Sunday, September 23, 2018

Our Vision For The Future

Our Vision For The Future by Keith Cook

In Proverbs 29:18 the Bible says, "where there is NO VISION ... People PERISH"

As you are reading this over two billion have not heard about the love of Jesus.  Over 150,000 people a day die without Christ!

Now is the time for all Christians not to hide in fear, but to loudly celebrate, lovingly care, laboriously cultivate, and longingly communicate our faith.

We should Loudly Celebrate and rejoice in the Life we have in Christ.

We can Lovingly Care for every person on the planet.

We must Laboriously Cultivate friendships and relationships that God can divinely use for the Kingdom and cultivate our own knowledge of the Word and Ways of God.

We must Longingly Communicate the love of Christ to the whole World.

Have A Vision Beyond Today - "He who aims at nothing usually hits it!"

A VISION is a Revelation of the definite will of God.

Absence of a vision results in people who will

1. Perish
2. Run wild
3. Live unrestrained
4. Rebel
5. Be Idle
6. Play

Sounds like America and the World we live in!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for Vision!

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 September 23, 2018
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Embrace The Future

Embrace The Future by Keith Cook

"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Romans 3:22-24

We also need to embrace the future. Embrace it. If you haven't figured it out by now, I have formed an acrostic of the word future.

Face the future
Unaffected by the future
Trust in God for the future
Unwise not to consider your future
Reaping and sowing for the future
Embrace the future

You can personally embrace the future.

"I have hope in Him. Therefore, the Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him it is good that he wait silently for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth." Lamentations 3:24-27

The Bible is basically talking about embracing the Lord and trusting Him for your future happiness and peace. Right now you can do something that can affect how you will embrace and face your future. God's Word tells you how to begin to embrace your future right now!

Look In

Begin by taking a realistic look in. Right now the Lord would have you look into your future and decide if you are prepared.

When you look inside your heart of hearts, if you don't have Jesus inside, it doesn't matter what goes on on the outside.  Your future is not secure.

When you look inside yourself, you should know if you are really His! The Bible says His Spirit bears witness with our spirit whether or not we are of Christ.

You can have Jesus living in you in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is as simple as taking these three steps.

Step 1. Admit that you are a sinner and that you are sorry for your sins. The Bible says in 1 John 1:8, 9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Step 2. Believe the truth about God and His love for you in Christ. God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for you and to pay the penalty of your sin. He willingly gave up His life to give you life with God. He loves you and wants to be your God.

Step 3. Call on the name of the Lord in prayer asking Christ to come be your Savior. You can pray right now. The Bible says in Romans 10:13, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Why not pray right now and really prepare for your future. Here is a simple prayer that can represent the desire of your heart.

Dear God, I am a sinner and cannot save myself. I am sorry for my sin. Jesus, you died on the cross for me. I believe in you and ask you to come be my Savior and God. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. By your power I will live for you. I love you and thank you. In Jesus name, Amen.

(If you prayed that prayer we would love to send you some information on how to live the Christian life. Please call, email or write us. God bless you and welcome to the family of God.)

When you know for sure that all is right between you and God then He wants you to embrace your future.

He wants us to embrace Him because He said, "I am the same yesterday, today, and forever."

Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life." In other words, He is our future, He is our past, and He is our present. Embrace it.

Look in, are you prepared? That means have you come to Christ? Have you settled it with Christ? Have you made everything in your life that concerns your spiritual life complete? God can help you make it plain, simple and precise!

Some of us try to make our faith difficult. It's basically this, do you love God? Are you doing what He says? Embrace Him, look inside.

Look Out

You also need to look out when you embrace the future. What is your part in what's going on in the future? What would God have you do? What is God calling you to do? There are many opportunities for Christian service all around you. You can begin serving God right in your own neighborhood. You can volunteer with a Christian ministry. God may lead you to participate on a short term mission project. He may lead you to help with some of the ministries at your local church. The possibilities are endless.

