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August 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look Romans 6:18

"Having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."

As familiar as many of us are with the Passover and Exodus, one aspect of that great event is often overlooked: God redeemed His chosen people from bondage to Pharaoh for the purpose that they might become servants (slaves) to Him. Freedom for the sake of absolute freedom from all responsibility was never God’s purpose. The children of Israel, once they came out of Egypt, did not suddenly scatter to the four points of the compass to do whatever they wished. God’s desire was that they might walk in His will and invest their freedom from bondage in obedience to His will. Why? So He might bless them! When they failed to obey Him, He did not revoke their redemption and send them back into bondage—but they did miss out on the temporal blessings of continued obedience.

The parallel between the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and the individual believer today is inescapable. We should invest our freedom from slavery to sin, not in indulging the whims of the flesh, but in seeking to serve the God who redeemed us.

Bro. Paul

August 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 130:5 this morning,

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope."

There is a sense in which we have to wait before God for Him to reveal Himself to us so we can learn more about Him. The reason has to do with how we learn anything. We learn things in the human realm by acquiring a new piece of knowledge and comparing it to something we already know. But with God, since He is beyond our finding out, we have nothing to compare Him to.

We can never know God completely because we don’t have enough common ground to associate who He is with what we know. And so we are consigned to waiting before Him as He reveals more of Himself to us. If that seems strange to us, it is because we are not used to thinking of God in the truly transcendent terms in which He exists. As we grow in our experience and knowledge of God, we develop more and more common ground with Him, by which we can learn even more. Therefore, knowing God is a process, and waiting before Him in worship is the means to knowing Him better.

Bro. Paul

August 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 15:12:

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

Agape love is God’s special kind of self-giving. Agape describes a love that comes from and is rooted in God. It is totally selfless love. It delights in giving, even though the loved one may be unkind, unlovely, and unworthy. Agape love continues to give.

Agape determines to do whatever is best for the loved one. It willingly sacrifices itself for another’s good. Agape gives when it gets nothing in return. It does not even think of getting something back.

Do you think love is just a feeling? It is not a feeling. Love is a decision. The Bible says God is love. God is not a feeling. The Bible says we are commanded to love. We don’t have any option.

Maybe you don’t feel like loving. Do it anyway. God commands you to love. Maybe you think you can’t love. Then find out whatever it is you are supposed to do when you love somebody and do all those things. Depend upon God to do His part. When we do what we’re commanded in obedience to God, we discover that grace begins to develop in our lives.

Bro. Paul

August 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 16:26

"Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us."

And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed." The gulf between Hades and Paradise is fixed—immovable. The gulf is not going to be taken away. What you do in this life fixes forever where you will spend eternity. If you reject Jesus Christ in this life, you will remain in hell forever. There is no crossing back, no second chance, no coming back and starting over.

Thankfully, the decision you make for Jesus Christ in this life fixes your eternal salvation forever as well. The point is that the gulf, the divide between heaven and hell, is a fixed divide. Therefore, whatever decision you make in this life, for or against Jesus Christ, is a decision that you will live with for eternity. No one knows what the next minute, hour, day, or year will bring. The decision you die with is the decision you will live with forever.

Bro. Paul

August 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Eeveryone,

Let's look at John 15:11this morning:

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."

The Bible shows that joy is present in all of the major events of the Christian life. There is joy in salvation, in baptism, when we read the Word of God, and in prayer. In fact, Christian joy is so unique that the Bible teaches us that it comes even at times of discouragement. Even when we are dying.

G. K. Chesterton has written that "joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian." I believe he’s right. This kind of joy is not known anyplace else in the world except in the life of a person who knows Jesus Christ in a personal way.

Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11). The center of joy for the Christian is Christ. The joy is Christ’s joy. It is simply the life of the Lord Jesus Christ being lived out in an individual. Christian joy is letting Christ live His life out through you so that what He is, you become. There are other kinds of joy found in other places in the world, but there is no place where you can find Christian joy except in Christ.

Bro. Paul

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