Daily Devotional for Sunday September 29, 2013
If You Smoke, Drink Alcohol, Do Drugs, Abuse Food, You are Wasting Your Life Away
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, the Bible says to assemble with other Christians which would be going to church for one, but that is a work. No good work will get you to heaven. So if you don't go to church every Sunday is that a sin?
ANSWER: NO! Going to church, not forsaking the assembling together as Hebrews instructs us, is to help us grow in our faith. It is not a work, but an opportunity for Christians to grow and mature in our faith, as well as the opportunity to fellowship with other Believers.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, abuse food, engage in sex outside of marriage, gamble, are greedy, or in any other kind of bondage, you ARE wasting your life away. The problem is that the bondages in our life sap the very life out of us each day!!!
The time spent indulging in our bondage, and then recovering from our episodes, is precious time that we could be doing something productive. The bondages we get involved in dominate our thoughts. They cause health problems. Once you are involved in any kind of bondage, you are wasting away your precious life.
Today's Devotional is designed for only one purpose, to make you stop, perhaps for the first time in a LONG time, be honest with yourself, and ask yourself what has become a bondage that is destroying your very life. Of course, all bondage is from satan. His purpose is very clearly defined in our verse today. It is to KILL, STEAL, and DESTROY.
He wants to kill you to keep you from serving God. He wants to steal your joy and peace to keep you down, so that you aren't of any use to God. He wants to destroy you, so that those around you have no hope. Because of the victory Jesus won on the cross 2,000 years ago, YOU ALSO CAN LIVE IN VICTORY.
I love you and care about you so much. I can't force you to stop whatever has you in bondage today, but I can pray for you. Our life is so short even under the best circumstances, that we need to treat each day as the gift from God it is. When we waste it by allowing a bondage in our life to take over, we lose out on so much. Jesus promised that we would have a life of abundance.
But God gave us free will to make our own choices. I will be praying today that for those of you NOT in some form of bondage in your life today, that you stay strong and avoid allowing yourself to get caught in that trap. For those who are fighting some bondage today, let me tell you that God is a God of deliverance. I will be praying today that you open your heart and hear HIM speaking to you today.
IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT YOU ARE READING THIS TODAY!!!
You are in a battle. To win a battle, you must have a battle plan. Pray, sit down and let God give you a plan that you can faithfully work each day. Then you need someone that you can be accountable to on a daily basis. You can't win this fight alone. You need someone to stand with you and hold you accountable.
Lastly, you need the strength that you can only get from God. That comes from your daily relationship through prayer and the Word, from being in church, and in finding ways to serve the Lord. All of this working together will help you overcome this battle and see victory. I will stand with you and be praying for you. Our God is able!!!
Please know God loves you so much. Take a moment and be honest with yourself. If you have allowed some form of bondage to take over your life, TODAY can be a day of deliverance for you. Don't waste another moment of your precious life. God has blessings for you that you cannot even begin to comprehend. Never forget, the devil has only one goal, to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus came to give you life, and life more abundantly. Take your life back today, and LIVE!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,