Daily Devotional for Thursday May 21, 2020
God's will for your life!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under Your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for You in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of Your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses You, help me to stand for Your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to You in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: 39% of students are praying more during the Chinese Flu outbreak! Well, that is a nice stat. I actually think that is probably correct. It shows along with other polls how people ARE turning to God during this generational event we are living through. It makes sense since unlike 9/11, this is literally affecting every man, woman, and child in our nation. A few weeks ago we learned over 60% of “religious people” believed God was trying to tell people they need to change how they were living. So even with the vast percentage of the last 2 generations having never been to church, we are at least seeing a significant portion of the people believing that there is a “God factor” in all of this. Of course, that is not a total shock since when people are confronted with something bigger than themselves, they are looking for answers that are bigger than themselves. I continue to pray each day that people don’t just seek God during the pain of the moment, but their hearts are moved to realize that unless we change how we live, the pain can be even worse...even to the literal destruction of life as we knew it in any form!!! GOD IS A GOD OF MERCY, BUT HE IS ALSO A GOD OF JUDGMENT!!! GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE FINAL WORD!!!
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Pleasing God and making our life matter. We often get so caught up in living of our lives day to day , it is easy to forget why God has given us this wonderful gift of life. It is to serve and glorify Him. That is the bottom line of why we are here. Unfortunately, we can get far, far away from that purpose during the course of our years here on earth.
Obviously, one of the enemies goals is to keep us distracted so that we cannot fulfill that God-given purpose. Once a person comes to know Christ by faith, the enemy has lost the battle for that person's soul. However, the battle then centers around making us as ineffective as possible in serving God in our daily lives. The more he can keep us distracted with the burdens of life, the less effective we are in our service to God.
This passage of scripture in Isaiah helps us to focus on what this life is really all about. It is not about seeing how much wealth we can accumulate in this life, or how much power we can acquire, or how well-known we can become.
All of things the world judges us by is absolutely meaningless to us when this brief journey is over. It is the wood, hay, and stubble the Bible talks about that will burn up when tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). The gold, silver, and precious stones are those things we do in this life that stand the test of eternity. It is our true service to our Lord.
If you want a starting point of how to please God, what kinds of things we can do in our life to follow our Lord and have an eternal legacy, get your Bible out and read verse 7 in the 58th chapter of Isaiah. This is what our life really is all about. Being there for those in need. Helping those who are lost in this life. Sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ with those we meet in this life.
I love you and care about you so much. One of the questions I get every day is how to be in the will of God. There are so many passages in the Word of God that help us know what we can do in our life to be in the will of God. This verse in Isaiah is a great place to start.
I will be praying with you today that the Lord helps you to realize no matter what problems you are facing, no matter how many obstacles there might be this very moment, there are always others who are in worse shape, always others who are struggling even more than you are. We have a responsibility to be an ambassador for Christ in our daily lives. This is how we fulfill our purpose in life.
My challenge to you today is to be aware that there is an enemy out there who will try everything possible to distract you from fulfilling your God-given purpose. Be aware of this trap. Rise above it no matter what you may be dealing with and find ways each day to share the hope and love of Christ with someone.
God did not place people in your life, in your path each day by accident. It is your opportunity to serve Him, and lay up treasures in heaven for eternity as opposed to focusing on the treasures of this life that will all one day pass away. The goal of every child of God should be to please HIM, and let God use our lives to make a difference for HIS Kingdom!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,