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January 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:18

"Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures."

James reminds us that we experience temptation because we are God’s special people. We are members of His family because we have been born again by the word of truth. When James uses the word "firstfruits" to describe believers, he is reminding us that we belong only to God. In the Old Testament, "firstfruits" were the firstborn of cattle and the early fruit of the ground, both of which belonged to God.

The enemy targets us because of our relationship with God. There would be no inner battle if we were truly lost.

The tests God allows to mature us can become temptations from Satan that malign us. We must be prepared for tests, realize they can become temptations, and then overcome them through the strength of our relationship with God.

Bro. Paul

January 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 13:5

"He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.""

What is loneliness? I don’t know how to define it; all I can do is describe it. It’s an underlying anxiety at having no one close, a sharp ache in a moment of grief, and an empty feeling in the pit of the stomach when we know we have no one to whom we can turn. There is no anguish like loneliness.

But God has a cure for loneliness. In our walk with Him, He offers friendship, a family, and a peace that passes all understanding. When we meet Him, we are not guaranteed never to feel lonely, but we are promised that we will never be alone.

After all, He is the one who said, "I will never leave You nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

Bro. Paul

January 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Colossians 2:9–10

"In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him."

Insight into who you are and why you are here is available only from the Creator, because you were created for Him. The missing piece in your life is not more education or better therapy. The missing piece in your life, if you don’t know Christ, is to put Him at the center where He belongs. God created you uniquely for Himself. He put a vacuum within you that cannot be filled with anything else but Him. When you stuff in all the pleasure and all the madness of this age trying to find meaning to life, you will never discover it. But something happens when you say a simple prayer giving into God and receiving Him into your life.

Then Jesus comes to live within you. God loves you, He knows you, He has a plan for your life. He wants you to know who you are and why you are here, and if you will put your trust in Him, He will give you that perspective in your life. You were created in God’s image, so you are really only yourself in relationship to God. When you let God take control of your life through His Son, life begins to have some meaning.

Bro. Paul

January 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 19:26–27

"When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing by, He said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" And he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!""

Our Lord emphasized the human family, but even more He emphasized the spiritual family of God. The genuine and abiding relationship is not that of the flesh, but of the Spirit. As wonderful as earthly relationships are, there is a more intimate relationship between the children of God. John, as a believer, was a better choice to care for Jesus’ mother than His brothers and sisters who did not believe.

Jesus brought into being the brotherhood of believers. He created a new society that is not segregated by race or nationality, nor predicated upon social standing or economic power. It consists of those whose faith meets at the cross and whose experience of forgiveness flows from it. Jesus commended His own mother into the hands of a brother. At Golgotha that terrible day, Christ called upon a brother in the family of faith to minister to someone in need. That is still part of His call to those in God’s family.


January 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 142:1

"I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication."

When we verbalize our feelings and concerns to God, it is like entering into a conversation with an intimate friend. It is, in fact, a healthy way for us to open up and reveal what is inside, to bring up from the depths of our heart those things we may have stuffed down inside. Fortunately, God is not shocked or suprised by anything, so there is nothing we cannot tell Him. It is an insult to the One who tells us to cast all our cares upon Him not to do so (1 Peter 5:7).

Why would He tell us to verbalize our problems to Him if He did not mean for us to? Even psychologists tell us that verbalizing our problems, whether in writing or out loud, is a good way to bring clarity and definition to what are often very confusing feelings. Suddenly, as we put our feelings into words, we begin actually to see things more clearly ourselves. And all because God is willing to listen.

Bro. Paul

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