Afternoon Devotional

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
~ Amos 5:14

Isn’t it amazing how many people claim God is on their side. God has been “claimed“ by those seeking to enforce slavery, practice prejudice, lie, bribe officials, practice hypocrisy, force injustice on the powerless, and practice “ethnic cleansing.“ But God makes the test pretty simple: do what is good, seek after the good, or you’re not related to me! In the words of the prophet Amos, that meant equity for all peoples in court, in the marketplace, and in the place of worship. If we’re claiming God is on our side, then we’d better draw close to the side of God, the side of good, justice, and mercy as God defines them!

Afternoon Prayer

HIS GUIDANCE PROTECTS
Joshua 24:17; Psalms 23:4; Psalms 48:14

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

I pray that you will always walk by God’s guidance, especially in difficult circumstances. May you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, with no fear of evil. May God’s rod and His staff guide you so you may find security and comfort in His direction. May He protect you and keep you safe, so that you will not be lost. I pray that you will always ask for His leading because our Lord promises to be your guide even to the end.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Capitalizing on Confusion

Depending on when your monthly Searchlight arrives, the Mayan calendar deadline for the end of the world has either come and gone, or else it is looming in the imminent future.  All the hoopla that surrounded this gloomy prediction got me to wondering if there might not be some way that Christians could capitalize on yet another failed non-Biblical prophetic expectation.  After all, last year when the Rapture failed to take place on the date designated by a popular radio Bible teacher, God’s people were able to take advantage of this by pointing out that, when it comes to the Second Coming of Christ, the Bible says that “of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matt. 24:36).  Those that knew the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming were also able to point out that the date of the former is just as unsearchable in Scripture as that of the latter.  Surely there has to be a way to similarly benefit from the failure of the Mayan calendar disaster as well.

I wonder if what we are looking for might be found in Isaiah 41:21-24.  There, God Almighty thunders forth a challenge to all the false gods of the nations, daring them to “produce your cause,” that is, to produce “strong reasons” why anyone should believe they are God.  If you are wondering what kind of reasons He had in mind, the Lord went on to say, “let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen

“Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods….”

This challenge went unanswered in Isaiah’s day, of course, for only the God of the Bible knows the future, something He has proved over and over again in Scripture, and something that the failed predictions of others serve to magnify.

With all this in mind, why not put together a short mental list of fulfilled Bible prophecies, and mark Isaiah 41 in your Bible? That way when the subject of the Mayan calendar comes up the day after the December 21st deadline (as you know it will!), you can capitalize on the biggest non-story of the year by reminding people that the challenge of Isaiah 41 has still gone unanswered, and that the God of the Bible is still the only God worthy of worship. Let’s determine to be ready to offer “a word in season” (Isa. 50:4) to all who are disillusioned by the gods of the nations, and are in desperate need of the God who sent His Son to die for their sins.

~ Pastor Ricky Kurth

Jesus Is

I would feel a lot better if I could neatly divide people into two groups: good and bad, or wicked and righteous. I would feel better still if I could be confident that I would always be in the righteous group. In real life? Well, I’m not so sure.

Like everyone else, I’m not just wicked or righteous, but a complicated mix of both. Sometimes I do the right thing for the wrong reasons; sometimes I do what I think is the right thing for the right reasons and only later realize that I hurt someone by accident. If it’s true that “the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice,” I’m not so sure I like my odds in that court.

The good news is that Jesus sees our faults and failings and loves us anyway. In his sinlessness, he frees us from our sins; in his worthiness, he makes us worthy to stand before God. I know that I’m not perfect. But I’m very grateful that Jesus is.

Catherine Healy

Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for freeing me from sin and death. Lead me in the way of righteousness, and guide me away from evil, for the sake of your holy name. Amen.

Jesus promises to pray for all of us. How is he praying for you right now?

Protection

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.

~ John 17:15 [NLT]

When we become believers God doesn’t whisk us up to Heaven in order to spare us the trials and tribulations that come with being human. God has a different plan which uses his followers of agents that help to bring Heaven down to Earth. God knows there is an evil one that wants to stop you from completing your mission and asks that we are protected from him. As you go about your day ask God for protection from the evil one. 

Afternoon Prayer

GLORIFY GOD 
Romans 4:20; Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:9-10

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

I pray that you will glorify God by the way you live your life. May you offer your body as a living sacrifice to the Lord, holy and pleasing to Him. May your actions and words, intentions and deeds be consecrated to the Lord. May your life follow the example of Jesus Christ, whom God exalted to the highest place. I pray that all that you do will bring honor and glory to His name.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

In His Name

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. 21 And his name will be the hope of all the world.”

~ Matthew 12:20-21 [NLT]

God is a safe place for us to put our hope. This year there have been many troubles that have shaken our ability to live with peace and have attempted to rob our hope. Take time to pray that your friends and family would be reminded that hope is still alive and it has a name! May our loved ones be led to find hope in Jesus alone.