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Obedience Involves Commitment - Friday's Dose - 25th March 2016

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“See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord” - (Colossians 4:17).

Thoughts for Today

If we are truly trusting in God’s plan and providence, then we will live out our faith in obedience to His will for our lives. Our trust in God is not meant to sit upon a shelf. We will face trials constantly, along with temptations and struggles that will put our faith in God to work.

Before God would use Abraham, Abraham had to take the first step of obedience and leave his pagan hometown, Ur. But on the way to Canaan, Abraham and his family settled in Haran, another pagan town, for six years. Abraham’s obedience was incomplete.

God does not want us to start out on His path and then stagnate. Obedience involves commitment and follow-through. How many times do we settle for something short of the Lord’s perfect plan for our lives? How many times do we set out in obedience, only to stop at the halfway mark?
God did not give up on Abraham. “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you’” (Genesis 12:1). This time, Abraham did not stop until he reached Canaan.

Prayer : Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Show me if there is any area of my life where I have not completely obeyed you. I don’t want to settle for something less than what You have for me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.

Source: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Spiritual Dialogue with the Enemy - Thursday's Dose - 23rd March 2017

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“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” - (Ephesians 6:10).

Thoughts for Today

This is only a legend, but the principle is very true: There was a hunter who had taken aim at a very large and angry bear. The hunter was ready to pull the trigger of his rifle when he heard the bear speak in a soothing voice, “Isn’t it better to talk than to shoot? Why don’t we negotiate this matter? What do you want?”

The hunter lowered his rifle and answered, “I would like a fur coat.”

The bear said, “This is good. I think there is something we can do about that. All I want is a full stomach. Maybe we can compromise.”

So they sat down to talk. A little while later, the bear walked away alone. The negotiations had been successful. The bear had his full stomach, and the hunter had his fur coat!

There are many believers who think it is perfectly acceptable to enter a spiritual dialogue with the enemy. They lower their weapons and negotiate. But Peter admonishes us to be vigilant and firm in our faith (1 Peter 5:8-9).

After the successful battle of Jericho, Joshua learned a painful lesson regarding the enemy’s tactics. He discovered that the consequences of sin are destruction—spiritual and physical.

The next battle on Israel’s list was the little town of Ai, which should have led to an easy victory (Joshua 7). However, sin had entered the camp of God’s people. Joshua, celebrating his victory at Jericho, ceased from being sober, prayerful, and alert. He did not consecrate himself or remain watchful. As a result, many of his soldiers died in battle.

The moment Joshua turned to the Lord seeking forgiveness, God revealed the problem and the solution. Are you remaining diligent in your devotion to Christ, or have you drifted spiritually?

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 

I place You at the center of my life. As I turn to You each day, please help me to find the Truth I need to handle every situation. 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

Jesus Sacrificed His Life for Us - Wednesday's Dose - 22nd March 2017

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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual act of worship” - (Romans 12:1).

Thoughts for Today

Francois Nelon writes: “Whatever spiritual knowledge or feelings we may have, they are all a delusion if they do not lead us to the real and constant practice of dying to self. And it is true that we do not die without suffering. Nor is it possible to be considered truly dead while there is any part of us which is yet alive.”

This spiritual death (which is really a blessing in disguise) is undeniably painful. It cuts swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires, exposing us for who we really are. The Great Physician, who sees in us what we cannot see, knows exactly where to place the knife. He cuts away that which we are most reluctant to give up. How it hurts!

God wants His children to live abundantly, but this is only possible when we are open to His refining, sometimes painful, work in our lives.

Abraham was not the only one of God's saints who had to make a choice concerning self-sacrifice. David, the prophets, the disciples and the apostles all came to a point where they willingly laid down their lives—their personal desires, goals, and dreams—for the love of God.

Remember, Jesus obediently sacrificed His life for you. He did not avoid the pain and suffering of the Cross. Instead, He focused on the joy ahead for Him at the right hand of the Father. Consider Jesus' example as you are being fit for His purposes.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
You, and You alone, are my first love. Please sustain me as you fit me for your purposes. 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

Important Aspects of God’s Character - Tuesday's Dose - 21st March 2017

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“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another” - (John 1:16).

Thoughts for Today

As Adam and Eve first experienced God’s grace in the Garden of Eden, they came to understand some important aspects of God’s character. In learning about God, they discovered that He would not excuse sin. They also found out that He would not discard the sinner.

When we make a mistake and fall into sin, we begin to wonder what type of punishment God will issue us. Though there are always consequences for sin, there is not an excommunication from God. Instead of zapping us into the stratosphere never to be heard from again, He chases us, seeking us just like He sought Adam and Eve in the garden.

Upon the realization that they had sinned, Adam and Eve hid from God. They knew that He had given them the perfect place to live, yet they botched it by falling for the oldest lie of the enemy: God is withholding His best. So they hid, hoping that God would not find them.

However, God and His grace always find us—not because we are terrible at hiding, but because He is so good at seeking. He does not hunt us down to scold us; rather, He chases our hearts so that we can see how much He loves us.

God’s grace gives us an opportunity to allow Him to change us. It gives us a moment in which we encounter God and His awesome grace, and we surrender. We stop running from God and start running to Him.

It may be painful at times as He roots out some of the strongholds of sin in our lives. But the difference He makes in our lives in the end will be worth it.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father,
Show me how You desire to change my heart and reveal those areas You want to see transformed in me. 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

Faithful Obedience - Sunday's Dose - 19th March 2017

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“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” - (Hebrews 11:8).

Thoughts for Today

Abraham did not hesitate to obey the Lord. He packed up everything and headed for the land of Canaan. No questions asked. God had spoken, and Abraham obeyed. Are we willing to do the same and step out obediently without hesitation?

There also will be times when the Lord instructs us to wait, and we must be willing to do just that—be still and wait for Him. Waiting is also a form of faithful obedience.

Abraham was not perfect. He panicked and took matters into his own hands as he took his family to Egypt. What made sense from a human viewpoint was folly from God’s viewpoint.

When we feel threatened, many of us do the same thing—we become fearful and take matters into our own hands. However, in times of crisis, we must remain steadily focused on Christ—watching and listening for His leading.

Fear always challenges faith. When we divert from God’s plan out of fear, we end up in a foreign land, fighting a foreign enemy with our own resources.

Like Abraham, we will make mistakes. We will take a wrong turn and end up in a place other that the one God has for us. However, the journey of faith begins at the Cross where Jesus died for our sins and where we can find eternal forgiveness for our souls.

When we stray, the Cross reminds us that we can always turn to the Lord, asking Him to forgive us and to lead us on from that point. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, look to the Lord in faith for guidance and trust that He will always lead you in paths of righteousness for your ultimate good and His glory.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
I confess that at times I have allowed fear to cause me to hesitate to obey You. Forgive me for those times and help me to trust that You will not lead me astray. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

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