Daily Archives: September 29, 2019

September 29 Restored by Grace

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11–16

Key Verse: Luke 15:14

But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.

Independence is a highly valued quality. We teach it to our children, and we demand it for ourselves. There is even a statue called the Independent Man on top of the state capitol of Rhode Island. It stands as a tribute to self-sufficiency and freedom.

In the story of the prodigal son, we see a different aspect of independence in someone who takes charge of his own life and shuns his father’s care and protection. The account reveals both the downward spiral of sin and the restoring grace of God.

Sin means acting independently of God’s will. It begins with a desire that is outside His plan. Next comes a decision to act on the desire. When we act, we find ourselves, like the prodigal, in a distant country, which is anywhere outside the will of God.

To remain there requires deception. We deceive ourselves by thinking that we know better than God, and ignoring any consequences. Defeat follows. For a time, all will seem fine, but, like the reckless son in the story, we will find our way leads to defeat. Finally, we will arrive at despair resulting from famine of spirit, emotions, or relationships. That leads into desperation, where our choices are few, and all distasteful.

The prodigal son ended up there. But desperation is not the end of the prodigal’s story, nor is it the end of ours when we sin. Jesus gave this account of an earthly father’s forgiving love because He desired to point us to the restoring grace of our heavenly Father. God waits with open arms for us, His wandering children.

Father, thank You for the assurance of Your love—that You wait with open arms to welcome Your wandering children home.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 284). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 29 Your Place in the Marketplace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:5–9

Key Verse: Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

The slogan of a major automobile manufacturer is this: “Quality is job one.” The company tells customers that its priority is sending top-notch cars off the assembly line. Manufacturers know that consumers look for quality in everything they buy. You don’t want to purchase items you know are below par and don’t represent someone’s best effort.

The way you do your job every day reflects your personal quality standard. With each assignment or phone call or meeting, you tell others how you value your job and your employer. Do you work just enough to get by, or do you work at maximum capacity?

You can discover real and lasting motivation when you understand that your accountability is to Jesus Christ (Col. 3:24).

Perhaps your boss is unreasonable or your job doesn’t meet your expectations. Maybe you aren’t paid what you feel the position is worth. Remember, Jesus is the One who understands your needs and gives you the strength for every task, no matter how difficult or how trivial it may seem.

In every job, your goal is the same—to point those around you to your Savior and Master by working with a passion for excellence.

Dear Lord, help me work with a passion for excellence in all I do. Help me remember I am accountable to You. Let my personal standards point those around me to You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 284). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 29 Responding to Rejection

Scripture reading: Colossians 1:18–22

Key verse: John 1:22

Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

It is one of Satan’s favorite traps to get a child of God to feel belittled by himself. Often, when people feel a gnawing sense of rejection, it comes not from an outside source such as criticism, but from within. Many people feel rejected because they’ve rejected themselves.

The root of these feelings could be one of many factors: something that happened in the past, an overbearing or apathetic parent, perceived physical flaws. These feelings also can manifest themselves for decades. Well into their adult years, people who feel rejection may practice perfectionism or be domineering or seek isolation.

If you are a believer, you are a child of God. If Satan buffets you with feelings of rejection or the notion that you do not measure up, let your Father answer him:

  • John 1:12 declares, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
  • John 3:16 tells you that God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for your sins.
  • In 1 John 3:1, you again learn the liberating truth that the only opinion that matters belongs to God.
  • And you belong to Him too: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

I am Your child, Father—a child of the King. Help me realize it and act like who I really am in You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 284). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Limbaugh on Ukraine Drama: America in Middle of a ‘Cold Civil War’ | Newsmax

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says America is in the middle of a “Cold Civil War,” and suggests the whistleblower complaint is another attempt to overturn the 2016 presidential election.

“Bottom line, there isn’t anything really new here,” Limbaugh said Friday on his show, “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

“This is just the next phase of “Get Trump.”

Trump is readying himself to defend against impeachment proceedings, initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week following the release of a transcript between the president and Ukraine’s president in which Trump pressures the European leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

A complaint filed by an intelligence officer about Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine was published Thursday. It reads, in part: “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the president of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The moves by Democrats are being made to make “sure the American people do not learn the extent of the corruption in the Obama administration and the Democratic Party at large, and particularly among these people in the deep state who did what they did to deny Trump his election victory,” Limbaugh said.

“It encompasses overturning the election results of 2016, it is also about protecting and defending the deep state, the Washington establishment going forward. Their careers, their fortunes, their corruption. There are terribly big stakes involved here for these people. And Trump is on the cusp of overturning it and exposing it. They cannot allow that to happen.”

Source: Limbaugh on Ukraine Drama: America in Middle of a ‘Cold Civil War’

Watch: Mark Levin Hammers FNC’s Ed Henry over Allegation of Trump ‘Illegal’ Behavior During Call with Ukraine President | Breitbart News

Conservative radio host Mark Levin, the author of “Unfreedom of the Press,” defended President Donald Trump against a whistleblower complaint on Sunday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”

The interview got heated when co-Host Ed Henry asked if Trump did anything “illegal” during his call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Levin responded, “What crime was violated? It’s not illegal. The question is whether Biden did something illegal. The president didn’t do anything illegal. You know how I know? Because Nancy Pelosi’s been on every tv show and she can’t cite one section of the United States code where it’s illegal. My question is, why is Joe Biden above the law? Why is his son above the law? Where is Hunter Biden today? Where is the media? Don’t they want to know? Don’t they want to know if the leading contender for the Democrat nomination is a crook and if his son is a crook?”

Henry said, “I’m asking you are you OK with a president asking his counterpart — this is a simply yes or no —to dig up dirt on former vice president Joe Biden and his son? Are you OK with that?”

Levin shot back, “First of all, your question is not honest. So I don’t give yes or no.”

Henry interjected, “That’s a quote from the transcript, sir.”

Levis said, “Let me finish. You have all morning. I have two minutes. It’s not an honest question. Show me in the transcript where the president said that … nowhere.”

He continued, “The media have taken sides here and what I’m saying is this is an utterly corrupt political, partisan process. And it’s about time we had some real reporters who would try to get to the bottom of this.”

He added, “There’s going to be a huge backlash in this country one way or the other. You can’t disenfranchise 63 million people who are on to this, who have alternative forms of information. Real cover-up here. Gee, we have the letter, and we have the transcripts, and all I get are reporters trying to tell me what the transcript says as opposed to what I read with my own eyes and telling me it’s the offense of the century that the president of the United States dares to mention something that’s in the American newspapers to the Ukrainian president.”

“He doesn’t say get Biden,” Levin continued. “He doesn’t say I’m digging up dirt on Biden. He doesn’t say do me a favor and get Biden. He says, ‘Why don’t you talk to my attorney general, look into this. People have questions.’ Wow. And all the sleazy activity that’s going behind the scenes. I want to know. I want to know if Adam Schiff and his staff, working with this phony whistleblower. I want to know who the lawyers are who helped him write that complaint as I was the first to point out before. I want to know the whole activity that’s taking place in the shadows of this government to try and bring down a president of the United States.”

“Things are being done to this president that have never been done to prior presidents,” he added. “Where did they keep the transcript of the phone call? Who gives a damn! The president has a power to issue an executive privilege order. Doesn’t matter if he kept it in his pillow. He can still protect that, but he didn’t. He gave it up.”

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Source: Watch: Mark Levin Hammers FNC’s Ed Henry over Allegation of Trump ‘Illegal’ Behavior During Call with Ukraine President