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Giving From the Heart - Fridays Dose - 2nd of December 2016

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"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" - (1 Samuel 16:7).

I recall reading about a missionary in Africa who taught the nationals that Christians gave each other gifts on Christ's birthday as an expression of their joy. This is ideal but it often isn't true. Being a Christian doesn't guarantee pure motives.

A student of the missionary mentioned above gave his teacher a beautiful seashell as a gift. When asked where he had discovered such an extraordinary shell, the native said he had walked many miles to a certain bay, the only place where these shells could be found.

The missionary was deeply moved and told the young man how much he appreciated his gift, to which the native replied, "Long walk, part of gift."

This indeed is a gift from the heart with a pure motive. I'm not sure all our giving (including mine) is with pure motives as there are all sorts of reasons why we give. However, the only true giving is that which comes from the heart with a pure motive. Too much of some people's giving, I'm afraid, is manipulative; that is, it's giving to get which isn't giving at all. For instance, if I keep giving gifts to my boss as a means to get a promotion,that's not giving. It's manipulative.

It is reported that an English nobleman just before his death said, "What I spent, I had. What I kept, I lost. What I gave, I have." When motives are pure this is true.

Prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, 
Help me to learn the joy of giving and be a cheerful giver—from the heart with pure motives—not only of my resources but also of myself, first to you and then to others. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.
Courtesy Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Lamb or Lion - Wednesdays dose - 30th November 2016

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"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." - John 1:29. 

There are two very distinct pictures of Jesus Christ throughout the Bible. One is the Lamb of God. We associate a lamb with gentleness, purity, and innocence. In the Jewish tradition, the unblemished lamb was the only offering Jehovah God would accept for the atonement of the people. When John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he cried out "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John. 1:29). Immediately, the Jews understood that this Man represented the innocent for the guilty, an acceptable offering to atone for a sinful generation. And today, when we come to Jesus Christ, and receive Him as the Lamb of God, His shed blood cleanses us from all sin, and makes us holy and righteous before our heavenly Father, "knowing that you were...redeemed with...the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot". - (I Pet. 1:18,19).

But there is another picture of Jesus in Scripture. It is the Lion of Judah (Rev. 5:5). Friend, you don't want to meet the Lion. A lion is for judgment.  A lion devours its prey. A lion is king of the jungle!

The decisions we make today will determine whether we know Jesus as the Lamb of God who forgives us and prepares a place for us with Him in eternity...OR the Lion of Judah who will judge us, separate us from His presence of love, light and blessings, and cast us into outer darkness...forever.

"And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:13-15). "But there shall by no means enter it [the City of God] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life" - (Rev. 21:27).

Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your own Lord and Savior, and do you know that the Lamb has written your name in the Book of Life? Then, may your picture, for eternity, be taken with the Lamb...and not the Lion.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father in Heaven, thank you for this wonderful day you have given in our lifetime. Thank you for being our Lamb of God who forgives us and prepares a place for us with Him in eternity. Forgive our sins and accept our prayer. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Wednesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

We Are Blessed - Tuesday's Dose - 29th November 2016

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Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. - Genesis 5:2.

Man has been blessed from the foundation of the earth. God blessed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. They were given dominion over the earth, and God told them to be frutiful and multiply, and replenish the earth. But, the enemy got in the plan. 'stole the Word', and their perfect life was no longer perfect. Sin came in which placed a death sentence upon them. They saw thenselves 'naked' and ran to hide. There was no longer 'freedom' to do as they had before.

Then along came Noah, son of Lamech. He was seen as a 'just man and perfect in his  generations'. [Gen 6:9]  But the earth had been populated by the descendants of Cain and Seth, and the people were very ungodly. God was disturbed, and he meant to 'clean up' the earth. He ordered Noah to build the Ark. Now, the Ark wasn't built over night. On the contrary: it took one hundred and twenty years to build - plenty of time for the people to 'straighten up' their  lives. But, they didn't. When the Ark was built, God commanded Noah to place all the clean
animals on the Ark, then take his wife and family on.

