Words Of Truth - December 29, 2010

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Forever Faithful"

Happy New Year
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
II Timothy 4:7,8

     The great preacher, F.B. Meyer said, “Don’t waste your time waiting and longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention.”
     We do not know what an hour may unfold, let alone a year. As 2011 approaches don’t take the whole year by the horns, simply be faithful to lay hold on every opportunity to please God.
     God loves our faithfulness in the small things. Do not attempt to capture a year for God; capture an hour, then a day, then a week, then a month, and soon you will have your year. Just be faithful.
     One of the most tragic events during the Reagan Presidency was the Sunday morning terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, in which hundreds of Americans were killed or wounded as they slept. A few days after the tragedy, an amazing story was told of one of the injured soldiers.
    Marine Corps Commandant Paul X. Kelly visited some of the wounded survivors then in a Frankfurt, Germany, hospital. Among them was Corporal Jeffrey Lee Nashton, severely wounded in the incident. Nashton had so many tubes running in and out of his body that a witness said he looked more like a machine than a man, yet he survived.
     As Kelly neared him, Nashton, struggling to move and racked with pain, motioned for a piece of paper and a pen. He wrote a brief note and passed it back to the Commandant. On the slip of paper were but two words "Semper Fi"- the Latin motto of the Marines meaning "forever faithful." With those two simple words Nashton spoke for the millions of Americans who have remained faithful to their country.
    So many people know how to start, but few know how to finish. December 31 of next year will reveal if you have been faithful to the end. Determine in your heart that this will be a year of faithfulness. Be who and what you are supposed to be. Be where you are supposed to be. Do what you are supposed to do. Regardless of circumstances just be faithful. Whether the task is large or small, just be faithful.

Study verses:  Ps. 12:1; Ps. 31:23; Ps. 101:6; Pr. 20:6; Pr. 25:13; Pr. 28:20; Dan. 6:4; Matt. 25:21,23; Luke 16:11; 1 Co. 4:2; 2Tim. 2:2; Rev. 22:6

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Previous devotions

"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010
"Thank You" - November 24, 2010
"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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