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““Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24
There Jesus the Christ was praying to God almighty the Father in heaven for us who believe in Jesus all this time later! And look at what He included in His prayer! Oh my! That one day we will be with Jesus and BEHOLD HIS GLORY! The glory God almighty has given Him! The glory that is so utterly astonishingly phenomenally awesomely amazing that we can’t be in God’s full holy righteous glorious presence face-to-face continually as sinners and can only do so by being forgiven and cleansed when we turn from our sins and receive Christ as Lord. The glory that is so unfathomably glorious for lack of an adequate word to describe it that even those of us who come into His Kingdom through repentance and faith in Him with our lives devoted to Him still can’t witness and experience and see the fullness of His glory until His everlasting Kingdom comes and this world is behind us. The glory that no matter how much we try to imagine it, nothing we can possibly imagine can come even possibly close to what we will one day experience when we live day by day and forevermore IN HIS PRESENCE! The glory that Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead to enable us see and enjoy everlastingly! Oh, the glory! The glory of the Lord! Thank you Jesus for praying to the Father that we would BEHOLD YOUR GLORY for ETERNITY! Oh, hallelujah! Bless you, Lord, bless you Lord, oh bless you, bless you Lord forevermore, AMEN!
TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL
Feeling Angry at God?
” “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27
We never have any right to be angry with God, do we? After all, He is God. But the reality is sometimes we find ourselves angry at Him. Sometimes even extraordinarily so. There are three things we can do when we feel angry at the Lord.
We can turn away from Him and go our own way living with our backs turned against Him. This is sin. This is rebellion. It is dangerous. It can be deadly.
Second, we can go forward in our relationship with the Lord but allow our hearts to harden and keep some distance from Him. We can go through the motions of following Jesus but try to protect ourselves by holding back some if not all of our trust. And some if not all of our hearts. We can try to push down the anger and just keep on keeping on.
Third, we can acknowledge our anger against God is sin, we can seek God’s forgiveness and get rid of it, and we can draw closer to the Lord as we faithfully follow Him forward.
I felt really angry at God when I got to my most recent location on the road for Jesus. I felt like He had let me down. The drive was so incredibly hard and scary going through the mountains. Some of the hotels I have been staying in have been really uncomfortable and sometimes haven’t felt very safe. And sometimes I land somewhere God has sent me and am so uncomfortable and so uncertain at first about why He has sent me there and this time around found myself feeling angry.
I knew the anger was wrong. I knew I needed to trust the Lord instead. And I also sensed I had other sin in my heart that I need to repent from. I didn’t run from the Lord. I went right to Him. I yielded myself to Him as He led me to repentance. I got rid of the anger. I put my trust back where it belongs. In Him.
Now I feel closer to Him than ever.
Feeling angry at God? In an intimate healthy relationship, it’s not wise to turn the other way. We need to go through our challenging places and draw closer to the one we love. Most especially when that one is the Lord!
TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
You Can’t Do This!
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
If you don’t think the devil has a voice, think again. Better yet, read the Bible. He has a voice! He spoke to Jesus! His foul cohorts – all his demon buddies – have a wonderful time trying to mess up people’s lives. The devil’s mission is to steal, kill, and destroy.
And though the devil absolutely cannot take away the forever relationship God gives those who turn from their sins and believe in Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways, the devil can try to wreak such havoc in our lives that we do not love and worship and serve the Lord to the degree to which the Lord has called us.
If there’s one thing I’ve experienced through the years following Jesus when it comes to the devil, especially in the two years I’ve been on the road for Jesus full-time in my ministry work, it’s that the devil LOVES to say this to me.
“You can’t do it!”
Countless times, the Lord has made known to me something He wants me to do in my ministry work. Like going to my next destination. Like staying at a hotel with lots of issues to do ministry there. Like starting a devotional magazine. Like having multiple websites. Like finding a place in New York City for me and the special needs ministry service dogs. Like continuing forward with my devotional writing. And on and on. And countless times, the devil has whispered his sickening lie to me:
“You can’t do it!” he has told me. Again and again – and again.
Only by God’s grace, only because I am diligent in spending time with the Lord in His Word daily, and in seeking the Lord constantly, in making my relationship with Him more important than anything and anyone, and in doing my best to love, worship, serve, and obey Him, only because of Jesus, all for His glory, countless times the devil has tried to convince me I can’t serve the Lord in the way the Lord is calling me, I have proved him wrong!
I take no credit for the victories in serving God I have had. All victories are because of and for Jesus.
If God has called you to serve Him in some way, whether in a seemingly small way or in a way seemingly so big you can’t even fathom doing it, please do not listen to the devil if he is telling you that you can’t do it.
We don’t live for the devil friend when we’re Christ’s followers. We don’t serve the devil friend, when we belong to Jesus. We are Christ’s servants when we have surrendered our lives to Him. And, as such, we need to be really careful not to listen to the devil’s lie when he tells us we can’t serve God the way God desires we serve Him.
May we serve the Lord exactly as He desires! For the glory of God almighty, AMEN!