James Dobson James Dobson (1936)
Marriage
Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
 
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A Contrite Heart I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts. (Isaiah 66:2) Do you have anything in your house that’s stolen? Do you have a twinge of guilt that passes through your heart when you think back to a time when you took something that wasn’t yours or said something that wasn’t true? Ever cheated on your taxes? Ever padded your time sheet at work? Ever lied to your boss? your mom? your wife? If so, ever wonder why it still bothers you? You can be sure that you’re not alone. In fact, guilt is such a widespread problem that the U.S. government has had to set up a “Conscience Fund” as part of its revenue system. This is a fund for all the money that comes in unexpectedly from anonymous, guilt-ridden Americans. “I am sending ten dollars for blankets I stole while in World War II,” starts one letter. “My mind could not rest.” It was signed, “An ex-GI.”  A man from Brazil sent fifty dollars to cover the cost of two pair of cavalry boots, two pairs of trousers, one case of K-rations, and thirty pounds of frozen meat he stole from the army between 1943 and 1946. Figures show that an average of $45,000 per year is received and deposited into the Conscience Fund, most of it in increments of one to ten dollars. The need for a clean conscience is one that we all share. It’s a thread that runs deep and wide throughout humanity. We don’t always understand it, but we all feel it. And that’s because God intended it that way. “They demonstrate that God’s law is written within them,” Paul writes to the Roman Christians, “for their own consciences … accuse them” (Romans 2:15). Sensitivity toward sin is a trait we are all born with. But it’s what we do with our guilt that makes the difference. “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word,” God says. “But those who choose their own ways, delighting in their sins, are cursed” (Isaiah 66:2-3). Don’t ignore the voice inside that keeps you honest. Let it guide you toward a pure heart and life within God’s perfect will.

Today’s Reading  Isaiah 66:2-4 Reflection  Have you made an effort to right the wrongs that you’ve done? Ask God what he would have you do.
 
The best-selling Left Behind series has captured the attention of millions of readers, and it has changed lives. It has brought millions of believers the motivation to examine their hearts. Are you ready to embrace eternity? Live each moment as if it could be your last? Your future is more important than your past. Where you are going matters more than where you have been. What you do from this day forward means much more than what you have already done. You may be affected by your past, but you are not defined by it. Not in the eyes of God. What does it mean to embrace eternity? It means grasping each breath as if it could be your last, living life moment by precious moment with your feet planted firmly on earth but your heart aimed squarely at heaven. It means learning to embrace the role of dual citizenship—living in one world while belonging to another. It is a lifestyle of living like there’s no tomorrow and then dying so that your real life can finally begin! This 365-day devotional explores the themes introduced in the Left Behind series—themes of salvation, grace, obedience, and faith. New believers as well as mature believers will find a message of faith that will inspire and motivate daily.