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A Message from Jon

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 119:89

The Joy of Jesus to You All This Day!

I wanted to take a moment to express to you my deepest appreciation for you and thankfulness to Him in allowing us here at SearchLight the privilege of studying through God's Word together, day after day and year after year.

And one day soon together we will literally be at The Master's feet gleaning and gaining perfect understanding that will result in joyous and endless praise bursting forth from the deepest parts of our hearts!

And I am convinced that such joy and praise will indeed likely be proportional to our present hungering for and wrestling with and praying in and submitting to and the applying of The Scriptures on this side of Eternity.

So let's keep at it and keep with it until that Glorious Day when we conversate with Him about any-and-all aspects of His Eternal Word.

Amen? ... Amen!!

God Bless You All,

Jon


Daily Devotional
March 30
 
Woe unto us: who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight. And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
1 Samuel 4:8-10
 
Even though Israel had brought the Ark of the Covenant into their camp, thirty thousand men died. This was a horrible defeat; a brutal, bloody battle in which the Philistines butchered the people of Israel.

The same thing can happen to me. I bring the “Ark” into my camp. My boxes are all checked off on my spiritual “To Do” list; therefore, it’s sure to be a great day. But I’ve discovered that sometimes when my boxes are all checked off, the day goes horribly. “Lord,” I cry, “I checked my boxes. I read my Bible, prayed, and went to church. I even tithed eleven percent last week! Why don’t I have victory?”

And the Lord would say to me, “It’s not about bringing a box into your camp or checking a box off on a list. Only a relationship with Me will bring victory as I guide you step by step, day by day.”

Reading two chapters a day or attending church two times a week won’t guarantee victory any more than bringing the box into the camp brought victory to the Israelites. God doesn’t work that way. If, however, reading two chapters a day or attending church two times a week is done for the purpose of meeting Him, of learning more about Him, of spending time with Him, He has promised to meet us there (James 4:8).
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store