Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/16/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 65:1 The LORD says, “People who never before inquired about me are now asking about me. I am being found by people who were not looking for me. To them I have said, ‘I am here!’ ”

If there ever was a time in history in which people are searching for God, it is now. Albeit, most are searching in all the wrong places; nevertheless, there is a real interest in God. Life’s events often trigger a search for God. When things happen that are out of anyone’s control or ability to change, God is looked to. Man looks for God when he is utterly helpless and in desperate need.

We must stay alert for those around us who are searching for God so that we can help them to discover the truth about God and not some counterfeit idea about Him. There are so many absurd things that are being said about God, how to reach Him, and how He affects human life. We must be grounded well in our own relationship with Him and in His Word so that we can help others avoid being sucked into the false teachings in the world and church.

Satan is a master teacher and deceiver. He convinces most of things that are not true about God. He begins by casting doubt in the mind about the absolute authority of God’s Word. He masterfully leads people away from the Word and interjects other perceptions of truth in the mind. He disguises untruth with the truth until the untruth prevails. He twists the Word, takes it out of context, ignores parts of it, adapts it, and alters it so that it is totally different than what it is. He makes it sound good and attractive so that those who are searching for God won’t find Him.

People looking for God need people who know the Truth and are able to lead them to Him. They need people who are not afraid to seize opportunities given to them to speak out for Him. They need people who are able to help them find the Lord. The Lord longs to have a relationship with those looking for Him. He cannot be found in the false teachings of the church. He cannot be found anywhere but through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. There is only one way to heaven where God is, and that is through Calvary.

People who never before were looking for God are now searching for Him. They are everywhere you are at. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see those who are looking for Him. Ask Him to help you be the one to take them by the hand and lead them to Him. He is near and wants to be found. People need people like you and me to show and tell them the way to Him.

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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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