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May 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 145:2

"Every day I will bless you, and I will praise Your name forever and ever."

A good way to think of eternity in the future is to think of it in terms of today. Has God provided for you and cared for you today? Not yesterday or tomorrow, but today? Wherever you are today, as you are reading this, has the Lord sustained you today?

Things aren’t perfect, I realize. They never will be on earth. But, regardless of today’s imperfections, we can still confess that God has blessed us and is watching over us today.

Well, with God, every day is today. He is eternal. Do you think God is sitting up in heaven wringing His hands over what might happen to me tomorrow or the next day? God sees the end from the beginning. God lives in the eternal now. And if I am okay with God in the now, I have nothing to fear from the future, for every day with God is today, and He can be trusted.

Bro. Paul

May 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 3:21–22

"The Lord Jesus Christ … will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body."

While we don’t know exactly how our bodies are going to be changed in that glorious day, we do know that the limitations and pain and suffering and death will be forever gone! To the Corinthians Paul said that our bodies will be buried in decay and raised without decay; they will be sown in humiliation and raised in splendor; they will be sown in weakness and raised in strength; they will be sown a physical body and raised a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15).

Our new bodies will be like the glorious body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from the resurrection of Jesus Himself, there are only three resurrections recorded in the Gospels: the son of the widow of Nain, the daughter of Jairus, and Lazarus. All of these situations began in mourning until Jesus came; then that sorrow was turned into joy and gladness. Jesus said of Himself, "I am the resurrection and the life." Whenever the life of Jesus meets death, death is always defeated. When He comes again, death will be dealt its final blow. As Paul said to the Corinthians, "Death is swallowed up in victory" (15:54).

Bro. Paul

May 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 10:23–24

"All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being."

You and I are called to build up and strengthen one another. I am called to build you up. You are called to build me up. I must be very careful not to tear you down by my actions, inaction, or words.

Tearing down is the polar opposite of our calling in Scripture. Edifying one another doesn’t happen accidentally. Be on your knees before God, asking Him to fill you with His Spirit and show you opportunities. Be filled with the Word of God and begin to see people as individuals who need to be built up. Fight off the inevitable distractions and interruptions.

Paul is saying, "There are many things I might do and many things I might say. But my first concern ought to be, will this build up or tear down my brother or sister in the body?"

Bro. Paul

April 30, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 3:2

"When He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."

When you see God as He really is, you will worship Him as He desires to be worshiped. When Moses saw God and worshiped Him, he ended up giving us the law. When Job saw God and worshiped Him, his whole family was restored to him and he got his second start. When Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up, he was inducted into the role of a prophet. When Saul was struck by the holiness of God, he became Paul, the greatest missionary evangelist who ever lived. And when John saw God and fell down before him as dead, he got up and wrote the Book of Revelation, the great apocalyptic story of the New Testament. Worship is not a noun; it’s a verb. Worship is your whole life dedicated back to God.

Finally, when you see God as He really is, you will look forward to the day when you will be like Him. In the New Testament we are told that someday we shall be like Him because we will see Him as He is. On that day we will be holy in perfection. We will be changed and the sin of our lives will be taken away. We’re going to be beautiful, because God is beautiful in His holiness.

Bro. Paul

April 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Numbers 14:9

"The Lord is with us. Do not fear them."

I love the story of the Israelites when they were in Kadesh Barnea (Numbers 13). Moses sent spies into the land to check it out. The majority came back and reported, "We can’t do it. We checked it out, and we are like grasshoppers in front of the giants of the land." But Joshua and Caleb went to the same land, saw the same giants, and probably experienced the same initial fear, but they said, "We’re no match for them, but they are no match for God. We can do it!" Joshua and Caleb were honored for their faith. That’s why they got to go into the Promised Land while the other spies didn’t.

When you worship God, when you praise Him, when you honor Him, when you hallow His name, your vision will be expanded. You will become a more visionary businessperson, a more visionary spouse, a more visionary parent. You will see life not in the little restricted areas that are yours, but you will begin to see that part of your life expand into that which God wants to do through you.

Bro. Paul

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