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Devotional for Saturday, February 28, 2015 / Sunday, March 1, 2015
Today's Prayer Note from The Navigators:

New Navigator staff
Thank God for the many new staff that will join The Navigators this year. It is a challenge for many to raise their needed monthly support. Pray for teams of faithful people who will come alongside them financially and in prayer.

Damage Control

Today's Scripture: Numbers 5-8
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Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:31-32

In Numbers 5-8 the Lord establishes certain laws for the removal of anything that is unclean from the place where the people are camped. This has a powerful application for you and me in our daily walk of discipleship. One of the most urgent matters we face every day is the removal of anything in our lives that might hinder our fellowship with Christ and ruin our testimony before others.

Some years ago, a violent windstorm caused great damage to the city of Colorado Springs. It broke windows, loosened shingles, and tore down electrical lines. A friend of mine and his wife were driving home from church the next morning when they saw a tree that everyone in the city had admired for its greatness and beauty. It had stood in splendor for years. Now it was flat on the ground. Then my friends noticed that the trunk was hollow.

Something had attacked the tree from the inside and destroyed the inner core. Looking at the tree from the outside revealed no evidence whatsoever that anything was wrong. But after many years of silent destruction, the tree had toppled in the wind.

A type of hollowness can happen in the life of a believer if there is an absence of deep abiding in Christ. When the believer suddenly faces something that reveals the depth of the problem, the sin is exposed, and that which may have looked great from the outside is shown for what it really is.

Prayer

Lord, show me if there is anything in my life that Satan could use to damage my fellowship with You and destroy my testimony. Amen.

To Ponder

Is your inner life rooted and grounded in a vital, personal fellowship with Christ?


The text for this devotional comes from the NavPress book Daily Discipleship, which features devotionals taken from radio broadcasts by long-time Navigator LeRoy Eims. For more information or to order a copy, visit the NavPress website.

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