Posts Tagged ‘commitment to Christ’

The Danger of Pride

January 7, 2015

“You da man!” friends of Levi cried as he dribbled the basketball down the court. He’d scored over ten points. His team was winning by twenty.
“Go, Levi, go. You’re the best,” others shouted.
As Levi worked his way around defenders, his mind told him, “No one can steal the ball from you. You’re the best. You can make any shot you want.”
He wasn’t watching closely, though, and as he went up for a jumper, the defender snuffed him. Then the defender grabbed the ball and sprinted down court.
A little pride can fell you. That’s what happened to Uzziah. He thought he was such a great guy, such an important person, that he didn’t follow God’s rules anymore. He figured they didn’t apply to him. In his pride, he performed a dangerous act in the temple. God punished him immediately. He became a leper for the rest of his days.
Watch out for pride. It will purr in your heart, telling you how wonderful you are, and then it will stab you in the back.
Prayer: Father, protect me from pride. I don’t want to mess up. Amen.

Powerless!

September 20, 2014

The Powerless

2 Chronicles 14:11: O LORD, not one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O LORD, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!

We have no power in ourselves to …
Please God.
Make him listen.
Gain his blessings.
Change ourselves.
Become more like Jesus.
Win a lasting victory.

Did you know that you’re powerless? No one of us can do anything without Jesus. Oh, sure. We might make the soccer team. We might get good grades on our own. We might catch a bass while fishing. But ultimately, anything that’s good and lasts must come from Jesus.

The prayer above was spoken by King Asa as he went out to fight. He knew God had to accomplish the victory. Without God’s help, he could do nothing.

Call on God always to be with you. Then you will succeed. Prayer: Lord, I ask you always to be with me and lead me. Amen.

TO BE CONTINUED:

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

Humble Yourselves

September 9, 2014

Humble Yourselves

2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

What is the key to God’s blessing? How can we pray so that God answers?

There is one way. This is not a formula, but this is what this verse shows us to do:

Humble ourselves. That is, if we recognize that we can’t do anything worthwhile without God’s help, God will bless. When we do things on our own, they may succeed, but they will have no worth.

Pray. Talk to God. Confess your sins. Thank him. Praise him. Pray for others. Let God know about everything that is in your heart.

TO BE CONTINUED:

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

When You Love Someone

April 28, 2014

When You Love Someone

 

Genesis 45:3: “I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers, “Is my father still alive?”

 

“Can I see that knife?” Jason asked from the group of four college guys who stood in Gabriel’s dad’s garage.

 

The knife thudded onto to the ground and Gabriel stared in horror. That knife had once belonged to Jason, but Gabriel’s father kept it in the garage now. Gabriel had stolen it from Jason years before when they were kids.

 

Jason picked up the knife and gazed at it. Gabriel’s mind whizzed through several strategies, but suddenly he knew only one was right in God’s eyes: tell the truth.

 

He said, “Do you recognize that knife?”

 

Jason nodded. “I think.”

“I stole it from you,” Gabriel said. “I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?”

 

Jason looked up. “Uh, sure,” he said. “But …”

“You can have it back,” Gabriel said. “I shouldn’t have done that. But I’m a Christian now.”

 

Jason shook his head. “You amaze me, Gabe.”

           

Gabriel smiled. “I’m just trying to do what’s right.”

When you sin against a friend, how do you make it up? By admitting your wrong and offering to make it right. It’s that simple. In the above passage, that’s what Joseph did with his brothers. It’s a great example to follow.

 

Prayer: Jesus, help me to be forgiving, always. Amen.