Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 … It’s All His Doing!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 347 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …   Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and thoughts from Natalie Grant and Dennis Jernigan singing his song … You Are My All In All … poignantly and powerfully singing of the reality that without our Lord, we are nothing!


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Highlight Verse[s]: 1st Corinthians 11:8 [NLT] … 9 For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. 
… Even when Paul compared himself with his fellow Apostles, he recognized his own weaknesses. 
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Highlight Passage [context]: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Note the opinion Paul had about himself realizing that without Christ, he was NOTHING! 
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Reference Passage : … Psalms 25:5, 145:4 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… The psalmists description of whom we are with/without our God.

Reference Passage : … John 15:4-5 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus showed His disciples without an abiding relationship with Him they could not be fruitful in their lives.

Reference Passage : … Galatians 2:20 [NLT] … 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. 
 … Paul recognized (and taught) that he (we) must die to self so that we can serve the One Who died so that we might live in/for Him.

Reference Passage : … 2nd Corinthians 12:9 [NLT] … 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 
 …Jesus reminded Paul that his strength could only come thru His humble surrender to His Lord.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Mart DeHaan, used a story about Arturo Toscanini to show how we must always think of ourselves dependent on our relationship with Christ, … always an attitude of humble surrender to His grace. The ODB author wrote: As one of the most celebrated orchestral conductors of the twentieth century, Arturo Toscanini [see photo] is remembered for his desire to give credit to whom credit is due. In David Ewen’s “Dictators of the Baton,” the author describes how members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra rose to their feet and cheered Toscanini at the end of a rehearsal of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. When there was a lull in the ovation, and with tears in his eyes, Arturo’s broken voice could be heard exclaiming as he spoke: “It isn’t me . . . it’s Beethoven! . . . Toscanini is nothing.” 

The great conductor’s attitude toward Beethoven, according to our ODB author, was much like that which the Apostle Paul held for himself when he was comparing himself to the other Apostles (see 1Cor. 15:8) or most certainly with His Lord and Savior (see Gal. 2:20). Paul knew the truth of what Jesus taught His Disciples in John 15:4-5 … that without an abiding, surrendered relationship with our Lord, WE ARE NOTHING!

But with that humble relationship, we can receive His enabling/empowering grace [see 2Cor. 12:9] to overcome our humanity and become fruitful in/for God’s kingdom.

And that is my prayer for myself and all who read here today.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … O Lord, help us to be fruitful for Your glory as we humbly surrender to follow You. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017 … Worried? … Stop and pray!!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 346 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Ryan Stevenson singing … Eye of the Storm … poignantly and powerfully singing of the strength we can receive in the storms of life, anchored by our faith in Christ.


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Highlight Verse[s]: Philippians 4:6-7 [NLT] … 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 
… Anxious?!! … Well, here’s God’s prescription for your worries.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Philippians 4:1-9 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God, thru Paul, teaches us how to handle the anxieties of life
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Reference Passage : … Proverbs 3:5-6 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God’s prescription for worry is trusting in Him.

Reference Passage : … Luke 8:22-25 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus showed His disciples that He was in control - total control - even when we’re in life-threatening storms.

Reference Passage : … 1st Corinthians 10:13 [NLT] … 13 The temptations [or also “tests, trials, tribulations, troubles”] in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 
 … If we truly believe it, we’ll be okay - no matter what comes.

Reference Passage : … 2nd Corinthians 12:9 [NLT] … 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 
 … In the presence of dire pain, Paul remember Jesus’ promise that His grace was enough to give him the power to handle his own pain/weakness.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Karen Wolfe, in the midst of anxieties about a move, remembered Paul writing about how God promises to be with us and provide us with His strength and direction when we pray. The ODB author wrote: We were excited about moving for my husband’s job. But the unknowns and challenges left me feeling anxious. Thoughts of sorting and packing up belongings. Looking for a place to live. My finding a new job too. Making my way around a new city, and getting settled. It was all . . . unsettling. As I thought about my “to-do” list, words written by the apostle Paul echoed in my mind: Don’t worry, but pray (Phil. 4:6–7). 

The simple - but life-affirming - question is … do we trust our Lord … especially when we’re in the “Eye of the Storm,” as Ryan Stevenson sings in the linked song. And that song reminds me of a powerful teaching miracle where Jesus showed His Disciples, when they were worried about their lives in the midst of a storm (see Luke 8: 22-25), that He was in control - no matter what!!

