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January 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 8:32

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?"

If there was ever a person who had room to complain of injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man to be punished by God. If we stagger at the wrath of God, let us stagger at the cross. The cross was at once the most horrible and the most beautiful example of the wrath of God. God loves us with an everlasting love and wants to bring us to be with Him forever. But God is absolutely holy, and in order for us to be with Him, He had to deal with the issue of holiness. So He sent His holy Son and let Him suffer the penalty of sin for everyone. And then He gave those who trusted in His Son the full benefits of righteousness. He gave us the holiness of His Son.

When we stand before God in His holiness, He looks at us and sees the righteous clothing of His flawless Son. He is able to receive us into His presence. God is so holy that He would not even spare His own Son in order that we might have fellowship with Him.

Bro. Paul

January 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 2:6

"The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."

The prerequisite to obtaining help in dealing with our troubles is to realize that we lack sufficient wisdom to sort them out! The argument is this: "When facing trials, it is important to know how to cope with them. The only way we will be able to understand these trials and respond to them properly is by asking for the wisdom that only God can give." When our friends and loved ones are going through trials, we may think we see what God is doing through the ordeal. But when we are the sufferers, when we are the ones going through the fire, viewing the situation from God’s perspective is a little more difficult. For this reason we are to ask God for wisdom.

As James motivates the troubled believer to seek wisdom, he describes God in such a way as to make us wonder why we have waited so long to reach out for His help.

We know from the Scriptures that God is the source of true wisdom. He is a good God who is not partial to any. He will always answer the prayer for wisdom, never turning away such a request. He may not always answer on our time schedule, but He always answers.

Bro. Paul

January 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 8:4–5

"What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor."

The night sky casts a divine, pensive spell over us, as people have found through the ages; God designed it to do so. David the psalmist, who gazed out upon those stars during so many nights of watching over his sheep, must have continually marveled. And he must have realized who was watching over him. As he considered his Lord, according to the psalm, he finally was brought to consider himself. "Who am I that I would be worthy of even a thin moment of Your attention?" he wondered. "I look upon the crown of Your creation, and I wonder: How is it that You could place a crown upon me?"

For David, of course, a royal destiny did beckon. But true worship has this effect upon us: It simultaneously humbles and uplifts us. In other words, worship places us exactly where we should be, in the realization that we are small, yet a little lower than the angels; we are tiny creatures in the presence of God, but tiny creatures whom He adores.

Bro. Paul

January 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Job 10:12

"You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my Spirit."

When Roger Williams arrived in the New World seeking religious liberty, he was opposed by some Puritans unfriendly to his views. Fleeing to Narragansett Bay, he purchased land and founded a settlement that later became the capital of Rhode Island. He named it Providence. It was a word, he felt, that ably described God’s ordering and overruling of his life.

We often find ourselves in difficult circumstances. But in both personal matters and global affairs, we can trust the overruling hand of our sovereign God who turns negatives into positives, valleys into hills, and questions into exclamation marks. We can trust the providence of Him who has promised to work all things together for good.

Do you have a burden today? Worried about world events? Anxious about circumstances? A. W. Tozer wrote that the child of God travels in an appointed way. "Accidents may indeed appear to befall him," wrote Tozer, "but these evils will be so in appearance only and will seem evils only because we cannot read the secret script of God’s providence."

Bro. Paul

January 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Revelation 21:23

"The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light."

Revelation 21:23 says plainly there will be no sun or moon in heaven to provide illumination, because "the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light." We forget sometimes that there was light before God said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3). God Himself is light "and in Him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). Jesus said we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), but in reality we are only reflectors of His light. He is the only source of eternal light, for even our sun is slowly dying out. Light in heaven for eternity would have to come from the Light which is God Himself.

No sun or moon means there will be no night. We will live constantly in the light in heaven. Think what that means for our lives: continual, uninterrupted fellowship and activity. The depression and discouragement that often accompanies the darkness will nowhere be found in heaven.

Bro. Paul

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