TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, February 12, 2018:
A formal expression of intention; the act of resolving or determining upon a course of action.
Now fear the Lord and serve Him withal faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24: 14-16
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It has been six weeks since we welcomed in the year 2018. Down through the years it has been a practice for many people to begin a New Year by making some New Year resolutions. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions six weeks ago? History shows us that most of the resolutions are broken in a very short time. Could this be possibly true for you?
Most New Year’s resolutions we make are those that we think will make us a better person. In Joshua 24 we are given Joshua’s farewell speech to the tribes of Israel. Joshua knew their weaknesses and how prone they were to follow after the practices of the pagan nations that surrounded them. They had often turned away from God to worship the pagan idols of their neighbors.
Joshua reminded the people how God had freed them from slavery in Egypt, led them through the wilderness and enabled them to conquer their pagan enemies and established them the land He had promised to give them.
Then Joshua charged them to make this resolution: “To fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness.” If Joshua was able to speak to us today, that would still be his charge to us.
Take the time today to encourage your family to consider making some spiritual resolutions that will make you more useful in the Lord’s service. May we suggest several that may be new to you?
Set aside a time every day to read God’s Word. Then take some time after you read the portion of the day to study what you have read by reading a commentary or foot notes.
Set aside time daily to pray. Make it a priority to pray alone and let nothing interfere as you have a heart to heart talk with Jesus. Take time to pray prior to every meal. Make this prayer more than thank You for the food. Take time to praise God for who He is and what He has done for you. Teach your children to pray at meal times as well as in private. Many children are fearful when they are asked to pray in front of family and friends. Help them to understand that praying to God is like talking to a best friend because Jesus is their best friend.
Spend time daily with your family with all electronic devises turned off. We did this with our family at dinner every night when our children were home and still do it today. Take time to pray, talk and get to know the issues each person is facing in life. God will use this time for family members to bond with one another. Unless you make it a priority to set aside some time when everyone in your family makes themselves available to read from the Bible and pray together it will not happen.
Many people daily will resolve to lose weight, go to the gym, make friends with a neighbor, get involved in church and the list goes on and on. But most of these resolutions will be soon broken. Make your spiritual resolutions and then make them part of your daily life, never to be broken.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:6.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Help me to make resolutions that will honor You and bring Your blessings to me and my family. Help my family to decide to do the things which will draw us closer to You and closer to one another. Help us to pray more diligently, serve You more faithfully, and praise You more joyfully.
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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