Friday

We Were Born for Such a Time as This - Esther 4:14

We Were Born for Such a Time as This - Esther 4:14
Esther is afraid to ask the King to spare her people. It could cost her life.

Mordecai suggests that God* has positioned her for this very purpose in history. Perhaps she was born “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

Few of us will find ourselves in a royal court or in a position to save a whole race of people, but we should know that God placed us in our specific time in history, our specific family, and our specific country for “such a time as this.”

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him…‘For in him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:24-28).

We are here by God’s design. He has specific tasks for each of us. Let’s seek His purposes (Ephesians 2:10).
*Actually, the book of Esther is one of two books in the Bible that never mentions God specifically although God’s presence and work is an integral part of the story.
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Similar 1-minute devotions about this subject:
Life Expectancy
Slip on Your Own Shoes
The Significance of Our Lives 
What's Your Job Description? 

Thursday

Teach Us To Number Our Days, Lord - Psalm 90:12

 Teach Us To Number Our Days, Lord - Psalm 90:12, a 1-minute devotion about godly priorities
I regularly need to evaluate my schedule because my use of time is a direct reflection of my values.

As a new believer, I couldn’t wait to grab God’s Word when I put my children down for a nap. I didn't need to schedule time with God because I was so eager to learn about my new faith.

Unfortunately, for most of us, that stage wears off and we need to start "training" ourselves to make time with the Lord.

Every close relationship requires effort, growth, and commitment to keep things in priority (Psalm 90:12). 

This is especially true when we transition to different stages in life. A mom of small children struggles with different schedule constraints and distractions than a retiree or a businessman. We need to "customize" our schedules accordingly.

Why? Because Jesus is the most necessary and beneficial part of our lives!

Question: What most often interferes with your time with the Lord? Pray about ways you can avoid that hindrance.

Here are some 1-minute devotions that might also encourage you regarding your time with the Lord:
Better than Morning Coffee
Press On!
Spice It Up!
5 Ideas for a More Effective Prayer Time
Or check out the "Quiet Times Encouragement" archive that has over 45 one-minute devotions related to our time with the Lord.

Wednesday

Scripture Debunks This Popular Quote About Hell

Men choose to reject God, but they don't send themselves to hell. God sends them. We shouldn't be ashamed of the warnings in Scripture. They are put there for our good.
Men choose to reject God, but they don't send themselves to hell. God sends them.
 
Sometimes we downplay aspects of God's character, thinking we're making Him sound better!

For example: “God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose hell for themselves.”

That's like saying parents don't punish naughty children. Naughty children punish themselves. 

If I'm afraid to say that God sends men to hell, am I suggesting that a good God wouldn't do such a thing? I know that's not true because my perfect, loving God proclaims He will do it.

If a man rejects God, hell is his consequence, but God is the One who will throw him into it (Revelation 20:15).

So if God is not ashamed to say He will send men to hell, neither should I be.  I can't make God more popular by ignoring His wrath.

I was spared from God's wrath by believing Him, so I'm going to believe everything He says, whether about heaven or hell, rewards or punishments. He knows best how to explain Himself.

(See Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Peter 2:4-10).

Bible Love Notes now has a discussion group on Facebook. Gail offers additional insights into each day's devotion and readers discuss the devotion by leaving comments and questions. If you'd like to join, you'll find it here: BLN Discussion Group.

Other 1-minute devotions you may find helpful:
Why Would a Loving God Send Men to Hell?
What Jesus Said About Hell
Is it Necessary to Mention Hell When Sharing the Gospel?
The Heresy of Universal Salvation (believing all men will be saved)


Men choose to reject God, but they don't send themselves to hell. God sends them. We shouldn't be ashamed of the warnings in Scripture. They are put there for our good.
 

Tuesday

3 Reasons the Centurion's Faith Amazed Jesus

A look at the Centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 and why his faith amazed Jesus.
In Matthew 8:5-13 Jesus offered to come and heal the Roman centurion's servant.

The centurion responded: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home.” He said it would be enough for Jesus to simply speak the healing.

“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, ‘I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel.’” (8:10). Imagine having faith that amazed Jesus!

Our present culture would probably have rebuked the Centurion for his low self-esteem…told him he needed to first love himself before he could love others…told him to focus on his own worthiness...told him he deserved to have Christ come to his home.

Our present culture's focus on self probably amazes Jesus too, but not in a good way.

The Centurion:
1. Humbled himself, knowing anything God did was an undeserved gift.
2. Focused on the needs of others (his servant).
3. Believed Jesus could do whatever He said He would do.

AND JESUS WAS AMAZED!!
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath, BibleLoveNotes.com

As a follow up to this devotion, you might want to check out "Just Say it Jesus!" It's a 1-minute devotion that highlights the centurion's attitude toward authority.
And for more insights on self-esteem, check out this archive: "Biblical Self-Esteem."


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Monday

Sharing the Whole Character of God

Sharing the Whole Character of God Accurately and Biblically
If books, movies, television, or popular preachers do some good, should we care if they misrepresent God's character a bit?

Can they accurately present God's grace, love, blessings, or forgiveness while omitting His purity and narrow road salvation?

There's no god better than our God - and no part of Him should be left out. He's full of love but hates sin. He's full of grace but has serious expectations of His children. He forgives but He also rebukes, disciplines, and punishes.

Throughout history, People have presented half-truths about God, insisting they're making God look better (Romans 3:5-8; Romans 6:1-2). But this is the bottom line: if we don't understand our sin, we'll never understand God's grace.

Presenting half-a-god is popular, but half-a-god won't save men's souls or change their hearts.

Let's make sure we accurately understand and share the God of the Bible, Dear Christians. We can't improve on the way God describes Himself in His Word (Hebrews 4:12).

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