One Day At A Time

12th November

Each day I beg you for Your help, O Lord; I lift my hands to You for mercy…

Psalm 88:9b

Suppose you have a long glass tube the exact diameter of a marble, lying on its side, with openings at both ends. Presently, the tube contains exactly 100 black marbles filling the tube in single file from one end to the other. Your goal is to fill the tube with 100 white marbles, but you can remove only one black marble per day. How many days will it take to fill the tube with white marbles? Obviously, 100 days. As you push one new white marble in one end of the tube each day, a black marble will fall out of the tube on the opposite end. By the one-hundredth day–in with a white marble, out with a black–the tube will be full of white marbles.

Can you do the same with spiritual growth? Can your mind–the battlefield in spiritual warfare–be filled more and more with godly thoughts, driving out ungodly thoughts of fear, worry, and anxiety? Following Paul’s admonition in Philippians 4:8-9 is a good place to begin by meditating daily on what is noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy. The more we fill our heart and mind with godly prayer and meditation, the less room there will be for worry. Each day is a battle won and deeper surrender of our ‘everything’ to Jesus!

#Today’s devotion is taken from Turning Point Daily Devotions

Good Seeds Lead To Everlasting Life

11th November

Those who only live to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Galatians 6:8-9

For some people everlasting life doesn’t sound pleasing. In fact, they may feel they have been dealt a hard hand in life, and can’t contemplate living longer. If that is you then hold on. We are promised that Everlasting life in God’s kingdom is enjoying daily fellowship with God Himself. Furthermore, it is a future of no pain, no suffering, no hardships, no fear, no sorrow and no tears.

Yet being saved is so much more than just everlasting life. It is enjoying the blessings here on this earth too. It is experiencing the joy that knowing God loved us so much that He gave up His only Son for us. Furthermore, it is because God loves us so much, that He is continually pouring out His grace and love over us when we make mistakes and fall short of His holy standards. It is because of His love and grace that we can live lives that reap a harvest of blessings.

Let us not give up praying for our friends and family who have not yet experienced Jesus’ love. At the proper time we will reap the harvest. Let us not give up doing good works for His glory. Let us not live to satisfy our sinful natures. Finally, let us not fear everlasting life, but rejoice in the hope and joy that awaits and is accessible on this earth too.