If you would like more information on what you can do to serve God you can call our office or even send us a letter or e-mail requesting information on what you can do to make a difference for Christ. We would love to help you become "On The Go" for Jesus.

Look Up

Embrace the future, look out at what God has for you to do for Him and then look up. Look up to the Lord, He is there.

Tomorrow when you wake up and you're still here, and no terrorist has blown up your world, then you have a decision to make. If you're still breathing, and your family is safe, when tomorrow comes, you are going to have to go on to the next day, and then to the next, and the next.  This will go on and on until Jesus comes to take you home or you pass from this life to the next.

Your future is bright! It is as bright as the promises of God. God says, "I'm here for you, I'm ready for you. I will take you into the future. I will take you beyond tomorrow." There is something beyond the right now. It's called Heaven and it's prepared for those who know Him.

Your future is secure if your future is in Him. So cheer up, you can get out of here and end up in Heaven whenever He wants you. But until He wants you, He is with you.

So, what can befall you that doesn't first come through the blood and through our Lord Jesus Christ. If God be for you, who can be against you? What does your future hold? According to God - More opportunities! More open doors! More trials and more obstacles! More opportunities to see that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Daily Prayer Focus: Are you ready for your future? Ask Jesus to give you a future with Him. Make sure your future is in Him!

On The Go Prayer Focus: The follow-up of inquirers who come publicly and make decisions for Christ, write in for materials to grow in Christ, or who visit our website looking for help in following Christ. Pray for local believers, churches, parents, and friends who all will be used of God to nurture each and every one to maturity in 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 September 22, 2018
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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Importance of Reaping And Sowing in Our Future

The Importance of Reaping And Sowing in Our Future by Keith Cook

Earlier this month we have looked at how we can sow love, stability, faith, hope, and peace into people's lives. In the past few days we have talked a lot about facing the future and making our lives count for Christ. Today, let's look at two other ways that we can sow fruit for God's Glory and at the same time make an impact on the future.

1. We should sow Blessings - We all have been blessed of God to be a blessing. God could take all of us to Heaven after conversion if we had nothing else to do in this life. But He does not take us; instead He sends us, into the highways and byways, searching for those that He would have us minister to in His name.

2. We can sow Eternity - The most eternal thing you can do is to sow into someone's life the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When you take a risk and share the love of Jesus you have given someone more than stability or blessing you have given them a future life in Heaven. Our future will eventually bring all of us to eternity in either Heaven or Hell. This will happen to everyone. Sow Eternity.

Each of us needs to sow greatly and we will reap a reward from God.

What have you sown this past week?

What have you sown into Christ's service lately?

What have you sown into other people's lives?

What have you done that matters?

Not too long ago I received an offering in the mail from someone that I knew did not have a great deal of money. I also knew that they wanted to do something that counted for Christ and I felt in my spirit that the Lord was going to bless them. Not because of their gift to us, but because of their obedience to God. They had listened to the Lord and met someone's need.

Not too long after receiving the gift I received confirmation from them that God had moved mightily in their family and answered a prayer they had been praying for quite some time. God had blessed them and they were praising Him.

God wants us to start sowing into people's lives, not just monetarily. Money is so minute. There are people around your life who need so much more than money. They need understanding, they need compassion, and they need someone to encourage them.

Most of us are in so deep; money won't help us right now. You know what I mean! We need a way out. We need a way through. We need a way around, and it only comes from Christ. We can sow for Him.

Daily Prayer Focus: Who could you bless or bring Jesus to today? Take every moment to bless and share Christ this week.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Those who need to make decisions for Christ as On The Go and the Keith Cook Team shares the Gospel around the world. Pray that they will hear a clear message about Christ, that the Holy Spirit will move them to a point of decision and that they will be bold enough to publicly respond 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 September 21, 2018
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Unwise Not To Consider Our Future

Unwise Not To Consider Our Future by Keith Cook

"Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter.' See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!'" Lamenations 1:9 (NASB)

Over the past few days we have looked at facing the future, how the future is unaffected by our culture, our economy, terrorists, or our calamities and how we are supposed to trust the Lord. In Lamentations, chapter one the Bible says, "she had not considered her future." It is unwise to not consider the future when looking directly at it.

