today’s devotional

December 6, 2016

Few of us know real hunger. Unless we have fasted for an extended period of time, we do not know the relentless gnawing that real hunger brings.

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8.3)

The people of Israel knew real hunger before they knew true satisfaction. Desperate and without provisions, their forty-year wilderness exile would have led to certain death by starvation or thirst were it not for Yahweh’s direct intervention. His miraculous provision of manna was designed to lead them to a realization of the great truth that Jesus quoted in the face of Satan’s temptation: “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”  

I’m not sure I’ve even really been hungry enough for this truth to truly penetrate my heart and mind, nor have you. Daily bread is abundantly available to most of us. Our options are WHAT, not IF. 

Having just returned from a vacation experience that included sumptuous dining on some of the finest food I’ve ever tasted, talking about true hunger and satisfaction seems ironic and a bit hypocritical. But, thankfully there remains a hunger that only my Father, and His Son, can truly satisfy.

The Bread of Life is God’s greatest gift to us. May we taste and be satisfied through this manna man, who gives to us that which “proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”

Steve

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November 15, 2016

What do you keep, and what do you throw away? Our nearly endless cycle of accumulation forces us to regular ask this question. But, it’s a question that pertains to something far more important.

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8.35-37)

There are no more important questions in life to ask than these. So many people work hard to try to get ahead in life, while apparently forfeiting life’s greatest opportunity. What possible value is there in gaining as much of the world’s goods as possible, while forfeiting the endless life of the age to come?

Honestly, are you placing greater priority on the things of the kingdom than the things of this age? Are you losing your life for Christ and the kingdom, or are you as consumed with success and achievement in this age as non-believers?

The challenging questions of Jesus are our challenge to all today. May we answer honestly, and adjust our lives wisely.

Steve

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today’s devotional

November 9, 2016

So, who are you for? That’s a question that can be asked about political candidates, parties, or sports teams. But, the better question is, WHAT are you for? 

“Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago” (Titus 1.1-2)

The apostle took his stand for three enduring and important priorities: the faith, the knowledge of the truth, and the hope of eternal life. “The faith” was a singular system of belief, embraced and declared by God’s Son and the early church. “The knowledge of the truth” was certainly connected with “the faith,” but was also designed to flourish through lifestyle “which is according to godliness.” It is living faith and truth. Finally, this faith and truth anticipated “the hope of eternal life;” based upon the resolute promise of “God, who cannot lie.”

Now these are great priorities to be “for”! They vastly supersede social, political, and sports causes. These are priorities that prepare us, and those we impact, for the life of the age to come.

Each new day brings changing circumstances and activities. But, for the people of God these great priorities always remain. May our focus and greatest energies be on these qualities of lasting significance.

Steve

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today’s devotional

November 8, 2016

Regardless of the times or circumstances, we who are blessed are called to be a blessing. 

“The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,  And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3.10-12, from Psalm 34) 

“Good days” are not determined by who will reside in the White House, or serve in any elected position, but by how the people of God live their lives. Those “good days” now, and ultimately in the coming kingdom of God, result from a lifestyle consistent with what Jesus our Lord taught and modeled. We refrain from evil and malicious talk. We decisively turn from all evil action and behavior,  and actively pursue peace and goodness. We are ever aware that our Father looks with favor upon those who live in such a way, and we are mindful that His wrath and disfavor will fall upon all who do otherwise.

Those whose lifestyle is characterized according to these verses in 1 Peter 3 are both blessed and a blessing. The impact of goodness upon an evil culture will be far greater than we might ever imagine.

So, on this day and every day, our marching orders remain the same: live lives of integrity to be blessed, and to be a blessing to others.

Steve

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today’s devotional

November 1, 2016

Life circumstances are such that there are people near you who are ready to accept the gospel message. Whether a health crisis, marriage problem, job loss, or death of someone close, there are people we know who are ready to hear and receive. 

“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (John 4.35) 

Personally, I’m feeling an increased conviction to more fully see with “harvest eyes.” Just last week I was challenged by Luke 10.2 – “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” A waiting harvest and a worker shortage is personally more troubling than before. 

There are many good causes God’s people involve themselves with. While we may differ in our opinion of these priorities, one thing is absolutely certain: nothing is more important in God’s and Jesus’ eyes than lost people being found for the kingdom of God. Absolutely nothing. Social and political causes pale in comparison to reaching lost people. Improving conditions in this age has limited effect and success; changed hearts and lives are beneficial for all eternity. 

