Enough Is Enough

In my early years of life, I remember when my mom got tired of all the whining, she would say to us kids ‘Enough is enough, and too much is good for nothing at all’! That phrase may not make it into the smartest English professors’ new book, but I though of it this morning as I meditated on our focal verses from Jeremiah! I see a lot of parallels in what God shared with Jeremiah, compared with what all is going on around us today and I wonder how much more God will take before taking similar action to what He did with the Israelites. Meditate with me as we look deeper into this.

DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-08-10
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 11:14-15
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 14 Therefore, Jeremiah, pray no longer for this people, neither weep nor plead for them; for I will not listen to them when they are finally desperate enough to beg me for help. 15 What right do my beloved people have to come anymore to my Temple? For you have been unfaithful and worshiped other gods. Can promises and sacrifices now avert your doom and give you life and joy again?

OBSERVATION: In my early years of life, I remember when my mom got tired of all the whining, she would say to us kids ‘Enough is enough, and too much is good for nothing at all’! That phrase may not make it into the smartest English professors’ new book, but I though of it this morning as I meditated on our focal verses from Jeremiah! I see a lot of parallels in what God shared with Jeremiah, compared with what all is going on around us today and I wonder how much more God will take before taking similar action to what He did with the Israelites. Meditate with me as we look deeper into this.

APPLICATION: It is unfortunate, but there is an old saying that reminds us that many people don’t look up to God until they are flat on their backs in a serious form of illness and have no other choice but to look up. You may have the same sort of friends that I have, and also like the ones that surrounded Jeremiah in his time. You know, the ones that want absolutely nothing to do with God, or His people, until there is a need in their lives. But let’s put aside our personal feelings about these friends, who still ask us to pray for them in their time of trouble. Let’s think about how God must have felt about the Israelites and how He must feel in our situations today. You see, the God who created us, saw how badly mankind was wandering away from His commands and His commandments, so He miraculously brought His Son into the world to provide a means for us to seek forgiveness of our sin; to cleanse us of our unrighteousness; and to help us see the portals of Heaven. Don’t you see that the thing that God wants most, is that His children would set aside the desires of this world and seek a close relationship with our Master more than anything else in this world? Unfortunately, we are very much like the people of Jeremiah’s day, for we ignore the wonderful grace of Jesus, and the love of our Savior who sacrificed His life for us. However, when troubles come, or unbearable pain, loss, or desperation of life is imposed, the vilest offender – the one who absolutely refused to recognize God in all aspects of life, they suddenly crave to communicate with Him and seek His help. This is why we hear so much about death-bed confessions. While God hears the prayers of forgiveness, and requests for salvation from a sinner, I believe that very much like in the case of the Israelites, He is opposed to the wheeling and dealing we may try to do when we look Him up on an as-needed basis. Because we then tend to continue our life of sin and separation. It is obvious that God was totally opposed to this with the Israelites, and I have no reason to doubt that He is just as upset with sinners today who feel like they could manipulate God. You see, God sent His Son to be our everlasting Savior throughout all of eternity. I believe God expects nothing less from us when we say with our lips that we confess our sins to Him, yet we go on living like the world. He wants us to live up to our commitment throughout eternity. Please let it really sink in: (1) He told Jeremiah not to pray for the wicked people of his time – and this is something that no person alive would want to hear, no matter what they believe, or don’t, for we all want others to pray with us about our troubles and our pain; and (2) In verse 23 of this same chapter God declared that those same wicked people would be destroyed. We have always been taught and encouraged that as long as there is life, there is hope. So we absolutely can’t imagine that while we feel like we could ask God’s people to pray for us, God might be declaring our demise – because of our stubbornness, unbelief, selfishness and determination to live life under our own terms. Friends, we serve a very strong and loving God who is full of grace and mercy, but He is also a JUST God and will do what He says. I believe His desire is that you would accept Him and know Him intimately for as long as He allows you time here on earth. Rejecting Him will lead to destruction, for He will eventually declare that ‘Enough is Enough’. May you make a well informed, choice today, that is pleasing to our God and that will last throughout eternity, for this is my sincere prayer for you.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, it is challenging for us to comprehend the love that You showed on Calvary for us, because here on earth we tend to be so selfish and we desire only things that will benefit us or our loved ones. But Lord, I pray today that You would use Your Word to speak truth into the lives of my friends and I that will impact us for eternity. Please help us to draw so close to You that Your love will flow through us, especially to those who have yet to recognize You as King. May this be a day that many will come to know You personally, and without any side distractions or urgencies that may hinder them from looking for a ‘higher being’ – a God who loves them sincerely. You are God, and besides You there is no other. Oh that we may have a personal, real and intimate relationship with You here on earth so that You may accomplish Your work even through us. Lord, we want to see You! Please bless us and use us for Your glory, while we wait for Your call to join You in Heaven! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

From Spiritual Death To The Glories of Heaven

What an awesome reminder from Paul, as his words are just as applicable to us today, as they were to the church at Laodicea that he was addressing in our Scripture today. Those who are in Christ, are uniquely blessed, and as we reflect on where we came from, and where our holy and righteous God brought us to, it is way more than we could fathom. While we have nothing to boast about, we have lots to celebrate and praise God for!

DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-08-07
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Colossians 2:13-15
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: 13 You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 Because we broke God’s laws, we owed a debt—a debt that listed all the rules we failed to follow. But God forgave us of that debt. He took it away and nailed it to the cross. 15 He defeated the rulers and powers of the spiritual world. With the cross he won the victory over them and led them away, as defeated and powerless prisoners for the whole world to see.

OBSERVATION: What an awesome reminder from Paul, as his words are just as applicable to us today, as they were to the church at Laodicea that he was addressing in our Scripture today. Those who are in Christ, are uniquely blessed, and as we reflect on where we came from, and where our holy and righteous God brought us to, it is way more than we could fathom. While we have nothing to boast about, we have lots to celebrate and praise God for!

APPLICATION: Generally there will come a time where we might reflect on our lives, throw our hands up and just surrender to the idea of finding a solution to fix the dilemma in which we find ourselves. It might be a time that we reflect on our spouse, our children or even our friends, when we surrender to the thought of trying to resolve their issues for them. Sounds silly, right? But isn’t that what many of us wind up doing? Without ever stopping to acknowledge that we personally have a lot of unresolved issues, we decide it’s time to fix all that’s occurring in the lives of those close to us. In our Scripture today, Paul is reminding us that there was once a time in our lives where God heard our cry to Him about the awful pain of sin that burdened us to the point of surrender. At that point God helped us to see that we had been living contrary to His will and His commands, and He called us unto Himself. But still it is very painful to read verse 14, because we are reminded of how awful we were to ignore the will of the Father, and do our own thing instead. Following our own selfish way right in the face of a holy and righteous God so filled with love for us. As a man/woman without Christ, isn’t it obvious dear friend, how toxic our help or advice must have been to others, when we ourselves were in such dire straights with the God of this universe? Why share our misery with someone already overwhelmed with life and the pain of failure? But the bright side of this whole Scripture is that God saw us right where we were at, He called us unto Himself, pointed out our sin to us, and showed us the solution to our problem. Praise God that He loved us that much! He brought us from the path we were heading to eternal damnation (Hell), showed us the path to righteousness and how we could seek redemption for our sin, and He made it clear to us the glories of heaven with the one true God! This whole story reminds us of the total redemption in Jesus Christ, and that our Savior is still available to help those that we love and care about. Yes, we could help, but know that only Jesus could save them. Our responsibility is to openly share the same love of Jesus, that He showed to us. Our friends will clearly see that if God was loving enough, caring enough, and powerful enough to save us, surely He could do the same for them. Just as one beggar will show another beggar where to find food, we too must be willing to show others where to find the ‘gold mind’ that we found – Jesus our Lord!

PRAYER: Just as we would gladly share with a friend how to promote themselves from rags to riches, Lord I pray that we would be elated, and looking for every opportunity, to share the wondrous story of grace extended to sinners just like my readers and I. Oh so unworthy, yet we are a child of the King! Thank You precious Lord that You saw our need and our desperation, and You called us to Yourself. Just as You helped even us in our former state, I pray that You will use us to encourage others to seek You out and accept Your grace as well. Lord, may this be a day that thousands will see the need for salvation, and make the most important decision of their lives. Lord, we long to be at Your feet singing praises to our King

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

What God Wants

If we reflect on why we perform some of the rituals that we do in our churches, we may need to look no further than back to what our ancestors did. But along the way, we should be careful to reflect on whether God was pleased with what His people did in an effort to please Him. Our Scripture today shows us how displeased God was with the Israelites because they chose to ignore His commands and do their own thing. Do you feel like you are doing any better than that today?

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-08-06
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 7:21-23
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 21 The Lord, the God of Israel says: Away with your offerings and sacrifices! 22 It wasn’t offerings and sacrifices I wanted from your fathers when I led them out of Egypt. That was not the point of my command. 23 But what I told them was: Obey me, and I will be your God and you shall be my people; only do as I say, and all shall be well!

OBSERVATION: If we reflect on why we perform some of the rituals that we do in our churches, we may need to look no further than back to what our ancestors did. But along the way, we should be careful to reflect on whether God was pleased with what His people did in an effort to please Him. Our Scripture today shows us how displeased God was with the Israelites because they chose to ignore His commands and do their own thing. Do you feel like you are doing any better than that today?

