Immanuel Voices
October 14, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Eyes Up 1


Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Thought for Today

Where are the eyes of your heart focused? Most people have their focus on earthly things. They pay close attention to their bank accounts, job security, possibility of promotion, family needs, and much more. There is so much to occupy our attention here that we begin to think all the most important things are of this earth. Jesus called His hearers to something higher. He told them that the reason they were so focused on earthly things was because that was where they were investing their time, energy, and hearts. Yet all the things of this earth are fleeting. They can be stolen or simply succumb to the ravages of time. Instead, we need to begin investing more time, energy, and heart into the eternal things of God’s kingdom. For the time you spend in worship and prayer are never wasted and their impact is unfading. The people you share the Good News of Jesus with who hear and believe will be with you for eternity. The world and the devil love the distractions of the temporary things of this world. Fix your mind and heart on the eternal things of God’s kingdom and you will have treasure in heaven that will draw your daily focus there.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, shift the focus of my mind and heart today to see the opportunities You present to invest in eternal things. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The greatest cause in the world is joyfully rescuing people from hell, meeting their earthly needs, making them glad in God, and doing it with a kind, serious pleasure that makes Christ look like the Treasure he is. ― John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life

 

Quote of the Day

I don’t think love is blind, true love is probably the most clear-eyed state of being there is. ― Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked In

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October 11, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Blind Eyes 5


2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

 

Thought for Today

Why does God use weak and broken vessels like you and me to communicate to the world the surpassing glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ? What we have been given is an amazing treasure. The gospel changes live, it straightens crooked family trees, and grants eternal life. Why would God trust something so precious to common people like us? Because no one will mistake the common vessel for the treasure. No one will credit the vessel for the value of the treasure. They will immediately look past the vessel and see the treasure. How long does it take a child to discard the wrapping paper on Christmas morning? Why don’t they spend more time appreciating the beautiful paper you spent so much time effort wrapping it with? Because the gift inside is what they want to see. So it should be with the gospel. God has spent a lot of time and effort to wrap His gospel in you. It took Him time and effort to make you see and understand the Good News so you could carry it inside you. Yet the wrapping is nothing compared to the wonder of the gift inside. We should rejoice that God uses people like you and me to carry His gift to the world. Because no one will confuse us with the gift God has for them. And we get to experience the joy of seeing them look quickly past us and discovering Jesus.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for entrusting me with the gift of the Good News about Your Son, Jesus. Help me to allow others to discover this gift in me and to rejoice when they move past me and into Your loving arms. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God's plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple - one person telling another about the Savior. Yet we're busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone's eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you'll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the gospel. — Charles Stanley

 

 

Quote of the Day

Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands. — Lupita Nyong'o



Comments

10-11-2019 at 8:59 AM
Erica
Such a great reminder.
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October 10, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Blind Eyes 4


2 Corinthians 4:2

We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God

 

Thought for Today

Paul was accused of being underhanded and deceitful by people who were openly lying about him. These people wanted gentle believers to follow the Jewish laws before they could claim the grace of Jesus for themselves. So, Paul writes to the Corinthians to reassure them that he had been completely honest with them. He neither exaggerated nor sugar-coated the truth. He spoke plainly and openly about God’s grace in Jesus Christ. So many churches today try to tailor the gospel to their audience. They withhold difficult parts, speak in half-truths and avoid offense at all costs. This is not to say that shouldn’t know our audience or speak winsomely. We absolutely should. Paul spoke very differently to the largely Jewish church in Ephesus than he did to the philosophers in Athens. However, he never watered down the truth. He never added to or took away from what God had said and done in Christ. We need to continue to wrestle with how to speak the truth of God in love to the people in our culture today. They need to know the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth, so help us God.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to honor Jesus with the words I speak about Him. Help me to speak the truth in every situation just as the people need to hear it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God's truth judges created things out of love, and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Quote of the Day

If we do not know ourselves to be full of pride, ambition, lust, weakness, misery, and injustice, we are indeed blind. And if, knowing this, we do not desire deliverance, what can we say of a man...? ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

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