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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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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:
Jesus was not saying that being indifferent or neutral toward him is as good as being committed. As he explained in Matthew 12:30 [see below].
It is impossible to be neutral about Christ. Anyone who is not actively following him has chosen to reject him. Any person who tries to remain neutral in the struggle of good against evil is choosing to be separated from God, who alone is good. To refuse to follow Christ is to choose to be on Satan’s team. (NLT)
Matthew 12:30 – [Jesus said] “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”
Mark 9:38-41 – John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we say a man using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t one of our group.”
“Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs miracles in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I assure you, that person will be rewarded.”
Whoever is not against us is for us. –Mark 9:40 (NIV)
Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama) titled his story “NO LIMITS;” here is a portion of Kevin’s story:
“A fellow musician and I had just started a contemporary worship service with only two instruments: drums and an acoustic guitar. We did the best we could, but the service struggled with limited instrumentation. In the days that followed, a teenage member of our church kept insisting that I ask her brother to play with us. He was an incredibly talented electric guitarist, but he told me that he did not believe in God. I refused to allow an atheist to play in the church praise band. But my belief in God wasn’t big enough.
“Fortunately his sister was persistent, and I finally agreed to let him play. While playing with the praise team, the young man came to faith in Christ. What an important lesson I learned – that there are no limits to how God can work!
“The disciples learned a similar lesson. . . . He [John] assumed, as I did, that God works only through our approved methods. And this man hadn’t gotten proper approval! But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him. For . . . whoever is not against us is for us.’
“I pray that our eyes will be opened to see what God is doing in our world, especially through unlikely people in unexpected places.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s work in our world has no limits.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to see where you are at work and then to participate wholeheartedly. Amen.
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