TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 21, 2017:
To be a property or a concern of; have a place; to be a part of.
For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. Mark 9:41.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness. Daniel 9:9.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
As Christians we belong to the Lord. In Isaiah chapter 44 we read about God’s blessing upon Israel and He clearly states that they, the children of Israel, belong to Him. In Romans 14:8 it reads that “We are the Lord’s” thus we belong to Him. And in Galatians 3:29 it reads: “And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” So the scripture makes it very clear that if we know Christ as our Savior, we belong to Him.
The next question is, “What things belong to God?” In Job 12:13 we are told that all wisdom and power belong to God. And Job continues in Job 12:16 to say that all strength and victory belong to God. And in Job 25:2, all glory, dominion and awe belong to God.
In Psalms we are told that:
“The kings of the earth belong to God.” (Psalm 47:9)
“The mountain peaks belong to God.” (Psalm 95:4)
“And the highest Heaven belongs to God.” (Psalm 115:16)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and therefore all things belong to God. God blesses us by “loaning” to us what we have. When we recognize this fact, we realize our own insignificance.
We do not understand so many things that happen in this world, but since the world belongs to God who are we to question God’s sovereignty, His wisdom or His justice? It blesses us to know that we belong to God. What a blessed assurance it is that all wisdom, all power, dominion, awe, strength and victory belong to Him.
We can remember a young girl in Guatemala when we were walking with her at the school we helped sponsor. She wanted to talk because she was curious about God but also because she wanted to practice her English. She was asking how she could know and be sure that she belonged to God.
This girl came from a dysfunctional home and her family did not recognize that there was a God let alone they never even mentioned God in their home. She attended the Christian school that our ministry sponsored because her parents wanted her to learn English. It was at this school that she heard for the first time about God and His love for her. She heard the plan of salvation and soon understood that she needed to accept Jesus as her Savior. She now belongs to God because she became a child of God.
Do you have questions about who God is and if you belong to Him? Do you need God’s mercy and forgiveness? Read the two verses we have put above. Do you know where you stand, concerning your relationship with God?
You can come to God being assured of receiving mercy and forgiveness and becoming a child of God and receiving His gift of eternal life. All who come to God and accept Jesus as their Savior belong to God and cannot lose their reward of spending eternity with God and our Lord Jesus Christ. If you have questions just communicate with us by using the link below to “Ken and Dottie.” We will respond.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 5:8.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Thank you Lord that I realize all I have belongs to You. Help me to understand more clearly today Your power, Your compassion, the awesomeness of who You are and how all this relates to my life. Make me an instrument today to represent You in all that I do and say. May my actions and words glorify Your name!
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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