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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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May 11, 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 20:32

devotional summary

In the Christian world, in fact in every religion, we talk a lot about the power of prayer. We hear lots of sermons on how important it is to commune with God. Jesus gave us an example prayer when His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. They recognized prayer was an important element of strength, even for the Son of God. He spent long hours with His Father making sure He stayed on the right path, renewing His strength, gaining wisdom, protecting Himself from His enemies.

Prayer is vital for the Christian. It’s an important discipline we must learn if we expect to remain a Christian. I don’t think we can maintain our relationship with God if we don’t talk to Him regularly. And that means a lot more than just at mealtime and at church on Sunday mornings. We need to really get in touch with God often.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - 2 Samuel 10-14

see the whole year's plan here

May 10, 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 20:25-28

devotional summary

Here’s another one of those speeches that got Jesus in so much trouble. “God the Father doesn’t play be the Romans’ rules.” Once again Jesus turned the world’s thought process upside down. Aren’t you supposed to work your way to the top? Aren’t you supposed to take your knowledge and wealth and power and find a position worthy of your experience as you get older? Aren’t you supposed to try to gain those seats of power in your workplace, in your home, at church, in your social circles?

But now Jesus is saying it’s the servant, the slave, the people at the bottom of the caste system that will be held in highest esteem in God’s kingdom. How can that be? These people are the beggars on the streets. You don’t even see them. They are there, but if you keep your eyes up as you should, then they are the invisible vermin that populate the roads and ditches and sewers of the city. Why would Jesus insinuate that these people will be first in God’s kingdom?

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Exodus 21-24

see the whole year's plan here

May 9, 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 20:21-23

devotional summary

I’m not sure James’ and John’s mother understood that about being in the limelight #1. And #2, the positions were not Jesus’ to give. As the Son of Man, He had no authority to name the people who sat on the seats around the Father’s throne. As the glorified Son of God He might, but He wasn’t in that position yet. Besides, He explained those positions were already promised. But then He talks about the difficulty of those top positions.

Perks? When you wake up in another motel room at 5:30 in the morning and don’t remember what city you’re in today because all the motel rooms start to look alike, travel is not fun. You know someone will be at your door thirty minutes later and whisk you off to breakfast, which will be a business breakfast and the day will run non-stop meeting after meeting until they plant you on another plane or in your motel room after your dinner business meeting at 8:30 that night. Then you get to answer the 300 emails in your inbox before you go to sleep. Perks at the top? Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Exodus 21-24

see the whole year's plan here

May 8, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke whileHe walked alongside us. Our websitehttp://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 20:18-19

devotional summary

So there it is. Jesus says, “We are going to Jerusalem.” Sofigure out what God’s plan is, get on board and just go do it. It’sreally that simple. Is it always easy? No. But God will be with youevery step of the way. He’s promised never to leave us or forsakeus. So just take that first step and see where your journeyleads.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - 2 Corinthians 6-8

see the whole year's plan here

May 7, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke whileHe walked alongside us. Our websitehttp://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 20:1-16

devotional summary

To live that extra 10 or 20 or 50 years without the guilt ofsin, certainly has its own reward. To have the privilege of workingin God’s vineyard and feel the joy of watching one more person cometo know Him as their Lord carries a priceless value. To be part ofbuilding God’s kingdom for the years He allows us to labor for Himcannot be viewed as hard labor in a field with no reward, it hastremendous value in its own right. We just need to stop andremember what God gives us during those extra years He allows us toengage in the work of building His kingdom.

He created us to care for His creation. When we don’t do that,somehow I get the feeling we we just will never be content. Butwhen we work in His fields, building His kingdom, doing the work Heplans for us, I think we enjoy that peace only He can give. Theinternal reward of a job well done. Don’t worry about what theother guy gets. The peace God gives on the journey with Him paysevery single moment we live in His presence.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Luke 1-2

see the whole year's plan here

May 6, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke whileHe walked alongside us. Our websitehttp://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 19:28-30

devotional summary

Think about the fact that we live in a broken, corrupted,polluted, sin-scarred world that has collapsed into emptinessawaiting to be revealed when creation is consummated, completed,renewed by the final battle of good against evil. Imagine with allthe beauty of this world, what the next one must be like, well,maybe you can’t. I know I can’t. I’ve seen some great things here,so what will the new heaven and new earth be like?

But all creation awaits it. The earth groans like a woman inbirthing pains. Can you sense it? Take a look at the news reportsand listen to the birthing pains of creation. The earthquakes, thefamines, the wild storms, the inexplicable changes happening allaround us. Some will try to explain it all away as man’s doing. Ina way it is, but it’s not our fossil fuel use. It started withAdam’s fall and has gotten worse ever since. But God made a plan tocomplete creation, to renew it.

