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January 3, 2017, 8:44 PM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 11:23

"When [Barnabas] came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord."

The Holy Spirit is the Encourager. Anyone who wants to be an encourager of others must be filled with the Encourager as Barnabas was. Because of the Spirit’s presence in him, he could readily yield to the leading of God. Our own ego and drive for self-promotion is so strong that only the Spirit can bring about the transformation needed to accomplish God’s purposes. When we build up and encourage others, we know that God is at work in and through us.

The fact that Barnabas was good, generous, gracious, and godly was not because of his upbringing or his education or his heritage. It was because he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who indwelt Barnabas is the Spirit who is given to every believer in Jesus Christ. We receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again, and we remain filled with the Holy Spirit as we confess our sins and yield to His leading in our lives. God wants every Christian to be filled with the Encourager so that we might become encouragers as Barnabas was. The same glory brought to God through Barnabas’ life can be brought to Him through our lives.

Bro. Paul




January 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 71:5

"You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth."

Sometimes during trials we focus so intently on our experience that we forget to focus on God. But the psalmist didn’t. Over and over in this psalm he calls to mind the character and attributes of God: His glory, His power and strength, and His faithfulness.

And five times he mentions God’s righteousness. The one thing that we must never lose sight of in the midst of our own suffering is the righteousness and goodness of God. It is because of God’s inherent goodness that we are able to trust Him in all things.

When you are in the middle of trials, everyone will have an opinion or a suggestion or a remedy—and if they are from people you trust, you should consider them. But after all is said and done, there is only one thing that you can put all your trust in, and that is the character of God.

Bro. Paul




January 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 71:5

"You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth."

Sometimes during trials we focus so intently on our experience that we forget to focus on God. But the psalmist didn’t. Over and over in this psalm he calls to mind the character and attributes of God: His glory, His power and strength, and His faithfulness.

And five times he mentions God’s righteousness. The one thing that we must never lose sight of in the midst of our own suffering is the righteousness and goodness of God. It is because of God’s inherent goodness that we are able to trust Him in all things.

When you are in the middle of trials, everyone will have an opinion or a suggestion or a remedy—and if they are from people you trust, you should consider them. But after all is said and done, there is only one thing that you can put all your trust in, and that is the character of God.

Bro. Paul




January 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 12:11

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."

The concept of gaining strength through difficulties is under assault today by those preaching success and prosperity. Some have claimed that, if we’re Christians, God wants everything to be right and easy for us.

It certainly sounds spiritual to claim that those close to God ought never to experience failure or illness, but that has never been the message of the church. Rather than producing soldiers, that sort of thinking produces pampered children. There is no Bible verse, nor even an implied principle, that suggests our walk on earth should be free from trouble.

Problems are God’s gifts to us to make us strong. And those who would keep us out of problems sometimes seek to short-circuit the plan of God. Problems are God’s way of molding us into maturity, putting iron into our souls so that we can face the challenges ahead. Problems promote maturity.

Bro. Paul




December 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

I was reading this week and ran across some quotes by Charles Haddon Spurgeon that I would like to share with you.

"Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter."

"If there is any one point in which the Christian Church ought to keep its fervor at a white hot heat, it is concerning missions.  If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is in the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world."

"I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unravel all the mysteries of the divine Word, for salvation is the one thing we are to live for."

"To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world, and with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth."

"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap into hell over our dead bodies.  And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.  If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned or unprayed for."

Just some thoughts from a godly man.

Bro. Paul

 


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