Standing with Others – today’s Blackaby devotional

You know it occurred to me.  I just love reading my two devotionals along with my other daily readings.   Some days they just reach out and grab you.  Other days they slap you across the face.  Some days I just don’t get it.  Those are the ones I try and tag and go back to another day.  A couple of years ago, less than one day apart, I was turned on to Oswald Chambers by two different brothers in the Lord, Jack Blayer and Rosco P. Hawkins.  Since that time I have read his devotional “My Utmost for His Highest” on a daily basis and have provided copies to several of my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord. 

We read “Grace for the Moment” by Max Lucado for a couple of years and when looking for a new one the lady at Sounds-of-Light in Adrian suggested the Blackaby Devotional, “Experiencing God Day by Day”

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”
ECCLESIASTES 4:9-10

“From the beginning of time, God made it clear that it is not good for His people to be alone (Gen. 2:18). God designed us to cooperate. Throughout the Scriptures He speaks of His people as a community that accomplishes more together than separately. God did not create us as isolated individuals, each seeking to achieve our own goals. Rather, the success of our endeavors depends upon our interdependence. This is why He established the Church and released His Holy Spirit to empower the community of believers to spread the gospel. We are to be a kingdom of priests (1 Pet. 2:9).

During difficult times it is critical that we are walking in fellowship with other Christians. When a crisis hits, it is overwhelming to face it alone. But if we have cultivated supportive friendships, we will find strength in the comfort and encouragement of those who care about us. Interdependence is also a safeguard for us when we are lured by temptation. The consistent testimony of those who have fallen to temptation is that they isolated themselves from other believers and were not held accountable by Christian friends.

If you are not a part of a caring community of believers, you are missing out on what God designed you for. You are also in danger of falling into sin. You must link your life with others who are seeking God’s will. Seek to be a person who willingly joins others in carrying out God’s assignments. Strive to be the source of support and encouragement that those around you need.”

You can learn more about Dr. Blackaby, his writings, and his ministry at www.blackaby.org, or write:

 So today I encourage you to be shallow and profound this day.  IDYBT, IMBO!!

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