Daily Devotion

  • July 30, 2015

     

    A Treasure Worth Finding 

     

    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

     

    Suppose a man comes running up to you after church offering a $5000 reward to anyone who can find the valuable ring his wife has lost.  Would you be eager to beat the church down the street to the restaurant for lunch, or would your focus be on finding the missing ring? 

     

    We would probably all look until the ring was found, because it was something so valuable. 

     

    God has something much more valuable for each of us to find:  His will for us.  It’s the most precious thing you can know.  God wants you to know His will, beginning with salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. 

     

    God has never said to anyone who is earnestly seeking His will, “Sorry, I won’t tell you.”  To find God’s will, we tune our hearts to His voice through prayer and His Word, and live in obedience to what we already know of God’s will. 

     

    The question is not so much how to know God’s will for your life, but are you living in obedience to Christ, holy and surrendered to Him?  When you are, He will reveal His good and perfect will for you in every situation.

    Have a great day, and Keep Moving Forward!

     

     

     

  • July 29, 2015

     

    Where Do They Put Lights? 

     

     

     “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

     

     A young woman came to her pastor in tears.  The only Christian in her workplace, she was weary of the constant taunts and sneers she received.  She was ready to throw in the towel, feeling she just couldn’t stick it out any longer.

    “Tell me,” asked her pastor, “where are lights placed?” The seemingly unrelated question perturbed the woman.

    “Why is that important?”

    “Just answer my question,” the minister replied.  “Where are lights placed?”

    “In dark places, I guess,” she replied.

    “Yes, and that is why you have been put where there is such spiritual darkness, where there is no other Christian to shine for the Lord.”

    For the first time, the young lady began to realize the opportunity she had. She knew that she would fail God if she allowed her light to go out.   She returned to her job with a renewed determination to let her light shine in her dark workplace. Before long, God used her to lead nine other women to the Light!

    If you’re in a dark place today, be encouraged!  That’s where God puts lights!

     

    Have a great day, and Keep Moving Forward!

     

     

  • July 28, 2015

     

    Experience Prayer 

     

     

    …pray without ceasing…            1 Thessalonians 5:17

     

    John’s family owned an apple orchard, so John spent his entire life surrounded by apples. He knew about apples:  how to develop the great root systems, when to prune the trees, the best fertilizer to use, and when to pick them at their peak flavor.

    He knew every variety of apple:  the Baldwin Red and the Courtland Smooth, the Fuji Green and the Golden Delicious, the Granny Smith and the Jonathan, the McIntosh, the Pink Lady, the Red Delicious, the Rhode Island Greening, the Winesap, the York Imperial.  John knew everything about apples.

    Then, one day his life was changed forever.  As he walked through the orchards, for the very first time he reached to a limb, pulled down a piece of fruit, and for the first time in his life, he ate an apple.  And it changed everything.

    Jesus taught his disciples about prayer.  There are great books and sermons and bible studies on prayer.  But prayer will only change your life if you do one thing.

    Pray.

    You’ll never really know about prayer until you pray! The book you read about prayer will not change your situation or your heart, but your prayers will.  So pray!

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • July 27, 2015

     

    Home on the Range

     

     

    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

     

     

    “Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play, where never is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day.”

     

    Two buffalo had spent a great day roaming about their home on the range. The deer and the antelope played. There was not a cloud in the sky.

     

    Later, a cowboy says to the buffalo, “You’re look disgusting!  Your heads are too big, your eyes are too small, you’ve got bad breath, your hair is ugly, and you stink.”

     

    At that, one buffalo said to his friend, “I think we just heard a discouraging word.”

     

    We all want to hear encouraging words.  But sometimes, an encouraging word is one that lovingly tells a hard truth.  The truth is that we are sinners, our sin separates us from God, hell is real, and we all deserve to go there.  That can feel very discouraging. 

     

    But that’s not the whole truth! God’s own Son, Jesus Christ died to rescue us from hell!  He saves everyone who repents of their sin and calls on His name.  The gospel is the best encouraging word!   Who can you encourage with the gospel today?

     

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • July 24, 2015

     

    The Lure of Temptation

     

    Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.    James 1:13-14

     

    Michele and I once lived in a pretty little parsonage right next to a wheat field. After the harvest when the farmer mowed the field, the field mice packed their little bags and headed for the parsonage. Michele and I are nice people, but we do not share with mice.

    We loaded several traps with bait and set them in the laundry room.  The furry little intruders learned quickly that our home was not their cold-weather hotel.

    The mice were lured to the traps because the bait appealed to them.  But when the trap snapped shut, the mouse definitely regretted his decision.  

    God doesn’t lure us to dangerous places.  We are drawn to them by our own lusts for pleasure, power, freedom, recognition, riches, acceptance – all things that appeal to our flesh.   

    Satan also sets his traps, baited with what we have an appetite for, and he can provide plenty of what our flesh wants.

    Our desires may not be bad in themselves, but any of them has the potential to lure us into sin.  Don’t go there!  Daily stay in God’s Word and in prayer, and steer clear of situations that can lead you to sin!

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

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