Wednesday, September 20, 2017
We enjoy freedom in the United States but with the devil roaming around trying to destroy us with temptation which we often fall for and thus sin we don not have true freedom. True freedom can only be found in Jesus Christ!
Thomas Kempis said: “No liberty is true and no joy is genuine unless it is founded in the fear of the Lord and a good conscience.”
So do you have true freedom this day? You can! Call upon Jesus and live for the Lord! Freedom in the Lord brings true joy!
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Corinthians 3:17
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Thank you Jesus for the freedom you provided for us upon that old rugged cross. I am grateful forever and forever!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
I found this quote by Thomas Kempis very interesting: “Your cell will become dear to you if you remain in it, but if you do not, it will become wearisome. If in the beginning of your religious life, you live within your cell and keep to it, it will soon become a special friend and a very great comfort.”
I take from this quote out place of alone time with God. Our cell. Do you have a place that is special to you because it is your spot to talk with, pray, read God’s Word. and meditate on these things? You should. Hopefully you get to your cell on a daily basis. We need it, and God desires this from us!
Jesus often went to be alone with God:
16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
In the bible our cell is called our prayer room:
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Time alone with God is essential for a follower of Jesus. Do not neglect it. Find your place and get there daily, for God is our source of strength, comfort, and salvation. Our heavenly Father desires time with His children and we should desire that time with the Father!
Monday, September 18, 2017
God tells us in His Word to be separate from the world (Crowd). So we often must ask ourselves if we are more like the world or more like Jesus? Thomas Kempis said this: “Anyone, then, who aims to live the inner and spiritual life must go apart, with Jesus, from the crowd.”
Going away from the crowd is often very difficult. They will make you feel like an outcast and even like you are wrong. But in reality when we follow Jesus we are right!!! Always! Remember Jesus tells us there are few who follow Him:
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Here are some other verses to think on:
2 Corinthians 6:17
17 Therefore “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
So this day let us commit once again to being a light for Jesus amongst the darkness and not be caught up in the ways of the wrong crowd!