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March 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Genesis 18:25

"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Everyone has doubted God’s justice at times. We may not think of it that way; we may just wonder, "Why did God allow an event to happen that way?" I know I have wondered the same thing on many occasions.

I have learned to take many things in my Christian walk purely by faith. I have learned enough about God through Scripture and His faithfulness in my life that when I come to a place where I am tempted to doubt—I don’t. I take by faith the fact that God is good, that the Judge of all the earth shall do right (Genesis 18:25). Not to have that core conviction governing one’s thoughts daily is to live in a world of vacillation and shifting shadows.

If we do not live our lives based on the fact that God is righteous, we have no basis for righteousness in our own lives.

Bro. Paul

March 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Galatians 6:9

"Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7–8).

The person who loves God is like a tree with deep roots. During a drought, when all the other trees are perishing, that tree will remain healthy and strong. There is no anxiety, for the commitment of that tree reaches beyond the circumstances of the storm.

If we are to succeed in the midst of trouble, and if we are not to quit when the going gets tough, we need to get our roots down deep into the Lord, establishing a commitment in Christ that goes beyond our circumstances. As the apostle Paul put it, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9).

Bro. Paul

March 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 3 John 1:2

"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."

Verse 2 contains a revealing concept: prospering in all things as your soul prospers. As I was studying this verse, I began to wonder what it would be like if one Sunday everyone arrived at church in the same physical condition that their souls were in. That is, our outward manifestation of "prosperity" would be in direct correlation to the prosperity of our souls. It might be a very interesting sight!

How would you arrive if that happened? In a wheelchair? On crutches? Would you need assistance getting in the door? Or would you arrive in fine shape, physically fit, because your soul was in such fine condition? John knew that Gaius was a godly man, so he did not hesitate to pray that he prospered in all things in the same way his soul prospered.

If the church is going to accomplish all it is supposed to, we need many more vigorous workers than we have now. We need people who are willing, like Gaius, to play a supporting role, empowering others in their spiritual walk. The Bible promises spiritual blessings for those willing to work in such a way.

Bro. Paul

March 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 142:5

"I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.""

David would have agreed with the old African-American preacher who said, "There’s no living in the land of the living like living on the living God." That preacher was right. The land of the living is not a reference to eternity or heaven. It is a reference to living right now. The Bible is written for people who are living in the land of the living, not for people who dream of "pie in the sky by and by."

The land of the living is where you and I live every day. We rise and face the challenges that the living face, and God is our portion in that land. He does not remove us from the land where we live in order to help us. Rather, He joins us where we are—our private world, our family, our job, our church—to meet our needs. The God of David is our God, and He is still our refuge and our portion.

Bro. Paul

March 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 10:1

"My heart’s desire and prayer to God … is that they may be saved."

A recent survey by Christian pollster George Barna found that only about half (53 percent) of born again Christians feel a sense of responsibility to tell others about their faith. Compare that with these quotes from earlier generations of believers:

"I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ."—David Brainerd

"God, the sin of this city is breaking my heart."—Samuel Hadley, about New York City

"Lord, give me souls or take my soul."—George Whitefield

"Here let me burn out for God."—Henry Martyn, on the shores of India

"I am very tired, but must go on … A fire is in my bones … Oh God, what can I say? Souls! Souls! Souls! My heart hungers for souls!"—General William Booth

"I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible."—R. A. Torrey

Bro. Paul

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