Words Of Truth - August 24, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Spiritually Homeless"

spiritually homeless
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”   Romans 8:17

        Morris Siegel was a homeless person in Los Angeles.  He lived like most street people--roaming about in back alleys, sleeping out-of-doors, carrying everything he owned in an old shopping cart.  He was found in an alley, dead of natural causes, perhaps heart trouble.  The interesting thing about Morris is that he had $207,421 in the bank at the time of his death.  It seems that Morris' father died and left him the money ten years earlier.  When Morris did not claim it, the Division of Unclaimed Property tracked him down, and his family forced him to accept it.  He took only enough of the money to buy an old car, where he slept in bad weather.  Relatives rented an apartment for him, but he never went there.  He died December 14, 1989, with three dollars in his pocket and an untouched fortune in the bank.
        How could a man continue to live on the street when he had that kind of money in the bank?  He was not ignorant of that money being his, nor did he not know how to access it.  Yet, he chose to stay on the street, sleep on the ground, and collect trash in his shopping cart as a way of life.  He was a bum by choice.
        Many Christians are simply “bumming” it, when it comes to the lives we lead.  We are not ignorant of the riches of Christ, and the life He gave us, yet, we choose to live off the waste of this world.  Many Christians remain clothed in spiritual rags, and eat the leftover scraps of others, all the while never finding a sweet resting place for their souls.  Truly, we have many spiritual “bums” living around us.
        Morris got so familiar with living on the street and eating the scraps that he refused to change.  He wouldn’t feel comfortable in new clothes, eating at a nice table, and sleeping in a soft bed.  So he chose to remain in his present condition and never access the riches his father had left him.  Christian, don’t be so foolish!  Begin to live up to your Heavenly Father’s means!  Get off the street of this old world, and see the wonderful new life that is yours in Christ.

Study verses:  Ephesians 1:7,18; 2:4; 3:14-21; II Corinthians 8:9

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Previous devotions

"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011
"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011


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