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June 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 15:4

"We through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."

The Bible is filled with encouraging truths. There’s no need to find substitutes from other sources. God’s Word is filled with truth, given to us for the sole purpose of encouraging our hearts. In Romans 15, Paul reminds us that one of the purposes of the Old Testament was to provide encouragement for us today: "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort [encouragement] of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). Everything from Genesis to Malachi was written for our learning, so that we, through the encouragement of the Scriptures, might have hope. If you don’t get your encouragement from God’s Word, you may find its benefit sadly temporary.

In the New Testament, the theme of encouragement is everywhere, especially in Paul’s writings. When Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus, he reminded those young pastors of the critical importance of using God’s Word as a tool of encouragement. "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort [encourage], with all longsuffering and teaching" (2 Timothy 4:2).

Bro. Paul




June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 1:37

"With God nothing will be impossible."

Over and over again in the Old Testament God is described as the maker of heaven and earth. The Hebrews’ worldview was based on the fact that their God was the maker of all things, and as such He had the power and strength to meet all their needs. Therefore it was part of the continual confession, almost as a reminder, that their God (who is also our God) made all things—nothing was too hard for Him.

God created all things and by Him all things are held together. Now if God holds the entire universe together, is it not reasonable to assume that He can hold the different aspects of your individual life together as well? He created us for the journey and sustains us through the journey as well.

So when you arrive at a place on your journey and you don’t know what to do, and you say, "Lord, I need help," remember this: The One to whom you are praying is the One who made heaven and earth. He can help you! The God who created us for life is the One who can help us with life.

Bro. Paul




June 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 13:15

"By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."

In the month that lies before you, you’ll have countless opportunities for sacrifice. Think of that person at work whom you struggle to love. What if you visualize yourself placing that relationship upon the altar as an offering of praise to God?

Your marriage needs to be offered up as a sacrifice every day. So does the way you spend your free time. If you begin to make a list of the things you could offer up in sacrifice, you might never stop writing. The truth, you see, is that when your life becomes a temple, a home for Jesus, you begin to see His face in the faces of all those who surround you. You begin to treat them as you would treat Him. You begin to realize that all ground is holy ground, because God is there. You begin to see every situation as a potential act of worship, a time to magnify the name of the Lord.

Solitude. Service. Struggles. And ultimately, the one that encapsulates them all: sacrifice. Worship in the midst of these. When that happens, be prepared to throw open the doors of your life. The world is waiting to see the person you will become when you live every moment in the wonder of worship.

Bro. Paul




June 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 10:4

"The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds."

The ultimate victory has been won at Calvary, but it will be implemented in the future. The sentence has been passed, now it needs to be enforced. The enforcement is in the hands of the church. The tool that enforces Satan’s defeat is the tool of prayer. the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4–5). One person praying on earth can move angels in heaven.

Christians need to learn the power of prayer against Satan, for he will be defeated in his work. We are not engaged in the warfare if we are not praying against Satan. The judgment that was effected at the cross and is enforced through prayer will be completed. Satan is doomed. Satan is on a leash and he is only free on earth to the length of his chain. He cannot go beyond God’s permission. But if we don’t enforce his judgment in our own lives, we will be victims instead of victors.

Bro. Paul




June 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 8:16

"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God."

In Romans 8:16, Paul told the Romans, "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God."

Wherever I travel across this country, people ask me, "How can I have assurance of salvation? How can I know that I really belong to Christ?" There are many scriptures to which we can point, but the bottom line is this: If you have the Holy Spirit living within you, that Spirit testifies with your spirit that you are a child of God. It is the inward witness of your faith.

Most of us have had the experience of saying to people, "I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but I know I’m a Christian."

"Well, how do you know?"

"I just know inside."

We know inside because the Spirit of God is there, witnessing to our assurance. Somewhere within us, a voice whispers, "You are Mine. You are not your own. You belong to Me."

Bro. Paul

 


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