Thursday, April 29, 2010

+DEV+ In the Sight of God

Date: April 29, 2010 10:12 PM
Topic: +DEV+ In the Sight of God

In the Sight of God

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you" (Psalm 32:8).
Scripture Focus: Genesis 16:1-14

I am amazed whenever I see satellite images of the earth. To think that a photograph can be taken of a specific location pinpointed from space, thousands of miles away, is incredible. But being seen from the heavens is not a new idea.

Hagar understood what it meant to be seen from heaven, even in the middle of the desert. After running from mistreatment by her mistress, she had an encounter with the one, true, living God, and she called him by name: El Roi, "The God Who Sees Me." After that meeting, Hagar was given the strength to return to difficult circumstances.

I was reminded of this name of God when we relocated to a city 1000 miles away. The process of establishing a new home, finding a new church family, and making new friends was difficult. But I had the assurance that the Father's watchful eye was on me.

No matter how far we travel or how difficult our circumstances, we are never out of the sight of El Roi, the God who sees us.

Insight: Does knowing that God always sees you give comfort? Since God always sees you, think of areas in your life might you want to change.

+DEV+ No Boundaries

Date: April 29, 2010 12:09 AM
Topic: +DEV+ No Boundaries

No Boundaries

"When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, 'What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God'" (Luke 8:28)?
Scripture Focus: Genesis 14:8-24

Life can be full of difficulties. We may try to change what we can. But sometimes our efforts are in vain. The telephone rings and it's the doctor with a cancer diagnosis, or the bank is foreclosing, or a child suffers a critical injury.

We turn to God for help and plead for His intervention. Even as we cry out to Him, we may suffer from nagging doubts that this problem might be too big, or too difficult for God to fix.

In times like these, we're comforted to know and remind ourselves that God is El Elyon-God Most High. He is the creator and owner of all things, whether in the physical world or the spiritual world. Geographical boundaries didn't stop Him from giving Abraham victory over the four kings who had kidnapped his nephew. Spiritual boundaries didn't prevent Jesus Christ from delivering a man from a legion of demons.

We belong to El Elyon, and no problem is too large or even too small for the Most High to handle.

Insight: What physical or spiritual problem is overwhelming you today? Put your trust in God Most High to resolve the situation.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

+DEV+ Who's the Boss?

Date: April 27, 2010 9:28 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Who's the Boss?

Who's the Boss?

"'No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other'" (Luke 16:13).
Scripture Focus: Genesis 15:1-20

Growing up the youngest of three children, I hated being ordering around by my sisters. I would usually respond, "You're not the boss. I'm telling Dad!" They may not have been my boss, but we knew who was!

One of the primary names of God in Scripture is Adonai. It appears more than 300 times in the Old Testament, referring to God. It means God is our sovereign Lord and our master...our boss!

Abraham knew God had the right to command him, but he wondered how God would fulfill the promise of an heir when he and his wife were too old to have children. Abraham offered an alternative. Why not adopt an heir?

But God was not interested in Abraham's suggestion. God's promise to Abraham would be fulfilled His way because Adonai is the Sovereign Lord.

Abraham's one task was to trust God. When he did, God counted him as righteous.

God is our sovereign Lord, and ours is the privilege to believe and obey.

Insight: What areas of your life are you holding back from surrendering to the Lord? Surrender these areas to the Lord's authority.

Monday, April 26, 2010

+DEV+ Time in a Bottle

Date: April 26, 2010 11:07 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Time in a Bottle

Time in a Bottle

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27). "Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD is the Rock eternal" (Isaiah 26:4).
Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 10:1-10

I've often wished I could control time, maybe bottle it to be released as slowly or quickly as I want. Then I could slow joyful times to last longer and speed sorrowful times to pass quickly.

But there is One who is not controlled by time. He is outside of time because He created it. The Eternal God -El Olam- existed before time began and will exist after time ceases to be measured. From God's perspective, there is no past, present, or future. The Great "I AM" always is.

Because God is eternal, His plan for our salvation didn't start when Adam and Eve messed up in the Garden. God didn't have to come up with a "Plan B." Jesus was always "Plan A." Revelation 13:8 says He was "slain from the creation of the world." Ephesians 1:4 tells us we were chosen in Him "before the creation of the world."

Nothing we do and nothing that happens to us will ever catch God by surprise. We can be comforted and assured, therefore, that our futures are held safely in the hands of El Olam -The Eternal God.

Insight: "What is preventing you from trusting El Olam with your future? Make choices that glorify The Eternal God with the time you have".

