TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 12, 2019:
A fixed or firm belief.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the fourth chapter of Acts we read about Peter and John preaching to the multitudes and the priests, captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them and expressed how greatly disturbed they were because they were teaching the people and preaching about Jesus and His resurrection from the dead. They put them in jail.
When they were put on trial, Peter and John did not back down. Instead of being defensive they went on the offensive, and spoke out boldly about Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection and His gift of salvation.
Peter and John stayed true to their convictions and in Acts 4: 21 we read that they let Peter and John go, finding no way of punishing them. The people glorified God for what had been done.
Peter and John had firm convictions as to what they believed and could not be swayed. So, we ask you the question, “Is your belief system so ingrained in the Word of God that it guards you against temptation?” If so, then certain issues that you will face daily have already been settled in your heart. Think about how beneficial that is to you. When you face certain situations in life in which you must choose whether to obey God, you do not have to struggle. Why? Because that decision has already been made by what you believe.
A settled mindset makes decisions easy to make because you do not have to debate the pros and cons of submitting to temptation. This is because your mind is already settled to obey God and do what is right.
We find this in the example of Peter and John in Acts 4. Threats would not stop them from doing what the Lord had commanded. That is the kind of commitment we should have as true believers in Jesus. Living according to our convictions requires:
• A commitment to a cause greater than ourselves. We need to have a love for Christ that surpasses any consideration for self-protection or self-interest.
• A total clarity of what we believe. We need to be totally convinced that God’s Word is 100% true and make sure we know what the word of God says in order to properly deal with temptations and deceptions.
• An explanation of conflict. We need to be able to stand up for what we believe when others respond negatively to our obedience to God’s Word.
• Have complete trust in God’s sovereignty. God is always in total control of any situation we face and will work it out for our good.
When you are committed to living by your convictions, God will both strengthen you to stand firm and comfort you in any suffering that results.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 15:58.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Help me to develop a belief system that is totally committed to honor You in all situations. Help me never to question or yield to situations that conflict to Your Word and my belief. Help me to reach out to others to encourage them to develop a belief system that honors you at all times.
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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