Monday, October 25, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 76

“Peddle to the Metal”

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

1 Corinthians 9:24

This life is our reality, keep moving.  If we have breath in our lungs, we are living this life, don’t stop.  There’s a destination for every breathing soul, but make sure that destination is worth living for and dying for.  Run in such a way that you may win.  Some people run toward something while others run from something.  We need to be running toward something, not from something.  People who are running from something are always looking back and that will slow anyone down.  People who are running toward something keep their eyes and their body in alignment to reach the goal.  Don’t stop, once we stop life begins to pass us by.  God has given us breath today: He has something in store for us.  One more thing, our destination must be something more than physical because what is physical is temporary, we’ve been created to reach the eternal.  Run to win until the end!

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 75

“Hands On the Wheel”

But the goal of our  instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7  wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions 1 Timothy 1:5-7

We keep our hands on the wheel when we keep our hearts in the word of God.  Jesus said that the mouth speaks what the heart believes.  The Bible says that belief or faith comes by hearing. God’s word  Our walk will go where our words take us. Our want will be what our words once were.  Our will is what our words are.  Our drive through this life becomes foolish when our words become fruitless. Let’s let our words be what God’s word is and we will always s have some idea of where we’re going and what we’re doing and why.  The goal of our instruction is “love”…

Wednesday, October 21, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:  The Game of Life Day 74

“Hands On the Wheel”

But the goal of our  instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion

1 Timothy 1:5-6

There is a faith that operates in the supernatural, not just the natural.  It’s a faith that walks and works in the love of God.  And it is real, belonging to those who have experienced it personally.  This faith is real and those who have it are both experienced and educated in it.  They don’t just know about it, they know it.  They have a testimony of how God has touched and transformed their lives through it.  These people don’t just have words, they have God’s words, and with those words they are able to bring heaven here.  All other words just fill up time and space.  God’s words change time, space and everything within them.  These words are not polluted by past sins and perverted hearts.  These words can and will form the faith of anyone for anything.  Lay hold of the word of God and keep your hands on those words, they are the wheel of your life.

The kitchen Table Devotions: The Game of Life Day 73
“Hands On the Wheel”
But the goal of our  instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion…1 Timothy 1:5-6
The love of God will make us wise about the past and wise in the present. By faith, we possess the love of God that will make our conscience good and make us conscious of good too. When we by faith, believe and believe in the love of God, His love makes our conscience good and makes us conscious of good too. One of the most powerful things God does in our lives is to make our conscience good so that we can be conscious of what is good. Many people will let go of the wheel of their lives simply because of their bad conscience. Unable to get past the bad remembrances and regrets, they give up and give in to the enemy of love and life. Jesus came dealt with the bad so that we could live in the good and He did that on the cross and will do that for anyone who is willing to kneel there and receive His love, life, and liberty (forgiveness) personally. God’s love will make us conscious of God’s good and that’s a powerful motivation to keep our hands on the wheel of our lives.

Tuesday, October 17, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:  The Game of Life  Day 72

“Hands On the Wheel”

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our  instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith                     1 Timothy 1:3-5

It’s love that keeps our hands on the wheel.  For some people it may not be love but it will be what they think is love.  Paul instructs Timothy not to pay attention to myths and genealogies which only lead to speculation.  Love doesn’t lie.  We can’t walk in love and not operate in truth.  There’s a certain energy that comes from fears and fantasies that scares us.  Love doesn’t scare us, it satisfies us.  Fears and fantasies cause us to let go of the wheel; love keeps our hands on the wheel.  But only a pure heart, one that has been exposed to love and embraced love, will keep our hands on the wheel.  Only love has the power needed to persist, persevere, and possess what is true.  That’s the goal.  Let the love of God inspire you to keep your hands on the wheel.

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:  The Game of Life  Day 71

“Hands On the Wheel”

But the goal of our  instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

It doesn’t do much good to keep our eyes on the road if we don’t keep our hands on the wheel.  The life we’re living right now is the one we’ve chosen.  God works with us, not without us., when it comes to living this life.  Jesus won’t take the wheel of our lives, but He will get in the car with us and help us at every moment and turn along the way.  He instructs us and asks us to believe Him.  The goal of this instruction is…  Keep those hands on the wheel and follow His instructions.  He will help us arrive at the life that works and the life we really want.

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:  The Game of Life  Day 70

“Eyes On the Road”

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear results. 22 No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

Mark 2:21-22

Don’t let your past take your eyes off the road.  Don’t let where you’ve been, take your eyes off of where you want to be.  Don’t let what you used to believe affect what you do believe now.  Don’t try to patch this life together but put on the new shirt or life God gives you and pay attention to where you’re headed.  Dress for success, not for sympathy. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 69

“Eyes On the Road”

And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

What we are conscious of determines what we are confident for in this life.  Jesus was conscious of the power of God for healing and was confident to heal.  It’s so easy to be distracted by what we can do rather than what He will do.  Here the righteous are those who think they are good and right, but it is the sick, the sinner, who will be made good and right.  When we become conscious of who we are we become confident in what we can do.  But when we become conscious of who God is we become confident of what He will do.  This world needs a whole lot more than what we can do, it needs what He will do, and God is waiting for us to become conscious of what He can do so that we will be confident in what He will do.  He will save anyone from the power and peril of sin who wants to be saved.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 68

“Eyes On the Road”

As He passed by, He saw  Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.  And it *happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him.            Mark 2:14-15

When we know “who” we are serving and “where” we are going, we can share the “why” we are living.  When we’re living in our “why” we don’t have to live in the world of “what if?”.  Jesus looked at Levi and said, “Follow Me”.  Where?  Jesus could answer that question.  Why?  Jesus could answer that question too because Jesus knew “Who” He was serving.  It’s that confidence that comes from that kind of commitment that will keep us from spending our time on the side of the road asking “What if” questions.  Knowing our who, where and why will not only keep us on the road but will empower us to bring others with us.  There’s freedom in that kind of faith focus and there is fear without it.  

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:  The Game of Life Day 67

“Eyes on the Road”

But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic, Mark 2:10

And He went out again by the seashore; and all the people were coming to Him, and He was teaching them. Mark 2:13

Keep your eyes on the road by keeping your mind on the message.  Our eyes will follow our minds.  If our mind is all over the place so will our eyes be distracted by all sorts of things.  In fact, our mind can replace our eyes and we find ourselves down the road with no memory of the moment.  Jesus kept His eyes on the road with His mind always on the message.  We look for what we think about, it seems.  Jesus had come to forgive sin and free slaves to sin, those of us who were and are bent on destroying love and life.  Keep your eye on the road and don’t allow sin and Satan to distract you from your mission in life.  It’s in the message we find our mission, our “why” on this road of life.  Know who you’re listening to and you’ll know why you’re living this life.