TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, January 17, 2019:
To compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; to note the opposite qualities of.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we want to discuss the contrast between one who is a believer in Jesus and one who is known as an unbeliever. All of us were born in sin and at birth were unbelievers but because God sent His Son into this world He gave all people an opportunity to become a believer simply by trusting in His Son Jesus. In I Peter 1:21 we are told that “Through Him we are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The scriptures give us the following contrasts between believers and nonbelievers:
• Believers are redeemed by our Lord and nonbelievers live under the curse of Satan.
• Believers are “made nigh” as is said in Ephesians 2:13. You who were formerly afar off have been brought near by the blood of Jesus Christ. The unbeliever is continually far off from God.
• The believer is known as a child of God and the unbeliever is a child of Satan.
• The believer has God’s favor in their daily walk with Him and the unbeliever constantly is under God’s wrath.
• As believers we wait for the soon coming of Christ and His glory. An unbeliever waits for death and judgment.
• And finally, the believer is sure of spending an eternity in heaven and the unbeliever is certain to spend an eternity in the fires of hell.
In Texas they tell the story about a man who used to hitch his horse every morning in front of the town’s local saloon. One day the saloon keeper missed seeing this man and went outside and saw his horse hitched up down the street in front of the Methodist church.
The saloon keeper waited for the man to come back to his horse and asked him why his horse was hitched in front of the church rather than his saloon. The man answered clearly “Last night I was converted from a nonbeliever to a believer in Jesus in the revival meeting so now I have changed hitching posts”.
What he was saying is, “I am no longer tied to my old sinful desires. My life is no longer centered on self-gratification. God is now the center point of my life and my desire is on Jesus and doing what is pleasing to Him.”
That is what happens when you become a believer in Jesus -- you change hitching posts. Paul puts it this way in Romans 12:2. When we accept Jesus we must no longer conform to the pattern of the world but we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Peter 5:7.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Help me to make sure that I am hitched to the right hitching post today and my focus is firmly fixed on you so that I will not stray. May my life shine out as a believer so that nonbelievers may see a contrast in the way that I live my life that sets me apart from those who do not know you as Savior and Lord?
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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