Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Set The Pace

Set The Pace by Laurie McTier

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith," Hebrews 12:1,2

News Event: Belize GoTeam and Festival with On The Go Ministries - Keith Cook Team is scheduled for May 25-June 1, 2019. Pray for God to begin preparing hearts of those to whom the Gospel will be shared.

A few years ago, God gave me the opportunity to spend some quality time with a very dear friend. My friend is physically fit, but this year God was teaching her discipline as she is developing a jogging program so that she can stay in shape.

One afternoon, my friend asked me to go walking with her. In my heart, I know that I need to increase my exercise routine, so I quickly agreed. Although I tried to keep the pace, it seemed that I just slowed her regimen down. As we walked, we made many new acquaintances, one of which was 60 years old and walks at least an hour and a half every evening. Mr. H. guards his exercise time, and does not allow anything to interfere as this is one of the most important parts of his day, second only to his personal time with the Lord and family.

Mr. H. and my friend were able to keep pace with one another, and I asked them to go ahead of me so that they could get the full extent of their walk. I noticed that I began to get a little discouraged because I was not as in shape as they were and could not walk as fast as they did. At times, I wanted to quit.

Through this illustration, I am reminded that the enemy wants to prohibit us from doing anything that is beneficial for the Kingdom or would bring glory to God. One thing that God taught me as I walked that afternoon was that He wanted me to allow Him to "set the pace". He reminded me that I am not to compete or compare myself to others, but just relax and let Him set the controls in my life. He also showed me that it is His desire that I press on and not quit. This can apply to every area of our lives, not just in exercising. We can all make overall applications in our lives as God wants to discipline us in many areas of our life. God wants us to remain faithful to His call and to keep the pace in all that He has laid out on our course of life.

Daily Prayer: God, give me the strength and stamina that I need today to fulfill the tasks You have for me to do. Help me to keep the pace.

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 May 22, 2019
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Lord Worth Thanking

A Lord Worth Thanking by Keith Cook

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His loving-kindness is everlasting." Psalm 118:1

Have you ever had a bad boss? Have you ever had to endure a less than motivational teacher? Ever been on a team with a less than stellar teammate? We all have! It is hard to endure such trials and tribulations but when you think of the Lord Jesus Christ, our mindset changes. When you look at the scriptures you can see a great picture of what we have in our Lord and what we are to do because of how great our Lord is. He is a Lord worth thanking!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good"

How hard is it to say thank you? Is it hard for you to give someone other than yourself credit for a blessing, talent, or reward? God is reminding us in His Word to give thanks to the real Lord to whom thanks is due.

What are you thankful to the Lord for?

Be thankful for good health.
Praise God that He has granted you great happiness.
Many are blessed with wonderful financial success.
Most can say that the blessings of God are so rich and full right now.

These are all good things to have but what if they were to all go away.

What would you do if your health was bad or one of your children came down with a sickness that was serious? Would you still have reason to thank the Lord? What if you became burdened by the sin sick society around you and the happiness you once found on the golf course or at the mall no longer brought you joy. Would you still have reason to be thankful to the Lord? If the price of gas brings down your profits and the stock market takes a plunge, or your position get terminated at work, could you still find reason to be thankful in the Lord?

Is health, happiness, success, blessings required from God in order for you to be thankful?

For the Christian nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing should be able to keep us from being thankful to God for what He is to us! He is a Lord worth thanking.

"For His loving-kindness is everlasting."

The Bible says we are to be thankful for His loving-kindness.  The word loving-kindness can also mean mercy, love that is steadfast, compassion, or even the goodness of God.

When we are truly thankful to God we are faithfully and honestly choosing to believe that God is showing mercy towards us and is lovingly thinking of our needs, desires, and situation. When we are truly thankful, we are trusting in Him to take care of all we really need.

Being thankful to our Lord means:

1. That we are not demanding of God certain riches or proofs that He is loving and caring for us.

2. That we are not going to stop thanking God or serving God if we do not get our way or will in certain situations in our lives.

3. That we will honor God with giving Him credit and praise for all the provisions He makes on our behalf. In order to do this we have to see what He is doing in every situation. The only way to see and know this is to see and know Him. You do this in prayer and study of His Word.

