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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 17, 2014
At the bottom of this post are many topics referencing results because every action and everything has a result.
Sometimes it is discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see no tangible results. But we should keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. In due time, we will reap a harvest of blessing.
Today’s story in The Upper Room is by James A. Harnish (Florida) and titled “A CHRISTMAS GIFT OF THANKS.” I want to share a portion of James story that lets us know there are results when we do what is right and good deeds, even when we can’t see them.
Here is a portion of James story:
“When one of our church members was ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the grocery store, . . . The homeless man pulled a few coins from his pocket, dropped them into the kettle and said, ‘They’ve been pretty good to me.’
That man’s gift to the Salvation Army was also a beautiful gift to each of us who share in the mission of making God’s love real through our church. He spoke for people whose names we will never know and whose faces we may never see . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus becomes flesh in us when we help those in need.
Prayer Focus: LOCAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH
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It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It’s a natural law to reap what we sow. It’s true in other areas, too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires, you’ll reap a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you’ll reap joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you sowing? (NLT)
Galatians 6:8-10 – Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
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