Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Character of Daniel (Part 1)

The Character of Daniel (Part 1) by Joan Cook

Daniel 1 and 2

Recently, God has directed me in my Bible Studies to the book of Daniel. In looking at Daniel's life, I saw many Godly attributes that I believe are important for us to try and emulate today.

1. Daniel was Trained - He was selected to train to be in the King's service. He went through academic and physical training for three years.

Are you training to be in the King of King's service? Are you reading His Word and talking with the Lord on a daily basis? Are you learning more about who He is and the plan He has for your life?

2. Daniel had Standards - He did not conform to the standards others had set for him. Daniel was offered the King's delicacies to eat, but he refused them because the food had been offered to idols. He knew he did not want to defile his body with their food, so he asked to have vegetables and water served to him.

Are you conforming to the standards of this world or have you set your standards according to the Word of God? You see, if the devil can feed us slop, he knows it will turn us into pigs.

3. Daniel was Recognized - After his training, Daniel was recognized by King Nebuchadnezzar to be in his personal service. He was also recognized as being the wisest man in the land.

Are you recognized as being a follower of Christ? Can others readily identify you by your actions and words as being a friend of Jesus?

4. Daniel had Opportunity - Daniel had an opportunity to let all know that his God was the true God. When the King needed someone to interpret his dream and no one could do it, the King ordered all wise men killed. Instead of Daniel running away, he stepped up and proclaimed that he knew the One who could interpret the dream. He seized the opportunity.

Are you seizing the opportunities God is giving to you? You meet so many people every day that have needs. Are you meeting their needs by turning them toward the Savior?

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will enable you to seize opportunities to reach out to those in need and share with them the love of Christ.

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 March 25, 2017
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sanctified Relaxing

Sanctified Relaxing by Keith Cook

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." Psalms 35:5, 7

Most of us want to do something all the time. Resting and relaxing are even frowned upon by some in our culture. While being lazy is a sin, the Bible does speak concerning the need for God directed resting. God wants all of us to learn how to rest in Him. This is what I call "sanctified relaxing." During these times you actually are renewing your strength and charging your spiritual batteries.

How To Rest

Lay it all down - Get honest and open up to Christ. You can not hide from Jesus. True rest will soon follow if you will admit you have needs you can not meet on your own. Why not invite the Creator of your life to instruct you how to live your life.

Close your eyes - Taking your eyes off the ways of the world and turning your back on sin will lead to a life of rest in Christ.

Enjoy the time - Enjoy trusting in Jesus and letting Him take care of your every need.

Dream - When you rest God will fill your mind and heart with dreams of what He has in store for you. The great thing about God directed dreams is that they are more like prophecy of things to come. Dreams should excite us about our future and inspire us to live on to see the completion of those dreams.

Awake Refreshed - True resting in Christ produces a refreshed and relaxed attitude and spirit. Being fully alive in Christ will lead to great victories over the Devil.

Signs You Are Not Resting - How Not To Rest

Worry - When you worry you allow the Devil and chance to dictate the pace of your life. You actually hand control of your life over to your main adversary. The Devil actually wants to harm you. His main goal is to bring God down in your eyes and bring you down in God's eyes. Do not allow worry to rob you of victory.

Fear - Fear is faith in the Devil, this is the ultimate expression of not trusting in Christ.

Deny - Denying that you have a need to rest and let go of your troubles is a real sign of spiritual decay and a humanistic mindset. Going it alone or avoiding looking at problems and life through God's eyes always leads to ruin.

Holding On - Holding on to the trials, problems, activities, or the day will keep you from resting. When you have done all you can do to stand, stand, Relax and trust the Lord to take care of the opportunities of your life.

Benefits of Resting

1. You Renew Your Strength

2. Reflecting On Challenges Produces Confidence

3. Remembering Who Is In Control Assures Success

Go ahead and take a "sanctified slumber party" today. Take a load off your spirit and put it on the Holy Spirit. Rest in knowing that Jesus is working tirelessly on your behalf.

Daily Prayer Focus: Ask God to search your heart today: Are you truly Resting in Him, or are there signs of worry, fear, denial, or holding on. Pray that God will enable you to release these areas and walk in step with His perfect plan.

