Archive for January, 2008

Thank God for the Son

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12 King James Version

I told a friend of mine yesterday that the sun was finally coming out after it had been cloudy and raining. I said "Thank God for the sun". Then I realized what a wonderful title that would be for a devotion using Jesus as the Son. Indeed, our precious Saviour, the Son of God is our light in the midst of the darkness of this world. We are living in a world that is filled with hatred, violence, prejudice, drugs and pornography. When we follow our Saviour, He will take us from the darkness of this world and put His shining light in our hearts.

No matter how many times a day that satan tries to discourage you with his poisonous darts and bring darkness into your heart through crises, criticism, rejection, sarcasm and heartaches, if you will follow our Saviour, He will be faithful to take the darkness away and to once again shine His light in your heart. Not only is Jesus the light of the world, He is the light in our hearts.

I have had a lot of disappointments and heartaches in the last week but through it all, even when I was in tears at time, my precious Saviour never left me and He always encouraged me and took the darkness from my heart and replaced it with His bright light. We serve a precious, loving, merciful, forgiving, compassionate and understanding Saviour. Again, I say "Thank God for the Son."

Dear Heavenly Father, in the precious name of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Name above all names, I come to You thanking You for loving us so much that You sent Your only beloved Son into the world to die for us so that we might have His light in our hearts. I ask that You would please keep us from following after satan and walking in the darkness of this world. Please help us to follow Jesus and walk in His light. I ask that You would please keep us from doing anything or saying anything that would hurt You or embarrass You. May we, as Your children, live our lives so that others will look at us and see Jesus in our smiles, in our actions and in our words. Again, thank You so much, dear Father, for Your great love and mercy. Amen.

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Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

Perfect Peace

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength." Isaiah 26:3-4 King James Version

I do not want to write this devotion because it reminds me of so many painful things that happened yesterday. In fact, for the first time since God gave me the ministry of writing devotions, I almost disobeyed Him and did not write it. I receive a lot of emails from people who tell me how wonderful I am and how they admire me. While I really appreciate all the kind words and encouragement, and I need the kind words and encouragement, I am only human just like you are. However, the reason I am living is to make Jesus happy and when He tells me to do something I will do it no matter how I feel.

I received an email last night from someone who threatened to kill me. I was sure that it was spam because it was not addressed to me personally. It was addressed to "Undisclosed Recipients". However, I thought that I needed to exercise good judgment and caution so I sent out an urgent prayer request to my mailing list telling them what had happened and asking them to pray.

When I called the sheriff’s office, the lady who answered the telephone, she was not an officer, felt that it was serious enough to send an officer to my home. The officer took one look at the email and said "I have seen these kinds of emails before and it is spam. Just block the sender and delete it." I have to admit that for a few minutes I was a little concerned that it might be a real threat but after I sent the prayer request to my mailing list, I was no longer concerned.

While that incident in itself was enough to shake me up, something happened yesterday morning when I was at Wal-Mart that had already disturbed me and shook me up a lot. I went to the restroom and while I was in there, I heard something that sounded like someone was hitting a child over and over. Then I heard what sounded like muffled cries coming from a child. I immediately got nauseous as I always do when I get upset.

When I came out of the bathroom stall, I saw a little girl, I think she was about six or seven years old, standing there facing the wall. I said hello and she glanced at me and turned away quickly. However, it was long enough for me to see that she had a black eye and a big bruise on her cheek. I knew that I couldn’t do anything because I didn’t have any evidence of anything. However, I did report it to one of the people that worked there at Wal-Mart.

She said something to me that broke my heart as it sounded like she was talking from personal experience as she got tears in her eyes as she said it. She said "Be careful what you say about this little girl to the authorities. Even if you had proof, which you don’t, the person who is abusing this child will only get angry and beat the child more."

I have received at least eight emails over the last three years from people who told me when they were little children that their parents used to beat them. They also said that when someone reported it, it only made their parents angry and they beat them even more. While it makes me extremely angry and I want to beat the people who beat their children, I also know that these people are human. Instead of being angry at them, we need to pray for them. Being angry at them will not stop them from beating their children. Not only should we pray for these parents, we must minister to them in love. Isn’t that what Jesus does for us?

When we fail our dear loving and precious Saviour and hurt Him, He still loves us unconditionally. He forgives us over and over from His heart of amazing love, grace and mercy. We may not be beating Jesus physically in person, but when we curse Him and constantly make cruel, criticizing and sarcastic remarks to people, people who He loves and was crucified on that old rugged cross of horror and agony for, we are beating our precious Saviour emotionally.

