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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sitting In It

February 20

(Deuteronomy 5:33 NIV) “Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”

(Psalm 128:1 NIV) “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.”

(Isaiah 30:21 NIV) “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it.””

Where we walk is important. It’s important because when we walk in the wrong places, sin can catch our eye and the next thing we know, we’re no longer walking. We are now standing. And as we stand and gaze upon sin, we may soon discover that we are no longer just standing and looking, we are now sitting in it. We are soaking in it. Our walk has become a wallow. Walk, stand, sit - the downward spiral into the pit of sin. Are you walking where you should not be walking? Are you standing where you should not be standing? Turn around and leave before you end up sitting in something that you have no business sitting in. It will be a mess and it won’t be nearly as much fun as it promised it would be. In fact, it could cost you everything you love. Walk with the Lord and you will not end up where you should not be. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Monday, February 19, 2018

Refiner’s Fire

February 19

(Proverbs 17:3 NIV) “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”

(Isaiah 48:10 NIV) “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”

(1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV) “… for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. {7} These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

(Romans 5:3-4 NIV) “… we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; {4} perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Sometimes we reach a place where our back is against the wall and from all appearances there is no help on the way. During these times, it can be difficult to maintain faith. We may find ourselves thinking, “If God is real and God is good, then why am I here in this situation where I feel completely abandoned?” Why is this happening?” Doubting friends may even ask, “Where’s your God now?” Many times we don’t have an answer, because frankly, we’re asking the same question in our heart of hearts. We forget that the strongest steel and the purest gold must pass through the refiner’s fire. It’s not a fire that consumes -- it’s a fire that purifies and strengthens. It produces the finest product. All of us have impurities that must be burned off if we are to be pure and strong. Let the fire do its job. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Right Team

February 18

(Acts 4:13 NIV) “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

When Jesus picked his team, he chose a half coward, half hero named Peter; a thunderous blowhard named John; an arrogant, Christian hating convert named Paul; and his own antagonistic and envious half-brother, James. Were these really the best guys for the job? With the entire world to choose from, were these the best guys Jesus could come up with? We can argue and debate that question, but what we do know is they were the RIGHT guys for the job. We know that because they got the job done. Through them, and some other “every day, ordinary, run of the mill” people, God set about confounding the highest powers on the face of the Earth. The Lord used a motley crew of redeemed sinners to change the world. He’s still doing that today. You don’t need a Bible degree or a pedigree to be a great witness and world-changer. You just need to be available. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Choosing to be Chosen

February 17

(Joshua 24:15 NIV) “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

(Matthew 19:16-23 NIV) “Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?" {17} "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments." {18} "Which ones?" the man inquired. Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, {19} honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' " {20} "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?" {21} Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." {22} When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. {23} Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

After being “called out”, there comes a time when we’re asked to “sell out”. It’s one thing to accept the mercy of Christ at the foot of the cross -- it’s another thing to take up the cross and lay down your life for Jesus. This is the proverbial fork in the road where we must choose between following the Lord, or drifting back into our old way of life. We must decide if being chosen by God is worth abandoning our most treasured possessions. The question becomes, “Will you surrender your life completely?” This is our “Joshua Moment”: that moment when the Lord says, “Choose for yourself this day who you’re going to serve.” We either declare along with Joshua that we will serve the Lord wholeheartedly, or we walk away like the rich young ruler did, because what we’re holding onto is more precious to us than even Jesus. Idolatry is an addiction. Kick the habit. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day