Daily Devotional

August 22, 2019

BREAKING DOWN DIVORCE

Is divorce wrong? Is it ever necessary? If so, when? If not, why not? What about remarriage? These questions alone can cause a lot of tension, because so many individuals have been impacted on some level by divorce. Whether...

‘"The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'does violence to the one he should protect,' says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.’"

Malachi 2: 16

Daily Devotional

August 21, 2019

LOOKING FOR JESUS ALL YEAR LONG

Truth-seeking requires persistence and humility. There are all sorts of seekers out there today, searching for truth and life’s answers. Some of the first “seekers” were three guys from the East who were searching for meaning and truth. God...

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?" - Matthew 2:2a

Daily Devotional

August 20, 2019

THE PROPER USE OF POWER

Power…Influence…Control. Do you have it? Do you want it? What are you willing to do to get it? The misuse of power is a constant reality. People have a tendency to sacrifice anything or anyone to attain and hold...

"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5

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The misuse of power is a constant reality. People have a tendency to o sacrifice anything or anyone to attain and hold onto it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Think about the number of relationships damaged because of one person’s quest for power that led him or her to take advantage of their authority or position of influence. How much disappointment and heartache could be avoided if those in power exercised it with wisdom and restraint?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The most powerful person to ever live is Jesus Christ. Why? Because He was God in the flesh, who could have commanded whatever He wanted — and yet, Jesus chose to live the life of sacrifice and service, as exemplified on the cross. In the process, He accomplished exactly what He set out to do — become the Savior of the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we all can access His power for good. Now that’s real power! How are you using your power #influence ?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Does this conversation sound familiar?  Perhaps this example exemplifies Th extent of many of our prayer lives. Some may say, “But, the Lords Prayer tells us to pray for our daily needs.” Yet, we often confuse our NEEDS with our WANTS. In doing so, we can get so wrapped up in praying for what we THINK we need that we begin to see God as just a great genie in the sky, granting our every wish. But that’s a terrible misunderstanding of God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Is God going to give you everything you ask for? Absolutely not. Loving parents don’t give their children EVERYTHING they see in a toy store; likewise, God is not some genie saying, “Your wish is my command.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not re ie e because you ask with the wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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God wants us to seek His will so that we can learn to understand the difference between our needs versus our wants. When we do, we can knock on Th door of heaven and see God pour forth blessings to meet the NEEDS in our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When Jesus said that He was the only way to God (John 14:6), more than a few people objected. Who was Jesus to deliver such a black and white statement and what did He mean by, “I am the way?” The way to where? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Let’s look at the context in which Jesus was speaking: At the beginning of John chapter 14, Jesus was speaking about going to heaven to be with the Father. So, when Jesus said, “I am the way,” He was saying, “I am the way to Heaven” (my paraphrase).
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Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, needed a bit more clarity. So he asked the question they were probably all thinking: “What is the way to Heaven? How can we be sure that we’re on the right road (My Paraphrase)?”
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The majority of people feel that if they’re good enough, religious enough, or moral enough, they will get to Heaven. That’s completely contrary to what the Bible says, because if we sin even once, we’re disqualified. Heaven demands perfection because God is perfect. With perfection as the standard, no one other than Jesus qualifies. So how can we be sure we’re going to heaven?
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It comes down to trust. Are you going to trust that Jesus is who He says He is and that He died on the cross for your sins, making you right with God? Are you going to trust Jesus to be the ONE way?
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #lifequotesJohn 3:16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible. It’s basically Jesus summarizing His purpose on Earth which was. All about love: “God so loved the world.” Now I want you to replace the Word “world” with your name, because what Jesus was saying is for every single person. God so loved YOU that He sent His Son, Jesus. And if we trust in Him and accept that Ne is t urn and Th Son of God, then we will have eternal life (my paraphrase). Although each of us will die a physical death, Jesus promises His followers a spiritual life WITH God for all of eternity. While our bodies will give out, our soul will live forever in Heaven or Hell. It all depends on what we believe about Jesus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Question: Can we lose eternal life once we’ve received it? Well, if you could — then it would be temporary life. Jesus promises ETERNAL relationship with God. But this isn’t just a promise for eternity, but a promise for an abundant life today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The ABUNDANT life that Jesus was talking about don’t refer to material things; it doesn’t mean that you’re going to fulfill the “American dream.” Maybe you will or maybe you won’t. That’s not the point.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Why? Because God so loved — YOU.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #lovequotes #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #lovedOne thing is certain: Everyone will offend someone at one time or another and need forgiveness. In fact, no relationship can survive a lack of forgiveness. But as prideful sinners, seeking forgiveness when we’ve messed up isn’t easy. It is t even natural. So, why do we struggle so much to ad, for forgiveness when we’ve messed up? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1) ASSERTING IMPERFECTION: The thought process goes like this: “I’m only human. And since I’m not perfect, then you’re holding me to an impossible standard. It’s your problem. Just get over it.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2) COMPARISON: This attitude compares my actions with those around me. It says, “I’m really not so bad when you look at what everyone else is doing.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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3) ENTITLEMENT: This attitude asserts a RIGHT to be forgiven feeling entitled to forgiveness says, “I’m generally a good person who only messes up from time to time so, I DESERVE to be forgiven, no matter the hurt I caused. I don’t need to ask for it because you’re obliged to get over it.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus spoke a lot about forgiveness. In fact, forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian faith. The key is recognizing that we’re all sinners in need of forgiveness. There’s no entitlement, no comparison, and no action that EARNS us God’s forgiveness—apart from the cross. Jesus took upon Himself our sin, our shame, and our guilt in order to offer us forgiveness and a restored relationship with God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The key to seeking forgiveness from those we’ve wronged is to know th extent of how God’s forgiven us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We are obsessed not only with our own personal success, but we may be even more obsessed with providing our children with the tools THEY need to become successful. We all do our best, but a lot of times, there’s confusion about what constitutes REAL success.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s not very successful if ourselves or our children grow up to have all the worldly success for fifty years, but then spend eternity separated from God in hell. That’s a temporary success, but an eternal failure. So, what’s God’s definition?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In God’s eyes, success means discovering His will for your life and using that purpose for HIS glory - rather than our own. We must see the big picture when we set our own life goals and especially when guiding our children down the road of life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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One of my favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 55:8-9. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” That’s a beautiful passage in the Word of God to describe why the Word of God is so unique. Because everything we read her in this life tends to be contrary to what God’s Word is saying. We need to immerse ourselves in the Word of God as a way of getting to know God, so that we can love God with our minds.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #lovegodTo continue from yesterday’s topic, what is our SOUL?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Our soul is our personality and the seat of our will. Confused? Think about it this way. When a man and woman fall in love, they get married. While passion may have drawn them together, it is a decision of the will that keeps them together in a committed relationship. The fact is that sinful human nature often causes us to be unfaithful to our spouse. And if we act by our feelings alone, we would follow the temptation!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s the same with God. When we give our hearts to God, we begin that relationship with Him. Then along the way, we’re tempted to fall into sin. And if we simply follow our feelings, we might give into temptation. But if we’re really going to love God, we will choose to be faithful to Him, no matter what we’re feeling at the moment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Now, “passion” is a very hot term in our contemporary culture. When people ask, about your passions, they want to know what makes you “tick” — what gets your juices flowing? It could be an ideology, a social cause, a pastime or hobby. Perhaps it’s going to the theatre, movies, or concerts. It could also be financial success, physical fitness, or college football. But what about your relationship with God? Can you be passionate about getting to know God?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Yes. In fact, your life’s number one passion should be your relationship with God. Think about it this way: when you first gave your life to Christ in faith, you had a hunger to learn and to read God’s Word, to be in worship, and to share with others how your life had changed. You were excited about it ; there was a very real passion there! But over time, as life presented its many challenges and opportunities, it became easy for other things to claim a higher priority.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In Memoriam- George Wright Sr.

