TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, June 16, 2020:
An unyielding perseverance to succeed or accomplish a purpose; firmness; resolve; a fixed purpose of intention, bringing about a positive result despite all obstacles; persistence.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
A simple definition of determination is not giving up. Much of what has been accomplished in the world was not accomplished by the most talented, or the most highly educated or those with the most material assets but by those with the most determination.
Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Apparently, this was a concern that Paul had for the Christian’s in the church at Rome when he wrote them and instructed them to never be lacking in their zeal to serve the Lord. Our prayer every day is to ask God for a strong determination, a fresh zeal to serve the Lord that day. We know that if we are not talking to the Lord every day our spiritual life will become lack-luster and dull.
The story is told of a student in the late 19th century, Mary McLeod Bethune. She spent two years training at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to become a missionary in Africa. After she graduated, no mission board would take her as an African-American woman to serve under their mission.
Unable to fulfill her dream, and seemingly what was a calling from God, she did not give up because she was determined to serve Jesus. She went to Florida and started a small school for African-American girls here in America. God definitely had a different direction for her even though she was committed for years to go to the mission field. This small school because of her determination became Bethune-Cookman College and she became a powerful force for change in the status of women here in America.
Mary’s legacy came about because of her determination to serve her Lord. Her dream of going to Africa did not become a reality because God had something better for her. Mary did not allow her disappointment to lessen her determination to serve the Lord. She continued to think big and allowed God to do His thing through her.
That kind of determination is not seen often enough today. People are easily discouraged and become quickly satisfied with the status quo. Worse yet they seem to want everything given to them.
We as parents and as believers need to develop a new determination to give all that we have to serving the Lord and to train our children to serve Him. We need more believers outwardly serving Jesus. It takes determination to stand for our faith and for the moral standards that God has given us in His Word because we will always face opposition from the world.
Not only here in America but the world needs people with a new and vibrant determination to do the impossible. With God, all things are possible. Just think what might happen if we all took the challenge from Paul to serve the Lord with zeal and determination.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:3 AMP.
Jesus answered him, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again, he cannot ever see and experience the kingdom of God.
Thank You, Lord, for my salvation that I have received by Your mercy and grace. Give me a new determination to serve You and honor You with my life. May the determination that You give me help me to lead my family, friends and neighbors to a relationship with You.
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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