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Signs of the Times - Friday's Dose - 19th January 2018

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"But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and education shall be vastly increased." - Daniel 12:4 .

In 1927 in Signs of the Times, John Lewis Shuler wrote: "Sir Isaac Newton made a most daring forecast two hundred years ago regarding a future development in rapid transit, which at that time seemed absolutely beyond the possibility of ever seeing realization. Newton declared that he was convinced from a study of Bible prophecy that there was destined to be a marvelous increase in the speed of transportation on the earth.

"'I believe,' Newton said, 'that in the providence of God, though the method now be entirely hidden, men will yet travel on the earth at the rate of fifty miles an hour.' Newton lived from 1642-1727. In his day the most rapid travel by land was by horse.

Stagecoaches drawn about eight miles an hour by horses held the record on land."

I imagine that many would have thought that Newton was crazy when he based such a wild prophecy for his day on what he had read in the Bible. He was certainly right, even if he grossly underestimated the speed at which people would travel in the future. Imagine if he could have seen our day when thousands of people are flying daily across the world at speeds more like 500 mph., not to mention the incredible speed that astronauts travel when circling the earth and/or fly to the moon.

So what about Daniel's prophecy approximately 2,500 years ago? Many Bible students believe that we are living in or are close to the end times—the time when Jesus Christ will come again. Not only has travel speed vastly increased but think about knowledge. We are living today in a time of a knowledge explosion—especially so because of computers, the Internet, email and blogs.

Christ's first coming is an indisputable fact of history. He promised he would come again so we can be just as certain of his second coming—but only God knows the exact day and hour. The important thing is not the date of Christ's return, but that we are ready for him when he comes. "Therefore, keep watch," Jesus said, "because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] will come at an hour when you do not expect him." - Matthew 24:42, 44 .

Prayer: Our Loving Father in Heaven, 

Thank you for your promise that you will come again for all who believe in you and trust in you. Help me to make sure that I will be ready for that day should it come in my lifetime so I will not be embarrassed at your coming. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

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

God's Purpose For My Life - Thursday's Dose - 18th January 2018

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"Choose you this day whom you will serve."

- Joshua 24:15.

"We're all self-made," said one self-made philosopher,"but only the rich will admit it."

The fact is life is a series of choices. I am where and who I am today and doing what I want to do because of choices I made many years ago. Furthermore, who I am and what I do tomorrow will be largely affected by choices I make today. To do nothing is also a choice even if it is made unconsciously.

For example, I may have been victimized in the past but if I remain a victim that is my choice and in so doing I become a willing volunteer. No matter what my background was or what happened to me in the past, I am now fully responsible for what I do about it and for what I become.

With God's help and the support of loving friends and, if needed, the help of a well trained counselor, I can become the person God wants me to be and fulfill the purpose he has for my life. It's up to me, however, to find out what that purpose is and do my part in fulfilling it.

It boils down to choice. As Joshua said to the ancient Israelites, "Choose you this day whom you will serve ... As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." And he did for the rest of his life.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Help me to discover Your purpose for my life and accept full responsibility for becoming the person you want me to be and for doing what you have planned for me to do. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

Don't Limit, Allow Him To Do - Wednesday's Dose - 17th January 2018

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"They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the `legion'; and they became frightened." - Mark 5:15 .

Thoughts for Today

These people were afraid. But "why?" we might wonder. What had Jesus done that they found so upsetting?

Entering their region, He had been met by a "man from the tombs with an unclean spirit." This man had been a constant nuisance, disrupting community life. No one could control him, not even after he was bound with a chain (vs. 2-3).

Then Jesus appeared. Knowing the spiritual root of the problem, He commanded the demon to come out of the man. Instantly, the man was freed. After the news spread, people came to see the man, amazed that he looked normal. But there was no celebration. Instead, the people reacted with fear.

What had Jesus done to merit such a reaction? He had disrupted their status quo. He had challenged their assumptions, and perhaps even their theology.

