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Seize the Moment – Day 53

I Am One of You!

Luke 2

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Saturday, May 9.

 

The classic Christmas story begins with a worldly power play, “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1).

 

From the very beginning of the Christmas story is the juxtaposition between God’s way of showing His greatness and how people of the world attempt to show their power.

 

The world leader, Caesar Augustus, wants everyone to see his greatness so he orders a census of all the people under his control. Caesar, acting as a sovereign over the Roman Empire, disrupts the lives of so many so that he can show himself greater than all under his authority. Essentially, the world’s way is to say, “I am better than you… and I’ll prove it to you…just watch me!”

 

God, the true Sovereign, demonstrates His greatness in Luke 2 not by setting Himself apart from His people, but by saying, “I am willing to become one of you!” The incarnation is the visible expression of God’s greatness! Jesus meekly left Heaven and came to earth to show us the way back to Father (Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus came not to tear us down, but to elevate us (Ephesians 2:6-7) by saying “I am with you!” and even more radically, “I am one of you!”

 

While Caesar was busy showing the world how great he was by counting all of his people, God was showing His greatness by becoming one of His people. Emmanuel—God is with us!

 

Seize the moment and follow the way of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to save people and build them up with His words and actions. Jesus came from Heaven to earth to serve you, how far are you willing to go to help someone else in their needs?

 

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Seize the Moment – Day 52

May it Be to Me as God Says!

Luke 1

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, May 8.

 

I got excited this morning because we are starting the Gospel of Luke, the third of the Synoptic Gospels. Big word alert! Synoptic simply means “same view” and when used of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke it means that these three authors generally see the ministry of Jesus from the same view, which is quite different from John’s Gospel. Some people have made a big deal about what has been called the “Synoptic Problem” which is an area of New Testament Studies, but I assure you there is no substantial problem here, just a catchy title to help with book sales.

 

As we start with Luke 1 today, it is my hope that you have been reading each chapter along with my morning devotion. If so, keep it up because you are doing it, maybe for the first time—reading and learning about the Jesus of the Bible, for yourself. I invite you to start today if you have not yet been reading along. Fall in love with the Jesus of the Bible.

 

Consider memorizing Mary’s simple words from Luke 1:38, “I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.” God had just delivered an important message to Mary and that was her response. God is still in the business of delivering important messages to people and He primarily uses His Word. So as you go to read your Bible, pray these words, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as God says.”

 

The real problem in contemporary Christianity is not with scholarly issues like the “synoptic problem,” but when people say they are a Christian, but never spend time with Jesus and therefore don’t look or sound anything like Him. “That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable!” [Quote attributed to Brennan Manning and popularized by DC Talk]

 

Seize the moment and spend time with Jesus, the Lover of your soul today, and He will transform you from the inside out. I am praying for you as you do this.  

 

FBC wants to be there for you personally, so please press 9 if you need someone to call you today. We are praying for you!

 

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 51

Belief!

Mark 16

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, May 7.

 

What does it mean to believe?

 

If I say, I believe that chair is a good and safe place to sit down and enjoy my morning cup of coffee while I read my Bible, then I act upon it: I put all my weight and I trust the chair to support me. I don’t do a half squat in the chair and start feeling the burn within seconds just to keep the illusion that I believe…

 

Belief is not just an act of the mind to understand a truth or the will of our hearts to trust. Biblical belief requires the work of God in us to act upon what our minds and hearts say is true. It is the coming together of our whole person into a lifestyle that proclaims what we believe.  

 

As Mark concludes the Gospel of Mark, he describes the events of the resurrection, but he doesn’t end with an optimistic view of the disciples. Jesus is raised from the dead, but over and over again the disciples struggled to believe. Listen to Mark 16:8, “And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” 

 

Mark continues to say of the disciples, “they would not believe” (v. 11) and again, “they did not believe” (v. 13). Jesus gave three eyewitnesses a personal encounter, but the disciples would not believe.

