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Today’s devotional is from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment:

Lay Down Your Cares

Praise the LORD,

God our Savior, who

helps us every day.

Psalm 68:19

Perhaps the heaviest burden we try to carry is the burden of mistakes and failures.  What do you do with your failures?

Even if you’ve fallen, even if you’ve failed, even if everyone else has rejected you, Christ will not turn away from you.  He came first and foremost to those who have no hope.  He goes to those no one else would go to and says, “I’ll give you eternity.”

Only you can surrender your concerns to the Father.  No one else can take those away and give them to God.  Only you can cast all your anxieties on the one who cares for you. What better way to start the day than by laying your cares at this feet?

Walking with the Savior

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We must remember this during these tough and challenging times, when we are not sure what to trust or what we should be doing.

God is there for us, to give us rest, unload our burdens and even carry us when needed.

It is so easy to forget as we trudge through this world and all of the distractions and stuff it heaps on us daily.

We must remember to take some time each day to lay our cares and concerns at God’s feet.  He is waiting for us…

May God Bless You, until Christ Comes!

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Today’s devotional is from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment:

Guard the Gateway

The devil, your enemy, goes around like

a roaring lion looking for someone to eat.

Refuse to give in to him, by standing

strong in your faith.

1 Peter 5:8-9

You’ve got to admit, some of our hearts are trashed out.  Let any riffraff knock on the door, and we throw it open.  Anger shows up, and we let him in.  Revenge needs a place to stay, so we have him pull up a chair.  Pity wants to have a party, so we show him the kitchen.  Lust rings the bell, and we change the sheets on the bed.  Don’t we know how to sy no?

Many don’t.  For most of us, thought management is, well, unthought of.  We think much about time management, weight management, personnel management, even scalp management.  But what about thought management?  Shouldn’t we be as concerned about managing our thoughts as we are managing anything else?  Jesus was.  Like a trained soldier at the gate of a city, he stood watch over his mind.  He stubbornly guarded the gateway of his heart. . . .

If he did, shouldn’t we . . . ?

Just Like You

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This is so true, how easily we over look thought management, and how important it is.  Jesus also said, that just looking at someone and having lustful thoughts was the same as committing adultery.  We have to protect our thoughts, the devil knows our weakness.

May God Bless You, until Christ Comes!

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Today’s devotional is from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment:

Focus on God’s Majesty

You have not seen Christ, but still

you love him.  You cannot see him now,

but you believe in him.

1 Peter 1:8

Some years ago a sociologist accompanied a group of mountain climbers on an expedition.  Among other things, he observed a distinct correlation between cloud cover and contentment.  When there was no cloud  cover, and the peak was in view, the climbers were energetic and cooperative.  When the gray clouds eclipsed the view of the mountaintop, though, the climbers were sullen and selfish.

The same thing happens to us.  As long as our eyes are on God’s majesty there is a bounce in our step.  But let our eyes focus on the dirt beneath us and we will grumble about every rock and crevice we have to cross.  For this reason Paul urged, “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up, and be alert to the things going on around Christ–that’s where the action is.  See things from his perspective” (Col. 3:1-2 MSG).

The Great House of God

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With everything going on these days, this is a good reminder.

We must keep our eyes fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is our salvation and we will go nowhere that he has not already gone, nor will we go there alone.

He is our blessed hope!

May God Bless You, until Christ Returns!

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Devotional: Governed by Love

Today’s devotional is from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment

Governed by Love

In Christ we are set free

by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins.

Ephesians 1:7

Jesus spoke of freedom, but he spoke of a different kind of freedom: the type of freedom that comes not through power but through submission.  Not through control but through surrender.  Not through possessions but through open hands.

God wants to emancipate his people; he wants to set them free.  He wants his people to be not slaves but sons.  He wants them governed not by law but by love.

We have been liberated from our own guilt and our own legalism.  We have the freedom to pray and the freedom to love the God of our heart.  And we have been forgiven by the only one who could condemn us.  We are truly free!

Walking with the Savior

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In the face of this world we live in, trying to manipulate, nudge us one direction or another, and control us.  It is good to seek God’s word on the matter.

His stance is in stark contrast to the world we live.  His stance is the opposite, as we find so many times.  This is why as we continue to seek Him, and do his will, we become “not of this world” as Paul stated many times.  We start to feel uncomfortable and not at home.

If you begin feeling this way or are today, take heart, this is a good thing.  Christ has promised to come for us and keep us from the worst.  All we must do is occupy till he returns.

Occupy, there it is again, if we were of this world, then would we be occupying it?  Or is that more a term used for a foreigner in a land?

May God Bless You, until Christ’s return!

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