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No this is not about real ills (sickness), but about devotions from Real Life Illustrations. These are true earthly illustrations that reveal a spiritual truth. We encourage you to find illustrations from your life to share with others about what God is doing in your own life. Just click on the blue titles.
New Year, New Presidents
Government has been instituted by God not only for the good of humanity but also for the glory of His own name. The authority and sovereignty of civil government, which is real even if delegated and limited, instructs us about the kingdom, rule, and reign of God.
The exercise of power, authority, and judgment, whether just or abusive, encourages a longing in humanity for God’s more perfect kingdom. In the limitations of what government can and cannot do, will and will not do, should and should not do, there is the opportunity for an increased awareness of humanity’s need for God and his Kingship… While every earthly government will one day come to an end, God’s kingdom alone shall never be destroyed and never end. “I am still the President’s boss, so trust, pray and serve. God”
Once Was Blind, But Now I See
A few years ago, I knew a man named John. He was blind; however, this did not stop him from living. I, too, was once blind. That is right. I was spiritually blind. I did not understand life. I was afraid, depressed, and lonely. The Bible and God did not make sense to me. But when I cried unto Him, Jesus touched me and the scales fell off. “We may be born with eyes, but we are born blind to God.”
Many churches have changed the Gospel to a Social Gospel and some to Social with no Gospel. They are replacing soul food with food pantries, preserving souls with preserving climate, prayer rooms with coffee bars, and preparing for the afterlife with only improving the present life. Jesus is looking down and is asking Y? “Give man food and he will live for days. Teach him to plant and he will live for years. Show him the Bread of Life and he could live forever.”
My Broken Hearts
Every one of us has gone through some type of broken heart in our relationships. You may have lost a loved one through death, divorce or departure. A friend, relative, or co-worker may have turned against you. The physical heart of everyone will someday break and fail. Our spiritual heart was broken the day we were born but it is not too late to be fixed. God can provide healing for all your broken hearts, if you ask.
When I was growing up, I remember my mother would go to stores and get Green Stamps for her purchases. We would redeem those books of stamps for a lot of good items all for free. Like with Green Stamps, you may have the item for redemption in your hand but unless you go to the redemption center, the credit for the free gift will do you no good. Once you confess to God that you are a sinner, and believe that the Lord Jesus died on the cross for our sins, then you can be marked as one of the redeemed. Your S&H stamp will then be Saved & Heaven Bound. Your gifts will be a new life, forgiveness, love, joy, peace, hope, salvation, eternal life and so much more. Become redeemed today! “Turn to Christ today, because like the Green Stamp program, your opportunity for redemption will expire.”
I Need Your Water
In December, York Water started removing their lead pipes on my street. When they drug up the street and sidewalk at my house I did not have a problem. However, with my neighbor it was a different story. Their pipe into the house was lead and the water company removed their connection to it. Until they got a plumber to replace the pipes, the house would be without water, which could be days. Late that night, the neighbor knocked on our door and asked “I need your water.” “If you only have just Earthly water (which may have lead), then ask to be lead to the direct source of pure Living Water.”
Blood performs many important functions within the human body. When Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them by shedding the blood of an animal. When the children of Israel were in Egypt, the angel of death passed over their dwellings, because the blood was over their door posts. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Get it from the original Red Cross, today. “Go to the Red Cross and get the blood that gives everlasting life.”
Yes, He A Rose.
After Easter Sunday School, a boy ran to his father and reported that Jesus was a flower. His father replied with a surprising, “What?” The boy stated that the teacher said “Jesus a rose.” The father smiled and said, “Yes, He a rose.” “Can your life be used as evidence that the Lord is risen?”
I Need More Power
The dependency on electrical items has greatly increased. Our homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, and stores would not function without electricity. When we become Christians, we have available to us a whole new power source. We can plug into this source through reading, studying, and memorizing the Bible. “God’s power is more than EverReady. It is everlasting!” “Is your power from the dying world or from the Living Word?”
How Are You Wired?
Last year ago, my son purchased a house that was built in the early 50’s. Most of the house was wired backwards with the hot and natural switched. There were several thin two wire extension cords in the walls. There were exposed live wires. There was a switch to a big attic fan that was just hanging with taped fuse and very brittle wires. There was an old panel box that the breakers would not open the circuit. A year later, an electrician was still fixing the issues. “If you try to rewire yourself, you could found yourself shocked and in The Big Fire.”
A similar true event that happen to me: And she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me”: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. “When burning temptation to sin comes, flee for the fire escape.”
Facts, Fables, or Faith
When I asked a non-churched person if the Bible stories are fact or fables, he stated fables based on some facts. When asked what were the facts and fables, he could not say because there is no longer any evidence. So he does not believe. I asked if he studied the Bible his replied: “Not really.” “Believe it or not: The Bible is 100% inspired Word of God.”