May I challenge your actions and involvement today? Would you carefully consider whether GOOD has supplanted the BEST work of kingdom evangelism and outreach? And, if so, would you prayerfully consider His redirection?

May His passion for the lost be ours.

Steve

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today’s devotional

October 26, 2016

Injustice weighs heavy on the hearts of God’s people. Those with a passion for what is right and good are tormented in their souls when wickedness and wrong prevail.

“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.” (Proverbs 20.22) 

It is not for us to mete out punishment and retribution as we see fit, tempting as this is. The return of Christ and the coming kingdom will ultimately settle the score. With that truth and perspective ever in mind, the greater task before the people of God is the greatest work of justice: the work of the gospel, and the salvation of souls. Good can be done by seeking to do justice through social causes, but there is no greater good than assisting others to become kingdom citizens, with all the justice and privileges this government does and will afford.

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord … be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” (James 5.7-8)

Steve

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today’s devotional

October 25, 2016

He is coming, and there’s work to be done. “Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.” (Luke 10.1) 

In a very real sense, we are the seventy. The “every city and place where He Himself was going to come” represents His Second Coming to planet earth. Every city and place will eventually come under His governmental rule.

“And He was saying to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ ” (Luke 10.2)

It’s easy to see a post-Christian country and culture, and lament its passing. Better that we should see a ripe harvest of lost souls who are increasingly deprived of the influence of the biblical gospel. The good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 8.12) may have the greatest opportunity these days that it has ever had in modern times.

I’m longing for Christ to return to this sin-sick world. But, I know there is much to get ready – with myself, the church, and those who haven’t responded to the gospel. May His soon return be our motivation to great kingdom action and service today – and everyday.

Steve

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today’s devotional

October 19, 2016

Honestly, is the return of Christ a passive thought for you, or an eager expectation? Are you living this day as though it could be THAT day? 

“Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” (Hebrews 9.28) 

He came over two thousand years ago to pay the price for sin, and He is coming again to reward His faithful people who “eagerly await Him.”

I’ve been a “Second Coming person” for as long as I can remember, but the idea of eagerly awaiting Him intrigues me with renewed passion. I often dream that the present day would be the day of His return, but I wonder how much I truly eagerly anticipate it? To do so presupposes that important kingdom work is done and ready. I’ve shared the gospel truth with those I’m burdened for. I’ve taken lifestyle seriously. I’ve confessed known sin. I’ve been diligent with the most important priorities.

Whether from the perspective of His actual return, or my own mortality, this day really could be THAT day. As such, it challenges me – and you – to live this day fully and faithfully in eager anticipation. 

Steve

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today’s devotional

October 18, 2016

Availability matters more than ability. Limitations of age, health, location, and time are overridden by a willingness to be available. 

“Then I said, ‘Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth. But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak.” (Jeremiah 1.6-7).

In Jeremiah’s case, the limitation of speech and age were not a hindrance in Yahweh God’s eyes. To be available to go and speak as He directed was more important.

Nothing is easier than making excuses to not be involved in the work of the LORD. Time and energy constraints, family responsibilities, financial limitations – these all can easily be reasons to defer the LORD’S work to someone else. But, if He has clearly called you to a certain place and work, He will certainly provide you with the words and resources.

It’s a dangerous prayer, but a truly worthwhile one to pray: “LORD, I want to be available to You today to go where you want me to go, to do what You want me to do, and to say what You want me to say.”

If you are willing, dare to pray it. And, stand ready for Him to direct. Today could be the adventure of a lifetime!

Steve

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today’s devotional

October 11, 2016

Few would argue that the current political process is more bizarre than ever seen in modern times. Morality and character issues that were once inexcusable are clearly evidenced in both major candidates.

“It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.” (Proverbs 16.12)

The issue of character, relevant to leadership, was front and center in a previous administration, when immoral conduct became public knowledge. The biblical fact is that character IS essential to leadership. Our Father is not pleased with “wicked acts” by any leader, whether governmental, business, or spiritual. In any realm, “a throne is established on righteousness.” The converse is also true: “thrones” are brought down by unrighteousness.

It is always the priority of the people of God to assert moral leadership in whatever realm is entrusted to them. In homes, communities, schools, jobs, and churches, we must be moral pacesetters and examples.

Challenging times are ahead for a country that has no clear moral choices for leadership. But, the need provides an opportunity for the people of God. Our light shines even brighter as we lead with character and moral integrity.

Steve

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