TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, January 01, 2019:
Decide; determine; make up one’s mind; take a firm stand.
I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship (management), they (people who are my master’s debtors) may receive me into their houses.
Luke 16:4 Amplified version.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels and then He will reward each person according to what He has done.”
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Down through the years it has been a practice for many people to begin a New Year by making some New Year resolutions. History shows us that most of the resolutions are broken in a very short time.
Our Lord in Luke 16:4 tells the parable of the unfaithful steward. This steward was caught squandering the possessions of the rich man he worked for. So, as the scripture tells us the unfaithful steward made a resolution. He went to those that owed his master money and made a deal to give large discounts on what they owed to settle the obligation.
By reducing their indebtedness to his master, the steward made them indebted to him so that when the master kicked the steward out, the masters debtors would be obligated to help him. The steward’s resolution was not one that honored his master. His resolution was based on greed and deceit and dishonesty.
What kind of New Year’s resolutions are you ready to make today? When you consider making a resolution make sure it honors God and blesses people and not based on greed, deceit and dishonesty. When you honor God in making a resolution that in turn will be a blessing to you. Do not be like the unfaithful steward who considered himself only.
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.
It has been said that the family that prays together stays together and that is a truthful saying. Spend time daily with your family with all electronic devises turned off. This includes cell phones, televisions, I pods and radio. We did not have all these devices when our children were living at home but both the radio and TV were off. Take time to pray, talk and get to know the issues member of your family is facing. God will use this time for family members to bond with one another. Whatever time you set aside make it a priority for your whole family.
Yes, New Years is a time to make resolutions. Many 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. Unfortunately, most of these resolutions will soon be broken. Make your spiritual resolutions and then make them part of your daily life, never to be broken.
Here are several thoughts for you to ponder:
When you make a resolution, test it against God’s standard of the Bible.
In 2019 say “no” to any ideas that do not conform to the Bible and say “yes” to the ones that do. Conforming to God’s laws will keep you open to God’s leading in your life.
Opportunities to serve the Lord will literally drop in your lap if you have your lap ready for dropped opportunities.
Eyes that look are common but eyes that see are rare. Are you looking in 2019 and seeing the opportunities of service that God has for you?
Think about what Jesus said in Matthew 16:26-27. Jesus is going to come again in His Father’s glory and when He comes, He will reward each person according to what he has done.
Are there some resolutions you need to make?
Our memory verse for this week is found in II Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
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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