I have heard a lot of people say "If they tell me that they are sorry and ask me to forgive them, I will think about it but I am not promising anything." I used to feel the same way. I used to think that a person had to tell me that he or she was sorry before I would think about forgiving that person.

One day, God spoke to my heart and said "No one told My Son that they were sorry while He was hanging on that cross yet He forgave them." How that broke my heart and embarrassed me as I realized that I was wanting people to do something for me that they never did for my precious Saviour.

When I went to bed last night, I tossed and turned thinking about that precious little girl that I saw in the bathroom at Wal-Mart and I got nauseous again. I finally gave it to Jesus and asked Him to please protect her from harm. After I prayed and placed that sweet little girl in the arms of Jesus, I felt the perfect peace, the peace that only He can give us, come over me. I don’t even remember going to sleep. I slept wonderful with no bad dreams either.

Whatever is going on in your life today, no matter what kind of crises or heartaches you are experiencing, if you will stay in the presence of Jesus and trust Him, He will not only keep you in peace, He will keep you in perfect peace. Sometimes we forget that this verse has two parts to it.

The Bible says "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, because his mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." It is not enough to stay in the presence of Jesus and keep our minds on Him, we must trust Him also. If today, you are hurting, give all of your heartaches and burdens to Jesus. He will be faithful to not only hold you close to His loving heart; He will also kiss your tears away. No one loves you like Jesus loves you.

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

Search Your Heart

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Many of us have seen the bumper sticker that reads, "Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven." Technically, that’s a true statement. And it’s a handy disclaimer to have on the back of your car if you’re one of those Christians who ignores speed limits.

But it can also become a major copout when we get nailed for some bad behavior we would rather not change. I much prefer the statement that says, "God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way."

It is absolutely true that God loves sinners. In fact, Romans 5:8 declares that God demonstrated, or showed, His love for us "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." And aren’t we glad? If Jesus had waited until we were no longer sinners to die for us, it never would have happened. (Nor would it have been necessary.) If we ever managed to arrive at the point where we were no longer sinners, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die in our place because, not only would we have learned to control our behavior perfectly, we would have succeeded in changing our very nature as well. But that is a change only God can make.

And only God can truly search our heart and show us those things that need to be changed—and we all have them. The Christian life is not about a one-time experience of asking God’s forgiveness and inviting Jesus into our heart so we’ll have our "fire insurance" when we die; it’s about the ongoing process of having our minds renewed and our hearts changed to become more like the One who gave His life to purchase that "fire insurance" for us. And that’s why we need to daily humble ourselves and ask Him to search our hearts, and then allow Him to make the changes that are necessary to enable us to become the disciples He has called us to be.

May today be a day of heart-searching and change for each of us, as we remember that God really does love us just the way we are—but He loves us too much to leave us that way.

Adapted from my upcoming book BEYOND ME: Living a You-First Life in a Me-First World (New Hope Publishers, June 2008).

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Our Shelter from the Heat

Monday, January 28th, 2008

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Psalm 121 King James Version

When the heat from the storms of criticism and sarcasm that we encounter threatens to overwhelm us, we need to remember that Jesus will preserve us from all evil. The world and satan can throw all of the fiery poisonous darts they have at us but Jesus will protect us. Not only will He protect us, He will also give us peace in the midst of the crises and heartaches. Indeed, we have a precious Saviour. Not only does He save our souls, He saves us from the heat of life’s storms.

Many years ago, I used to have terrible nightmares that were so real that I was literally afraid to close my eyes for fear of falling asleep. Then one day, I read this chapter and I was able to go to sleep without worrying about having those nightmares. The Bible tells us that Jesus neither slumbers nor sleeps. I can go to bed at night with the assurance that Jesus will watch over me while I sleep and He will protect me.

Is the heat of the storms in your life getting too hot? If so, run into the waiting arms of Jesus and let Him cool you off with His understanding and unconditional love. Not only will He protect you; He will also give you peace in the midst of your heartaches and crises. When He was here on earth, He also was overwhelmed with the storms of life. He felt the heat of hatred, rejection, criticism and scorn so He really does understand how we feel when we are hurting and when our hearts are breaking. There is nothing too hard for Jesus. He is able to protect us from anything that satan and the world hurls at us. Thank You, Jesus, for being our shelter from the heat of life’s storms.