Sunday, April 25, 2010

+DEV+ Who Are You?

Date: April 25, 2010 11:11 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Who Are You?

Who Are You?

"God also said to Moses, 'I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them'" (Exodus 6:2-3).
Scripture Focus: Exodus 3:1-15

After God called from the burning bush and declared that He would use Moses to deliver Israel from Egyptian slavery, Moses had two questions: "Who am I?" and "Who are you?"

God didn't answer Moses' first question directly. It didn't matter who Moses was. What mattered was Whom he would be with. "I will be with you," God said. Or, "Moses, it's not about you!"

Moses' second question was even bolder. After all, the Israelites had spent the last 400 years living in a nation that worshipped more than 80 gods. How could he tell his people of yet another god? But the One speaking to him wasn't just any god. This was the LORD-Jehovah, the one, true, living God Who is self-existent and holy, not dependent on anyone or anything. Jehovah's holy presence would send him and would be with him.

When I began teaching a Bible study class, I wondered if I was up to the task. But it wasn't about me. "I will be with you," God tells us. When we depend on Him, we need nothing else.

Insight: How does knowing the LORD is holy affect how you view sin? Approach what God has called you to do, knowing He is with you.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Democrats are really Socialists!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

+DEV+ Created for Purpose

Date: April 22, 2010 12:49 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Created for Purpose

Created for Purpose

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).
"'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things'" (Revelation 4:11).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 139:13-16

Looking in the mirror can be frustrating for me. I often wonder why God made my nose too big, my mouth too wide, and my height too short. Is it possible that God makes mistakes?

When our strong and mighty Creator God-Elohim-created, He called His creation "very good" (Genesis 1:31). From the lights in the sky to the exciting variety of colors, shapes, and textures of life on earth, God created everything for one purpose: to glorify Him. He planned it all to bring Him glory. That includes the timing of our birth, our family, our physical features and abilities, and everything else that makes us who we are.

Not only was God the Father involved in creation, so was God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2) and God the Son. John's gospel says, "Through him all things were made" (John 1:3). Paul wrote, " him all things were created" (Colossians 1:16).

All three Persons of the Trinity were directly involved in your creation and mine. And when God creates, He doesn't make mistakes!

Insight: How does knowing God as your perfect Creator change the way you view your life? Use your life to bring glory to your Creator.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

+DEV+ What's in a Name

Date: April 20, 2010 11:27 PM
Topic: +DEV+ What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe" (Proverbs 18:10). "Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth" (Psalm 124:8).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 9:1-10

How many people know your full name? Not just your first and last, but your middle name, too? The people who do probably are very close to you-perhaps family and intimate friends. They know your name and they know who you are-the real you.

Every name of God revealed in the Bible shows us something about the character and ways of the Lord. Much as the many facets of a cut diamond combine to reflect its brilliance, the names of God combine to reveal the glory of His nature and His ways.

With each new name, it's as if God whispers to us, "Come closer, My child. I have something new I want to tell you about Me." The more we learn, the easier it is to trust Him and rely on Him.

Psalm 20:7 tells us, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." The world offers a variety of options in which to place our trust. God offers Himself, and shares His names so that we might know that the One we trust is trustworthy.

Insight: Is there something you trust in rather than the Name of the LORD? Pray that your life will change as you learn God's different Names.

Monday, April 19, 2010

+DEV+ It's Harvest Time

Date: April 19, 2010 11:01 PM
Topic: +DEV+ It's Harvest Time

It's Harvest Time

"Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field'" (Matthew 9:37, 38).
Scripture Focus: Matthew 24:33-44

Harvest time down on the farm is a time of celebration. Neighbors help each other, and extra workers are brought in. The fields are full of men and machinery from dawn to dark, and sometimes even later. Huge meals are served at the end of the day. When the last of the harvest is in, there is back-slapping, laughter, relief and rest.

Jesus calls every believer to become part of the harvest. He tells us that the harvest is plentiful, but there aren't enough workers. He calls us to pray for more workers. Millions of people around the world are ready for salvation, but they wait for believers like you and me to share the good news with them.

In John 4:35 Jesus said, "Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." None of us can do it alone, but together, the Christians of this world can bring in the harvest of lost souls. We need to start with our family, neighbors, and friends. Tell them the great story of Jesus...and with our lives, show them His love.

Insight: The harvest is indeed ready. We are the workers, and the fields are waiting. Let's go to work so we can celebrate with Jesus!

