Monday, October 16, 2017

Practice God's Presence

Practice God's Presence by Keith Cook Jr.

"Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus...Stay away from every kind of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-23

I read a book recently titled, "Practicing The Presence of God," by Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a cook in a monastery three hundred years ago. This cook was able to continually practice the presence of God day and night. No matter what he was doing, he was always in God's presence.

When asked his secret for constantly practicing the presence of God, Brother Lawrence said that everything he did was out of love for the Lord. Regardless of if he was sweeping the floor or talking to a friend, he would always do it out of love for the Father.

I think Brother Lawrence was able to realize, like so many of us can not, that God loves us more than we could ever imagine. For this we truly owe Him our every thought. Brother Lawrence is one of the greatest examples of someone practicing the presence of God that has ever lived.

It helps me to know that it is possible, in a world that seems to be falling farther and farther away from God, to do all that we do out of love for God. His life and example have made a tremendous impact on my life since I read his book. I hope that his example will encourage you to start practicing the presence of God no matter what your circumstances are, or where you may be, or what you may be doing.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will practice the presence of God this week. Live above your circumstances.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's USA Outreach Effort. God has placed a United States effort on the heart and mind of the On The Go Team. Three key objectives are sharing, praying, and training in every county in the USA using On The Go Advance Teams, Training Teams, Planning Teams, Prayer Teams, GoTeams, and Outreach Efforts.

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 Devotional for October 16, 2017
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

In Troubled Times

In Troubled Times by Joan Cook

When President George W. Bush declared that the United States of America was at war with Iraq in 2002, he stated that the United States will accept no other outcome other than that of Victory. We must take an active role by praying for the president, government officials, our troops, the innocent people in Iraq, and God's will and His glory! Today we encourage you to pause and to meditate on these scriptures.

1) Pray for our Government Officials.

"So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up-- one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword." Exodus 17:10-13

"For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:4

"In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me." Psalms 31:1-3

2) Pray for American troops and their families.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 'May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, 'Peace be within you.'" Psalms 122:6-8

"For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble." Psalms 143:11

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16

3) Pray for innocent civilians.

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me." Psalms 138:7

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles." 2 Chronicles 32:7,8

"The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." Psalms 9:9

4) Pray for God's will and His glory.

"Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me." Psalms 56:9

"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all." 1 Chronicles 29:11

"Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendour and majesty." Psalms 21:5

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for the government leaders, our military members and their families, innocent civilians, and God's will. Pray for Upcoming Elections for national, state, and local leaders. Pray for PEACE!

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's Performing Arts Team. Pray for our team as we minister through drama, puppets, interpretive dance, and music. Our Performing Arts Teams are made up of volunteers and On The Go staffers who travel around the USA to local churches and events sharing the Good News.

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 October 15, 2017
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Today's News - Tomorrows Headlines

Today's News - Tomorrows Headlines by Keith Cook

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord..." 2 Timothy 1:7, 8

Everyday I rush to my computer and check the headlines to see what is going on around the world. Every night before I go to bed I have to channel surf all the news channels to see what is happening in the war on terrorism. It has captivated my heart and mind.

The attack on The World Trade Center, the bombs exploding on buses in Israel, shootings on high school and college campuses, and the sniper shootings in Washington D.C. are vivid reminders that life is short and our future is not guaranteed.

Everywhere I go I see signs that let me know it is not just on my mind, but on everyone else's, as well. At ballgames, shopping malls, at work, and at church, I hear comments of how everyone is concerned with what is around the corner concerning our future. Will there be more war? Will we attack certain countries?  Will the stock market continue to slide? Will our economy suffer? Will our quality of life be affected? Is it safe to let our children out in public? The list goes on and on...

The Bible says, "He has not given us a spirit of fear or timidness." I believe right now that God would have Christians all around the world rally behind the cause of Christ like never before. We need not be afraid of terrorists nor bombs. This is not a time to be afraid of snipers and let their actions stop us from doing what God is calling us to do for Him. Let's not be afraid of what men can do to our bodies, but actually live for the Lord and do great and mighty things for His cause.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will not let the dangers of this world stop you from serving the Savior of this world!

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook's Hands-On-Training Events. This is our Outreach Training School on the road. Keith and the On The Go Team share all across the USA and Worldwide in fun and creative ways that people can serve Jesus and make an impact in this generation!

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 October 14, 2017
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Friday, October 13, 2017

GOD WANTS YOU

GOD WANTS YOU by Keith Cook

You can make a difference

"As my Father hath sent me," Jesus said, "even so send I you." John 20:21

You will make a difference and you will see results if you are a God called evangelist and you go at God's time.