APPLICATION: I bet that one of the worse pet peeves of parenting is, hearing our children respond to us ‘but I thought…..’. You told them to complete a certain chore, and you wanted it done a certain way. However, it was not completed to your satisfaction. Regrettably the child will respond ‘but dad, I thought ……’ And we know that means that they thought they knew a better way! For those who have been a student of the Bible for very long, you have probably found, like I have, that God has done an awesome job at providing instruction for every area of life in His precious Word. However, way too many times we try all of our own ideas before finally conceding to the Bible to see what it has to say. Generally it’s after we have messed up, that we concede and turn to God for help! Friends, our personal ways are filled with selfish ideas about what might please self. But notice how simple God’s commands to the Israelites were: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people’. Very simple, but recognize the value in this short command. God performed miracle after miracle to change the mindset of Pharaoh, to willingly let God’s people go. The Israelites were present and impacted by all that our God miraculously did, so they had proof of His awesome power. They knew that He was in control of this earth and that nothing is impossible with Him. However, as they journeyed, and when things got tough, they immediately resorted to their old habits and to their former gods. Are we any different today? I believe that God not only said these words through His servant Jeremiah for the good of the Israelites, but I believe that He truly wants us to understand this today, that all He wants from us, is that we obey Him. In fact, this is confirmed in John 14:15-16 where Jesus reiterates that if we love Him, we will obey Him and His commands. Friends, when we truly love someone, we will make every effort to do what they want. God showed us how much He loves us. How far are we willing to go to prove our love for God?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, You gave Your very own Son so that we might be saved and enjoy eternity with You in Heaven. There is no greater love! As we look for ways to say thank You Jesus, we realize that You have already told us how we might show our love for You – simply obey You and the commands You have set out in Your Word. Because of Your love for us, I am convinced that every command given for us to follow were given in love, and for our own good. But Lord, we are so stubborn and selfish, so please tender our hearts once again today so that we may willingly obey and desire to please You in all that we do or say. Please fill us with so much of Your love, that it will overflow in everything we do and it will stand behind every decision we make, so that You will be glorified. Thank You Jesus for first loving us. May our obedience to Your commands show the extent of our love for You, today and every day. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

How To Endure Hardship

What do we do at times like we are currently going through where many people that we know might be hurt, or impacted by the effects of COVID 19 – a worldwide pandemic? We tend to try and escape hurting people, but what if we were to pray for one another like Paul and Timothy prayed for the church at Colassae? They specifically prayed that the church might endure hardship patiently and joyfully. Let’s look for some tips from a key spiritual leader in the New Testament, and see if we could help those in need in our church and community.

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-08-05
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Colossians 1:9-11
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: Since the day we got this good news about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We ask:
Father, may they clearly know Your will and achieve the height and depth of spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 May their lives be a credit to You, Lord; and what’s more, may they continue to delight You by doing every good work and growing in the true knowledge that comes from being close to You. 11 Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully

OBSERVATION: What do we do at times like we are currently going through where many people that we know might be hurt, or impacted by the effects of COVID 19 – a worldwide pandemic? We tend to try and escape hurting people, but what if we were to pray for one another like Paul and Timothy prayed for the church at Colassae? They specifically prayed that the church might endure hardship patiently and joyfully. Let’s look for some tips from a key spiritual leader in the New Testament, and see if we could help those in need in our church and community.

APPLICATION: My wife had surgery on her knee that forced her into a wheelchair, especially while trying to take care of the family grocery shopping in a major retail store. She was amazed how Friends and acquaintances tried to avoid coming into contact with her. I know, they probably didn’t know how to ask her what was wrong, but don’t you think that we tend to be the same way when we know a needy person is ahead also? It sounds cruel and extremely mean to say that out loud, but I wonder how many are guilty of that. Paul probably knew this might happen to those friends at Colassae as well, but he was overwhelmed over the good news reported by his fellow evangelist, that these folk were loving on others without hesitation and more than anyone could expect from a group suffering hardship. So let’s see how Paul teaches us to help with this, for he prayed that God might:
1. Clearly know the will of the Father – don’t you know that it would be a lot easier to accept your circumstances, if you knew the will of the Father who is watching over you? Wouldn’t that ease a lot of the stress?
2. Learn from their experience – in fact, may they get a clearer understanding of what the Father is achieving through their circumstance. May they have eyes opened to see at the greatest heights and with the deepest wisdom and understanding. Often we are so fixed on our own selfish desires that we struggle to see what is happening in the lives of others;
3. May their lives be a credit to You, Lord – Oh that we might catch a glimpse of how God feels about our efforts to minister here on earth! If only we knew that our lives and efforts are valuable to the Master! Wouldn’t it be a joy to know that someone was praying for you in this respect?
4. May they continue to delight You, God – by doing every good work, and as they learn more about You. May this all serve to draw them closer to You, Father.
Friends, I believe it is obvious that if we follow Paul, in praying like he did, for our brothers and sisters who are enduring hardships, we will actually bring joy to our prayer-life, and reassurance in our faith, as we see God doing His work in their lives. Our friends will be drawn to Christ as they see Him moving in their lives, for way too often we all tend to feel like our lives are a mess, or we are going through hardships, because no one cares. So let me recommend that you pray one for another during these stressful times. Our God never changes, even though we may go through awful times of change.

PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for caring for Your children. Surely there are many times that we don’t deserve Your love, for we mess up way too often, but we are children of the King in need of a gentle redirection and meticulous guiding in this challenging life. Please teach us to look at the needs and struggles of others, especially those that may sit next to us in church, or work alongside us every day, or family members, or even close fiends. Please soften our hearts to be like Yours, oh God. The world needs more of You, not the selfish, critical spirit that we may tend to display. We need You precious Lord! Please be our Guide, our Deliverer and our Strength in ever walk of life, especially before our friends who are enduring hardships during this critical time of life here on earth. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

I Can Do All Things – With The Help of Christ

It may be unfair to meditate on this Scripture today if you have never been in want. Knowing that this blog is read around the world, there may be a reader who will meditate on this without ever having everything they needed in every circumstance of life, and this may be challenging for you also. It is strange that God placed this before me this morning, because for the first time in many of our lives we have seen unemployment affect us, and in some cases, some readers may have been in need for the very first time in their lives. Let’s stay focused on our awesome God as we study this passage today, God being our helper.

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-08-04
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Philippians 4:11-13
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT:  11 …. I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; 13 for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. 

OBSERVATION: It may be unfair to meditate on this Scripture today if you have never been in want. Knowing that this blog is read around the world, there may be a reader who will meditate on this without ever having everything they needed in every circumstance of life, and this may be challenging for you also. It is strange that God placed this before me this morning, because for the first time in many of our lives we have seen unemployment affect us, and in some cases, some readers may have been in need for the very first time in their lives. Let’s stay focused on our awesome God as we study this passage today, God being our helper.

APPLICATION: I was honored to serve citizens of another country some years ago as part of a missions team from my church. In preparation for serving in another culture, where there were known drastic socioeconomic differences, it was important that we showed the love of Jesus Christ in every aspect of our lives, for we wanted them to know and love our Jesus, more than any other reason we could think of. We didn’t want them to reject us because we couldn’t, or wouldn’t, try to identify and accept their economic status, that caused them to live differently than we do, and eat differently as well. We wanted so badly to meld into their lives, as if we were together around the foot of the cross. A previous team member came and coached us in the months preceding our trip. She told us not to act as if we were rich, or they were poor, for although they may be poorer than anyone on our team, they didn’t know that. I believe that advice stuck with me the whole trip, for I saw kids playing kickball with emptier water bottles, instead of a fancy ball that our parents bought for us. But they were having more fun than we could imagine! In the playground of the orphanage Where we stayed, we saw older kids caring for younger kids and helping them achieve what they wanted. There were no arguments because one kid had on very expensive tennis shoes while the other was barefoot. They accepted each other for who they were. They took pride in caring for their dorm rooms and their bunk beds were clean and fresh. I realized then that if only I could stop spending on credit and accept what I already have, and if I would only share with my neighbor so that we both would have similar clothes, shoes and toys or as in the case of adults – tools, then perhaps we would stop looking down on each other and instead accept them as any other child of the most high God! You see, its challenging to identify with the Scriptures where Jesus said ‘Suffer the little children to come to me’, and know that He really meant ‘just as you are’, and not that He wanted one to amassing more toys, better clothes or more steaks in the freezer In order to be more acceptable to Christ! Friends, many have gone through joblessness this year and this has impacted their food pantry, their car payments and their rent or mortgage payments. However, I am convinced that our supreme God still looks in at the heart of mankind and sometimes sees a child of the King waiting for His return, but there are others who still has a heart where they have chosen to ignore God, and therefore curse Him instead because of the unfortunate circumstances they have found themselves in. Paul shared with us that he has learned to be content in everything that God has asked him to do, through Christ – the same Jesus who, although royalty in every sense of the word, yet He was beaten and crucified just to enable the forgiveness of sin, so that we may approach the Father washed in the blood of the Lamb. Let’s try to not get too caught up in the things we want and the places we want to go. Let’s instead take every opportunity we have to seek the face of Jesus and worship Him in everything, and in all circumstances. He’s the One who died for us, and He’s the One standing with outstretched hands ready to accept us into heaven to be with He and His Father.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I believe that You will provide all that we need so that we could accomplish all that You have planned for us here on this old earth. Oh that we might say like the apostle Paul, ‘through the power, strength and ability of our awesome Lord and Savior, we could accomplish everything that God has prepared for us to do here on earth’. Lord, it seems more and more evident that Your return will be soon, for our world leaders are about to surrender in their own strength, for they know not what to do next. Thank You for caring for us and loving us so unconditionally. We need You every hour, stay close to our side and guide us through the remainder of our time here on earth. Oh that You might be glorified in everything that we have been a part of. May others be impacted and make decisions to also join hands with You, our soon coming King. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

The Peace of God

When flying in an airplane, I am at peace when I see the pilot and flight attendants at peace. No matter how rough the water might become when traveling on a boat, there is hardly a need to panic if the captain is calm, cool and collective. When you tell friends not to worry, because you are praying for them, you might lose their confidence in the One in whom you are praying, if you lose total control at every little announcement by your doctor or nurse. I believe that there are good reminders in our Scripture today that reminds us that our Lord is always with us, so we have no reason for alarm. His peace is there for us, and in us!

DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-08-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Philippians 4:4-7
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One.

OBSERVATION: When flying in an airplane, I am at peace when I see the pilot and flight attendants at peace. No matter how rough the water might become when traveling on a boat, there is hardly a need to panic if the captain is calm, cool and collective. When you tell friends not to worry, because you are praying for them, you might lose their confidence in the One in whom you are praying, if you lose total control at every little announcement by your doctor or nurse. I believe that there are good reminders in our Scripture today that reminds us that our Lord is always with us, so we have no reason for alarm. His peace is there for us, and in us!

APPLICATION: As I read today’s Scripture I was reminded of all the stress that people are going through these days, and perhaps you are as well. It could be financial stress, since most employers had to close their doors during the height of COVED 19; you may also be stressed over loved ones that may have encountered this dreaded virus; or you may be living in fear of a hurricane or weather condition threatening to impact your area. Whatever it is, I believe that you may be desperately hoping for peace in some form, to help calm your nerves, and be of help to others who are live in fear. If you are anything like me, you probably have times where you want the television off, as the added stress from all that is being reported in the news, feels like it could easily take us over the edge! But Paul was not talking about stress to his parishioners. He was teaching them to be gentle with everyone, and I don’t believe for a minute that Paul meant that we should allow others to run over us if they have no one else to take advantage of them. Instead, I believe that love causes us to act with others just as we would with mom, dad, siblings or a spouse. We give in for, and overlook, their weaknesses, instead of taking offense and lashing out at them. Because we have the love of Jesus living inside of us, His Holy Spirit strengthens us and gives us grace to love others in spite of their selfish attitudes and ungodly attacks on others for no reason. This means that we are willing, and will try in every way, to love others because Jesus loved us even when we were unlovable and deep in sin. Further, Paul asked that we seek God’s face in prayer when we struggle with something or someone. Remember, He’s our Rock and our Provider. He knows all things and loves everyone, so if we are struggling with any of this, we should look to the One who controls it all. I believe that our greatest takeaway today is that the ‘peace of God’ is with us, but because this comes at the end of Paul’s instructions, I believe it means that we could calm our fears and know that God’s peace is with us as we depend on Him and allow Him to be the God over all our anxieties and stress. Friends, for as long as we try to ‘hold the wheel’ and take control over our problems, God will probably allow us to mess up. Won’t you join me today in committing ourselves fully to God, our awesome, all-powerful God, so that He could ‘have the wheel’ and lead us gently on through this challenging life? You see, I believe that as long as we keep trying to take over, we are showing that we do not trust God and we feel like we could do it better. If we say that we trust in God and depend on Him, yet we do not show that the power of God controls us and gives us confidence to trust in Him, then others will soon conclude that they want something a whole lot more stable and/or confident. Friends, I need peace and I believe that you need peace amongst our storms of life. And unless we trust fully in the God of peace, this world will eventually suck us into it’s awful grip. As children of God, we must seek His face to help us overcome!

PRAYER: As I pray dear Lord, I am humming that song ‘The Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you and give you grace. Amen, Amen, Amen’. Lord, I know You are very capable, please work on my friends and I to surrender our stubborn lives over to You and allow Your peace to envelope us. Not only do we owe this to You Lord, but also to our family and friends who needs this from us also. If we are filled with You and Your grace, and Your peace, then Your gentleness, Your peace, Your love and Your power will exude from us, and the world will know for sure that You’re alive and well. Please keep us in Your grace, and please help us to be accountable to all those we come into contact with, who tests everything we say or do. You are alive and well, may they see evidence of it in every aspect of our life. May our lost and dying world be drawn to You oh Lord, and may we be an influence for that, not a stumbling block. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

My Determined Purpose Is….

What a thought to ponder today! For the non-believer, I’m sure we would hear quite a variety of things that they are determined to accomplish during the time they expect to be here with us. But for the believer in Jesus Christ, how would you respond? Not to me, but to God! I believe that Paul spoke from what was bearing on his heart at the time. Stop and think about what your automatic response might be if you were asked this question while you are out and about today!

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2020-08-01
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Philippians 3:10
TRANSLATION: Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

BIBLE TEXT: 10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[b]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

OBSERVATION: What a thought to ponder today! For the non-believer, I’m sure we would hear quite a variety of things that they are determined to accomplish during the time they expect to be here with us. But for the believer in Jesus Christ, how would you respond? Not to me, but to God! I believe that Paul spoke from what was bearing on his heart at the time. Stop and think about what your automatic response might be if you were asked this question while you are out and about today!

