Daily Devotional for Saturday January 25, 2020
Our responsibility to the poor!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please guide my steps this day. Help me to walk in Your light and strength and not in my own ways. Thank You for Your many blessings, most that I take for granted. Help me this day to acknowledge Your love, grace, and goodness as I live my life for You and do my best to glorify You in all of my thoughts, words, and deeds. This I ask in the name of Jesus. AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: An incredible contrast that sums up the battle for the soul of our nation. Friday, in the shadow of the United States Capitol on the Washington Mall was the stage for the annual “March for Life.” As Democrats were in the Capitol continuing their efforts to overturn the votes of 63 million citizens during the 2016 election, the very President they were seeking to oust was giving the first live address by a sitting President to the million plus people from around the nation who were in attendance at this year’s annual pro-life event. Pro baby-killers quickly ranted that President Trump was “pro-choice” until he started to run for the Presidency and was only dividing the nation by appearing at this event, something other pro-life Republican Presidents didn’t do for that reason. I get emails every week from people asking me if I think President Trump is “faking” his pro-life beliefs. I honestly tell them I can’t know his heart, but IF he is faking it, please don’t stop! Unlike other pro-life Presidents, President Trump has not just talked the talk, but he has actually DONE WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO. Every major pro-life ministry has stated unequivocally that he is the most pro-life President in his words AND DEEDS ever. As his appearance dividing the nation, how about the fact the largest baby-killing business in the world gets $500 million TAXPAYER DOLLARS (minus the $60 million POTUS has clawed back) EVERY YEAR! The pro baby-killers are allowed to push their agenda, but if the pro-lifers take a stand they are being divisive? The bigger more important picture is what I have told you many times in the last year. The main animating issue in the November Presidential election will be the life issue. Most political people will never acknowledge that, most Christians might not even realize how much of a role it will play. Please hear me. This is the rushing current of pure evil that is flowing continuously that will only be stopped by God’s people rising up and saying NO MORE as we fight this evil in every way we can. Politically, legislatively, through prayer, hard work on the ground, and ultimately by changing hearts one at a time!!!
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Our responsibility to the poor. I want to encourage you today to take about an hour, sit down with your Bible, and look at all the scriptures concerning care for the poor and needy. One thing I have learned about God and the way that He has Divinely given us His Word, is when you see the same issue talked about over and over, throughout the Bible from the Old to New Testament-God is trying to emphasize a point.
He could not be clearer as to our responsibility to help the poor. Now, of course, this immediately brings to mind mental images of the homeless, those begging on corners for food, the ones who occupy the shelters at night. But I want you to focus today not only on those who are financially poor, but also those who are SPIRITUALLY POOR.
Throughout Jesus's earthly ministry, He reached out to all segments of society. To those who had wealth and resources, He tried to focus them on their bankrupt spiritual life. Jesus said, "What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" Today, I want you to be aware of the "poor" people you may come in contact with every day. Not just those who are financially poor, but those who are spiritually poor as well.
We have a responsibility to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, the hope and love of Christ with these people just as we would share a meal with someone who was hungry. It is not an option, but an obligation that we have as followers of Christ to reach out to those who are hurting and need to know there are answers beyond the things of this world.
I am going to pray today that you take this challenge during the Christmas season to heart and really focus, not just on the visibly poor that you may see each day, but also those who may have worldly riches, but be flat broke spiritually. You see, in those difficult times that we all face in life, losing a loved one, health problems, changing jobs, troubles at home, whatever the issue may be, power, prestige, and money are not the answer.
Only the strength, wisdom, and love of Christ can get us through those most difficult times in our life. Open your eyes today and look at those around you who may need a spiritual handout today just to make it to tomorrow. God has called us to help the poor. Not just the financially poor, but also the spiritually poor!
Bless someone today. The greatest thing you can do today, is to be a blessing to someone. God has placed someone in your life today for you to be His instrument of blessing. This might be some sort of assistance you give, a kind word, being a sympathetic ear. Or it could be in a way they won't even know such as a prayer, or an anonymous gesture to help them. It is amazing when we concentrate each day on how we can bless others, how much God, in turn, blesses us.
Most of the time, we are so caught up in our own lives, our own problems, that we forget others around us who are also having difficulties. You will be amazed at how different your life looks when you start to take the focus off of your own circumstances, and try to become a blessing to someone else. I have no doubt that Jesus had many difficulties that anyone who lives on this earth have.
But in all the Gospel accounts of His life, it is not His problems we see Him concerned with, but the problems of others. This is due to the fact that He knew the promises of God and trusted God with His problems. How great to get to a point in our walk with the Lord, where our faith is so strong that we virtually ignore our own problems to live for others, trusting and knowing god is working on our behalf.
Today, I challenge you to bless someone. Someone you know, a stranger, God will show you. One of the ways many of you have been blessing others is by going to our website, www.liveprayer.com and signing up friends and family members to the Daily Devotional. Every day I get emails from people saying, "I don't know how I began to get these, but they were exactly what I needed." This is an example of how you can bless someone and touch their life.
I pray that today will be a special day. It is a day unique unto itself and will never be repeated. Make it extra special by blessing someone, and have the faith to know that God is blessing you in return. I love you and will be praying for you.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,