Truth For Today

AN OBLIGATION TO GOD


I am debtor both to the Greeks and
to the barbarians; both to the wise
and to the unwise.
ROMANS 1 : 14


A young man once asked me what motivates me to study week after week. I told him that sometimes, the Scripture passages are so exhilarating that I can’t wait to get to Sunday to preach. But then there are other times when I battle against priorities that crowd out my study time, and my ministry doesn’t seem that exciting then. I really have to fight my way through those times because I know I have a debt to God.


What if I see a house on fire, and the family inside is unaware of their dire situation? I cannot stand on the curb and wonder if they’re worth saving. Because they are in need and I have the information that can save them, I have an obligation to them.


If you are involved in Christian service only when you feel like doing it, you haven’t learned the kind of service Paul described in today’s verse. When facing a tough period in ministering to people, sometimes all you can rely on is your obligation to God.


~ John MacArthur ~

Afternoon Prayer

 

“We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us.”

Joshua 1:16

Father God, yesterday, You told me to take a leap of faith, and “Go”. I was scared, unsure of what lie ahead. Today Lord, I have decided to follow Your command to do what You ask and go where You want me to go without questioning Your authority. Amen

Morning Daily Light

Run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. – Heb 12:1-2 NET

“If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”—”In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions.”—We must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light.

Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.—Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.—”So let us acknowledge him! Let us seek to acknowledge the Lord!”

Luke 9:23, Luke 14:33, Rom 13:12, 1 Cor 9:25-27, Phil 3:13-14, Hos 6:3

 

Morning Devotional

“When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, then thou shalt bestir thyself.” — 2Sa 5:24

The members of Christ’s Church should be very prayerful, always seeking the unction of the Holy One to rest upon their hearts, that the kingdom of Christ may come, and that his “will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven;” but there are times when God seems especially to favour Zion, such seasons ought to be to them like “the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” We ought then to be doubly prayerful, doubly earnest, wrestling more at the throne than we have been wont to do. Action should then be prompt and vigorous. The tide is flowing-now let us pull manfully for the shore. O for Pentecostal outpourings and Pentecostal labours. Christian, in yourself there are times “when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” You have a peculiar power in prayer; the Spirit of God gives you joy and gladness; the Scripture is open to you; the promises are applied; you walk in the light of God’s countenance; you have peculiar freedom and liberty in devotion, and more closeness of communion with Christ than was your wont. Now, at such joyous periods when you hear the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees,” is the time to bestir yourself; now is the time to get rid of any evil habit, while God the Spirit helpeth your infirmities. Spread your sail; but remember what you sometimes sing-

“I can only spread the sail;

Thou! Thou! must breathe the auspicious gale.”

Only be sure you have the sail up. Do not miss the gale for want of preparation for it. Seek help of God, that you may be more earnest in duty when made more strong in faith; that you may be more constant in prayer when you have more liberty at the throne; that you may be more holy in your conversation whilst you live more closely with Christ.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Morning Prayer

FAITH IN HIS PROMISES

Romans 4:20-22

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will always be in faith. May you be excited about all that God has promised you. Even at times when situations do not go your way, may you not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God. May your faith continuously strengthen you. May you be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. I pray that you will have the faith of Abraham, for this too will be credited to you as righteousness. May God bless you with unwavering faith in His promises today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.