Daily Devotional for Tuesday April 7, 2020
An act of humility this Easter!!!
(1 Thessalonians 3:12)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please guide my steps during this blessed time of the year. Today, I ask that You help me walk in Your light and strength and not in my own. Please help me this Easter season to reconcile the relationships of those people who I love and care about. Move on hearts oh Lord and let there be healing and restoration in these relationships for Your glory! Thank you for your many blessings that I often take for granted. Help me to 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: Domestic violence on the rise! One of the sad byproducts of the current health crisis and people being sheltered at home is a rise in domestic violence. Families with an abuser had learned how to live with an abuser over the years by the daily work, school, and movement habits. THIS IS THE SAD REALITY MANY PEOPLE LIVE WITH EVERY DAY. Well, as the daily lives of people have been uprooted and they are being forced to primarily stay at home, it has re-opened some serious wounds. The pressures many families are dealing with financially, employment-wise, on top of the non-stop daily contact, has unleashed the evil of those with an abusive history and creating new abusive nightmares for family members. Abuse of all kinds, physical, mental, sexual, financial, emotional, have all been a sad part of human interactions back to the beginning of humanity 6,000 years ago. It is NOT something new. However, due to the fact the vast majority of people don’t go to church any longer, the breakdown of marriage the family and the endless combination of “family units” that now exist, it has become exponentially a larger societal problem. This current crisis has once again shined a bright light on this sad reality many children, teens, and adults live with, and at the moment there are no good options. Please remember those who are living with abuse of any kind in your prayers each day and for God’s hedge of protection!
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One of the common prayer requests I see daily are requests for God to reconcile family members whose relationships have been broken for a myriad of reasons. One of the tests of our spiritual maturity is the ability to forgive, pray for, and love someone that has wronged us. It is especially difficult when that someone is part of our family. I am going to challenge you today to exhibit Christ-like love this Easter as you share this blessed time of year with your family members.
Regardless of who is at fault, who is wrong, the circumstances involved, my challenge to you this Easter is to make an attempt to reconcile with someone in your family that you may not currently have a relationship with. I realize in many cases this is going to be a very difficult task, but it is what God wants you to do, and He will give you the strength and courage to make the effort.
Let me say up front, you are not responsible for the actions of anyone else, only your own. You cannot force a relationship with someone who refuses to accept you. But you can, and God requires you, to make the effort. At that point, it is in His hands. He is the one who has to move on the other person's heart. Much like in witnessing, you can never force someone to get saved. But God requires you to give them the opportunity, and after that, it is up to the power of the Holy Spirit to move on that person's heart.
I am not going to elaborate very much today, because the challenge God has for you is very simple, very straightforward. God is asking you to make the effort to reconcile with someone that you are not on good terms with during this Easter season. Forget the reasons that you are fighting, forget what has happened in the past, make the effort in Christ-like love. At that point, you have done what God has asked you to do, and it is then up to the other person to respond.
I know this is not easy, and in many cases will be very painful. I will be praying for you. I will be praying for His strength, words, and love to be with you in a way like you never have known before. God is love. It is His desire to see His children love one another. What better act of humility this Easter than to obey God’s voice and make the effort to reconcile your relationship with that family member you are separated from!
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying today specifically for you to heed this challenge and to be obedient to God's voice. I want to see you be all God has raised you up to be. One way you can do that, is by doing those things in life, even the painful things, that you know God expects you to do. You will be surprised how much can be accomplished just by making the effort. The problems won't immediately disappear, they won't wipe away years of pain, but God is able to heal and restore relationships.
God is a God of reconciliation and restoration! That is His desire for you this Easter!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,