APPLICATION: We often become sidetracked with the things of life that just pop up unannounced and unplanned, but our Scripture today shows that Paul was a very committed and determined man, so it is important that we meditate closer on this to see what Paul had to say. He was not content in just telling the church at Philippi what they needed to do, for he said in other Scripture that we could safely follow him, as he follows Christ. In this case he wanted the church to know how serious he was about his intimacy with Christ, and what his determined purpose in life was. I believe that we tend to feel more apt to listen to someone who is practicing what they preach! In the bracketed commentary we see where Paul wanted to become increasingly more intimate in his relationship with God. He wanted to grasp the depth of God’s heart – the One who loves men and women, even though they may have totally disregarded Him. Yes. You see, God was willing to sacrifice His precious and only Son to save dirty, unloving, uncaring, sinners such as you and I, my friend. I believe that Paul went to this depth not only as a man who wanted a closer relationship with the Savior of the world, but also because of all that was displayed by the Master on the cross. For those who need reminding, out of total obedience to the Father, Jesus endured beatings by the authorities, shame and mistreatment as He was marched through the streets of Jerusalem with a heavy cross on His beaten and bruised back. In spite of His power to call a legion of angels to His defense, He suffered through having His hands nailed to a cross and His side pierced with a sword. He hung and died on that cross between two criminals, while His mother looked on painfully. Jesus did this out of mere love for all those He created, who would ever seek redemption of their sin and desire a life dedicated to God. This was no ordinary man, dear friends, and Paul desired nothing more than to know Jesus – yes, to know Him so intimately that he would live the rest of his life imitating the Savior who demonstrated His love in this way. But friend, this is the same Savior who showed such love for you and I also. Are we committed enough to sacrifice our time, our talent, our money and our desires to spend time in His Word getting to know Him better; open up ourselves to Him as we go before Him in prayer; and share our story with all that we come into contact with? If He was the president of your country, I believe you would tell the world of your experiences together. Jesus is the King of the world, won’t you also consider telling everyone about His miraculous touch on your life? Paul wanted to grow into the type person that would love like Jesus did while on the cross. What is your determined purpose in life?

PRAYER: Dearest Lord Jesus, You gave the ultimate for us – life itself, even through the cruelty of the cross. Our ancestor, Paul, shared that he wanted nothing more than to be like You – especially like You demonstrated at Calvary. This leaves us to consider: what are we willing to commit to in appreciation for all that You did out of love for us? Oh God, may there never be any doubt as to whose we are, and as a demonstration of our love and commitment to You, may our actions and our commitment be such that the world will know, and may be encouraged to know, the One in whom we believe, and the One that we serve faithfully every day. Often we are challenged to get into Your Word, or pray, or even attend church, and yes, we could attribute that to lack of time. But Lord, I believe that we find time for the things of our heart. Oh that You may be so prominent in our hearts, that my readers and I will be totally committed to serving You and reflecting Your character and teachings all the days of our life. We need You precious Lord. Please embolden us, and above all, help us to make You a priority in our lives every day. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Yes You Can – I Am God

Way too often we throw up an excuse to avoid taking on added responsibility or accepting a challenge for something we have never done before, yet we claim to the world that we serve the all-powerful God of this universe. I am no exception to this, so don’t feel like I am writing this as an outsider. As we study these verses today, I would like for us to be reminded of a time you asked God to give you the boldness to deal with a situation that may have ordinarily intimidated you. If God helped you then, why don’t you always depend on Him?

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-07-30
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 1:6-9
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: Then I said, “But, Lord God, I don’t know how to speak. I am only a boy.”
But the Lord said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’ You must go everywhere I send you and say everything I tell you to say. Don’t be afraid of anyone. I am with you, and I will protect you.” This message is from the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out with his hand and touched my mouth. He said to me, “Jeremiah, I am putting my words in your mouth.

OBSERVATION: Way too often we throw up an excuse to avoid taking on added responsibility or accepting a challenge for something we have never done before, yet we claim to the world that we serve the all-powerful God of this universe. I am no exception to this, so don’t feel like I am writing this as an outsider. As we study these verses today, I would like for us to be reminded of a time you asked God to give you the boldness to deal with a situation that may have ordinarily intimidated you. If God helped you then, why don’t you always depend on Him?

