Thursday, February 13, 2020

By A Razors Edge

By A Razors Edge by Keith Cook

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;  2 Petter 1:5-10 (NASB)

The other day I was in a hurry getting ready for church. I was running late and not really paying attention. I was not really focused on what I was doing. I had millions of things on my mind other than what was at hand, and to make matters worse, I was in the middle of the most critical job I had to do to get ready - Shaving!

While I was finishing up the job with a new razor in hand I noticed a few places where I had missed a spot or two and was quickly going back over those areas of my face that still were not as smooth and stubble free as needed. Without warning or any real notice I veered too close to my nose and before I knew it I had shaved off the top skin of one side of my nose. I was shocked, stunned, and embarrassed.

Right in the middle of my hurried plans to get ready for church I had a mini-catastrophe on my hands. Needless to say my plans had to be changed to reflect my present crisis mode.

Have you ever had something like this happen to you?  Out of nowhere something happens at the worst possible time?  You were not wanting it - or even deserving of the situation but - it happens anyway and you have to deal with it. Here are some observations that may help you get through through those "razors edge situations".

1. Troubles often come when we get in a hurry. Slow down and think. Tone down your activities a bit to include time for reflection  and a more controlled schedule. Take the time to plan and organize your day so you are not running behind or on empty.

2. Pay attention to everything you do. It is usually the small things that come at us that trip us up and cause so much pain and disorder. Every little detail in your life is important. If you are on a health program to get in shape or take a few pounds off you need to track every little exercise you do and every calorie you put in your body. You have to pay attention.

3. Focus on what is at hand. When you are talking with someone, listening to something, driving somewhere, writing or engaged in an activity - make sure you focus on that. There will be plenty of time to reflect, plan, or vision cast later in your day. Stay focused and give it your best. It will pay off in more productivity and success.

4. Just because your intentions are good or plans are honorable you're not guaranteed success or allowed any slack in being professional and alert. I was getting ready for church, wanting to go do good. Just simply getting ready for something I had done thousands of times. But still I had no extra grace or magic promise from the Bible that protected me from a razors edge. I personally do not want God to have to perform miracles every day to get me through my day. I want signs and wonders to follow me as I - do His work - His way - and operate in His power. While we all are guaranteed His plan and provision, we are not promised a trouble free life if we loose focus, don't pay attention, or get in a hurry.

Running to do good, preparing to minister in Jesus name, rising to the occasion, being right where Jesus wants you to be are all great desires and goals - but missing it by a razors edge should be a warning for us all that we are not immune from the troubles and dangers of life just because we are His child and servant.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will help you slow down, pay attention to matters as hand, and keep your focus!

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go Publications & Media Team. We are striving to saturate and minister to a contemporary culture and society through modern media. This division includes our audio, video, internet, and written materials. Through these various ministries we reach out, train, and inspire Christians to action.

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 February 13, 2020
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Action/Reaction

Action/Reaction by Laurie McTier

"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." Proverbs 15:1

Is your life a thermostat or a thermometer? Do others see the love of Christ glowing in your life, or do they see you the same as everyone else who acts and reacts to situations in anger. Our lives should be different; they should draw others to Christ, not away from Him.

Here are two illustrations. Take a moment to do an honest inventory to see which one best describes your life.

Todd Thermometer - Todd is a "hot-head". As the circumstances around him begin to rise and moods elevate, he immediately reacts in anger. Todd is one of the first to "blow his top" and respond in anger. Todd is known to be very verbal and aggressive in his behavior. His behavior affects all those around him.

Timothy Thermostat - Timothy seeks to honor God in all of his actions and reactions. He strives to begin each day in prayer and Bible study. When stressors begin to increase around him, Timothy will find the time to go directly to God (not his family, friends, and coworkers) and present his problems and concerns. Timothy's reactions resemble that of a thermostat. No matter the level of stress around him, his actions and reactions are the same. His behavior affects all those around him.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that your life will be more consistent with that of a thermostat. Pray that your actions and reactions will glorify God.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of people hurting all over the United States and Worldwide. As God gives us opportunity in times of crisis we need to rapidly move to help.

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 February 12, 2020
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Don't Let Fear Keep You From Wandering

Don't Let Fear Keep You From Wandering by Keith Cook Jr.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we shall surely overcome it." But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us." Numbers 13:30, 31

The Israelites were now wandering in the wilderness following the cloud by day and the fire by night. Wherever it went they followed.  When the Lord spoke to Moses saying, "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel", they were probably eager to let them go. They wanted desperately to enter into the Promise Land.

