Daily Devotion

  • May 25, 2015

     

    The Best Laid Plans

     

    Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. James 4:13-16

     

    A milkmaid on her way to the farmhouse was carrying a pail of milk on her head.

    As she walked, she began to daydream how she would get cream from the milk, which she would churn into butter, which she would sell at market, which would give her money to buy eggs, which would produce chickens, which she could sell to buy a beautiful dress to wear to the dance.

    Thinking about the dance, she tossed her head grandly, causing the milk she was carrying to spill all over the ground, spoiling her hopeful dream.

    When she told her mother what had happened, her mother said, “Ah my child, you should not have counted your chickens before they were hatched.”  And thus came about the famous expression that warns us of unwisely acting on future aspirations before they come to fruition.

    Making plans is a necessary and helpful part of life. But when we presume to make our own plans without leaving God in charge of our appointment book, we are not only foolish, but even prideful and sinful.

    It’s fine to pencil plans into your calendar, but realize that God has editing rights!  Today, make sure all your plans are surrendered to Jesus.

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

     

  • May 22, 2015

     

    The Battleground

     

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:10-13

     

    A boxer was being pummeled in the ring by his opponent. Blow after blow by his adversary left him with a bloody nose, swollen eyes, and an enormous amount of pain.

    The battered boxer’s trainer, trying to encourage his man between rounds, kept telling him, “You’re doing great, Fred. That bum is barely touching you.” 

    The boxer responded, “Then you better keep your eye on the referee, because somebody out there is killing me!”

    No amount of smooth talk could camouflage the reality of the bloody battle in which this fighter was engaged.

    In the same way, you and I are engaged in a real battle. It’s important for us to understand that "spiritual warfare" is a reality that believers face every day. When God saved you, He did not put you on a playground; He put you on a battleground. 

    Our enemy is real.  The war is real.  You may be operating under the false belief that your enemy is your spouse, or your parents, or your children, or even your co-worker.  In truth, Your enemy is Satan and the forces of darkness. 

    However, don’t be discouraged.  Satan witnessed his defeat when Jesus offered Himself up on the cross for our sin and was raised from the dead.  So, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!  If you are a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, His victory is your victory.    Cling to Him, and He will daily strengthen you to fight the good fight, and to remain faithful and strong to the end.

    Have a great day, and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • May 21, 2015

     

    Light in the Lord

     

    For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light, (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.    Ephesians 5: 8-10

     

    Not long ago, Michele and I were replacing burned-out bulbs in a light fixture in our home.  We installed two new bulbs.  But when we turned the switch on, we saw that the new bulbs were not as bright as the old ones.  We soon realized the problem.  The light fixture was made to shine light from bulbs up to 100 watts.  The old bulbs were 100-watt; the new ones were 40-watt.  So we made a trip to the hardware store to get 100-watt bulbs so we could enjoy the maximum amount of light.

    On a scale of one to one hundred, how much do you want to please God?  When you have the capacity to be a 100-watt Christian, are you willing to settle for shining a 40-watt light for Jesus?

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that we are the light of the world.  In Ephesians, Paul said we are light in the Lord.  We shine brightest when we are producing the fruit of the light:  all that is good, and right and true.  We are to live daily as children of light, learning to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. 

    Light is required to shine in the darkness and show the way to Jesus.  People who need Jesus need a strong light to show them the way. 

    By the way, light bulbs don’t shine their light unless they are connected to the power source.  You are light, but not on your own.  We are only light if we are IN the Lord.  Today, stay connected to Jesus and let Him shine His great light through you.

    Have a great day, and Keep Moving Forward!

     

     

  • May 20, 2015

     

    Behold Your King

     

    They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.   Revelation 17:14

     

    There’s an old story about some frogs who lived happily in a pond. Over time, they became discontent with their way of life, and decided they should have a mighty king to rule over them. So they asked for a king.

    Suddenly, a large log fell across the water, accompanied by a sonorous voice from above that said, “Behold your king!”

    At first, the frogs were terrified of the huge log.  When they saw that it did not move, they began to climb on it.  This lifeless piece of wood was no king. 

    So they asked for a real king, one that moved.

    Just then a large stork flew to the pond.  Again the voice from above proclaimed, “Behold your king!”

    The stork began eating the frogs. The frogs cried out in terror, asking for their new king to be taken away. The voice replied: “You got what you asked for.  Now you must face the consequences.”

    Any king other than King Jesus will be either lifeless or destructive to us.  There are many kings that vie for the throne of our lives. The kings of pleasure, money, power, position, education, entertainment, or anything else we bow to will always leave us wanting and without promise of better things.  Theses kings will always take more than their share.

    However, when Jesus Christ is ruling as King over our lives, He brings a reign of hope, peace, love, and joy.  That’s the kind of king I want to follow!  How about you? 

    Let Jesus rule your life today.  It’s good to have that kind of King.

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

  • May 19, 2015

     

    Trust

     

    Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:25-26

     

    Not very long ago, I was walking in my yard, looking to see how the grass was coming in.  A good portion of the yard was covered in thick, lush grass.   Those spots looked and felt very healthy.  However, there were several spots in my yard where there was growth, but very little grass.  Weeds. 

    Have you ever noticed that weeds will grow where grass won’t?  Weeds can grow anywhere, but we especially notice them where they’re not wanted.  That’s part of the Adamic curse; it just happens that way. 

    But here’s what I realized:  where there was thick, healthy grass growing, there was no room for weeds to grow.   It just crowded them out.

    Worry in our lives is like a weed.  Worry springs up and takes over in areas where there is no faith to crowd it out. 

    Worry is the absence of trust in God.  When your life is filled with trust in God, when your faith in Him and His promises is growing and healthy, worry will decrease.  But where trust in God is decreasing, worries will fill that space like weeds taking over a barren lawn.

    Are you worried today?  Sow the seeds of faith in God and His promises.  When faith takes over, doubt must flea.  Remember, God is greater than 100 percent of the worries that we face. 

            Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

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