worship to your name.
Daily Devotional: The Mountain of the Lord Isaiah 2:2-3, 5 “…the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it…He will teach us his ways, so that we can walk in his paths…O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Influence in the world is ‘attractional’. You sacrifice to spend time with people you value, whose ideas you want to learn from and follow. Places like Harvard, Cambridge and Hollywood have served that attritional function for the west in this past generation. God’s Word says that in the last days that place of global influence will be Jerusalem. However, the call is also to the people of God to walk in the light of the Lord and through our life, worship and wisdom become an ‘attractional’ community living in the light of the Lord. Father God, I humble myself under your authority and desire to learn and live your ways that all nations would learn to live in the light of the Lord.