Daily Devotional for Thursday December 28, 2017

Scripture:

James 4:17 (NASB) Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Observation:

There are times when you have to take it little-by-little, and then there is the time you need to yell, "Timber!" Cutting down some trees for a customer, we had to make the decision on whether we could drop the whole tree as one or cut it up little-by-little. There were many things to consider: for example, where would the tree fall and was it safe to cut up piece-by-piece?  Today's verse speaks of knowing the right thing to do and the difference between doing it or not. One is good, and the other is sin. When calculating the risk involved in whether to drop the entire tree or piece it off, the most important decision was safety. The safety to ourselves, then the safety to others around, and finally safety to the structures that were close by. In life, we will face decisions. Some are easy to make; others not so much, but one thing that should always come into play is the regard to safety. When we know the outcome of a decision will hurt ourselves or others, we need to do the right thing and make the right decision. Are there things in your life you know are wrong? It's time to do the right thing and not sin!! Cut them out piece-by-piece or cut them out altogether. Make the right decision. Your life and those around you depend on it! 

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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