But, as the remainder of the reference passages teach, do we really trust God [see photo] enough to quell our anxieties when we’re faced with the storms of life? That’s the focus of my prayer today.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … O Lord, You are in control … ALWAYS! … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017 … The Gift of Living Waters

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 345 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Keith & Kristyn Getty singing … Living Waters … poignantly singing of God’s greatest gift to all of us who thirst in sin, free access to His living waters.


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Highlight Verse[s]: Ephesians 2:8 [NLT] … 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 
 … And what a gift it is!!
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Highlight Passage [context]: Ephesians [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God, thru Paul, teaches on how His greatest gift brings mankind from death to life. 
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Reference Passage [NLT] : … John 3:16 [NLT] … 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. …” 
… The greatest gift of all !!!

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Revelation 3:20 [NLT] … 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. … “ 
… Jesus offers to come in and dine with us … but we must open the door and let Him in.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Revelation 22:17 [NIV] … 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. 
… The water of life … for us desperately thirsty sinners … is a free gift for those who would come to receive it in faith.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Sheridan Voysey, uses the illustration of a restaurant in London which gives away free meals as God gives away His wondrous gift of living waters and the access to eternal life. The ODB author wrote: London’s Café Rendezvous has nice lighting, comfortable couches, and the smell of coffee in the air. What it doesn’t have are prices. Originally started as a business by a local church, the café was transformed a year after it started. The managers felt that God was calling them to do something radical—make everything on the menu free. Today you can order a coffee, cake, or sandwich without cost. There isn’t even a donation jar. It’s all a gift. 
I asked the manager why they were so generous. “We’re just trying to treat people the way God treats us,” he said. “God gives to us whether we thank Him or not. He’s generous to us beyond our imaginations.” 

I don’t think any reader here would deny that we are most definitely a people (or culture) starving and thirsting for God’s grace and His living waters. And as we read in the highlight passage, God was (and is) willing to make His saving grace and sanctifying living waters available to ANY/ALL who thirst and desire to come and receive it freely from our Lord.

As long as we’re willing to humbly come, repentant of our sins, … just as we can enter the Cafe Rendezvous in London and receive a plate of food (see photo), … we can simply open the door of life and partake of God’s life-giving bread of life and living waters. … Dear one, … He’s paid for it; … for us IT’S FREE!!

So, as Jesus knocks on the door of our hearts today (see Rev. 3:20, let’s open the door and dine with Him.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Come on in, Lord, I’m thirsty for your bread of life and Your living waters! … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10, 2017 … Redeemed and Restored

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 344 

Devotional Song:GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Big Daddy Weave singing … Redeemed … poignantly and powerfully singing of how God’s grace redeems and restores ALL who truly believe on Christ as LORD.


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Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 145:14 [NLT] … 14  The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. … God’s promise, thru David, that He will lift up and restore all who are down.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 145:1-16 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… King David praises His Lord, our redeemer!!
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… In Christ we are to avoid the patterns of the world which try to lead us astray as we are transformed in His image.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … 2nd Corinthians 3:18, 5:17-18 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul strongly teaches fellow Christians that we have been reconciled to Christlikeness and are made over in His image.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Colossians 3:1-17 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… In Christ we can now put on His robes of righteousness and be free from our dirty, sinful past.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Philippians 1:6 [NLT] … 6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 
… God’s grace will complete His work on me in glory, when I will become like my Lord.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Leslie Koh, uses the illustration of a transformed group of singers who sang their praises to the God who has redeemed them. The ODB author wrote: A guest band was leading praise and worship at our church, and their passion for the Lord was moving. We could see—and feel—their enthusiasm. [See photo] 
Then the musicians revealed that they were all ex-prisoners. Suddenly their songs took on special meaning, and I saw why their words of praise meant so much to them. Their worship was a testimony of lives broken and restored. 
The world may embrace success. But stories of past failure offer people hope too. They assure us that God loves us no matter how many times we have failed. Pastor Gary Inrig says that what we call the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 could well be entitled God’s Hall of Reclaimed Failures. “There is scarcely an individual in that chapter without a serious blemish in his or her life,” he observes. “But God is in the business of restoring failures . . . . That is a great principle of God’s grace.” 

Is there anyone reading here who has not had some failure in the past? No one, I assume!!

