Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! by Joan and Keith Cook

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."  1 Timothy 2:1, 2

July 4th is a wonderful holiday here in the United States! Independence and freedom are something we, as Americans, often times take for granted. It is hard for us to imagine living in a country where we are not free to express our own views, worship as we please, go to the store and find anything we could possible want, sleep in a home that is heated and cooled at our whim, get in your car and drive where we please, or any other number of things we so easily take for granted.

As Americans, we have a responsibility to pray for the leaders of our country:

Pray for President Trump
Pray for Vice-president Pence
Pray for your Senators and Congressmen
Pray for all those who are in a leadership position in our nation
Pray for all the countries of the world and their leaders

If you travel around the world, as we do at On The Go, it does not take you long before you realize there is truly "no place like home". We have had the privilege to visit over 40 countries in our travels. While those countries and the people were so beautiful, hospitable, and proud of their own homeland, the United States is the place that Joan and I hold dear.

Lord Jesus, continue to stretch out your hand of blessing, love, and protection on this great Nation. Help this country never forget that it is only through You that our blessings come! I pray that we will continue to take those blessings and share them with others around the world. May we never forget that Jesus is the greatest blessing of them all!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for our troops as they are continuing to fight for our freedom. Pray against terrorism and that God would stop any evil plans that evil men have to hurt individuals world-wide.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoCare ministry. This is our acts of kindness and benevolence ministry department. The focus of our GoCare ministry is to reach out to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting individuals and to build bridges between churches and their communities.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for July 4, 2019
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Confidence

Confidence by Laurie McTier

"For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou are my trust from my youth." Psalms 71:5

When I think of a confident individual, I think of one who is assured, willing to stand up, determined to defend and possess a great conviction.

God has called each of us as believers to let our light shine before men that they will see His Spirit at work in our lives. He has called us to fulfill the Great Commission.

When I look at today's scripture, I am reminded that God is our Hope and our Confidence. Our calling and ministry today comes from the Lord. Whatever your hands find to do, do it and serve Him wholeheartedly.

As you serve today, go out in confidence. God has gone out before you. He will guide you and give you the words to share. He has called you and equipped you for all that you will do today.

Go forward in Confidence!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for our country on the eve of the Fourth of July Holiday. Pray for our law enforcement agencies and our military families. Stand against terrorism. Pray for peace!

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go Ministry Supporters. It takes teamwork to make the dream work! Our ministry supporters have made commitments to play a vital part of our team through praying, sharing, caring, going, and growing. Pray for Keith and Joan and the team as they fly back from Cuba today.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for July 3, 2019
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Finish Well!

Finish Well! by Keith Cook

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord... will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7, 8

A few years ago I met with one of Billy Graham's associates and I asked him what his goal was for the next few years of ministry. At that time, he said his number one goal was to help Dr. Graham finish well. Today Dr. Billy Graham is in Heaven with His Lord and Savior.

He then went on to say that most great leaders and ministers often lose focus and get off track at the end of a project or even at the end of their life. God wants all of us to finish well.

David, in the Bible, lost his focus once and stayed back from his job, allowing someone else to go off and fight for him. The Bible says that when it was time for kings to go out for war David was home looking and lusting at another man's wife. He should have been out finishing his work that God had given him, not home making excuses why he was not needed and letting his wandering eyes and lustful passions control his life.

Commit today to finish all you are doing for God well. Don't slack up or let others do your job. Make a mark and keep on making a difference.

Press on to the prize, finish well!

1. Have you lost your focus at any time while serving God?

2. What else could God be calling you to do to help others?

3. Who have you let do your job or made suffer because of your lack of focus?

4. Ask for forgiveness and thank those you regularly minister with for bearing with you and helping you be all God wants you to be!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray today for your God given and God called ministry. Resubmit your life to God's direction!

On The Go Prayer Focus: Cuba Festival/Outreach Team. The team will be leading an Area-Wide Evangelism Conference with local pastors and church leaders today. Pray that God will continue to raise up godly men and women to reach their nation for Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for July 2, 2019
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Victory and Valuable Truths

Victory and Valuable Truths by Keith Cook

Recently, I was sitting on an airplane contemplating one of my hero's who had just passed away, Pat Summitt.  She had died after a five year battle with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Pat was a legendary basketball coach from my home state of Tennessee.  She actually won more basketball games, coaching the women's team at the University of Tennessee, than any coach in history.  She was an amazing lady!  She died at the age of 64. 

As I was reading about her end of life struggles and how quickly the disease struck her career and family in such a drastic way, I started asking myself what lesson was there for me in all this.  She was only 5 years older than me.  She was not planning on this taking her away from the ones she loved and she had little time to prepare her family and friends for what was happening in her life.

My mind quickly jumped to more negative and alarming thoughts... "What is something like this happens to me? I forgot someone's name the other day. Perhaps that's a sign of mending doom for my mental state.  Maybe I should retire early and relax and just have fun with my family and friends while I can enjoy them, remember them, and not be a burden. 

