Daily Devotion

  • March 4, 2015

     

    Eyesight or Memory

     

    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.   Proverbs 15:3

     

    During his presidency, Ronald Reagan told the following story at a White House reception.

    “It seems that an 80-year-old man’s golf game was hampered by poor eyesight. He could hit the ball well but he couldn’t see where it went. So his doctor teamed him up with a 90-year-old man who had perfect eyesight and was willing to go along to serve as a spotter.

    The 80-year-old man hit the first ball and asked his companion if he saw where it landed. ‘Yep’, said the 90-year-old.

    ‘Where did it go?’ the 80-year-old demanded.

    The 90-year-old replied, ‘I don’t remember.’”

    Whether your eyesight is getting worse or your memory is becoming cloudy, keep this in the front of your mind: God always sees you and He never forgets you.

    He is daily watching over your life, and His greatest desire is for you to know His Son Jesus Christ.  Even if you can’t seen Him, He sees you!   Even when you forget Him, He remembers you!

    Have a great day, and keep Moving Forward!

  • March 3, 2015

     

    Are You Ready?

     

     And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.   Hebrews 9:27

     

    An executive commented to a woman he was interviewing for a position in his company, “I see your birthday is April 12.” Then he asked a question that he never should have asked. “What year?”

    Without blinking an eye, she replied, “Every year.” She got the job! And he never asked that question again!

    One thing is certain for all of us – with each day and year that pass, we’re all moving closer to our last day on earth.

    At the end of our lives, we each will stand before God to be judged on one simple thing: What have you done with His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for your sins and rose from the grave to give you eternal life?

    Are you ready to stand before Jesus and give an account for your life? If you are saved by the blood of Jesus, you are ready because His blood covers your sins! 

    As a believer in Jesus Christ, are you pleased with the life you have lived?  Have you served Him, loved Him, and pleased Him with your life?

    Today is a new day. You can start living for Jesus like you haven’t before. The past is the past. So start living your life like Jesus could come back at any time. Be ready to give an account to Jesus that brings glory and honor to Him!

    If you are not saved, you are not ready to give an account to Jesus. The only thing you will be able to say is, “Lord I didn’t place my faith in you.”  Then, Jesus will say those words none us of wants to hear. “But He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from Me, all you workers of evil!’  (Luke 13:27).

    Only those who call on Jesus to save them from their sin will have eternal life in heaven with Him.  Be ready to give an account to Jesus. Your very soul depends on it.

    Have a great day, and keep Moving Forward

  • March 2, 2015

      

    Pardon

     

     For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him.   1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

     

    In 1830, a man named George Wilson was convicted of robbing the US Mail.  At that time, the crime carried the penalty of death.  George Wilson was sentenced to be hanged. 

    President Andrew Jackson heard about George Wilson and issued  him a pardon. Amazingly, however, Wilson refused to accept it.

    George Wilson faced death for his crime.  The President of the United States offered him a way out, but he rejected it.   Could Mister Wilson be forced to accept the pardon?  The question was posed to the Supreme Court. 

    Chief Justice Marshall communicated the court’s decision:  “A pardon is a slip of paper, the value of which is determined by the acceptance of the person to be pardoned. If it is refused, it is no pardon.”  And then he wrote, “George Wilson must be hanged.”

    George Wilson died when he had been pardoned. You may say, “How foolish!”

    In exactly the same way, it is foolish for us to reject the pardon Jesus Christ offers us.

    Jesus Christ has done everything that needs to be done for you to be saved. He died on the cross. He rose from the grave. He made the way for you to be forgiven. He made the way for your heart to be cleansed. He made the way for you to have peace with God.

    Everything has been done, and Jesus offers you His pardon from your sin. So the question comes to you:  do you receive that pardon, or do you reject it?  Because a pardon refused is no pardon.

    Have you received the pardon that Jesus Christ offers for your sin?   If not, I pray that today will be the day you call on the name of the Lord to save you!

    Have a great day, and keep Moving Forward

  • February 27, 2015

     

    A Matter of Perspective

     

    Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.  Psalm 29:2

     

    The mountains of North Carolina are a beautiful thing to behold. It is amazing to see the mountains at different seasons. In the fall, people enjoy driving the roads up the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the leaves change. The many shades of orange, red, yellow, green, and brown are an amazing sight.

    Our family enjoys the mountains most in the summer. It is a beautiful place to get away from the heat. Usually in June and July, the weather is around 70 degrees. We enjoy just sitting in a chair and looking out over the mountain in the midst of the day. At night it is beautiful to see the sunset and hear the crickets and frogs sing their music.

    Viewing God’s majestic creation should move us to praise Him! As you stroll through the mountains, you can’t help to praise the Lord for the leaves, the clouds in the sky, the water in the brook, the birds that fly by and sing, and all the creatures in the woods.

    God has blessed us with everything our eyes can see. Are you praising Him? When you step out your door in the morning do you praise Him for the flowers and bushes you have in your yard, or do you immediately see the weeds and begin to complain?  It is all a matter of perspective.

    People are God’s highest creation.  As your day progresses do you see the wonder and awe in the people you work with?  Do you see every person as someone that God has created and whom He loves with all His heart?

    Do you see your friends and family as God’s blessings to you?

    It is all a matter of perspective.

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

  • February 26, 2015

     

    Time Well Spent

     

    Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.    Ephesians 5:15-16

     

    Imagine that your banker phoned you late on Friday afternoon to tell you he had some very good news.

    An anonymous donor, who loves you very much, has decided to deposit 86,400 pennies into your account each morning, starting tomorrow.

    That’s $864 dollars a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year.

    Then, your banker adds, “There’s one stipulation: you must spend all the money for that day in the day you receive it. No balances will be carried over to the next day.”

    So you do the math:  $864 a day times seven equals more than $6,000 each week. Multiplied by 52, that’s almost $315,000 a year that you will have available to you if you’re diligent to spend it each day.

    Remember, whatever you don’t spend is forfeited.

    Now let’s talk about reality. Every morning, God, Who loves you with all of His heart, deposits into your account of time 86,400 seconds – which represents 1,440 minutes, which equals 24 hours each day.

    God gives you 86,400 seconds, and it’s all yours to spend.  However, balances will never be carried over.    

    Someone has said, “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want to, but you can spend it only once.”

    Your time is like a precious treasure that God has given you.  How you spend your time adds up to how you spend your life.  Making the best use of your time makes the best use of your life!

    God desires for us to spend our lives passionately pursuing His kingdom! 

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

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