Posts Tagged ‘commitment’

Do Good

October 19, 2014

Do Good

2 Chronicles 25:2: Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.

Mark and his mother drove down the street, heading for home. Suddenly, Mark saw a boy he knew from school walking along. “Give him a ride, Mom,” he said.

“Who is he?” his mother asked.

“A kid from school.”

Mark’s mother stopped and they offered the boy a ride. He said with a smile, “Thanks. It’s a long walk home.”

“I forget your name,” Mark said to him.

The boy responded, “Jerry Cranmer. I live up on Livingston Street.”

In a few minutes, Mark’s mother drove into one of the tougher sections of town. They soon found Jerry’s house. The lawn was burned out. Two old rusty cars sat in the front year. And the house looked like it was falling down. Mark said to Jerry, “See you in school.”

When Jerry had gone, Mark said to his mother, “He’s a nice guy. I should get to know him better.”
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

What’s First?

September 27, 2014

What’s First?

2 Chronicles 18:4: Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the LORD says.”

Steph, Shari and Kellie stood at the bottom of the four trees, looking up. “It might be a good place to build a treefort,” Steph said.

“The trees look strong,” Shari answered.

“They go pretty high,” Kellie added.

“Have you seen anywhere else?” Shari then asked.

Steph and Kellie immediately said, “Let’s build here.”

Shari continued looking up. “Maybe we should pray about it? Or maybe we should ask my older brother. He knows about treeforts.”

“Good idea,” Steph answered. “Let’s do it.”

Shari was doing something all Christians should do before they attempt something big and new. The three kids prayed. At other times, they might have done what Jehoshaphat mentioned to his ally. He wanted to consult a prophet of the Lord before going into battle. He had to make sure God was in it.

Before you take a test … before you start a big project … before you buy a gift … before you give money to a cause, you should always consult God. Does he want you to do this? Is he in it? Commit your plans to the Lord, and he will give you success. Otherwise, you could easily fail.

Prayer: Jesus, remind me always to pray before I do anything. 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

Bathed in God’s Glory

May 18, 2014

God In His Temple

 

Exodus 40:38: The cloud of the LORD rested on the Tabernacle during the day, and at night there was fire in the cloud so all the people of Israel could see it.

 

Moses often talked with God in the tent of meeting. He spoke face to face with God, the Bible says, though he did not see the physical face of God(he couldn’t). The Bible means they spoke directly, straightforwardly, without deception.

 

When Moses came out of a session talking to God, his face glowed. Why did that happen? Because it was like what happens to us when we are close to a fire. Our face and body get warm. In the firelight, our faces might appear to glow.

 

The glow Moses had stuck with him, though. So when he came out of the temple, everyone looked away from his face. It was bright, like the sun.

 

Why did this happen? Because spending time in the presence of God is like sitting by a hot fire. You come away joyful, filled with the Spirit. In some ways, you might even glow. God’s presence like that does many things. It warms us, making us feel secure and protected. It cleanses us, so that we become clean in his eyes. It comforts us in the coldness of the night, so that we know we’re not alone.

 

Those were all reasons that Moses became such a powerful leader of Israel. The presence and nearness of God made him feel strong and never alone. One day we will all bask in the presence of God, seeing him face to face. His love, comfort and care will keep us warm and happy through all eternity.

 

Prayer: Lord, let me draw near to you to live in your presence and warmth. Amen.