Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hid In Christ

Hid In Christ by Keith Cook

"Your life is hid with Christ in God" Colossians 3:3

Several years ago I was conducting crusades in a far away place. The area of the world that I was serving in was very unstable. Each night I would come back to my lodging with fear and trembling. Danger was all around.

During the day I would hear the people downstairs talking about my being at their hotel. I knew that I was in a very vulnerable situation. Each day there would be violent demonstrations outside my window by people who thought I was a "devil" for bringing Christianity to their area.

One night as I stood alone, great fear came over me. I cried out to God. "Why am I so afraid? Why can I not get victory over this fear?"  That moment Jesus spoke to my heart. He said, "I know where you are. I know why you are here. I am with you."

Once I heard Him speak to my heart, I was fine and I could rest. That night I literally felt the Holy Spirit rocking me to sleep. In Christ I had won victory. I knew I was "hid in Him".

If you are "Hid in Christ" you can count on the following:

1. Your hope is connected to the fact that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus really is the Son of God. He really is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and He is the Messiah. From the Garden of Eden, God has provided a future hope and now a present atonement in His Son Jesus.

2. Your past is forgiven by the awesome sacrifice Christ made for you on the cross. When Jesus died on the cross He died not just for the sins of the world, but also for you personally. He took upon Himself all your sins and He also took the penalty for those sins. When you are "Hid In Christ" your past sins are forgiven.

3. Your future is secured by the victory Christ won over death, hell, and the grave. When Jesus, the Christ, arose from the dead He proved He was the Messiah. He proved He was sent from God the Father. He proved He had all power. The natural and supernatural realm was subject to Him. When you rely and trust in Him your future is as secure as His future.

4. Your present situation and position is maintained by the power of the sent One. When Jesus was leaving this earth for heaven, He assured all His followers that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit was to come upon them. Once you come to Christ He sends you a marvelous gift, the Holy Spirit. Do not fear God's Spirit living in you. He is to be your guide, power, and comfort.  He even helps you when you do not know what you need or want. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and let Him direct your daily walk.

5. Your security is built on His Faithfulness, not your Faith. Trust Jesus not your education!  Rely not on your wealth. Do not depend on your work, nor your quest for fame, as your security. It is not your faith that keeps you in the faith, it is His faithfulness. It is not your faith that gets you God's attention, it is His faithfulness to you that gets you into the presence of God. Trusting in God and living by faith really means you are not looking to your ability but depending on His.

Today is the right day to find yourself hidden in Christ. It is the safest place to be this side of eternity.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will grant you peace, contentment, faith, and blessings as you seek to rest and be hidden in Him.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Safety In Travel for each On The Go staffer and GoTeam volunteer.

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 29, 2020
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Get Out In Space

Get Out In Space by Keith Cook

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

The next time you read the Bible I think God wants you to get out of this world and get out in space. Let me explain.

When I was just getting started in my Christian life, my pastor wanted to help me study the Bible and actually get something out of my time with Jesus in the Word. He shared with me a little acrostic using the word SPACE. It stands for: SIN, PROMISE, ATTITUDE, COMMAND, EXAMPLE.

If you use this simple outline when you read the Bible it will really help you stay on focus and apply what you are reading to your everyday life. As you read, ask yourself the following questions:

As I have read the Word have I discovered a Sin in my life that I need to confess?

As I have read the Word have I discovered a Promise that I need to claim?

As I have read the Word have I discovered an Attitude that I need to change?

As I have read the Word have I discovered a Command I need to obey?

As I have read the Word have I discovered an Example I need to follow?

Getting into the Word of God should be a cosmic experience!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you can get out of this world and enter His realm today.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Interns who faithfully come to On The Go each year to work for Christ and learn how to do ministry that matters for the kingdom of God.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for January 28, 2020
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Contentment

Contentment by Joan Cook

"But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment." 1 Timothy 6:6

During the first few years of Keith and my marriage, we would travel from church to church holding revival meetings. Keith would preach from Sunday morning to Saturday Night, and then we would drive to the next place and start all over again. We were in many rural churches in the United States, especially the South. We would stay with the pastor or a member of the congregation for the week, so we had the privilege of meeting many new people.

While it was very rewarding, as we would see many at each revival meeting come to know the Lord or rededicate their life to Him, it was hard at times. Keith Jr. was a toddler at the time and of course would travel with us. Having a toddler at home is hard enough, but trying to raise one in the public eye while in someone else's home was next to impossible. Thank the Lord, He blessed us with a child who had a wonderful temperament and rarely disobeyed.

I'll have to say there were times, back then, when I would had rather been at home than out on the road. Even today, while our ministry reaches into the whole world and we are traveling to many foreign lands, sometimes I would rather just stay at home.

In our early days of ministry, God was trying to teach me to be content wherever I was! Contentment is not something you are born with. You have to learn to be content. In Philippians 4:11, Paul says, "Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." Amazingly enough, Paul even had to learn to be content!

Are you content today? Are you satisfied with the blessings that God has given you?

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that you will learn to be content wherever, whenever, and however God leads you!