APPLICATION: I’m sure you will recall the story about David, who could not believe his eyes, when he went to the battle field to take food for his brothers, because a whole army was standing back afraid of the giant. Knowing that his God was with Him, David went forth and slew the giant. Like Jeremiah at a very young age, no doubt you each may have experiences that remind you of times where you also felt very intimidated by an audience you are about to teach, or speak to. Do you ever stop to think about what/who gave you the bravery to complete the task and helped you walk away with a feeling of accomplishment? Jeremiah felt like God was really putting a lot on him at a very young age, so he felt compelled to remind God about this. Some of this may have been because of his lack of exposure and experience with the Master, and therefore questionable on Jeremiah’s part as to whether he could really handle his assignment. And friends, I believe that this is where we need to dwell for a moment and reflect on whose power Jeremiah was looking at. For far too often we tend to look only on our own abilities and self worth to accomplish a God-sized assignment. Let’s be reminded that those two things don’t mix. If God gives us an assignment, then He alone has the wisdom and the power to see us through that assignment. From a human perspective, we see many obstacles that other men and women have tried and failed at. We tend to look at whether we have done anything similar to the task being asked of us, to determine if we think we could accomplish it. But as we concentrate on the words of God here today, please join me in allowing the words spoken to Jeremiah by God, to always echo in our minds as we feel led by God to complete a kingdom task. God said ‘I am putting the words in your mouth’. Now dear friend of God, what possible excuse might we dream up after hearing God say these words? Don’t you know that your biggest obstacle might be to wonder where on earth will you find the right words to win the lost, to convince the unbelievers, to soften the hearts of the bullies? But to be told that Father God has already dealt with that challenge and has given you the right words to speak, wouldn’t that ease the largest burden you could imagine? What if you prayed to God for a job to do around His church that may bring Him glory, then shortly afterwards you were asked to teach in the Children’s Ministry, what do you suppose your response might, or should be? You might be frightened enough to say not, but I was blown away with a verse this morning: Jeremiah 2:5 and in my own words, God said to Jeremiah: what unrighteousness did your ancestors find in me that caused them to wander away from my statutes and characteristics? So as you consider the decisions to make, and you ponder the One from whom you will gain your strength, please be reminded that your God has always been there for you, and As we know from His Word, He was powerful enough to create the world and you and I. Remember also the miracles told in the Bible, now why would you possibly not trust in Him for the knowledge and boldness to accomplish the work He has assigned to You? Yes we can do this Brothers! Of course you have the confidence in knowIng that you can do all things through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Sisters! No excuses friends, if He leads us to it, He will lead us through it!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for who You are, and for all that You have done through our ancestors and even through us in our short lives. In spite of this, yet we tend to be so much like Jeremiah and look for excuses to avoid stepping out of our comfort zone. Lord, I am convinced that there is nothing that You can’t do, and as I place my faith and trust in You, I see absolutely nothing that You can’t do through me, if You have assigned something to me. Please forgive my readers and I for failing to trust in You fully. Please give us a fresh new boldness to trust You in giving us the right assignments and the power, boldness and willingness to accomplish Your work in our churches, our communities, in our families and in everything that You might lead us towards. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Having the Right Attitude – Like Christ Jesus Had

In most aspects of businesses today, we look for ways to improve our own business by listening closely to advice from another who has been successful in the same field. Paul’s way of trying to help the church at Philippi was to share a few tried and proven principles from the most successful man on earth, Jesus Christ. I wonder if we do enough of this when trying to resolve issues in our church families today? Do we imitate the attitude of Christ in our relationships? Perhaps this is something to consider as we meditate today on the Word today.

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-07-29
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Philippians 2:1-5
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT:  Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit,[a] and you have kindness and compassion for one another. I urge you, then, to make me completely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind. Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:

OBSERVATION: In most aspects of businesses today, we look for ways to improve our own businesses by listening closely to advice from another who has been successful in the same field. Paul’s way of trying to help the church at Philippi was to share a few tried and proven principles from the most successful man on earth, Jesus Christ. I wonder if we do enough of this when trying to resolve issues in our church families today? Do we check in with Him, through His Word, before we speak or act? Do we imitate the attitude of Christ in our relationships? Perhaps this is something to consider as we meditate today on the Word today.

APPLICATION: Unfortunately churches find that they are not exempt from the challenges many employers, social clubs, or other companies encounter in dealing with disgruntled employees and customers. In fact, it seems like where humans are involved, there will be challenges. There was a point in my career where I wished that I was able to just do my work, and not have to deal with the Human Resources aspects and challenges with my employees, for it often became very stressful to discipline an adult worker. Based on Paul’s dealings with the church, he encapsulated the whole resolution to this whole issue into one thing – just have the attitude that Jesus had. But that may seem vague to some, and useless to others who may not know about the attitude of Jesus. And although the verses succeeding our focal verses today go into depth explaining the humility, caring and loving attitude of our King, Paul gave the church a few things to work on, and I believe this might be useful for us individually today. For you see, when we talk about the church, we are referencing the corporate body of believers that meet together in a building for the purpose of uplifting the name of Jesus Christ. So let’s look at Paul’s warnings in theses verses: 1). Your life in Christ makes you strong – In other words, a life without Christ will result in stumbling, and basing your decisions and actions merely on what you see in this old wicked world. Alternately, a life in Christ means a life supported, strengthened, guided and encouraged by the Holy Spirit; 2). His love comforts you – Life is anything but easy at times, and like I indicated above, it is often very stressful when dealing with the peculiarities of other individuals. There is no greater comfort than knowing that God’s love surrounds us, fills us and comforts us in every circumstance of life; 3). You have fellowship with the Spirit – The Comforter, or the Spirit, was given to us at the time of our conversion. Having sweet communion with the Spirit is the same as His counterpart Jesus Christ, who assured us that we could do all things through Himself! 4). And you have kindness for one another – I believe this assures us that as we experience the first three things mentioned, our hearts will be molded into the image and attitude of Christ, and we will then be capable of kindness towards one another. Friends, please read all the verses again, for Paul goes on to admonish us not to act selfishly, for when we get our minds off self, we will then have a heart to bless others, and love on them with every fiber of our being. This is especially what Jesus demonstrated for us throughout the New Testament. He spent His time helping others and showing His disciples and followers the right way to deal with others. As we conclude, let me encourage you to think seriously about this question: How will you expect others at your church to act, if they were following your example? You know, Paul said later in Scripture that we could follow him, as he follows Christ. Wouldn’t you think that our relationships would be a whole lot more like God expects of us, if we could honestly have the attitude of Christ and if we tried harder to please others more than ourselves? Oh that we might become so much like Christ that we could offer others to follow us, as we are determined to follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in all that we do and say.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we are so prone to wander and we so easily mess up when dealing with others, especially those who are very challenging. Your Word is clear, that we are to think of others more highly than we think of ourselves. You have assured us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. So please cause us to stop our evil minds long enough to truly concentrate on You, seek Your face and beg for Your strength and guidance so that we might have the attitude of Jesus Christ. It is unfortunate, but we live in a world where we might be the only Bible that some may read. Oh that they may see Jesus, and may You be glorified because of all they see! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

