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Time to Get Serious

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Time to Get Serious


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If God is the all-consuming, all-powerful, all-knowing, loving and infinite Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of this universe, then nothing else we do matters quite as much as getting to know Him and know Him well!

C'mon now! Enough of spoon-fed spirituality and Sunday-morning religion that lasts until church lets out. It's time to get serious—to get deep into God's Word and start exploring your most important relationship for yourself. You won't have to do it by yourself, though. Author Tony Evans, one of America's most passionate and insightful preachers, will join you every day to explore the great news of who God is—and who you are in Him—through the lively daily devotionals in this book.

Covering a different topic every four weeks, Evans speaks to all Christians—men, women, singles, couples and parents—about the essentials for a growing faith. And about your greatest pursuit in life: getting to know God—and know Him well.

Drawing deeply from scripture, Evans focuses on the most important aspects of the faith—such as the attributes of God, discipleship, prayer, the role of the Holy Spirit—and, in his direct, refreshing, down-to-earth style, shows how developing your knowledge of God affects everything about you. Your marriage. Your family life. Your friendships. Your purity and integrity. Your view of money and possessions. And your commitment to helping heal society's ills.

So c'mon! Get serious! And get to know your Creator in a way that really matters. In a way that will change how you view your faith, yourself, your world—and Him.

NOTE: This devotional contains 313 readings instead of the usual 365/366.

Sample Text

"Sanctify them in the truth." John 17:17

Telling the Truth

Read it: Isaiah 6:1-7

Part of coming to know God intimately is hearing the truth about ourselves. We need someone who will tell us the truth.

We don't do that with each other. We don't tell people the truth because we don't want to offend them or make them mad at us. Besides, all of us like being lied to occasionally. No woman wants to ask, "How do you like my new dress?" and hear, "Worst thing I ever saw in my life."

No one wants to hear that! And even though we may think a piece of clothing or a hairstyle is the worst we have ever seen, we aren't about to say so because people don't want the truth. Therefore, our relationships are often shallow and never get to where they are supposed to be.

You don't have that problem with God. God calls it as He sees it. He's not going to tell you, "I'm okay, you're okay." He's going to tell you, "You are dead in your trespasses and in your sins." He's not going to make it comfortable or convenient for you. When God begins to unveil who He is, it also unveils who we are.

That's the problem Peter had when he ran into Jesus Christ at the lake and found out who he was. Peter fell on his face and said, "I am a sinful man" (Luke 5:8)

The Prophet Isaiah saw the Lord and cried out, "Woe is me!" (Isaiah 6:5) Why? Because if you want the real deal with God, you are going to get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and some of it's not going to be pleasant.

But God doesn't tell you the truth about yourself and then leave you where you are. Like a good doctor, He tells you you're sick so you will get the proper treatment. The proper treatment for sin is salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, who provided forgiveness for our sins by His death on the cross.

You can never know God until you are properly related to Him through Christ. If you have never come to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, today would be a great day to do that.

Think About It

Have you ever thanked God for telling you the truth about yourself?

Selected text from Time to Get Serious Copyright (c) 1995 by Tony Evans. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Anthony T. Evans is senior pastor of the 5,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, and president of The Urban Alternative, a national organization that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in urban America through the church. He was the first black American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. The author of twenty books, Evans lives with his wife, Lois, in Dallas, Texas. They have four children and two granddaughters.

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