Day 15

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” – Ephesians 5:15–16

 

Imagine if we had a Category 5 hurricane barreling down on us and all the local news media stations were giving us notice to evacuate. You know that time is of the essence. With one hour to load up the family and any belongings before leaving town, what we spend our time on would reveal our priorities. We would not be worried about recording our favorite shows, downloading some new apps, or going to the gym to work out. We would use every minute to get the house ready for the storm and our family ready for the journey ahead. Spiritually speaking, we need to prepare for storms. Sin has caused the world we live in to be broken. Because of sin in our world there is evil which causes storms, devastation, and desolation.

God’s Word tells us that we need to make the best use of our time because the days are evil. This means we need to take care of the people around us by making sure they know the truth of the gospel of Christ. We have to do our best to make sure that everyone knows that in the midst of the storm of evil, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Jesus is the Savior that can sustain us and protect us. Beyond our words, we need to evaluate our actions. We need to watch what we say and how we say it. We live in the victory of Jesus’ defeat of sin, not weighted down by guilt and shame. Because we do not have much time, we must use the time we have to the glory of God. We need to live differently, speak differently and act differently.

  • Yetta Baldwin

    Thank you for this message today! I am trying daily to be more accountable for how I treat others. Even at work, I have the reputation of being the kind, sweet coworker. That is fine, but I want to strive to be an even stronger witness of God’s love to everyone I encounter.

  • Lisa Hadebe

    Amen

  • Michael Elwell

    I know it the storm is a metaphor, but what good timing when I was woken up at 1:15 this morning being told to take shelter from a possible tornado. I made my wife and children get up to take shelter. Just like how I often depend on them spiritually to wake me up and get me moving to the safty of Jesus.

  • Cyndy Torres

    Last night while putting my 12year old to bed he said, “Mom did you know there’s a tropical storm coming with 60 MPH winds?” I could tell he was excited and and a bit worried at the same time! I reassured him that it was fine, but he was ready to put up the storm shutters to make sure we would all be safe. This devotional and the innosence of my son’s heart, reminded me that sometimes we just take a hands off approach to the urgency of our spiritual journeys. We allow work, kids, hobbies,and the cares of this world to distract us from getting ready for the storm!
    “I’m putting the shutters up!” “I’m getting ready Lord!” During this fast I have been asking God to open up my heart so I can push past that level of comfort and complacency, and move into true transformation! Thank you Jesus that you can utilize such a small example in my everyday life to bring me to real understanding! I love you Lord!

  • True Blue

    Amen!

  • Wendy

    Amen 🙏🏾

  • Elaine Saramago

    Unfortunately Storms come and go. But we should keep our eyes on our savior, because He will help us thru it.

  • Lynne Campbell

    Amen

  • Jeffrey Medina

    Amen!

  • Barbara Donovan

    Through storms GOD develops our character. We learn to rely on GOD more and less on ourselves. We develop our faith and to witness GODS hand in our lives. I am experiencing this now. In the mist of my storm I feel more at peace than ever before. I handed everything over to the LORD Day 1 of the fast. I am not in control, he is. GODS plan is far greater than anything I can ever come up with. Thank you Father for today’s devotion, for your love and for the online blogging during this 21 days of fasting and prayer. Each one if you inspire me to keep pushing forward. God bless you all!

    • Sandra Negri

      Amen.

    • Wanda Hernandez

      Amen

  • Ashley Rios

    Amen, and Amen!

  • Ana Mercedes Castro

    Amen 🙏🏻