Well, I’m certainly one who can, as did King David in Psalm 145 linked above, lift my enthusiastic praises to God for how He, as Big Daddy Weave sings, has redeemed me from the pits of hell.

If you saw my blog yesterday, it was all about God changing believers from in “Inside Out” (see link here), you’ll note that I’m using the same reference scriptures today to lend truth to the reality that our God redeems/restores any/all who come to receive our Lord’s saving and sanitizing grace.

I pray that all who read here are in that number. Being one I certainly raise my hardy … HALLELUJAH!!!.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Dear Lord, … Again today I praise You for my make-over into Your image. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

December 9, 2017 … Outside In vs Inside Out

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 343 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …   Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Natalie Grant singing … Clean … poignantly singing of how God’s grace makes a true Christian cleanses a believer from the inside out.

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Highlight Verse[s]: Galatians 3:27 [NLT] … 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
… In Christ, as Christians, we now wear His robes of righteousness to cover our rags of sin. 
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Highlight Passage [context]: Galatians 3:19-29 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God, thru Paul, promises that we are changed in Christ from the inside out.
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Reference Passage [NLT] : … Romans 12:1-2 [NLT] … 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
… In Christ we are to avoid the patterns of the world which try to lead us astray as we are transformed in His image.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … 2nd Corinthians 3:18, 5:17-18 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul strongly teaches fellow Christians that we have been reconciled to Christlikeness and are made over in His image.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Colossians 3:1-17 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… In Christ we can now put on His robes of righteousness and be free from our dirty, sinful past.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Philippians 1:6 [NLT] … 6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 
… God’s grace will complete His work on me in glory, when I will become like my Lord.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Monica Brands, uses a personal story to illustrate how God’s grace, which we don’t deserve, changes our lives. The ODB author wrote: “Change: From the Inside Out or the Outside In?” the headline read, reflecting a popular trend today—the idea that outward changes like a makeover or better posture can be an easy way to change how we feel on the inside—and even change our lives. 
It’s an appealing concept—who wouldn’t want improving our lives to be as easy as a new look? Many of us have learned the hard way that changing deep-rooted habits can seem nearly impossible. Focusing on simple external changes offers hope that there is a quicker path toward improving our lives. 
But although such changes can improve our lives, Scripture invites us to seek a deeper transformation—one that is impossible on our own. 

About 30 years ago, Christian Counselor, Larry Crabb, wrote a book entitled Inside Out (see Photo), which challenged the worldly premise mentioned by our ODB author - that we can change our character on the inside by changing our image on the outside. Crabb’s book taught what the Apostle Paul was trying to convey to Christians thru his letters [see Reference Passages above] - that we are made new in Christ; and His Spirit will do a complete make-over in our character and behavior - from the INSIDE - OUT.

I’ll let you (and I hope you do) take in the song and scriptures above; and then realize that our Lord is giving us the ultimate make-over; and we can - if we choose to surrender to Him - become completely new in Christlikeness.

And I pray that is our goal as we contemplate moving into the New Year. Let’s all walk in the newness of Christ’s robes of righteousness covering our rags of sin.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Dear Lord, … I sit in this chair of life and I surrender to Your make-over. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Friday, December 08, 2017

December 8, 2017 … Truly Amazing Grace!!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 342 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing … Your Grace Still Amazes Me … poignantly singing of how God’s grace, which pours out to surrendered Christians every day, is so, so amazing!


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Highlight Verse[s]: Acts 9:11-12 [NLT] … 11 The Lord told him [Ananias], “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 
… God gives Saul the grace of sight again as Saul is being called out to be an Apostle of Christ. 
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Highlight Passage [context]: Acts 9:1-19 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Saul of Tarsus, becoming the Apostle Paul, at his conversion, receives a return of his sight thru the hands of Ananias, who was called by the Lord to be God’s agent to Paul.
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Reference Passage [NLT] : … 2nd Corinthians 5:17, 12:9 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s amazing grace gives the lost a make-over into Christlikeness; and His grace is sufficient for all of our lives.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Philippians 1:6 [NLT] …  6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 
… God’s grace will complete His work on me in glory, when I will become like my Lord. My 

Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Randy Kilgore, uses a personal story to illustrate how God’s grace, which we don’t deserve, changes our lives. The ODB author wrote: It was an early Saturday morning in my sophomore year of high school, and I was eager to get to my job at the local bowling lanes. The evening before, I had stayed late to mop the muddy tile floors because the janitor called in sick. I hadn’t bothered to tell the boss about the janitor so I could surprise him. After all, What could go wrong? I thought. 
Plenty, as it turns out. 
Stepping in the door, I saw inches of standing water, with bowling pins, rolls of toilet paper, and boxes of paper scoresheets bobbing on top. Then I realized what I had done: While doing the floors, I had left a large faucet running overnight [see photo]! Incredibly, my boss greeted me with a huge hug and a big smile—“for trying,” he said.

