Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/28/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 1:6-8 “O Sovereign LORD,” I said. “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” “Don’t say that,” the LORD replied, “for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken.

Maybe you understand all too well Jeremiah’s lament. Maybe you too have been given a task to do by the Lord and all you can see is your inadequacies. Maybe you too have argued with the Lord and expressed why you can’t do what He has given you to do. Or, maybe others have so convinced you of how inadequate you are that you don’t see yourself as being able to serve the Lord beyond your comfort zone.

Hear the what the Lord is saying to you today. No matter what you, or others, may think about you, you ARE able to do what God is sending you to do. The Lord doesn’t not send His children out on their own to sink or swim. He goes with them to take care of them as they go. The Lord is with us to show us exactly what to do and how to do it. He is with us to strengthen us for the task set before us. He is with us to calm our fears as we step out in faith. He is there to empower us to so that we don’t quit because of the people who may oppose us. He is there to give us all the resources of heaven to use as we obey Him. There is no excuse for not doing what the Lord gives us to do.

The Lord told Jeremiah you MUST go. Jeremiah wasn’t told wherever he was to go or whatever he was to say; he was just told he must go. It’s not for us to decide the task or the details. We are just to obey. Now, we do have the option of not obeying, but as Jonah found out when he tried to not go and obey, the consequences aren’t so good. God never sends us out without a purpose or a plan on how to complete the task He sets before us.

When we obey the Lord it is good for our souls and good for those we are sent to. Don’t resist God’s will for you. Trust and obey Him. He will go with you and help you each step of the way to complete His will for your life.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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