Every Moment Belongs To God
Ephesians 5:15: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5: Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
When He doesn*t have our moments He does not have us. I wonder how many of my moments I spend doing what he wants, how many doing what I want and how many doing what the world wants. I do know that the moments He does not have are far too many. Would to God I can become as wise as the Psalmist and commit more of my moments to the King of Kings.
Psalms 31:15: My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.
This devotional material is taken from Today With The King, written by Robert A. Cook. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. Used with written permission. You can subscribe to his free daily email articles at Walk With The King Today and listen to his Spirit-filled 15-minute messages.
Mark 8:34: Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Read also verses 35 through 38.
Do you really know what it means to deny yourself? How many of us talk it but don*t live it? We give grudgingly, and when we do we expect the church to fall all over us in thankfulness. Sometimes we give not to God, but to men in order to be seen by them.
We in America have not begun to know what real sacrifice means. Days will come when we will sacrifice, but in a different way. We will have to give up the things we enjoy and take for granted in order to survive. It has happened before and can happen again. Wars in this century have exacted much of our own country*s resources -- human and material.
Our opportunity to spread the Gospel may be severely limited and curtailed in the future. We should make the most of the opportunities now. Will we learn the meaning of sacrifice and self-denial when it is too late for the cause of the Gospel? Check up on yourself. How much of your time is given voluntarily to Christ? The evidence of a real born-again experience is that every waking moment is weighted in terms of devotion to Christ. We need to return to the Bible standard of Christian experience: *Yield yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead* (Rom 6:13).
Small thought here. Show me someone who is truly right with God and I*ll show you someone who is keenly aware that his every moment belongs to God. Christendom today is composed of a great mixed multitude of people, thousands of whom have taken upon themselves the vows of Christianity without ever having met the transforming Master of their souls. Could you be one of them?
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