We Are Your People, Lord

Like Isaiah, we have every reason to look up to God and question ‘Who am I that a King should live and die for’, for our most righteous words and actions are but dirty rags to a holy, righteous and loving God. Yet in verse 9 the precious words ring out to our Potter, our Master and our God: ‘But remember us, for we are Your children’. What sobering words, and what an awesome reminder for us today. Yes, He is the Potter and we are the clay, Lord, please mold us and Make us holy thine. Meditate with me as we continue this thought today.

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-07-28
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 64:6-9
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)

BIBLE TEXT:  All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth.
All of us are like dead leaves, and our sins, like the wind, have carried us away.
No one worships you or even asks you to help us. That is because you have turned away from us and have let our sins destroy us.But Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all.
Lord, don’t continue to be angry with us; don’t remember our sins forever.
Please, look at us, because we are your people.

OBSERVATION: Like Isaiah, we have every reason to look up to God and question ‘Who am I that a King should live and die for’, for our most righteous words and actions are but dirty rags to a holy, righteous and loving God. Yet in verse 9 the precious words ring out to our Potter, our Master and our God: ‘But remember us, for we are Your children’. What sobering words, and what an awesome reminder for us today. Yes, He is the Potter and we are the clay, Lord, please mold us and Make us holy thine. Meditate with me as we continue this thought today.

APPLICATION: I remember as a child I would feel very proud at times before my parents. Yet there were times that I felt very ashamed and unworthy to be called their son. Isaiah has reminded us that in spite of our best efforts here on earth, our words and our deeds, that we may tend to feel are righteous, are as dirty rags to the God of our universe. So you might wonder and ask: then why should we bother? I believe that our Scripture is reminding us very much like an earlier study of Isaiah 58, where we were reminded that if we are bold enough to enter into a fast before God, then that could only be as effective as our relationship is at the moment with God. In our case today, I believe the Word is declaring that we needn’t come before God talking about our righteousness at a time when we are hiding our sin in our closet, or in our back pocket. You see, we might think that we could hide our wickedness from our pastor, or our best friend, and still go on pretending to love them and live ’holy’ lives. However, when we are dealing with God, it is much like living in a glass house, for He sees and knows everything about us. I believe that we are being encouraged here to deal with our problems – bring them into the light, and fully resolve them, for God sees and knows all things anyway. God knows that we are challenged to handle such sensitive matters, so He made Himself available to us. While in this world, we are influenced by the world, and we tend to feel like we need to act just like the world if we expect to receive their approval. However, as we surrender our lives to Christ, we are saying much like Isaiah said in verse 8: here we are laden with the filth of this world, but we are Yours Lord, so please mold us like one would do with clay, for we really want to look and act like You even while remaining on earth, until You call us home to glory. Friends, I believe that it is only through this process of surrender that we truly give up on pleasing the world, and instead allow God to shape us into His image so that the world would recognize Jesus in action through our words and deeds. The world is unchanged by another individual just like them, who acts and speaks as bad, or worse than them. They are looking for a refreshed, new, or renewed look that reminds them of their Father. Only then will they see and acknowledge a bright new future – one that they could hold on to throughout eternity. This requires a renewed person – one who has been shaped and molded by Jesus Christ Himself. If you have not met Him personally yet, please review my Footnote and be sure to read the Scriptures behind the link for ‘To Know Jesus’. Of course, I would be happy to pray with you, and for you, if you email me also.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You created us to be holy and to worship You faithfully in Spirit and in Truth. Unfortunately, we have drifted far enough away from that ideal, so on behalf of my faithful readers and I, I come before You in all humility, asking that You forgive us our sins, and that You humble us as we seek Your face. Lord, it seems like we just wallow deeper in our sin each day, and we drift further and further away from Your ideals. Please Lord, draw us away and make us into something that You could use to reach our lost and evil world. You are the Potter, and we are the clay. Oh that we might be fully pliable so that You may have Your perfect way in our lives. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!