Within in minutes, I was in the middle of a full scale mental and spiritual battle.  Fighting a war within the grips of a panic attack with fear and worry was not the way to obtain victory.  My emotional weapons were letting me know.  My very real and ever present human nature was ganging up on me as well.  I was quickly loosing this fight. 

But, in the middle of any crisis, I know some valuable truths that I have learned by trial and error - the Word of God, life long lessons, and Godly mentors. 
1.  The devil does not fight fair
2. Our mind does not always recall or see the whole picture all at one time
3. Every impression we have is not always right.
4. Nothing is as fearful as the unknown
5. God always has something that will help me If I will ask, seek, listen.

With that in mind, here are some action items that relate to those five crisis truths:
1. Quickly choose not to listen to what the devil is yelling!
2. Focus, relax, and search out as much information as you can so you can see more of the whole issue that you are addressing.
3. Never react to bad news or crisis situations with dramatic actions.  It is always wise to only ACT on what you know is right, true, prudent, and sure.  Stability is what is needed, not unstable, unthought out reactions.
4. Go to mentors, family, and friends to get help.  Share, relax, reflect, and slow down.  Over the course of time, stability will come.
5. Take the time to go to God in prayer and let Him speak to you.  He usually speaks through the Bible.  Once He speaks to your heart, His directives will be clear and right on point.

When God gives directions, they will always be consistent with His character and Word!  He will never lead you to harm yourself or others by your actions.  His word can stand the test of time and should be able to be confirmed by other Christian leaders as being true.  Any word from God will produce peace and relief for you and you will know in your heart and mind that it is true and will come to pass.

In closing, I want to share what happened to me within seconds of my initial crisis moment described above.

I was so overwhelmed that all I could do was pray.  Actually, I prayed a simple prayer, "Oh God, help me". And I'm not joking, but the next thing I knew, I was waking up from a nap.  I believe the Holy Spirit helped me REST in order to get to the place where I was RELAXED enough to think clearly.   As I was awakening, a flight attendant asked me if I would like a Coke and I did!  While I was sipping on my soda, I opened my IPhone and went to a devotional reading that I often read that simply gives me a focus passage for the day. This is what I read.....

"For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well."  Psalms 139:13-14 NIV

Even as I write these words, I have to clear my eyes from the tears that still are coming out of my eyes and soul.  What a great and loving God! What a gracious and kind savior!  God wanted me to know that He made me! He knows my DNA!  He can handle my future.  So can my family and friends and so can I!

It's not time to pull out the rocking chair.  It's time to hit the road (and sky) one more time for Jesus sake!

Personal Prayer Focus: Praise God that there is True Victory in Jesus Christ. Praise Him for Godly Truths, Prayer, and Inspiration He has given you in your Christian Walk. Praise Him for Friends, Mentors, and Family Members that God has placed in your life.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith and Joan Cook and the team today as they minister in Cuba. Pray for Joan as she will be hosting a Women's Conference and sharing from her heart with many women who have been ministered to this week at the Festival. Pray for wisdom and discernment as Joan shares the Gospel and that many women will be encouraged and challenged in their walk with God.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for July 1, 2019
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The GoPrayer

The GoPrayer by Keith Cook

"Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 2

If you want to help others to be all that God wants them to be you can pray for them. The kind of prayer that I am talking about is proactive prayer. Your prayer is full of life and action. When you are praying for them you are praying for a positive reason, seeking God directed results, and expecting God to supply all their needs for His glory.

Why not try praying, what I call, the "GoPrayer". The structure of this prayer is important. It helps you when you pray to pray a more focused and directed prayer. Pray for the following three things:

1. Pray that they will Prosper.

Pray for their finances and livelihood. Pray that all they touch will be successful. When Christians prosper they automatically bless others if they are in the Spirit. This helps the overall plan of God. Believers are blessed and they bless others who then can bless others. The cycle should never be broken. If everyone keeps blessing everyone who has a need then everyone's needs are being met. The only thing that can stop the flow of God's blessings is when someone decides not to share and give as they have been given unto.

2. Pray that they will be in Good Health.

God given compassion will drive you to your knees to pray for someone's health and well-being. When someone is in good health they are able to go for Jesus and use their talents for His kingdom. Pray for their good health because you care and because you want them to be able to use their health as a testimony for Christ.

3. Pray that their Soul Prospers.

Always remember to pray that someone is walking and developing in Christ. It is not enough to have wealth and health. We all also need true spirituality. Pray that your friends and associates will prosper in spiritual matters. Pray that they will read the Word of God and discern what God is saying to their hearts. Pray that they will mature and grow as disciples of Christ in these last days. Pray that they will be prepared to share their faith and that they will have divine appointments. A soul never really prospers unless it is being used by God to bring others into a right relationship with Christ. This is what the Bible calls a "wise" person. This is someone who is out winning souls.

The GoPrayer is appropriate to pray for everyone that you know. It is also alright to share with those you are praying for that you are praying for them. It should encourage them. It may even motivate them to start using the GoPrayer in their devotional life. It also helps them know that God cares for the little things in their lives as well as the major. He is concerned with and cares for their total life. It is not selfish or sinful to ask God to prosper you, heal you, and mature you!

