Sunday 29 December 2019

First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Thirteen)

Lessons from God's Faithfulness - Part Ten (Guest Appearance)
Akin: God wants to do life with you.

Akin: God does not excuse any of us from life. No one gets a free pass.

Akin: I know this might sound rather strange to a few. They have been taught there is a difference between the laity and clergy. That is, however, not a gospel truth. The laity and clergy still have to face life. Neither is excused from the reality of life – its challenges, thrills, etc.

Akin: What the scriptures tell us about Elijah in James 5:17 can also be said of every single hero in the Bible, including Jesus Christ (in the flesh). They were each just like us. Nothing marked them out except the decisions they chose to make. And, we can achieve the same fit they did, if only we make similar decisions like they did.

Akin: Don’t look down on yourself. You’ve got all it takes to make it in this life. If all the heroes of faith could make it, you too can. They did not get a free pass through life. You are not getting one either. Life is for living, taking the bull by the horn, not avoiding it.

Akin: This is probably one of the more challenging messages to give, for every single word here applies just as much to us also. We don’t get a free pass through life just because we spend our time preparing and delivering messages.

Akin: After, we are done preparing and delivering the message we have to go live life ourselves. We have to meet the demands of being a husband, a father, a worker, etc. We don’t get a free pass just because we spoke about it. We have to live life by the same standard as everyone else, and probably even a higher standard.

Akin: Life is meant to be lived, not avoided, or a free pass through. Our destinies are hidden in the challenges, contradictions, etc. We find (create) ourselves as we press through these victoriously. Yes, sometimes we miss it, but that is not the end of the story.

Akin: Proverbs 24:16 (GNT) tells us, “No matter how often honest people fall, they always get up again; but disaster destroys the wicked.”

Akin: When you fall, the important thing is that you don’t stay there. Don’t justify your fall. Don’t excuse it away. Rather, get up again. You are a champion. You are a winner. You are a victor. Down is not your place of rest. Standing is your place of rest.

Akin: Ephesians 6:13 (GNT) tells us, “So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.”

Akin: The Apostle Paul calls this “The Good Fight.” [1 Timothy 6:12]

Akin: In 2 Timothy 4:7, he tells us, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Akin: Notice the use of the word “I” in this verse. It is “his fight.” It is “his race.” It is “his faith.” He does not get a free pass. He had to live life also, just as each of us have to.

Akin: The encouraging thing is we don’t have to do it alone. We have a Shepherd. [Psalm 23:1] And, we are the sheep of His pasture. [Psalm 95:7, 100:3; Ezekiel 34:31]

Akin: God wants to do life with us. Life is not meant to be done alone. [Psalm 23:4; John 15:4-5]

Akin: Life is not about what God can do alone. It is not about what man can do alone.

Akin: Life is about what a man, wholly yielded to God, can do with God on his side. It is not what he can do for God. Rather, it is what he can do with God. It is what God can do through him.

Akin: That is the definition of an abundant, prosperous life. It is living in the flow of all good and perfect things (gifts). [James 1:17; Psalm 1:3]

Akin: “Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” (Psalm 60:12, NKJV)

Akin: Our prayer for you is Miriam’s and Moses’ song (Exodus 15:21, 1-18) will be yours also, in every area of life you need God’s deliverance. God wins a glorious victory for you and with you in Jesus name.
The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
The Lord is a man of war; The Lord is His name.
(Exodus 154:2-3, NKJV)
Akin: That is all we are able to take this week. We continue next week with more lessons learned from God’s faithfulness to our guest.

Akin: Remember, God loves you. Go out and make a positive difference in/to your world. We love you, and we care.

First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Twelve)

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