Highways To Zion - Judy Nichols
Highways to Zion is a weekly devotional message written by Judy Nichols and aired on WVMC FM.
Romans 12:1 says, "I appeal to you therefore . . . by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." It is GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing mercy that prompts us to dedicate our whole lives to Him. We no longer bring an animal to an altar to be killed and its body burned, as the Old Testament saints did. These animal sacrifices were pictures of the ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Rather, we offer ourselves as those alive from the dead (Rom. 6:13). All we are, all we have, all we do, all we ever hope to be or have or do, we lay it all down as an offering to God.
Proverbs 16:6 says, "By loving kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil." The Old Testament saints knew that God graciously forgave their sins when they brought their sacrifices to the temple. God had identified Himself to them as, "the Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth" (Exod. 34:6).
Many people today are praying for revival and rightly so. Our culture is in desperate need of what only God can do. But I believe there is something else that needs to happen before revival can happen and we need to redirect our prayers.
What do you think of when you hear the term "self-control?" At the risk of seeming redundant, I think of it as keeping myself under control, that is, keeping my thoughts and emotions in check, keeping my words restrained, keeping my spending within limits, keeping my appetites curbed. It all seems to be centered around containment Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not letting things escape or get out of hand.
Every craftsman likes to work with quality materials. Talented musicians want the best instruments to play. Wood workers prefer walnut or maple to pine. As a seamstress, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always said if you want to make a beautiful garment, you need to find beautiful fabric. There is one area of the sewing world where that is not the case: quilting.