 

Seize the moment and pray that Holy Spirit will work in you to align your lifestyle (from the inside out) to the teachings of Jesus Christ. The evidence of belief is not displayed in what building you find yourself sitting on a Sunday morning, that’s more true than ever, but in how you live for Jesus all week long. Don’t get distracted from being the Church—Shine His Light!

 

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YOUTUBE:

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Seize the Moment – Day 50

Truly, Jesus is the Son of God!

Mark 15

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, May 6.

 

Here is a brief church update before the devotion. We have finalized the FBC 5-Stage COVID-19 Response Plan. If we have your email, this comprehensive plan will be emailed to you today.

 

Specifically, people have been asking about this Sunday. Please know that we understand that the Indiana Governor stated that churches can open on May 8, but we are not yet ready to open up for this Sunday, May 10. We want to ensure all planning, communications, and preparations are of God and are done properly. FBC’s Stage 2 will begin next week and with Sunday, May 17. Thank you for trusting us to do this right and not rushing anything. As the Governor stated yesterday, that how we respond today will determine how we can move forward in the coming days.

 

If you drive by the church building this week you will see that our front entrance and portico area are being used as a state COVID-19 testing site through Saturday night. Truly, the Church never closed because we are being good partners to bring thriving to our communities. This is why we exist!

 

Please join us in doing the right thing–BE the Church that Jesus gave His life for!

 

Listen to Mark 15:39, “And when the centurion, who stood facing [Jesus], saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’”

 

Here is a pagan centurion who watched how Jesus died declare, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” My question for you and us is this: What do our unbelieving neighbors say about us when they see us using our building, which has been closed to us,, but has remained open for blood drives, financial and practical assistance, food distributions, and COVID-19 testing.

 

Seize the moment and shine the light of Jesus Christ! May your neighbors be able to say the same about Jesus because of the way you live your life. Truly, Jesus is the Son of God!

 

YOUTUBE:

If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well.  Click HERE to visit the page. 
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Seize the Moment – Day 49

Press into Jesus and Trust Him!

Mark 14

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, May 5.

 

Before I share the devotion for this morning, here is a very short church update: The elder meeting went great last night. After praying all weekend about it, we met to discuss our church’s reopening plan based on the 5 Stages as presented by the Governor on Friday. We are finishing it up today in partnership with staff, so please pray for that process. It is a faithful and wise plan that we are working to communicate simply and clearly in the coming days so that you can know what to expect, not just for this week, but in any given week in the coming months based on what Stage (1-5) we are in as a county or state, as determined by current health department information. In these stressful days, your elders are pressing into Jesus and trusting Him for wisdom and guidance, safety and protection.

 

How are you handling the stress?

 

One of the most powerful images of Jesus is found in Mark 14:36, in what could have been one of Jesus’ most stressful (and tempting) moments in his earthly ministry. Listen to Jesus pray, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

 

Under stress, Jesus did 2 things: 1) He pressed into the intimacy of His relationship with His Father. ‘Abba’ (daddy) was a new way to relate to God and Jesus invites us to see God this way. 2) Jesus pressed into the trust that comes from such an intimate relationship. Trust doesn’t come easy for people, but what else does Jesus need to do for you than what He did on the Cross for you to be able to trust Him?

 

Seize the moment and press into the intimacy of your relationship with God and trust Him. God loves you, cares about you, and is inviting you right now to trust Him.

 

FBC wants to be there for you personally, so please dial the phone number below if you need any practical assistance today. We are praying for you!

 

 

YOUTUBE:

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Seize the Moment – Day 48

Stay on God’s Plan!

Mark 13

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, May 4.

 

A story from my college athlete days. It was the 1996 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships. I was in peak condition and I was ready to compete at my highest level. But I made a mistake and I paid for it in spades. I let the overwhelming odds of competing against the Hungarian who would become not only the NCAA Champion that day, but also the gold medalist in the 1996 Olympics a few months later inside my head. I choked because I went off plan. I allowed my circumstances to take control…

 

Christians are to remain hopeful in the face of what feels like overwhelming odds. When everything looks out of control, we are to walk by faith and not by sight. We are to stay on God’s Plan as His Image Bearers! Reflect on Jesus’ reassuring words from Mark 13:23, “So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time” and then in v. 31, “Heaven [the skies] and earth will pass away, but my words never pass away.”

