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12/21/2014

 Daily Devotions

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 Truth In Real Life

 Truth In Real Life Podcast


Jesus Is the Light We Need

"Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:78-79)

Have you ever been walking on a dark forest path at night? If it is pitch-black all around you, or if it is foggy all around, then you cannot see much of anything. It can be a little scary walking alone on a path like that.

If you had a little keychain flashlight with you, it would be a little less scary, wouldn't it? It's amazing how much comfort one tiny little light can provide if everything around you is dark and unknown. And it would be even better if you had a large floodlight to carry, or maybe if some lamps are placed along the pathway to help illumine (light up) the way for you. You could take each next step with confidence. You might not be able to see very far down the path. You might not be able to see where it's going to end up, but at least a floodlight or some lamplight could give you enough to help you keep going those next few steps.

But imagine that you had no flashlight. No floodlight. No lamplight. Not only are you wishing for some light to help you feel less afraid, but you are also in need of light to help you get around! You are in a real hurry to get OUT of this dark, scary forest as soon as you can. The only problem is – you cannot see the path at all!

Now, in your mind, imagine a miracle happens: In a single instant, the sun comes up and fills the whole forest with brilliant light. Of course you can see far enough to take your next few steps, but you can see so much more than that! What a tremendous comfort! You can see exactly where the pathway is leading, you can see whether there are any snakes or bears hanging around the pathway, and you can also see the beauty of the forest all around you – beauty that had been hidden before by the darkness.

Many times in the Bible, sinners are described as being lost or confused or in darkness or hopeless. If you think you might feel lost and hopeless in a dark forest, just think how much more serious it is to be lost and hopeless in spiritual darkness. And if you think you would be happy to have a tiny flashlight or some lamps along a dark forest pathway, just try to imagine how much more we ought to be thankful that God offers us a brilliant spiritual future if we will look to His Son Jesus as the only One Who can save us out of spiritual darkness. No repenting sinner is truly without hope or without comfort – not if he or she will trust Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness from sin.

The first chapter of Luke is an introduction to the story of Jesus' birth. In it, sinners are described as "them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death," and Jesus is described as "the dayspring from on high." Jesus is the miracle, and His coming as a baby was like a miraculous, comforting sunrise ("dayspring from on high"). He is the One Who has come "through the tender mercy of our God" in order "to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:78-79) Are you walking in spiritual darkness today? Look to Jesus.

Through God's mercy, Jesus is the only One Who can deliver us from spiritual darkness.

My Response:
» Do I really know what it feels like to be lost and hopeless in spiritual darkness?
» Who is the only Savior able to deliver me from my sinfulness and give me peace?
» Am I trusting in Jesus and relying today on His guidance?






Truth In Real Life

Anna B Warner

“Lord, if I may, I’ll serve another day!”

Anna Bartlett Warner, the daughter of a well-respected New York lawyer, was born on August 31, 1827, in Long Island, New York. In Long Island, the Warner family had been known for being very rich. But then came the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a difficult time in history. The stock market crashed, and the value of the dollar went very low. People everywhere lost their jobs and their money. Many people lost everything they had.

Because of their losses, the Warners had to move to their summer home, and Anna was expected to get a job. She chose to be an author – writing novels which became famous during her lifetime. What became even more famous, however, were the hymns and songs that she wrote. She wrote the following song for a little boy in Sunday School who was dying:
Jesus loves me – this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

“Jesus Loves Me” has become perhaps the most well-known Christian song in history.

When the Chinese Christians were persecuted they had no way of letting their brothers and sisters in Christ know that they survived. In 1972, some Christians in America received a strange message from their friends in China. The message said that the “This I know” people were fine! The Chinese police thought it was just a silly message, so they let it go through. The Americans knew right away that the Chinese Christians were referring to Anna Warner's sweet song – “Jesus Loves Me.”

Are you serving God with the gifts He has given you? Is Anna Warner’s song a good reminder to you that God loves you? He loves you more than anyone else ever could! Loving other people is a sign that you love God. Are you loving others today?

1 John 4:8 – He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.


Description of God

He That Is Higher Than the Highest
Ecclesiastes 5:8 "If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they."

 

Question & Answer

QHas God left off being gracious to His people Israel?

ANo. Romans 11:1 – I [Paul] say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

 

BIG Christian Word

Redemption - (ree-demp-shun)

Redemption is given to all believers through the death of Jesus. He redeemed (bought) us from the bondage of Satan. Jesus paid the price through his death on the cross so we could be free from the power of Satan. In 1 John 5:19, we read that the whole world is under the power of the evil one. (Mark 10:45) "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."