Faith is a vital role in the family unit. It draws us together. Holds us tight. Binds us with the ties of God. Keeping faith in our families secures the values of Christ are embedded in our children
DEVOTION BY Rusty Lang POSTED 5/19/2019 12:00:01 AM ON John 6:40 NASB
The young man went from one frustrating job to another, from one get-rich-quick scheme to another. When confronted with his need of Jesus, his answer was “I am a spiritual man. I do not need Jesus.”
The old man referred to God as the “man in the sky” or sometimes, “the man upstairs.” He relied on being a non-active member of a denomination and his good deeds to make him eligible for heaven.
To walk through life relying on our own spirituality or concept of God is the pathway to hell. Only the Word of God, Jesus Himself, is able to bring us truth and spiritual inheritance in heaven.
To be economically rich but spiritually poor is bondage to the kingdom of darkness. Only the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ leads to a heavenly eternal life.
Many people claim to believe in God, but what god? There is only one living God–only one sovereign Lord. To pass from death to life, we must hear the words of Jesus and believe it is Father God who has sent Him to give eternal life.
The young man still denies his need of Jesus, but the old man, once confronted with the gospel truth, became a believer a few weeks before passing into heaven.
Accept Jesus today. Tomorrow may be too late to make this life-changing decision.
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DEVOTION BY Norma Mezoe POSTED 5/5/2019 12:00:01 AM ON Romans 10:13 NIV
When I was small, a caring woman took me to Sunday school and worship services. As an older youth and teenager, I walked alone to a church in my neighborhood because my parents were not Christians, nor did they attend a church.
Then a revival began at the church I attended. The minister stopped at our house to invite Mom. She was hesitant at first but eventually promised the minister she would attend. At the age of fifteen, I was led by God’s Spirit to accept Jesus Christ, but I was too shy to walk the aisle by myself to make the decision public.
The first night of the revival, Mom and I sat near the door in case we wanted to leave, but we stayed. On the second night, as the congregation sang “Softly and Tenderly,” Mom said she was going forward.
Her heart had been touched to accept Jesus. I wanted to go also, but that long aisle seemed to stretch forever. I tried to talk Mom into waiting until the final verse, but she wouldn’t wait. I walked the aisle with her, and we made our decisions known.
Mom’s road as a Christian was not smooth. My father wouldn’t attend services and denied God’s existence. Still, as long as she was physically able, Mom faithfully attended.
I would have eventually had the courage to walk that long aisle, but with Mom at my side, I was encouraged to do so at an earlier age. Perhaps, through the years I attended church alone, God’s Spirit spoke to Mom about salvation. I am thankful she heard and obeyed.
Many times through the witness of a family member’s faith in God, an entire family will accept salvation.
If you struggle to live your faith before an unbelieving family, don’t give up. God may use your witness to bring about their salvation.
DEVOTION BY Kevin Spencer POSTED 4/28/2019 12:00:01 AM ON Isaiah 30:21 NIV
My wife, Charlotte, and I are official “End to Enders.”
A framed certificate hanging on the wall in my office (okay it’s not so much an office as a corner of the living room) proves it. The Blue Ridge Parkway awards it as a promotional campaign to anyone who has traveled the entire length of the Parkway.
From earliest memory, my family has traveled and camped on the Parkway. When I was a boy, it was a road of mystery—waterfalls, incredible vistas, ancient log cabins, and wildlife in abundance. For me, the Parkway hosts a lifetime of memories, from camping to picnicking to racing my little brother up Mt. Pisgah.
From an abundance of mountaintops up and down the Parkway, one can look down and see miles of concrete ribbon as it winds along the ridge tops. As a boy, I imagined God seeing us this way, gazing down from some remote spot high above, occasionally brushing aside a cloud to get a better view.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered my youthful analogy has held up. No, I don’t think God peers down through the clouds, although He might, but rather that He lives in me and with me. What comforts me, like my boyhood image of God looking down on the Parkway, is that God knows the twists and turns of my life from beginning to end.
God can see what I can’t—what lies around the bends in the road and what joys and dangers are hidden from me by the curves of life’s highway. He provides what I’ll need. He teaches me lessons that will serve me up ahead on the road—in some future situation I can’t even imagine now—because He knows where my life’s path is going.
I take comfort in that … when I remember it. Sometimes God has to remind me He is in control. And He knows the road ahead far better than I do.
When the curves in your life’s road seem too sharp to handle, remember God knows what lies around the corner and has an ‘End to Ender’ certificate awaiting you. Trust in Him.
DEVOTION BY Cindy Sproles POSTED 4/21/2019 12:00:01 AM ON Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Easter has always been hard for us.
Since he was a child, my disabled son has hated Easter. It scares him. Even as an adult, he still can’t manage seeing the dead body of Christ hanging on the cross. Honestly, I have a hard time seeing it too. But it’s for a different reason.
Where Chase is fearful of the scene, my heart is simply ripped out of my chest. Wrapping my head around the sacrifice is difficult. I feel undeserving and guilt ridden. It is not uncommon for me to burst into tears when I see the Passion story.
Our church did a mini version of the Passion play for our children. Those who directed the walk were very sensitive to what small children could take in, so instead of Jesus hanging on the cross, it was draped in purple cloth, surrounded by green plants, and adorned with a crown of thorns on top.
A soft light lit the cross from the bottom and conveyed the story perfectly. During this scene, we also saw the angels at the tomb who said, “Do not be afraid. He has risen. Go and tell everyone.” The words were simple yet powerful. He has risen. Go and tell everyone. Wow.
Paul said it well. Declare with your mouth Jesus is Lord. Believe with your heart He was raised from the dead and salvation is yours. He wanted the people to put their heart where their words were. Believe and profess. The sacrifice was made for us.
Easter can be scary when we think of the level mankind stooped to end Jesus’ life. Taking in the cruelty of man is hard. But what an offering. What a gift. We earned God’s acceptance and forgiveness through that cruelty. It shouldn’t be hard for us to open our hearts and believe, then open our mouths and profess that Christ is Lord. He died, was buried, and was raised from the dead, overcoming that which Satan will never overcome.
On Easter morning, remember that Jesus rose with the morning sun and that His glory still shines above all else. Rejoice. Believe. Declare Him King of Kings and be saved.
(Phote courtesy of Cindy Sproles.
DEVOTION BY Vanessa Jones POSTED 4/14/2019 12:00:01 AM ON Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
“If only I could have a little peace and quiet—a minute to hear myself think with no one calling my name or needing me to fulfill a request. Is it asking too much to have time to do what I want for a change?”
Ah! Rest. How nice that would be. Sound familiar? Despite my best efforts to plan and prioritize tasks, too often the unplanned and unprioritized tasks compete for my attention. During these times, the words of Jesus bring comfort to my weary soul. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jesus invites us to come and learn from Him. But we are only able to do so when we stop the merry-go-round of busyness and sit peacefully in His presence. Alone with the Lord, we are ready to listen and to learn.
The Word of God always provides just what I need—especially in moments of mayhem. I learn best by reading the Bible. When I do, God’s glorious rest engulfs me like a warm blanket. I am reminded why Jesus wants my attention. He does not want to add another burden but to exchange mine for His. My burdens are too heavy, but His burdens are light, because He bears the full weight.
Ask God to help you slow down and refocus your attention on the One who gives sweet rest and carries your burdens. His rest will satisfy your soul and strengthen your hands to do what you need to do.