Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - January 29, 2010

Good morning,


Our devotion for today comes from Hebrews 11:24-25 "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season." 


Wherever you are today, meditate on this; tough times are inescapable. "For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7).  Every one of us will experience periods in our lives when living is hard.  Financial pressure, family trouble, health issues, business difficulties, opposition within the church, the list of potential problems we could face is endless.  It is, therefore, essential that we learn to respond God's way.


Tough times can either develop or destroy us.  Have you ever noticed how people respond differently to the same difficult situation?  Some grow more focused while others fall apart or are even destroyed by the trial.  How we respond depends on our perspective: are we Christ-centered or Crisis-centered? Are we God-cented or trouble-centered?


Tough times are conquerable.  The key to surviving and enduring tough times is learning to walk in continual awareness of the presence of God through Jesus the Christ and power of the Holy Spirit.  Moses demonstrated this in seeking to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.  He had learned to "see" our invisible God walking by his side and to be constantly mindful of His presence.  Moses didn't focus on the Egyptians, Pharaoh's power, or even the Israelites he was leading.  His focus was on God.


How aware of you of the Lord's presence? He promised to be with you always.  Are you worrying less because you're thinking more about His sovereignty? Moses did not start out with this awareness of God; he learned it.  We, too, will learn as we deliberately seek our Lord's presence through study of His word, and faith in His promise of His presence in every believer.


Have a blessed Christ-centered day!


Your brother in Christ,

J. H. Flakes, III


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