A Dim Bulb in a Dark World

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DAILY VERSE

Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.

Genesis 13:12

 

DEVOTION

Lot pitched his tent near Sodom, a city rampant with sin. I didn’t take long for him to be drawn in. It’s the same with us, if we expose ourselves to sin in that manner it will eventually draw is in. Keep your focus on good things, rely on God’s Word, guard your heart so that you can be a light rather than a dim bulb in a dark world.

 

There IS a way out!

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DAILY VERSE

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

 

DEVOTION

When we face trials, it’s good to know that others have gone through the same thing and survived. What’s even more comforting, as we face them, God has already planned a solution, a way out. Though what you are going through may seem insurmountable, God has pre-planned an exit strategy that will benefit you more than you can imagine.

RUN!!

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DAILY VERSE

And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

Matthew 18:8-9

 

DEVOTION

The eye represents our thoughts, where sin begins. The hand represents carrying out that sin. And the foot is where sin becomes a habit, a walk. What we need to do is be more like Joseph when Potiphar’s wife attempted to tempt him, and run!! Being keenly aware of the initial temptations of sin and being predetermined to run from it (cut it off) will save you the guilt and self-condemnation sin brings with it.

Rebuking the Enemy

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DAILY VERSE

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

Luke 10:19

 

DEVOTION

Many Christians believe that when they are feeling the bombarded by arrows from the Enemy, their only defense is to pray for God to step in. We’ve been given the authority to rebuke Satan and send Him fleeing. Just as the apostles were given the ability to cast out demons, remember, you are never defenseless. Through Jesus Christ, you have a mighty Spirit capable of crushing the Enemy and fending off his attacks.

Producing Fruit

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DAILY VERSE

So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:10

 

DEVOTION

We can think of our lives as a fruit orchard. When we walk through that orchard, are ALL the trees bearing fruit? Each of us struggles with certain areas of our lives which tend to bear little or no fruit. The good news is; God can transform an orchard full of dead trees into a flourishing oasis! All we need to do is ask Him for help. Identify the areas in your life that could use improvement and pray that God would transform those areas into an overwhelming harvest.

Water Your Spiritual Life

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DAILY VERSE

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1

 

DEVOTION

Diving into God’s Word daily and enriching your relationship with Him through prayer allows God’s strength to flow freely throughout your life. Like Jeremiah 17:8 illustrates, you will be “like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.” You will be prepared for trials and struggles when they come. The alternative is to be stranded in a dry desert where anxiety and fear reside. Enrich your spiritual life by watering it with prayer and God’s Word on a daily basis.

On Your Knees

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DAILY VERSE

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! – Psalm 105:4

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! – 1 Chronicles 16:11

 

DEVOTION

We all have a tendency to seek God most passionately when we’re going through trials when we should be seeking Him that way every day. When life is going well and we’re feeling exceptionally blessed, we tend to lose that zeal. Make it a daily practice to seek out God! Don’t wait for trials to drive you to your knees,  make it a daily habit and those trials won’t seem so big.