Daily Devotional for Friday September 01, 2017


James 5:12 (NASB) But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.


He was running himself ragged. I worked with a man who could never say no; even if it was an inappropriate thing he was asked to do. Henry had a heart of gold, but some people took advantage of that and asked him to do things that were less than honorable. Today's verse speaks to us men about letting our yes be yes but our no be no, and not to swear by heaven or earth, but to stand on the Truth of Christ. Many times, we will face those decisions, whether they are of our own doing or the request of someone else, and we agree knowing full well that it's not in anyone's best interest. It is during those times we must find strength in Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit to speak the truth even if that means the answer is NO. One day at lunch, I asked Henry why he always said yes to things especially the inappropriate. He replied, “I just want to be one of the guys.” Sometimes it's better going alone than falling in with the wrong crowd. Don't be just one of the guys. Be the guy who follows Christ and that may mean saying no! Think about it and make the right choice to honor God. 


• 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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