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October 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Mark 9:24

"Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

Why do you doubt? Have you been influenced by a book? A professor? Another believer? A non-believer? Identifying your doubts and their source will help you understand what you need answers for and why.

Think of the people in the Old Testament who God greatly used who had doubts when they heard His plans for them—Sarah, Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah just to name a few. These people were approached by God Himself and they still doubted!

God knew their doubts just as He knows yours and mine. We don’t turn our doubts into prayers to God in order to inform God of our doubts. We tell God what we are thinking and feeling about our faith. That makes it more understandable to us as we try to figure out what is going on in our lives.

Go to God with your doubts. He is waiting to hear from you.

Bro. Paul

October 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Fellow Workers for Christ

Philippians 2:25

I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need.

Epaphroditus was a fellow worker in the body of Christ, which is another reason why Paul was so fond of him. Paul was without question a worker, and he was attracted to others who gave their all to the advancement of the gospel.

In the spirit of love, I must ask you the same thing I ask myself and those whom I pastor in my church: Are you a worker? If you are a Christian, I know you are a brother or sister. But I want to know if you’ve moved beyond that point and become a worker for Christ. Unfortunately, many in the body of Christ today are looking for the church that offers them the most services. Who do they think provides all those services if not workers just like themselves? If they do find a church offering what they are seeking, then they conclude, "This church is large and has everything all together. They don’t need me to do anything." That perspective reflects a definite lack of knowledge about the church of Jesus Christ and its needs.

Every church needs its members to be workers.

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

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