Devotional for Tuesday December 5th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13


Our thought for today: “With Jesus you can do it.”


The other day I introduced you to the story of Noah Galloway. He was the soldier who lost an arm and a leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq but who, even as a double-amputee, went on to become a physical fitness trainer, an author, and a star on the television show “Dancing with the Stars”. Noah’s autobiography is aptly titled “Living with no Excuses”.


One of the most important motivating factors that occurred during Noah’s recovery, which resulted in forming his thinking in a positive way regarding his injuries, came from his mother. It happened at Walter Reed Army Medical Center just a few days after Noah was returned to the USA. His mother (who is one tough cookie) was with him in the critical care unit, and as she stood there considering the extent of her son’s injuries she said to him, “Look, this is what it is, now let’s figure out what’s next.”


And that was it. That was mom’s attitude. “You’ve lost two limbs, you can’t get them back, now let’s get on with life.” She not allow Noah to wallow in self-pity. “It is what it is, now deal with it in the best you can and get on with life.” It took a while for Noah to accept that fact and to adopt his mom’s attitude about it but once he did, everything changed. He went on to be a victor rather than a victim.


The same can be true for us. We all have stuff wrong with us and we all have limitations, but so what? It is what it is. Now figure out how to deal with it the best way you can and get on with life. That’s not to say it will be easy, because it probably won’t be. But whatever your situation is, there are things you can do to deal with it in a positive way and to make the best of it.


It doesn’t seem as if Noah Galloway is a Christian. Therefore what he achieved he did in his own power. How much more should you and I be able to accomplish with the help of Christ? In Philippians 4:13 the Apostle Paul reminds us that we can accomplish anything God wants for us as long as we rely on Christ. It’s true that you have to do your part too. It will take will hard work and discipline from you too, but as difficult as your situation might seem, with Christ there is no limit to what can be done.


I encourage you to establish God-given goals for 2018. In prayer ask God to help you see the areas of your life that need improvement. Develop a plan to address those issues and then look to Christ for the strength to walk it out and accomplish the things that God has set for you. No excuses. Keep your eyes on Jesus, depend on Him, and just keep moving forward.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim


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