This is the time of year when folks make resolutions. There is a sense of opportunity to start fresh. Some of you have about two days to lose 30 lbs; from the resolution you made at the beginning of this year. We think of opportunity in the sense of a finished product, a big picture. The difference between the resolution and the accomplishment are the steps in between. The difference between a blank canvas and a masterpiece are the individual brush strokes.
We find that when the new of the new year wears off, so does the hope and opportunity. The Lord created time and the cycles of time that govern our lives. Your opportunity is a daily opportunity. Now, is the accepted time. Today is the day of salvation. While it is called To day. This evening we will look at some things that are done daily.
Daily Devotion (Acts 17:11)
- A walk with the Lord is a series of steps.
- You say, Yes, I walk with the Lord. Ok, what steps have you taken with Him today?
- Walking in prayer
- David prayed three times a day.
- Daniel prayed three times a day.
- You say these guys are spiritual giants. That’s because they grew into those shoes.
- The Bible is for reading.
Daily Testimony (Acts 17:17)
- People we have contact with daily
- Praying for growth, praying that the Lord would save souls and the Holy Spirit says, OK, so open your mouth so I can work.
- Tracts, witness, scripture signs, etc.
Daily Crucifixion (1 Corinthians 15:31)
- The choices are daily to crucify the flesh.
- Crucify your will
- Learn to say No
- Crucify your feelings
- Don’t be guided by your feelings.
- You ought to have some Biblical guidelines within which your feelings operate. And when those feelings pull you outside of Biblical principles, you ignore the feeling.
- Crucify you ambitions
- Make eternal decisions.
- Mary chooses fellowship with the Lord which Jesus Christ said was an eternal decision.
Daily Exhortation (Hebrews 3:13)
- The prodding of brothers and sisters on to do good on a daily basis.
- If you don’t have brothers and sisters in Christ encouraging and exhorting you to serve the Lord, you won’t get that anywhere else.
- The further away you get from God’s people, the more isolated you are, the more blind you become to your own need for fellowship.
- Paul uses the phrase hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. That hardness comes in the form of deceit that says, I don’t need to be present.
- It’s not about you. Maybe you have children watching you.
- Most folks are looking for the lowest common denominator so they’ll feel good about what they’re not doing.
- We need to be spurred on to serve God. Don’t be the one that others can look to and say, Well they don’t go on visitation so I don’t need to either. Well they haven’t led anyone to the Lord in years but they still go to church. Well their family doesn’t pray, so why should we? Don’t be someone else’s excuse. Be the model, be the encouragement. Be there.
- Either excusing or accusing –
Just like a fire, if you don’t provide fuel, it will burn out. If you’re not supplying fuel in your devotions, in your testimony with others, in the crucified life, and in your fellowship with other believers, you’ll die. If you’re not growing, you’re dead. There is no coast in Christianity. There is no development by osmosis. There is only intentional growth. Development by purposeful yielding.