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May 24, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Exodus 33:19

"I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you."

What happened to Moses when he experienced the Holy? Moses had seen some pretty amazing miracles in his life, but he still wanted to see God’s glory. God decided to show Moses a little bit of His glory. God put Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered him with His hand as He passed by. Moses only saw a reflection of the holiness of God from a distant rear view, but it affected him so much that the people of Israel were afraid of him when they saw him. His face shown so brilliantly, the people were terrified. Moses had to wear a veil in order to talk to the people.

If we could see God as He really is, not only would we know Him as a God of compassionate love, but we would see Him as a God of holiness, quite apart from anything we have ever known.

Why is it important to see God as He really is in His holiness? Because only then will you see yourself as you really are.

Bro. Paul

May 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 4:19

"God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

The prophet Jeremiah and the apostle Paul discovered the same thing about prayer: When our hearts are right, God delights to give us more than we asked for. In Jeremiah 33:3, the Lord said, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." In Ephesians 3:20, Paul said that God "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think."

In her autobiography, Evidence Not Seen, missionary Darlene Diebler tells of being near starvation in a Japanese POW camp. Through her window she saw in the distance a banana. "Lord," she prayed, "just one banana." But she couldn’t see how God could get her a banana through prison walls.

The next day she heard footsteps coming down the hall and the key turning in the door of her cell. In walked a guard with a bunch of bananas. "They’re yours," he said. She sat down in stunned silence and counted them. There were ninety-two bananas!

As Darlene wept and thanked the Lord, she seemed to hear Him say in her heart, "That’s what I delight to do, exceeding abundantly above everything you ask or think."

Bro. Paul

May 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 4:7

"To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift."

The Bible says that when you’re saved you not only get the Giver, you get the gift! You receive the Spirit of God, but you also receive the gift of the Spirit. Every Christian is immediately endowed with a special gift of ministry. You will find those gifts listed in Romans 12, in Ephesians 4, and in 1 Corinthians 12.

In other words, every believer has a gift of the Spirit. We are to exercise that gift so that everyone else profits. I exercise my gift, and it helps you. You exercise your gift, and it helps me. And all of us using our giftedness help the whole body to grow.

But you can’t do that without the Spirit of God. The whole concept of service is based on the spiritual filling of the believer. No wonder so many of God’s people are trying to figure out how to survive! Do you know what we’re trying to do? We’re trying to accomplish a supernatural task in the energy of our own weak flesh.

We run like crazy trying to keep up with everything, and we fall into bed at night totally exhausted. There is no human way for us to do the work of God in the energy of the flesh. If the Spirit of God doesn’t fill us with His power, we’re attempting the impossible.

Bro. Paul

May 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning I would like us to consider the words of the great old hymn, "It Is Well".

"When peace like a river attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll."

I think we can add the word "or" between those two lines.

"What ever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,

"it Is Well, It Is Well with my soul!"

Whatever my circumstance, whatever the pain or sorrow I feel, I can say it is well because I have a God who loves me and knows the depth of my pain and in His time He will wipe away all the tears and pain and suffering!!

The third verse says,

"My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin, not in part, but the whole

Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more!

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Oh my soul!!"

Because of Jesus, I stand before Almighty God Forgiven, Redeemed and Justified!! Praise the Lord!!  And because of this right standing before God I can say, sing, and shout the 4th verse,

"And Lord hast the day when my faith shall be sight

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll!  The trump shall resound

And MY Lord shall descend! Even so IT IS WELL with my soul!!!"

Please remember, God's grace is sufficient, He knows what He is doing, HE LOVES YOU and will never leave you!!

As you start your day and this new week, rejoice in the freedom you have in Christ and AS YOU ARE GOING praise Him for the day, acknowledge that today is God's gift to you and live it in Him to the fullest!!!  AS YOU ARE GOING, let HIM live through you!!  Be obedient to His promptings.

Bro. Paul

May 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 1:4

"[God] comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

Problems in our lives make us sensitive to the problems of others. How could the men and women of God reach out to a hurting world if they had never experienced that same pain in their own lives? How can we put our arms around a brother facing disappointment if we have never experienced disappointment ourselves? Sometimes God allows problems in our lives so that we can better minister to someone else. That’s exactly what happened to Joseph. From his humbling slave and prison experiences, he was able to fairly administer grain to a starving populace.

You see, problems have advantages. They provide us with opportunities if we will but look for them. They promote spiritual maturity if we let them make us better instead of bitter. They prove our integrity, produce a sense of dependency, and prepare our hearts for ministry. God allows problems so that we can learn and grow. We don’t like them, but they are necessary if we are to grow and change. Don’t run from the pressures God wants to use to make you His perfect example of Christlikeness.

Bro. Paul

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