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The Guardian:
Hey guys, this is something that God put on my heart a few weeks ago and I am finally getting around to doing it. I am going to try my best to do a card devotion every week. Redemption is more than just a game as it is based on something very real--the redemption that we have in Christ. Our redemption in Christ should be a part of our everyday lives so I would like to take a closer look on the meaning behind some of the cards.

I would like to keep this thread only for things people would like to share on the devotion. If you have a card you would like to see used in a devotion, please PM them to me--I may not do it right away, but I will try to get any and all requests.

The Guardian:
Card Devotion #1

Card: Not Alone
Verse: Matthew 13:41

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.

I started with this card because "Not Alone" is my favorite card title in Redemption. It is simple yet when one thinks about it, there is so much power in that phrase. If we are in Christ, we are never alone no matter how much we mess up, or how lonely we feel. Last year was a very difficult year for me. I went through some tough times and made some poor decisions. Even as I despaired during the bad times, I knew that God still loved me despite my mistakes. A major part of all that was a loneliness that I often felt, which I knew was a lie of the enemy but allowed myself to believe much of the time. The verse says that the Son of man (Jesus) will send forth his angels to gather everything in God's kingdom that does not belong there and cast it out. How great it is that as God's children, we do belong in God's kingdom, but all of our mistakes and imperfections do not. Those things will be weeded out as God gathers His chosen people. Even before this happens though, He is still watching over us in every part of our lives. No matter what trial we face, what mistakes we make or what lies the enemy uses, there is hope. There is hope because no matter what, we are...Not Alone.

The Guardian:
Well, I decided I couldn't wait a whole week to do another one, because I had already decided which card I was going to do, and it fits very well with the first devotion. Tonight at "The Gathering" (a bi-weekly fellowship/worship time for young adults at my church) I shared a part of my testimony including some of the things I shared in the first devotion.

Card Devotion #2

Card: Blood of the Lamb
Verse: Revelation 12:11

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

This has long been one of my favorite Bible verses because it states quite clearly how we are able to overcome Satan. It is through the redeeming blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, as well as the word of our testimonies that Satan is ultimately defeated. Testimonies are powerful things. In a court of law, testimonies have the power to condemn or vindicate a person. In the spiritual battle that we face, our testimonies have the power to overcome Satan and his demons. A testimony does not need to be dramatic or involve a near-death experience in order to have power. God is glorified just as much by the testimony of someone who grew up in a loving Christian home as He is by the testimony of someone who used to be in the occult or an atheist or came from a broken home where God was never mentioned. Whether a person commits their life to God at a young age or on their death bed, the testimonies of both have great power! Furthermore, we are called to be living testimonies. What does that mean? I believe it means that we are to live our lives in such a way that people cannot help but notice there is something very different and very good about we as Christians. A testimony of actions is greater than a testimony of words because we can say whatever we want, but our actions will truly define who we are. Let us be defined in Christ!

Wow, I didn't even get to the last part of the verse, might have to come back to this one. :)

So true, espescially the part about your testimony not having to be exciting to touch someone.  Keep them coming, man :)

to go further with the last part, "and they loved not their lives unto the death" , we as Christians should all feel the same way, this world is like a land of bondage to those who are lost, but we are the redeemed!! at the same time we still struggle with Satan and his tricks, which makes us hate or (love not) our lives until death, heaven is the perfect place, where we will receive true victory through the only true lamb, Christ Jesus.


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