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Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

God’s Radio

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

"O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory." Psalm 98:1 King James Version

I wonder what would happen if God had a radio and He had assigned a different station to every person in the world. When He turned His radio on, would He hear our hearts and voices lifted in praise to Him? What if He turned His radio on every morning longing to fellowship with us and we weren’t there to meet Him?

I believe that we would make Him very sad and break His heart. He longs to rejoice with us when we are happy and He is ready to wipe our tears away with His tender kisses of understanding when our hearts are broken. Yet many times when He tunes in our stations, we are not there and once again we have disappointed Him and hurt Him. Oh that you and I would worship and praise Him as soon as we wake up.

Every day that we wake up we should have a new song in our hearts to sing to Him. We should have songs of praise and gratitude for all that He has done for us the day before and for what He is going to do for us that day. I love the words to these songs because they are so true "The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows". "Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before." Every day that I spend with Jesus really is sweeter than the day before because every day He whispers tenderly in my ear "I love you, Joanne".

Are you meeting God the first thing every morning? Are you singing to Him and praising Him? Spending time with Him the first thing every morning should be more important to us than combing our hair, washing our face and brushing our teeth. We can do all of these things to look nice but if we haven’t allowed Him to wash our hearts of any bitterness, resentment, anger or hatred that we may have allowed satan to put there, not only are we dirty inside but we will not be prepared to withstand the poisonous darts that satan and the world will attack us with that day.

I urge you to spend time with Him every morning. Not only will you make Him happy, you will have a lot more peace, joy and happiness during the day. The world can’t give us the peace that He gives us. His peace is lasting and genuine. Don’t let God tune in to your station only to find that you aren’t there to fellowship with Him. Please don’t keep disappointing Him every day.

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

Light and Darkness

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

And the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:5).

I had an alarming email from a friend the other day, exposing something so dark and sinister that my first reaction was to recoil from the truth, to deny it and try to wish it away. But of course, I couldn’t, because even before receiving the email, I had heard much of this centuries-old conspiracy and knew it was a fact, though I didn’t know all the details. I still don’t, nor will I ever this side of eternity. I do know, however, that as dark as our enemy may be and as evil as his schemes, the One who is in us is greater—and He is the source of all light.

It is understandable that those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior, who have never repented and been born again and therefore have His Spirit living within would be easily deceived by the father of lies, but even we who know Jesus personally must be careful not to let the darkness overwhelm and sidetrack us from the mission God has given us. True, as children of the One who is Light we must expose the darkness whenever possible, but how do we do that? Certainly not by focusing or obsessing on the darkness, but rather by dwelling in the Light. Yes, it’s important to know our enemy and how he operates—especially the fact that he often appears as an “angel of light”—but the only way to have our senses trained to discern between truth and lies, good and evil, true light and darkness, is to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the wings of the Almighty, safe and protected in His love.

James 4:7 tells us to “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We cannot resist the devil in our own strength. He is far too smart and too strong to be defeated by finite mortals. But the Scriptures also promise us that even in the darkest of places, God’s light shines bright and triumphant—and the darkness cannot comprehend it. The original meaning of that word “comprehend” assures us that not only does the darkness not understand God’s light, it cannot snuff it out. The Light wins over the darkness—always.

Hang on to that great and eternal truth, dear ones; spend your time in the light of God’s Word and His love, and the darkness will never overwhelm or sidetrack you from the mission God has given you.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Another Trap

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 5:6-11 King James Version

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, then you know that satan attacks us through circumstances, through people and through discouragement. For those of us who have committed our lives in full time service to Jesus, we have made satan very angry and he constantly attacks us.

Often satan tries to discourage us by telling us that we are no good and that we will never be good enough to serve Jesus. That is just another trap set by satan. We must constantly be on the guard for the sneaky and poisonous barbs of deception and lies that he sets for us.

In the last three years, I have received a lot of emails from people who were hurting. They needed to share their heavy burdens and they needed comforting and encouragement. They needed prayers and they needed to know that somebody really does care about them. One of the questions that people asks me a lot is "What can I do to be good enough to deserve the unconditional love of Jesus?"

