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Great Responsibility

Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them in your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Devo in a nutshell:

Have you ever stopped and thought about what a great privilege and responsibility we have to teach our children and grandchildren about the Lord? 
Our passage today tells us this is something we should be doing.
But before we can teach our children and grandchildren about the Lord, He must be on our hearts!!! In other words we must have a personal and I would say intimate relationship with Him ourselves.
When we have that kind of relationship, then it becomes a part of who we are to share about who He is. We will see the importance, find the time and at every opportunity share about the Lord with them.
The passage says talk with them when you are at home and when you are on the road; at night and during the day. There is never a bad time to share about Jesus.
Make Jesus the number priority of your life and share Him. Understand what a great privilege we have been given!

Lord help me to alway realize that I am helping to raise the present as well as future generations.

Have a great day in the Lord

The Name of Jesus

Isaiah 9:6: “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

Devo in a nutshell:

When you hear the name Jesus, what do you think? Miracles, Salvation, Peace, Comfort, Joy, Hope, Abundant life, Love, Grace, Mercy….all of these and so much more I’m sure. 
One of my favorite hymns is entitled, “There’s Just Something about that Name.” The name Jesus.
The one who raised Lazarus from the died, calmed the storm, heal the sick, and lives today in each and every believer and because of that we can have hope and peace.
When the world says worry we have comfort to know Jesus cares for us. He desires to take care of those things which burden us. We can box all our problems and worries up, seal the lid and place them all at the feet of Jesus.
In Jesus you will find exactly what you need for today. Go to Him and call on His Mighty Name and find the peace it brings.

Thank You, Father, that I can call on but most of all that I can count on You always.
There’s just something about that name!!!!! Having a bad day? Worrying? Concerned? Anxious? Hurting? Needing a friend?
Call out to Him today.

Have a great day in the Lord.

Consider it JOY

James 1:2: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.”

Devo in a nutshell:

Throughout Scripture we read time and time again of victory through troubles and suffering. 
Helmut Thielicke, a German pastor and theologian, said this: “when we are rightly related to God, life is full of joyful uncertainty and expectancy….we do not know what God is going to do next; He packs our lives with surprises all the time. What a strange idea, “joyful uncertain.” Most of us view uncertainty as a cause for anxiety, not joy. Yet the call to expectancy rings true. The idea of standing on tiptoe to see what God is going to do next can transform our way of seeing.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each morning we jumped out of bed, stood on tiptoes to see what God was going to do next!! Instead of worrying about what may or may not happen next.
When we see life like that, our cup will surely run over and life will be joyful!

Lord help me to look at life from Your perspective and to see You at work in all things.

Have a great day in the Lord.

Let others see Jesus in you

JAMES 1:22: “Prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude (deceive) themselves.”

Devo in a nutshell:

Susannah Wesley once said, “there are two things you do with the gospel: one is you believe it and two you live it.”
Its good to be reminded of the importance of not only hearing and believing the word but the importance, power and influence of living the Word.
Years ago Charles Barkley (professional basketball player) said, “I am not a role model.” After saying that people came out in great numbers, some defending his statement and others opposing his statement.
You may feel like Charles Barkley; that you are not a role model. But let me tell you whether you like it or not someone out there is watching you. You are making a lasting impression on them. It may be your children, a coworker, your neighbor or a stranger you pass by on your way to the grocery store. But you can rest assured that someone is watching how you live out your faith.
Our passage says “be doers of the word not just hearers.” In other words live out what you believe. Don’t just talk it walk it!!!!

Thank you Lord for allowing us to understand the importance of the way we live.
Father help me live in such a way that my life lets others see You in me.

Have a great day in the Lord.

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The Fear of the Lord

Psalm 111:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.”