In 1879, Paul Philippoteaux was commissioned by a group of Chicago investors to create a cyclorama of the Gettysburg battle. We all live in a kind of an amazing cyclorama. We have a 360° view of God’s beauty nature, with its 40,000 varieties of plants, 60,000 different types of trees and 1,600 varieties of bananas. “Life is like a cyclorama created by God for us to enjoy.”
I live within a three mile radius of the nuclear power plant Three Mile Island. I remember, March 28, 1979 and the events that followed when there was an incident at the plant. TMI is also an expression indicating that someone has divulged too much information of personal or taboo topics making the listener uncomfortable. People often consider politics and religion as taboo. I, even, get offended when others are trying to shove their religion down my throat. Their good intensions and presentations may bring negative results that could last for eternity. “Be careful that your Godly presentations are not causing a TMI meltdown.”
A Thief in the Night
I ran outside and it was so dark, quiet and again no people. I was really scared. Did Jesus come and I was left behind? Are you ready? Like a thief in the Night, the Son has come and you’ve been left behind. “Live ready, because the Overtaker may come before the undertaker.”
I had to do a repair to my sidewalk. I used a trowel to apply the desired shape and thickness. Then I used the trowel to semi-smooth it and remove the rough stones from the surface. With my poor English, I always thought the tool was spelled trial. Well, it sounded the same and in a way, they both do similar things. “Like a mason, God often uses the trowels of health, wealth, and prosperity to improve and smooth our lives.”
Toilet Paper and The Bible
Before toilet paper, the most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, and sheep's wool. Later, thanks to the printing press, we used newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. It was an uphill battle to get the public to openly buy the new paper on a roll. The Scott brothers decided to put their toilet paper in hotels. Soon guests fell in love with the soft, easy to use and dispose of cleaning tissue. At the same time as toilet paper was being placed in hotel’s, the HYPERLINK "https://www2.gideons.org/" Gideons International began placing Bibles in very same rooms. Both had a great impact. “If Bibles were used as much as toilet paper, then this world would be a lot cleaner.”
During the 9-11 attaches and the recent hurricanes, there were emergency prayers by millions. Some never prayed before. Yes, God responded in many amazing ways. However, once the emergency was over, most never prayed again unless another emergency came. This is not what God is for. “Unlike with the ambulance, you do not need to wait for an emergency to contact God.” “Maybe if you talk to Him more, less emergencies will happen.” “God is the only true 24-7 support system with no waiting, no need for a phone, no reason for the call and the CEO answers.”
From this small flame, the building caught on fire and within moments the fire spread to large proportions of the camp and threatened neighboring properties. There was much confusion and chaos as people were running for their lives and others were trying to stop the flames. It was fortune that there were no injuries but the camp was totally destroyed. “The camp fire lasted only one day but the flames from its replacement have lasted for over a century spreading around the world.” “Don’t let your fire go out. Through you others could be saved from the eternal fire” “Don’t get burned up or out because Jesus is with you.”
All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween?
So, how should Christians respond to Halloween. Whatever level of participation (they all have good arguments), it should be God honoring, safe, loving, nonjudgmental and a possible way to show the Gospel. “What better time of the year to tell children that evil, death and the devil is real, but Jesus came to save, protect and give them eternal life.”
So Long Joey
Dave Boyer was not always a Christian performer. As a teenager, he became the Master of Ceremonies at the "500 Club" in Atlantic City. He changed his name to Joey Stevens and success came quickly. He performed with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Milton Berle. The life of a young, promising performer saw the dependence for drugs and alcohol ruin a marriage and career. After hours of praying together on that fateful night, God reached down to Dave and touched his soul. Joey Stevens was laid to rest forever, and Dave Boyer was reborn through the Lord.
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Thankful for the Impossible
Throughout my life, God has done many things that I thought were in impossible. On this Thanksgiving, I would like to thank Him for them. What impossible things has God done for you? Sometimes I just look up, smile and say, I know that was you, God! Thanks!” “Mission impossible does not exist with God.”
The Udder Side
This past summer, I was driving on a side street in Mt Wolf Borough. I looked to my left at the ballfield and could not believe it. There was a cow standing at home plate. By the time I called 911, the cow was in the street. Read about what happen next. “The grass will seem greener on the other side of the fence, only when you stop working on your own lawn.”
A Son is Born
After hours of major pain, the doctors finally delivered our first born by c-section. I remember the doctor coming out to the waiting room and saying “a son is born”. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” But knowing about Christmas and believing why there is a Christmas are two different items. “Over 2000 years ago a son was born and He wants you to meet His Father even today.”
Our first son from 35 years ago.
God's only Son from over 2000 years ago.
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