TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 12, 2017:
A connection or association by blood or marriage; an emotional connection between people.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name. John 1:12.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Developing proper relationships in life is very important. By God’s design we are to be born into a home where our first important relationship was with our parents. It may be a godly and wholesome one or an ungodly one. As we get older circumstances around us affect the relationships we choose. Many people choose relationships that conflict with the standards they were raised by which leads to discord and division. Relationships should be chosen wisely.
As a child, we do not choose our parents. We may be born into a relationship we would not choose. But there is a loving God in heaven who wants to have a relationship with us and be our loving and caring Father. You can choose to have that relationship if you want to.
The verse we have written above tells us the way we can have a Father-child relationship with almighty God. It is by receiving Jesus that God gives us the right to become a child of God.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we immediately become a child of God and begin a relationship with God. The relationship with God is one that will last for an eternity and if it is ever broken it will be because of decisions we make and not of God’s.
Relationships we build with our parents, our siblings, our friends and our neighbors are often broken or tested because of situations that arise. Relationships are built on trust and the only relationship we can be certain of is the relationship we have with God through His Son and the Holy Spirit who dwells in us because God alone is trustworthy. He is faithful and true and keeps all of His promises.
We often have said in these devotionals and to those that we talk to that Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a relationship --- a relationship that one builds from the time one decides that he or she is a sinner and then asks God for forgiveness. God began that relationship with us by sending His Son to this earth to die and pay the penalty for our sins, because He loved us and gave His Son to die for us.
In the verse we have written above from John 1:12 we are reminded that when we put our trust in Jesus we will become one of His children. Thus, we begin to build our relationship with God as a child of God by praying daily to Him through Jesus the mediator that God gave us and through the reading of the Bible, His Word. Daily communication builds our relationship with God
When we talk to some people about their relationship with God, the answers are varied and many. Some will say that they go to church, they live an honest life, they pray when they face a problem and ask God to help from time to time.
Others say they will act later concerning having a relationship with God. But later may never come. Others say that there is no way that a loving God would send anyone to hell, especially anyone that lives a good and so called honest life.
People can believe what they choose, but the only relationship that gives us eternal life is our personal relationship that we have with Jesus.
We also want to remind you that there are other relationships in life that we all need to work on after we have begun our relationship with God. But these other relationships will fail if God is not put first in your life. There is a relationship needed to be developed in marriage. A marriage is a commitment needing communication and demands that both husband and wife live a Christ-like life.
There is a relationship that needs to be developed with children, families and friends. But again, these relationships will fail if we rely on our own strength. Our relationship with God is vital for all that we do in life as we prepare for an eternity with Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 1:8.
My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
Give me the strength today to build a stronger relationship with You. Help me to be a guiding light to my spouse, my children, my family and my friends that they will see through me what a true relationship with You really means.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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