TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, August 23, 2017:
Plentiful; an over sufficient amount of supply; wealth; overflowing fullness.
To those who use well what is given them, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. Matthew 25:29.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It is written in John 10:10 that He (Jesus) came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. As Christians we have in the Lord an abundance of wealth to draw upon each day in order for us to have an abundant life. God has given us the promise that if we live according to His standards and guidelines He will give us an abundant life to live.
The Lord has given us through His Holy Spirit the fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And we have an abundance of these fruits available to us if we open up our heart to the Lord and let His Holy Spirit direct us daily. There is no limit to what God can do through us because He is a God of abundance.
We have been so very fortunate because we believe that we have lived in the best of times. God has allowed us to have an "ABUNDANCE OF THINGS" in our lifetime, far more than we have deserved. When you stop to compare what our parents and grand-parents had compared to what we have had it is staggering. Our great grandparents and even some grandparents never had indoor plumbing, running water, air conditioning, automobiles, microwaves, television, or telephones. Then our parents never had computers, cell phones, jet airplanes (until they were older), naming a few. Compared to what many in this world have we are wealthy by their standards.
We were able to accomplish so much more than our parents and grandparents mainly because of all the technology advances. We were given talents just like our parents but because of technology God expected more from us.
We are so much more aware of the needs worldwide than ever before. Television and the internet brings news right into our home as it is happening. The reality of disasters and tragedies that we may never have known about years ago are with us as it happens. Advances in transportation have "shrunk" the world so we are able to get help to those in need in the far corners of the world almost overnight.
God has blessed so many of us with abundance, but with it He has given us the responsibility to use it well. Jesus said in Luke 12:48: "Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required." The more resources and knowledge we have, the more responsibility we have to use it effectively and wisely.
We are thankful for the abundance we enjoy even today. God has blessed us by giving us the mind set to invest our abundance wisely. We have always endeavored to use the talents, time and treasures He has given us wisely. We thank God daily for all that He has blessed us with. We never want it to be taken for granted. We know that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). We encourage you to take the time daily to thank God for the abundance God has given you.
One great example is the computer you have to receive this devotional as well as other helpful information. It was not many years ago that this would have not been possible.
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Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 100:1
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands.
It is my prayer today that You would give me an abundance of the fruits of the Spirit that only You can give through Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for all that You have given me. It is my prayer that I might now use wisely what You give me so abundantly so that I may honor You and spread the good news of the gospel to a hurting world.
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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