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8/11/2011

 Daily Devotions

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 Truth In Real Life

 Truth In Real Life Podcast


God Makes Everyone Unique

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14)

Sally sat in the front seat of the car watching the snowflakes fall on the car windshield. "Wow! Look at that one, Mom! Isn't it beautiful? Look at all those little tiny lines!" Sally couldn't stop watching the snowflakes. She kept pointing out her favorites.

"Sally, did you notice that none of these snowflakes are the same? Every design you'll see is different from the others. God makes each one unique – each one is one of a kind."

Mom challenged Sally to find any two that were alike. Sally couldn't do it!

Sally sat back and thought hard for a little while. She looked at the mounds of snow that had fallen during the night. Almost two inches had fallen overnight, and Sally realized that it took a LOT of snowflakes to make even one small mound of snow! Mom said that each one was different. Wow! That was awesome to think about. Our God is so awesome that He made each snowflake – and there are no two snowflakes alike.

Sally could hardly pull her eyes away from the mounds of DIFFERENT snowflakes, but Mom was talking again: "Sally, do you realize that just as God made each snowflake unique and special, He also makes each person unique and special? Even identical twins are different in many ways. Each person can show God's glory in a different way from his brothers or sisters or parents or friends. Our differences show God's creativity and wisdom. To bring glory to God, you do not have to be just like your brother Jim, or like me, or like Dad. God made you special so that you'll bring Him glory in a way that no one else can."

God cared enough to make each of us uniquely different from everyone else.

My Response:
» What are some ways God made me unique (special) or different from my brother, sister, or friends?
» Did God make any two things exactly the same?
» Do I praise God for making me unique?






Truth In Real Life

Jonathan Edwards

“Resolution one: I will live for God. Resolution two: If no one else does, I still will.”

One of the most influential American preachers in history, Jonathan Edwards was born in Connecticut on October 5, 1703. His father, Timothy Edwards, was a preacher; his mother Esther was a preacher’s daughter. The Edwards family loved to serve God.

Jonathan Edwards was the fifth and only son in his family of eleven children. He loved to study, and wrote his first Gospel tract at age 10. His favorite subject in school was history. When he was 12 years old, he wrote a published essay on the habits of the flying spider. Also, right around that time, he became a student at Yale University! He graduated at the top of his class and spent the next two years studying the Bible and preparing for the ministry.

At age 23, he was ordained to preach and made it his personal rule that he would study the Bible no less than thirteen hours every day. He married Sarah Pierrepont, and God gave them twelve children.

In the 1730s, God worked a wonderful revival in people’s hearts. Edwards continued to preach. Soon, by God’s grace, what came to be known as the first “Great Awakening” was spreading throughout the country.

Jonathan Edwards is especially famous even among unbelievers for his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and its ongoing influence over time. The sermon focused on the subjects of hell and God’s judgment; when he preached it, the church people became so convicted they fell into the aisles and wept. Edwards wasn’t sensational or pushy in his sermon delivery. He just preached God’s message from a handwritten manuscript. He was used greatly by God during the Great Awakening. He also wrote over 60,000 pages in his lifetime and led countless souls to genuine faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Jonathan Edwards was devoted to the study of God’s Word and was resolved to live rightly before Him, no matter what. Do you make resolutions and try to honor God with how you spend your time? Are you praying for God to increase your love for and understanding of His Word?

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.


Description of God

A High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek
Hebrews 6:20 – "Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."

 

Question & Answer

QCan I ever take any credit or glory for becoming more and more like Jesus Christ?

ANo; never! Taking credit that is due to God alone is an awful sin that resembles the attitude that Jesus despised the most – the self-righteousness of the Pharisees. Luke 17:10 – "So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.'"

 

BIG Christian Word

Antichrist - (an'ti-krist)

An antichrist is an enemy and disbeliever of Christ. The antichrist is to spread universal evil before the end of the world but finally will be conquered at Christ's second coming. The word "antichrist" is also used to describe other people who have the same opposition to Christ. (I John 2:22) "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."