Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/1/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 28:16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says, “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem. It is firm, a tested and precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never run away again.”

Notice that this is something that God has done. No man can lay down a foundation that is trustworthy enough to build his life on. Any attempts to do so will not stand the test of time. One’s life will crumble and fall apart as it faces the many storms of life. Jesus is the foundation stone that Isaiah spoke about. He is firm, a foundation that never moves or crumbles. We can put our trust in Him knowing that He will always be steadfast and true.

Jesus has been tested. Scripture tells us that He was tempted in all points just like we are and yet He did not sin. He had many opportunities, but His love for God and connection to God was so strong that He never wavered in His rejection of sin’s opportunities. I do wonder whether or not if we were to love the Lord more if we would not sin more. Is our connection to God so real and strong that we are able to say no to sin? It should be a challenge to us to do all that we can do to make our connection to the Lord as strong as we possibly can so we will have the willpower to resist temptations. I know I have found that I am the weakest in resisting temptation when I am weakest in my prayer and devotional life.

Jesus is our precious cornerstone. Everything in a building is built around it’s cornerstone. If the cornerstone is bad, the structure of the building will be weak and eventually crumble. Much care has to be given to make sure the cornerstone is what it should be. The same thing holds true in our relationship with the Lord. Our spiritual stability and longevity depends on how much we allow ourselves to be built on Christ. He is crucial to our life with God and there can be no compromising our connection to Him.

It is safe to build your life on Christ. In fact, as the old hymn put it, all other ground is sinking sand. If you try to build your life on anything else, you will make a mess of your life. Only in Christ are we able to handle whatever comes our way in life in a way that pleases God.

All who believe in Him find a safe haven in which to stand. They no longer have need to run and hide. They no longer have to chase after things to satisfy. In Christ alone do we find what our souls need. In His life we find peace and contentment. In Him we find a life worth living for.

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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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