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 March 24, 2017
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fear of Failure

Fear of Failure by Keith Cook

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

Can we go into all the world and preach the Gospel? Yes, We Can! Jesus would not have sent us on a mission that didn't matter. He wouldn't just send us on a mission that we couldn't do! Therefore, the mission matters, and we can do it.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  Philippians 4:13

Many times people do not share their faith and they do not go on mission trips for many different reasons.

1. They do not serve the Lord because they fear rejection.

2. They do not serve the Lord because they fear the unknown.

3. They do not serve the Lord because they fear failure and do not want to fail.

Recently in America, there was a television show on air where people were bidding for a job in a major corporation. They are all trying to win the President's and CEO's favor. The workers are doing everything that they can to land the job. Anything that the CEO asks of them, they are willing or forced to do. They do not want to be referred to as a failure. They do not want to lose the job or position.

Today the Lord has called you and He has told you that you will not fail if you will go out in the power of the Holy Spirit to share for Christ. Many of you today may be trying to measure up to someone's expectations of how you are supposed to show your faith or how you are supposed to live the Christian life. You may also be looking at some false examples of how to do God's work. Let me tell you the truth, if you need an example to follow, you have the best pattern to pattern your life after in the life and example of Jesus Christ. Follow the example of Christ. Consider doing the following to tackle your fears and do all Christ is calling you to do:

1. Get your Bible and open it up. Read and study about Jesus Christ and then let His example and passion become your own.

2. Read about the early disciples, the apostles, and how they lived their Christian life. Then put their positive examples into the patterns of your everyday life. Be inspired and motivated by their observations, trials, and victories.

3. Go out and put the Word into action by living by faith. Don't be afraid to try great things for God and to attempt great things for God. You can do it today.

Don't fear failure, work, the unknown, or rejection because "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world". (1 John 4:4)

Daily Prayer Focus: Praise God for the victories He has given to you over fear in your own life. Pray for an opportunity to share your testimony with someone today so that they can find true victory in Jesus as well.

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 March 23, 2017
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fear of The Unknown

Fear of The Unknown by Keith Cook

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel," Ephesians 6:19, 20

As Christians we are all called to share our faith with everyone we meet. Many take this command from the Lord and run with it. They are natural, they love to share their faith, and talk with others about Jesus Christ. On the other hand, there are others who don't share that gift. To them the Great Commission is just a command that they must obey and follow. These individuals are trying to work out their faith in their everyday lives. These individuals live in fear of rejection and the fear of the unknown.

In our world today, there are so many things that we don't know about.  We don't know what people will say, nor what questions they will ask. It grips our heart with fear to approach someone about their relationship with Christ.

This reminds me of babies and toddlers who are learning to walk and to get around in life. When they are scared, they automatically reach up to their mother or their father. They reach up to hold on to the parent's hand or leg to give them strength and stability. I remember when my son, Keith Jr., was young, every time he became afraid, or saw something that scared him, he would grab for me or my wife Joan. This was such a tender time for both of us.

When you get afraid, don't be ashamed; just talk to Jesus. Go to your Father and reach out for Him. When you are in the middle of a situation that is unknown to you or strange to you, you won't know what to do, you have the Holy Spirit there protecting, guarding, directing, and giving you the words to say.

Today, don't fear the unknown. You do know someone whose name is Jesus. He knows it all, the beginning and the end. Jesus Christ has sent you on a mission. Don't be afraid!

Daily Prayer Focus: Reach up to Jesus and pray that the Holy Spirit will protect, guard, direct, and give you the words to share as you seek to share your faith in Jesus Christ.

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 March 22, 2017
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Have You Ever Been Rejected?

Have You Ever Been Rejected? By Keith Cook

"My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins." James 5:19, 20

In trying to share your faith, there are many things that you can do. One of the things that the devil wants you to do is to get you afraid and get you to live by fear. The number one fear of sharing your faith that the devil wants you to cling to is the fear of rejection. I will never forget when I was younger, my youth director took me down to the "hot spot" and then kicked me out of the van and told me, "Don't come back until you have shared your faith with someone." I remember timidly walking from car to car and window to window, knocking on the windows. People would roll down their windows and look at me as if I were crazy or expecting the food they had just ordered.

