"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 22, 2017
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