Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 33--Faith, Not Fear: DISCERNMENT

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Welcome to Day 33 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 the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  Proverbs 2:6 (New International Version)

OPENING PRAYER:   In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, ask God to provide you with the wisdom to make thoughtful, correct decisions.
Discernment: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure. Synonyms: wisdom, insight, perception, perceptiveness (Source: Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary). 

I often pray for God to help me discern that which is true and how I should go about making major decisions—especially when it comes to voting.

Today I submitted my absentee ballot forms via fax. I usually don’t wait until the last minute to do this, but I’ve been sick, busy and quite frankly, turned off by all the negative campaign ads. 

There was a time when candidates would air ads discussing their record, or their plans, but in today’s world, we usually get ads that tear down the opponent.

No one should EVER make a decision about voting based on a TV ad. I should know because I was a video editor of numerous political ads back in the 1980s.  Politicians and their handlers will often distort the truth in ads in an effort to prey on your fears and problems. The goal is stir a knee jerk reaction in the voter. They often want to get you angry about an issue, or candidate without offering any facts.

Praying for discernment will help us to rely on our faith in God to guide our decisions, not TV ads. 

With the election just one week away, my prayer is that everyone pray before voting.
ACTION ITEM:  Continue the Action Item we started yesterday--Get out a blank piece of paper. List your current problems.  On the back, make a new list of folks you want to pray for on a daily basis.

Each day forward, pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and help you to deal with your problems and ask Him to be of comfort to those on your prayer list.

Until tomorrow, have a blessed day!
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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