 

Be assured that against all evidence presented by media outlets and from our own daily circumstances that the world is not out of control, but rather on a foreseen path towards the completion of all things. God has already told us so that we can remain focused! So that we can stay on plan!

 

Seize the moment and remain faithful to God’s Plan: How are your responses to today’s circumstances helping people see God’s love and mercy? How are you stirring one another up to  love and good works? God is with us!

 

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Responding to the Plan of God – Week 3

2020: A Year of Celebration!

Stewarding the Image of God!

Key Verses:  Matthew 25:14-30

 

Written and delivered by Pastor Jerry Ingalls from the building of the First Baptist Church of New Castle, Indiana through an on-line service to the Church of Jesus Christ.

 

At the heart of so much anxiety and unhappiness is comparison. Comparing oneself with what others have—their abilities, their resources or possessions, their jobs or service to the community… Comparison can just as easily lead to a false sense of accomplishment and the sin of pride (that I am better than someone else by whatever measurement you choose to make), just like comparison can lead to a loss of you living up to your God-given potential because of disappointment and anxiety.

 

Let me be direct with you: to compare yourself to another person is to miss the whole point! It is a distraction from the real purpose of your life, which is to be an Image Bearer of God.

Image Bearers of God were not meant to be a regular mirror, like someone would use when they are combing their hair, reflecting their own image back to them. We are not designed to reflect ourselves. That would lead to distraction and destruction, which we see all around us because that’s the human bent, called sin. A similar danger is how sometimes people reflect the people they associate, the people that influence their character. Trying to be like someone else is not being God’s Image Bearers… Remember, we reflect the god we serve.

 

Last week, we learned that as Image Bearers we are like angled or rounded mirrors. God has put humans into His Creation as an angled mirror so that He can reflect His love and care and stewardship of the world through us humans and get this, so that the rest of the creation can see God’s glory through us humans and praise God. We reflect God and His glory through our love, care, and stewardship of the world! Our lives point to the God who created us and then rescued us (freed us!) through Jesus Christ!

It was God’s plan to put humans in the world as His Image Bearers. We distorted His Image through sin! Jesus Christ came to restore us as His image bearers through forgiveness of sin, and to call us into mission with Him as agents of God’s Kingdom. Our response is to reflect God’s love, care, and stewardship of the world! The church is God’s Plan A for putting His glory on display through our love and good works, as restored Image Bearers. That leads us to the big point in today’s teaching: We are not owners of our lives, we are stewards! We are stewards of the Image of God! We reflect God to people when we steward His image in us…

 

Our scripture lesson for this week is found in Matthew 25:14-30 and it is famously called, “The Parable of the Talents.” Please listen to Jesus teach about the kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 25:14-30,

 

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

A primary lesson of Jesus’ Parable of the Talents is that we are not owners of our lives, but stewards—household managers of what God has given us! You may have a five-talent life, two-talent life or a one-talent life, but that is not the point, so don’t it make it the point! 

 

The point is to use the life God has given you for His glory! That’s what He designed you to do from the beginning! So, don’t try to own your own life for yourself because that goes against God’s design for your life. We are stewards of the life that God has given us, not owners! As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6;19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

 

God has given us “talents” and primarily, that points to the entirety of our lives as Image Bearers of God. Yes, there are specific ways He has called each of us uniquely to reflect Him, like the moon reflects the sun, but the point isn’t whether you are a new moon or a full moon or somewhere in between. What matters is that you were designed to reflect the Son and not reflect yourself.

 

The moon can work it’s entire life on figuring out how to make itself the best moon it can be, but it’s all vanity if it inhibits its created design to reflect the sun![1] As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:41, “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.” The point of every talent you have is how you develop and use it to glorify God. That’s the plan!

