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January 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 16:7

"I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you."

As a child of God, the Holy Spirit lives within my heart. Christ came into the world, He died, He was buried, He was resurrected, and He ascended into heaven. Before He ascended, He said, "Before I go, I want you to know I am going to send a Comforter who is not only going to be with you—He is going to be in you." The Holy Spirit is that Comforter whom Christ sent to live within us. By virtue of my sonship, I have a permanent spiritual resource—the Holy Spirit living within me. He helps me to walk, talk, and live like a son of God, something I couldn’t do if He weren’t within me. The standard for living life as a child of God is far beyond anything I could ever produce on my own. But when Christ came to live within my heart, He put His blessed Holy Spirit within me. Because I have the Spirit of the Father in me, I am identified as one of His children.

The Holy Spirit in me is far better than a calling card. With the Holy Spirit, I have access to my heavenly Father at any time. That is a resource of power that I cannot have any other way.

Bro. Paul

January 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 30:5

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

It’s interesting that David follows a pattern of looking at the day that was begun in the creation account in Genesis. He says that weeping comes in the night, but joy comes in the morning. If you remember, when God created the heavens and the earth, He said, "the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:5). We think just the opposite, don’t we? We think of a day as the morning followed by the evening.

I think there are wonderful truths embedded in God’s perspective on life. If you will look at your day as the evening and the morning instead of the morning and the evening, you will begin your day in the evening by meditating on what you need to accomplish the next day, and asking God’s blessing on it. Then He is free to work in your heart and mind as you sleep to prepare you for accomplishing those things. When Christ returns, there will be no more weeping. Weeping is ours during the night, but our eternal joy is coming in the morning of Christ’s return.

Bro. Paul

January 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 3:10

"They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."

Worship and wonder, which are so closely connected, are all about coming to the end of our measurements. In the presence of Almighty God, as the apostle John discovered, the sense of wonder comes naturally and leaves us changed. How could we respond any other way? But without the capability of awe, where we stand at the edge of ourselves and gaze beyond, we will never come into His presence.

Do you ever wonder? How long has it been since you’ve been a child again, gaping with wide eyes? How would it change your life if you could live like that every day? How would it change the people around you?

I hope you’re already sensing it—your heart’s very desire. This is what has been lacking in so many lives. We’ve wandered through the emptiness when we could have been wondering at the fullness of the love of God. Your heart’s desire, even if you haven’t come to realize it, is to live every moment in the wonder of worship.

Bro. Paul

January 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:18

"Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures."

James reminds us that we experience temptation because we are God’s special people. We are members of His family because we have been born again by the word of truth. When James uses the word "firstfruits" to describe believers, he is reminding us that we belong only to God. In the Old Testament, "firstfruits" were the firstborn of cattle and the early fruit of the ground, both of which belonged to God.

The enemy targets us because of our relationship with God. There would be no inner battle if we were truly lost.

The tests God allows to mature us can become temptations from Satan that malign us. We must be prepared for tests, realize they can become temptations, and then overcome them through the strength of our relationship with God.

Bro. Paul

January 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 13:5

"He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.""

What is loneliness? I don’t know how to define it; all I can do is describe it. It’s an underlying anxiety at having no one close, a sharp ache in a moment of grief, and an empty feeling in the pit of the stomach when we know we have no one to whom we can turn. There is no anguish like loneliness.

But God has a cure for loneliness. In our walk with Him, He offers friendship, a family, and a peace that passes all understanding. When we meet Him, we are not guaranteed never to feel lonely, but we are promised that we will never be alone.

After all, He is the one who said, "I will never leave You nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

Bro. Paul

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