Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I Command My Body

I Command My Body by Keith Cook

"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" 1 Corinthians 9:27

One of my favorite countries is Jamaica. It is exciting to join in worship with Jamaican believers and see the hand God move in their midst. In Jamaica the youth sing a song about our bodies. The song goes like this:

I command my body to praise the Lord.
I command my body to praise the Lord.
Body, praise the Lord.
Body, praise the Lord.

I command my feet to praise the Lord.
I command my feet to praise the Lord.
Feet, praise the Lord.
Feet, praise the Lord.

I command my head to praise the Lord.
I command my head to praise the Lord.
Head, praise the Lord.
Head, praise the Lord.

I command my hands to praise the Lord.
I command my hands to praise the Lord.
Hands, praise the Lord.
Hands, praise the Lord.

The song continues on as long as the youth have the imagination to create different areas of the body to praise God. The motions are quite funny. When they say head praise the Lord they move their head around. When they say feet praise the Lord they dance around and on and on it goes.

In the same way every part of your life needs to praise Him.

Command your EARS: You can do this by always listening to the Spirit of God in your life as He tries to direct you in service and obedience to Him.

Command your MOUTH: Let your mouth be continually filled with praise to God. You can also use your mouth to share with others about the love of Jesus.

Command your BODY: In subjection to the will of God... pure, disciplined, in control.

Command your HANDS:  One hand representing reaching out to help others and one hand reaching up to God for help.

Command your HEART: To be full of love and compassion for others as well as on fire for God.

Command your EYES: To be open to the Spirit's leading and open to the needs of others.

Command your MIND: Have the mind of Christ and meditate on the Word of God.

Command your FEET:  Your feet should be dancing for Jesus, running for Jesus, walking For Jesus, and standing For Jesus.

Command your KNEES:  Your knees should be continually used for times of prayer to reach into Heaven for fellowship and inspiration from the Father.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will honor and glorify God with your body.

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 January 22, 2019
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Knocking on Doors

Knocking on Doors by Keith Cook

"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

Q.  What do you get when you cross a Mormon with an Atheist?
A.  Someone that goes around knocking on doors for no apparent reason.

We are constantly sending people door to door to work for God. We do not want them to just knock on a door and then not have a reason for the visit, or not have anything to say that really matters in the real world.

At our training GoCamps we play a game called the "Door-To-Door" game. We send people up to a prop door, and as they knock on the door, then an actor who is behind the door, will play the part of different people that they may encounter in real life. They encounter atheists, Mormons, battered wives, single parent dads, elderly, widows, new agers, children, alcoholics, businessmen and women, wealthy, and many more.

It is a fun and a challenging game. They are given advice on how to share more sincerely and effectively. Then, we send them out to real homes in a local community. It never fails that they encounter at least one of the personalities for which they have been trained. They also have many other divine encounters that lead to life and security in Christ.

In sharing door-to-door or life-to-life we must have the right message and the right methods for the individuals God is directing us with. Knocking on doors with the wrong message or no message at all is not consistent with Christ's command to go into the whole world and share the Good News.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for divine encounters and a divine message so that you might share your faith in Christ.

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 January 21, 2019
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Life is Precious

Life is Precious by Laurie McTier

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

As Christians, we believe that life begins even before conception and that God has a unique plan and purpose for every person that He has created.

In the United States, this week marks the anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion. Since that time, over 42 million babies have been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.

The life and development of a child begins at the point of conception. Here are a few milestones in the developmental stages of an infant.

-By the 25th day the heart begins to beat.
-At four weeks of age the child has limb buds that will become the arms and legs.
-At sixteen weeks, the child has the ability to kick, swallow, and sleep.
-At twenty four weeks, the child can respond to sound.
-At the 28th week, the child has lungs that can breathe air, and its eyes are open.

As I have counseled with many teens searching for answers and a "quick fix," many of them had no concept of the risk factors involved with an abortion. Many of them were honestly crying out for someone to truly love them and show them compassion.

God is a god of love and compassion. His mercy and grace are immeasurable. For the thousands of women and young ladies who have had an abortion, or have even considered having an abortion, we need to stand in the gap and share with them that God's grace covers every sin that they have ever committed. He loves them,  He has a plan for their lives, and He is a God of second chances.