George Wright Sr. was a long-time supporter and original Board Member of Right From The Heart Ministries. He was a major inspiration to his son, Bryant Wright, our founder and CEO, back in 1992 to create this ministry and spread the Gospel through broadcast media and the then-new “Intranet”. George Sr. was a tremendous encourager to everyone who knew him and was greatly admired and loved. A memorial service will be held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA on Saturday, August 10. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to either Right From The Heart Ministries or to Young Life.

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An Update From Bryant!

 

Many who are part of our Right From The Heart
family may not know that I have been the Senior
Pastor of Johnson Ferry Church in Marietta,
Georgia, for the last 37 years. A few months ago,
I felt the Lord leading me to begin the search
process for my successor, which as I’m sure you
can imagine, wasn’t an easy decision to make!
But, it was clear to me that God was the source
of this change, so the church began the process of
searching for God’s man to follow me in the role
of Senior Pastor. I’m very pleased to say that Clay Smith
has affirmatively answered the call to become the next Sr. Pastor at JFBC.

“So,” you ask, “what happens to Right From The
Heart after you step down from pastoring the
church?” Well, I can assure you of one thing:

I STILL PLAN TO LEAD RIGHT FROM THE HEART!

I’m excited that I will have more time to focus
on our mission to “Reach and disciple people
for Jesus Christ through the use of media.” God
has blessed this ministry in so many ways, and I
know that through your continued prayers, your
financial support, and our dedication to be good
stewards of what God has graciously allowed us
to do, we will be able to reach even more people
with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

In addition, I will be adding new aspects to our
ministry at RFTH in leading Bible study tours to
Israel and Paul’s missionary journeys, as well
as mentoring younger pastors. I humbly ask for
your prayers for all of us at Right From The Heart
as this transition takes place. Thank you and
may God bless each of you!

FROM OUR FOUNDER
Bryant Wright