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November 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 5:18

"[Give] thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

It is not new truth to many of us that prayer is a great comfort in uneasy times and a mighty warrior against worry. I am convinced, however, that we are confused about the way prayer actually works for us in such stressful and difficult days.

Does Paul’s call to prayer mean that when we pray, all the things we worry about will be straightened out for us and that our trouble will be gone? Not necessarily!

If prayer does not always change our situation so that it no longer worries us, then what is the value of praying? Here is the answer! Prayer does not always change the situation and make it better, but prayer always changes us and makes us better.

Prayer, especially prayer accompanied by thanksgiving, is the perfect answer to a heart that is overridden with anxiety.

Bro. Paul

November 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 6:38

"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom."

When Elijah met the widow of Zarephath, she was locked in the clutches of a handful of meal and a tiny bit of oil. That’s all she had. We can sympathize with her. In fact, some of us can identify with her. And Elijah’s heart went out to her.

The difference was that he knew something she didn’t know. He knew that the way to have what you have and have it to the fullest is to always put God first. That’s why he said, "Make me a little cake first." In other words, "Trust God by putting Him first and watch what He does."

When we first see this woman in the story, she is clutching everything she has. At the end of the story, she is releasing it all to God. The way to have what you have is to give it back to God. That is the only way you can ever possess your possessions. If you give it back to God with open hands, He will not only bless you, He will also put back what you need.

Bro. Paul

November 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 14:27

"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled." He spoke these words to His disciples on a night when He knew that, in a matter of hours, the lives of His disciples would be permanently impacted through His own terrible ordeal and death.

He told them the Holy Spirit would come as a comforter. He told them a place was being prepared for them. He told them He would come again and receive them unto Himself. He told His disciples that they could have peace in the midst of turmoil if they would receive the peace He gives.

All too often we lose our peace in the midst of tragedy and the circumstances of life. When we do that, we have nothing to offer a watching world. If a neighbor comes to us distraught over tragedy and finds us just as undone, what testimony have we given about the peace of Christ which He promised? It is the Christians in a community who should be able to offer a word of encouragement and comfort during difficult times. But we can only do that if we possess the peace of Christ—that peace which He purchased for us at the price of His own blood.

Bro. Paul

November 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

And to close the week, one more scripture collage:

"Whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High and shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Your truth shall be my shield and buckler.

My life is hidden with Christ in You, Lord God. He who touches me touches the apple of Your eye. I stand still, and see Your salvation. You, Lord, will fight for me, and I shall hold my peace. You, God, are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear.

Jesus comforted His disciples, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." The resurrected Jesus asked, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that You are able to keep what I have committed to You.

Thank You for the safety and security You provide, Lord God."

Proverbs 1:33; Psalm 90:1; Psalm 91:1; Psalm 91:4; Colossians 3:3; Zechariah 2:8; Exodus 14:13–14; Psalm 46:1–2; Matthew 14:27; Luke 24:38–39; 2 Timothy 1:12

Bro. Paul

November 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a Thanksgiving scripture collage:

"Praying in the Holy Spirit.

Lord God, You are Spirit, and those of us who worship You must worship in spirit and truth. I have access by one Spirit to You, my heavenly Father.

Jesus prayed, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."

Your Spirit, Lord, helps in my weaknesses. For I do not know what I should pray for as I ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for me with groaning which cannot be uttered. Now You, Lord, who search the heart know what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to Your will. This is the confidence that I have in You, Lord, that if I ask anything according to Your will, You hear me. When the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide me into all truth.

I pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication.

Lord God, thank You for sending Your Spirit who gives me access to You, who intercedes for me, and who guides me into truth."

Jude 20; John 4:24; Ephesians 2:18; Matthew 26:39; Romans 8:26–27; 1 John 5:14; John 16:13; Ephesians 6:18

Bro. Paul

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