TO GOD BE THE GLORY
For Personal Devotions
The innocence of a child is so simple, yet what we sometimes learn from children can be quite profound. They teach us how to be ourselves without any pretenses or masks. They pour out their hearts before us, letting their little lights shine for all to see. That’s how we need to approach the God of heaven: with open faces and willing hearts. He looks for us each day. He wants us to pour out our “everything” to Him so He can iron out the rough spots and polish us until we gleam. Then, He wants to fill us with His abundant joy. He wants to set our feet on a straight path. And finally, He wants us to share the wonders of God with others we pass along our way. That’s how we can let our light shine for Jesus and glorify Him. This is God’s will for us.
Matthew 5:14-16; (KJV).
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Romans 10:14; (TLB).
“But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
Mark 15:16; (AMP)
“And [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Pray And Tell
My little girl came home from school;
she's only in first grade.
She handed me a little paper thing
that she herself had made.
She said, "Hey Daddy, look at this.
I made it very well!"
I turned it over...looked at it;
said,"What is it...pray tell?”
"Well, my teacher said to make something,
and make it by myself,
and tomorrow, show it to the class
when we have ‘pray and tell’.”
Yes, “pray and tell” is what she said
but it was cute to me,
because I knew that "show and tell"
is what the name should be.
I thought, “Dear Lord, could I do that;
get excited in that way?
If I had something I could tell
that flowed from what I’d prayed?”
“Now when you answer me, dear Lord,
please give me strength as well,
to go right out into the world
and share my ‘pray and tell’.”
I want to make a life of prayer
and do it very well.
Tomorrow, I'll share it with the world
during "pray and tell".
© rdouglasVeer 11/6/2005
We need to get to a place where we hunger and thirst after righteousness. If we don’t have an appetite for the things of God, let that be a red flag that something is wrong. At that point we must choose to apply our will to seek after the Lord in prayer. We must ask Him to forgive us for neglecting Him, cleanse us from our sins of apathy, and fill us with His Spirit so that we can once again rightly serve God. Nothing less will do. Paul reminds us that “. . . when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:10; NIV). Therefore, we need to stay strong in the power of the Holy spirit and not let ourselves slip back into our old ways. John said it so simply: “He must increase, but I must decrease,” (3:30; KJV). While salvation is a free gift, we can’t expect God to do everything for us. We must choose to walk in His indwelling power each day. Yes, it’s a choice.
Ephesians 5:17-19; (NLT).
“Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him. Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord.”
The Indwelling Power
God has sent Jesus to save me,
and I have invited Him in.
Then why does my spirit continue
walking and living in sin?
Wandering onward in sorrow,
my failures reveal waves of shame.
I think that life is just hopeless,
Will I ever be free from my pain?
Oh man of the earth can't you see it?
Your flesh is always in charge.
Why do I have such a small space,
and your flesh, a place that's so large?
Your flesh loves the sin of the worldly,
but self cannot be satisfied.
T’will stain you with the shame of your actions;
stains impossible to hide.
You’ll devour and demand even more sin,
and the larger it grows in your breast,
there’ll be no power to stop it,
And you’ll never have time to take rest.
Now, the fighting, the struggling, the losing;
don't you get tired of it all?
While you're trying to walk you are stumbling.
When you try to run you just fall.
The failures that keep you distracted;
they're part of the enemy’s plan.
He wants you to bow to his spirit
in defeat, just as long as he can.
But you know you belong to the Father.
He's the Victor of spiritual war.
It's not only bread that you live by.
God has given you, oh, so much more.
If you lay down the baggage you carry
of selfishness, pride, and of lust,
then the spirit of God can come fill you,
and give you a power you can trust.
You can trust Him to fight all your battles.
You can trust Him to be your best friend.
You can trust Him to keep you from falling.
He will fight for you right to the end.
No it won't be the end of your battles.
You will probably fight evermore.
But with God’s holy spirit within you,
you’ll have already won this old war.
The choice is yours now dear pilgrim
to walk in the draw of the flesh,
or be filled with God’s holy spirit
with a power divine, full and fresh.
The suffering from guilt will be over.
Together with His spirit you’ll be one.
So why don't you turn to the Father,
and say, “Holy spirit, now come?”
“The self-man I’ll no longer treasure.
He'll be my master no more.
Now, I’ll yield to the power of the spirit.
Oh, fill me with Thyself evermore!”
© rdouglasVeer 9/6/2005
New beginnings are so inspiring. In them we hear opportunity call, we see hindrances vanish, ideas emerge, and new life arise. The possibilities are endless. It’s also encouraging to know that our God is a God of new things. After all, He created the universe in six short days by speaking them into existence. And after He created mankind, He came to our rescue many times, making new pathways for us. Like when Isaiah prophesied that Israel would be delivered from her enemies; He was creating a new life for His chosen people. And when we personally accepted Him as our Savior and became born-again He created a new work inside of us. As we look to this new year, let us also find new ways to dedicate our lives to the Lord and worship Him.
Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
A Brand New Page
There is a saying old and worn
as ancient as the shining sun.
And it’s been proven through the years
that “time and tide waits for no one”.
One minute, hour, day, and week
are followed by a year that’s passed.
Time will not stand still, you know.
No life on earth forever lasts.
The best of days should fill your time
with building blocks that shape your life.
And listen for the Lord’s advice
before the midnight clock does strike.
For soon the new year will arrive.
Can He count on you to do your part?
As you delight in all His ways
He’ll grant those desires of your heart.
No matter how reserved you are
or how unnerving it may sound,
each page of life must well be turned
with care as this year comes around.
My friend, the time has finally come.
Another year has crossed the stage.
So look ahead with hope and courage
as you turn a brand new page.
© rdouglasVeer 12/30/2019
Matthew 16: 26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
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