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Rob's Daily Devotions for July 30 - August 5

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 7:44 AM Rob's Daily Devotions for July 30 - August 5 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.

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Hide and Seek

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today (Matthew 6:33-34 NLT).

God doesn't hide from those who seek Him. In fact, His blessings are poured out on those who seek to find Him and those who attempt to live righteously, according to His Word. God doesn't hold back from supplying the needs of His children.

So, today's question is, "Why are you holding back from giving your lives, hearts, and souls to God?"

Lord God, help us to trust You. You are God. Thank You, Lord, for loving us. Amen and Amen.



If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:5-6 NLT).

Don't waiver in your soulful prayer. Never fail to believe that all things are possible with God. Pray believing that God will hear and act upon your needs.

Our God is the almighty God of all things. He is sovereign and trustworthy. Believe and come to His throne in humility. He is God. Trust in Him and not in yourself.

Thank You, Lord! Nothing is too big or too small for us to bring to You. Hear our prayers and Father please meet or needs. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


Short and Point On

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together (Colossians 1:15-17 NLT).

You see? It is ALL about Jesus! Enough said.

We praise You, Lord, You were there from the beginning. You are the Word. You are Truth. You are our Savior. Thanks be to God for the perfect plan. We pray and give thanks in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.


Walking in the Light

Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light” (John 11:9, 10 NLT).

This broken world is full of darkness, during daytime hours and at night. The darkness that Jesus is speaking of is not the literal nighttime darkness but the darkness of Satan and his demons that drag us into the dark world of sin and eternal death. There is an answer to this world's darkness, and there is only one answer - the light of Jesus Christ. Satan can't extinguish the flame of Jesus. Christians are given the task to be the hands and feet of Jesus, so as followers of Christ, we are challenged to shine His light so that people will see His truth and find direction for their lives.

Father God, help remind us, daily, that we are to shine Christ's light into this lost and dying world. We are to shine His light, not to glorify ourselves or anything we do, but to glorify Jesus and His sacrifice for our lives. Help your lost children see Your light and follow it to repentance, forgiveness, and salvation. I ask and pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Kingdom Search

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need (Luke 12:31 NLT).

If we search the world for treasures, we will just find stuff. Stuff that has no lasting value. When we search for God and His riches, we will find life, true life, life everlasting.

Father God, thank You for the many treasures that You have laid out for those who follow You. We praise You Lord and we especially pray for the souls of the lost who have not found the saving grace provided by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is in the name of Jesus that we pray. Amen.


Just and Fair

You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near (Isaiah 54:14 NLT).
I've lived a lot of years on this earth. I've seen a lot of great times and bad times. I also, now know, that the only stable thing that can be trusted is God's love, mercy, grace, truth, justice, and His word.

We have a lot of turmoil and unrest in our society today. Due to this unsteadiness, we must trust that God is God and that He is in control. We must rely on his love, mercy, and grace, now, more than ever before. We also must remember that our God is a sovereign God. He is just and fair to those who submit to Him. In order for us to find peace and safety, we must stay firmly grounded in His Word. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. When we do that, we can survive almost anything.

Folks, on the political side, I feel this is one of the most critical elections that we will face in our lifetime. We must bring back our Christian values to Washington. We must vote godly men and women into office in our government. We have a choice and God always gives us the ability to choose. Make sure your candidate is a man or woman of God.

We must have God back in our nation. Instead of removing the 10 Commandments from courthouses, we need to be placing them in a far more prominent place.

Join me in praying for our nation that we might bring our country back to God and His greatness. Our future and our security depend on our decision: God's Direction or ours.

Dear Lord, I pray for our nation. I pray for our leadership. I pray for all of our leaders in Washington and that you will prick their hearts with Your truth. Lord God, I pray that you will not give us what we deserve, but what we need. Thank You, God, for loving us and hearing our prayers. In Jesus Christ's mighty and matchless name, we pray. Amen.


Screaming for Help

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”

And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too (Luke 18:35-43 NLT).

When we pray for God to help us, are we whispering our needs to God or are we screaming our desperate need for help? The blind man in Luke 18:35-43 wouldn't let the crowd keep him from coming face to face with Jesus. He knew that if he ever had a chance to gain the ability to see, he must get Jesus' attention.

Jesus heard him through the crowd and stopped. Jesus was a man of action, not just a man of words.

When we pray, are we being specific about our needs? Exactly what do you need Jesus to do for you? Jesus wants us to exclaim our needs. The blind man was specific and asked for his sight. He believed that Jesus would heal him. By the blind man's faith in Christ's ability to give him sight, he was healed.

At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy (John 16:23-24 NLT).

Do you believe? Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive."

Dear Lord, let us speak to you with passion and with an exclamation of our needs. Let us believe in your powerful name and your mighty hand of healing power. Hear us, Lord. Hear us from our crowded lives. Hear our pleas, dear Lord. And Lord God, help us to listen for You to answer. Help us to have the faith that the blind man had. Help us, Lord, to be still and listen. Quiet our minds, quiet our environment, quiet our souls, Lord. Help us listen. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask and pray. Amen.

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