Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Day 20--Faith, Not Fear: MILESTONES

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Welcome to Day 20 of our Bible based, Christ focused devotional.
Purpose: With so many people suffering during these tough economic times, I wanted to create a daily devotional which would promote faith in God as a solution to overcoming anger and fear.
Each devotional will provide a daily passage of Scripture for you to reflect on throughout the day. In addition, an “Action Item” will assign a daily, simple task to help you address your fears with faith and move forward with God's plans for you.
Thank you and God bless you for reading this devotional--please share it with others!
Steve Kendall



For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

OPENING PRAYER:                          
In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, ask God to help you to stay on the path to His will and plan for your life.
As I typed today’s devotional, I watched Univision as the final miner was brought to the surface. I don’t speak, or understand Spanish very well, but could read some of the words on the closed captioning. Language was not an issue as the emotional outpouring unfolding on television spoke volumes.

I was captivated by the image of a gauge which showed red triangles taped to a board; marking the distance to the surface. A lone black triangle, representing the miner moving upward, advanced along the board and the red triangles.

Those triangles were milestones, or markers along the way to show us the path and progress of each miner.

When I’m faced with a problem, that takes time and patience for God to help solve, I like to look back at milestones along the way. Milestones give me: Comfort that I’m making progress; comfort and ease that the end is in sight; comfort that I will come through the storm.

I can’t begin to imagine what those 33 men went through physically and mentally while trapped underground. 

I have a better understanding of how they must have felt to be finally delivered from what several of them described as “hell.” In fact, the second man rescued, Mario Sepulveda, nicknamed “Super Mario” said, “I have been with God and with the devil. I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there.”

Sources:  The Herald Sun
In closing, I want to point out that we have reached a milestone in our 40 day devotional. Today is day 20, the half-way mark in our journey.

Hopefully, any problems you began this devotional with are gone, getting better, or prayerfully, you are coping with it better with God’s help. 

You may have noticed that the logo for this devotional has changed since the first week. The word “Faith” has been enlarged while the other words were diminished. 

I pray your faith, like mine, continues to increase as we grow closer to God.
CLOSING PRAYER: For the remainder of our devotions, please pray about whatever the Lord places in your heart and mind. I also ask that you pray for me as well. I pray daily for everyone who comes in contact with these devotions and feel blessed as a result.
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If you would like a relationship with God, the only way to do it is through His son, Jesus Christ. This is supported in the Bible: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. --John 14:6 (King James Version) 

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