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Daily Devotional for Monday August 24, 2020
(Psalms 118:24; James 4:14)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord bless me and my family today. Help us to never forget to honor You and praise Your holy name. Thank You for Your blessings. Let us be good stewards of those blessings and never forget to reach out to others and be a blessing to those who cross our path each day. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Domestic violence on the rise! One of the sad byproducts of the current health crisis and many 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 were 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, 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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Now that summer is upon us, it is easy to simply take these “lazy days” for granted. Sadly, much of our lives are lived on “auto pilot” and one day simply runs into the next. This is incredibly dangerous since it cheapens the value of each day, and causes us to take our lives for granted. If you hear one thing from today’s message, HEAR THIS! TODAY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE!
Why do I say that? Simple. One thing that the Bible clearly teaches is that tomorrow is promised to nobody. Each day is a gift from God and tomorrow is not promised to any of us. I want you to take a few moments right now and simply dwell on the fact that God GAVE YOU THIS DAY. I realize that you have an agenda for the day, that you have things you must get done, that you have a very tight schedule. But let me ask you a couple of serious questions. PONDER THESE QUESTIONS.
What if in the course of your busy day you are driving along and another cars hits you? What if you are sitting in your office and all of a sudden your chest gets tight and you can’t seem to get your breath? What if you are walking to school and out of nowhere guns go off and bullets are flying by? Sound far-fetched? Sound like unreasonable questions?
EVERY DAY tens of thousands are involved in auto accidents that they never planned on being involved in when they left their homes that morning. EVERY DAY people end up in hospitals for a variety of health issues, never thinking for a second that they would not be in their own bed that night. EVERY DAY people are involved in random acts of violence that alter, or in some cases, end their life. What I am saying to you is that YOU HAVE NO IDEA how this day will unfold. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY.
Listen, I love you and care about you so much. My goal, today, is NOT to scare you, to make you paranoid, or to make you afraid to live. My only goal is to make you appreciate how SPECIAL this day is, how special each day is! We get so focused on our lives that we forget each day is a special gift from God. THAT is the point I want you to take from this word today. TODAY IS SPECIAL. It is a day like no other, and when it is over, you will never have it again. So the ultimate question becomes, how do I make today count?
LIVE FOR HIM. Let your light shine wherever you are at today. Let the love of Jesus flow through you to all those that you encounter today. Make sure that the average person you meet in your daily journey knows that there is something different about you. You have something. That something is an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ! Show HIS love throughout the day in all that you do. My challenge to you is to make today, not just another day, but the SPECIAL DAY that God made it to be! IT IS THE ONLY DAY THAT YOU ARE GUARANTEED! THAT IS WHY IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE!
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In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,