We become like someone we emulate, be it good or bad.
Have you ever wondered why in the Old Testament, a good king appears every now and then in a family tree of bad kings before and after him? In Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 it says, "There's a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Such words spoken by Solomon make one wonder what happened to him that he failed to finish strong and honor God like his father, David. And what happened to his son, Rehoboam that he would become such a bad king in a string of worse kings after him?
Be they dead or alive, I hope you love your parents and have good memories of growing up at home. Sadly, most do not, but have thought, if not said, many times in their life, "I'll never be like them!" Such is the profile of most people attending persistent counseling. It seems they've become exactly like the person they despised. I wish the Bible gave us more intricate details of the lives of the people we read about, especially the godly ones. I'm certain if it did, we'd see that neither good nor bad parents determined their destiny. At some point, every one of us must decide to either honor God and His word or try the impossible, i.e., to be unlike someone we hate. Maybe it's time to look in a spiritual mirror and see whose image is layered behind our own.
Father, in Christ, You have shown me everything I desire. Another day and closer to home, I want to cross the finish line into His arms and hear Him say, "Well Done!" I ask that if anything else is working in me, You remove it and do what You have to do to keep my attention on the One I want to be like. His Name is Jesus.
Do you roll over and play dead from your enemies? (2000)
Before you begin to pray, you might want to see if God is paying attention. (2001)
Only a fool tries to hide sin from God (2002)
Are your motives consistent with your actions? (2003)
The amount of time you spend praying is a true indicator of your love for God. (2004)
If breath comes out of your nose or mouth, then you're alive and a sinner by nature. (2005)
If you feel inadequate to deal with life's problems, you're in the right position to pray (2006)
Don't expect your reputation to cover the gaps in your spiritual growth. (2007)
What's the difference in praise and flattery? (2008)
Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating
and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight
2. Resources are derived
from daily devotions of James R. Green called, Just Thinkin'... (2000-2003),
Read the Bible Thru in 365 Days (2004), Pray Thru the Word in
365 Days (2005) and One Minute Devotional (2006-2008).
3. Scripture: God's
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