As Christians, we must also take a proactive stand for life. We must stand up and share with the young mothers and fathers who have chosen not to abandon or abort their babies that God loves them and He loves their babies. We must show them that He has a plan for their lives and that He will reward them for choosing life.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for our young people that they will choose life and make wise decisions. Pray for our president and governmental officials that they will make key decisions to protect the right of the unborn.

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.

On The Go Daily Devotion for January 20, 2019
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Life In This Generation

Life In This Generation by Keith Cook

"Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?" Ecclesiastes 8:7

As we look around our modern culture we see several trends and patterns evolving.

1. Family Life is being tested and targeted. Educational institutions see parents as being a source of income for education, not partners in education. To marketing giants, adults and those who live responsible lives, are seen as being out of step and out of touch with modern life and culture. Media portrays our children and teenagers as possessing all of the knowledge and mental development that they need in order to make all of life's decisions for themselves. Their bodies, lifestyles, future, and well-being depends on their having the right to make decisions independent from their parents.

2. Civil unrest and uneasiness is rampant. Terrorists, gangs, drug dealers, addicts, criminals, protesters, media outlets, snipers, and internet chat-rooms all point to a brooding and explosive civil situation. Sin is running rampant, sin is running lives! Sin is running our society! Sin is also ruining lives! Sin is ruining our society!

3. Political turmoil is everywhere. Countries who were once allies are now at opposite sides of conflicts. Leaders are fighting economic, military, and popularity battles daily. Polls, public opinions, and political correctness all rule the day.

4. People are still open to the supernatural and spiritual. This is great news for those of us who know Christ! We have a great avenue to introduce the proper solutions to societies ills. We can introduce God's principles into family life, civil life, and political life. We can take Jesus out into our culture. It may be hard and it may be risky, but we can get an audience.

With this opportunity comes great responsibility. If we offer solutions and direction we had better be sure we are being guided by the Spirit of God, and not just religious culture. We had better be speaking the truth in love. We had better speak to all the needs of man and not just all the needs of the church.

We must direct our efforts to taking the whole Gospel to the whole man. Jesus came to earth, He lived, died, and rose again. He offers and provides life and peace for all who come to Him and follow Him.

Life in this generation is not any different from the past. The only difference is that this is our generation. We must serve it well.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will serve your generation well and that your life will make an impact for Jesus Christ.

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.

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 January 19, 2019
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Revival Begins By Giving

Revival Begins By Giving by Keith Cook

"Wilt thou not revive us again:" Psalms 85:6

God gave the ultimate gift and all of mankind has received a great blessing. It is now time for Christians to be used of God to bring revival to this generation. Revival can only begin as Christians start sacrificially giving for revival. I am not talking about money or talents. While they are important, if the gifts God requires are given first, then talents and funding is never a problem.

What kind of giving does God require?

1. Giving in to God's will for our lives.

2. Giving up our rights in life and trusting in God's daily provision.

3. Giving back control of our lives to Jesus.

4. Giving out what we have been given to the world, our family, and to other Christians.

Revival will come if we simply begin giving. It may hurt. It may cost. It may demand, but it will be rewarding.

Daily Prayer Focus: Lord, Let Revival Come!

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 Devotion for January 18, 2019
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Atheist

The Atheist by Keith Cook

"Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me." Hosea 13:4

Several years ago while conducting our annual GoCamp we were challenged with a rather unique situation. One of the attendees was not a believer in Christ. He actually was a professed and rather vocal atheist. He and I had met at a youth crusade that I had spoken at in the past. He was the sound engineer at the event. I had been able to personally spend some time with him and share with him at the event. We had built a friendship. A local church, that sends youth to our GoCamp each year, invited him to come to our GoCamp and he accepted their invitation.

Each service and activity at our GoCamp seemed to affect him and drove him to become more vocal and belligerent. He obviously was getting very upset. As a non-believer his attention was being drawn to his state and fate with God.

Some of the young people at the camp came to me and actually said this about the man:

"He is so mean!"

"I don't like Him. He is evil!"

"I'm scared of him. I don't like the way he curses and is so critical of Christian beliefs."

