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March 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 33:18

"Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine."

David gives us permission to pray for deliverance from poverty and need. This psalm talks about being kept alive in times of deprivation. God loves to deliver His people from that condition. We are always aware of those who are struggling materially and wonder how they are going to make it. God can deliver them from it.

I talk with Christian people all the time who are in the midst of great need. I always ask them, "Have you asked God pointedly, naming the details of this situation, to help you and deliver you from it?" They have often prayed in generalities, but not in specifics.

My friend, when you are in the lion’s den, you need to pray about the lion—by name!

Bro. Paul

March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 135:3

"Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant."

Praise and worship are refining processes. We can’t be in God’s presence without a deep awareness of our sin and without confessing and allowing the purification that only He can provide. Worship cleanses our hands and hearts, and then we can see how to fight. Then we can clear the sinful mists from our eyes and do things God’s way.

Some have said that Satan has an allergic reaction whenever there is true worship. That’s an interesting way of visualizing it; perhaps when we break out in praise, the devil breaks out in hives. I don’t know whether he itches, sneezes, or coughs, but I do know he becomes very uncomfortable on those occasions when we take our eyes off ourselves and place them squarely and worshipfully on the Lord of grace. That’s when God’s mighty works finally come to pass. That’s when we take powerful weapons in hand, crying, "Onward, Christian soldiers!" and ad-vancing on the enemy’s holdings. The forces of hell cannot prevail against the uplifted name of Christ.

Bro. Paul

March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 5:2–3

"[Jesus] opened His mouth and taught them, saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.""

Malcolm Muggeridge once called the pursuit of happiness the most disastrous purpose set before mankind, something slipped into the Declaration after "life and liberty" at the last moment, almost by accident. In his Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis had the archdevil, Screwtape, advise his apprentice demons on the lure of happiness. He called it "an ever-increasing craving for an ever-diminishing pleasure." That’s exactly how the pursuit of happiness works in this world.

Pleasure is an anesthesia for deadening the pain of their empty lives. There seem to be few happy people around today. That’s why I appreciate the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Nine different times Jesus uses the word blessed, which roughly translates to "happy." The core values Jesus offers in the Beatitudes describe life that is really worth living.

Bro. Paul


March 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at one of my favorite verses, : Proverbs 3:5–6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

At the beginning of flight training, a student flies with an instructor by his side, over familiar terrain, and in perfect weather. All his decisions are based on sight. But at the end, when a student pilot receives his "instrument rating," he has learned to fly by himself, over unfamiliar terrain, and in total darkness. He has learned to trust not his sight but his instruments—compass, altimeter, air speed, and radar. He has learned to "fly blind."

Just as a flight instructor’s ultimate goal is to see a student get his instrument rating, so the father in Proverbs had the same goal for his son. What is the spiritual equiva-lent of an instrument rating? It is trusting in the Lord, not in one’s own understanding. Every parent, teacher, and leader knows his protégés will one day encounter darkness, storms, and unfamiliar terrain in life. The key to their graduation and promotion is learning to live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

"Flying blind" in life doesn’t mean closing your eyes; it means keeping them on the Lord.

Bro. Paul

March 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 5:3–4

"We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope."

An old violin maker was much envied by fellow artisans because of the superior quality of the instruments he produced. He finally disclosed the secret of his success. He said that while the others went into the protected valleys to cut wood to make their violins, he climbed the rugged crags of a nearby mountain in order to secure trees which had become severely twisted and gnarled by storms. From these weatherbeaten monarchs of the forest he then fabricated his violins—famous for their tone and beauty.

He knew that the fierce trials of the mountain gales caused such trees to strengthen and toughen their fibers. It was this—their storm-tortured heart and grain—that produced the deep, colorful sound when the instrument was played. Likewise, the Lord allows sore difficulties to come into our lives that we may more fully bring forth the music of His grace when our soul-trying experiences have done their sanctifying work.

Bro. Paul

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