4. Trusting God when we go through the hard situations and the times in life that make no sense.

5. We thank God in public and private. We share with the Lord in prayer and praise our thankfulness and we share with others how grateful and thankful we are for His mercy and provision.

Personal Prayer Focus: Take a few moments to day to reflect on the loving-kindness of God towards you in Christ. Because of Christ coming into your life and providing salvation, security, and stability you have reason to be thankful. Make sure God knows just how thankful you are.

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 May 21, 2019
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Speak In Love

Speak In Love by Keith Cook

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" Ephesians 4:15

Always speak the truth in love.

For out 25th wedding anniversary, my wife and I were surprised with a party by some of our friends. At the close of the night they asked us to share some embarrassing moments that Joan and I had had over the years. Let me share one of Joan's moments.

Joan wanted to cook me a special meal when we come back to our little house after our honeymoon. I was so excited! We had spent all our money on our honeymoon and had just enough left over to have some very basic meals and one very special meal. She planned long and hard as to what she would fix for this special meal.

My bride called my mother and asked her my favorite thing to eat. She was told that I loved old-fashioned pot roast. She then proceeded to write down my mother's famous roast recipe.

Joan worked in the kitchen all day long. I could smell the roast cooking and I was getting ready for the meal of a lifetime. She brought it out to the table and said that she hoped I would like it. I cut into the meat and with a childlike delight brought the succulent beef to my mouth.

As my taste buds absorbed the flavor of the meat I almost cried, not at the joy of the great dish my new wife had prepared, but at the horrible flavor. I tried to eat the meat with zeal and not let on that it was not good. Joan could tell something was wrong.

She tasted the meat and began to cry. I quickly went to her side and said it was great, just bad beef. She calmed down some and then I asked her about the recipe. She told me.

Then I began to laugh. She had fixed my mother's famous recipe with all the right ingredients except she had misunderstood her main ingredient. She had added mustard where the recipe called for mushrooms. (Phone connections were bad in those days!) She had completely ruined the taste by adding the wrong ingredients.

She called my mother and got the recipe right. Now, she fixes the dish even better than mom!

In all of your relationships remember to love and appreciate all the special things that others do for you. Even when they are not perfect.

Personal Prayer Focus: Praise God for the special people He has given to you, pray a special prayer for each of them today.

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 May 20, 2019
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pass It Down

Pass It Down by Joan Cook

"A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother." Proverbs 10:1

Isn't that the way it goes! When your children are acting right and doing what they should, who gets the credit? The father of course! But, when they go temporarily insane with their actions, the mother gets the blame.

Seriously, if we teach our children to be wise, they will bring joy to their father and mother. As we learn God's word and walk in His ways, we should hand wisdom and knowledge down to our children. How wonderful it is to have children who have a Godly heritage!

As a Mom or Dad, take the time to teach your children the wisdom you have learned through the years. Teach by example and instruction! We have an obligation to raise our children up to be a generation that loves and serves the Lord!

By the way, fathers may get most of the credit, but mothers always get a great big hello from their children on television!

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray for godly insight and discernment as you train your children to follow in the steps of the Lord.

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 May 19, 2019
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

God Has A Special Portion Just For You

God Has A Special Portion Just For You by Keith Cook

"Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion." Proverbs 30:7, 8

How many times have you actually told God, "I don't want to be rich or poor, but I want my portion?" Most of us constantly bombard Heaven with requests for riches and rewards.

As an international evangelist, I have traveled across the globe, and I have come in contact with many who are poor, having just the clothes on their backs. Though they may not have as much as many others have, they still have what they really need. They have what they need to serve God. They have a rich understanding of what it means to praise God. They also are consistently giving back to God their service and devotion that can not be measured by the monetary standards of this earth. Their lives and love is priceless to God and being in relationship with Jesus is precious to them.

A person's real value is not in how rich or poor they are, but in how they are using their portion from God!

What does God want for your life?

In certain parts of the world, the basic necessities of life may not be as great as in other geographical locations. God allows some to have riches and some to live on meager means, but He wants all to find His portion for their lives and honor Him in all that they have.

Find out God's plan for your life, and remain firm in your commitments to Him. Some people can not handle riches, others can not handle poverty. On the other hand, they can handle what God gives them as their portion. This is not an excuse for not succeeding or having goals. This also does not mean that God is for wealthy Christians not sharing their wealth. As God gives He also directs. God has blessed all of us to be a blessing. Give away some love, kindness, service, offerings, and portions today!

