May 6, 2020 You Are God's First Choice - Pastor Scott Thornton

Good day. I hope everyone is doing well. How are you doing on our challenge to make God’s Word first in your morning and God’s Word last in your day? I have my Bible right beside my bed and I have simply been reading the same Psalm in the morning and in the evening. It doesn’t matter what part of the Bible you read - just make it first and last. You can read just a short portion and then read more later - but get God’s Word in your heart and mind BEFORE you read or listen to anything else.

Last week I relayed to you that as a church we are wanting to provide resources for you to grow in your relationship with Christ. I shared with you the devotional from Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest. That is a great resource for you and will serve you well for years.

Today, I want to share with you a devotional that comes into my email inbox from Max Lucado. These are devotionals that are excerpts from the many books he has written. In my opinion, I don’t know of anyone who is better using word pictures in the English language. These devotions come Monday - Friday. You can subscribe to have them delivered to your email or go to the website and read them. I’ll have a link after the devotion where you can go and sign up for the devotions or even listen to them.

May God bless you in your walk with Christ. Try different things and use the things that help you grow. Jesus wants to meet with you - use these resources to hear from Him and then talk to Him in prayer as you read, after you read and throughout the day.

The 05/06/2020 edition:

You Are God’s First Choice

I’m entering my fourth decade as a pastor, and I’ve learned the question to ask. If we were having this talk over coffee and you were telling me about your tough times, I’d lean across the table and say, “What do you still have that you cannot lose?” The difficulties have taken much away, I get that. But there’s one gift your troubles cannot touch—your destiny. Can we talk about it?

You are God’s child. He saw you, picked you, and placed you. Jesus said, “You did not choose Me. I chose you.” I remember a groom once leaned over, just minutes before the ceremony, and told me, “You weren’t my first choice.” “I wasn’t?” He said, “No, the preacher I wanted couldn’t make it.” “Oh.” “But thanks for filling in.”

Hey, you’ll never hear such words from God. He chose you. Replacement or fill-in? Hardly. You’re His first choice. His open, willful, voluntary choice. “This child is mine!” His child forever, that’s who you are.

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