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July 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 20:28

"Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."

If AT&T could establish a direct phone link between earth and heaven on a given Sunday morning and Jesus spoke simultaneously via satellite to congregations all over the world, what do you think He would say? You’re sitting there in your pew, your heart beating fast. What will His instructions be? "You shall be witnesses to Me … to the end of the earth." And after He said that, I think He would certainly repeat the words He spoke to Peter: "Feed my sheep."

In other words, "Brothers and sisters in the church, you live in a time of terrible demolition. My eyes miss nothing. I have seen it all. But even while precious things all around you are being torn down and dismantled, you can be in the process of building. Build up My church! Take care of My sheep. Feed them. Tend them. Love them … as I have loved you."

We don’t need a direct phone line, do we? We don’t need a satellite connection to heaven. He has given us His inerrant Word, which is a light to our feet and a lamp to our path. He has given us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, illuminating the pages of Scripture, reminding us of everything Jesus taught.

Bro. Paul

July 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 4:2

"It is required in stewards that one be found faithful."

God places a high premium on the quality of faithfulness. He says to us by the way of Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:2, "It is required in stewards that one be found faithful." We are all stewards of the grace of God. God has given Christians an opportunity to administer part of His kingdom on this earth on His behalf.

If there is anything at all we need in our churches, it is this quality of faithfulness. Sometimes described as fidelity, sometimes defined as steadfastness, it always means the determination to stay by your word and complete your commitment.

How we need the quality of faithfulness in our world today. Contracts mean nothing. Commitments mean nothing. We don’t mean what we say. Sooner or later, like everything else, that kind of thing begins to creep into the body of Christ. We have lost the characteristic of faithfulness.

God is teaching us that we are to be faithful no matter what. What a freeing thing that is! God has given all of us something to do, and He says to us, "Here’s what I want from you in this assignment. Be faithful."

Bro. Paul

July 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Timothy 1:7

"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

We have been released from the spirit of fear by the Holy Spirit, who has placed us in the body of Christ. We have received the Spirit of adoption. This adoption provides for every believer release from the bondage that he once knew. The picture that Paul uses is the contrast between slavery and sonship. Slavery, with its fear and isolation, stands for our old lives before knowing Christ. We are told by the writer of Hebrews that Christ died that He might destroy the one who had the power of death and release those who were subject to a fear of death (Hebrews 2:14–15). The perfect love of God has cast out the fear to which we were once enslaved (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).

Anything that involves a believer in fear of bondage cannot possibly be the work of the Holy Spirit of God. It must come either from his own heart of unbelief or as a temptation of the evil one. Our sonship implies perfect spiritual liberty and the absence of all legal features which would bring us once more under the Law.

Bro. Paul

July 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for this morning:

"If children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.

Heavenly Father, if I am Christ’s, then I am Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Behold what manner of love You, Father God, have bestowed on me, that I should be called Your child! Therefore I am no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then Your heir through Christ. You, Lord God, predestined me to adoption as a son by Jesus Christ to Yourself, according to the good pleasure of Your will.

Father, Jesus desired that we whom You gave Him may be with Him where He is, that we may behold His glory which You have given Him.

If I overcome, and keep Jesus’ works until the end, to me He will give power over the nations. If I overcome, Jesus will grant to me to sit with Him on His throne, as He also overcame and sat down with You, Father God, on Your throne.

What a glorious future You have for Your heirs, Father God! Thank You that I am numbered among them!"

Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29; 1 John 3:1; Galatians 4:7; Ephesians 1:5; John 17:24; Revelation 2:26; Revelation 3:21

Bro. Paul

July 2, 2017, 9:16 PM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 14:7

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you."

Christ offered His peace to the disciples during an unbelievably difficult period in His own life. He was enjoying the peace of God, but He knew the disciples were about to be sorely tested and would need God’s peace as well. Anyone can have peace when things are going well at home, financially, and with regard to health. Even the world can manifest a semblance of peace when everything is going smoothly.

It is in the context of difficulties that God wants us to experience His peace and manifest it to the world. Jesus offered His peace to the disciples at exactly the time it would be needed most: a time when their own sense of peace and calm would likely disappear. He wanted His disciples—and He wants us—to be at peace during the most difficult hours of our lives.

Believers in Christ can live in a world where seemingly irrational and indiscriminate things happen without warning but not be undone by worry and fear. We can have peace knowing that God is in control of our lives. While it may appear that things are out of control in the world, we can know that we are eternally protected and watched over by God’s sovereign and loving care.

Bro. Paul

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