As the week went on, some of the attendees actually began to love him and share with him. While he listened to me and respected me personally he also needed more than my words to come to Christ, he needed real love and real relationships with believers.

On the last night of our event, the young man actually said to someone that if I preached one more time about forgiveness and Jesus loving us, he would know there was a God and would become a Christian. He then laughed because he knew that the service was suppose to be a service of music and drama, with very little time for speaking.

As the night progressed God impressed me to share at the end of the evening about the love of Christ and his perfect forgiveness that He offered to all, even those who say there is no God. I said, "Jesus died for you even though you do not believe in Him. He forgives you and loves you. Your unbelief can be a sin of the past, it can be forgiven. Jesus wants to give you joy in Him for your future. You have not gone so far from God that He can not save you and forgive you."

At that moment his heart was broken and he came to a saving relationship with Christ. All week he had walked around camp with a scowl and frown, now he actually bubbled over with the joy of the Lord.

When he came to share with me his decision I already knew what had happened, it was so obvious. I could see by the change in his countenance and smile on his face. When I shared his decision with the group the place exploded. People ran to him and embraced him, congratulating him in Christ. We all partied and rejoiced for hours. The afterglow was fantastic.

The rest of the evening and throughout the next day my new friend in Christ was on-fire with the Lord. There was no let down. There was no, "I made a wrong decision!" Every time I would see him I would ask him if he was still solid in his  decision for Christ. He would immediately grin and say, "Yes, and getting stronger every minute."

With Christ all things are possible. There are many people in your life who have not come to Christ or are not living up to their potential in Christ. Take every opportunity to expose them to good opportunities to come to Christ and be influenced by Godly people.

Daily Prayer Focus: Praise God for His sacrificial love and forgiveness.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's Outreach Training Schools (OTS). In our OTS, young people and adults are trained to go to the next level in their service to God. Pray for On The Go as we train believers to make a difference in their 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 January 17, 2019
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem by Joan Cook

"I will give thanks to Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14

What do you think of yourself? Do you love yourself? The Bible tells us that we should love others as we love ourselves. If you do not love yourself, you can not begin to love others.  Only when we have healthy self-esteem can we have healthy relationships. 

You might be asking, "What is healthy self-esteem?" Self-esteem is liking yourself and accepting your lot in life, despite your circumstances. As a Christian, you are a child of God, and you are very special to Him. It is a dangerous thing to have low self-esteem. Why, you might ask! Let's take a look at the characteristics low self-esteem created in the following examples:

1. Going with the Flow Joe - Like the chameleon that changes colors according to it's surroundings, Joe is a person with low self-esteem and can easily become like this. He may act like the people he is around and feel pressured to do things that he would not normally do, all because he desires to be accepted.

2. Wishy-Washy Wanda - Wanda does not have the ability to make solid decisions because all her decisions are based on her self-worth. She is not confident in herself; therefore, she does not think she can make good decisions. She continually questions herself.

3. Rejected Regina - Regina has the dirty window syndrome. She looks at life from a dirty window; therefore, she taints everything that she sees and makes it look filthy. She thinks that no one likes her or wants to be around her. She feels that people do not treat her good enough and that she's not pretty or smart enough!  She soon acts on what she believes and it becomes true. Since she is always criticizing herself, other people tend to come down on her too. She will soon become a jealous person who is easily threatened by anyone, friends included.

4. Emotionally Crippled Cal - Some of the most self-centered people in the world are people who have low self-esteem. Cal is like this. He is always down on himself. He often wonders what everyone else thinks of him.  He is generally incapable of giving or receiving love. because he is always focused on himself,

5. Pushover Peggy - Peggy is a moral pushover. A guy tells her that he loves her, and because she does not have many boyfriends and she feels like "somebody" when she's with him, she falls for his little bag of tricks.  He asks her to do something that she knows is wrong, but she can't say no because after all, he did tell her he loved her. After all is said and done, Peggy is left all alone!

God created us to have a future and a hope! He created us to be like Him! Do not allow the devil to have you think you are not good enough, smart enough, strong enough, wealthy enough, clean enough, big enough, or spiritual enough! Let us give Him thanks, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Daily Prayer Focus: Praise God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Praise God that your identity comes from Him.

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 Devotion for January 16, 2019
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