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June 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

 

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Deuteronomy 29:5

"I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet."

If we are honest, most of us will admit that we can deal with things that have a precedent, but walking into uncharted territory provokes fear. It is awesome to consider the thoughts that can fill our minds as we look into a future for which we have no road map. There were some things that God used to strengthen His people, and these things are available to us today as we face our challenges as well.

The people of Israel, standing on the bank of the Jordan River, had one sure thing. They had the record of God’s performance on their behalf, in the past.

For forty years, God’s people had been wandering in the desert, yet God wonderfully and miraculously cared for them. First, they got into the wilderness through the miracle of walking through the Red Sea, then God gave them a guidance system. Each day, for forty years, they were led by a pillar of cloud. At night they were led by a pillar of fire. They were wandering, but God was leading them. God spoke through Moses, "I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet."

Bro. Paul




June 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for Thursday morning:

"As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

Lord God, what a privilege to enter the fellowship of Your Son’s sufferings. I rejoice to the extent that I partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, I may also be glad with exceeding joy. For if I died with Him, I shall also live with Him. If a child, then an heir—Your heir, Lord God, and a joint heir with Christ, if indeed I suffer with Him, that I may also be glorified with Him.

Lord God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of Your counsel, You confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, I might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before me. My Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and You, my God and Father, who have loved me and given me everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort my heart and establish me in every good word and work.

May I welcome participation in Jesus’ sufferings, Lord God, and joyfully anticipate the glory to come."

2 Corinthians 1:5; Philippians 3:10; 1 Peter 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:11; Romans 8:17; Hebrews 6:17–18; 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

Bro. Paul




June 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 30:15

"In quietness and confidence will be your strength."

Have you ever felt like a goldfish swimming around in a blender full of water—with someone’s finger on the "high" switch? Many of us are altogether too busy, running on overdrive, overextended in our schedules and underdeveloped in our souls. Instead of green pastures and still waters, we’re accustomed to clogged freeways and blaring cell phones.

King Solomon is a good example of a man who was so busy in the work of God that he neglected his walk with God. The result? He developed a great empire and a lean soul.The Lord is more concerned with our relationship with Him than with our productivity for Him, and the wise person knows that a healthy soul requires a certain amount of "quiet" and "still" and "rest."

"Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while," Jesus told the disciples in Mark 6:31. "Be still and know that I am God," advises the Lord in Psalm 46:10.

Is something in your life consuming you, pulling you away from intimacy with God? Are you too busy for your own good? A man had a plaque installed on his dashboard that read "Beware the Barrenness of Busyness." Why not take a deep breath, get away from all distractions, open your Bible, and commune with Him right now?

Bro. Paul




June 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Samuel 22:33

"God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect."

I have little power, but God has all power. If it is going to be, it is going to be up to Him. Not only does He have the power to bring things into existence, but to keep them out of existence as well. I have conceived a lot of things in my mind that God, in His wisdom and by His grace, has kept me from having. He has the power to do both.

So every day I need to end my prayer saying, "Lord, I know that, first of all, You are in control. Thank You. My life may seem out of control, but You are not. You are in control." The throne in heaven is not empty. God is there, seated and in sovereign control. He said a word and the worlds were made. He spoke and the moon and stars were flung out into space. He’s an awesome, almighty, powerful God.

And my prayer links me with Him. I don’t have to get up every morning and psych myself up for the day, because God’s power is always there. All I’ve got to do is plug into Him.

Bro. Paul




June 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 71:6

"By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb."

We have the theology for prosperity down pat, but sooner or later our prosperity will give way to adversity. If you don’t have your theology finely tuned for that part of your life, you won’t do well. Unexpected, unannounced, uncharted, unplanned—adversity comes to everyone.

Every believer should be able to review the compassion of God. Stop and think about all the paths God has led you down like a shepherd throughout your spiritual life. God has been faithful to you! Is there any reason you have to doubt His faithfulness now? As the psalmist says, from our mother’s womb God took us and He has upheld us from our birth.

Even if we have been a believer for only a matter of days or weeks, the grace of God has brought us life and health and strength. God’s past faithfulness and compassion toward us is a heritage upon which we build our faith in the future.

Bro. Paul


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