Now let's look at Jerusalem and some of the things that happened to Jerusalem when she didn't consider the future. The first thing was Jerusalem fell. She actually physically and spiritually fell.

Now if America does not consider her future, we are going to fall. If we continue to elect men and women who have no backbone, no character, who have no faith, we are going to fall.

If we continue as a public to endorse lifestyle, habits, entertainment and things of pleasure that have no glory, no profit, or no good value in them, we are going to fall. If we are going to continue to train ourselves and to train our children that money is all there is, and that's all there is to life, we are going to fall.

A few years ago our home was affected by an ice storm. We were not ready for it. We were on the road holding crusades and when we finally we home we had no electricity. I don't even think we had a can of tomato soup in our cupboard and could not have opened it even if we had because our can opener was electric.

We decided right then and there we were going to get a generator, just for normal calamities and things that could happen. We wanted to be prepared for future calamities and to consider the future.

Now I have an emergency plan that includes canned goods, water, and supplies. Our ministry now has a benevolence program and we have a truckload of food. We're not storing it up for ourselves. God says that we are supposed to consider our future and the future of others because we are all connected. What we do affects others. We are storing up supplies for others and are prepared to help all who are having needs in our area. We have no magic "Get out of Calamity" card. But we do have God's word and His assurance we are going to be able to withstand all that comes or we will be standing with Him in Heaven. Either way, we win!

Sin

It is a sin not to consider your future. Jerusalem did not consider her future and it led her into sin.

Comfortless

In Jerusalem there also was no comfort. Day after day the people were forced to work under taskmasters and were led astray by the folly of their sin. When they forgot their future there was no comfort. They forgot all the promises of God and walked by the conditions they had around them. They let their environment and the wisdom of the day rob them of their comfort from God's word and His way.

Spiritless

The Spirit was not allowed to work in Jerusalem. When people deny the power of God and do not let the Spirit move there is no hope or future. They forgot that God holds the future, not armies or Kings. Working things out in the natural became Jerusalem's strategy. They forsook the Lord.

The same is true today. When sin is rampant and we find no comfort, then we have a condition where we often deny the Spirit of God and His leading and direction.

If you don't consider your future you too may end up like Jerusalem. Jerusalem would not allow the Spirit of God to move and work. They would not look to God's provision, promises or protection.

Sometimes when we look at the future, or we choose not to look at the future, we are basically saying we like things the way they are. We don't want to change. We don't want to do anything different, and we are not going to let the Spirit of God move.

Now I'm not talking about something freaky, I'm talking about something faithful. I'm not talking about something foolish, I'm talking about something God has foreordained before the foundation of the world. God wants to work in His church. He wants to work in our culture. He wants to work in your heart. He wants to work in your family, your job, your situation and your children. He wants to work with what you have and what you have been given. God says it is a sin and it is unwise not to look at your future. Now I believe God wants us to look at the future and He doesn't want us to fall.

Precious Things Affected

The Bible says that Jerusalem also had problems with their enemies and their enemies continued to grow and would not go away. Boy, does that sound familiar. When you don't look at your future then precious things are affected by the enemy. Hold something precious close to you. Touch something precious in your room or home. The Bible says that the precious things in Jerusalem were affected because Jerusalem, the culture, and the leaders did not consider the future. All they did was work for today. Don't do that.

Joan and I not long ago decided we were going to invest our lives in younger leaders. We decided we were just going to pour out everything we had to train up a generation who can do what we do, which is evangelism.

It has cost us. We could be going around the world in style. If we didn't care about training people, helping people, and considering the future, we could be traveling across America making $5,000 an event teaching seminars on how you could feel good about yourself.

