REDEEM THE TIME in 2023 - Youtube Recording on Redeeming the Time given by myself (Bruce Hurt) to men's ministry -- Slides that go with talk Related article on Redeem the Time.
Below are links to several devotionals to aid your Quiet Time with the Lord.
- Our Daily Bread - excellent illustrations and practical applications - you will need to click "Today's Devotional" when page opens
- Puritan's Valley of Vision - pithy and poignant!
- Vance Havner Quote of the Day and Devotional - always pithy!
- A W Tozer Daily Devotional
- Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest - You can also borrow My Utmost for His Highest for one hour from archive.org but you must create an account (only your email) and you can also borrow many other books at Christian Books Online.
- Grace Gems Daily Devotional - often very pithy and convicting!
- Devotionals - onsite
- Joshua Project daily prayer for an unreached people group - Store up for yourselves treasure in heaven - souls that you have prayed for from the unreached people groups. See comments on Jesus' command to make friends...
"And I say to you, make friends (aorist imperative see need to depend on the Holy Spirit to obey) for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness (not that money is evil, but because it is often used for evil), so that (purpose or result) when (not "if") your earthly possessions are gone, you will be welcomed (prophetic promise) into the eternal homes." (Luke 16:9+)
- Jesus taught us that "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." (Mt 9:37+) - Will you be a worker for the Lord of the harvest? Will you obey His command to "beseech (aorist imperative) the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Mt 9:38+)?
- You are in effect entering the mission field with your intercessory prayers. "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (including those of the hidden people groups who will become saints - see Rev 5:9+ below) (Eph 6:18+)
- You are obeying Jesus' command to "Store up (thesaurizo in present imperative see need to depend on the Holy Spirit to obey) for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for (term of explanation) where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Mt 6:20-21+) (Where is your [my] heart beloved?)
- You will rejoice with Paul for those precious souls in this hidden people group who accept Christ as their Savior for they will be your "hope or joy or crown of exultation...in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming. For you are our glory and joy." (1 Th 2:19, 20+)
- You will shine like the stars for "those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." (Da 12:3+)
- You can be confident God will answer your prayer for Rev 5:9+ says Jesus was "slain, and purchased for God with (His) blood men from EVERY tribe and tongue and people and nation."
- If these Biblical truths are not sufficient motivation to redeem the precious time then take a moment and Read the longer answer.
These devotionals are provided to encourage your daily devotional time reading the "pure milk of the Word" (1 Peter 2:2+ = a vital verse because intake of the pure word is an absolute essential for spiritual growth or progressive sanctification) and are not meant to replace your personal time reading God's "Word of Life" (Philippians 2:16+) and "Word of Truth, the Gospel." (Colossians 1:5+) Our prayer is that you would...
Let the word of Christ richly dwell+ (present imperative calling for dependence on the Holy Spirit to obey) within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16+)
Remember that letting the Word of Christ richly dwell within you produces the same fruit as being continually filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18+ (See chart comparing effects). Be filled is also a present imperative command calling for reliance on the Holy Spirit to give you the desire and the power - Php 2:13NLT+).
For the devotionals below the default is today's date, but you can change the date if you like. Click picture of Hidden People Group for more detail.