Devotional for Saturday and Sunday January 13-14

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)


Our thought for today: “Jesus is the firm foundation for the rest of life to be built upon.”


“Life is always better with Jesus than without Him.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve made that statement in conversations with people, in sermons and Bible studies, and in my writing of books, articles, and daily devotionals. “Life is always better with Jesus than without Him. Whether that life is lived in a mansion in Beverly Hills, in a shack in remote Africa, or in a prison cell, life is always better with Him than without Him.”


That statement is absolutely true and I’m passionate about trying to help people see that. Regardless of what the circumstances of your life are, the more you involve Jesus the better your life will be. With respect to our theme this month of achieving and maintaining good balance in life, it begins with Jesus. Jesus is the firm foundation upon which all the rest of life needs to be built. Get that right and you are then ready to deal with the rest of life.


I love the insight offered to us by the editors of “The Every Man’s Bible” as they introduced the life of Joshua. In their introductory comments they wrote, “Joshua led a focused life. When faced with choices, he didn’t have to think about whether he would obey God. He’d already decided that long ago, and he didn’t change his mind when challenges came. God wants us to be that focused today. He wants us to be able to say, from the depth of our hearts, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”


If that is a settled fact in your life then you have a firm foundation in place from which to deal with all the rest of life. But it starts with Jesus. Place your faith in Him as Savior, and then follow Him every day as Lord. Pray, read your Bible, faithfully participate in the full life of a good church, serve others in His name, and stick close to Him.


Life is always better with Jesus than without Jesus. Choose to live your life in a close relationship with Him.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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