Daily Devotional for August 30, 2005

August 30

BIBLE MEDITATION: ?Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.? John 5:8

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: In the Gospels, we learn about a man who languished by a pool for 38 years hoping for someone to put him in a pool when the waters stirred so he could be healed (see John 5:1-9). He had a place in line, but someone always stepped in front of him. What was Jesus response? Step out of line, take up your bed and walk! Suppose a man had been standing in line for Super Bowl tickets for 38 years. His buddy comes up to him and says, ?I have two tickets on the 50-yard line. Come on.? If he steps out of line, he puts all of his trust into this guy?s word that he has two tickets on the 50-yard line. Do you know what a lot of us do? We want to make a provision for our flesh or we want to keep our spot in line. Jesus says, ?Leave it behind.?

ACTION POINT: What are you holding onto in your life that God wants you to give up so you can live the life He died to give you? Can?t think of anything? Maybe there?s not anything, but just in case, why don?t you spend a little time talking to God about it.

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