Daily Devotional for Wednesday August 12, 2020
If you believe it, you will live it!!!
(1 Kings 18:21)
***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: PURE...UNADULTERATED EVIL!!! A North Carolina man walked up to a 5-year-old on his bike. He pulled out a gun. As the little boys sisters watched, he put the gun to the boys head and pulled the trigger. What did that boy do? He drove his bike on the man’s driveway! Every day we are exposed to pure unadulterated evil in this world. There is another aspect of this story I want to share with you. Evil knows no race, it is a reality in every race, in every nation of the world. This act of evil however happened to be committed by a black adult executing a young white boy. Chances are real good you haven’t even heard of this murder in North Carolina. The media never seems to be interested in black on white crime, even something this horrific. They certainly aren’t interested in the endless, out of control, black on black crime that takes place in our cities every day. No, they are only interested in those rare cases involving the police, preferably a white police officer, killing a black man. Even though EVERY ONE of those incidents they have chosen to market to the public over the past 8 years have involved the police confronting someone breaking the law who had a long criminal record. The point is that we have a totally corrupt and dishonest media who are propagandists for the race baiting industry and those who seek to divide this nation by racial division. Of course Black Lives Matter has been exposed as not a group seeking racial justice, but a group of self-described Marxists who seek to use race to destroy our country. They don’t even pretend to care about black lives since they refuse to even talk about the apx. 1400 black babies killed in abortion clinics every day, or the number one killer of black men, other black men. My friend, we do not have a race problem in this country, we have an EVIL problem in this country. Romans 12:21 tell us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Good will always overcome evil, the light darkness, and the truth the lie. May we rise up and be people of the truth, the light, and of goodness!!!
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There is no question that if you believe something, or if you have a passion for something, it shows in your daily life. Those who have a passion for sports, live and breathe sports. Those who have a love for classical music, will have a collection of classical music and attend live events where classical music is played.
Those who have a passion for politics are obvious when they speak about the political issues of the day. People who believe in something, who have a passion for something, live that belief in their daily lives.
The question I have for you today is this. If you have committed your life to Christ, and you believe what the Bible says, do you live that belief in your day-to-day life?
The Bible profoundly states that you will know a tree by the fruit it bears. You see, a tree may claim to be an apple tree, but unless it produces apples that claim is empty. The proof that it is an apple tree is when it produces the apples. We can claim to be Christian, but unless we are producing the fruits of a Christian life, that claim is empty.
Some of the fruit a Christian produces is found in the book of Galatians, Chapter 5, verses 22 and 23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." These become the outward evidence of our inward commitment to Christ.
You see my friend, the fact is if we really believe in the truth of God's Word and in Jesus Christ, we will live out that belief each and every day in our life. The more passionately we believe in something, the more passionately we live out those beliefs. My goal today is to challenge you to reflect on your faith in Christ, and how you live out that faith in the course of your daily life.
I get discouraged to see people who have chosen to reject the truth of God's Word and Jesus Christ in their lives, living out their beliefs with passion each day. Those who are lost and blinded by sin passionately commit their lives each day to living out the sinful path they have chosen to walk. Nothing stops them.
Nothing gets in their way. They are focused and will not be deterred. However, too many who profess faith in Christ and believe the Bible to be true, will waver; and meekly and shyly tiptoe through their day, trying to make sure nobody ever really knows what they believe.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO NOT LIVE PASSIONATELY FOR CHRIST EACH AND EVERY DAY IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN HIM!!!
I love you, and care about you so much. My prayer today is that you will take a few minutes and ask God to strengthen your convictions and give you the boldness and courage to live your faith each and every day. Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind which God you serve. Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind who is your King.
Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind that you are a blood-bought, born-again, son or daughter of the living God!!! Live out your faith in Christ each and every day for the world to see!!! If you believe it, live it!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,