+DEV+ The Homecoming

Date: April 19, 2010 12:48 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Homecoming

The Homecoming

"Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate" (Luke 15:23, 24).
Scripture Focus: Mark 8:34-37

The old farm is buzzing because tomorrow Johnny comes home from the war! The aroma of his favorite pie is in the kitchen. Mom is doing all those last minute things that moms do to get the house ready. Dad is working extra hard in the field. Tomorrow they will celebrate.
But suddenly, the dogs begin to bark wildly as a car pulls up to the gate. Mom looks out the window and sees Johnny running up the driveway with a huge grin on his face. Dad jumps off the tractor, Mom races down the steps, and the homecoming celebration starts early. Johnny's home!

When Jesus told the stories of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son, he was showing us the value of one soul and how He was willing to lay down His life-and go out and search-for that one individual. The heavenly Father is not willing that any should perish. God's arms are always open to receive us, nobody is turned away. The homecoming down on the farm is just a glimpse of the homecoming we'll know in heaven.

Insight: Without Christ we are dead, lost, and hopeless. With Christ we are found, alive, and have eternal hope.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

+DEV+ Tractor Power

Date: April 15, 2010 9:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Tractor Power

Tractor Power

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me'" (Matthew 28:18).
Scripture Focus: Acts 1:1-8

A favorite event at county fairs is the tractor pulling contest. Massive engines roar as each huge tractor tries to pull more weight than the others. The power generated is enormous.

The Bible is full of verses about the power of God. We see His power in nature and in the transforming work He does in our lives. Several years ago I watched God instantly transform a dying alcoholic into a redeemed, victorious believer. The other day I heard that same man testify of his deliverance. He is an example of God's power at work.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit would empower us to go into the whole world and share the good news of salvation. We have all the power we need to tell the greatest story ever told: the story of our Savior.

We have power to overcome the temptation to sin. Satan is crafty and relentless, but the Bible says, "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4). We have all the power of heaven and earth on our side. And that is enough to win every battle!

Insight: Let's open our lives to the power of God, allowing Him to use our words and deeds to bring joy to a hopeless world.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

+DEV+ Kind and Gentle

Date: April 14, 2010 10:13 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Kind and Gentle

Kind and Gentle

"And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone..." (2 Timothy 2:24).
Scripture Focus: Ephesians 4:30-32

Perhaps not every farmer is tenderhearted, but the ones I have known were always kind to me. Even when our visit to their farm was a surprise, we were welcomed with open arms, a hot meal, and fruits and vegetables (sometimes even a live chicken in the trunk!) to take home.
I've watched a farmer show kindness to a sick cow or take time to put some milk in a plate for some kittens. I think farmers have learned what the Apostle Paul was saying to young Timothy about kindness

What a good feeling it gives us when we show goodness to somebody that doesn't seem to deserve it. In the "old days" a dairy farmer would know all sixty-five of his cows by name and have an encouraging word for each of them during milking time. How many of the people on your street do you know by name? Get to know them...share a kind word. Give them a chance to see in you Jesus who showed the ultimate kindness to us even while we did not deserve it (see Romans 5:8).

Insight: Gentleness and kindness are two of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. They will transform you and the lives of others.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

+DEV+ A Cup of Cold Water

Date: April 13, 2010 8:59 PM
Topic: +DEV+ A Cup of Cold Water

A Cup of Cold Water

"I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward" (Mark 9:41).
Scripture Focus: I Thessalonians 5:9-13

How well I remember water breaks on the farm. We would run, play, ride on the backs of heifers ...finally our thirst would catch up to us. We would head to the old well, with its long-handled pump. I loved pumping the water as it gushed out cold and fresh. A tin cup for everyone's use hung on a piece of wire. I can almost taste that refreshing water today: delicious and oh, so satisfying.

Once we receive the living water of Christ's salvation, we are called to share that same life-giving water with others. But the verse above challenges us to do much more. Giving somebody a cup of cold water is an act of kindness. Christ is asking those who follow Him to be kind and generous, even willing to share all that they have.

May God help us to look around and find people in need. Often, they only need a hug or a kind word. Sometimes they may require much more than a cup of cold water. But those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (see Proverbs 11:25).

Insight: One of God's truths is, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Let's put it to the test today.

Monday, April 12, 2010

+DEV+ Apples and Oranges

Date: April 12, 2010 11:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Apples and Oranges

Apples and Oranges

"Jesus answered them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance'" (Luke 5:31, 32).
Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:6-10

You will never find an apple orchard next to an orange grove. Apples and oranges are very different fruits, and their trees need different climates to thrive.

