I have always enjoyed the wit, wisdom, and preaching and teaching of Dr. Adrian Rogers. I subscribe to the LWF daily devotion and on occasion share them here. One from this past week particularly spoke to me, as I think it will most Christians, and wanted to share it, too.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
One of the greatest secrets I have ever learned is this: God doesn’t want me to do anything for Him. He wants to do something through me.
People say, “Well, I just serve God in my poor, little, old weak way.” I feel like saying, “Well, quit it. He doesn’t want you to serve Him in your poor, little, old weak way. He wants you out of the way, so He can flow through you!”
We need to make ourselves available to God and say, “God, I’m tired of being inhibited. I want to be inhabited by You. I want You to live Your life through me.”
Where have you been standing in the way of God instead of surrendering to God and letting Him live through you?
|Loneliness During the Holidays
Devotional thought from the messages of Adrian Rogers
Psalm 116:8 – “For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.”
I believe that the holidays are the loneliest time of the year. Everywhere you look, people are told they’re supposed to be happy and they realize they’re not. They see everybody else acting happy, and they feel so lonely. Just walking down the mall can make you feel lonely. But Jesus has said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). When I’m discouraged, His presence sees me through. When I’m lonely His presence cheers me up. When I’m worried, His presence calms me down. And when I am tempted, His presence will help me out.
Write down the last portion of this devotional thought and personalize it. Now use it as a prayer of faith and trust.
I don’t usually add any comments to Dr. Rogers thoughts buy today I have one. I agree with his statement: the holiday season can be a very lonely time for folks. Many don’t have families or many friends to get love and support from. I thank God that I do have family and friends. But I thank Him equally for my church family. The love, strength and support I get from them is a blessing that I really can not put into words; I hope and pray that you know that feeling for yourself. There is just nothing like being around God’s people at the holidays or any other time.