My challenge to you today is to seek the Lord, find out from Him what you need to sustain you. Live on these truths, trust in God, and act in obedience to Him.

Daily Prayer: Pray that God will keep deception and lies far from you. Pray that He will give you neither poverty nor riches, but feed you with the food that is your portion.

On The Go Prayer Focus:  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 May 18, 2019
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Confrontation Brings Glory

Confrontation Brings Glory by Carey Smith

"For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." 2 Corinthians 7:8-10

Are you afraid of confrontation? Are you worried someone might get upset or defensive because you tell them what they are doing is wrong? I imagine we are all guilty of the fear of confrontation. I know my immediate response is sometimes not that of a caring nature.

Paul did not consider himself to be a great speaker. He admits to being timid when he had to speak to others face to face, yet he understood the importance of Godly confrontation. Paul knew that sin leads to death. It separates us from the awesome glory of who God is. Who wants to be separated from God?

Because of his concern for the Corinthians, Paul confronted them in their sin. He took no pleasure in their sorrow. He did not delight in being right. He took joy in knowing that sorrow leads to repentance to an awesome, wonderful God who displays His glory in forgiveness.

Jesus says in Luke 15:7, "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." Just think, you can have a part in the rejoicing that takes place in Heaven!

Be willing to confront your brother or sister in sin. Be willing to be confronted and put away your pride. Rejoice in the forgiveness that can only come from a gracious and glorious Father who desires salvation for your life and not separation from Him.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that God will reveal hidden sins in your own life and confess them to God. Pray for divine wisdom and discernment as God may use you to confront your brother or sister in their sin.

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 May 17, 2019
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Marriage Goes Hollywood

Marriage Goes Hollywood By Keith Cook

"Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge."  Hebrews 13:4

Actress Cameron Diaz, has stated in Maxim magazine that marriage is a "dying institution," "I think we have to make our own rules," "I don't think we should live our lives in relationships based off old traditions that don't suit our world any longer." (1)

Upon hearing her remark I realized that to some degree she is right - marriage is a dying institution - dying to self and living for another's happiness and fulfillment, dying to the temptation to continue hunting for the next sexual conquest, and dying to doing, living, or thinking selfishly or for oneself.

While Hollywood preaches a message of loose living, on and off again commitments to marriage partners, and multiple attempts at finding the right partner they are not the only ones to blame for the decline of marriage importance in modern culture.

Who is to blame?  Everyone is to blame. Once anyone allows sin and compromise into their personal lives it will affect every area of their lives.

If a father mistreats his wife most agree that that is wrong. He may commit this sin for many reasons, none of which are valid. Yet - He may drink too much and get out of control, he may desire another spouse and take it out on the wife he has, he may be in a job he hates and feel unfulfilled. So he abuses his wife. Plain and simple. Yes - No!

Not only does the wife suffer abuse but all in that household. Children grow up with a perverted view of marriage, a warped view of love between a man and a woman, or a emotional scar that will follow them into their own relationships.

If marriage partners "die to self and live for Christ" marriage is truly made in Heaven. Secular marriage may be a thing of the past but a true Christian marriage is divine. With Christ in control of a marriage there are spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical benefits.  Love, acceptance, companionship, compassion, tenderness, caring, sharing, commitment, security, strength, passion, courage, peace, and trust are all attributes of a real Christian marriage.

Christian marriages are not perfect but they do have a perfect marriage counselor and guide in the Holy Spirit. All any marriage needs to survive is a direct relationship with their creator. With Christ all things are possible. The valley of death can be traveled, the pathway through shame and guilt can be traversed, and the normal ups and downs of family life can be navigated under Christ's control.

You do not need a Hollywood marriage, you need a Godly marriage. Deny self, the tabloids, culture, fairytale dreams and just live life with the partner God has given you (or will give you). There is such joy with living out your life with the one God has given. There is adventure and blessing around every corner of life and with every breath. Enjoy!

(1) http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/05/05/cameron-diaz-says-the-institution-of-marriage-is-dying/ May 5, 2011

Daily Prayer Focus:  Praise God for your Marriage Partner!  Pray for God to draw you closer to Him and to one another.  Pray that together you will die to self and live for Christ.

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 May 16, 2019
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