 

God created humans to uniquely be His Image Bearers to reflect His glory to this created realm (Genesis 1:1) through our love, care, and stewardship of it as His people. God gave us a sacred status as humans from the very beginning. Listen to Genesis 1:27-30,

 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

 

This is who we are; being an Image Bearer is about your status with God and having your identity in Him. It’s not about what we can or cannot specifically do, but what we have been created to do from the beginning.  

 

The Image of God is not about any capabilities we have, at all, because it is from the moment of our conception that each of us is an Image Bearer of God! God formed us from the dirt and then He breathed His breath into us and declared us His image. If you remember from last’s week sermon, that is why God forbade humanity from making any other image of God (called idols), because He has already given the world His image—in humans!

 

We are the Image Bearers—we are the ones who are called to reflect God’s love, care, and stewardship to His creation so that His creation would then see God’s glory!

 

Paul commends us in Philippians 2:14-16a,
 
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.”

 

How are you stewarding what God has entrusted to you? How are you reflecting the light of the Son?

 

We are to shine like the moon shines at night. The moon does not compare itself with others, it simply reflects the light and glory of the sun as it was designed to—it doesn’t compare itself to Saturn’s 82 moons, feel socially distanced because earth only has 1 moon, or desire to be a star instead of a moon. It doesn’t get distracted by seasons—new moon to full moon. Nor does it focus on what has been or what will be—it simply reflects the light of the sun! And the light from the sun is so perfectly assimilated with the “face” of the moon that the two are inseparable in the mind’s eye. This is our potential as God’s Image Bearers—to reflect God’s glory so that the light of the Son is so perfectly assimilated with our lives that the two are inseparable to people.

 

Like with Jesus. Listen to Jesus’s prayer to His Father for us, His disciples, in John 17:22-26,

 

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

It’s our being that matters, but our doings are what demonstrate our being! You are redeemed and restored to be an Image Bearer and as an Image Bearer to make HIM known.

 

We are not defined by the temporary things of this life, but we are to steward them well to shine God’s light. As evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem states, “When we are responsible stewards, whether taking care of our toys at the age of four or managing the entire factory at the age of forty, if we do this work ‘as unto the Lord,’ God looks at our imitations of his sovereignty and his other attributes, and he is pleased. In this way we are his image-bearers, people who are like God and who represent God on the earth.”

 

We are to steward all that we have been given to reflect His glory:

  • The gift of relationships, with God and people
  • The gift of time and life
  • The gift of health & wellness
  • The provision of money & possessions
  • The calling of vocation
  • The privilege of church membership & gospel ministry
  • As one friend said to me, “We think of these as abilities, or things, but we can also look at other things as gifts: life, breath, citizenship, the neighborhood you live in, the family you were born into, the positions we hold in society, etc.”

 

Stewardship is the call of our lives, now and always, to become like God and represent God on the earth in order to fulfill His original mandate to us from Genesis. That is the foundation of Jesus’ Great Commission to His restored Image Bearers in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” What is the gospel? It is the Good News that the Son has come to make all things right in God’s creation and to bring God’s children Home to the Father. He has made the way and He is the way! And we are now invited to respond to the plan of God by becoming a part of the rescue effort.

 

Seize the moment and steward the gift of your life well by growing in your relationship with Jesus! Learn from Him how to be generous with what God has given you. Don’t compare yourself to others, but rather invest what you have into others. Christians steward their talents to rescue people and bring them Home to the Father through our love, care, and stewardship of the gospel!

 

The world teaches us to use people to get things, but we are called by God to steward all that we have to win people. We are invited to invest all that we have been given and watch the multiplication happen… along with our own peace and happiness, which are byproducts of right stewardship.

 

What are you doing with the gifts God has given you?

 

We are not owners of our lives, we are stewards! We are stewards of the Image of God for the glory of God!

 
 
 
 

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FOOTNOTES:

 

[1] As one early reader reflected to me, “Such an interesting thought. I think many Christ followers, probably myself included, will often indulge in self-improvement and self-preservation measures and believe that becoming a “better” person is the next step in following closer to Jesus. But, in reality, unless that self-improvement is focused on and prompted by Holy Spirit transformation, the efforts may be more motivated by comparison and pride, as you mentioned at the beginning of the message.