Sinners and saints are also very different, yet we do grow alongside of each other. Saints are only sinners who've been forgiven. The religious leaders of Christ's day were upset that He ate with sinners. Jesus emphasized that His purpose was to forgive all sinners.

The church of Jesus Christ should never be concerned only with the saints. We are called to befriend sinners, understanding that we are sinners, too, and that even our best deeds are still as filthy rags before a Holy God (see Isaiah 64:6). While many of our co-workers and neighbors may never enter the doors of a church, they will see our lives. And that may be the only message of Christ they ever "hear."

What a responsibility we have...letting the world see Jesus in what we say and do.

Insight: When we allow the love of Christ to fill our lives, it will spill over and bless many, encouraging both sinners and saints.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

+DEV+ Hard as a Hickory Nut

Date: April 11, 2010 9:44 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Hard as a Hickory Nut

Hard as a Hickory Nut

"Come, let us bow down in worship ‘for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture’ Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts..." (Psalm 95:6-8).
Scripture Focus: Psalm 96:1-9

Every fall our family would go out on the farm to gather the various nuts. I loved that part of our autumn traditions. My Mom used hickory nuts in baking, and I can remember helping her get the meat out of the shells. It was painstaking work; not worth it, I concluded. (Of course, I loved the cookies and cakes she baked later with those nuts!)

One summer I tamed a squirrel so that he would take hickory nuts from my hand. I would watch in amazement as he handily opened those hard shells with only his teeth. Hickory nuts are remarkably hard, and so are people's hearts when they refuse to hear the voice of the Lord. Many a friend or relative may try to "crack open" that hard heart, but only Jesus will "remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).

We must guard against hardening our hearts. Daily communication with God keeps our hearts soft and ready. Let us open our hearts to Jesus every day and see how He replaces our hearts of stone with hearts inclined toward Him.

Insight: There is no good enough reason on earth to harden our hearts. But there are millions of reasons to keep our hearts soft.

Friday, April 9, 2010

+DEV+ Weeds and Thistles

Date: April 9, 2010 12:03 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Weeds and Thistles

Weeds and Thistles

"Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain" (Mark 4:7).
Scripture Focus: Mark 4:1-9

Farmers and gardeners around the world do battle with weeds, thorns and thistles. Weeds seem to appear out of nowhere and grow faster than anything else. Weeding is a never-ending chore.
Jesus said in Luke 6:44, "People do not pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles." The context of His teaching was a warning about false prophets. There is a tremendous danger in allowing weeds of untruth to come into our spiritual lives. Just as sure as a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, a Christ-like life cannot look like evil.

We can entreat our heavenly Father to eliminate the thistles and thorns that try to destroy our life in Christ. Those little weeds of jealousy or greed need to be ripped out of our hearts. Everyone knows that when you pull weeds, you need to get the roots, or the weeds will grow right back. So it is with our spiritual lives. Anger and bitterness need to be uprooted along with every other sin in our hearts. Let the Master Gardener do His pruning, weeding and trimming to cultivate His love in you.

Insight: Ask Jesus to weed your spiritual garden. He is the only one who can remove the sins that grow so quickly.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

+DEV+ Let the Sun Shine In

Date: April 7, 2010 9:59 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Let the Sun Shine In

Let the Sun Shine In

"And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light 'day'..." (Genesis 1:3).
Scripture Focus: John 8:12

Every farmer knows all of his skills and hard work in the fields will fail if the sun doesn't shine. The sun brings light and life to our world. Sunshine warms us on cold mornings and lifts our spirits when we're discouraged.

I grew up singing the chorus, "So let the sun shine in, face it with a grin . . . Just open up your heart and let the sun shine in." You can also sing that chorus by changing sun to "Son." Wouldn't the world be a much better place if everybody learned to smile more? A farmer will stand next to his Iowa cornfield and smile as the sun shines brightly. He can almost hear the corn growing.

We need both the sun and the Son to get us through the dark days of life. We flourish in the understanding that Jesus is the "light of the world" (see John 8:12). He forgives our sins and gives us eternal life. We are reminded in 1 Peter 2:9 that we are a chosen people, called to declare the praises of God who took us out of darkness and into His wonderful light.

Insight: Let's open up our hearts and let the Son shine in.

+DEV+ Milking the Cows

Date: April 7, 2010 12:43 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Milking the Cows

Milking the Cows

"For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: 'If a man will not work, he shall not eat'" (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
Scripture Focus: II Timothy 4:1-5

Twice every, day on the farm, I would hear these words in the morning and late afternoon: "Milking time!" Our games would stop, and all other activity would end as we headed for the barn to milk the cows.

