“HIDE AND SEEK”

“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV Read: Deuteronomy 4:28-31 Chances are you and your kids played ‘hide and seek’. Did you know the game probably originated in ancient Greece in the second century? The children of the first Christians probably played this game! Did you know ‘hide and seek’ or similarly named games are played in almost every country and culture around out globe? Usually, one player is chosen as ‘it’, closes their eyes and counts to 20 or another number while everyone else hides. The last hider found becomes the next ‘it’. Adults play the game too…only with a different twist. We attempt to hide our wrong doings from others so we will not be found out. While you may hide your sinful secrets from some, it is only a matter of time until they are made public in some manner. Little sins or big sins, no matter how we try to hide them, GOD knows them all. HE knew of all our wrongs before we ever thought of them. We can’t hide anything from GOD. As you cannot ‘hide’ your sins from GOD, you can ‘seek’ GOD’S forgiveness. It does not matter how long ago your hidden sin started or how really bad you think it is, GOD will forgive you. So, stop what you know is wrong and take your guilt to GOD. Ask HIM to forgive you and to give you the strength not to give in to the temptations ever...

“NOT MY JOB!”

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV Read: Acts 9: 1-19 We all have met or work with someone who is determined to do only the very minimum of what is required of them. Some even will voice “That’s not my job!”, when asked to take on a required task. Some will stand by and watch you take on the extra work and still not offer to help you. Saul of Tarsus (later to be called Paul) was like that to the nth degree. Not only did he reject the works of Christians, he worked with the Romans against them. He personally witnessed the stoning of Stephen and approved Stephen’s death by the crowd. It was not long until on the road to Damascus that he met the spirit of JESUS. Saul was blinded for three days from the brightness of JESUS’ light. In days, Saul learned of his job; to spread the good news of JESUS to the gentiles. Saul became Paul and found his ‘new job’. What Paul had fought violently against, he found was his job. What is your job? Don’t consider your occupation. What is the job GOD has given you? Are you telling GOD; “That’s not my job!”? Instead of telling GOD “Not my job!”, ask HIM what job HE wants you to do. Think back over the last few week and months when presented with opportunities to help an organization or an individual. Did you say “Not my job!” and left it...

“ALWAYS LATE”

“So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.” Mark 13: 23 Read: Mark 13: 23-27 Chances are you know someone who is always late. I have a family member who is always late. Not sometimes late…always late. We have delayed Thanksgiving dinners, picnics and other activities waiting upon them and their family. They always aplogize and offer an excuse. We say; “They will be late to their own funeral!” Even though others scowl and mutter disapproval, the next time we are to meet, I expect them to be late. For too many years, they have set a pattern of being late, upsetting others with uncaring actions and words. How about you? Are you always late? How about late often? We can all be caught off guard by unusual traffic or a delay caused by something out of our control. Yet, when we succumb to being late as a routine, we fail others as well as ourselves. Being late should not be a part of our lives. The Old Testament is full of prophesy. The prophets of old told of the coming of CHRIST. Scholars have researched and we can study these verses ourselves. All details came to pass, just as prophesied. JESUS was on time. JESUS told us of another time to be prepared. JESUS will return in perfect timing. We don’t know the date or the hour, but HE will be on time. Will you be prepared and on time for JESUS’ return. Scripture has told us to be prepared. If you are late, even a minute late, it will be too late....

“BROKEN PROMISES”

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV READ: EXODUS 14:10-31 Disappointments are sure to be felt when someone we count upon breaks their promise. There are some people you can count upon. Their word is their bond. You have probably found some others’ words can never be counted upon. Pharaoh broke his promise to Moses and the Israelites when he said he would let the people go. The Israelites faced the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army in pursuit. Faithless, they feared the army or drowning in the sea. While ready to surrender and go back to being slaves, Moses did not. GOD”s faithful servant held fast. Moses even used the situation as a time to teach. He told the people to not be afraid, even though it looked as if there was no hope. Moses promised the people the LORD would keep HIS promise. Both Moses and GOD kept the promises. Life brings moments like this. Seemingly, there is no way out. We feel an evil army attacking us on one side and on the other we see no help or escape. Satan wants you to feel the pains of broken promises, not GOD. You may be faced with a situation which seems like the end of the world. You or a loved one may have a dreaded health situation, facing a financial disaster, a loss of a job or marriage difficulties. Do as scripture tells us. Be still and know GOD. GOD knows of your problems and of the broken promises, but GOD will not break HIS promise to you....

“MOM’S FEATHER DUSTER”

“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.'” John 8:34 NIV READ: Titus 3:3-8 This devotional is not titled appropriately. You see, my mother never had a feather duster! Mother would not use a feather duster because as she said: “They don’t work. All they do is push dirt from one place to another.” Mother would mix a small amount of ammonia in a pail of water. She would then use two cloths to ‘dust’. One cloth was dipped into the pail and wrung out. She would wash every item in the room and use the dry cloth to dry the item. From knick-knack to every piece of furniture…nothing was spared from her ‘dusting’ routine. When she finished ‘dusting’ this way, you can be sure there was no dust to be found. This process was repeated in every room of our small house. Sin is like dust. We can move it around from place to place,but it is still there. Unless we wash our sins away, they are still around to tempt us and to undermine our efforts. We cannot wash away our own sins. God knew we could never cleanse ourselves, so He sent His only son to wash away our sins. Jesus will wash away your sins if you have faith and believe in Him. You can live a clean life. As difficult as it may seem, it is actually an easy thing to do. Have faith. Know and understand the love God has for you. Knowing Jesus as your personal savior will wash away your sins. Studying your Bible,...