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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Friday, October 24


“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Pr 17:17 NKJV

FRIENDSHIP (2)

In life you’ll have many acquaintances, but few friends. And that’s okay, especially if you value quality over quantity. Just because you have good social skills doesn’t mean you’ll have good friends. Sometimes people who are “the life of the party” are the loneliest because they live with a core fear that says, “If you really knew me you wouldn’t want me.” Sadly, they’re often the ones who become workaholics and try to lose themselves in achievement. Or their unmet needs drive them into multiple affairs. Or they get into mood-altering substances that lead to addiction. In the parable of the prodigal son we read these words: “When he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want…and no one gave him anything” (Lk 15:14-16 NKJV). It’s time you reconsidered what true friendship is. It’s not what some of your business buddies spout when they vent their ego concerning their latest success. If you read between the lines, chances are what they’re really saying is, “See how wonderful I am. And as long as you’re in my league you can be my friend.” That’s fickle! “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” In Old Testament times friends entered into a covenant by exchanging a shoe and a sword. The shoe meant, “I’ll go to wherever you are and I’ll stand with you.” The sword meant, “I’ll fight for you and lay down my life for you.” The question is: Are you willing to become that kind of friend?

Saturday, October 25

“Not my will, but yours be done.”
Lk 22:42 NIV

BROKENNESS

If your goal is to be used by God, don’t be surprised when He permits seasons of adversity and brokenness. Jesus experienced it, and He said, “A servant is not greater than his master” (Jn 15:20 NKJV). One Bible teacher points out: “God’s intent isn’t to hurt us, but to expand our capacity to carry His love to a world in need of compassion…Sorrow clarifies our thinking. In the school of Christ, brokenness is a good thing. It’s impossible to become intimate with God unless we’re broken of independence, pride, and our insistence that our way is better than God’s. Brokenness is the last stop before we finally confess, ‘I can’t; God can.’ It’s Paul confessing, ‘What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death?’ (Ro 7:24 NIV). It’s the Prodigal fighting with the pigs over food (Lk 15:11-32). It’s Joseph, still in prison, forgotten by the cupbearer (Ge 40:23). It’s Jonah in the whale’s belly confessing the consequences of running from God (Jnh 2:1-9). It’s Peter weeping bitterly outside Jesus’ trial (Lk 22:62). It’s Jesus abandoning everything to God, praying, ‘Father…not my will but yours be done’ (Lk 22:42 NIV)…God in His ruthless, loving pursuit will break us of pride, sin, folly, and independence (Mt 21:44). Like Jesus serving bread at the Last Supper, God takes us, breaks us, blesses us, and uses us.” Are you going through a season of brokenness? Be encouraged; in God’s kingdom brokenness is the path to blessing. Watchman Nee put it this way: “To have God do His own work through us, even once, is better than a lifetime of human striving.”