TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 19, 2019:
Pertaining to or characterized by defects of weaknesses; lacking completeness; faulty or incomplete, not perfect.
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing you will receive.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In John 14:12, Jesus made this amazing statement: “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”
Astonishing! We are imperfect and yet this is what Jesus said. We, as believers will do works greater than He --- the Savior of the world --- has done. If this is a difficult thing for you to believe, you are not alone. This truth seems impossible when we consider it in light of our faults, sins and weaknesses.
Maybe you are one of many sitting on the sidelines because you have yielded to sin, and shame has completely discouraged you. Maybe you feel that God cannot use you because of the mistakes you have made or wrongs you have committed. You do not believe you can ever be useful to Him again. This is absolutely not true. When we confess are sins, God will forgive us and restore us.
Your problem is that you have allowed your feelings to overshadow the truth of God’s Word. The Lord is able to use you no matter how imperfect you have been, to show his love to others. No matter how imperfect you have been, once you have confessed and turned from your sins, you are cleansed -- PERMANENTLY (Jeremiah 31:43).
Yes, we are all imperfect and our imperfection makes us feel inadequate to serve the Lord. Nevertheless, we must not use our feeling of inadequacy as an excuse to not serve our Lord.
The question you need to ask yourself is: “Will I obey God and trust Him to show His love to others through me?” We do not serve the Lord because we are perfect. We serve Him because we are thankful for what He has done for us. Do not worry about your weaknesses, imperfections, faults, or inadequacies. The Lord will work through them with you. Confess your sins, receive God’s love, and allow Him to display His wonderful grace and forgiveness through you.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:29.
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also suffer for His sake.
Thank You Lord for working through me an imperfect vessel that loves You but needs Your constant help. Mold me and make me more like You every day. Help me to be a shining light to all those that will be with me today.
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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