The reaction was so intense that they asked Him to leave their region. They would rather live with their preconceived ideas than experience the power of God in a new way. They would rather have had the demon-possessed man cause havoc in their community, than for Jesus to demonstrate His power. They would rather have lived within their comfort zone, than to have Jesus do something unexpected—something they couldn't understand.

Today, many react to Jesus in a similar way. They may face problems, but they place limits on what they will allow Him to do in their lives.

How open are you to Jesus' power in your life? Do you have preconceived ideas that limit what He can do for you? Are you open to allowing Him to intervene in the problems you face? Or are you trapped in your own comfort zones, unwilling to let Him teach you new things or open new doors of understanding?

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Forgive me for limiting You. Open my eyes. I give You permission to use me and reveal the fullness of the Gospel in my life. 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 Devotionals Team

Strength Renewed and Energy Restored - Wednesday's Dose - 10th January 2018

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“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights” - (Psalm 18:32-33).

Thoughts for Today

Have you ever been so discouraged that you could not sleep? Have you ever been so worn out by life’s troubles that you could not rest? Weariness of the soul exhausts us. To those who know this exhaustion, God offers a hope that energizes us:

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).

The prophet Isaiah told us that those who hope in the Lord have their strength renewed and their energy restored. But how do we acquire this hope?

We become hopeful when we look at what God can do, not at what man has done. Hope wells up in us when we focus on the capabilities of God, not the weakness and inability of man. Hope springs up when we praise God for His perfection—recognizing and acknowledging and trusting in all that he is—rather than giving honor to the feeble attempts and less-than-perfect accomplishments of man.

If you are exhausted at the end of the day, shut yourself in for a while with God. Praise Him with every ounce of energy that remains in you. You will be refreshed, not only mentally and emotionally, but physically. There is a special strength imparted to those who praise the Lord. This kind of strength gives you the power of hope to endure, to persevere, to outlast tough times. It gives you the power to intercede until God gives a breakthrough.

I am 100 percent convinced that the best medicine for spiritual exhaustion is praise.

Prayer:Our Loving Heavenly Father, 

I praise You, Almighty God, for Your energizing power that strengthens me. Where my hope is fading, fill me with Your strength again. 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

Our Trust Is In The Lord - Tuesday's Dose - 9th January 2018

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"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. - Jeremiah 17:7-8 

Several close friends have been hit with problems that came without any warning at all. As the difficulties grew, they became filled with fear and anxiety. I've experienced those types of problems, and possibly you have too. So what can we do when we find ourselves in situations like these?

When I consider the sweltering heat of summer, I often picture myself relaxing on a shaded riverbank, listening to the water wash over the stones.

As much as I enjoy thinking about this pleasant scene, I know there is a deeper meaning to be found in the phrase "like a tree planted by the waters". This spiritual picture has much to say to about life. 

The scripture describes God's word as water. Since God knew we couldn't live and grow without clean, pure water, He filled the earth with a vast supply of it. God's word is also needed for life and growth. This water, the word of God, is the only thing by which we can grow spiritually. The water of the word is also the only thing that will cleanse us from the defilement of sin. God speaks about "cleansing [us] by the washing with water through the word" (Ephesians 5:26). The word reaches deep into the recesses of both the heart and soul. God created us with a need for both physical and spiritual water, and we will die if we do not avail ourselves of either.

When God speaks of a blessed man being like a tree planted by the waters, He is telling us that we need to keep on reading and "drinking" in His word every day. He knows that, when we fill our mind with His word, we will find that the word, like water, refreshes anything it touches. We will also find our "roots" have grown deeper and stronger. This will cause us to be able to stand when the strong, hot winds of troublesome situations blow in upon us.

In God's time, we will also bear fruit, if we obey the admonition to stay by the water. Let's become one of the blessed ones who trust in the Lord.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Please help us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of You. Thank You so much for all You have done to show us the way to walk each day. 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

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