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November 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 16:2

"On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper."

There is a rumor afoot that God holds churches accountable for how much they give. But that’s all it is—a rumor. That’s not the truth. In no place does the Bible even hint that God holds a church accountable for its giving. However, God does operate on an individual accountability basis. And that’s very clear in Scripture.

When we give ourselves to God first, we understand that we are accountable to Him as His people. The Bible says we are to lay aside each week that which God has entrusted to us. And we are reminded over and over in the New Testament that someday we are to give an account to God for what we have done.

If I have given myself to God first, if I have said, "God, everything that I am, everything that I have belongs to You," then I don’t really have to live in fear of that day of accountability. I’ve already had my day of accountability. I’ve stood before God the best I know how and said, "God, You direct me, and I’ll be a channel for whatever You put in my hands. I am going to be accountable to You as You tell me in Your Word You want me to be."

Bro. Paul

November 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 55:9

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts."

The more I study, the more I discover I don’t know—and I study all the time! I continually pray that God would give me greater capacity to learn and know about Him. But I accept the fact that I will never know it all—and so should you. There are definite limitations to what we have the capacity and intelligence to understand.

The Bible has everything you need to know in order to know God and receive eternal life, through faith in His Son. If you have other questions which are answered in the Bible, all the better. But if the Bible doesn’t have the answers, don’t doubt the answers the Bible does have.

There is so much about the universe and the God who made it that we simply do not know. The bottom line is that we will never understand God and all of His ways.

God’s purposes, and what He has revealed to us of them, are moving ahead on His timetable. And He has told us what we need to know, to make sure we are safely on board. Let’s learn to trust God with the things we do not understand.

Bro. Paul

November 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Goood Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 106:1

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."

God’s mercy is a recurring theme in the Scriptures. God’s grace is God giving us what we do not deserve, and God’s mercy is withholding from us what we really do deserve.

Sometimes I hear even Christian people talking about getting their rights. I, for one, don’t want my rights. I know what I deserve and it is not something I would like to have. I am grateful for the mercy of God.

Isn’t it a matter of His goodness that when man sinned in the Garden, God didn’t just completely give up on humanity? Isn’t it a matter of His goodness that when mankind failed (and when we fail) God didn’t immediately withdraw all of the joys and privileges of life? When we wake up in this beautiful world and compare it to what we know we deserve, we should sing with the psalmist, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and His goodness endure forever!"

Bro. Paul

November 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here's a Thursday morning scripture collage:

"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Lord, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so my eyes look to You, my God, until You have mercy on me.

You commanded a continual burnt offering throughout the generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, where You would meet Your people to speak with them. In every place where You record Your name You will come to Your people, and You will bless us.

Where two or three gather together in Jesus’ name, He is there in our midst.

The hour is coming, and now is when the true worshipers will worship You, Father God, in spirit and truth; for You are seeking such to worship You. Lord, You are Spirit, and when I worship You I must worship in spirit and truth.

I will pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. I will pray without ceasing.

Keep me listening for Your voice, Lord, as I pray, worship, and enjoy Your presence with me."

Bro. Paul

Proverbs 8:34; Psalm 123:2; Exodus 29:42; Exodus 20:24; Matthew 18:20; John 4:23–24; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

November 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for a Wednesday:

"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord of hosts.

Lord, who has directed Your Spirit, or as Your counselor has taught You?

God, You have chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and You have chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised You have chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in Your presence.

The wind blows where it wishes, and I hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit … born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of You, Lord God.

Jesus’ Spirit remains among us; I do not fear! The battle is not mine, but God’s.

You, Lord, do not save with sword and spear; for the battle is Yours.

Your Spirit, Lord, saves, guides, protects, and brings victory to Your purposes. Thank You for making His power available to me for life’s battles.

Bro. Paul

Zechariah 4:6; Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27–29; John 3:8; John 1:13; Haggai 2:5; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 1 Samuel 17:47

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