Then, God shut them in, and the 'rain fell'! The earth was cleaned of all creation that was left outside the earth. But, God had told Noah he would place his covenant upon him and his family. He sealed the covenant with the rainbow.

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. - Genesis 9:1.

Although sin still abounds in this earth, we were given a new start with Noah. God's promises still stand today. Although we may feel that we aren't blessed, we can look around us and realize that God's hand still rests on His people today. The sinners are destined for a worse life,
unless they find mercy through Christ. But, Christians have a hope in another world - eternity to be spent in the presence of the King. We may not be materially or financially wealthy on earth, but endure until the end, and we have a rich reward that can't be measured on earth!

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
We know, if we endure until the end, we have the greatest of rewards. Help us reach out to others that are missing out on the blessings that You intended for every man. We give you praise! Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Putting In a Good Word - Monday's Dose - 28th November 2016

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Bible Reading: 1 Peter 2:9-12

You are a chosen people, . . . that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. - 1 Peter 2:9, NIV.

YOU KNOW God expects you to pray that he would use you to tell your non-Christian friends about him. But what if God answers your prayer?

God won't leave you dangling. When he opens up opportunities to share the Good News, here are a some helpful tips:

1. Seize the opportunity confidently. Don't be afraid. God has prepared you and your friends for this moment. They need what you have to share.

2. Be friendly but firm. Share what Christ has done in your life and explain what he can do in their lives. Tell it the way it is, but with care and respect.

3. Talk their language. Don't switch into Christian jargon. Put the gospel in language your friends understand-without losing anything in the translation.

4. Use a simple step-by-step approach. How much of the gospel do your friends need to know before they can make a decision to trust Christ? Not very much, since the gospel is simple. One good way to present the basic gospel message and ask for a response is in the booklet "Would You Like to Know God Personally?" , which you can purchase at your local Christian bookstore.

At some point when you present the Good News, you should briefly tell the story of your own relationship with Christ. Think through your story ahead of time. An effective personal story—or "testimony"-has three parts:

1. What you were like before you trusted Christ. Briefly describe your life
before you trusted Christ. What was the focus of your life?

2. How you trusted Christ. Briefly tell what led you to trust Christ. When
did you first understand the Good News? Why did you decide to trust Christ?

3. What you have been like after trusting Christ. What difference has Christ
made in your life? What does Christ mean to you now?

As you prepare your testimony, don't juice up the facts or glorify a gory,
sinful past to make your story more exciting. Scrap the Christian jargon. And
make your focus your personal relationship with Christ-not your church or youth group.

REFLECT: Write a first draft of your testimony. Share it with a Christian friend and have him or her suggest how you could make it clearer and more relevant.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I commit myself in to your hands, be with me and lead all thru my life to reflect you in my deeds,way of life. When my friends see me they should see you thru me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

What Will God Say? - Sunday's Dose - 27th of November 2016

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To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: - Romans 2:7.

Too many of us spend a lifetime trying to work and have a good living. We want to build up material things, give our family everything they could ever want for. We join every group possible, run every race, and run ourselves ragged, trying to keep up with the world. We want to leave behind a good opinion of ourselves in the world, when we pass away.

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. - Psalms 25:4.

Everthing we've accomplished - records, achievements, reputations, and tributes, will all pass away or fade from the minds of others. The legacy that we leave behind won't matter, when we meet God face to face. The only thing that will matter is, did you know God as your personal Savior? Did you seek after Him, and obey His commandments? Did you listen to His voice and do His will? Were you watching for His coming? Will He say to you, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant", or will it be, "depart from me, I never knew you"?

Prayer : Our Heavenly Father, 
We know that nothing we do here on earth will get us to heaven. The only way there is through your son, Jesus. Help us to reach out and touch Him, to stay in contact every day and live the life of holiness. Teach us your ways! We give you praise! Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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