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 46

Be Faithful Today!

Mark 12

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Saturday, May 2.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s mind. We are all trying to figure out the right next step. What we need right now is a living faith that gives us resiliency! My simple definition of resiliency is that when you are knocked down, you have the ability to not only get back up, but to bounce forward. The key to this is having a living and persevering faith.

 

In Mark 12:11-12, at the end of a parable where Jesus clearly indicates that He knows that He will be betrayed and killed, Jesus quotes from Psalm 118:22-23, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

 

The next verse of this Psalm sings, “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

 

Jesus told this parable and while the religious leaders looked for ways to arrest him, Jesus kept on going, not preoccupied with their plans to harm Him, but fully alive in the moment. Jesus had resiliency because He fully trusted His Father with all of His tomorrows.

 

When you can trust God for tomorrow, you can live faithfully today!

 

Seize the moment and don’t miss today! Be faithful today! This weekend has so much potential for good, so don’t miss it because you are preoccupied about next week or next month. Call someone and sing: This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Maybe that is all you need to know or do for today! Enjoy the weekend!

 

FBC wants to be there for you personally, so please dial the phone number below if you need any practical assistance or would like to talk to someone today. We are praying for you!

 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 45

A House of Prayer!

Mark 11

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, May 1.

 

After seven weeks of stay at home orders I am getting a lot of reports of weight gain from people. How are your clothes fitting you or have you even gotten out of your yoga paints or sweatpants in seven weeks to know? Separately, but maybe connected, media is reporting a rise in domestic violence. Also, alcohol sales are way up. People are dealing with the stress, anxiety, and grief of this season in different ways… We are learning a lot about ourselves in this time…

 

Your mom probably taught you to treat your body like a temple. Surprise, she didn’t make that up…the Bible talks about your body being the temple of the Holy Spirit, the dwelling place of God on earth (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20). This is a great truth that we often reference when it comes to what we eat and drink, how we treat our own and other people’s bodies.

 

I want to make a connection for you this morning: Jesus proclaims in Mark 11:17, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

 

Your body can either be a “den of robbers” or a “house of prayer.” It all comes down to how you use what God has entrusted to you. How are you dealing with your stress, anxiety, and grief during this COVID-19 pandemic? What are you learning about yourself?

 

Seize the moment and be “a house of prayer for all the nations.” This is not only God’s best way for you to take care of yourself, but it is also the very design of how He makes Himself known to the nations in and through you. I love how God weaves those two together—what is best for you is also the best way to bring Him glory!

 

FBC wants to be there for you personally, so please dial the phone number below if you need any practical assistance or would like to talk to someone today. We are praying for you!

 
 
 

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Seize the Moment – Day 44

Making the Impossible Possible!

Mark 10

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, April 30, the last day of April.

 

Have you ever tried to do something really big? So big, that people thought you were crazy… maybe it was starting your own business or it was taking on an assignment at school or work that no one else was willing to try? Maybe it was loving a certain person that drives everyone else crazy. Whatever it may be, sometimes we are called to attempt the impossible.

 

And when we do it for the glory of God, I think that brings a metaphorical smile to God’s face.

 

In Mark 10, after calling a rich young man to do what was necessary to follow Him—to get rid of his false securities and fully trust God—the man walked away dejected because the assignment was too big for him. In response, the disciples of Jesus asked, “Who then can be saved?” [because it was culturally assumed in those ancient times that the rich had God’s blessing already] But Jesus has never had that assumption and he answered in Mark 10:27, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

 

Do you want to put a smile on God’s face? Then trust God to do the impossible in and through you. If our own salvation was both impossible, because we can’t save ourselves, and improbable, if we are honest with ourselves, but only by the mercy of God, then why would our ability to do anything for God’s glory be any different?

 

Seize the moment and step out in faith today. Maybe there is a neighbor you are supposed to help out today… If only the rich young man had taken steps to obey God, I believe God would have stood in the gap with him. I believe God will stand in the gap for you, too. Because your decision to act in faith brings Him glory!

 

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Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.
 
 

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