God knew that when He sent the spies they would have no trouble finding the Promise Land. He allowed for these chosen men to spy on the inhabitants and to inspect the land so that they may come and give a report to the people. Upon their return they reported that the land truly was one of "milk and honey" but that the inhabitants of the land were giants far greater that the Israelites. In fact they said that they appeared as only grasshoppers in the sight of the people. Because of this report the Israelites began to worry and fear that they would never be able to enter in.

Fear kept them from entering into the promise that God had given them. They knew that God was on their side and yet they doubted. Why did they doubt the God that had carried them from Egypt in His hand supplying for their every need? Fear. They allowed for their own fears of not being able to defeat the Nephilim, the giants of the land, to hinder God's perfect plan for them.

Many times as Christians we are put in this same situation. We know what we should do because God has put it on your heart, but we let fear take over. We are assured victory but yet we still don't obey. Do you trust God? If you are not able to step out on faith regardless of your personal anxiety, take some time to read the book of Numbers. Read of how it took the Israelites forty years to finally believe God. It will encourage you to take that step of faith. Be like Caleb in verse 30 where he was eager to enter the Promise Land. He was confident of victory. He trusted God so much that there was never a doubt in his mind. Follow his example and be overjoyed and eager to follow after God's will for your life. Don't let fear keep you wandering for forty years.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will show you areas of your life that you may be facing fears. Confess them, and pray for Boldness and Faith to step out and follow His plan.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's Neighborhood Outreach Program. In reality, very little is being done to reach people in many communities across the USA. On The Go is striving to train local Christians and help them develop programs that can systematically and permanently reach real needs in their neighborhoods.

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 February 11, 2020
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Tree of Promise

Tree of Promise by Laurie McTier

"Be still and know that I Am God." Psalms 46:10

Recently, I walked into a gift shop to purchase a gift for someone else. Unknowingly, God had a different reason for me to be there. As I walked into the store, something caught my eye...there was a display with various ornaments which had been marked down for clearance. As I looked at them, God began to give me a vision of a tree with each of these ornaments hanging on the tree. As I shared this with the sales clerk, she immediately knew which tree I was to purchase...it had been set aside at the back of the store, discarded because no one had purchased it.

Of course, I walked out of the store with my new tree and seven ornaments, each containing a promise for us to claim as we begin each day dedicating it to the Lord. Today, I would like to share these promises with you, and I hope that they are a blessing to you as they have been to me. 

1. Blessed. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)  Praise God today for His blessings and ask Him to uncover sin in your life so that you can be pure in His eyes.

2  Believe. All things are possible for those who believe. (Mark 9:23) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

3. Rejoice. Choose to rejoice. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)

4. Hope. My hope is in the Lord. Those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength... (Isaiah 40:31)

5. Love. Love one another. (John 13:55) Our lives should radiate the love of God through us and draw others to Him.

6. Shine. Let your light shine before men. (Matthew 5:14-16)

7. Peace. Peace that only Christ can give; don't let your heart be troubled! (John 14:27)

God reminded me that afternoon, that sometimes He wants us to slow down so that we can hear His still small voice as He reveals His truths to us. As I came home I put the tree in a prominent location. I began to place the ornaments, and again God stopped me. I had to get some paper to once again right down truths He began to show me about the ornaments and the promises He had revealed.

I challenge you today to take time to thank God for His promises for each of us as we are blessed, believe, rejoice, hope, love, shine, and experience peace.

Daily Prayer: Pray that God will give you promises and characteristics you can claim and personalize today. Choose to praise Him for His promises!

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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 February 9, 2020
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And The Survey Says

And The Survey Says by Keith Cook

"With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes." Psalms 119:10-12

What in the world is going on. Today's church is drifting farther and farther away from being the church and is quickly becoming just an activity center. Take for example the trend for canceling midweek services, Sunday night services, and canceling services when holidays fall on Sundays.

Also note a recent survey that points to the fact that the average mainline church in America does not hold regular training classes on evangelism and outreach, effective praying, marriage enrichment, parenting and child development, financial management, or spiritual growth and renewal. This is shocking.

It is time for all Christians and Christian leaders to rally behind effective training and ministry opportunities for all members. We do not need to go back to the mentality that it is the "paid clergy's" job to do all the work and know all the facts. In these days of cultural upheaval it is imperative that believers know what they believe, why they believe, and be able to defend and promote their beliefs.

