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August 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 63:6

"I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches."

Many people spend their nights tossing and turning when they face difficult circumstances. But not David. When he lay on his bed at night, he simply meditated on the Lord. He remembered the many ways in which God had been faithful to him in the past.

Are you losing sleep over a situation or circumstance in your life? As you think about the past, the present, and the future, meditate upon it from God’s perspective. Keeping hope alive is partly based on reliving the memories of the good things we have experienced as a child of God and the difficult things God brought us through.

Think of what David must have meditated upon. David stood before that mountain of a man with three things: a sling, a bag of stones, and faith in the power of God to give him victory. And that was all he needed—the battle was his. Never forget what God has done for you in the past. Those victories will fuel your faith in victories yet to come.


Bro. Paul

August 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 15:11

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."

The Bible shows that joy is present in all of the major events of the Christian life. There is joy in salvation, in baptism, when we read the Word of God, and in prayer. In fact, Christian joy is so unique that the Bible teaches us that it comes even at times of discouragement. Even when we are dying.

G. K. Chesterton has written that "joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian." I believe he’s right. This kind of joy is not known anyplace else in the world except in the life of a person who knows Jesus Christ in a personal way.

Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11). The center of joy for the Christian is Christ. The joy is Christ’s joy. It is simply the life of the Lord Jesus Christ being lived out in an individual. Christian joy is letting Christ live His life out through you so that what He is, you become. There are other kinds of joy found in other places in the world, but there is no place where you can find Christian joy except in Christ.

Bro. Paul

August 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Deuteronomy 29:29

"The secret things belong to the Lord our God."

We would be less than honest if we denied the tension that exists between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. God is in control, but man is responsible. An old Puritan preacher had a wise perspective on the dilemma. He said he just preached them both as hard as he could—God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. In Luke 22:22, Jesus said, "And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!" Do you see both parts of the tension in this verse? It was determined by God that Jesus should be betrayed—but "woe to that man" who does the betraying.

A key verse in all these matters is Deuteronomy 29:29: "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law." The secret things are God’s determined, sovereign purpose. Our problem is wanting to know all God’s secrets. But our responsibility is to take what God has revealed and work to understand it and implement it with all our heart—and leave everything else to God.

Bro. Paul

August 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 11:8

"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going."

Hope is necessary in our lives today because often the way is unknown. God came to Abraham and said, "I want you to go to a place that I have charted out for you. I want you to leave your home and your family and go there." He didn’t give Abraham a map. He just said, "Go," and Abraham pulled up everything, and he left.

God came to Abraham and said, "I am going to bless you with a son, and out of that son is going to be a nation. In fact, you are going to have so many descendants they will be like the sands of the sea and the stars of the sky because you won’t be able to number them. I’m going to bless you, and I’m going to bless your son, and I’m going to bless the whole nation that comes from this promise."

What a wonderful promise—except that when Abraham got those words he was already in his nineties and didn’t have a son. It was the hope that Abraham had in his heart that helped him get through the way he didn’t know. Abraham woke up every morning not knowing what God was up to, but his hope helped him hold on to what God had told him.

Bro. Paul

August 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 63:1

"O God, You are my God; … my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You."

It is amazing that with no knowledge of eternal life, no knowledge of a sacrificial Savior, no knowledge of the resurrection—all the things we know well in the New Testament era—Old Testament saints like David had such a longing for God. They had a sense of His presence with them that few Christians seem to enjoy in our day.

David must have already learned that even the royal trappings of kingship could not provide what his heart needed: that only God could slake his thirst and satisfy his longing. He had lived long enough to know that none of what the world offers, whether in the desert or the palace, could satisfy the longings of his heart.

Someone has said that Satan knows nothing of true pleasure and satisfaction, that he is an expert only in amusements. David had learned the difference, and we would do well to imitate him. True pleasure comes from knowing God, being known by God, and being at rest in His presence.

Bro. Paul

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