Sunday, October 18, 2009

Look Who's Reading You

I am heading off to work this morning so I won't be able to join in with all of you today at Spiritual Sundays until I get home. I don't have time to "pretty up" this post so you are reading it in it's raw form today!

I wanted to share a great devotion that I read every morning. I have recently subscribed to Our Daily Bread and am enjoying it so much. If you have never read this powerful devotional, I highly recommend it! So many powerful messages in such a little book. I can't wait to read it every morning!

Here is a great message that I read yesterday:

Look Who's Reading You
I heard about a judge who used bumper stickers to encourage better driving. He gave two options to people guilty of driving while intoxicated.
The first option was to attach this message to their bumper. "This car owned by a convicted drunk driver." Almost all offenders preferred the judge's second option: Enroll in an alcohol treatment program. The majority of people cared about what others thought of them and wanted to maintain a good image.
The fear of embarrassement applies to other kinds of unacceptable behavior as well. For example, not many of us would be willing to walk around with a sign on our backs that read something like this: "Danger: I am a Christian who doesn't spend time in prayer or Bible study."
Nor would we want to wear a sign that read:"Warning: I am a child of God who gossips too much," or "Be careful: I'm controlled by lust rather than love."
If God required us to display such a sign, would our desire for the respect of others keep us from revealing our true spiritual condition? The way we answer that question says a lot about our sense of shame before the Lord, who judges us accurately. (1 Peter 1:17). Is it possible that we fear His opinion LESS than we fear the opinion of others?
Mart De Haan 11

Be Holy
13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
16for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
17Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
20He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.

23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
24For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25but the word of the Lord stands forever."And this is the word that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:13-25

Blessings to you today,


BECKY said...

Wow Kymber! What an awesome post! I am so thankful that God doesn't put a sign on me!! He is so merciful to convict us on a personal level and help us turn away from whatever sin we are engaging in. What a wonderful God!
Blessings to you, sweetie!
Thanks for sharing this today!
Hugs n love,

SmilingSally said...

Kymber, you hit the nail on the head with this one! I hope that you have a happy Sunday.

Kathy said...

Kymber, have a wonderful day in the Lord. You carry the treasure of HIm with you wherever you go! Blessings, and thank you for the scriptures and devotional.

Debbie said...

Hi Kymber

I agree with you, the Daily Bread is a wonderful devotional. I haven't had one in years but you may have inspired me to pick one up. This was a good one and oh so true. Not mnay of us would want to wear a sign around our necks boldly stating our particular problem or sin for all to see. And yet that IS just how it is for our Lord. He sees it all just as clearly. Very thought provoking. Have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings to you, Debbie

RCUBEs said...

It may be a rough draft but this is an awesome post and speaks of the truth. Makes me look deep within...I hope you'll have a great day today, blessing many at work who come across your path. Have a wonderful weekend sister Kymber! I love "Our Daily Bread". I even have it bookmarked...God bless you friend and sister in Christ.

Beginner said...

Others opinions of me mean very little. My trust does not rest in man, so I don't worry or care very much what others think.

Wonderful passage.

Loren said...

Woah!!! That is a thinker! I used to read that Devotional years ago and not sure why I stopped but it almost always spoke to me!

Thanks for this....I talk to my kids about this one things for the Lord and not worrying about what people think over what the Lord thinks ....I think I will share this devo with them !!!

I see you are reading for thomas nelson now??? you liking it ?? watcha readin?

praying you are blessed today and feel the Lord with you at work!

love and blessings

LV said...

I would not have had to go to church today if I had read your message. Wonderful post we all can use. I read Our Daily Bread each day too. An award is awaiting you.

Mevely317 said...

This has certainly given me something to think about! As a matter of fact, I'm going over to the "Daily Bread" link right now. Can one ever NOT thirst for more spiritual messages of this sort?

Have a great new week!


Lisa said...

Wow! What a sobering post! What would happen if God told what He knew about us? Scary thought, isn't it?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Excellent lesson! You always have great posts, Kymber!


Sheila :-)

Denise said...

Nice post.

Mary said...

Kymber, this is a very powerful message! If what we are in our hearts were on a sign for all to see, I wonder if we would change. Yet our Father sees everything we do in secret,and still we go on doing the same things, as though its a secret from Him. This is so very good, thanks for sharing it today!

God bless,

Ginger said...

What a powerful post! I'm glad you had time to post it before you went to work.
God Bless,

Charlotte said...

I don't think any of us would want a sign around our necks like these. I know I certainly wouldn't. I'm glad you took time to post this message. It's a good message whether it's "prettied up" or not.
Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Oh! My Kymber, this is such a great post, and very thought provoking thank you so much for sharing.

Regina said...

Blessings Kymber. Great post.