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May 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 49:15

"Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will never forget you."

Let’s be honest. Sometimes, when God delays, we feel forgotten. Someone has said that it is the length of the trial, not the severity of it, that is most threatening to us. When a painful trial begins, we rally our resolve, we call our comrades, and we determine to defeat our "enemy." But as the days wear on and nothing changes, we lose heart and begin to grow weary. We never imagined God would let us suffer so long!

God says it is as likely that He would forget us as it is that a mother would forget her nursing child (Isaiah 49:15–16)—though it doesn’t seem like it in the midst of our trials. Not only can we feel forgotten—we can feel forsaken as well.

So when you pray to God in your hour of seeming abandonment, just remember: God has heard that prayer before, even from His own Son. He knows what you are going through. In fact, He deliberately turned His back on His own Son so that He would never have to turn His back on us. He tells us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Bro. Paul

May 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 8:26

"The Spirit helps in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

I heard a story about a pastor who frequently visited a woman who was dying from cancer. One day she told him, "I’m so often racked with pain that it’s hard for me to gather my thoughts to pray. Even when I rally a little from the influence of the medication, my mind is still so dull I can’t concentrate for any length of time."

He looked at her a moment and said, "Well, you can groan, can’t you?"

"Oh yes," she replied, "My days are spent doing that."

"Well, never mind that you can’t formulate prayers," the pastor told her. "The Holy Spirit translates your groans into eloquent petitions and presents them to the Father!"

Can you remember moments in your life when your heart was so heavy or your thoughts seemed so confused that you couldn’t even find words to speak to God? Sometimes, even though we’re on our knees in an attitude of prayer, we can only manage to sigh or groan or whisper the Lord’s name. And in those moments, according to Paul, the indwelling Holy Spirit takes our sighs and our groans and brings those prayers to God. He understands the inward turmoil in our life. He is the searcher of our hearts, and He knows us better than we know ourselves.

Bro. Paul

May 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 11:2

"When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom."

On December 6, 2001, American evangelist Billy Graham received a singular honor from the British Empire. He was given an honorary knighthood in recognition of his Christian service benefiting England and the world. When given his award by the British ambassador to the United States, the evangelist’s remarks were characteristic: "I accept it with humility and unworthiness." He went on to say that he looked forward to laying his honorary knighthood, along with any other recognition he has ever received, at the feet of Jesus Christ, who deserves all the honor and praise.

One has to wonder if the impact of Billy Graham and his ministry around the world is in any way connected with his personal spirit of "humility and unworthiness." In light of biblical testimony concerning humility, the answer has to be "Yes." God gives skill and advancement to the humble and actively resists (stands in the way of) the proud. If you have a destination in view, you can remove at least one serious roadblock by being humble on the way.

Skills for living are not acquired as much as they are received in the form of grace—given by God as wisdom to the humble.

Bro. Paul

May 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 15:58

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."

The greatest encouragement man will ever know is the giving of Jesus Christ to our world. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus has written the word hope in every heart. Because He lives, we too shall live. Because He was victorious over death, our future is bright.

As we consider the encouragement of Christ’s resurrection, we should respond in two definite acts of love. Both of these responses are illustrated for each of us by the great apostle Paul. They are recorded in the last two verses of 1 Corinthians 15, the Bible’s great resurrection chapter.

First, we should express our gratitude to our Father in heaven: "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).

And second, we should do as Paul did—use the truth of Christ’s resurrection to encourage others: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Bro. Paul

May 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 15:10

"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The Bible tells us that angels are aware of the moment each person repents of his sin and becomes a Christian. According to Luke 15:10, they rejoice. One writer says that "they set the bells of heaven to ringing with their rejoicing before the Lamb of God."

Although the angels rejoice when people are saved and glorify God who has saved them, they cannot do one thing: They cannot testify personally to something they have not experienced. Angels have not been redeemed. They can only point to the experiences of the redeemed and rejoice that God has saved them.

This means that throughout eternity we humans alone will give our personal witness to the salvation that God achieved by grace and that we received through faith in Jesus Christ. As great as they are, angels cannot testify to salvation the same way as those who have experienced it.

Bro. Paul

PS  Sam and Sam's Dad and I will be attending a conference in Ohio with Alistar Begg next week, so there will be no devotionals next week.  I will start back the following week.

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