Thursday, June 29, 2017

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: On The Go to San Pedro Island, Belize July 17 - 24, 2017. We are so excited to see God's Hand at work as we prepare for our Belize Festival. Pray with us for final details for the festival, strategic planning, lodging, tickets, and funding. Thank you for serving with us so that together we can "Share Christ Across the Street and Around the World"!

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: The Interns who faithfully come to On The Go each year to work for Christ and learn how to do ministry that matters for the kingdom of 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 June 29, 2017
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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 safety for Keith and Joan and each participant with the Amplify Conference as they travel home from Chicago, Illinois.

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, 2017
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Getting Fit and Staying Fit

Getting Fit and Staying Fit by Joan Cook

"Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee" Psalm 119:11

1.  It is impossible for us to live a Spirit filled life without being connected to Christ and spending daily time with Him.

(We can talk about being in shape all the time, but unless we are actually working out and eating right, it's all just talk.)

2.  We must be full of God's Word

("But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: " 1 Peter 3:15)

3.  Be in constant prayer - listening for God to speak

(Communication is essential!  It's like having an electrical outlet in your home, but never plugging anything in it.  The power is there if you need it, but you have to plug in!)

4.  Surrender control to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to use you to help, bless, and encourage others.

(It's ALL about HIM and what HE is leading YOU to do.  Listen and be obedient!)

REMEMBER, We don't train for a race only to go sit on the couch and do nothing.  We train so that we can run the race.

Personal Prayer: Pray that God will give you a greater hunger for His Word!

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's "Adopt An Evangelist" program. This program provides funding and support for various missions and evangelists around the world. Keith and Joan will both be leading workshops this week at the Extend the Impact Conference and networking with other evangelists, musicians, artists, and their spouses. Pray for guidance, leadership, and sensitivity as they minister this week in Chicago, Illinois.

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 27, 2017
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Prayer Warrior (Enabler)

Prayer Warrior (Enabler) - by Laurie McTier

News Event: Extend the Impact Evangelism Conference and the Amplify Conference hosted by the Luis Palau Association and the Next Generation Alliance will be meeting in Chicago, Illinois on June 26-29, 2017.

And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:11-12

When I think of prayer, I immediately think of the word "Power". As we pray God reveals Himself to us and enables us to see the world through His eyes. God has been showing me recently that there are two branches of prayer. The first one is where Christians come before God and present their requests unto Him. But there is a second branch through which God reveals Himself to us...He longs to communicate with us and show us His character so that we can be examples of Christ to the world around us.

On a recent mission team, I served many roles, one of which was the photographer for the team. One afternoon we worked with a local church and held neighborhood outreaches in about six different areas of the community. In the last area where we worked, there was a soccer field right behind the park where we were sharing. When we arrived there were about twenty guys playing soccer. We held two drama presentations in the same spot, one geared to the children and one to the youth.

During the children's presentation, the soccer game continued and the guys became loud at times. However, during the youth presentation, I noticed that the soccer team had been divided up. Half of the guys were now sitting down trying to listen to the Gospel and half of them were trying to coerce the rest to come play ball.

God impressed upon my heart to begin walking toward the soccer field.  As I walked toward the edge of the field, near where half of the team was sitting down, I began to sense that God wanted me to intercede for the team, especially for the soccer players that they would not be distracted from hearing truth of God's love. Within less than five minutes, I began to look around. The rest of the soccer players had left the field. Some were also listening to the Gospel presentation and the rest of the guys had gone home.  I praise God for the ten to fifteen soccer players who prayed to receive Christ that afternoon.

God taught me many things through this illustration. As you work for God in whatever way He leads you, God will give you various roles and responsibilities. Some of us may not be able to stand up before one thousand people and preach or share our testimony, but each of us can pray for the individuals to whom we are ministering to that they might be receptive to the Gospel and that all obstacles will be removed.

I am reminded of Aaron and Hur in today's scripture reference. Moses and the children of Israel were at war with the Amalekites. Moses had sent Joshua and the army down to fight and now they were weary and about to lose the battle. Moses sought God on their behalf and could no longer hold up the fort. Aaron and Hur stepped up to the plate and held up Moses arms before God. The Israelites were victorious and each man served a vital role in the victory.

Personal Prayer Focus: Praise God for intercessory prayer. Stand in the Gap for someone today.

On The Go Prayer Focus:  Staff and many other evangelists and ministers as they attend the Extend the Impact Evangelism Conference hosted by Luis Palau's Next Generation Alliance. Pray for Luis and Andrew Paulau as they encourage, instruct, minister to, and challenge each participant.

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 26, 2017
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Key to Spiritual Growth

Key to Spiritual Growth by Joan Cook

As I prepared to speak at a recent conference, I began to contemplate a topic that would benefit the women I would be speaking to: "Feeding the Spirit and not the Flesh." I would like to share with you one of the key points to help you become spiritual strong!

"But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." 1 Corinthians 9:27

Discipline is of the upmost importance in feeding our spirit. Lack of discipline in one's life can cause our flesh to begin to overpower our spirit.  Paul tells us that we must discipline our bodies and bring them into subjection.  Subjection to what?  To the will of God - the spirit man that lives within each Christian.  Do you want to be spiritually strong? Of course, you do! Here are a few ways that will help you.

1) Be consistent with time you set aside for talking and hearing from God.

"...he knelt down on his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days."  Daniel 6:10

Morning, Noon, Evening. There's not a right or wrong time to meet with God. Find a time that is best for you. Personally, morning is best for me. It helps me start the day off right when I've talked with God.  It sets the tone for my day!