That's not what God said for us to do. He said consider the future because people are precious and they are falling away and becoming affected by the sins of this world.

Don't allow the future and our culture to affect what's precious to you. Right now God is calling us to decide what is really precious to us. Hold on to that which is holy and which God has given.

There are four things which God has given me.

He has given me a wife
He has given me a son
He has given me friends
He has given me the world

I consider them precious! God tells us to. We can't neglect them because precious things are affected by the enemy.

Worldliness

Again, in Lamentations, the Bible says that the shame about not considering your future is that worldliness enters into your religion. What does that mean? It means that God is not allowed to do what God wants to do because we have worldliness in the church.

In order to understand worldliness in the church, we need to understand our world.

Our world is a Dark World full of evil, violence, drugs, sex and abuse. Evil gets more vocal and front page all the time. Once we are shocked often enough we then become complacent and use to the abnormal and profane.

Our world is also a very vocal Third World full of hungry, needy, and emerging people. Because of past neglect and abuse many of the under capitalized nations of the world are bitter and angry.

Our world also includes an Old World full of the status quo. With people looking for security and safety. The have become very traditional and nationalistic. Often they have outdated time warped solutions to new and modern problems.

Our world includes a Disney World of fantasy and childish unrealistic expectations. Children and adults are allowed to live out of control with no absolutes and no moral compass.

There are some in our world who are Out of this World. Computers and technology is pulling us into the new millennium faster than most want to go. The future is here now.

Our world now is a Global World. We are now all connected through the economy, politically and ideologically.

The modern church thinks that they have special insulation from worldliness. They have it all figured out. You know some of us even think we can escape worldliness. We have got God figured out and we have put God in a God box. We go to God when the forest is on fire or when times start getting tough. But, oh that we would let Christ in our religion and we would allow the Holy Spirit of God to move in our hearts and take hold of every area of our lives.

Daily Prayer Focus: Ask the Lord what He has given you. What precious things do you have in your life? Commit them to Christ. Be wise and consider how your actions going into the future affect them. Give every area of your life to Jesus and let Him take care of your precious things.

On The Go Prayer Focus: All the local churches, committees, and leaders who will be working with On The Go Ministries and the Keith Cook Team in creative outreach efforts in the United States and around the world.

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 September 20, 2018
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Unaffected Future

Unaffected Future by Keith Cook

"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

Yesterday we began looking at key elements to consider in looking at our future. Each of these elements can lead you into great pain or great joy and excitement.

We began with "Face The Future". Now let us go on with our look at the future.

Unaffected Future

The second thing about the future is not only do we have to face the future, but we have to see that the future is unaffected by our culture, our economy, or any calamity.

Jesus said, "I Am."

What did He say? He said, "I am the same!" Wow!

In today's scripture reading, we read that the Lord is my portion. The Lord is my portion; therefore, I have hope in the economy? Oh, wait a minute that's not what it says.

I have hope in the Air National Guard? Whoa!

I have hope in the Civil Defense?

I have hope in the stockpile of food in the basement?

That's not what it says! It says "The Lord is my portion; therefore, I have my hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him. To the person who seeks Him."

Waiting and Seeking God In Our Future

Waiting and seeking are very hard for most of us to do. How can you wait on God and seek Him at the same time? How you can rest and work at the same time? How you can walk by faith and sit back and trust Him in faith?

One key to understanding this principle is to understand it is an attitude of faith and trust. We are seeking the Lord and we are waiting upon Him. We are doing all He has given us to do; yet we are trusting in Him to do all that only He can do.

God says we are supposed to face our future and our future is unaffected by our culture, the economy, international terrorists, or any calamity. Let's put our trust, faith, and hope in Him. Truly, He is our portion.

Trust In God For The Future

In Lamentations 5:19 the Word of God says, "Thou O Lord dost rule forever."

