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Devotions for Life


“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves. Nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were sanctified, buy you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
Like all of you I abhor any shootings. However, I was distressed, appalled, and greatly incensed by the behavior of groups spouting hatred in the name of my Lord. Some even rejoiced that those in Orlando were killed. Yes, I know and believe that homosexuality is a sin. Sin of any kind is against God’s will.
Jesus and the Father did not call us to hate sinners. We are called to appeal to and even beg sinners, and that includes homosexuals, to be reconciled to God through Jesus. (II Corinthians 5:20). God sent His only begotten Son to make an atoning sacrifice for every single person (John 3:16). God wants sinners to return to Him. God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:4).
The 49 people and the shooter all were created in the image of God. If they hadn’t come to God through Jesus, they were robbed of the opportunity to be reconciled to God.
We must lovingly tell all people about Jesus. We cannot exclude anyone or any group. Our Father has no list of excluded individuals. The senseless deaths hurt my Father and they hurt me. How about you?
Don’t forget that you were once a sinner. Your sins were keeping you out of God’s kingdom. Never forget that someone lovingly taught you.
Song: “Softly and Tenderly”
Loving, forgiving Father, You have forgiven me. Please open my heart to carry Your message of Jesus to all, not just a few. Help me not to exclude anyone. Help me not to hate, but love like Jesus. In my loving Savior’s name. Amen.
Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado


Bible Verse for Today: “Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?” (Job 4:6).
Job is known mostly for his faith in God no matter what happened to him. His friend Eliphaz knew him for his integrity. Job was honest. He had sound moral principles and character. He walked uprightly before God and man. Why did Job have integrity? He feared God.


Restraining God

Today’s Scripture: Job 42:2 – “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
A man who lives in Haifa, Israel decided that God had been manifesting a very negative attitude toward him. So he petitioned the Magistrates Court for a restraining order against God. The details of the hearing were not made available.
A multitude of spokespeople made themselves available to speak for the Lord. The defendant, however, was apparently not asked to testify on his own behalf. Presiding Judge Ahsan Canaan denied the petitioners request, stating that the applicant needed help not from the court but from other sources.
So many things going on in our world that would make it understandable as to why a person may question the love of God. For those days when the world makes you question the love of God consider these following two facts:
1. This is not the world God designed. Before the fall in the Garden of Eden there would have been no addictions, natural disasters, wars, or tragic accidents. The sin of mankind is what led to the fall of God’s creation into bondage to corruption (Romans 8:22).
2.  God has not abandoned us. Even though we turn our backs on Him, he has not turned his back on us. He sought Adam and Eve even as they hid from him (Genesis 3:9). His Word has given us transforming principles for abundant living in a fallen world.
No restraining order can keep our Father from his children. He loves you, and there’s nothing you can do to change his heart.
Song: “Father, We Love You”
Father God, thank you again Father for giving us this opportunity to come before your throne with thanksgiving for all that you have done, all that you are doing and all that you will do. We praise you for your faithfulness, for your acceptance. In Jesus name we pray amen.
Dennis Russell, Santa Maria California