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Rob's Daily Devotionals for April 30-May 6

Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 07:48 AM Rob's Daily Devotionals for April 30-May 6 ATTENTION: Major social media outlets are finding ways to block the conservative/evangelical viewpoint. Click here for daily electronic delivery of The Stand's Daily Digest - the day's top blogs from AFA.

Rob Gardner Retired AFA Staff Member MORE


The Beginning and the End 

I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One (Revelation 1:8 NLT). 

Jesus Christ, 24/7/365! 

Nothing else needs to be said, let's pray together. 

Lord, thank You for the wonderful plan that you have laid out for us. You are an amazing God. You are the Almighty One. You are the Creator of all things. You are God. Thank You, Lord, for loving us and saving us from ourselves. Lord, we lift up the sick, the weak, and the lost. May You touch them and meet all of their needs. Lord, we lift up our nation to you and pray that You will bring us back to where we need to be, a Christian nation, founded on Your commandments and Your word. We pray for our leaders that they will consult You, Lord, for direction for our country and for their lives. We praise You, Lord! Lead us and direct us so that we can be more like You today than yesterday. We pray in Your mighty name and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Jesus Upholds God's Law 

Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved (Matthew 5:17-18 NLT). 

God's commandments are just as true today as they were when God gave them to Moses. Jesus spoke directly to this in Matthew 5:17-18 (please Read Matthew 5). 

We are to use the Ten Commandments as a guide to life. Folks, I get excited to think how different our world would be if we, as a nation, would truly live by these words of God. Then after that brief excitement, I come to the reality of how far we have fallen from His word and the teachings of Jesus Christ. 

We have one hope. That one hope is Jesus Christ, our Savior, and King. If you don't know Jesus, now is the time. Don't wait another minute. You never know when this life will end. 

Thank You, God, for loving us so much that You gave us a way to Your kingdom. Amen. 



The War Has Been Won

See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory (Isaiah 12:2 NLT).

We should thank God for every breath we take because each breath is a gift.

Are you still fighting battles each day that God has already won for you? He gives each of us, that call Him Father, victory. He provides for all of our needs and gives us the courage to battle life's giants.

So stop fighting the war that has been won.

Thank You, Lord, we praise Your holy name. The battle has been won by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and in His name, we pray. Amen. 



Not Just Good News, but Great News

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8 NLT).

No matter how busy we get in our lives, we can rest on the fact that God loves us. He will never leave us and will never forsake us. He proves that over and over in His word and His actions in our lives.

Today's verse is a perfect example of how much God loves us. He comes to us while we are broken sinners. He doesn't wait for us to get our lives right. He comes to us as we are. The even better news is the fact, that even though He comes to us as we are, He loves us so much that He will never leave us as we are. In Christ, there is a life change that transforms us, currently and eternally.

Thank You, Lord for loving us, broken sinners, and claiming us as Your children. Amen.



Repay Evil with Kindness

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:21 NLT).

It's so easy to pay back an evil deed with another evil deed. But God tells us not to pay back evil with evil. It doesn't work out well for us when we do that.

Father, help us to be more like Jesus today in how we deal with others. I pray in His mighty name, Amen. 



Richer Life 

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalms 16:11 NLT). 

When we follow God's way for our lives, we find the joy that He has so generously poured out for His children. He offers those who follow Him, joy in this life and the peace of knowing we have a home in heaven. The Holy Bible is the unlimited resource for joy, peace, and security. Isn't it time that we spent quality time in His word, on a daily basis? 

Thank You, God, for giving us a road map for a richer, fuller life. In Jesus' mighty name, we pray. Amen. 




So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders" (Luke 15:3-5 NLT). 

We are commanded to GO and make disciples of all nations. Notice, that we are called to GO to all people. Not just the ones that are “like” us. We must go to those that society has deemed undesirable. We are to go to those who are not like us. 

What are we supposed to do when we GO? We are to plant God's seed and water it. We are to bring the lost “sheep” back into God's fold. We are to lead people to the Good Sheperd. We are to be the hands and feet of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Where are we to GO? The answer is everywhere! Everywhere we go, we are to share Jesus' light, His love and His mercy with everyone we meet. It might be just a smile or a “good morning” or a hug or a tract. You get the picture. We need to just GO.  

Thank You, Lord, for giving us a purpose for Your kingdom. Lord, please use us so that the lost sheep will see You through us and return to Your fold. Amen.

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