The answer to that question is nothing. There is absolutely nothing that you could do that would make you good enough to deserve His unconditional love for you. The love that Jesus has for us is not measured in what we do. His love for us comes from His heart of compassion, mercy, grace, tenderness, kindness, understanding and forgiveness. He doesn’t love us like people love us. So often, people love us for what we do for them. That is not true with Jesus. He loves us unconditionally.

We read in Psalm 53: 3 "Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." No, in ourselves we are not good enough to serve Jesus and nothing that we could possibly do would ever make us good enough to serve Him.

It is only through the agonizing, the horrible and the cruel crucifixion of our precious Saviour that we can be forgiven, cleansed from our sins and have the privilege to spend all eternity in Heaven with Jesus. It is because of the forgiveness that Jesus gave us from the old rugged cross that we are justified (Romans 3: 24) and have the right and the privilege to come into His presence. It is an honor and a privilege to have fellowship with our dear Heavenly Father and with our precious Saviour and it should not be taken lightly.

The next time that satan tries to discourage you by telling you that you are not good enough to serve Jesus, tell him that you know that you aren’t good enough. Tell him that you have been forgiven and cleansed by the atoning blood of Jesus and it is because of the blood that you can serve our precious Saviour. Tell satan that it is Jesus who is good, not you. Don’t allow satan to discourage you and keep you from serving Jesus! Not only would that make satan very happy, it would break the heart of Jesus.

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

It is Never Too Late

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." 1 John 1:8-10 King James Version

I am reading an inspirational story about a man who, because of driving while he was drunk, was involved in a car accident. The tragedy is that his little girl who was in the car with him was killed. He was released from prison and he immediately went to see his wife who is very bitter and angry at him because of their daughter’s death to tell her that he is sorry for ruining their lives and to ask her to forgive him.

She feels that it is all his fault that their daughter died. He told her how very sorry he is because of what he did and tells her that he knows that apologies and regrets will not bring their daughter back but he needs her to forgive him. She replied "It is too late".

I think that every parent can understand the heartache, the grief and sorrow and the emptiness that this mother has felt in her heart since her daughter was killed in the car crash and why she finds it so difficult to forgive him. However, she needs to forgive her husband.

God has never said to us "It is too late" when we ask Him to forgive us for hurting someone and killing them emotionally with our harsh, sarcastic, judgmental and critical words. There is more than one way to kill someone.

When we say harsh and criticizing words to someone, we might as well pull the trigger on the gun or plunge a knife into the person’s heart because it has the same effect. No, dear people, it is never too late to ask God to forgive us when we sin and fail Him and all of us sin and fail Him. The person who says that he or she never sins is calling God a liar.

It is never too late to go to our Heavenly Father with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and tell Him that we have sinned. We also don’t have to be afraid that He will be so angry at us that He will reject us and not forgive us. If He can forgive us for killing His only beloved Son, He can forgive us for anything.

If you are having difficulty forgiving someone, remember Jesus forgave you while hanging on that cross of torture. If He can forgive you, how much more should you forgive the ones who hurt you. Again, it is never too late to ask God to forgive you for hurting Him. The most important thing is that it is never too late to accept Jesus as your personal Saviour. Have you said yes to Jesus and invited Him into your heart? If not, please do it now, before it is too late!

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

It Has to Stop

Friday, January 18th, 2008

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." Matthew 2:16-18 King James Version

I read in the newspaper yesterday about a mother who put her seven year old son in an oven and burned him. The abuse of our children has got to stop and it has to stop now! I am so nauseous that I can barely write this devotion. To think that a mother would put her own son in an oven and burn him to punish him just makes me sick. Yet, at the same time, I have to ask myself why did she do it? It is my personal opinion and belief that when someone is cruel to someone else, that person does not feel loved.

It is so easy for us to get angry at someone who is abusive to their children, but what do we do about it? A dear pastor friend of mine has said many times in his sermons "If you present a problem to be solved, then you need to be part of the solution." What are we doing to prevent this abuse of children?

The most important thing I believe that we should do is to pray for their protection. I also believe that we need to understand why these parents get angry and abuse their children. I have heard it said many times "Hurting people hurt people."

My Dad was not very loving toward me. I never remember him hugging me. He might have hugged me when I was a baby, but I sure don’t remember it. I was told by one of my relatives that his dad, my grandfather, tried to throw Dad out of a second story window when he was young.

It’s no wonder my Dad never hugged me or told me that he loved me; he didn’t know how to show love because his dad didn’t show him love. It’s unrealistic of us to expect parents to show love to their children if they weren’t shown love when they were little.

