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Daily Devotional for Monday October 12, 2020
Cancel Thanksgiving and Christmas...Broken relationships to be mended this holiday season!
(1 Thessalonians 3:12)
***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: The media wants you to cancel Thanksgiving and Christmas! No, I am not joking! The mainstream media is so blinded by hatred for President Trump, they aided and abetted what we know now was a pure scam to link President Trump with Russia during the 2016 election cycle. When that failed, they changed House rules to try and jam through an impeachment. As that failure was in its final stages, here comes the Chinese Flu. Since that moment, the media has been cheering and rooting for death and the economy to remain in tatters even though it meant millions and millions of people’s lives would be destroyed. THEY DON’T CARE! Now, as we approach the holiday season they are pushing their hysterical “fear porn” over the Chinese Flu to get people to forgo Thanksgiving and Christmas with their family! THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST SICK, THEY ARE EVIL!!! Here is their reasoning. They have foolishly blamed the President and his administration for every person who got infected by the Chinese Flu and for every death, even though 30% of those deaths were from failed nursing home policies by the Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Michigan. As the election is just 3 weeks away, they believe that if they can scare monger and intimidate people into giving up their Thanksgiving and Christmas, blaming the Trump Administration failures so people will be angry and vote for Joe Biden! Like I said, they are SICK AND EVIL!!! Please, as I shared in this space several days ago, protect those in your family who are the most vulnerable, everybody else LIVE YOUR LIVES! THAT INCLUDES CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS! States with Democratic governors have successfully bullied churches into closing or barely operating, don’t let anyone intimidate you and your family into missing Thanksgiving and Christmas. Life is short enough. Tomorrow is promised to none of us. Each day is a gift from God. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas we take time to reflect on our loved ones who are no longer with us. Those are precious moments in our lives. DO NOT LET ANYONE SCARE YOU, INTIMIDATE YOU, INTO NOT CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR!!!
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***Action steps: 1) Pray for the nation to turn back to the Lord every morning for at least 5 min. 2) Share the Gospel every day with at least 1 person you know is no saved. 3) Every day share something Biblical with everyone you know via email. 4) Every day encourage at least ONE PERSON you know about the responsibility we have to VOTE in November. 5) GET ONE PERSON YOU KNOW TO DO ACTION STEPS 1-4!!!
Broken relationships. One of the common prayer requests I see daily, especially at this time of year, 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 who 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 Christmas 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 Christmas 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.
It is important to note here that God does NOT expect you to be abused or mistreated in any way. I am aware that the person you are estranged from may have hurt you deeply in the past. God is still calling for you to forgive that person, but unless they are repentant, sadly, you may simply not be able to have any personal contact with that person until they are. Again, God can give you the strength to forgive them, He calls you to pray for them, but He is NOT asking you to have any contact with them if they are simply going to abuse you in some way.
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 Christmas 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 Christmas present for God than to obey His 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 Christmas season!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,