There are many things to do on a farm, but none more important than milking the cows. It is the one chore that cannot ever be neglected.

Most of us have those mornings when we don't feel like going to work. We're too tired, or our bodies ache, or we feel lazy. Paul added to the verse above by saying, "We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies..." He goes on to say they need to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

Because we understand Christ's immense love for us, we ought to desire to work diligently. We have a responsibility to set a good example. We not only work at our jobs, but we also work for the Lord, sharing our faith in word and deed. Let's develop good work habits in all we do

Insight: Serving Christ involves every area of our lives, including being a good worker

Sunday, April 4, 2010

+DEV+ Hailstorms

Date: April 4, 2010 10:52 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Hailstorms


"He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet" (Psalm 78:47).
Scripture Focus: Philippians 3:11-14

The farmer can only stand and watch as a late summer hailstorm destroys an entire crop. Large hailstones can decimate a field in just a few seconds. An entire season of hard work is suddenly finished; the crop lies in ruin.

Sudden destruction to our lives can come in many forms: a cancer diagnosis, a house foreclosure notice, a marriage failure. These can turn our lives upside down in a moment. The farmer will shake his head in disbelief and then go on with his work. There will be another season next year...and he will plow, plant and once again patiently wait for the harvest.

When we serve Jesus Christ, we must be prepared for life's tragedies. Like the farmer, we need to accept the disasters and move on. It isn't easy, but it is possible. Our Lord is always available in times of loss, and He walks us through. When we can't explain why bad things happen, we turn to God whose sovereign plans are for His glory, whether we understand them or not.

Insight: Serving God doesn't eliminate the storms of life. But serving God does guarantee His presence and help in the storms.

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He's done it again.....

He's done it again.....

Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the hen house. The wolves will be herding the sheep!

Obama Appoints two devout Muslims to home land security posts. Doesn't this make you feel safer already?

Obama and Janet Napolitano Appoint Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, Syria as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant...? Just wondering.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Doesn't this make you feel safer already??

That should make our home land much safer, huh!!

Was it not "Devout Muslim men" that flew planes into U.S. buildings 8 years ago? Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood ?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

+DEV+ Spiritual Neglect

Date: April 1, 2010 11:47 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Spiritual Neglect

Spiritual Neglect

"...I remind you to fan into flame (stir up) the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands" (2 Timothy 1:6).
Scripture Focus: Matthew 28:18-20

Paul goes on to remind Timothy not to be ashamed to testify about his Lord, and to join him in suffering for the gospel's sake. He did not want to see Timothy's spiritual life fall into neglect.

One of the saddest sights when driving through farm country is to come across a farm that has fallen into total neglect. Its buildings are unpainted and leaning. The fields are unplowed; weeds have taken over. The animals are gone, and rusty old equipment sits behind the barn. What a tragic picture.

Even worse is to find a Christian whose spiritual life has dried up. When we neglect Bible reading and prayer, walk away from our church and Christian friends, we become easy marks for Satan. A farm must be worked, the buildings maintained, and the fields tended with loving care. So it is with our spiritual lives.

The promises of Jesus restore us. When we grow tired and want to give up, remember that He is always with us. Talking to God daily and studying His Word help keep us from spiritual neglect.

Insight: Let’s stir up the gifts that God has given us and tend to our spiritual lives with Christ's help.

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+DEV+ Spiritual Neglect

Date: April 1, 2010 11:47 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Spiritual Neglect

Spiritual Neglect

"...I remind you to fan into flame (stir up) the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands" (2 Timothy 1:6).
Scripture Focus: Matthew 28:18-20

Paul goes on to remind Timothy not to be ashamed to testify about his Lord, and to join him in suffering for the gospel's sake. He did not want to see Timothy's spiritual life fall into neglect.

One of the saddest sights when driving through farm country is to come across a farm that has fallen into total neglect. Its buildings are unpainted and leaning. The fields are unplowed; weeds have taken over. The animals are gone, and rusty old equipment sits behind the barn. What a tragic picture.

Even worse is to find a Christian whose spiritual life has dried up. When we neglect Bible reading and prayer, walk away from our church and Christian friends, we become easy marks for Satan. A farm must be worked, the buildings maintained, and the fields tended with loving care. So it is with our spiritual lives.

The promises of Jesus restore us. When we grow tired and want to give up, remember that He is always with us. Talking to God daily and studying His Word help keep us from spiritual neglect.

Insight: Let’s stir up the gifts that God has given us and tend to our spiritual lives with Christ's help.

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