This is very important. It says, "The Lord dost rule forever; your throne is from generation to generation. Why do You forget us forever? Why do You forsake us so long? Restore us to You, O LORD, that we may be restored; renew our days as of old."

The Bible says that God really rules the church. We may feel rejected. We may feel pain. We may feel like we don't know what's coming around the corner but God does!

Beyond Today, There Is Jesus!

No matter if a terrorist strikes our city or if the power goes off for a week, Jesus is still there. If all of us are reduced to just eating beans, O please God, don't let that happen to us, we still have our Father. But if that's all we have, then that's all we have. We still have Him. God says trust in Me for your future. He said, face the future and trust God in your future. Remember, beyond today there is Jesus.

Daily Prayer Focus: Focus on Jesus today. Put your future in His hands!

On The Go Prayer Focus: The "On The Go Daily Internet Devotions". This devotional series is read by hundreds around the World via the internet. "On The Go Daily Internet Devotions" are used to encourage, challenge, and motivate Christians in their daily walk. Pray for Keith, Joan, the On The Go Staff, and special guests as they share daily through these devotional thoughts. You can subscribe to these daily devotions via our website if you are not already a subscriber.

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On The Go Daily Devotion for September 19, 2018
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Face The Future

Face The Future by Keith Cook

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me." Psalm 56:3, 4

Let's look into the future and ask the Lord to show us some things that will help us as we deal with the future as it comes upon us.

Do you have a couple of minutes to look into the future? The question really is will you take a couple of minutes to look into the future? If you want to look deeper into what is at hand then let us look into our future for a few moments together.

In looking at our future there are key elements to consider. Over the next few days we are going to look at each of them. Each of these elements can lead you through times of great pain or times of great joy and excitement.

Face The Future

The first thing about the future is that we have to face the future.

We have to look at the future and what is coming and be very practical. God would have us reinforce the concept of being practical by our being solid and sound.

You know a lot of us look at the future and we think, "Okay, I don't have to do anything. You know, God said that He is going to take care of me. I don't have to work. I don't care about the have needs for survival. I don't care about the hurricanes or individuals who are trying to put their lives back together. I don't care about anything. I can just sit here and I don't have to do anything because God will come down here and sprinkle the water on us and we are just not going to burn up."

Now aren't you glad that there are some people who are practical and when they hear about things like hurricanes and natural disasters they still go out and do their job and face the possibility that there may be a tomorrow. Praise God for the police and bankers and computer programmers who are living like there will be a tomorrow.

You see, God doesn't want us to be foolish, He wants us to face the facts, face the future, and do what we can do in the natural to prepare for what may be coming in the natural (what we can see) and in the supernatural (the spiritual) world. God wants us to be practical about what is going on.

I heard a story one time about a man who was living in a big canyon and this canyon was going to be flooded.

The civil defense van came driving down the road and they were announcing with loud speakers, "Hello, Hello, Anybody in there? There's a flood coming!"

The guy came out on the front porch and yelled, "I don't see a flood. It's not raining here."

The civil defense representative responded with, "But it's raining way down the stream and it's all coming this way. It's been predicted that this whole valley is going to be flooded." The homeowner angrily yells out, "I don't see any rain. It is not raining here. You're not going to come in here and rob me of my home. I'm going to stay right here." The civil defense team sadly left the man on his porch.

Slowly the river rises higher and higher. Then, all of a sudden the water was up on his porch.

Then the man thought, "You know this guy might have actually been right about this, you know it could be raining upstream. It could get a little dangerous.

So you know what he did? He went up in his attic and climbed out onto his roof. He is sitting on his roof and he's watching the water rise higher and higher.

A guy comes by in a canoe. The guy in the canoe paddles up and he paddles all the way around the house. Then he yells up to the man on the roof, "You know, I've got enough room in my canoe for you. Would you like to get in with me?" Then the homeowner responds back, "Oh no, no, no, it's not going to get too high. I'll be okay. God will take care of me. I'm a Christian. Everything is okay. God said that there's nothing that's going to come to harm me and nothing can separate me from God. I'm okay, everything is going to be okay." So, he said "See you later," and he paddles off in his canoe.

