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May 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 9:10

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

A little boy comes to his father: "Daddy, I can’t get this piece of my model car to fit. I know it goes right there, but there’s just not room." After walking his son back through the directions, they discover together that the problem part should have been glued in on step four—and the little guy was nearly finished. "See what happens? They tell you to put this piece in early because they know there won’t be room once the others are assembled."

Sometimes when life’s pieces don’t fit together, it may be because we skipped the first step. And the first step to gaining wisdom and God’s knowledge is to fear the Lord. The word beginning can mean either "the first part" or "the main part." In both cases, the practical message is the same. The first step, and the continual priority, in fitting all the part of life together is to honor, reverence, and worship God. Why? Because all knowledge and wisdom come from God, and we must seek answers through Him if we are to find them at all.

If you’re stumped with a part of life that won’t fit, humble yourself before the Lord. That’s the first step in living life skillfully.

Bro. Paul

May 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for Wednesday morning:

"God will wipe away every tear …; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow,… for the former things have passed away.

Almighty God, You will swallow up death forever, and wipe away tears from my face; the rebuke of Your people You will take away from all the earth; for You, Lord God, have spoken. The sun shall no longer go down, nor shall the moon withdraw itself; for You, Lord, will be my everlasting light, and the days of my mourning shall be ended. Then I will not say, "I am sick"; I will dwell in it and be forgiven my iniquity. The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

You will ransom me from the power of the grave; You will redeem me from death. Death, God will be your plagues! Grave, He will be your destruction! The last enemy will be destroyed—death. Then it shall be brought to pass as written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

The things which I cannot see are eternal.

No more death, weeping, tears, sorrow, or mourning. Come quickly, almighty and victorious Lord!"

Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 25:8; Isaiah 60:20; Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 65:19; Isaiah 35:10; Hosea 13:14; 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54; 2 Corinthians 4:18

Bro. Paul

May 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 16:22

"I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you."

The joy of Christ doesn’t go away. Have you noticed how easily earthly joy can leave? Have you discovered how simple it is for your gladness of today to become your sadness of tomorrow, for your sweetness of the morning to turn into the bitterness of the night? Have you discovered how the people you thought were your friends today can become your enemies tomorrow, the wisdom you thought was so great yesterday is foolishness today?

Nothing seems to be too stable in the world. You can’t really count on too much anymore. But the joy of Christ is a continual, never-ending, absolutely constant joy when we follow the principles of the Word of God. This joy survives all the difficult times in life. This joy is not hinged on happenings, but it is hinged on a Person.

In John 16:22, Jesus says, "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you." Isn’t that something? Jesus says the joy He wants to give every one of His children is the kind of joy you don’t have to lose. Nobody can take it away from you!

Bro. Paul

May 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 1:2–3

"His delight is in the law of the Lord.… He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water."

Your strength comes from God’s Word. The psalmist says the righteous person is like a tree planted by streams of water. Just like a tree is nourished by the constant supply of water—without which, under the blistering sun, the tree would surely die—so the life that is rooted in the Word of God will also be established and it will be strong.

Your stability comes from God’s Word. A fruit tree that is planted by the banks of the river suggests stability. The tree is firmly rooted in the soil so that it can resist the storm. There are trees standing today that were here when this country was discovered. If you go to the right place you can see trees that are just as magnificent and beautiful as they were in their prime. Why? Because they’ve got a tremendous root structure and they are strong. If you’ve ever seen a redwood, a tree so big that you can drive your car through the middle of it, then you know what invincible means. That’s the kind of stability God wants His people to have. And when you put your roots deep down into His Word, you will become a person of great stability.

Bro. Paul

May 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 10:29, 31

"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from Your Father’s will.… Do not fear, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

God is the God of the individual. He is the God who would spare Sodom if someone there could demonstrate faith. When the destruction came, He got His people out because of His love for the individual. He was the one who saw Nathanael, sitting under a fig tree, and later talked to him one-on-one. He’s the one who cared about Cornelius, who was praying by the sea. He’s the one who sent two messengers to Rahab so that she could know what to do before the judgment came.

God knows who you are. He sees you in the massive crowd on this overpopulated globe! He knows you, He loves you and He cares. The same God who is the God of patience is a God of passion for the individual.

He is the only one who can take us as we are and not only keep us from the judgment, but lift us up out of the mire and put our feet upon the Rock. He’ll give us all we need to become all He ever wanted us to be.

Bro. Paul

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