DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2020-04-18
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Romans 14:17-19
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
BIBLE TEXT: 17 …. Here is what is important: a right way of life, peace, and joy—all from the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves Christ by living this way is pleasing God, and they will be accepted by others. 19 So let’s try as hard as we can to do what will bring peace. Let’s do whatever will help each other grow stronger in faith.
OBSERVATION: Ever feel like you wish that you knew a lot more about certain subjects? Ever started your day wishing for wisdom to help you do a lot better today than you feel like you did yesterday? Much like today, Paul saw where his people were bickering over very trivial things that only brought division, rather than purposeful things that unite and draws the whole group closer to God. Paul had to address the sore subject of arguments over what foods each group ate, or didn’t eat, and the challenges that created for those who felt they were right. Yes, we do the same thing today, and yes, we need reminding again about what’s important to God.
APPLICATION: Churches have split over very silly things – oftentimes it happened when one or more members felt it was more important to have their own way, rather than win the lost, or see the body of Christ draw closer to God through their sweet communion together; or through Bible studies; or through prayer for each other. Arguments still exists today among churches as to the right day to worship, the right way to baptize, or the foods that should be eaten. Paul told the church that they were missing the point, as God intended for us to be much bigger than that. In fact, if we ever want to win the lost and dying world, we must pay attention to the things that Paul taught as being of great importance: Seek first the Holy Spirit and follow His lead in living a life that is right, and in accordance with the God of this universe; Live in peace with God and with each other; And, seek joy for those you come into contact with, before seeking after your own selfish joys. Friends, this is just a short list, but it takes a child of God to do these things, and when you have spent time before God seeking His will and making every effort to obediently follow His commands, you will start to act like Him and imitate the example that He set for us while He was here on earth. Remember, God has established His way for mankind to live in love, and at peace with each other. Trouble starts when we stray away from His ideals and mix in some of our own selfish ways. When this happens, it becomes increasingly challenging for unbelievers to see enough difference between the church and the world that they are used to, and therefore little reason or necessity for any change in their belief, or in the God that we claim to honor, adore and worship. Friends, when I got married, I put aside things that I did as a boy, including some of the friends that had a bad influence on me. I promised God that I would love and care for the woman of my dreams for the rest of my days. That was a challenging promise to fulfill if I kept on pleasing my friends and ignoring my beautiful wife. This was very similar to the decision I made to serve Christ. It is virtually impossible to please my old friends and the God who sent His precious Son so that I could have eternal life with Him in heaven. I believe it is time for all of God’s children to rededicate themselves to the One in whom they believed and be faithful to Him until the day He calls us home. Will you join me in this rededication dear friend? People/friends/family need the Lord, and the sooner they see Him alive and well in our lives, the sooner they may be willing to dedicate themselves to Him. Please contact me if I could help, support or encourage you in anyway regarding the change you would like to make.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for saving my soul, thank You Lord for making me whole, thank You Lord for giving to me, thy great salvation so rich and free. Please help me Lord to show in every aspect of my life, evidence of the One who lives inside of me. I want to show You daily that I love You and I want everyone that makes contact with me to know that it’s only Jesus that could make a change, like You’ve made in my life. Please touch the lives of my readers and all those that are in my circle of influence. May we all strive to know You more and through the work of Your precious Holy Spirit, may others be influenced to also want a relationship with you. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org 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 or listening to this devotional, please go to 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. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!