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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

August 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 16:9

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much."

Joseph was cooperative with God’s process of training. Joseph had to go through thirteen years of schooling so that he could experience eighty years of ministry. Throughout all that training, Joseph focused on the Lord. In slavery, in the pit, and in prison, he worked to become a strong, disciplined man of God. There was no complaining, simply a desire to obey the Lord and do his best.

If we are God’s people, we will be obedient to Him no matter what our situation. Joseph was faithful in every circumstance, and the Lord blessed him. He proved himself faithful in a home, and God put him in charge of a prison. He proved himself faithful in a prison, and God put him in charge of a nation. God used Joseph because he was cooperative with God’s training process, and the Lord is still looking for cooperative men and women today.

Bro. Paul

August 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 5:9

"Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."

The story is told of a man who had been condemned by a Spanish court to be shot. Because he was an American citizen and of English birth, the consuls of the United States and England decided to intervene. They declared that the Spanish authorities had no power to put him to death. Their protest went unheeded, and the Spaniards proceeded to prepare the firing squad.

At the time the execution was scheduled to take place, the consuls boldly approached the accused man, already tied and blindfolded, and wrapped him up in their flags—the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack. Then they shouted, "Fire a shot if you dare! If you do so, you will bring the powers of our two great empires upon you." There stood the prisoner, unharmed. One bullet could have ended his life, but protected by those flags and the governments they represented, he was invulnerable.

The Lord Jesus takes the soul of the sinner who believes in Him and covers the guilty one with His blood. Thus wrapped and sheltered by the Savior, he is safe.

Bro. Paul

August 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 14:17

"The kingdom of God is … righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

If you’re a Christian and you don’t have joy, here are some very basic things you need to understand about what it means to have the joy of the Lord in your life.

Receiving Christ, submitting to the Spirit, reading the Bible, and praying doesn’t sound very original. But there isn’t anything more original than the Word of God. That’s the bedrock simplicity of what it means to have joy in Christ. Here is why: If joy is in Christ, then everything that has to do with joy has to be centered on Christ.

As the Holy Spirit indwells and controls us, and as we read the Bible, we will come to prayer time and into fellowship with Jesus. As we spend time with Him, we come to love, adore, and praise Him, and Jesus becomes literally the focus of our lives. That is how we have joy in God.

Christian joy isn’t always laughing, always having a good, hilarious time. Christian joy is the deep, settled peace that comes to live within your heart when you know that the really important things are all right. Life can be taken from us, but we are going to live somewhere for eternity. You can have joy in your heart when you know everything is all right with you forever.

Bro. Paul

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