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoCamp ministry that trains believers all over the world how to share their faith.

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 27, 2020
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Task

The Task by Keith Cook

"I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints...To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." Colossians 1:25-29

The Task Has Been Mandated - Jesus called us to go into the whole world and share His message to all people. In order for us to do that we must:

1. Narrow The Task - What I mean by this is that we must look at each directive and command given by God and actually plan to do them. We need to begin to Organize and Strategize. We receive the vision from God, cast the vision to others and dream big dreams to begin to do the tasks.

2. Finish Task - Just the other day I heard of a ministry that started a bold and needed ministry only to drop it after the going got tough. Churches and Christians often jump out into ministry and service without reflection about what it will actually cost in time, commitment, and funding. When the way gets rough the tough get going while the weak start slowing. Our Lord wants us to finish the tasks He has given us. We are a vital part in what He is doing. We must do our part and we must complete the job at hand.

3. Empowered for the Task - The Kingdom of God is a supernatural Kingdom and will not be defended or strengthened by mere human means and resources. Human effort alone can not build the Kingdom of God. The Gospel will triumph over evil as spirit filled believers boldly advance Christ's cause. While social, political, and material blessing are important to our promoting the task and finishing the task, they do not equate with the God's Holy Spirit moving on us to do and complete our mission for the kingdom of God.

Our task is for this given day and our Master has the resources for the task at hand. Let us all put our hands to the plow and begin to work in God's field.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will enable you in your Christian walk to narrow the task, finish the task, and be empowered for the task He has for you as you seek to faithfully serve Him.

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

Thank you for taking the time to pray for this important division of On The Go Ministries. For more information on any our ministries here at On The Go, you may send your questions to info@onthego.org.

On The Go Daily Devotion for January 25, 2020
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Dr. Seuss and the Gospel - Part 2

Dr. Seuss and the Gospel - Part 2 by Keith Cook

"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal."  Matthew 6:19-20

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."  Dr. Seuss

Do you care a whole awful lot? If not, why not? 

Why not take the time to get to the place where you do care a whole awful lot! How can you get to that place where you care and actually make a difference that matters for eternity? What must you do? What is your part?  You must:

First - Make it happen - Start where you are, start small, but do something.

Anne Frank once wrote, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Mother Teresa has said, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

Second - Make it a habit - You must discipline your body, mind, soul, and heart to do the good works God has called you to do. "Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve."  so said Martin Luther King, Jr. He was right, you can do great things for God by simply serving others. Jesus Christ was and is our perfect example of the servant leader. He led from the front. He calls all of us to work at trying to out give each other. Serving others is not a hit or miss proposition, it is a daily goal not a casual stroll through life. It takes work, practice, study, effort, planning, and Godly discipline to be a modern day disciple of Christ.

Third - Make it a priority - If you are willing to commit to doing a work for God, or doing what you have in front of you that you know you must do, then you are well on your way to showing and living like you care a whole awful lot.  Don't just talk about what you are going to do or what you wish could happen,  commit to doing "your something" now! Oscar Wilde said, "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."

Finally - Make it special and fun - Slow down and put your heart into it. Be creative and innovative in all you do for God. Never be second rate or sloppy. Being disorganized and not having the proper tools and resources does not honor God. Be willing to team up and network with others to do the tasks at hand in a more timely and effective manner. Make sure you make an effort to join in to do the work of the Lord and don't just show up. Arrive alive.  Mark Twain once said, "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

Daily Prayer Focus:  Lord, help me today to slow down and put my heart into everything You would have me to do.  May Your love radiate through me and may it be evident to others that I care a whole awful lot!

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 January 24, 2020
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dr. Seuss and the Gospel

Dr. Seuss and the Gospel by Keith Cook

"Faith without works is dead." James 2:17

My granddaughter, Stella, is full of life and into everything. We are constantly having to run to keep up with her. She loves bringing books to Grammy & Papa for us to read with her.  Today while reading a story I ran across this quote:  "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."  Dr. Seuss

The Dr. was right. You may not think that you can get a lot done with just a few prayers, a couple of dollars, or only a day or two a month to help or volunteer but you really can. What can you do right now?

You can pray - Your prayers keep the Gospel going out. Your prayers help keep evangelists on the go for Jesus. Because you pray the Spirit of God is moving to save, heal, bless, protect, and provide for unseen and unknown thousands. Keep it up. Keep the prayers going up. Care enough to pray a whole awful lot.

You can give - Your strategic and timely gifts to churches and ministries allow you to join with them in taking the Gospel farther than you ever imagine. Your financial giving to ministries that matter and your spirit led participation with those ministries and churches makes eternal impact. Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  Give enough to show you care an awful lot.

You can help - Your personal participation in ministry to others shows you care a whole awful lot. In working with our On The Go GoTeam short term mission and outreach volunteers and our GoCare Volunteers down through the years I have learned that these anointed and faithful servant of Christ don't necessarily have the time; they just take the time because they have the mind and compassion of Christ!

Daily Prayer Focus:  Lord, show me how I can be On The Go for Jesus!

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 January 23, 2020
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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, 2020
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