Devotional: ‘Never Grow Weary of Doing What is Right’

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“And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

 If we are faithful to live the kind of life Christ has called us to live, there will be days when we feel tired and weary. There will be seasons in our ministries when we will have given it our best, yet see little fruit. There will be occasions when we will have done our part, yet still need to go another mile. It will seem at times that our tasks will never end and we may be able to pause only long enough to catch our breath. Yet we must never stop doing what is right.

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Devotional: ‘Allow God to Forgive You’

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1 Kings 15:4 But for David’s sake, the Lord his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp, and he gave Abijam a son to rule after him in Jerusalem. 5 For David had done what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and had obeyed the Lord’s commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite.

Most of us know the story of David and his sin with Bathsheba. Scripture says that at a time when kings went to war, David stayed at home. One night, as he strolled along the rooftop terrace of his palace, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Though the woman was another man’s wife, David still requested that she be brought to him.

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Devotional:‘Sharing Your Faith With Your Family and Friends’

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“Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”  (Mark 5:19)

Why is it so much harder to witness to family and friends than to total strangers? Often many Christians will travel overseas to share the gospel with people around the world, yet never walk across the street to share that same gospel with their neighbor.

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Devotional: ‘Abide in Me’

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“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)

Christ desires His followers to bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit. According to Jesus, the more fruit we bear, the more glory His Father receives.

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Devotional: ‘The Blessings of a Well-Marked Bible’

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“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”  (Psalm 119:14-16)

I remember an afternoon many years ago when I received an unexpected blessing. No, it was not a check in the mail or even a pat on the back. It was the opportunity to look through a well-marked Bible. Let me explain.

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Devotional: ‘Jars of Clay’

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“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Whenever a believer has to suffer, the first question that often comes to their mind is, “Why would the Lord allow this? What good could this possibly accomplish?” Perhaps it will not be until we are in heaven that we will fully understand all the reasons for our suffering.

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Devotional: ‘Ready to Take a Risk’

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Years ago a famous tightrope walker was entertaining the crowds by walking back and forth across a rope stretched between two skyscrapers. With each crossing the man became a little more daring and the crowd a little more enthused. Finally he brought out a wheelbarrow and asked how many believed that he could roll the wheelbarrow across the rope with someone sitting in it. Almost everyone eagerly raised their hand in agreement. Then he asked for a volunteer.

“During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” Jesus said.”  (Matthew 14:25-29)

For many of us it is easy to trust Christ for something as great as salvation, but difficult to trust Him for something as simple as providing our daily bread. Our songs and sermons are often filled with enthusiastic exclamations of how Christ is our Lord and that we will gladly give up everything for Him; but then when He asks for something, we’re often like the crowd who slowly lowered their hand.

Daily I seek the Spirit to lead me as I write these devotionals and today He has stopped me dead in my tracks. The Spirit is asking me, “Are you willing to get into the wheelbarrow and trust Jesus?” If I truly believe that He can give me eternal life, why shouldn’t I believe that He can guide me through this temporary life?

“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ Jesus said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

Are you ready to take a risk and walk on the water?