(Research from Ellison Research, Phoenix, Arizona, Facts & Trends Magazine, 2005)

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that Christians around the world will stand for what they believe.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoKids Clubs. The focus of GoKids Clubs is to present a clear Gospel message to young children in our festivals, missions, and local neighborhoods. Pray for On The Go as we minister to boys and girls and share with them the love of Jesus 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 February 10, 2020
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Start Your Day

Start Your Day by Keith Cook

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalms 1:2, 3

My good friend and mentor, Leighton Ford, sent me an email recently that sent me to my knees in prayer. I had been rather busy and had neglected to spend real quality time with my Lord. Oh, I had said my usual "Lord Bless Me", "Lord Protect Me", "Lord Use Me" prayers but had not had much time for reflection and listening.

It is wise to be reminded by other's examples and emails that God is still waiting and longing to really speak with us. Leighton's email included the following prayer that I would like to share with you today.

A Prayer of St. Fursey

The arms of God be around my shoulders,

the touch of the Holy Spirit upon my head,

the sign of Christ's cross upon my forehead,

the sound of the Holy Spirit in my ears,

the fragrance of the Holy Spirit in my nostrils,

the vision of heaven's company in my eyes,

the conversation of heaven's company on my lips,

the work of God's church in my hands,

the service of God and the neighbor in my feet,

a home for God in my heart,

and to God, the father of all, my entire being.

Amen.


As you can see this prayer, while simple, is very appropriate for our everyday lives.

May you look to Christ to be all you need.

May you trust in Him to work on your behalf.

May you start and end your day with hope and joy because you have been with Him!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will enable you to relax and listen for His still small voice.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's "Adopt An Evangelist" program. This program provides funding and support for various missions and evangelists 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 February 8, 2020
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Friday, February 7, 2020

Leadership Perils and Insights

Leadership Perils and Insights by Keith Cook

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.:" Proverbs 3:5, 6

There are many joys and rewards in being a Christian leader. Working with believers to do the work of the Lord is a joy in and of itself. Seeing people come alive as they do the will of God is so exciting. Seeing the fruit of one's labor and seeing co-workers and peers working as a team brings satisfaction and inner peace. But there are some perils that face leaders of every generation.

Some of the perils and pitfalls facing leaders include:

1. Letting need get you to focus on it over God's call
2. Letting friendship get in the way of a direct word from God
3. Taking a short cut from God's plan
4. Being set up by the devil - surviving being blindsided by co-workers, friends, Christians
5. Thinking everyone is on the same page  - how pride in work can remove light

Some of the JOYS of being a leader include:

1. Seeing someone mature and rise above others
2. Seeing someone devour the Word
3. Seeing the fruit of one's labor
4. Being able to share a Vision from God
5. Putting feet to faith and dreaming big dreams with a Vision from God

HOW TO MISS GOD

1. Listen to fame above the voice of God
2. Listen to friends above the voice of God
3. Listen to family above the voice of God
4. Listen to spouse above the voice of God

HOW TO SETTLE FOR LESS THAN GOD'S BEST

1. Go do something anyone can do
2. Go do something someone else should do
3. Go do something small when there is something grand to do
4. Being tied down with the stuff of missions, ministry or church work when God has faith works for you to do

A MAN (or Woman) OF GOD

1. Is a man of the book - the Bible
2. Is a man of prayer - takes devotional life serious
3. Is a man of action - does not just talk about it but actually does what is on his heart
4. Is a man after God's own heart - wants to glorify God in his body and through his life

Observations from years of ministry with both young and old:

1. You have not heard from God if you are not spending time in Bible Study and Prayer.
2. You have not heard from God if you are avoiding mentors in your life.
3. You have not heard from God if you are not still listening for and to His voice every moment.

Many have a thought, desire, fear, opportunity, and begin to talk and plan before they pray. They begin to plan before they get spiritual confirmation.  They run ahead of God. They get a word from God and never look back or get new light on what God has said or may be saying now.

Choose this day not to be a short sighted leader. Listen moment by moment to the voice of God. Swallow your pride, go back on the attack, get back in the battle for souls. Do the work of the evangelist in this generation.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God will give you the heart and vision of a leader. Allow Him to mold you into a leader that will bring glory and honor to His name.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The GoAudio Podcasts and Radio Ministries. Currently we are producing various programs which go over the internet and international airwaves. Pray that God will continue to bless the On The GoAudio Podcasts and that He will expand the listening base. Visit OnTheGo.org to hear past broadcasts.

