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Enhance each day with verses from the Bible, reflections from Pastor Chris and others on our teaching team, and prayer. You will build your relationship with God, walk with Christ, and find peace and joy, even in correction.

Quiet time and fellowship with God—such an important part of the day. Use these devotionals to help you focus on God every day.

TODAY’S READ:

Perspective

Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

I’ve put on a few extra pounds. My hairline is in a full panicked retreat. The hair that has chosen to stay is turning gray. I’ve developed tennis elbow. I don’t play tennis. My knee aches from my running years. My new glasses are giving me fits. The dentist says I need a root canal. I’m 30 days behind on a deadline. I’ve been working on a mild form of insomnia. I think I have a mild hearing loss. I’ve been through a thorough backstabbing. I’ve got more commitments than time to fulfill them. I’m stressed about the board meeting tonight. My wife’s car needs a front-end job. My girls need a car. I need a money tree.

The schedule is killing me. Humidity is drowning me. Coffee is poisoning me. My computer froze. My back is aching. My sinuses are clogging. My eye is twitching. I caught a virus. My computer caught a virus. I’m getting forgetful – I think. There’s no end in sight. There’s no help on the horizon … but I’m walking on air!

I don’t have any real problems. I just left the bedside of a friend in intensive care. I’m fighting the blues – he’s fighting for breath. I’m living – he’s dying. It’s amazing how storm clouds flee with a little change in one’s perspective.

 

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Not Too Late

Reading:  Exodus 3:1
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

 

Moses thought he was banned for life. He had traded regal robes for the common garb of a shepherd.

He had mortgaged his future by murder and flight. He had blown his opportunity, missed the key connection, and lost his calling in the shifting sands of Egypt.

Can you relate to the fugitive shepherd? Are you certain that life has passed you by? Did you marry the wrong person? Did you turn down a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity? Did you lose your membership in the winners club? Moses’ story is one you have to hear. When it came to delivering God’s people, Moses was about as far out of the picture as a man could be. He was a runaway shepherd. His life now revolved around livestock. His royal years were 40 years behind him. It seemed that he was quite content to take care of Jethro’s sheep and live out his years in the Midian wilderness – and then God called.

A late-life mission wrote Moses’ name into the hero’s hall of faith in heaven (Hebrews 11:23). Life’s story doesn’t end until our hearts beat the final cadence. Fatalism is a deceptive mindset that blinds us to God’s redemptive purposes. You may be down, hurt, weary, and bruised, but you’re not out yet. Expect to hear His call – again.

 

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Misplaced Confidence

Reading:  Deuteronomy 28:52
They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lordyour God is giving you.

 

In ancient China, the people wanted security from the barbaric tribes to the north; so they built the great Chinese wall. They took great pride in their massive fortress. It was so high they knew that no one could climb over it. They built it so thick that nothing could break it down.

Content with their handiwork, they settled in to enjoy their hard-won security and raise their children in peace. During the next one hundred years China was invaded three times. The wall was never successfully climbed or breached. The barbarians simply bribed the gatekeepers and marched through opened gates. The Chinese were so secure behind their walls of stone that they forgot to teach integrity to their children. I see a tragic parallel in America.

We have built a nation great and strong. It is unlikely that American soil will ever be forfeited through war, but the American soul has been lost to succeeding generations of negligent gatekeepers. We can no longer sing “Faith of our fathers living still” with a straight face. The Great Wall of China speaks a message across the centuries: Beware of misplaced confidence. He who guards the gate is greater than he who builds the wall.

 

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God’s Good Gift

Reading:  Genesis 2:21-22
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

 

There are five things every man should know about his wife; five things that keep you from trouble. There were five steps in God’s creative process, and they speak volumes: 1) God caused Adam to sleep. Adam had no say in the design. Adam was not asked his opinion. He was not consulted on final specifications. A wise man does not belittle God’s creative genius. 2) God took a rib. This indicates partnership and intimacy. Although the man is set in place as the head of the wife (Ephesians 5:23), he is to treat her as his ultimate life partner. 3) God closed the flesh. God’s creative Word did not harm Adam in any way. The marriage relationship should leave no scars. 4) God made the woman. She is God’s craftsmanship of the highest order. Some women jokingly say that when God created woman He got it right. In truth, when man and woman were placed together in the garden – everything was right. 5) God brought the woman to Adam. She is God’s gift; an undeserved blessing; an answer to man’s incompletion; an intimate to whom none can compare.
Rejoice in your wife. She is God’s good gift. I know a man who spent five years trying to change his wife. He now lives alone.

 

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Continual Transformation

Reading:  Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

I’ve often engaged in that socially acceptable form of flattery assuring some long lost friend, “You haven’t changed a bit!” It is a common use of hyperbole to suggest that natural laws have been suspended and that the person in question has retained the glow of youth. It’s generally understood that accuracy isn’t really the point. But then, isn’t it also a rather cruel insult to suppose that one has not changed a bit? If, over the course of weeks, months, or years, one truly has not changed – then it might be argued that a life has been utterly wasted, Christ’s work frustrated, and the Holy Spirit grieved. Paul argues for a continual renewal and transformative process through which Christ is formed in us (Galatians 4:19). The Saul we meet on the Damascus road shows little resemblance to the Paul who partnered with Barnabas – and the Paul who walked with Barnabas is quite a different fellow than the prisoner we encounter in Rome in the later chapters of the book of Acts. We are made to grow roots and bear fruits. We are called to an ever-increasing knowledge of the Holy One. We dare not remain the same lest we suppose that we have somehow arrived. We are not done until we are home … and we’re not home yet.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.