Devotional:‘Do Not Waste Your Life’   

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Some time back I read that many professing Christians view their relationship with God as little more than a hobby. Others, who would claim that they attend church on a regular basis, do so only once or twice a month. Yet Christ does not want us to be a casual Christian. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

In Revelation chapter 3, we find some very important words Jesus said to the church of Laodicea.

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” (Revelation 3:15-17)

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Devotional: ‘Do Not Be Afraid’  

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For many of us, whenever we see a sign that says – ‘WET PAINT, DO NOT TOUCH’, the first thing we want to do is to touch it. There is something in our human nature that often makes us resistant to being told what to do. Yet, for the child of God, we should be open and receptive to our Lord’s commands. We read from 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

This week we will consider five important‘DO NOT’S’found in God’s Word. Our first one is: DO NOT BE AFRAID.’

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Devotional: ‘What is God Trying to Accomplish in My Life’

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“And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, ‘My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.’” (Hebrews 12:5-6)

How do you respond whenever difficulty comes your way? For many of us, our first reaction is to become discouraged and maybe even angry. Yet the Bible tells us not to. Rather than resisting God’s discipline, we must receive it as something special from the hand of our loving Father. Consider these two important principles of encouragement that this passage gives us:

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Devotional: ‘Why Did You Doubt?’

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Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Matthew 14:27-31

I have often wondered how many steps Peter took before he began to sink. Was it one step? Was it two steps? Or was it a half a dozen? In my mind, if he only stood on one step, it was a miracle!

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Devotional: ‘Walking on the Water’ 

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Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” (Matthew 14:24-26

Of all the miracles Jesus ever performed, for some reason this miracle seems to amaze me the most. Nothing short of the supernatural could ever accomplish something like this. No doubt that’s why the disciples thought at first that they were seeing a ghost.

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Devotional: ‘The Power of the Holy Spirit’

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“How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” (Galatians 3:2)

One day, as I was reading this verse, it suddenly dawned upon me that this is exactly what many of us try to do. We believe that salvation is a new-birth experience produced by the Holy Spirit, but that sanctification (the process of making us holy)is something that we must do on our own. But can we? Can we make ourselves more holy? Consider what the Apostle Paul said about himself –

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Devotional: ‘Convictions’

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But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. (Daniel 1:8)

Shortly after Daniel and his friends arrived in Babylon they were chosen to be servants to the king, and to prepare them for their service, they were groomed for a period of three years. Part of their grooming included a special diet, which scripture says was food that came from the king’s table. Though many might see this as a great blessing, the Bible says, “Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.”Why was Daniel so resistant to eating the king’s food?

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