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 February 7, 2020
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Epidemic

The Epidemic by Joan Cook

"Now flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace..." 2 Timothy 2:22

The topic today may make you a little uncomfortable. It is a subject that we do not like to talk about, but it is affecting the lives of millions of America's young people. I am referring to sexually transmitted diseases. Don't freak out! It's okay to read about this and even talk about it!

Frankly, that's part of the problem - we don't talk about it enough! This devotion will be different from most and I pray it will give you information that can help you in making a difference in the life of just one person, maybe even in your own family.

In the book "Epidemic" by Dr. Meg Meeker there are some profound statistics. She writes, "This year alone (2002), 15.3 million Americans will contract a new sexually transmitted disease. Two to four million of those infected will be teenagers. Nearly one out of every four sexually active teens are living with a sexually transmitted disease at this moment." Every day eight thousand teens become infected with a STD. These statistics astounded me! Every year about one million teenage girls get pregnant. Half of all students in the ninth grade have had sexual intercourse. Teens today think that they are safe and not having "real" sex if they only engage in oral sex. A big percent of those engaging in oral sex are under the age of fourteen.

Dr. Meeker tells a shocking true story. She writes, "She had heard some kids were going to have a rainbow party, but she had no idea what that meant. Still, she thought it might be fun, and arranged to attend with a friend. After she arrived, several girls (all in the eighth grade) were given different shades of lipstick and told to perform oral sex on different boys to give them rainbows. When a girl gave her some lipstick, she refused at first but, with repeated pressure, finally gave in. 'It was one of the grossest things I have ever done,' she said crying. 'I just wanted to hide and die. I felt like vomiting.'" (Meeker, Meg (2002). Epidemic, How Teen Sex is Killing Our Kids. Regenery Publishing.)

I realize this is not a warm and fuzzy devotion and please forgive me for being so candid with you, but I strongly believe we have a responsibility to today's youth, especially our own!

It has been proven that if we do the following, we will have a positive affect on our teenagers.

1) Take time for our teens
2) Get involved in their lives
3) Get to know their friends
4) Teach them about the Lord
5) Set a godly example

No, this does not ensure us that they will never yield to peer pressure, but when a godly foundation has been laid, it makes it extremely more difficult for our young people to make wrong choices and yield to temptation.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for parents as they seek to set godly foundations for their young people. Pray for teens to make wise decisions.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The Development Ministries of On The Go. This ministry team helps On The Go stay on the go! Many individuals want to make an investment in eternity through On The Go Ministries. Through their wills, trusts, monthly electronic funds transfers, donations of stocks, and planned giving they do just that. If you are interested in helping On The Go take the Gospel around the world through your giving and financial support please let them know. Visit OnTheGo.org for details.

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 February 6, 2020
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Well Rounded and Grounded

Well Rounded and Grounded by Keith Cook

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." Matthew 7:24

Even though we hate to admit it, we all are creatures of habit and have certain needs that can only be met within our culture, people group, or peers. These Psychological Needs are very strong and demanding upon us, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

What are these needs?

1. Each of us has Safety needs. What we really want is to feel secure and safe in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our workplace. When we loose that sense of safety, like we did emotionally after 9/11/01, we feel insecure and vulnerable.

2. Everyone has Social needs. People need to meet in groups and have fun, expand their minds, and mingle. When someone becomes a loner or recluse they are loosing their sense of community and wholeness.

3. People all over the world also have Esteem needs. People want to be needed and wanted. They want to be noticed. There are times when they want to fit in, and times when they want to be rebels. They want to accomplish great things and be noticed by their peers. Everyone wants to be liked and appreciated.

4. Finally, people in every generation and culture have tremendous Growth needs. They need to expand their minds. They have a need to try new things, to learn and to grow. Exploration, research, expansion, and creativity are all traits and attributes God seeded into all human beings.

A well rounded individual can move through life without many major crashes and setbacks in most of these areas. Being well rounded, while it is important, is not as important as being well grounded. We need to be well grounded in our faith in Christ, as well as being well grounded in the Word of God.

Knowing what God has to say about safety, society, esteem, and growth is more important than what a teacher or media expert could say. Having confidence in God's direction and care can help any person make it through the times when one of these areas of our lives is lacking or not being fulfilled.

Try being well rounded in life and well grounded in Christ. You can not have one without the other. Think about it!