My first evangelistic trip to India was very remarkable. I had prayed one night that God would lead me to our next project overseas and India kept coming to my mind. Within days an invitation was received. A local pastor confirmed to us that he too had heard God calling him to covenant with us about the trip.

We believed we had a word from God to go to India. We believed we were prepared to go spiritually, and we had a desire to go. We knew that the need to go was obvious and all we lacked was the finances to go.

We kept on trusting in God for our resources right up until there was only two weeks left before we were to go. My assistant informed me that God had told him to stay at home. One man asked me how I was going to go to India. I told him God would send me. He had told me I would not go because I had no money and needed to stay home and work for a living and earn an honest wage for an honest days work.

When my assistant told me that he was not going I knew this was God's will because there was really nothing for him to do except travel with me.

But when the man told me I would not go because I was trusting God to provide and not working for the money, something very spiritual happened. God spoke to my heart and said "I have called you and this is My timing. I know you have no money and I know you have no way to get any. Trust Me and don't send out any requests for help."

When God told me that, I stopped trying to raise any more funds. I went into a trust mode. Within days I received all the needed funds for my airfare, lodging, food, and crusade expenses from an anonymous donor. Never had that happened before and never has it happened since, but it was God's time for me to go and for Him to show His glory in my situation.

On that Crusade I saw more decisions than any meeting I had ever had. I also personally grew more in love with Christ because I was alone with God. His time is never late or early but always at the appointed time.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will make a difference this week GOing at God's time.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go Publications & Media Team. We are striving to saturate and minister to a contemporary culture and society through modern media. This division includes our audio, video, internet, and written materials. Through these various ministries we reach out, train, and inspire Christians to action.

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 October 13, 2017
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Being Scared

Being Scared by Keith Cook

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 10:27, 28

In America, in the fall season, many people will go to haunted houses and let people jump out at them and try to scare them. We have haunted woods, haunted houses, haunted warehouses and on and on. They are not real. They are fake.

We also have scores of movies and books all written and produced to scare us and shock us with gross and unimaginable horrors.

As a little boy I can remember watching a scary movie and not being able to sleep that night. My mother told me that I should never watch another scary movie again. She was right. I have too vivid of an imagination to let it run wild on evil and horrible things.

In my life I have learned many things about what scares me and what does not. Being alone, in the dark, in a cemetery, or even a church, is way up on my list of places that scare me. Isn't that amazing. I am a grown adult but being in the dark at a church or cemetery still gives me chills.

Why? One is a place of death and one is a place of life, yet the darkness puts them both in the same category to my senses. The absence of light produces fear and unnatural imaginations.

What about you? Are you letting your mind run wild on the wrong things?

You may avoid horror stories but are you letting the Devil interpret your life for you?

You may run from scary movies but are you watching your life unfold from the Devil's projection booth.

Don't listen to him. Don't let him scare you. What he says about you are lies.  He wants to bring you down and defeat you. Don't let him.

Let the light of God's Word bring clarity and peace to your life. Turn the light up and let God shine on all your situations. Do not let anything scare you. Do not let anything keep you from the work of God in your life. Do not be scared away from doing the work God has for you to do.

Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for God to use you in this season of high interest in the supernatural. Use every opportunity to speak for Him and promote righteousness! Do not be scared of the Devil. Greater is He that is in you!

On The Go Prayer Focus: The physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of people hurting all over the United States and Worldwide. As God gives us opportunity in times of crisis we need to rapidly move to help.

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 October 12, 2017
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Want To Go There!

I Want To Go There! by Keith Cook

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

When my son was little we would play a game where we would keep up with all the cars that we passed by trying to see how many different states they were from. We often would have sighted license plates from all over the United States by the time we arrived at some of our locations.

It is easier to see many different licenses when you travel to a heavily populated place like Orlando, Florida, as opposed to traveling across Kansas. Going to see Mickey Mouse always provided many hours of great fun. While driving for hours through wheat fields usually produced snores from the back seat. There were not very many tourists out on the plains until we would get near Wall Drug and Mount Rushmore.

I always loved seeing Wyoming's plates because they had a rodeo rider on them. Joan would always be looking for Mississippi because there is no place like home for her. Keith Jr always was looking for Hawaii and never seemed to find it!

Whenever we would be driving down the road and see a neat looking license plate, Keith Jr. would say, "Dad, I want to go there some time!"  When you are young you want to do everything, go everywhere, be everything.

Let me ask you a question - Where do you want to go in life?

There are many places we all don't want to go:

Loneliville - Jesus said He came to give you life, real life, more abundantly than you have or could ever have without Him. Many people can be lonely and unfulfilled even in the midst of great activity. Jesus is the answer for loneliness.

Painville - We all avoid pain but it usually catches up to everyone eventually. There is the pain of failure, pain of regrets, pain of loss, pain of tragedy and injustice. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit for believers to be a comforter. He is able to comfort even when we do not know what is going on or where to go. Allow the Holy Spirit to be with you in your times of pain.

Fruitlessville - Many Christians know they are secure in Christ but they waste opportunities that God gives them to make a real difference for the Kingdom of Christ. By giving to Christian missions, doing local and international mission projects, being faithful to a local church, growing in the disciplines of the faith, and sharing one's testimony and the good news every believer will have great fruit as a believer and their fruit will remain.

Emptinessville - Living a life as if there was no God leads to an unfulfilled and empty life. Running out of life before allowing God any say in your life is such a waste. The countless amusements in the world and the endless number of television channels will not take the place of plain old-fashioned peace with God. When Jesus allows the Holy Spirit to fill you, you will overflow with joy, peace, happiness, contentment, purpose, power, and faith. What are you waiting for?

Valley of The Shadow - If you have to visit the valley of the shadow of death do not fear, Jesus will be with you.

Some places to consider visiting on your journey through life.

One Way Parkway - When you start your life you are taken care of by your parents. They make every decision for you. But once you reach the age of accountability you begin to make decisions on your own. Your bad actions are held against you. By your actions you are judged, rated, ranked, rewarded, fired, and blessed.

In order to become a Christian and be all God wants you to be you must walk down God's one-way street to the Cross of Jesus. Jesus died on the cross for you and wants you to admit you can not make it without God's help, believe in Jesus as your Savior, and ask Him to rule and direct your every step. Once you get on the right road Jesus actually will direct, steer, and drive your life if you will let Him.

Rightville - Knowing what is right and doing it is a virtue to visit every day in every way. Always allow the Holy Spirit to direct every area of your life.

Restoration City - Keeping a right relation with everyone is a must in life. Run from prejudice, anger, pride, bitterness, and unforgiveness.

Green Pastures - Growing in Christ means you will have a productive and happy life. Just like and animal grows by eating green grass, Christians grow by feeding on God's Word. The Bible should be your main health food. It should be devoured and feasted on if you want to live in Green Pastures.

Eternity Springs - Living forever in Heaven when you die is your final destination. Once you are in Christ your final destination is assured.

As Christians, we must give account of our actions, reactions, words, and how we use the gifts God has blessed us with. Choose today to follow God's path and walk in obedience to His plan.

Daily Prayer: Pray for guidance, direction, and sensitivity as you seek to put God first and choose to follow His plan for your life.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's Neighborhood Outreach Program. In reality, very little is being done to reach people in many communities across the USA. On The Go is striving to train local Christians and help them develop programs that can systematically and permanently reach real needs in their neighborhoods.

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 October 11, 2017
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Would This Help?"

"Would This Help?" By Keith Cook

"Instruct those who are rich in this world not to be conceded or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good to be rich in good works and to be generous and ready to share. Storing up for them selves treasures of good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed." I Timothy 6.17-19

Recently my wife and I were praying and asking God to do something for us and we were saying "God if you don't come through for us we are sunk. We don't know what we are going to do."

As we were praying and trusting the Lord, we asked Him to do a miracle in the area of our finances. Miraculously, something happened right in the middle of our prayer. A young man who had only been married a couple of months called us up on the telephone. He had been on mission trips and local outreaches with us in the past. As we talked on the phone, he said, "God has told me...we have been blessed my wife and I and we wanted to do something special for you and your wife." He went on to say "Would this particular amount of money help at this time?" I excitedly said that he would not believe how wonderful that particular amount was and that God had really spoken to him because that was the exact amount that we needed to do what God was calling us to do. We all rejoiced that God would love us all so much to reveal His will to us and also that He would use us to do His will together.

You know there are people that God has blessed and they need to realize that it is important for them to share what they have with other people. We have been blessed to be a blessing. It is so hard to let go of our stuff and let God use it for His work. Tithes, offerings, gifts, and donations are all to be give cheerfully and quickly to the work of God.

Why not today share with someone around you that you know that has got a special need. Be used of God today. I'm not talking about giving to a ministry like On The Go or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, but to individuals and special needs that God shows you today.

Daily Prayer Focus: Be obedient to God's leading in your giving this week. Ask God who you can bless.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoKids Clubs. The focus of GoKids Clubs is to present a clear Gospel message to young children in our festivals, missions, and local neighborhoods. Pray for On The Go as we minister to boys and girls and share with them the love of Jesus 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 Devotional for October 10, 2017
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