Welcome to August!
I’m so excited this month to feature the wonderful devotions of my friend and fellow blogger, Don Woodruff.
You enjoyed his words of wisdom last summer, and I believe you will be abundantly blessed again this year!
Have you lost your amazement with Jesus?
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
At the cross of Christ, sin reached its climax.
Sin’s most terrible display took place at Calvary.
It was never blacker or more hideous.
We saw the core of the human heart and sin’s corruption fully exposed.
Some people have said that man has improved since that day; that if Christ came back today, He would not be crucified, but would be given a glorious reception. However, Christ does come to us every day in the form of Bibles (that we do not read), in the form of churches (that we do not attend), and in the prayers (that we do not pray).
There was a time when families looked forward to church every Sunday, but based on the decline of attendance we see today if Christ came back, odds are high that He would be treated insignificantly, if not worse.
Sin never improves the human heart, so the hunger and thirst for the Lord are diminishing throughout the world.Sin never improves the human heart, so the hunger and thirst for the Lord are diminishing throughout the world. Click To Tweet
When we look at the passion of other misguided religions, they seem to be more dedicated to the wrong things than many Christians are about their own dedication to the Lord.
What has happened to the passion of Christians in the world today?
When sin is winning the battle for our hearts and souls, our Savior loses out.
Has the passion you once had for the Lord diminished in your life?
Has your desire to be with other believers in community worship lessened?
Do you find yourself justifying your abandonment of the things the Lord expects of those who love Him?
How are you treating Christ’s presence in the world, and in your life?
Are you part of the 83% (according to the statistics from several years ago) of professing Christians who have abandoned church partially or totally, and ignored God’s command to ‘meet together’? “…NOT giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing…” (Hebrews 10:25)What has happened to the passion of Christians in the world today? Click To Tweet
“Heavenly Father, restore my passion, dedication and commitment to You, and Your Son, Jesus. Take away the thoughts and actions (or lack of actions) that cause me to continue crucifying Jesus. Help me to have victory over the sin that is corrupting my heart and soul. Remind me that Jesus is the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’. Replace
my attention to the things of this world and my uninspired attitude toward Jesus, with the passion I had when You blessed me with Your salvation.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Don has been teaching Bible classes for over 36 years and a Cristian blogger for the last 5 years.
He has been married to Debbie for 48 years and has two children and five grandchildren (another one due this year). He is overwhelmed and humbled daily by the Lord’s presence.
You can check out Don’s blog at https://utvolwoody.wordpress.com/
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Have you lost your amazement with Jesus?