Daily Devotional for Saturday September 21, 2019
Fulfilling God's will for your life!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for YOU. In Jesus name...AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: In an Oklahoma church, several in the congregation literally held down a young man who was engaged in sexual sin with other men, demanding he repent and renounce homosexuality before they would let him up. This is how Muslims convert people to Islam. They put a sword to their neck or the barrel of a gun against their head and demand they accept “allah” and become a Muslim or they will be killed. God gave us freewill to make choices. We CHOOSE to obey His Word and we CHOOSE to reject His Word. Do you notice God doesn’t force us to choose Him? He wants us to love Him out of our own heart. You can’t force an alcoholic to stop drinking, or a drug addict from not using, or a gambling addict from making a bet, or someone in bondage to sexual sin to follow the Lord’s Word regarding sexuality. IT HAS TO BE A CHOICE EACH PERSON MAKES IN THEIR OWN HEART! We pray for a person to turn from sin, we encourage them through God’s Word, and we talk to them about the consequences of our choices. Forcing a person through any type of coercive means doesn’t change behavior. A person has to make that choice in their own heart. Pray for those you know who are in bondage to sin to turn to the Lord and find His strength and His love to choose HIS WAY!
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Everyone who lives has those times when the burdens of this life can become overwhelming. Whatever the reasons, however it happened, you wake up feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joy, the peace, and the pleasures of this life seem so far away. We have all been through those valleys so we know how difficult it can be.
I often talk to you about being in the will of God. That can be difficult at times determining exactly what God's will is for our life, but there are some basics God expects us to do that the Bible clearly tells us are His will for our life.
One of those is to bear the burdens of others. I want to really challenge you today to put aside your cares and help someone you know who is struggling to carry their load today. I realize that you may be dealing with some difficult issues yourself, but there is someone God has placed in your life, a family member, neighbor, schoolmate, coworker, a friend, someone who is really hurting and struggling under the weight of their problems today.
God is telling you to go help that person carry their burden. The Bible teaches us that when we are about our Father's business, He will be about ours.
As we know, many people are reluctant to open up about the very intimate problems of life. That can make it difficult for someone trying to help. But even if they don't totally open up, just your interest, your compassion, your desire to help can make all the difference in the world. The Bible teaches that we really are our brother's keeper. Reaching out with the love of Christ to someone who is hurting is the ultimate ministry anyone can perform in this life.
If you read the accounts of the earthly ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, you will see much of His ministry was one on one with hurting people. That is the example He has left us. I am challenging you today to find that someone in your life, hurting, falling under the weight of their problems, and pick them up. Pick them up and carry them for a while. It is what Jesus would do, it is what God is asking you to do today.
I love you and care about you so much. I want to see you enjoy all of the blessings God has for your life. Helping others in their hour of need is one of the greatest ways God can use your life and you will be blessed beyond your imagination for your faithfulness. Serving others is something you don't need a seminary degree for, you don't need any special training for.
Serving others is what God expects from all His children and He has given you a new heart of love to make it possible to share that love with others. You see, without the Lord, we have a difficult time loving ourselves, let alone others. But when we realize how much God loved us, and sacrificed for us, it becomes easy for us to love others.
Bearing the burdens of others is what we do each day here at Liveprayer. It is what God has called me to do with my life. Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is any way I can help you. You are special to me and I will try my best to help you walk through the problems you are facing and be victorious.
God loves you, and my only desire is to see you become the best you can be for Him. You can do that today by finding a brother or sister in need and helping them carry their burden. Let me challenge you today since this is God's will for your life!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,