Follow or Die!

                                                                                  By Michael Guido,  The Sower
                                                                                           Read Mark 8:34-36

NOTE: THERE ARE SEVERAL BRIEF DEVOTIONALS PRESENTED HERE.

 Bruce, the Scottish king, when dying, asked his most trusted officer to carry his heart to the Holy Land for burial.

Douglas, the king’s trusted officer, enclosed the heart in a golden case, and with his mighty men went out on their mission to carry out the king’s last wishes.

But on the way, a big band of brutal warriors hemmed them in. To encourage himself for victory, he threw the king’s heart toward the Holy Land and shouted loudly, “Forward! Douglas will follow you or die!”

There’s a battle to be fought, and our Lord’s heart is out before us. Let’s follow the leading of His heart, or die!

Prayer: Father, make us more sensitive and responsive to the prompting of Thy Spirit and the persuasion of Thy Scripture as Thou dost summon us to follow Thee in all things: through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

SCORING OR SCRAPPING
Read Matthew 6:24

Dr. Michael Guido, The Sower 

A professional hockey star got into a lot of fights during games. It hurt his friends and his family.

One day his little girl asked, “Daddy, how can you score a goal when you’re always in the penalty box?”

Good question, isn’t it?

You can’t be self-controlled and self-indulgent at the same minute, or be grateful or gripey at the same time, or be thankful and touchy at the same instant, or be prayerful and pessimistic at the same period, or score and scrap at the same moment.

And you can’t “serve God and mammon.”

You must decide. Which will it be–scoring or scrapping, God or the devil?

Prayer: Inspire us, Lord Jesus, to look to Thee, and not to any Christian or church. Keep our eyes from straying and our feet from stumbling. Constrain us to get our cue of belief and behavior from Thee. Help us to serve only Thee: in Thy dear name. Amen.

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                                                                         LOST FAITH
                                                               Read Romans 10:17

A little boy went to Sunday school for the first time and was given a card that read, “Have faith in God.”

Riding home on a bus he stuck his hand out of the window and his card was blown away. “Stop the bus,” he cried, “I’ve lost my faith in God!”

We need to stop everything and get back our faith.

D. L. Moody said, “I prayed for faith, but it didn’t come. One day I saw the Bible verse that says, ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’ I opened the Bible and started reading it and my faith has been growing ever since.”

Has yours?

Prayer: Enlarge our faith, heavenly Father, and keep it growing. Guide us by Thy divine counsel; give us desires which Thou dost delight to satisfy; and establish within us the loyalty that cannot be shaken: in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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                                                                      THE CONNECTION
                                                                     Read Isaiah 53:5-6

An engineer went to the front during the war to repair the communications line. The message it carried meant life to thousands of men and women.

When he arrived and found the break, he had nothing with which to repair it.

Taking hold of one end of the broken cable with his right hand and the other end with his left hand, he made the connection.

An artist caught the picture and named it “Through.”

There was a breach between God and man. But the Lord Jesus, with His arms outstretched on the cross, redeemed us.

Trust Him! Then you’ll be connected to the Lord and you’ll enjoy His fellowship.

Prayer: Father, grant unto us stout hearts, true faith to always trust in Thy love, live in Thy presence, and delight in Thy word. Give us grace sufficient for our wills: through Christ. Amen.

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Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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