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August 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 18:1

"He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart."

Here is something I have learned about prayer that I have not seen mentioned in books on prayer I have read: Prayer is meant to be preventative more than remedial. We usually treat prayer as remedial, meaning we pray when we have a need or are in trouble. But in Luke 18:1 Jesus says that at all times we "ought to pray … and not lose heart." In other words, prayer isn’t the last thought; it’s the first thought. It is preventative, not remedial. Also instead of praying when we are tempted, Jesus says we should pray that we "may not enter into temptation" (Matthew 26:41). When we are not under pressure and stress, we should be praying so that we might be shored up and defended against the pressures that will come.

Until we come to the place of prayer, we will never find release from stress. If we treat prayer as just a religious ritual or option, then we are not truly living in dependence upon God. Prayer is the soul of man crying out in inadequacy to a God who is adequate, a God who is able to do what man cannot.

Bro. Paul

August 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 11:28

"He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage."

Proverbs’ primary principle on the governance of money is found in 11:28: "He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage."

There is nothing wrong with obtaining riches, but there is a great deal wrong with trusting in them instead of trusting in the One who gives them—and who can take them away. We are warned against greed and against putting our trust in transitory things like wealth so that nothing comes between us and God.

Money is not given to us as a permanent possession and therefore should never be the object of trust. God, on the other hand, is permanent and eternal, the perfect object for our trust. Therefore, we are to trust the Giver, not the gift, when it comes to material prosperity.

If we manage what God has given, we will have enough money to give away.

Bro. Paul

August 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 20:31

"These are written that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."

Jesus was not only victorious over death, but He reached out to all those around Him. He desperately wanted to communicate with those who had been closest to Him. He used His scars with Thomas, His voice with Mary, the breaking of bread with two disciples, and a repeated fishing adventure with the other disciples because He loved them and wanted to reveal Himself to them.

He still has that passion today. We are so blessed to have the precious Word of God, the record of all the Lord did to reveal Himself to people. By it He has communicated to us, asking us to believe so that we may have life.

He continues to reach out to people today, through His church, through radio and television messages, through books and tapes, and through the personal witness of those who know Him as their personal Savior. He keeps on reaching to us with the message that He is alive, and because He lives, we may live also.

Bro. Paul

August 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Timothy 1:13

"I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy."

The great glory of the story of the apostle Paul is knowing what he had been before seeing what he became. The greatest enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ in the first century became His greatest servant, most trusted apostle, and a faithful friend. The same hand that wrote out indictments of heresy against the early church was the hand that wrote the letters upon which the early church was based and ultimately spread. The heart that rejoiced when Stephen was stoned to death became a heart that rejoiced at the privilege of suffering for Christ’s sake. The noble statements of theology in Romans, the sweet lyrics of Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13, and the desire to reach the regions beyond with the gospel all came from the former persecutor of Christ and His church.

If ever there was any evidence of the transforming power of the gospel, it is seen in the life of Saul the persecutor who became Paul the apostle. Hopefully that same gospel has transformed you as well. If so, like Paul, may you ask the Lord today, "What do You want me to do?"

Bro. Paul

August 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 6:18

"Having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."

As familiar as many of us are with the Passover and Exodus, one aspect of that great event is often overlooked: God redeemed His chosen people from bondage to Pharaoh for the purpose that they might become servants (slaves) to Him. Freedom for the sake of absolute freedom from all responsibility was never God’s purpose. The children of Israel, once they came out of Egypt, did not suddenly scatter to the four points of the compass to do whatever they wished. God’s desire was that they might walk in His will and invest their freedom from bondage in obedience to His will. Why? So He might bless them! When they failed to obey Him, He did not revoke their redemption and send them back into bondage—but they did miss out on the temporal blessings of continued obedience.

The parallel between the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and the individual believer today is inescapable. We should invest our freedom from slavery to sin, not in indulging the whims of the flesh, but in seeking to serve the God who redeemed us.

Bro. Paul

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