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November 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday'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, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday'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




November 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 6:40

"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher."

We can’t fool our kids. At home, you and I are the real you and I. "Do as I say, not as I do," won’t cut it. What we do is so powerful that it can destroy everything we say. We had better live out what we say we believe from the Word of God, or our words will act more like poison than fertilizer in the soil of our children’s hearts.

If we don’t model a real, genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, there’s little chance our children will grow up to possess what we lack.

For many reasons, King David is revered by millions today, centuries after he ruled Israel. He gave his children all they needed, except an example they could follow. As we trace the pattern in David’s family, we see David’s children repeating the same mistakes their father made. His serious errors stripped him of the power to restrain his children.

Does this mean we have to be perfect? Of course not. But our children can see the genuineness of who we are in Christ as we trust the Lord each day.

Bro. Paul




November 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Chronicles 29:14

"For all things comes from You, and of Your own we have given You."

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. It isn’t earned, but it’s something He decides to give. That’s why Deuteronomy 8:18 warns us to remember the Lord, "for it is He who gives you power to get wealth." A businessman may think he is a self-made man, but the very power to succeed came from God. As Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:7 and 17, "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.… [It is] God who gives us richly all things to enjoy."

After one of the greatest offerings in history, King David had to actually tell the people to stop giving because they had given so much. After he had received the offering, David prayed these words, recorded in 1 Chronicles 29:14: "For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You." I love those words, for they remind me that anything I give to God is merely a giving back of His own abundant blessing. I’m simply giving back to God what He already owns.

Bro. Paul

 




November 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 4:31

"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you."

Anger turns into resentment, resentment turns into bitterness, bitterness turns into unforgiveness, and unforgiveness turns into a defiled conscience. Pretty soon, we have become captives of our own anger.

Anger is nothing more than a sophisticated version of a temper tantrum. Just because we can define it with eloquent speech doesn’t mean it is any more justified. We are still mad that we can’t get what we want. And our anger overflows out of us and defiles everyone around us.

Instead of nursing, rehearsing, conversing about, and dispersing our anger, we need to reverse our anger before it hurts us and others.

How do you reverse anger? Paul says you do it with forgiveness and lovingkindness and tenderness. You go to the person toward whom you have directed your anger and you seek forgiveness.

Bro. Paul


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