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                      NBBBF Devotional
September 16, 2013
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 8-10

We have surmounted all the perils and endured all the agonies of the past. We shall provide against and thus prevail over the dangers and problems of the future, withhold no sacrifice, grudge no toil, seek no sordid gain, fear no foe. All will be well. We have, I believe, within us the life-strength and guiding light by which the tormented world around us may find the harbour of safety, after a storm-beaten voyage. - Sir Winston Churchill

Don't Rock the Boat!
by Sister Laurel Davis

In a recent movie this innocent guy loses just about everything when he comes under federal investigation for stock trading fraud at his father's investment firm. Besides losing his girlfriend, he's forced to leave his job (forget trying to find a new one, because who would hire him now?), he realizes his own father would rather let him take the fall instead of the firm, and his legal defense fees will start at a whopping $300,000.

The guy's loyal secretary, Millie, knowing he's innocent and wanting to help, is willing to break the law and risk her own job if he will just let her give him the heads up on what they're saying about the case at the office.

"Why won't you let me help you?", Millie pleads.

The guy explains, "Imagine I'm in a little boat in the middle of this big huge ocean, and the waves are billowing and crashing all around me, threatening to flip my boat over. Yes, I'm afraid, and I'm holding on for dear life. But I know I'm going to make it. Why? Because my boat is the truth. That's all I need to stay afloat."

"So, please, Millie," he concludes. "Don't rock the boat!"

Wow! Did you get that? The truth is my "boat," and please don't rock the boat!

Imagine having so much confidence in the truth that, no matter what's thrown at you, no matter what threatens you, no matter how scary the journey gets, you know you will survive. As long as you know that the truth is on your side, you know it will see you through the storm and you will come out okay.

You also know that truth doesn't need any extra help to uphold you. Yes, sure, gather as much useful and accurate information as possible to try to stay a step ahead in difficult situations. But sometimes when the waves seem so overwhelming and the boat too small, people become desperate instead of deliberate.

It's desperation that tempts you to take greater risks or to compromise your integrity in order to stay afloat, when all you really need to do is remain secure in your purpose, clear about your vision, and careful and upright about your practices. Allowing unnecessary risks or compromising could actually hurt more than help your situation by making your boat unsteady -- please don't rock the boat! -- or adding more weight enough to sink you.

What a great illustration of why New Beginnings Believers Bible Fellowship is, according to our ministry's tag line, a place "Where Truth Really Matters." The truth is our "boat" -- the truth of the Gospel and the truth of God's Word which we try to apply to ministry as well as all areas of life here on earth and in the hereafter.

We arose out of a battle cry for truth. We established this local church body united on the truth. We have endeavored to teach, serve and operate based on the truth. We want to grow for the sake of spreading the truth. And we encourage and exhort every soul who has an ear to hear to accept, live by and stand up for the truth in their personal lives.

We have not taken unnecessary risks or compromised in order to survive. We remain secure in our purpose, clear about our vision, and careful and upright about our practices. Anything less than that, in addition to that, or other than that, is rocking the boat. "So, please, Millie. Don't rock the boat!"

At New Beginnings, truth really matters because that's what's upheld us. Through the ebbs and flows, and even when the seas have been calm and complacency could've tempted us to drift off course, by God's grace and to His glory, our little boat continues to stay afloat.

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