Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/15/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 29:15 Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their plans from the LORD, who try to keep him in the dark concerning what they do! “The LORD can’t see us,” you say to yourselves. “He doesn’t know what is going on!”

Go ahead and try it. Try and hide what you are doing or plan to do from the Lord. It cannot be done. The Lord somehow knows all about every detail of our living. He knows what we are doing and even why we do it. He knows what is on our minds. It is impossible to hide anything from the Lord.

If you are doing things you know you shouldn’t be doing and think that you are getting away with it, think again. The only thing you are accomplishing by not being upfront about your activities before the Lord is certain destruction. When you do evil you are not harming anyone but yourself. Trying to hide or cover-up evil destroys the soul.

As much as you might want to believe that God is in the dark and does not know what you are doing with your life, it simply is not so. God is light and His light penetrates the darkest soul. He knows all there is to know about you and there is nowhere to hide from His gaze. He knows and holds you responsible for what you do and accountable for it.

In order to protect yourself from self-destruction, live openly before the Lord. Be honest about what you are doing. Tell the Lord what you are doing. It benefits you, not the Lord. He knows what you are doing. Your activities affect your heart, not His. Honesty is the only policy that works with the Lord. Confess any sin or sinful thoughts you may have. Seek the Lord’s forgiveness. And, with His help, strive to change your behavior so that you don’t get yourself in a similar mess down the road.

Develop a plan to stay out of sin’s path and work the plan. If you don’t work to help yourself you will lose the battle for your soul. The Lord rewards those who are faithful to Him so work hard at keeping your soul healthy and holy before Him. You can do it. The question is, “Will you do it?”

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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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