Oh, … dear one, … as I read that story, allegorically illustrating God’s grace, and I hear today’s linked song [PLEASE take the time to let it touch you], I’m almost overwhelmed by how God’s grace has changed me like He did Saul of Tarsus (see the story in Acts 9, linked above.

Like Paul I was once an antagonistic non-believer, trying to persecute Christians. Oh, maybe I wasn’t trying to kill them as was Saul of Tarsus; but I did everything I could, for many years, trying to rip the faith out from under those who called themselves “Christian.” But as God did with Saul, who became Paul, His Spirit came after me and broke me with His prevenient grace to a place where I could become a called out agent of King Jesus.

Who would’ve ever thought that an angry atheist could become an ordained Minister of the Gospel of Christ? And that, my friends, is God’s grace in action in me.

Certainly, I’m no Apostle, like Paul became; but God’s grace is making me over, even as reluctant as I can be at times, into my Lord’s image [see 2Cor. 5:17]. And one day God’s grace will complete its work in me and I will be transformed COMPLETELY into a spiritual clone of my Savior [see Phil. 1:6].

And all I can say to that now is … ”HALLELUJAH!!!”

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Dear Lord, … You grace will ALWAYS amaze me! … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

December 7, 2017 … Breathing In Christlikeness

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 341 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …   Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group 4Him singing … Back To The Basics … poignantly singing of how we must do all we can to maintain the basics of our faith … grounded in Christlikeness. … And ON TO THIS LINK to hear Joy Williams singing of the desire to which we all should aspire to have others see Christlikeness in us.


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Highlight Verse[s]: 1st Timothy 4:16 [NLT] … 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. 
… Paul instructing Timothy (and us) to watch over their (our) salvation, continuing to maintain the disciplines of the faith.
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Highlight Passage [context]: 1st Timothy 4 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Paul as Timothy’s mentor so wanted the young Pastor to succeed that he warned (exhorted) him to watch over and maintain the basics of the faith.
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Reference Passage [NLT] : … Joshua 1:7-8 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… Moses passes the torch of leadership to Joshua, giving him God’s encouragement and exhortation to stay tuned to God thru the basics of the faith, primarily thru God’s word.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … 1st Chronicles 28:9-10 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… The charge from David to his son, Solomon, to stay grounded in the faith passed to them from God thru Moses.

Reference Passage [NLT] : … Matthew 5:14-16 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus exhorts His followers (that’s us!) to shine His own light brightly into a very dark world.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, C.P. Hia, teaches about what it takes to stay true to the basics of the faith to maintain our pursuit of Christlikeness. The ODB author wrote: When you travel by air, before the flight takes off an airline employee presents a safety briefing, which explains what to do if there is a loss of cabin pressure. Passengers are told that oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above and they are to put one on themselves before helping others. Why? Because before you can help anyone else, you need to be physically alert yourself. 

Everyone who has flown has heard these instructions; but many may not know the “WHY” behind them. They are primarily for parents so that they will overcome their natural desire to take care of their child first; and to recognize that they will not be able to give life-giving oxygen to their child if they don’t take care of their own needs first. [SEE PHOTO]

And this is an apt word picture of what we, as CHRISTIANS, need to do as well. We need to maintain and stay in the basics of the faith, primarily thru God’s word, to be able to hold onto our Christlikeness and to radiate His light to a very dark world [see Scriptures].

Really, … if any reader with me here today has taken the time to hear the two linked songs above, God will speak to you, as He did to me today, … exhorting us to get back to and stay in the basics of the faith so that others can see Jesus in us.

That’s why you find me here EVERYDAY, doing all I can to glean enough of God’s Spirit from prayer and His word … to be able to exhibit a small amount of Jesus’ light into the ever-darkening world around me.

And I do so, praying that we ALL are doing all we can to stay in His word and glean His life-giving power to share with others.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Dear Lord, … shine thru what I write here that others may get a breath of You. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.