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Mike Mazzalongo gives us another outstanding short Devo. Enjoy, be edified and encourage one another. Rob K.
Recently, as I reviewed my day in prayer, the Lord revealed a sinful condition in my soul. At first I was ashamed to admit it, but as I accepted the truth, I realized that God's admonition is a wonderful thing because it yields so many benefits. For example:
1. Admonition Brings Greater Self-Awareness.
Much of the time we wander around with a false notion of ourselves cloaked in pride or denial. When our sins are revealed, a truer picture finally emerges and we have the opportunity to move forward spiritually, if we acknowledge and repudiate that sin. We often forget to declare to God and ourselves that what we have done is sin without any disclaimers or excuses. This is one reason why so many remain entangled in one sin or another, they hesitate to renounce the evil they commit, openly declaring it as unacceptable with no place in our lives. This unequivocal renunciation steals the spirit against repeated temptations. When I say to God, "I don't want to do that or think that anymore," He knows that I am convinced about the seriousness of this sin and seeking deliverance. This is a prayer He will answer.
2. Another Benefit of the Lord's Admonition is that it Brings Greater Safety.
Although the light of truth is painful at first, eventually it provides protection against repeating soul-killing activities that were once hidden in the darkness of our disobedience. We can always slink back into the shadows but, if we want to, the Lord can help us to avoid the trap in the future.
3. Admonition Brings Greater Joy.
The less sin in my life, the more room I have for Jesus. In the end, the process of unmasking my sinful self produces the calm assurance that God is still working in my life, despite its ugliness, Oh, what joy!
The next time you stumble into the realization that you have just sinned, don't run away. Let the Lord break its hold over you and lead you into the marvelous light of His love.
NOTE: Mike hits the nail on the head again. I'm not always successful, but He has provided the way of escape, it's up to us to recognize it. Rob K.
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Minor Prophet Majoring In Encouragement
Habakkuk is one of the minor prophets in the Bible, not because he was less important but because of it being a shorter book. Length does not take away from the great message of these three chapters.
Perhaps we feel as Habakkuk felt when questioning God's goodness because he sees so much injustice, evil and tragedy in the world. It has been revealed to him that God intends to send Babylon, an intensely evil nation, to judge Israel. Is it beyond our thinking that God allows ungodliness to enter congregations of His people today? He desires to awaken our Christianity, to promote trust in Him, to draw us back to our Spirituality. Brethren, we need to examine this thought. Instead of accepting the “normal” when we can be a “MIGHTY CHURCH” for Jesus Christ. God wants us to stand up and be counted, be involved, take responsibility and ownership. We Christians today can relate to the theme of Habakkuk as we ourselves try to grow from a faith of perplexity and doubt to the height of absolute trust in God. Even when things seem chaotic in the world as they are today, God is still in control. God wants what's best for us even when the same terrible times impact the Church. I’m reminded again and again of Mike Mazzalongo’s lesson last Sunday. There are indeed “two wisdoms”. We must stop listening to the one from below and concentrate on the wisdom which is from above.
Habakkuk is Hebrew for “embrace”. Let us “embrace” the TRUST that he had in the God of our salvation, which today is manifested in the Cross of Jesus Christ, in the Word of truth delivered to us for our learning, in the Holy Spirit who guides us on our daily walk.
Hab 3:17-18 For though the fig-tree shall not flourish, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labor of the olive shall fail, And the fields shall yield no food; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
God has never done anything by accident, He always has a purpose, we should read His Word, find our purpose and rejoice. Be busy in the Lord.
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