Those who follow Jesus will be a part of this renewed creation.We will experience this new heaven and new earth. As beautiful asthis one is in some parts, the next will have no damaged parts. Andall creation longs for it. All creation awaits that day. Allcreation looks for the day when God’s children will be revealed sowe can once again be the caretakers of God’s beautiful gardens, Hiscreation, His wonders and glorious kingdom. Can you imagine what itwill be like?

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Jeremiah 32-36

see the whole year's plan here

May 5, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke whileHe walked alongside us. Our websitehttp://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 19:26

devotional summary

We sure try to save ourselves, though, don’t we? We try to buyour way into heaven by giving tokens of material goods. We think ifwe give enough to a church and get our name on a pew or the wing ofchurch or maybe on the wing of a hospital it will earn us that spotin the kingdom. It’s kind of foolish to think that way, though.Take a look around. How much would it cost to buy the ocean andeverything in it? That belongs to God, so does your wing of thehospital impress Him?

Do you know how much gold has been dug out of the earth? Ifyou’ve never thought about it, it’s not quite enough to fill anOlympic swimming pool. That’s all. Men have been pulling gold outof the ground for centuries and that’s all they’ve found. So howmuch of that Olympic swimming pool sized lump of gold do you own?Do you think that impresses God? I guess not. So buying your way,just can’t save you, can it. There’s nothing you can give God inmaterial goods that could impress Him.

So how about something you could do. Is it some good deed youcould do that could get you into heaven? What could it be? What actcould you perform that could impress God enough to win yoursalvation? The answer is nothing. He has seen it all and peoplehave tried everything to try to assauge the guilt of sin they carrywith them from their youth. No one has found the cure in goodworks. Every prophet, every preacher, every priest has talked aboutit. When you compare what we can do with what God can do, what canwe do that would impress Him? Again, the answer is nothing.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Job 35-36

see the whole year's plan here

May 4, 2016

A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke whileHe walked alongside us. Our websitehttp://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Today's Scripture Focus

Matthew 19:23-24

devotional summary

Jesus says it’s hard for the wealthy to find their way to heavenbecause they find it hard to let go. They forget the materialthings of life are meaningless. The world tells us they are soimportant. We work so hard and at some point we have enough toretire and enjoy the remainder of life in some semblance of rest.But it doesn’t work. We can’t take any of it with us. And when ourhealth runs out near the end of life, what good are all thosethings? Solomon talks about those days when sounds are muffled andsight is dimmed. Life drags on until we take our last breath. Ithappens to the poor and it happens to the rich.

The rich think they can prolong life by searching out the rightdoctor, the right medicines, the right elixir, the right cure. Theycan’t. Only God knows the day or the time your last breath willcome and nothing you can do can change that. Your riches or yourpoverty cannot change the number of your days. God gives us thosedays and He can take them away. He allows us to be stewards of Hisproperty. He can also take that away just as quickly as well. Askthe executives at Enron. They thought they were invincible. It tookjust a few words in the right place and their empire came crashingdown.

It’s all His, give it to Him, He lets us enjoy it while we’rehere, but don’t hang on too tightly. You might begin to think likethe young man who went away sad. He thought he was wealthy. But washe really? Where is your treasure?

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Psalms 51-53

see the whole year's plan here

May 3, 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 19:17

devotional summary

Isn’t it just like us? The young man, I mean. Jesus explains in pretty simple terms what he needs to do to be assured of eternal life. He explains all he needs to do is obey God’s commands. So what does the young man do? He retorts with, “Well, which commands in particular? I really don’t have to keep them all, do I? Just tell me the most important one so I can concentrate on those. Give me the cliff notes so I don’t have to study so hard and let me just keep the one or two commands that are most important to God, okay?”

Let me ask a couple of questions. Do you substitute sports for devotion to God. Do you substitute your lawn or upkeep on your house for devotion to God? Do you substitute your house for devotion to God? Are you kids extracurricular activities more important than your devotion to God?

What does your heart tell you when you ask yourself those questions? Only you and God know the answer. You can put on the airs of the young man who spoke to Jesus and everyone around you will think everything is in order and you’re on your way to heaven. But you know what God thinks. Is it time to find an altar and put all your possessions there? God accepts nothing less. But then, it’s His anyway, we’re just His temporary stewards.

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - 2 Samuel 5-9

see the whole year's plan here

May 2, 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 19:17

devotional summary

There is only One who is good. Do what He says to do. He’s the judge. Obey His commandments. I don’t see much tolerance in Jesus’ words there. I don’t see Him saying, “Well, you can follow anyone that sounds like he’s succeeding in the world.” It doesn’t sound like Jesus advocates, “Just do what feels good.”

I don’t think Jesus meant to say, “Any religion works as long as you’re sincere in your belief.” Jesus’ words come out pretty straight forward and remarkably clear. God is good. Do what He says if you want assurance of eternal life. That’s the only way to get it. There’s not other path, nothing you can pay, no spells you can cast, nothing else you can do. Just obey what He tells you to do. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?

Today's Bible reading plan:

Read it in a year - Exodus 17-20

see the whole year's plan here

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