Devotion 1/5/11

Acts 12:1-2 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.

As Jesus taught the disciples, He was always clear to inform them that the chance of persecution would be present. He never promised a life filled with happiness or lacking in turmoil. The disciples came to understand exactly what Jesus meant. Their willingness to stand up for the gospel against the perversions of the world brought before them challenging lives, but they continued to move forward, understanding the magnitude of their purpose. James, under the orders of King Herod, was put to death; but his death was not in vain, for his life and death brought forth the gospel of Jesus. Hopefully, we will not need to lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel, but we should, in the least, be willing. Hopefully, we will not need to experience deficiencies within our personal desires for the sake of the gospel, but we should, in the least, be willing. Hopefully, we will not need to experience hardships within our lives for the sake of the gospel, but we should, in the least, be willing. Whatever our witness for Christ includes, we must be willing to walk the path we are set before.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, give me the strength to endure what is set before me as I strive to stand firm upon Your desire for my life

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Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/4/11

Luke 9:28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

Peter, James, and John spent a great deal of time with Jesus. As they spent more and more time with Jesus, they were exposed to who He was in a powerful way. In this situation, they had accompanied Jesus upon a mountain for a time of prayer, when they were blessed to not only witness the transfiguration of Jesus but also the presence of Moses and Elijah. Jesus stood before them as representation of God, while Moses represented the Law and Elijah the prophets. WOW!! It’s likely that we will not experience a similar presentation within our lives, but this does not say that we cannot come to know God and experience Jesus powerfully. God wants to express Himself within our lives, but this cannot and will not happen unless we open ourselves up and allow Him to enter.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, open my heart, and fill it with Your presence.

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment