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December 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday'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 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 12:9

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

When we try to live our lives in our own strength, we ultimately fail. And if we don’t fail, we fall very short of God’s purposes for us. When we operate in the flesh, three things are always true: (1) we will always lack the power of the Spirit, and we’ll suffer from fatigue; (2) we will always lack the vision of the Spirit so we’ll suffer from frustration; and (3) we will always lack the sustaining ministry of the Spirit so we’ll suffer from failure.

Do these consequences sound familiar? You will always suffer these results when you tackle life in your own strength. But when tragedy strikes—an illness, financial hardhip, rebellious children—you turn to God. When you feel helpless, inadequate, and weak, the Spirit of God gives you strength. All of a sudden you realize something dynamic is going on that you have never experienced before. It’s not your power, it’s God’s power. The apostle Paul admits that if it takes weakness to get God’s power in his life, he’s better off weak than strong. Because when you are weak, then you are strong.

Bro. Paul




December 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 37:4

"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart."

Tracing the word "delight" through the Old Testament, I was surprised to learn that the majority of its uses are in relationship to the Word of God—delighting in the Word. The psalmists delighted in God’s will as expressed in His law (Psalm 40:8); delighted in His statutes (Psalm 119:16); delighted in His commandments (Psalm 119:35); and delighted in His precepts and law (Psalm 119:69–70, 77, 92, 174).

There is a profound relationship between delighting in the Lord and delighting in His Word. Think about your relationship with a person who is the object of your affections. Your conversations, the letters you receive, the phone calls you share—their words are a reflection of who they are. So to delight in that person’s words is to delight in them. And the same is true of our relationship with God. To trust in God is also to delight in Him and His promises. No Christian who delights in what God says about the future ("I will provide for you") can also be found worrying about the future.

When delighting in the Lord is your focus, everything else is brought into perspective.

Bro. Paul




December 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 10:20

"Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

I read about a group of short-term missionaries who recently held evangelistic meetings in Africa. During those meetings, these believers reported, a blind man miraculously received his sight. When the believers came back to report to the sending churches, that was just about all they could talk about. Yet during those same meetings, many embraced Jesus Christ as Savior and found eternal salvation. Many stepped out of spiritual blindness into the light of God’s kingdom. But that news always seemed to receive second billing to "the miracle."

If we could only view these things as God does! The message of reconciliation meets the basic needs of every man and woman, every boy and girl. In miracles, only God’s power and goodness are revealed, but in conversion, God’s grace is revealed—something that causes even the angels to look over the rampart of heaven in wonder (1 Peter 1:12).

The message of the saving grace of God is the greater message. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ have given to us in this generation the greatest message that has ever been communicated to any people. Anywhere. At any time. Period.

Bro. Paul




December 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 43:1

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."

There is a chorus we sing based upon these verses.  Look at this truth. We need companionship. We need fellowship. God has built these needs into us. In those moments when we are between friends, in those dark caverns of being all alone, we have the Master Companion, who stays with us through it all.

"Now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob. And He who formed you, O Israel;

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;  And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,  Nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I am the Lord your God,  The Holy One of Israel, your Savior."

(Isaiah 43:1–3)

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God’s immediate presence in our lives is not affected by our circumstances.

Bro. Paul


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