Next, a motorboat came by and a guy with a big blue light on top of it. The driver yelled out, "Hey get down off that roof and come down here." He pleaded, "I'm here to save you."

The man replied, "No, God is going to take care of me. God is going to protect me. God is going to be my strength and my source and my sufficiency. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me, and I'm not going to die in this flood."

The policeman replied, "Okay, it's your life" and then he sped off.

A little while later a helicopter comes by flying low to the ground. Over their loud speakers they say, "Hey down there. We've come to save you."

Defiantly the homeowner screams out, "I don't need any help. God's going to take care of me. Go help someone else who really needs your help."

After a while the water got so high that it is up to his neck, then over his head, and then the man actually drowns. He finds himself standing in Heaven before God and God says to him, "Come on in. I've been waiting for you. You've been a good man, I love you, and I died for you."

The guy says, "But God there's a problem. You know the Bible says I can do all things through Christ and that you will never leave me or abandon me. But, you did abandon me. You left me on that roof to drown." Then God said, "No, I did not. I sent the civil defense, the canoe, the policeman and the helicopter. You didn't take my way out."

There are some of us who God is giving some very practical, Godly wisdom in the Word, in our culture, in our society, from our husbands or from our wives. We need to listen. "Listen". We have to face the future, it's upon us. And we have to exercise faith. By exercising our faith and facing our future we might just have to work a little bit.

Daily Prayer Focus: Ask God to give you the courage to face the future with Him. Be honest and open to what is in front of you. Ask Jesus to walk beside you into your future.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The 30 Minute Radio & Podcast Program "On The Go with Keith Cook". This is a weekly program airing over the internet, short wave, and radio stations. Each week Keith relates creative ways to share Christ. Pray for Keith, Joan, the On The Go Staff, and special guests as they minister on these broadcasts. You can hear these programs via our website if it is not available in your area.

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 September 18, 2018
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Different Kinds of Birds

Different Kinds of Birds by Keith Cook

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

Lately I have been bird watching. I have a pair of binoculars that I can scan the sky and scour the trees looking for new winged creatures. I have loaded all the bird calls and songs of all the birds in Tennessee onto my iPad and listen to them so I can pick out which birds are calling out in my yard.

In my yard I have seen many different kinds of birds. They have different head shapes, wing designs, colors and sizes. They each have distinct and beautiful songs and calls that they use. I could sit for hours listening to them sing in the trees. Just to see a bird soar sends my spirit to the heavens.

Birds have always fascinated me. The glide on the air with little or no perceived effort. They sing wonderful songs all day long and they sport coats of elaborate colors. They are awesome creatures.

As I think about each bird I have in my yard so God thinks on us. He sees each of us and knows our every need and nature. We each look different to the angels and to each other yet to God we are all the same - His Creation!  We were made in the image of God.

We may come from different backgrounds, races, and cultures. But to God, while we are all the same, we are each one also individually special. God has a special plan and purpose for each of us. If we come to Him by faith and repent of our sins we can then experience all that God has for us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to ransom us from our sin. We are special and important to God.

It makes me quite mad to hear people putting down other races and cultures. It really shows a cultural ignorance and a spiritual shallowness to do so.  If God has made us and is directing our lives then who are we to say that His creation, though different from us, is less of an importance or worth than us!

God makes us special and different. That is a good thing. It adds flavor to life. Just as the many birds add variety and color to my back yard so do we add variety and color to God's world. Let's all fly together and sing a song of gladness.

This is the day that the Lord has made and we can soar!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will enable you to have His eyes and His heart for those around you. Ask God to show you how you might pray for those in need.

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 September 17, 2018
Brought to you each day by On The Go Ministries / Keith Cook Team

Copyright (c) 2002, 2018 On The Go Ministries / Keith Cook Team
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