On The Go Prayer Focus: Joan Cook's "Women On The Go" Ministries. Joan's "Women On The Go" programs are implemented at women's conferences, local churches, retreats, and separate stand-alone events. God has given her a burden to minister to and encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Pray for Joan as she ministers and shares from her heart and as she presents motivational, evangelistic programs, materials, and leadership to and for women that will challenge and motivate them to a deeper walk with the Lord.

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 February 5, 2020
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

I Want

I Want by Joan Cook

"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go." Proverbs 4:13

When my son, Keith Jr., was a toddler he was a pretty good child. He did not go through the terrible two's like some kids that I know. He waited until he was three and had built up a little extra trouble inside, then he threw it on us.

I remember one day in particular, the family had gone to the mall for a quick stop on the way to an event. We had let Keith Jr. know that we would not have time to go into the toy store on this particular visit. Upon entering the mall, his dad had taken hold of one hand and I the other. We were on a mission to find our desired purchase and head out the door as soon as possible!

We were about half way down the mall when Keith Jr. spotted the toy store and began to plead to go in. We once again said " No, not tonight". For the first time in his little life, he sat on the ground and began to kick his legs and pitch an unholy fit. In his three year old mind, he thought this tactic would assure him a visit to the toy store.

Instead of giving in to quiet him down, his dad and I proceeded to drop his hands and walk away; leaving him screaming in the middle of the mall. We'd only taken a couple of steps when he jumped up and began running after us crying! He realized that he was not going to get his way so he had better jump up and do it his parents way! (By the way, he never did that again!)

Are you like a three year old at times in your relationship with the Lord? You may read His word, clearly understand His instructions, and know from the start what is required of you, yet you try to manipulate God into letting you have your own way. I've done it many times, I'm ashamed to say. "Lord, you know we need a new car. This one is falling apart. I know what your word says about going into debt, but you see how important this is, right? Are you telling me, Lord, that you want me to drive an old, beaten up car when I can easily go out and purchase a new one?"

As my brother once told me when we were young, "Start acting your age, not your shoe size." I'm afraid that at times, God wants to drop our hands and leave us pitching a fit, and sometimes that's exactly what He does. Sometimes it takes a while for us to realize that His way is the best way!

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray for God's perfect will and plan in your life. Pray that He will unite your heart with His will.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go's GoCare ministry. This is our acts of kindness and benevolence ministry department. The focus of our GoCare ministry is to reach out to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting individuals and to build bridges between churches and their communities.

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 February 4, 2020
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Monday, February 3, 2020

Heavenly Vision

Heavenly Vision by Laurie McTier

"And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do." Genesis 41:25

Joseph was a man of honor and integrity. Joseph feared God and walked with him. God protected Joseph, and even in prison, He took care of him, and gave him high regard among his captors.

Pharaoh was greatly disturbed by two dreams that he had in one evening. He begged for help, still there was no one who could interpret his dreams. At this time, the butler remembered a promise he had made to Joseph when he was in prison. The butler told Pharaoh about Joseph and then Pharaoh called for him to come and give him his interpretation of his dreams.

God blessed Joseph by giving him the interpretations of Pharaoh's dreams. Through the dreams, God informed Pharaoh of seven years of prosperity and seven years of famine. This allowed Egypt to prepare for upcoming conflict by building
storehouses and gathering supplies.

God gave Joseph and Pharaoh godly insight to the needs of their fellow countrymen. Has God given you a dream or a vision of the needs of those around you? God can use you to reach someone in your immediate surroundings that only you can effectively minister to. Are you willing and available to be used by God to make an eternal investment?

Don't let the vision die. Had Joseph not been willing to risk it all by giving to Pharaoh God's interpretation, many lives would have been lost.

How can we win this world to Jesus. It can only happen one soul at a time. Each one can reach one.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that God show you what He is doing in your midst. Seek after His heart, and pray that you will remain available to Him to carry out His vision for your life.

On The Go Prayer Focus: On The Go Ministry Supporters. It takes teamwork to make the dream work! Our ministry supporters have made commitments to play a vital part of our team through praying, sharing, caring, going, and growing.

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 February 3, 2020
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Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Proposal

The Proposal by Keith Cook

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

I love having younger leaders working with me because each day is exciting and full of surprises. One of my full time staff had been dating a fine Christian girl for over two years and they had begun to look rather dreamily at each other at every event we saw them at. Joan and I, along with every married couple who met the two, quickly came to the conclusion that these two were made for each other.

