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Devotional - Tuesday, March 22, 2016 82/284

Today's Scripture: "Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, 'Truly this is the Prophet.'" Jn 7:40

5362. Attention is what you pay, retention what you keep. JG


See it.


Live it.

Many times today the truth about who Jesus is will be told someone and most of those who hear it will not believe it. But for those who do, some will opt to know more and will in the course of time decide to believe what they heard. Growing up, this was a process I don't recall seeing. That's because sermons were, and still are to me, the way the gospel is preached where a preacher attempts to convince someone to surrender their will to God. Inevitably, they would then close by asking everyone to close their eyes and those who needed salvation to repeat what he prayed. In most churches altar calls followed encouraging them to make their new "decision" public.

I'm like most people in that "walking the aisle" defined my coming to the Lord. And like most everyone else, my help in growing in the Lord was continuing to listen to sermons and sitting in a classroom. The first church never preached the gospel that they did not disciple converts, but my generation has ignored their precedent. The result is the likelihood that the vast majority of professing Christians today have never entered a saving relationship with Jesus. It took me thirty years of going to church to realize a personal relationship with Jesus comes from spending time with Him. Now I wonder if my seemingly sufficient verbal agreement with the preacher robbed me of spending time with God, which I have found to be the best way to confirm salvation or the lack of it.

Pray it.

I would choose one minute of being Your presence, Jesus, over a lifetime of sermons.


Keywords: Messiah; Claim; Fulfill)
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This Day in History

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Jesus has a much higher goal for me than handling money or accumulating stuff. (2004)
Our sole responsibility is to preach Jesus - not look for results or measure them. (2005)
Everyday I age, I'm closer to home than before. (2006)
It's never right to peddle the gospel. (2007)
You don't need to ask God if that's His final answer? (2008)
Peace protesters need other peaceful people to fight for it. (2009)
Things tend to come around, even when you're turned around or upside down (2010)
You can follow Jesus from so far back, you lose sight of Him (2011)
Slander is murder in the worst degree. (2012)
Spiritually speaking, most people don't. (2013)
Smart is knowing what NOT to do. (2014)
Winning comes by being on the right team. (2015)

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