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September 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 10:36

"You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise"

When we have trials in our lives, we always have three choices:

We can endure our trials. Of course, some people make us endure their trials with them. We ask them how they’re doing, and they’re more than happy to tell us. But when we merely endure our troubles, we run the risk of becoming bitter.

We can just escape. Run! Leave! Get out of there! When we do that, we get away from where we are. But if God hasn’t told us to leave, we leave the place where God can help us.

We can enlist our troubles. This is the right thing to do. In other words, we can let God use the crises in our lives to make us better, to help us grow in His way. We can step up on our trouble and move to a higher level.

We all have a natural "flight syndrome" that causes us to think, If I could just run away! But when we do that, if we’re not careful, we make matters worse instead of better. Someone has said that no matter how difficult our circumstances, the safest place for us is always in the will of God.

Bro. Paul

September 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 4:12

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword."

A young German monk desperately wanted to find relief for his tormented soul. He prayed, he studied, he even went on a pilgrimage to Rome. Still he found no peace. Finally, when studying Paul’s letter to the Romans, the eyes of his heart were opened: "The righteous will live by faith" (Romans 1:17 niv). Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, finally found the assurance he had sought for so long.

Because the Word of God is alive (Hebrews 4:12), it is able to bring about changes of all sorts. Whereas Martin Luther was able to find assurance of salvation through faith alone, another person may find freedom from anxiety through a knowledge of God’s sovereign control over life. The Word of God is used by the Holy Spirit to probe the deepest parts of the human heart and bring illumination. Perhaps there is an area of life where change has eluded you. If you will search the Word of God, you will discover the truth the Holy Spirit can use to satisfy your deepest longing (Proverbs 2:1–5).

The Word of God will bring forth the will of God in the life of the willing child of God.

Bro. Paul

September 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 4:10 this morning:

"You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."

God exists everywhere, but He is not always manifest everywhere. His manifest presence comes to us when He is praised. C. S. Lewis once wrote that "it is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men … even in Judaism the essence of the sacrifice was not really that men gave bulls and goats to God, but that by their so doing God gave Himself to men."

Perhaps you have experienced the wonderful presence of God during a special time of worship. As you were singing, praying, praising, and worshiping the Lord, you felt His presence closer to you than ever before! Worship causes the presence of God to be felt and experienced by His people. If you really want God to be in your church meetings, praise Him as best you can.

Satan tempted Jesus by asking for His worship, not His service: "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me" (Matthew 4:9). Satan understands the correct order—the one you worship is the one you will serve. And keep in mind Christ’s response in verse 10: "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."

Bro. Paul

September 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 1:7

"Our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation."

During stormy weather, when the strong winds blow, the roots of plants actually dig down deeper. Then when the calm days return, the new roots provide a deeper foundation for new growth. That is the way it should be with us. What we receive from disruptive moments depends upon how we respond.

The right question is never, "Why, Lord?" It is always, "What, Lord? What do You want to teach me through this disruptive moment? Take me around and through the bend in the road as my Teacher. Don’t let me miss anything that You want me to see and learn."

Dear friend, if you face a disruptive moment with any other perspective than that, it will just be a bump in the road that bounces you all over the highway. When it is over you will just be sore, and you won’t be any better. Purpose now, before you get to the bends in the road, that you will respond in a way that produces more of God’s will in your life.

Bro. Paul

September 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 17:9

"He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends."

For many Christians, the indoor sport of choice is gossip. Only we don’t call it gossip—we say we are "sharing prayer requests." The Book of Proverbs speaks volumes about the poison that can be spread by the tongue: "He who repeats a matter separates friends" (Proverbs 17:9; see also Proverbs 16:27–28; 18:8; 26:18–22).

A story is told of a woman who learned this lesson the hard way. She gossiped extensively about another woman only to discover that all she had been repeating was not true. She sought the advice of her pastor on how to make things right. He told her to take a feather pillow, cut a hole in it, and go around town sprinkling the feathers everywhere she went.

Then, the next day, he told her to go back through town and collect each of the tiny feathers. The woman realized that she could no more retract the damage done by her words than she could collect thousands of tiny feathers scattered by the wind

Bro. Paul

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