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November 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage:

"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord of hosts.

Lord, who has directed Your Spirit, or as Your counselor has taught You?

God, You have chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and You have chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised You have chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in Your presence.

The wind blows where it wishes, and I hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit … born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of You, Lord God.

Jesus’ Spirit remains among us; I do not fear! The battle is not mine, but God’s.

You, Lord, do not save with sword and spear; for the battle is Yours.

Your Spirit, Lord, saves, guides, protects, and brings victory to Your purposes. Thank You for making His power available to me for life’s battles.

Zechariah 4:6; Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27–29; John 3:8; John 1:13; Haggai 2:5; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 1 Samuel 17:47

Bro. Paul

October 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 12:6

"Whom the Lord loves, He chastens."

Until we are faced with the consequences of what we do wrong, we won’t even admit it to ourselves. We are the most marvelous people at rationalizing wrongdoing.

In our culture, absolutes are almost gone. We face a major problem in the church today with people doing what is absolutely wrong and having a good case for why it is not so bad. Until we face the penalty for our wrongdoing, we often won’t be honest with ourselves.

I think Jonah probably had a good case for not being the right man for the Assyrian job until the gastric juices started working on him in the belly of the fish. Then he started to say, "Well, maybe I am the right man for the job after all."

Some people think that this type of foxhole decision isn’t genuine. But just because we say "yes" to God under pressure doesn’t mean we aren’t being honest. It means we had to get to "yes" the hard way, but we got there all the same.

Bro. Paul

October 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning

Let's look at Acts 2:47

"The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

Pastor Charles Swindoll tells about what was, at one time, the greatest evangelistic outreach center in the metropolitan Boston area—a gas station in Arlington. Bob, the owner, had a vision for his work being part of his faith. He provided such honest and dependable service that cars would often be lined up just to buy gas and be serviced at his station. There were no "Jesus Saves" banners, religious sayings, or "fish" symbols in sight. Just Bob—a committed Christian who led dozens of people to faith in Christ because of his Christlike life.

Rebecca Pippert has said, "Christians and non-Christians have something in common: We’re both uptight about evangelism." People found Christ at Bob’s gas station because Christ, not evangelism, was what they encountered. When evangelism, the church, or even Christianity takes the place of Christ, everybody gets uptight. What is your "gas station"? Wherever you encounter non-Christians, ask God to show you how to make Christ, not evangelism, the focus.

Every Christian is a lens through which the world is trying to catch a glimpse of Jesus.

Bro. Paul

October 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Mark 9:24

"Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

Why do you doubt? Have you been influenced by a book? A professor? Another believer? A non-believer? Identifying your doubts and their source will help you understand what you need answers for and why.

Think of the people in the Old Testament who God greatly used who had doubts when they heard His plans for them—Sarah, Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah just to name a few. These people were approached by God Himself and they still doubted!

God knew their doubts just as He knows yours and mine. We don’t turn our doubts into prayers to God in order to inform God of our doubts. We tell God what we are thinking and feeling about our faith. That makes it more understandable to us as we try to figure out what is going on in our lives.

Go to God with your doubts. He is waiting to hear from you.

Bro. Paul

October 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Fellow Workers for Christ

Philippians 2:25

I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need.

Epaphroditus was a fellow worker in the body of Christ, which is another reason why Paul was so fond of him. Paul was without question a worker, and he was attracted to others who gave their all to the advancement of the gospel.

In the spirit of love, I must ask you the same thing I ask myself and those whom I pastor in my church: Are you a worker? If you are a Christian, I know you are a brother or sister. But I want to know if you’ve moved beyond that point and become a worker for Christ. Unfortunately, many in the body of Christ today are looking for the church that offers them the most services. Who do they think provides all those services if not workers just like themselves? If they do find a church offering what they are seeking, then they conclude, "This church is large and has everything all together. They don’t need me to do anything." That perspective reflects a definite lack of knowledge about the church of Jesus Christ and its needs.

Every church needs its members to be workers.

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