GoPray the GoPrayer Today!

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray for yourself and your family and friends that each one will prosper, experience good health, and that their soul will prosper.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook, Joan Cook, the U.S.A. Staff, and On The Go Board of Directors, as they add leadership and direction for the ongoing ministries of the Keith Cook Team and On The Go. Pray for the team today as they minister in churches and local festival in Cuba.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for June 30, 2019
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Clean Out Your Car

Clean Out Your Car by Keith Cook, Jr.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalms 51:10

News Event: Cuba Outreach Team with On The Go Ministries June 27-July 3, 2019! Pray for the team as we minister thru Prayer Walking, Strategic Points Prayer, Evening Festivals, Youth Outreach, Evangelism and Leadership Training, Women's Events, and more!

A friend was about to hop in my car one day when I quickly began to clean things up. I grabbed a ton of stuff and began to throw it in the trunk. I would image this has happened to many of you, I hope not but if you're anything like me it is a common occurrence.  After the day was through I began to go through the things I put in the trunk. It was a group of many things from clothes and CD's to cleats and books. I would take a load from my trunk and walk it to my apartment and begin to put things where they belong. I began to clean out my car. Not just dropping a pile in the floor of my room but really putting it in its place when I brought it in. It wasn't fun and it took a lot of time but I liked the result. At the end of it all I had a clean car. I had a car that I could be proud of again. I no longer was embarrassed of the mess because there was no mess, no more junk.

Shortly after this particular incident I realized that my car symbolized my life before Christ. It was filled with junk, things I was not proud of but things I had done to myself. Instead of just asking for forgiveness I just put it in the trunk and forgot about it. However, God never forgot about it and He convicted me to clean my life out. But not just taking it out and putting it in a pile but really putting things in their place once and for all. The result was kind of the same as it was with the car. I could be happy and proud that through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross I had a clean life.

Is your car dirty? Now, let's get a little more personal, what about your life? If so don't go another minute without receiving the gift of freedom. It is freedom from the worry and guilt of sin. It may take some hard work in regards to settling that sin, but trust me it will be worth it. Allow yourself to take some time to see if trash has collected in your life, maybe it has been in the trunk for years. If so, call on Jesus to forgive you and turn from that sin. I once heard that admitting sin is not the same as quitting sin. You can admit it all day long but if you don't make a point to quit it will never go away. It is an indescribable feeling to have a clean life (and car). I hope you will take the time to reevaluate your commitment to Christ and examine your life based on the ten commandments. I believe we will all see that we have some cleaning to do.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that God will forgive you of known sins, give you a clean heart, and renew your spirit to serve Him wholeheartedly.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Boldness, wisdom, and discernment for our Cuba Festival and Outreach GoTeam as they encounter witnessing and training opportunities.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for June 29, 2019
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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Big Question - Why?

The Big Question - Why? by Keith Cook

"And He said to them. Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?"  Luke 2:49

Do you know what the Bible records as Jesus' first spoken word? You would think it would be something inspiring or theologically deep. Actually, the first word spoken by young Jesus was the simple word - "Why". Jesus used a word that verbalizes the question so many of us often ask. Why? He was asking His parents why they were so troubled with Him? Life is full of questions with seemingly very few quality answers.

Here are some questions we may be asking.

Why should I or why didn't you?

Maybe even - why not?

These are all valid questions that may be running through your mind right now. Let's look at each of these questions in regard to our Christian service.

A common question is why should I, or why should anyone, spend time and effort to minister cross culturally and evangelistically? Some say, you can serve God at home just as well as on a project. But truthfully, they rarely do! The reason you should serve God with your whole heart is because He served you at the Cross and followed through with His resurrection. We should endure whatever it takes to go the extra mile for Christ sake; after all, He went all the way for us!

Another question one may ask is why didn't you? We can always look around and ask ourselves why someone didn't serve us better or treat us kinder or even appreciate us as highly as another. This is a terrible trap to fall into. Jesus could have left us all high and dry at the Cross. What if Jesus had said, they should have known better than to treat me this way? What if Jesus had repaid the Jews and Romans for their treachery toward Him? He could have come down from the Cross and refused to suffer for such unappreciative people. But He did not look to others in order to serve His Father. He looked to His God given mission and call in life.

Another question that may arise is why not? Why not relax and take it easy and let someone else do all the work? Why not stop a little early and maybe even stay in and rest? We all know that this is not a true disciple's attitude. We must ask ourselves why not climb one more mountain or leap over one more wall? God may be asking the same question...Yes, my child, why not?

Personal Prayer Focus: Lord Jesus, thank you for not asking why when your Father sent you to die on the cross for me.

On The Go Prayer Focus: All the Ministry Partners, Missions, Missionaries that On The Go ministers with. It takes team work to make the dream of reaching the world a reality.
Pray for Keith and Joan today as they minister with the team in Cuba! Today they will meet with young people and adults in local churches and host an evening festival! Pray for open doors, boldness, safety, and Divine Appointments.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for June 28, 2019
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