Daily Devotion

  • April 24, 2015

     

    The Last Chapter

     

    …and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.    Revelation 20:10

     

    One night a little boy was up late reading a murder mystery involving a dastardly villain who plotted all kinds of mayhem for the heroine. After a while the boy couldn’t stop shivering in dread. He felt so sorry for the heroine. The boy became so afraid of the villain that he couldn’t stand the suspense any longer. Instead of waiting to finish the book, he decided to skip to the last chapter.

    When the boy found out the villain got what he deserved and the heroine was delivered, he sighed with relief. Relaxed and certain of the end, he could go back and read the remainder of the book. But this time his attitude was different. Every time the villain would plot another evil deed, the boy would smile himself and say, “If you knew what I know, you wouldn’t be so proud and cocky right now.” It helps to know what happens in the end!

    As God’s children, we already know the last chapter of this life. We know how the story of good and evil is going to end. Satan will ultimately receive his punishment for all eternity. We will be with Jesus forever in Heaven.  Therefore, we can pray with confidence to our God, knowing He has all our situations under His control. Jesus has already won the ultimate victory.

    Jesus will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords forever!  Satan’s end has already been spelled out.  Therefore, let’s not live in fear, but in confidence that He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • April 23, 2015

     

    Chipping Stones or Building Cathedrals?

     

    Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.  Ephesians 6:5-8

    Three stone cutters were working at the construction site of a new cathedral.  A passerby asked each what he was doing.  The first man answered, “I’m just chipping away at these stones.”  The second man said, “I’m just trying to make enough money to get through the day.”  The third guy said, “I am building a great cathedral.”  All three men were doing the same job, but one had a vastly different attitude about his work.

    Followers of Christ should have this attitude about their work:  “I’m not just chipping away at this stone.  I’m not just earning enough money to get me through the day.  My work is significant.  It is a gift from God.  I’m doing my work for His glory, and I’m doing it not as unto men, but as unto the Lord.”

    Whether you’re a floor sweeper or a CEO, whether you are blue collar or white collar, whether you make minimum wage or a six figure salary, what matters about your work is your attitude. When you determine that you are going to work to please God more than to please your earthly boss, then God will bring you joy in your work, no matter what it is.

    By the way, God is not more pleased with pastors, or missionaries, or full-time Christian workers.  God is pleased with every person who is doing what He has given them to do.  If He’s given you the job of working on an assembly line, like my grandmother did, He is as pleased with you as He is when Billy Graham does what God has called Billy Graham to do! 

    Whatever God gives you to do, do it to please Him! 

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

     

  • April 22, 2015

     

    Fear Moves Out

     

    …for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  

    2 Timothy 1:7

     

    To learn courage, you have to know fear.  

    Isaac Stern, the great violinist, once observed a nine-year-old playing the violin amazingly well.

    Then he said, “You can’t really tell how an artist will be until the teen years, for that is when fear comes. Then and only then can you see if the person has courage. You can’t learn courage until you know fear.”

    Fear can paralyze us. Finding the courage to overcome in the face of fear is an important key to successful living.

    The key to walking in power, love and self-control comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  Many people make the mistake of having faith in faith.  Faith alone does not remedy fear.  The object of your faith must be strong enough and faithful enough to walk you through fearful situations.  Jesus is infinitely strong and Jesus is perfectly faithful.

    When you place your faith in Christ in the middle of a painful or seemingly impossible situation, you are depending on one whose strength is perfect.  His love for you is perfect.  His power is perfect.  His faithfulness to you is perfect.  He is greater than anything that can harm you. 

     

    Regardless of your circumstances, today you can trust God’s promise:  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10) 

     

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • April 21, 2015

     

    Clean on the Inside

     

    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  Psalm 51:1-2

    A few years ago, I was helping Michele get our house ready to host a women's event.  I borrowed my dad's power washer and cleaned the windows.  I washed windows upstairs and downstairs, doing my very best.  I worked really hard. 

    The next week, right before the event was about to start, I double checked the windows. They were dirty!  So, I took a bottle of window cleaner and used extra elbow grease to make sure the windows had no spots on them.  You can imagine my frustration when Michele came to me a little later and said, “My goodness, the windows are dirty!”

    The problem was that though I had gone above and beyond to clean the windows on the outside, I had done nothing to clean them on the inside. 

    Just like those windows, we can spend all of our effort to clean ourselves up on the outside.  Our own attempts to resurrect a reputation, to cover over our sins, or try to repair relationships is only surface cleaning.  We must allow Jesus to cleanse us from the sin and guilt that stains us on the inside.  Only Jesus can make us truly clean. 

    The Bible says that when we uncover our sin and confess our sins to God, He is faithful to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  Don’t just try to clean up the outside of your life.  Invite Jesus to cleanse your heart.  Then you’ll be really clean.

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • April 20, 2015

     

    Unclaimed Treasure

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16

     A mother met her son at the door as he was leaving for college.  She handed him a brand new Bible, and said, “Son, promise me that you’ll read this Bible every day while you’re away at school. It will bless you.”

    He promised that he would.  But at college he became so busy with studies and social obligations, the son set aside his promise to his mother.  After a few weeks, his money began to run out. He called home. “Mom,” he said, “can you send me some money? I’m nearly broke.” 

    She said, "Are you reading your Bible every day?" 

    “Mom, I haven’t gotten around to it.” His mother said, "You’ll be blessed if you will read your Bible every day."  Then she said goodbye and hung up.

    The student called home several times requesting money, and the mother’s answer remained the same.  “Read your Bible every day.  It will bless you.”

    Frustrated, the young man finally pulled his Bible from the shelf and sat at his desk to read it.  When he opened his Bible, there, in the book of Psalms, was a check for $750. His mom was right. Reading his Bible blessed Him.

    God’s Word cannot dwell in you richly if you are not reading it daily, mining its treasures of wisdom, knowledge, conviction, comfort, and hope.  God’s Word is worth so much more than we can imagine.  It will guide us to the one Who will faithfully meet our deepest needs. 

    Parents, teach your children to hide the Word of God in their hearts.  The best way to lead your children is by example.  God’s Word is the greatest treasure we can give them.

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

     

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