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Sunday July 30 Devotional
James 5:7-8 (KJV) Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
How hard is it to wait? As gardeners, we see the plants in a seed catalog and dream a bit. In spring we prepare the ground, plant our selections, then wait some more. But ah, the first fruits are so good, making it very much worth the wait. Do you look forward to the coming of the Lord? Do you care enough to be doing His Will for your life while you wait?
Thought: Look forward to the coming of the Lord and live as if were coming back today.
Oh God, help me to be anxious not for this world, but anxious for your coming back.
Friday July 28 Devotional
James 3:17-18 (KJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
By their wisdom and peace you will know them. God freely gives these gifts to those who love and honor Him. Do you? Imagine then, a society where these Truths were held high in honor. What’s the difference between that and our society today? Simple. It’s whether or not to put God first in all things. As Christians we can be the leaders of change.
Thought: Be the first to stand for Christ as an example to a world of darkness.
Oh God, help me to see your way as better than the way of man.
Wednesday July 26 Devotional
James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
How often do we hesitate before a problem, not sure how to proceed? What are the unknowns, the consequences, the options? Option paralysis stalks the unwise, keeping them from moving ahead in life. Yet we have a resource so seldom used. God gives you and I wisdom for free. All we have to do is to ask? Or as Proverbs Two might add. The fear, ( reverence), of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Do you look to God for wisdom or to man?
Thought: Look to the Lord for wisdom which comes from an infinite God.
Oh God, help me to turn to you for wisdom that is beyond the knowledge of man.
Tuesday July 25 Devotional
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. In this day and age where man wants to proclaim his own way, truth, and life, as Christians we not waver in our stand for Him. We have something better in Jesus. He is the rock of ages that will never crumble or fade. Jesus gives us an absolute power and structure on which to stand. If you wander or wonder, come back to Jesus and stand on His rock. It’s okay, we’ll make room. There’s always room at the cross of Jesus.
Thought: No matter what problems of man claim the day, we have a sure rock in Jesus.
Oh God, help me to remain true to you and stand firm no matter what man may say.
Monday July 24 Devotional
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us
How can a reader of Hebrews 11 & 12, not stop in worship with these verses? You and I know about those sins which so easily beset us. That’s known. So is what Christ did for us on the cross. So is the mark of these witnesses on Christianity. So run! Run with this ol’ author, run with hundreds, nay, hundreds of thousands of Christians who also run for Jesus and live your life as an example of these before the next person you meet in this dark world.
Thought: Live your life as these great witnesses, willing to live for Christ first in all things.
Oh God, help me to place you first in my life so that I may run life’ race for you.
Thursday July 13 Devotional