Devotional for Wednesday December 13th

Good Morning Everyone,


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


Our Bible verse for today: “When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, ‘Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Exodus 24:3 (NIV)


Our thought for today: “We need structure and discipline”


Dr. Richard Halverson spent his life as a Pastor. He was an intelligent man who received his education at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was close friends with many high profile Christians of his day like Billy Graham, Roy Rodgers, and Bill Bright (The founder of Campus Crusade for Christ). During his life Dr. Halverson wrote fifteen books, he served on the board of directors for World Vision, and he also served as the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. So he spent his life among accomplished people who were intelligent, driven, and very successful.


One thing he discovered was that successful people are almost never lazy or unfocused. Instead they’re structured and disciplined. They know what they have to do in order to accomplish the goals they have set, and then they are methodical and disciplined in the pursuit of those goals. They don’t procrastinate and they don’t make excuses. They figure out what needs to be done and then they just go do it. Dr. Halverson once wrote:


“No man ever became great doing as he pleased. Little men do as they please. Great men submit themselves to the laws governing the realm of their greatness.”


As a Christian “the laws governing the realm of your greatness” are found within the pages of the Bible. To become the man or woman God wants you to be you have to be living with the boundaries He has given us in the Bible. That’s our structure, that’s the fence line for us. There’s a lot of room for a lot of living within those boundaries but still, there are boundaries. We have to know them and we have to stay within them. That’s what Moses was telling the Israelites in Exodus 24:3. “You will be great in God’s eyes when you submit yourself to the laws which govern life in His kingdom and then live within that structure.”


That’s true in life overall, but it’s also true when it comes to specific activities, goals, and objectives. When it comes to accomplishing the God-given goals and objectives we have for 2018 we need structure and discipline. We need the structure of a plan to guide us, and we need the discipline to stick to that plan.


Dr. Halverson was on to something in his statement quoted above. People who accomplish meaningful things in life do so because they have structure and discipline. I encourage you to set some good goals for 2018. Then make a plan to guide you in the accomplishment of those goals and discipline yourself to stick to it. We are at our best when we have structure and discipline.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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