I soon began to realize that what I was really afraid of was the idea of being rejected. No one likes being rejected, but the truth is this, if you are more afraid of being rejected than the truth of where your friend is going to spend eternity, then something is wrong in your life.

We all need to rise up and not be ashamed of sharing our faith. We do not need to be ashamed of taking a risk, because it is risky to go out and tell others about Christ. Do not be concerned about being rejected, but where they will spend eternity. Share the love of Jesus with someone today. Anytime you are afraid, that is the time to put all of your faith, hope, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Give Him all of your needs and trust Him today with all that you have. Jesus loves you so much and He loves the whole world. Go out and share the love of Christ.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will enable you to Rise Up,  Unashamed of the Gospel of Christ.

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 March 21, 2017
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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Fear of Work

The Fear of Work by Keith Cook

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8

Right Now, the Lord is calling us to Go! He wants us to go into our neighborhoods, our cities, our state, our country, and even all around the world.

Our ministry, On The Go Ministries, sends young people and adults all around the world sharing their faith. They go out in boldness and are fired up and excited as their youth group and friends have been trained and they know how to share their faith in Jesus Christ. They are motivated to do the work of Christ. They are not afraid but are driven to work for God.

On the other hand, there are a lot of people in today's society, maybe even someone reading this devotion right now, that are afraid to work for God because they don't believe they have the tools. My friend, as Christians, we have all been given the proper tools to live out our faith. We have the Holy Spirit living in us. You may think you don't have the intelligence required, but the Bible says that the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance those things that you put in your mind and in your heart. He will also give you the words to say when you don't know what to say.

Don't fear working for God. Some of you may not feel worthy because of sin in your life. That sin is just a confession away. Right now you can confess that sin, forsake it, and go on and live for God so that there is nothing standing in your way of doing what God would have you to do. Don't fear working for God. Be about the Master's business today! Get On The Go for God. He has a mission for you that really matters. You can do it! Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith, and He has a task for you to do. Sign up today to be about the Master's Business.

Daily Pray Focus: Pray that God will open the eyes of your heart in a greater way to opportunities to work for God. Pray that you will be about the Master's Business.

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 March 20, 2017
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Why We Don't Share Our Faith

Why We Don't Share Our Faith by Keith Cook

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

There are many different reasons why we don't share our faith in Jesus Christ. You may never be an expert at sharing your faith but you are called by God to share whenever you have an opportunity. I personally love to tell others about Christ and have learned over the years to share my faith more effectively. The most important thing to do is to actually talk with people about Jesus Christ.

Many people try to memorize thousands of scriptures and always have outreach tools and formulas prepared so that "if they say this...I will say this," or "if they do this...I will do this". The main thing that God wants everyone to do every day is to go out in the power of the Holy Spirit and tell the Good News. Every day and every second with our life, with our attitude, and with our words we all can be greatly and mightily used by God.

There are four reasons why we don't share our faith.

1) Laziness. We can just sit back and not do anything to further the Kingdom. Some trust that the pastors and missionaries will do all the "soul winning". They wrongly believe it's not their responsibility.

2) Lack of Knowledge. We may think that we do not know enough to share the wonderful message of Jesus Christ. We are afraid that we will not say the right thing or not give enough Biblical insight to get someone really saved. This is not true because as Christians we always have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, and He will give everyone the right words to say.

3) Sin. There are many times when we don't feel that we can rise up and do what God wants us to do because of present sin. The Bible says that we can confess our sins, and forsake them, and they will be gone. When we confess our sins, God doesn't remember it, and neither should we. Do not let sin rob you of the honor of sharing your faith in Christ with someone else.

4) Fear. This is the number one reason why we don't share our faith. Fear is holding us back from obeying God and fulfilling the Great Commission. When we allow fear to rule our live we are in effect putting more faith in the devil than we are in God. Fear has been called "faith in the devil."

Today, God wants us to take our fear, our laziness, our lack of knowledge, and our sin and put them all into His care. He will take care of us and give us all the courage to share our faith in Jesus Christ.

Daily Prayer: Pray that God will forgive you for your laziness, lack of knowledge, present sin, and fear that have kept you from actively sharing your faith in 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 March 19, 2017
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