Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 9th

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30 Seconds. You’ve had a professional career in television and you retire. Your last day at work on national television and at the end you have 30 seconds to say something. What do you say? Answer that question before you continue reading. Yesterday I was listening to KSBJ and heard about Katie Lee Gifford’s last 30 seconds and what she said. Here is what she said:

“Jeremiah 29 says, ‘I know the plans I have for your, declare the Lord’, she said, getting choked up,” ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope’. That’s not just true for me, you guys, that’s true for everybody watching.

“Trust Him. Let Him love you like He wants to love you,” she continued. “Like I am loved by all of you.”

This really made me think about what would I say? Am I always ready and willing to spread God’s Word and to glorify Him in everything I do?

To pursue boldness in the power of the Spirit requires we die to our flesh. “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live…” Romans 8:13 But it is by that death that leads to life! Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace..”

To die to our flesh in order to pursue boldness is really to choose life. And that should lead us to pray: Whatever it takes, Lord, decrease the hold that unbelieving fear has over me and increase my boldness to declare the gospel to everyone you put in my path.

Today pretend you have 30 seconds on National Television to say something, what will you say? I hope this question will help us all prepare to be bold not only in that instance but in our everyday walk on this earth.

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