Devo in a nutshell:

This year on Sunday nights we have been studying from the book of Deuteronomy. During our study we have watched as God, through Moses, has shared with the nation of Israel His desire for them to love Him and obey Him.
The passage today speaks of “the fear of the Lord.”
What does that mean and how does that have anything to do with our loving and obeying the Lord?
Many times when we think of fear we picture ourselves shrinking back from someone or something. But the fear of the Lord is a reverential awe that we owe God simply because He is the Lord. It is a respect for and a awe of God.
When we have a reverential respect and awe of God we can’t help but love Him and that love leads us the obey Him.
God wants more than an external obedience, He desires us to do His will from the heart; which is done because of our love for Him and that love springs forth when we recognize God for who He is and give Him the respect, honor and awe that He is worthy to receive.
In a day and time when we seem to be lacking respect of authority and finding ourselves standing in awe of mere mortal men and women; who do some pretty remarkable things. May we not forget God does not just do pretty remarkable; He does the impossible. He has done what no one is able to do. Our God spoke everything into existence. He said let there be and there was!!! Our God is God and gods, King of Kings, Lord of lords, great, mighty, powerful and awesome……and the list can go on and on.
Needless to say He is Worthy of our Fear, our Love and our obedience.

Lord thank you for being so Awesome!

Have have a great day in the Lord.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:13-14: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderful made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Devo in a nutshell:

Some years ago a documentary special came out with the latest research findings about men and women. Everyone was waiting with great anticipation to find out what this latest groundbreaking research would tell us and how it would help us advance into the 21st century.
After a few hours the moment of truth came and the researches shared, “Men and women are made differently!”
I burst into laughter!!! This is a fundamental truth I have shared with couples during pre-marital counseling for 20 years. God made you different and each of you bring to the marriage relationship something very special and unique. You are different in anatomy, in thoughts, in expectations, in communication and many more ways.
But thinking deeper into this passage I realize that not only are men and women created different, everyone is created different by God and as different as each of us are; we are also each one special just the way we are. God made us the way we are!!! And God doesn’t make mistakes.
You may have been told you’re not special, that your ordinary, you’re this or that… let me remind you today you are special!!! You are important!!! You are loved!!!
Never let the world or anyone in the world tell you that you’re nothing because you are something special! Special because the God of all creation designed you just the way you are and because He so loved you that He gave His only Son to die in your place.
When others tell you’re just ordinary remember our passage, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Lord thank You that You didn’t make everyone like me. Differences among us is what makes life so interesting.

Have a great day in the Lord.

Be Ready

Military experts work day and night to keep our armed forces at a high state of readiness.  How about you?  Are you living in the state of readiness?  Sixteen times in the Bible we find the phrase “Be Ready” so we know it’s important to God that we, as Christians, be ready.  Ready for what?  Just to name a few:

1.  We should be ready to give an answer to those asking about our hope (1 Peter 3:15).

2. We should be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1).

3. We should be ready to give generously (1 Corinthians 9:3,5).

4. We should be ready to preach (share) the word in and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

5. We should be ready for Christ to come again (Matthew 24:44).

We can and should never take a break from our Christianity nor relax our spiritual vigilance.  TODAY MIGHT BE THE DAY!!!

Ready to go, ready to stay, ready my place to fill, ready for service, lowly or great, ready to do His will…..—Charles D. Tillman (1903)

Finishing……

Have you ever taken the time to really think about the importance of starting and finishing?  For many, starting is the easy part, finishing is a bit more difficult.

I recently read a story about a Tanzanian marathoner runner in the Olympics.  The story goes, “hours behind the runner in front of him, the last marathoner finally entered the Olympic Stadium.  By this time most of the spectators had gone home.  Limping into the arena, the Tanzanian runner grimaced with every step, his knee bleeding and bandaged from an earlier fall.  His ragged appearance immediately caught the attention of the remaining crowd and they soon were cheering him on to the finish line.
Why did he stay in the race?  What made him endure his injuries to the end?  When asked those questions later, he replied, “My country did not send me 7000 miles to start the race.  They sent me 7000 miles to finish it.”

That reminded me of how important it is not only to start well but to also finish well.  Christ has given us a wonderful opportunity and for many the race has began and the start has been good but how will we finish.  Christ does not just desire that we start the race but that we finish the race.

Be faithful until the very end…….run through the finish line.

1 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kelp the faith.”