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A Little Walk With God

A daily devotional through the Bible narrated as if walking through the garden east of Eden with God. Scriptures come from a daily reading plan that take you through the Bible in one year, generally coming from The Voice. Our website is http://alittlewalkwithgod.com or http://richardagee.com
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Jan 21, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 6:14-15

devotional summary

I do not want to hear those words from Jesus! How dare He set the condition of my forgiveness on my forgiveness! Ouch! From the time God created Adam and Eve and the world began to populate, that small community that began with two and grew from their family always depended upon their existence as a community. Our very survival depends on our living in community with others. We cannot survive alone. We might watch the “reality” TV shows that pit man against nature, but remember that so called lone survivor is surrounded by TV crews, modern technologies if he gets in trouble, respites between shows. Few people across our globe could survive long on their own. We were created to live in community, interdependent on each other.

God really does want us to live in community and the only way to do that is for us to get along with each other. The only way we can really get along with each other is to forgive each other. If we hold grudges, always seek revenge, always think poorly about those who wrong us in some way, the community crumbles. God is serious about our relationships with our neighbors. He gave us the parable of the Good Samaritan to tell us just how much that relationship means. He said love your enemies. He said do to others what you want them to do to you. He said forgive.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Job 5-6

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 20, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 6:9-13

devotional summary

We should never take Jesus' example in prayer lightly. Let it sink into you and resonate within your heart. He gives us a simple pattern for prayer that we should not forget. Prayer opens with the acknowledgement that the God of creation invites us to commune with Him. Imagine that. It’s really a little hard to comprehend sometimes. If you tried to get an appointment with the governor or the president, you would have to explain your reasons in great detail and still would have to go through background checks, investigations, whole layers of staff to get that appointment. And these are just men. But the God who created everything from nothing invites you to talk to Him without an appointment. Just burst into His throne room whenever you want. Whenever you have something on your mind that you want to talk about, He gives you that freedom.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Psalms 6-8

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 19, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 6:5-8

devotional summary

Prayer is such an important discipline for the Christian. I’m afraid few of us really practice prayer the way Jesus wants us to, though. If you examine His life in the scriptures, you find He made a habit of praying. He prayed early in the morning and late at night. He prayed before every major event in His life. He prayed before various tasks He performed. Jesus prayed all the time. It was His lifeline to His heavenly Father. Paul admonishes us to pray continually.

As much as we see prayer emphasized in scripture, we do a poor job of emulating Christ and His Apostles in spending quality and quantities of time in prayer. I hear too many say, “I don’t know how to pray.” But that’s just an excuse. Everyone know how to pray. If you know how to talk or think or listen or communicate in any form, you can pray. That’s what prayer is, after all, is communication with God. We listen, we talk, we hear His voice, we read His word, we enter into a meaningful relationship with the God of the universe. It’s really that simple.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Joshua 11-15

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 18, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 6:1-4

devotional summary

What would happen if the government suddenly decided not to give credit for charitable giving? Would it change your giving habits? Would you give less to your favorite charities or to the church? Would your contributions take a nose dive if you didn’t get credit for giving to others? It’s an interesting question and one these words of Jesus ask us ask ourselves. You see, it’s not just the announcement in the press or your name on a board or in a bulletin that might make your head and chest swell because of what you give.

But we should seriously ask ourselves why we give. If its because of a tax break, don’t give. If it’s to get the applause and recognition of those around us, don’t give. If it’s to get our name on the cornerstone or chisled on the arch of the doorway, don’t give. God says, if we have the wrong motive and expect any blessings from Him because of that extravagant gift, you’ve missed the boat. You’ve already received your reward and it will be pretty sour when it comes around.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Genesis 8-11

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 17, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:43-48

devotional summary

We really get hung up on that call to “be perfect,” don’t we? But would Jesus tell us to do something that we couldn’t do? Would God give us a command that was impossible to frustrate us throughout our life? I don’t think God works that way. I think God wants us to experience His joy and peace and comfort now and through eternity. I think He wants us to get a glimpse of heaven here before He takes us to be with Him for eternity. So He calls us to “be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect.”

