Daily Devotional for Thursday January 30, 2020
A $68,350 cheeseburger!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, keep my mind free of the filth of this world. Cleanse it each day with Your Word and let my thoughts be Your thoughts. Help me this day to dwell on You and Your love as I live my life for Your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Why what big tech is doing regarding the censoring of speech, thoughts, and ideas matters to EVERY CHRISTIAN!!! Apx. 50% in this country now get their news through big tech, whether that is through Google searches, social media platforms, or internet news sites. That number is growing exponentially every year and within the next 20 years, less than 10% of the population will get their news through TV, radio, or newspapers. While much of the focus is currently on how the extremely liberal biased big tech industry is censoring and in more and more cases actually banning conservative political content, Christians need to be aware and alarmed. I have stated that in the last 60 days prior to the 2020 election, big tech will no longer play games with their censoring of content they don’t agree with. I am certain that they will simply flat out ban without explanation all content they disagree with just like they do today in Communist China, Russia, and many other nations. Christians, please hear me. This is critical for 2 reasons. First, is they have the technical ability to identify specific speech and isolate it. Second, as private companies they have showed no shame or conscience in using their platforms to promote thoughts and ideas they agree with, and trust me, Christian beliefs are in complete contradiction to their worldview. People tell me all the time that we have a 1st Amendment right to free speech and they are correct. The problem however is that these are private companies and they have every right to allow whatever content on their platforms they want. If they aren’t worried about the “market consequences” of banning certain speech, they will do it. Their political censorship is literally taking on the President and half of the nation and they are not fazed in the least. So trust me, literally blocking all Christian beliefs, thoughts and ideas as happens in China this very day is something they will have no problem doing, making it even harder to reach the lost and hurting masses with the love, hope, and Truth of God’s Word and Jesus Christ!
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As I watch various high-profile-legal cases in the news each day, I can hear Paul standing before the people of his day declaring, "The wages of sin is death!!!"
Imagine going through the drive-thru at McDonalds, ordering a cheeseburger, fries, and a coke, and when you get to the window being told you owe $68,350!!!
A reoccurring point I make many times every week is that sin has a HUGE price tag. Sin is like having an American Express Black card with no limit and spending all day shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You can buy anything you want no matter how much it costs. You come home with new clothes, shoes, jewelry, appliances, furniture, artwork, and anything else you wanted to buy. Then one day, the bill comes in the mail.
You open it and all of a sudden the reality hits that YOU NOW HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL OF THE THINGS YOU BOUGHT! Your sin will always cost more than you ever wanted to pay!!!
When you open your life to sin, one sin begets another sin, and you end up doing things that you would never imagine doing. Never forget, sin is a choice and always costs more than you ever wanted to pay. Never forget, sin is a choice and always costs more than you ever wanted to pay.
One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it does not hide the sins of even those men who did great things for God. It documents the consequences of their sins, showing that even those of great faith, who do great things for God, must pay the price when they make the choice to sin.
I love you and care about you so much. I am warning you that sin is not free . . . it costs! I am sure we can all look back at the sins we chose to commit in our own life and see the high price we paid for those sins. Don't forget, sin is a choice. You CHOOSE to sin. The next time you are confronted with the choice to sin or not, remember, it is not a matter of if you will pay a price for your sin, only a matter of how much of a price you will pay.
In the end, it is never worth it. Whatever temporary benefit you received from your choice to sin is quickly replaced by the permanent scar that sin will always leave!!!
I will be praying for you today. Praying that you choose NOT to sin as you are confronted with that choice each and every day. It simply is not worth it. Also, never forget that you don't sin in a vacuum. There is a ripple effect from sin that touches many innocent people.
When you choose to sin, it is like the performer on the old Ed Sullivan Show who would spin the plates on 8 poles. He would get all 8 plates spinning at once then have to go back to the first one and get it going again then the next one and the next. Eventually, all 8 plates would end up crashing to the floor broken into many pieces. You can only sin so long before you have to deal with the consequences of your sin.
My word to you today is simple. You have choices to make every day. You choose to sin or obey God. Let me leave you with the last part of Romans 6:23, "But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The choice you make is literally one of life and death. The choice to sin brings death, the choice to follow the Lord brings life!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,