Daily Devotional

The Blessed Hope

To be in love with Jesus means that I anticipate His return as my blessed hope. The New Testament alone refers to the Second Coming approximately 380 times. This means one in every twenty-five verses references this important event. Jesus referred to it as a hope to comfort His disciples with the thought that He would not leave them forever. Jesus comes for His children throughout all ages. He is our hope.

     "Do not let your hope be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-3).

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Everyday Evangelism

True Christians will engage in evangelism each and every day. They will not confine evangelism to a limited day or season. Effective discipling means everyday evangelism. . . . When one really studies the Bible, the student of the Word is convinced that evangelism was the main function of the early church and not a matter of secondary importance. . . .

As the apostles were Christ's witnesses then, we are His witnesses now. The work that God began through them, God will finish through the church as it demonstrates by total dedication that the church is God's modern-day witness.

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The Beginning of the End

Fifty days after Calvary came the tsunami, whirlwind, the greatest cyclonic force since the Creation--the unleashing of powers that had been restrained for generations. Now the mystery could be revealed in full. It had been hidden for all these generations. Now it was opened up and the world was invited to take part--to drink of the fountain, to become partners. Those who drank of its healing waters are now a part of the caravan going into all the world giving the invitation, "Come, buy . . . without money and without cost" (Isaiah 55:1).

Calvary was the end of the beginning, but Pentecost was the beginning of the end. . . . These powerful happenings point us to the end of the story--the consummation. The first coming of Christ and the second alike are about this same Jesus.

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God Takes the Initiative

After a full year of local evangelism, Barnabas and Paul, still under Barnabas's leadership, were sent by the church on a missionary journey through foreign lands. This is the first missionary endeavor in Acts that is intentional and carefully planned, yet Luke makes it clear that God was the one who took the initiative. He works through human decisions, but salvation history follows a superior plan--one conceived in the heart and mind of God.

Paul's first journey established him as the leading missionary among the apostles. Such recognition, however, is only part of the story. From the beginning, enormous difficulties and supernatural forces worked against him and Barnabas. . . . At every turn, he risked his life for the sake of the gospel.

God never promised an easy path for Paul, and trials never diminished his missionary zeal. Upon returning to Syrian Antioch, he and Barnabas "gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles", a door that would never shut.

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Redeemed by His Blood

The Father sets His love upon His elect people who live in the midst of men. These are the people whom Christ has redeemed by the price of His own blood; and because they respond to the drawing of Christ, through the sovereign mercy of God, they are elected to be saved as His obedient children. Upon them is manifested the free grace of God, the love wherewith He hath loved them. Everyone who will humble himself as a little child, who will receive and obey the Word of God with a child's simplicity, will be among the elect of God. . . .

In the council of heaven, provision was made that men, though transgressors, should not perish in their disobedience, but, through faith in Christ as their substitute and surety, might become the elect of God, predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will.

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Sorrow and Joy

Both sorrow and joy are essential elements to a full life. Since deep sorrow rarely leaves completely, we must learn to embrace both sorrow and joy simultaneously or we will have one and not the other.

Sorrow teaches us to hold dear the things of true value since they can be taken from us at any time. The knowledge of the fragility of these things causes us to hold dearly each moment, guard how we handle treasures, celebrate each experience with friends and family, breathe deeply of fresh air, bask fully in sunshine, gaze in amazement at green trees and grass, . . . and fully live every experience of life. While we never forget that which was lost, we are faithful to celebrate that which remains. . . .

Sorrow and joy have kissed. Each is an essential element to life here and now. But one day, only joy will remain. How I long for that day!

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Gifts and Talents

God has placed us to be a beacon of hope on this dark planet. He's given us each gifts. Maybe its money - how are we blessing the world around us with this gift from God? Maybe He's given you the ability to cook or bake, how are you using that ability given by God? It could even be something as simple as the gift of time - what are we doing with our time to bless those around us?

     Jesus has a wonderful place of hope prepared for us. He wants you to be there, but He also desires those around you to be there. How are you using the gifts, talents and abilities He has given you, to prepare those around you for His second coming?  

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He Dwells Among Us

God lives by His Spirit in the midst of His church, and His people become His dwelling place. God adds us like living stones to the building (1 Peter 2:4-6). Lifting Christ before the people, calling them to worship, and inviting them to enthrone Chirst become our goals.

     Even in the midst of corruption, Christ made it His practice to go to church because He could still meet God in His temple. We should not exclude ourselves from church because unholy people go there. People don't make the church holy; the Lord's presence makes it holy. Whether the preacher preaches well or the singers sing on key, God is still God - present with His people, the church, as they assemble each Sabbath.

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Climate Change

Laodicea is not just a concept or a theological idea. It's real, and we are the church of Laodicea. We can't pick the era into which we are born any more than we can pick which country or family we're born into. We have no say in that. For reasons that God alone knows, we've been chosen to live and minister and be disciples of Christ in Laodicea - and this requires patient endurance on our part.

     Maybe God wants to show what it looks like for people to wake up and be on fire in a lukewarm environment. There is a lot of talk about climate change in the global environment; but right now, we ought to be praying for a climate change in the church.

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It's a Done Deal

In Hebrew culture the most awesome figure is the judge. And then there is the goel. He is the one who redeems the property that has been lost. Sometimes by unfortunate circumstance, or if the heirs act foolishly, the property is lost. The goel--a close relative--can take up the case of the unfortunate family. The word goel came to mean "to redeem" or "the redeemer." It is rendered in the King James Version as "kinsman", "redeemer", and "avenger". 

Jesus is the strong Deliverer, the Kinsman-Redeemer. Jesus is our Elder Brother, the nearest of kin. He is the Guarantor. He is our Sufficiency, able to pull it off, take care of business. It's a done deal.

But the surprise is that the Creator makes the church His primary instrument. Enfeebled as it may be! It becomes our business to unmask Satan, disrobe him, call him out for what he is. God chooses human beings, individuals, to be witnesses to the good news that the goel brings justice. . . . Judgment is good news; the people of God preach it and summon the world to prepare for that great day.

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