Here’s the catch. What does perfect mean? Does it mean I will never make a mistake? Does it mean I can go through life and my math always works? Does it mean I can expect never to say the wrong word and never to hurt someone’s feelings by doing so? Does it mean every business decision I make will end up as a profitable one? Rhetorical questions with a clear answer. No.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Romans 5-6

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 16, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:38-42

devotional summary

Turn the other cheek? Did Jesus really mean for us to take the abuse others might deal out to us and just roll over and play dead? Did Jesus really want us to suffer at the hands of our enemies and let them punish us unjustly? Did He really call for us to bear injury and insult when we have within our means to defend ourselves against those who would harm us?

The answer to each of those questions is yes. The problem in our society today is we have become so sensitive to wanting our own way and wanting what we want, we forget that our wants are really not important. It’s what God wants that’s important. Walking through this life and fighting against evil is not our fight. It’s God’s.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Matthew 5-6

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 15, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:33-37

devotional summary

The election year will start up in earnest now. Candidates with spew their rhetoric across the airwaves and meet with thousands to vow what they will do if we will just put them in office. Well, we’re on president number 45. None have kept their vows yet. Should we expect number 46 to keep his or hers? I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to hold my breath. If I were a betting man, I’d bet none of them will keep their promises.

It’s important to God, though. He says so in these words. When we make an oath He expects us to keep it. But more than that, He expects our simple yes to mean yes and our simple no to mean no. But we’ve gotten really good at double-speak. Have you noticed? Just add enough words and you talk yourself into or out of just about anything. Instead, Jesus says use fewer words, get your point across, and mean what you say.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Isaiah 12-17

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 14, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:31-32

devotional summary

We have made divorce so easy and told ourselves that divorce is okay so we just throw relationships out the window when we get tired of them. God never intended them to be that way. He let us know that when He was here with us.

Let’s go back to Jesus’ words. If you’re divorced, God forgives. He doesn’t like it. He wants relationships to thrive, but He forgives the past. If you’re married, work as hard as you can to keep your relationship growing. It takes both of you, but it’s worth the work. If you’re in a relationship, dating, thinking about marriage, pray hard. Make the right choice. Remember God expects you to marry for life, not for convenience.

These might be words we want to skip over and pretend Jesus didn’t say them, but He did. We have to contend with them even in our society in which divorce is rampant. Marriage is only a convenience for many. Vows mean little or nothing for too many that stand before an altar. Remember marriage was an institution created by God and He set the rules. When we abide by them, marriage works well. When we don’t, expect to suffer the consequences that come with it.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Job 3-4

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 13, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:27-30

devotional summary

Our culture wants us to believe it’s okay, to engage in pre-marital and extra-marital affairs. No harm done to any parties involved. Or so they say. Look around at our society and it’s easy to see the damage, though. Broken homes, damaged and castaway children. Emotional wreckage along the pathway of life because we think it’s okay to disregard Jesus’ words.

And just like with His discourse about murder, Jesus starts with a behavior that we know will disrupt the fabric of a healthy and wholesome society and reminds us that behavior doesn’t come from pure instinct within the framework of the human creation. We have a choice in our behavior, our actions spring from thought, not pure base instinct as in other animals. We can decide to act differently. We can choose behavior that glorifies God and keeps the norms of society on a higher plane.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Psalms 3-5

see the whole year's plan here

Jan 12, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while He walked alongside us. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:23-26

devotional summary

Ouch! It’s one thing for Jesus to tell me to stop begin angry at someone else for something they have done against me, but man, is it hard to go ask forgiveness from someone that’s angry with me. Especially, if I think I’m right. I mean, really? What is Jesus thinking? Why do I need to make things right when the other guy is the one with the anger issue? Why should I put myself in a situation where he might boil over and test my faith with that turn the other cheek rule?

And Jesus says to do that before I bring my offering to God. Here I am about to do something good for God, about to give Him my best, and He wants me to go make it right with someone who is angry with me first. Why?

God is a God of love. In fact, He is love. We learn to love because He plants the seed of love in our hearts before we know Him. He puts it there and shows us an imperfect kind of love through the relationships we have with others. So when there is something between one of our fellowman and us, how can we have a loving relationship with God?

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Joshua 6-10

see the whole year's plan here

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