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October 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning,

Let's look at Colossians 2:14

"[God] canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross."

There are two decrees in the Book of Esther: the decree of death and the decree of life.

One of the things we learn in studying the Bible is that God has a way to save sinners. You can’t go to heaven by your own good works. You can’t ever be good enough to go to heaven.

The Bible says, "You must be born again." The reason you must be born again is because a decree has been written that the wages of sin is death. The decree has been written that no one can go to heaven with his sin.

God will not overturn that decree. We violate God the day we are born because of our own sin that we inherited. But the good news is that, just as the decree in Persia was overruled by another decree, God has given us another decree. That decree is that if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we will be saved.

Bro. Paul

October 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 5:10

"We all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."

The judgment seat of Christ is not about the judgment for your sin. The Bible tells us that judgment already took place at the cross of Jesus Christ. There is nothing anyone can ever do to you about your sin, because God did it to His Son in your behalf. Christ was condemned for us. That is what we read in Galatians 1:4: "Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age."

One of the most commonly asked questions about this is, "How can someone have his sins forgiven and still have his works reviewed at the judgment seat of Christ?" Forgiveness is about justification, while rewards are about the things we do as justified people. These are not works which are done for justification. Because each believer must stand before the judgment seat of Christ, we have no right to judge the work of other believers. We do not even know the rewards we’re going to receive, so how in the world would we know what rewards anybody else would receive? We do not know enough about anyone else’s motive of heart or faithfulness to know what they would even deserve. And I promise you, when it all comes out, there will be a lot of surprises!

Bro. Paul

October 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 4:26–27

"Do not … give place to the devil."

It’s easy to allow the devil entry into our lives. The King James Version of the Bible translates Ephesians 4:27 as, "Neither give place to the devil." Better is the New American Standard’s "Do not give the devil an opportunity."

But perhaps the most graphic is the New International Version’s, "Do not give the devil a foothold." The American Heritage Dictionary says that a foothold is "a firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement." All we need do is give the devil a foothold—a little place where he can bide his time and wait for the opportunity to advance further—to ultimately find ourselves in big spiritual trouble.

Unconfessed bouts of anger, pride, deceit, lust, envy—or any sin—may seem small to you, but they are just what the devil is looking for. If need be, confess them now, and purpose to leave no place for the devil to get a foothold in your life.

Bro  Paul

October 19, 2016, 9:02 PM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 2:29

"Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem."

When Raphael was painting his famous Vatican frescoes, a couple of cardinals stopped by to watch and criticize. "The face of the apostle Paul is too red," said one. Raphael replied, "He blushes to see into whose hands the church has fallen."

No one needs to remind us that we live in an age of fallen heroes. But maybe instead of spending so much time analyzing our failures, we ought to seek out some solid role models to emulate and then determine to become the same for the generation that is looking to us.

Paul introduces three such people in the last half of Philippians 2. We learn that Paul himself is an example of selflessness. Paul then presents his spiritual son, Timothy, as an example of service. Finally, we are introduced to Epaphroditus as an example of suffering. Paul was an apostle, Timothy was a pastor, and Epaphroditus was a layman. While it is true that Jesus Christ is the Christian’s model, these men are presented as model Christians. Jesus poured Himself out in service to God. These men poured themselves out as servants of Jesus Christ!

Bro. Paul

October 19, 2016, 8:05 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning A little late,

Let's lppk at Esther 4:14

If you remain completely silent at this time, … you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

It is hard to believe that one person can make a difference in the course of human events. But if you subtract Esther from the Old Testament, there is no Jewish nation, there is no Jesus Christ, there is no Bible, and there is no hope for humankind, because Esther was the link that preserved the Jewish nation.

She was one who consecrated her life to God and did what God wanted her to do. God used Esther to turn the events of the world around.

He may choose to use you in a significant way as well. The dedication of one can make the difference for many.

Bro. Paul

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