Daily Devotional for Thursday September 18, 2003
YOU could be wasting your life
YOU could be wasting your life. 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 the bondages in our life sap the very life out of us each day.
The time spent engaged in some sort of bondage, and then recovering from our episodes, is precious time that we could be doing something productive for God. 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 one of the shortest I have ever written. It is designed to do only one thing. To make you STOP, perhaps for the first time in a LONG time, and be honest with yourself. Ask yourself what has become a bondage that could be 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 an everlasting relationship with God. He wants to steal your joy and peace to keep you down. He wants to destroy you so that you are of no use to God.
Because of the victory Jesus won on the cross 2,000 years ago, YOU CAN LIVE IN VICTORY!!! Satan can only win if you quit fighting and let him!!!
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 that it is. When we waste it by allowing a bondage in our life to take over, we lose out on so much.
I will be praying today that for those of you NOT in some form of bondage in your life, you stay strong and avoid allowing yourself to get caught in that trap. For those who are fighting some bondage in your life 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!!!
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, Bill Keller