Thank God that we have parents who love their children and are very kind to them. One of my closest and dearest friends who I have known for almost twenty eight years went into shock and was completely devastated several years ago when she received a telephone call concerning her son. The person who called my friend said "I don’t know how to tell you this and it is breaking my heart to have to tell you but we found your son lying on the ground outside at his job and he is dead. He was struck by lightning and was not found until this morning."

That happened almost fifteen years ago and my friend is just now beginning to accept that he really is dead. While my friend hurts terribly and her heart aches because her son is dead, our dear Heavenly Father hurt a lot more when His Son was killed. If ever you doubt that God loves you, just remember that He gave His only Beloved Son to die for you. There is no greater love than the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father and our precious Saviour. No one else would have sent his son to die in your place.

Instead of judging and pointing the finger at parents who hurt their children, let’s pray for them and be kind to them. Yes, that is what the Bible teaches us to do. We are to be kind and loving to them. I personally believe that the only way that parents are going to stop hurting their children is for them to first feel that someone loves them.

Father, we ask that You would please protect these little children who You love so much. Help us to be part of the solution in showing love and understanding to these parents remembering all the time that except for Your grace and mercy, we also might be cruel to our children. Father, please let these parents know that You do love them and that You love them unconditionally and that You will forgive them if they will humble themselves and ask for forgiveness and admit that they need help.

I have to be honest with You, dear Father. I am so angry at this mother who did this to her son and at the man who threw his four children off of the bridge that I am having a hard time loving them. Yet, that is exactly what You did for us. You not only continued to love us unconditionally when Jesus was crucified; You forgave us for killing Your only Son. Thank You so much for making such a loving sacrifice for us when You sent Your only Son to die for us. May we be the children that You desire us to be. Amen.

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved

The Most Important Decision

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3: 13-14 KJV

I receive a lot of emails from people asking me how they can know what to do in situations. To all of these people, I have replied "Do you have peace in your heart about it?" The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." If we will stay in the presence of Jesus, we will know what He wants us to do.

We also read in 1 Corinthians 14: 33 "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." If I don’t have peace in my heart about something, then I don’t do it because it is so easy to get out of God’s perfect will for our lives. Sometimes, I get ahead of God. He speaks to my heart about the ministries that He has entrusted to me and tells me that He is expanding the ministries. I think that I need to make the changes immediately and there are times He has to tell me "Wait on Me".

I have read stories and heard testimonies from couples who have been married for a long time who have said that they know what their spouses are thinking and how they would respond in a situation. When we spend a lot of time with people, we know their hearts and we know how they think and how they will respond to a situation. The same is true when we spend a lot of time with Jesus.

I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that the most important decision that you will ever make in your life is choosing between following Jesus or following satan. There is no in between. We read in Joshua 24: 14, 15 "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Even today there are people who are serving other gods. Instead of following the mandate that we have been given to spread the good news of a risen Saviour and His cleansing, atoning and redeeming blood which He shed for us on the cruel cross of Calvary, we sometime spend hours watching television. There is nothing wrong with watching television if it is something that you would watch if Jesus was sitting next to you.

If you would be embarrassed and ashamed to have Him see what you are watching, don’t watch it! Also, if we spend more time watching television than we do telling others who are lost and without Jesus about the unconditional love of Jesus, then we have allowed the television to become our god.

Deciding to give your heart and life to Jesus is far more important than deciding what you are going to wear, what kind of car or house you are going to buy, where you are going to work, and it is also more important than deciding what person you are going to marry. All of these things will come to an end, but a relationship with Jesus will last for all eternity.

Have you made the decision to ask Jesus into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If you have humbled yourself, admitted that you are a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour, I rejoice with you. Praise and thank God for His mercy, grace and unconditional love for you in sending His only beloved Son to die for your sins.

Have you made the decision to follow Him no matter how many obstacles you encounter, no matter how many heartaches and sorrows that you have to endure and no matter how many poisonous arrows of criticism and sarcasm that satan hurls at you? Remember the level of our service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him. What it comes down to is "How much do we love Jesus". Every one of us must decide if serving Jesus is more important than watching movies and sports on television hour after hour.

Even while we are watching television, there are people who are lonely, hurting, in deep despair and agony, and thinking seriously about committing suicide. Have you decided to commit your entire life and all that you have to the One who gave His all for you? How much do you love Jesus?

Copyright 2088 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved