"The Difficult Ways of Life"
October 7, 2011
(Jesus said) "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." Luke 13:24
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
Maybe you've noticed that there are many and varied lifestyles being promoted nowadays.
Indeed, anyone who has taken even a quick glance at these lifestyles will quickly see they are being expected to accept and embrace these changes, moral principles and spiritual values. You do not have to be a certified genius to realize that all these lifestyles and all of the changes do not have the blessing of Scripture.
In the past months I have frequently heard an expression which seems to be becoming quite popular. The expression says, "That which is prohibited is flavorful." I suppose the saying isn't a new one. After all, Adam and Eve found the forbidden fruit. Along with being good for food and pleasant to the eye, it also held out the promise of great wisdom.
Well, Adam and Eve found out that not everything turned out as good as it had been advertised.
I am afraid there are many people who are tasting modern-day forbidden fruits, who will come to the same conclusion.
Testing and tasting the forbidden is not the path God's redeemed people should walk. As children of God, we know that earthly enticements cannot be eternal. On the other hand, the condemnation which follows those sins can stretch way beyond this life.
Because this is so, we need a Savior. That Savior comes to us in the Person of Jesus Christ, God's Son, the world's Redeemer. To free us from and forgive us of all our forbidden fruit tastings, Jesus came into this world. Here, through His perfect life and His innocent suffering and death, He has brought repentant believers back into God's family of faith.
By God's grace, Jesus' victory has become ours. Because of Jesus' success, salvation and life in His Kingdom, is eternal.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, remove us from the temptations and bad influences going on around us. Help us to lead others on the right path, walking with You. In Jesus' Name, in our Savior's Name we pray. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Citia Karina, a volunteer with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Nicaragua. As an elementary school teacher, she is active in teaching children and young people the Bible. In Nicaragua, LHM works with Project JOEL, radio ministry outreach, Equipping the Saints (ETS) and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC). In country, LHM-Nicaragua, known locally as Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones (Christ for All Nations), has been sharing the Gospel since 1998 through its offices in Chinandega and Leon.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries