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Let Go and Take Hold - Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - December 22, 2014

A lot of us don’t want to let go. We still want to hold on to a part of our old lives.

Let Go and Take Hold I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” - (Isaiah 41:13)  A man who fell over the side of a cliff was hanging on to a branch that was starting to give way. Recognizing it was only a matter of time before he would fall to his death, he shouted, “Is anybody up there? Somebody help me!” Suddenly Jesus appeared, leaned over the edge, and said, “Young man, reach out and take my hand, and I will save you. But first, you must let go of that branch you’re holding on to.” The man didn’t want to let go of the branch. Jesus told him, “You must take hold of My hand and let go of the branch, or I can’t pull you up.” The man paused for a minute and said, “Is anybody else up there?” A lot of us don’t want to let go. We still want to hold on to a part of our old lives. But there has to be a moment in each of our lives when we have recognized we are sinners and have asked for God’s forgiveness. Then Jesus Christ comes in. But we have to let go. Then some changes must take place. The Bible says there is a spiritual blindness in all those who have not yet turned their lives over to Jesus Christ. So we must have our spiritual eyes opened, turning from darkness ... read more

Loneliness During the Holidays - Love Worth Finding - December 21, 2014

I believe that the holidays are the loneliest time of the year.

DECEMBER 21 Loneliness During the Holidays BIBLE MEDITATION: “For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” - Psalm 116:8 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: I believe that the holidays are the loneliest time of the year. Everywhere you look, people are told they’re supposed to be happy and they realize they’re not. They see everybody else acting happy, and they feel so lonely. Just walking down the mall can make you feel lonely. But Jesus has said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). When I’m discouraged, His presence sees me through. When I’m lonely His presence cheers me up.  When I’m worried, His presence calms me down. And when I am tempted, His presence will help me out. ACTION POINT: Write down the last portion of this devotional thought and personalize it. Now use it as a prayer of faith and trust. For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org. You can also listen to Adrian Rogers at OnePlace.com. Watch Adrian Rogers and Love Worth Finding Video Online. FEATURED RESOURCE Daybreak: Practicing the Presence of God This devotional journal with daily applications was designed several years ago by Adrian Rogers. This leather-bound keepsake will be a treasured addition to start your day out right! Each day you will begin with a nugget from one of his messages, a reading from God's Word, and a place to write your "Spiritual concerns and prayer requests." Order ... read more

There are Spoils to be Taken - Streams in the Desert - December 18

When one army is more than conqueror it is likely to drive the other from the field and take possession of the whole.

  No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!—Rom 8:37    The Gospel is so arranged and the gift of God so great that you may take the very enemies that fight you and the forces that are arrayed against you and make them steps up to the very gates of heaven and into the presence of God.   Like the eagle, who sits on a crag and watches the sky as it is filling with blackness, and the forked lightnings are playing up and down, and he is sitting perfectly still, turning one eye and then the other toward the storm. But he never moves until he begins to feel the burst of the breeze and knows that the hurricane has struck him; with a scream, he swings his breast to the storm, and uses the storm to go up to the sky; away he goes, borne upward upon it.   That is what God wants of every one of His children, to be more than conqueror, turning the storm-cloud into a chariot. You know when one army is more than conqueror it is likely to drive the other from the field, to get all the ammunition, the food and supplies, and to take possession of the whole. That is just what our text means. There are spoils to be taken!   Beloved, have you got them? When you went into that terrible valley of suffering did you come out of it ... read more