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November 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's lookat Numbers 32:23

"Be sure your sin will find you out."

The great news of the gospel is that we have a forgiving God. When we come to Him, open our hearts, and confess our sins, God does hear us and forgive us. He’s just waiting for us to come and ask Him. God puts confessed sins behind His back as far as the east is from the west. He buries them in the deepest sea.

God forgets what He forgives. Yet there’s a postscript: The Lord won’t erase history. Some consequences may be set in motion while we are out of fellowship with God, and we must reap what we sow. Even when we have been restored to fellowship through the forgiveness process, sometimes we have to "pay the piper."

It is impossible to get away with sin. You can’t do it. Numbers 32:23 says it this way: "Be sure your sin will find you out." Just as surely as you can’t get away with sin, you can’t get away from God’s love. No matter how evil your conduct, God loves you. The reason you have that hurt in your heart right now is because you’re God’s, and He doesn’t want you out of fellowship with Him.

Bro. Paul




November 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 4:19

"We love Him because He first loved us."

Why does God love us? Not because we’re lovable by nature. Deuteronomy 7:7–8 offers this remarkable answer: "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you.… " Read that again! "The Lord … set His love on you … because … the Lord loves you." He loves us just because He loves us. His nature is to love.

Why do we love God? Not because we’re loving by nature. First John 4:19 offers a remarkable answer: "We love Him because He first loved us." Our love is responsive. William Tyndale, who was later burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English, was a brilliant, winsome scholar whose life was changed by finding 1 John 4:19 in the Greek New Testament. He called it "the pearly gate through which I entered the Kingdom." Tyndale wrote, "I used to think that salvation was not for me, since I did not love God; but those precious words showed me that God does not love us because we first loved Him. No, no; we love Him because He first loved us. It makes all the difference!

Bro. Paul




November 16, 2016, 7:01 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Colossians 1:6–7

"You heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf."

In Colossians 1:7, Paul not only calls Epaphras a dear fellow servant, but a "faithful minister of Christ." Here is another key characteristic of those whom God uses: faithfulness. When was the last time you heard someone in the body of Christ commended for being so faithful? We speak well of almost every other trait before we think of faithfulness. Yet, in truth, faithfulness in ministry underlies everything else we do for Christ. It’s easy to be faithful in moments of crisis or great need, but I’m talking about those who labor faithfully for the Lord day in and day out with little notice. Faithfulness translates into persistence in ministry.

The persistent minister is the one who makes it to the finish line. Teaching Sunday school? Leading a backyard Bible club? Singing in the choir? Serving as a deacon? Faithfulness in these or any other ministry means you will take your last step as you cross the finish line—and not before. Epaphras was that kind of man—a faithful minister of Christ.

Bro. Paul




November 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 37:7

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him."

What does it mean to rest in the Lord? Let me use a familiar illustration. When you enter your church on Sunday morning and go to a particular pew or chair to take your seat, you probably do not give one second’s thought to whether that pew or chair is going to hold your weight when you sit on it. Why is that? Simply because you have grown accustomed to the fact that you do not have to worry about the seats holding your weight. Week after week the seats in your church have been found faithful. At some point, those seats passed the test in your mind and you have never given them another thought.

You can develop the same kind of confidence in God. By trusting and delighting in Him, you can learn to rest in Him as well. With each problem that arises, you can exercise confidence that He will be faithful to meet your needs. You, by resting, will be unmoveable in your place of faith because day after day, week after week, year after year, you have entered into His presence and given over to Him the cares of your life.

Bro. Paul




November 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Thessalonians 5:23

"May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Is there no balm in Gilead?" asked Jeremiah. "Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of … my people?" (Jeremiah 8:22).

Gilead, a region east of the Jordan, was famous for its medicinal salve, but Jeremiah warned that not even Gilead’s balm could heal the soul.

But the Great Physician can heal. He can give physical healing, and we should pray for one another to be healed (James 5:16). God sometimes heals miraculously and other times through medical science. Sometimes He doesn’t grant physical healing because He has other plans and purposes for us (2 Corinthians 12:8–9).

He can give emotional healing. When Jeremiah was devastated by the terror of war, he felt like a man mangled by a lion or trapped in a tomb. But as he recalled God’s unfailing mercy, hope returned to his heart (Lamentations 3:6, 10, 21–24).

The Lord can give spiritual healing. "The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).

Whatever your need, the Great Physician now is near, the sympathizing Jesus.

Bro. Paul

 


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