Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Daily Gospel Devotional: January 11

Luke 2:1-7

Counting on Christ…

The hustle and bustle of our societal obligations can be the context of a providential move of God. When we think of the movement of God, we are often looking for the spectacular, something that will make the heathen stand up and notice, and to be honest, something that will keep us from looking ridiculous. However, this is not the usual manner of the Maestro.

After we are born again, Jesus may burst forth out of us at times and in places where He may not be immediately noticed. Jesus has a way of taking dirt and making it a testament to the divine (Genesis 2:7 / 2 Corinthians 4:7). His purpose is not pleasing to the world (James 4:4), but something manifest to the friends of the faith (1 John 2:16, 4:5-6).

Most of the world has no room for the King of Glory, they seek their own glory. They have no room for the Comforter, they seek their own comfort. Most have no real peace; they throw the Prince of Peace out the back door. Jesus left the glories of Heaven and became poor that we might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9), but it is another sort of riches altogether, and in a different place than that which the world seeks.

Be on the lookout: your greatest blessing may be out back.

Even the dirt poor can be filled with divine power.

“Living For Today With An Eye For Tomorrow”©

11 comments:

Even So... said...

In the course of one year we will read
• Every Verse
• Every Passage
• Every Gospel

We welcome your comments. We are not looking to be copying and pasting previous material...we are coming at this with a fresh look, each day, and going with whatever we see. We can send you a copy of the reading schedule...primesoul@hotmail.com...you can check voiceofvision.org for the commentary, or go to voiceofvision.blogspot.com to leave a comment. God bless you as you join in the walk with us...

MrsEvenSo... said...

When we recognize God is moving in the "little" things in our lives it's easier to know he's involved in the other things as well.

God is always in control.

We need to constantly be aware of that huge fact.

Unknown said...

In so many things this last year I have seen God's mighty hand at work. Some of the things I didn't quite understand and some won't be understood until eternity. In all things God continues to guide and show his mighty provision. Thank you for this message it really helped to see how God works through all circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then call out for "Peace on Earth."

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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Even So... said...

Yours is not a Christian answer, and you do not have the moral high ground...

We can hear all sorts of philosophical, biological, pseudo-ethical and so-called moral arguments and ideas for not eating meat, but we do not need to make this more complicated than it is. For the Christian, the true, biblical Christian, the Bible is where our authority and rule for faith and practice is, so as Christians we must first look there…

1 Corinthians 8:8 / Romans 14:14, 17 / Mark 7:18-19 / Colossians 2:20-22 / 1 Timothy 4:3-5 / Hebrews 13:9, has regard to vegetarianism becoming legalism. Wanting to be healthy and monitoring your diet are good things, but to insist as if this is a matter of spirituality is wrong.

Jesus ate meat (Luke 22:7-8, 15-16, 24:41-43 / John 12:5-6, 21:9-13)

Even So... said...

The Bible teaches that in the present age all meats are clean for eating purposes. From Adam until Noah, man was purely vegetarian. At the time of Noah (Genesis 9:3) all meats were allowed to be eaten and there were no limitations whatsoever. In fact, Noah was told that anything that moves could be eaten. That never changed for the Gentiles but, with Moses, the Jews were forbidden to eat certain types of meat. While the Mosaic Law was in force, certain meats were forbidden and others were permissible. However, with Messiah’s death the Law came to an end and the Bible teaches that all meats are now clean. Of course, men are made in image of God, so cannibalism has never been permissible.

Even So... said...

I could go on and on, into the philisophical weakness of your assertions, etc., but suffice it to say that you are a spammer and yuo do not have a Christian worldview, and your rant is not germane to this post.

Even So... said...

The reason I did answer to someone who will never see this is because someone else who may indeed see this can be helped to answer those anti-biblical views.

Even So... said...

That is why I left that ridiculous comment up, instead of merely deleting it...

Christians, we have answers!

Even So... said...

Thank you to my wife and to Samuel, who actually reflected on the post, and read their Bibles...

MrsEvenSo... said...

Youre welcome. I enjoy your answers. Extremely enlightening.