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Never Surrender

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”

(II Timothy 4:7).

Satan works hard on Christians to get them to surrender. He wants us to see that becoming righteous is impossible. Satan tries to get us accept that we really aren’t worthy and that we are not able to do enough good to get to heaven. He twists the truth just enough so that what he says makes sense. Once we surrender, we walk away from our heavenly Father, and we feel even more unworthy.


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Something We Must Not Love: The Present World

Scripture: “Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10, NKJV).

 A few days ago, the Daily Devotional focused on First John 2:15, “Do not love the world.” Today we deal with Paul’s friend, Demas, who abandoned the apostle just when Paul needed him most. Demas “loved this present world.” Is that the same as what John warned against?


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Beholding

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of
His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:19).
Recently I was in an airport people watching, which is an interesting hobby of many people. 
But what is so interesting is how so many refuse to look at each other unless it is absolutely
necessary or there is considerable distance between them.  I suppose it’s a way to stay relaxed
and to pass the drudgery of waiting for one’s flight. Occasionally, someone will catch you
looking at him and say “hi,” and a man just did, but it was intentional because he wanted
to plug in his charger for his wife.
I once asked a preacher in Ukraine why people never looked at each other outdoors, but inside
the university people were friendly.  He said it was because of fear during the years when the
KGB was such a threat under Soviet rule.  Well, that made sense for Ukraine, but not for us in
the good US of A!  This makes me think about the parable of the Good Samaritan.  How could
two of the most religious men of Judea turn a blind eye to a helpless, beaten, and robbed man? Although this is a parable, Jesus certainly wouldn’t have misrepresented the callousness of many religious people then and even today.
Do you recall Jesus talking to the rich young ruler?  When the man learned the cost of discipleship,
he walked away because he loved his riches more than God.  Luke said Jesus “looked” at him
(Lk. 18:24).  When Peter denied the Lord the third time, Jesus “looked” at him (Lk. 22:61).
Jesus warned people about “having eyes to see but seeing not” (Mt. 13).  If we expect to follow
Paul’s admonition ” as we have opportunity let us do good to all men…(Gal. 6:10), we must
have our eyes open to behold them.

Hymn:  “Let The Beauty Of Jesus Be Seen In Me”

 

Dear merciful Father, let the compassionate Jesus be seen in us all the days of our lives.
In His dear name, Amen.
Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
 (rredden604@aol.com).