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Q335: Only You

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" - Romans 8::35.

No one can separate you from the love of Christ and its effects, unless you allow them to do so.  Which in some sense means that you are the only one who can separate you from God's love! Are you allowing someone else to rob you of the joy you have in Christ? Are you aware that it is your decision that has allowed this to happen? So if you decided to let that happen, why not decide not to let it happen?  Read Luke 14:25-27 to see that you cannot allow even those closest to you to come between you and Jesus.


Q334: Worship Now

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who is this that appears like the dawn,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
majestic as the stars in procession?" - Song of Solomon 6:10.

It is impossible to describe the Lord's beauty or majesty, but that does not prevent you from trying. That is what is called worship, when we talk or sing about the Lord and His attributes.  This is not for God's benefit, for He certainly knows who He is. Rather it is for your benefit, so you can keep your focus on the Magnificent One while you encounter the trials and uncertainties of life. Are you a person given to extravagant worship? Do you find it easy to express your love and adoration for the Lord of lords? Read Revelation 7:7-17 and realize that this picture of worship may not just be for heaven, but also for the church as it worships Him now.


Q333: Grow Up

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning?" - Hosea 14:9.

God expects you to grow in your ability to discern, understand and apply spiritual things. What's more, you are not only to grow in them personally, you are to be available to help others grow as well. In other words, God wants you to grow up and be a source of wisdom for others because of your victorious lifestyle as an overcomer. Are you growing in the things of the Lord? Are you a source of wisdom and insight for others? Read Ezra 9:1-6 and see how Ezra's wisdom impacted those around him, and how the whole nation exhibited wisdom and discernment as they repented and prayed.


Q332: A Rational Decision

What would Jesus ask you today?

"In God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?" - Psalm 56:11.

Man can reject, ridicule, torture and even take your life. Yet if you life is in Him, they cannot take it, they can only transfer it from one realm to another. All things considered, therefore, men cannot do much to you if you are in Him. The psalmist came to that conclusion and boldly declared his trust in the Lord and his decision not to be afraid. Why not follow the psalmist's example and make a rationale decision that you will trust and not be afraid? When David was faced with a terrible situation, he encouraged himself in the Lord and prayed in 1 Samuel 30:1-8Perhaps you should do the same?


Q331: Encourage Yourself

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why, my soul, are you downcast" - Psalm 43:5.

It is easy to get down and discouraged when things don't go well, or when nothing happens at all! You can lose sight of the Lord and what He is doing in and around you.  It's at that time that you have to encourage yourself, since no one else is going to do it for you. Are you downcast? Are things not going as you think or wish they should? Are you tired of living like that? Then it's time to take charge of your own encouragement! Read two simple verses in Jude 1:24-25 and use them to encourage yourself in your battle with discouragement and maybe even depression.


Time to Give

1 Orphans 3The American Thanksgiving holiday is over, and already the Christmas shopping season is off and running.  Estimates have it that Americans spent $11.4 billion - just last Friday! That's bigger than the economies of some countries! What would happen if a fraction of that money was given to the work of God to feed and clothe people around the world?  Perhaps we need to institute a Green Friday along with a Black Friday (the name in America for the day after Thanksgiving shopping frenzy), when people have a chance to give as well as shop.

As I announced last week, I have a new giving option for you. You can now make a contribution in the name of someone else, either as a gift or a memorial. I have chosen $35 since that is the amount that it takes to feed, clothe and care for one orphan for one month while they are in school. When you give, just let me know in whose name you are giving and I will send you an appropriate acknowledgment.

I have updated my website page to explain and highlight all my programs in Kenya, so you know the extent of what I and my friends like you are doing there. Once you review that page, I know you will give generously this holiday season. You can give through PayPal on my Contributions page or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882.

Thank you and may you and yours have a blessed holiday season as we remember the ultimate Gift - Christ and His sacrifice for us.


Q330: Loyalty

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" - Amos 3:3.

Loyalty is a godly trait that enables you to commit to someone else in spite of their and your imperfections. It involves friendship, commitment, and abandoning the right to quit.  Of course your ultimate loyalty is to God, but He can bring other relationships into your life and require that you express loyalty to Him though them. Are you a loyal person? Is your loyalty ultimately to God, or is it to doctrine or personality?  There are many examples of loyalty in the Bible, but perhaps the most moving is Ruth's. Read about her in Ruth 1:6-18 and then seek to follow her example of loyalty and commitment to the situation God has placed you in these days.


Q329: Identify with Others

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who is weak, and I do not feel weak?" - 2 Corinthians 11:29.

Paul set a high standard for love of others and modeled it in his pastoral ministry. He urged all disciples to so identify with others that they would feel what others felt. That requires that the disciples like you be close to one another, know what the others are going through and then work to empathize and identify with the status and concerns of others. Are you this close to other believers?  Do you identify so keenly with them that you feel their pain or joy?  This can only happen through God's love worked in you as Paul and the apostles emphasized again and again, as you can see in 2 John 1:1-6. Do you have that love working in you?


Q328: Free Will

What would Jesus ask you today?

"What do you prefer?" - 1 Corinthians 4:21.

Many are comfortable in a perpetual state of servanthood, willing to do whatever the Lord asks.  At some point, God wants to see what is in your heart to do that's based on His word shaping your will. In the short letter to Philemon, Paul indicated that he could order Philemon to do something, but he preferred that Philemon carry it out of his own free will without coercion. What is in your heart to do? Why aren't you doing it? What are you waiting for? Take a look at Paul's words to Philemon in 8-9 and 14, then go do the good deeds that are in your heart to do, without waiting on confirmation or heavenly direction.


Q327: God Sings

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who will bring any charge against those
whom God has chosen?" - Romans 8:33.

Of course, no one should bring a charge but, your enemy Satan and his workers, are constantly accusing you before God and His people. You can overcome His tactics by walking in the truth that God does not condemn or accuse; to the contrary, God loves and rejoices over you!  Does an inner voice or thought condemn you for your weaknesses or failures? Do you wallow in guilt when you fail?  If so, then read Zephaniah 3:9-17 and enter into the truth in that passage that God is rejoicing and singing over you.