One day while driving in the car with the young man he rather casually said he was looking at engagement rings and wanted my opinion on what his girlfriend would like. I quickly said Joan was a better judge than I, so we scheduled a night for Joan to go to the jewelry store looking with him.  It was such fun to look at him picking out rings and trying to get that one special ring for his most special person.  Once he made his decision he had to shell out hard cold cash to secure the ring. He had saved for nearly a year to make this lifetime purchase.

Prior to asking her the big question he wracked his brain for the best time and the best place to propose.  Once he decided, he sprang into action. He secretly met with her mother and secured her blessing. He then set about to make sure that nothing spoiled that special night. He had picked a night that saw them with our entire team and group of friends. While we were all together, there were several hours where we all would be apart. It was during one of these times that he struck. After he proposed and she said yes, they came around our group of friends and it was so obvious what had just happened. She literally glowed and he was beaming. Also she was wearing the most beautiful ring on her ring finger. They were engaged. Pledged to each other. Young love. Joyous love. Exciting and new.

Your relationship with Christ can be the same way. He loves you. You have been made to only have life in Him. He has chosen you to be His forever. He gave His life to secure your place at the wedding feast He has prepared for you. He has given you his pledge by way of the Holy Spirit. He will not let anything keep you from the marriage supper and life He has for you. You are sealed in Christ.  He has planned a wonderful home for you. He wants to lavish on you great gifts and treasures.

All you have to do is say YES. Once you are in Christ or if you are in Christ it will be so obvious. You glow. You shine. You reflect the love you have received in Him.

Instead of getting down on His knees He got up on the cross and is asking you to be His forever. Say Yes, Yes, Yes!

Daily Prayer Focus: If you have not accepted God's proposal of a forever relationship with you, why not consider doing so today.  And, if you have said yes to Jesus, do all you can today to help others come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

On The Go Prayer Focus: The GoTeam Short Term Missions Projects and GoTeam Members. GoTeams are made up of young people and adults who voluntarily go on an On The Go mission project around the world and are making a strategic impact 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 February 2, 2020
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Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Counterfeit

The Counterfeit by Joan Cook

"You will know them by their fruits...every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. So then, you will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:16,17, 20

As I finished writing this devotion, my son called with a great example of how our light shines! Read on and I'll tell the story at the end!

As I was growing up, my Mom would take us to my Grandmother's house almost every week to visit. My Grandma loved jewelry and as soon as we would walk into her home, she would check out all the jewelry everyone had on and inspect it. If it was not 24 karat gold with a real stone on it somewhere, she would immediately discard it and go on to someone else's. She could usually tell if the jewelry was real, but occasionally she was fooled. She loved diamonds and shiny jewels.

When Keith and I were engaged and he had given me my engagement ring, every time we would visit Grandma Rogers, she would scope my hand up close to her eye and check out my diamond. She would always say, "That's a beautiful ring, honey. I know it's real because of the way it shines."

When I think of my Grandma's analogy of my ring, I realize this is so true of our Christian life. We might claim to be a Christian and even go to church on Sunday, but are we the real thing? Have we really asked Jesus into our heart to be our Lord and Savior? Some people may not be able to tell if you are a counterfeit or not. You may think you have everyone fooled, but there is One who knows the real you.

Maybe we are Christians and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are children of the King. Ask yourself a question, are you shining so brilliantly to those around you that there is no mistake you are a Christian? Could someone say of you, "I know they are real because of the way they shine?"

The Bible tells us clearly that we will be known by our fruits. Are you barren or blooming? I pray today that you are a blooming Christian with fruits so evident that everyone around cannot help but know you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Continued from above: As I finished writing this devotion, my son called from his cell phone and said, "You won't believe what just happened!" He went on to tell me that Megan and he had just finished eating at a local restaurant in Nashville when their bill came with a note attached that said, "No charge, compliments of the lady sitting next to you."

He turned to the lady and asked, "Is this you?" She told him it was and that she had watched them as they ate and had seen them hold hands and pray before their meal. This impressed her so much she wanted to bless them! Wow! What perfect timing to illustrate this devotion.

Daily Prayer Focus: Pray that others will know you by your fruit! Pray that your life and your testimony will draw others to Jesus Christ.

On The Go Prayer Focus: Keith Cook Crusades, Celebrations, and Festivals. God has given Keith the opportunity and privilege of sharing the message of Christ both stateside and internationally. During each opportunity, Keith presents a joyful and enthusiastic, yet powerful and clear presentation of the Gospel and a call to commitment to 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 February 1, 2020
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