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Rob's Daily Devotions July 8 – July 14

Monday, July 8, 2019 @ 7:22 AM Rob's Daily Devotions July 8 – July 14 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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The Amazing Love of God

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:39 NLT)

Nothing, NOTHING, can separate us from the love of our God.  NOTHING!!! We might choose to separate ourselves from Him but His love remains for us.  He comes to us as we are but will never leave us as we are.

God has given us free choice and free will.  So, be aware that what we choose has eternal consequences?

Dear Father, help us all understand how important it is what we choose.  Father, You have given us free will and we pray that we will understand that our decision to accept Jesus affects our current life on earth and more importantly our eternity.  Your love, Father, remains, but our decision must be made.  It is a decision with eternal consequences.  Father God, help us to realize that we must choose Jesus.  Amen.


Our Home

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33 NLT)

Yeah, I know we must live, work and survive in this world, but we are really only visitors.  Our eternity is in heaven.  That is our real home.  That is our destination.  No, we are in no hurry to get there, but God's promise to His children is right, dependable and true.  The key to securing our heavenly home is to accept Jesus, repent and follow Him.  Thanks be to God.

So fight with this world, live, and enjoy Gods gifts but when you hit those gravel roads and stumble into the wilderness, just remember, God is with you.  He will bring you through these trials and troubles.  The fire of life's trouble will draw you closer to Him.

Lord God, draw us closer to You and let us know that You are with us through the trials and tribulations.  I ask and pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.


Who or What is in Control?

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.  So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death.  But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God.  It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.  That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.”  (Romans 8:5-8 NLT)

What are you letting control your life?  What is getting in between you and God?  The sin of idolatry is a huge culprit.  Also, sexual immorality is destroying lives along with many other sins.

Folks, we are what we let control us.  If we live in unrepentant sin, we become sin incarnate.  The devil is a tricky, sneaky liar.  He is wreaking havoc on our world.

My point is:  obey God and follow Jesus.  If you have a question about what sin is in your life, compare what the world says versus what God says.  We should always choose God's word over the worlds, every time.

Lord, help us to let You have full control of our lives.  Help us to denounce Satan and take up Your cross and follow You.  Father God, thank You for loving us.  We pray in the mighty name of Jesus.  Amen.


Darkness is Overshadowed

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”  (John 1:5 NLT)

No matter how this broken world tries to silence God and His word - it will not extinguish the Light of World, Christ!

Dear Lord, let Your Light Shine! Brightly! Amen.


The Importance of the Gospel

(Jesus speaking)
I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life.  They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”  (John 5:24 NLT)

Friends, it's never been more important, to share the Gospel, than now.  If your loved ones and friends don't know Jesus as their Savior, today is the day that you must come out of your comfort zone and ask them about their beliefs or lack of belief.  Just tell them your story of what God has done in your life.  You don't have to preach or be adversarial, just tell them the simple short story of what Jesus has done for you.

This is probably the most important thing that you will ever do, outside of accepting Christ for yourself.  This is our Christian duty:  to share Jesus with others.  This duty brings great rewards in this life and for eternity.

Father God, thank You!  Thank you for stepping down from heaven to surrender Yourself for our salvation.  Help each of Your followers to be emboldened by the Gospel and be willing to go and tell others what You did for them.  Lead us to those that need to see Your work of salvation in us, so that they might experience Your love, mercy and grace.  We come to you in prayer and praise in the name of our King, Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


Lust and Idolatry

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”  (1 John 2: 15-17)

Lusting for things of this world, like cars, motorcycles, homes, etc., is part of the lure of this world.  Sure it provides excitement when you get that new item that you have desired, but that wears off in time and you start looking for something else "that item that you just gotta have".  Try something that will never wear off, Jesus Christ!

Father God, may Your Holy Spirit capture the hearts of those that are struggling today.  We pray for those who are trying to fill the God-sized hole in their heart with stuff of this world.  Help us know that hole can only be filled by the presence of Jesus Christ.  May you draw all of us closer to You and away from our worldly desire and wants.  Father, remind us that You provide all of our needs, which is more than enough.  Thank You Father God for Your Son, Jesus Christ.  We praise Your Holy Name.  Amen.


Be Happy! Smile!

“Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God!” (Psalms 42:11 NLT)

God loves you.  Don't be discouraged.  Be happy.  We have a wonderful promise from the God of all creation that He loves us and He has a place prepared for us in His Kingdom.

So, get out there and do the work that God has blessed you to do.  When our work is done on Earth, then those that love God, accept Christ and claim Him as their Lord and King have something much better waiting for them – a heavenly home with our Creator!!!

Put a big silly grin on your face and attack your problems.  Know His love, mercy, and grace is sufficient for all your needs.

Folks, it doesn't get any better than God's promise!

Lord God, thank You for Your amazing promise.  Father, may Your will be done; nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.  Amen.

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