TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, September 15, 2017:
To make different in form; to transform; to make a difference in the state or conditions of a thing.
For I am Lord, I do not change. Malachi 3:6.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Human leaders make a lot of plans but more often than not they find they have to change their plans. Those of us who follow Jesus and look to Him to lead us have a leader who does not change His plan.
God has given us a plan for salvation when He sent Jesus, His very own Son, to the cross to die for our sins. This plan has never changed nor has His promise ever changed to give us eternal life if we acknowledge that we are sinners and accept Jesus as our Savior -- then we will have eternal life.
Secondly, God, who is all wise, all knowing and without sin never changes His mind nor withdraws His promises. He gave Moses the Ten Commandments and they are still valid today -- every word. There never was a promise that God has given that He has not honored.
The apostle Paul tells us that when we come to Christ we become a new creature. A change comes upon us. The old person is gone and a new person arrives (II Corinthians 5:17). Paul’s life is evidence that this is true. He was completely changed when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, as the scripture tells us. His old life was persecuting Christians and his new life, the changed life he now had as a result of his encounter with Jesus, was preaching the gospel and being persecuted himself because of his faith in Jesus.
We challenge you today to make two changes in your life if you have not already done so. First, accept Jesus as your Savior and have your old life changed to a new life in Christ.
Secondly, study God’s Word and obey His commandments and live by them daily. If you do this your life will change.
We have thought of a few other changes that maybe you need evaluate in your day to day life.
• Are you preoccupied by your occupation and activities to the exclusion of meeting the spiritual needs of your family?
• Are you spending quality time with your family?
• Are you teaching your children God’s plan of salvation and raising them by God’s principles?
• Are you taking your family to a Bible believing Church where you can all grow in your knowledge of Jesus and in your relationship with Him?
• Are you praying alone and also with your family for His guidance in your life?
These are all situations that require change. If you are willing to live for Jesus and in obedience to Him, He will change you through the work of His Holy Spirit in your life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 2:4.
Let each of you look out not only for his (or her) own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Open my heart today to allow You to change me to what You want me to be. Help me to want to spend more time with You and doing the things that will glorify Your name. Give me wisdom as I make decisions each day.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, 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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