Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 2/10/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 5:23-25 “But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned against me and have chosen to practice idolatry. They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests.’ Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.”

Idolatry is the turning of our affections away from God and towards someone or something else. It is what we deem to be most important in our lives. It is robbing God of the love and devotion He deserves. It is denying God the gratitude of our hearts for who He is and what He has done.

Idolatry is sin and prevents God from blessing our lives. Where idolatry resides there can be no peace or joy from God. Any benefits that may come from an idolatrous heart are very fragile and fleeting. They fail to satisfy the longing of the soul. Don’t let sin take away from you the blessings the Lord wants to give to you.

If you want to make it to heaven, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, not just part of it. You shall put Him before anything else in your life. You shall acknowledge His role in your life as your Father. You shall not attribute to anyone or anything else the glory do Him. You shall live in awe of Him, for He is God, who provides for your every need.

Don’t be stubborn and rebellious. Don’t turn your heart away from Him. Let the Lord be your God. Let Him fill your life with His life. Acknowledge Him and give Him the glory and honor He deserves in all things and you will be truly blessed.

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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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