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Invitation to Join Daily Devotion

Each day I forward, (blind copy), a very good daily devotional to many friends. I would like to share today's message along with an invitation to join me. Just drop an email to bob@altronint.com with the subject message, "join daily devotion". I look forward to hearing from you.

God Bless,
bob

Treasure

10/25/2011

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter." - Proverbs 25:2 NASB

God's Word is filled with mysteries - buried treasures and riches... hidden patterns ready to be discovered... secrets prepared for us. And all of these require us to search and dig. The Bible is not just words on paper; it's packed with powerful pictures and principles God wants us to see. But finding these riches requires effort. This is why Jesus taught the importance of persistence: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). In fact, true riches and treasures aren't found lying around on the ground in plain sight. They are like precious stones, buried deep in the ground. Jesus even said that He spoke in parables, in part, so a key meaning could be hidden to all but those who would dig. To His disciples He said, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 13:11). As we read and study God's Word, we should become conscious of its unfathomable depths. The more we learn, the more we realize how much is yet to be discovered. Just think of the comment made by John: "The world itself would not contain the books that would be written" if we knew all that Jesus had said and done (John 21:25). Powerful truths can be in places where most people would never look. Revelations can be found on every page of the Bible, in every chapter. Today, God invites you to be a treasure hunter. Don't be content with the obvious or with what seems to be true on the surface. Make a commitment. Start digging into His Word as never before. Read and study. Be sure to ask daily for His wisdom and for revelation knowledge. 

Prayer
Father, I need Your wisdom. Open my eyes. Give me greater revelation and insight. Use me to impact others for Your Kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.

 

Three Relationships

12/13/2011

"For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law." - 2 Chronicles 15:3 NASB

Israel experienced a time of great difficulties, brought on by a deficiency in three vital relationships - relationships that are critical for a healthy, balanced life: (1) a personal relationship with God Himself, (2) relationships with people who genuinely know God, (3) a relationship with God's timeless Word. These relationships are crucial for us as well.First, we must realize that everything begins with God. If we want His blessings, we must know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. There is no substitute. We can't work hard enough. We can't read enough books. We can't improve enough or fill our minds with enough information. Only God can give us real purpose and fulfillment. Only He can provide balance and the proper perspective on life.Second, balanced living requires relationships with dedicated men and women of God - mature Believers with discernment and spiritual sensitivity... people who can teach us God's Word... friends we can share our burdens with... leaders who can help us learn to hear from God. In a world filled with deceit and deception, we need these relationships. They are not optional.Third, we must remain in relationship to God's Word. We must immerse ourselves in the Bible, for the Word is true, unaffected by changing fads or world events. It's true in every generation, in every situation. The Word provides unchanging standards by which we can live, and a reference point for all that we hear.Today, make sure that you have all three of these relationships: a strong, personal relationship with God; a connection with godly men and women who can help you grow spiritually, avoid temptation, and stay on the right path; and an intimate knowledge of God's Word.

Prayer
Father, I seek to have a more intimate relationship with You. Guide me into relationships with the right people, and help me to know Your Word. In Jesus' name. Amen.






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