2) Have a specific place set for your devotional time.

Make a place that is where you commune with God.  I suggest you do this so that your time is planned and not "up in the air".  My special place is a comfortable chair in my living room.

3) Start by a prayer of thanks and ask God to bless your time.

If you're a parent, you like to hear your child say thanks occasionally and not only come with their hands out asking for something.  The same is true with God.

4) Read The Word. (Example: Devotional Book, Read Bible Through, Psalm and Proverbs, Chapter or Verses in specific Book)

In order to live a Spirit filled life, we must be led by the Spirit. How do we know what God wants us to do? Let the Word speak to you. Logos is referred to in the Bible as the revealed, true, spoken word to everyone. Rhema is a God quickened word...just for you. Mark in your Bible when God speaks to you. Write it down; it will be testimony in the future.

5) Keep a devotional journal. It can be a very useful tool for remembering how God spoke to you.  It will also help you remember how things touched your life and reflect on God's promises at a later date. In your journal, write down prayer requests and then date it. Beside that, write down how your prayers were answered.

I can not tell you how important this has been to me over the years.  I can look back at some of the things God has shown me in His word or in prayer and it encourages me!  It also reminds me of ALL that God has done in the past and I get excited about how He will work through me in the future.

6) Pray.
Praise - Psalm 66, 93, 106
Thanksgiving - Psalm 75, 105
Confession
Appreciation
Chatting
Petition - Matthew 21:22, Ephesians 3:20, James 1:6, Luke 11:9

Chatting is when you simply talk with God about absolutely anything that's on your heart.  After all, He is interested in everything about us and wants us to feel comfortable and close enough to just chat!

7) Meditation. Quiet reflection and an open heart. Be quiet and wait on Holy Spirit to speak.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that God will bless, direct, and keep you in the center of His will.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Finances of the Team as they boldly go out for Jesus Christ. Pray that all their needs will be met at home and for the projects they are working on.

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 25, 2017
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Answer the Call

Answer the Call by On The Go Staff

Recently, our staff came together and had the opportunity to share with one another how God called each of us into the ministry. It was a joyous time as we reflected on God's call into missions and evangelism and our response to His calling. Today, we would like to share with you some verses from God's Word that we hope will be an encouragement and a challenge to you in your walk and service to God.

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3

"Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth." 1 Samuel 3:9

"But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." Deuteronomy 4:29

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," Ephesians 3:20

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." 1 Corinthians 2:9,10

"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary." Isaiah 50:4

When God calls us, we must obey. As we pray to God, we will never receive a busy signal. He is as close as the mention of His name. On the same regard, we must always be ready to listen to His voice as well. Don't put God on hold.

Seek the Lord and ask Him what He would have for you to do for Him this summer. Make every day and every opportunity count for Christ! God wants to use you; He has a unique plan for your life. He has given each of us the call to fulfill the Great Commission. Answer God's call; seek to share Christ with someone today.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that you will honor God this summer as you Seek to make every opportunity count for Christ.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Families of the On The Go staff. Pray for their emotions, finances, safety, wisdom, and spiritual health.

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 24, 2017
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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Hawk

The Hawk by Keith Cook

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

Recently I saw a hawk sitting on a fence post in my back yard. He looked like a fine creature. He was just staring at me. Finally, after a few minutes, he majestically flew away.

I had never seen a hawk in my yard before and asked my neighbors if they had ever seen one in their yard. They informed me that they had and that it had tried to carry off their puppy but had failed due to the weight.

Wow, I had never dreamed that a hawk was so bold as to try to carry off a dog. It looked so beautiful to me, so innocent and regal sitting on my fence post. Little did I know that those steely eyes and claw like feet were just waiting to snatch up my Yorkshire Terrier..

Now every time the hawk soars above my yard I have a healthy respect for it's plans and power. I watch my dogs, and keep my distance.

The same strategy would also help us deal with the devil. He looks good, sounds good, and often acts good, but is terribly dangerous. It is not wise to spend too much time in his presence.

Just like all sin and temptation - the don't look, don't touch, don't taste strategy would be a wise one to follow. The devil is looking for an opening into your life to harm you and keep you from developing into the mature obedient Christian that Christ would have you be. Be mindful of his strategy and keep a watchful eye open for his lurking around.  Without warning he may pounce into your life and cause all kinds of havoc.

What can you do to be prepared for an attack from the devil?

1. Pray - Pray that God will direct you and protect you from the devil's schemes.

2. Read - Read the word of God to gain insight into the devil's tricks down through the ages and for clues as to how to successfully live the Christian life.

3. Watch - Watch out for traps and tricks of the devil. He is crafty and will lead you down many a dark path if you are not careful.

4. Share - Share your fears, troubles, experiences, and thoughts with other believers. Other Christians can help you navigate the devil's dens. Pastors, Bible teachers, parents and mature believers have been placed in your life to help you live for Jesus and avoid the perils of the devil.

5. Trust - Trust God with every area of your life and never take off on your own and do anything you know is wrong or are not sure if you should.

Do not fear the devil but be aware of his snares. God is greater than any problem or adversary you have - trust Him.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray for a protective hedge for you and your family from the snares and traps that the devil tries to place in your path. Decide today to be prepared against attacks from the devil by praying, reading, watching, sharing, and trusting.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's World Outreach Center (WOC). This is our main office and training facility. Pray for God to protect the building, guard the mechanical and structural aspects of the facility, and use the facility for maximum eternal benefits.

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 23, 2017
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