We will stumble if we look away from Him to stare at our circumstances

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, November 24, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

[We will stumble if we look away from Him to stare at our circumstances.]

The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We will stumble if we look away from Him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep Him in sight. (NLT)

Hebrews 12:1-3 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.

Quoted verse: The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” — 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

“Story” – Julia Cutting (England, United Kingdom) titled her story “INTERRUPTIONS;” here is a portion of Julia’s story:

“. . . A voice hailed me as I emerged onto the street from the dentist’s office. My friend and I exchanged greetings.   Suddenly, birds began singing. She reached into her pocket and pulled out her mobile phone. . . . ‘Is the family okay?’ I asked after a moment. My friend nodded . . . After a few minutes, I gave up trying to regain her attention. . . .

“I suddenly thought, Is that how we are with God? On occasions my quiet time with God has been interrupted in some way by the phone ringing, a knock at the door, family in a hurry, or suddenly remembering an item to add to the shopping list. It’s all too easy to become distracted. I’m encouraged when I remember that although our attention sometimes slips from God, God’s focus on us never wavers.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I always have God’s attention.

Prayer: Forgive us, Lord, when we let less important matters distract us from you. Help us to focus on you and cherish our time in your presence. Amen.

Prayer Focus: TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH GOD

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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