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February 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Galatians 5:22

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love."

I’m convinced that what we need most in our world today—in our churches, in our homes and in our personal lives—is a great outpouring of agape love. It is not an accident that God has put love at the top of the list of the fruit of the Spirit, because when that is right, everything else has the greatest potential to fall into place.

How can we get this love in our lives? By finding out how much God really loves us. We love Him because He first loved us.

If your heart is filled with bitterness, resentment, and hard feelings, God loves you just as you are in spite of that. But when you go to His Word and contemplate His love for you, when you see the price He paid that you might have Him and His love, when you drink deeply of His love and thank Him for loving you, the wonder of it all begins to break in on your consciousness.

Then real love, agape love, God’s love, can begin to develop in your life. Get caught up in how God loves you and watch your life respond. The more we know about God and His love for us, the more that love begins to fill our being until we become like Him.

Bro. Paul




February 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 5:7

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Faith is seeking and finding God in Christ—desiring Him and being fulfilled by Him. To say it another way, faith is wholly leaning on Christ for everything in your life. It is trusting Him for eternity. Faith is the acceptance of a gift at the hand of Almighty God. That’s what faith is, and anything that doesn’t meet that standard, while it may be a spiritual term, is not faith. The Bible tells us that not only do we walk by faith and live by faith every day, but also faith plays a part in our life as we continue to seek a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

We have a problem in that we have isolated faith to the act of becoming a Christian instead of living the ongoing Christian life. Certainly, faith is at the center of our entrance into salvation. But if we leave it there and do not continue to exercise faith daily, we will fail to live an obedient spiritual life. We literally must walk by faith as believers or we will not walk at all.

Bro. Paul




February 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:5

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

James says that God gives to all men "liberally," which means two things. First, the word means "to stretch out," and it pictures God stretching or spreading out His table of wisdom. God dispenses His wisdom to those of us who ask by lavishly pouring out to us the full supply of that which we need. The second meaning reflects the word "singly." God is the opposite of the "double-minded" man mentioned in 1:8. God gives His wisdom simply, plainly, and individually to all who will ask of Him.

God also gives His wisdom without reproach (that is, without insult). When we pray for wisdom, God does not scold us for coming. He is a God who is generous and gracious, so seekers should approach Him in faith. If we approach God without faith, we have decided to live life our own way, to make our own decisions, to separate ourselves from Him.

James says the person who prays while doubting is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed about by the wind. However, the faithful man is stable, looking in only one direction for the wisdom he needs. And he knows the God to whom he prays is able and willing to respond to his need.

Bro. Paul




February 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 6:10

"Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

It is a helpless, hopeless feeling to be caught in a whirl-pool where other people and their priorities are sucking you under. I know that my priorities are God first, my wife next, my children next, and my vocation and ministry last. What a joy it is to go to God in prayer each day and pray what I have learned from the Lord’s Prayer: "Lord, Your kingdom come, Your will be done. By the grace of God, with all that I have within me, Lord, help me this day to make Your will manifest in my life."

I have to keep praying that every day. I pray those priorities back to God, not only because I want God to hear them, but I want me to hear them, so I don’t ever forget them. God changes us through prayer—when we pray, we get on the same wavelength with God. And as we pray, if we pray according to the will of God, little by little He takes all the things that are out of sync in our lives and puts them into sync so that we can take this big deep breath and say, "Oh, yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to be!"

Bro. Paul

 




February 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Genesis 1:31

"God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good."

Genesis begins, as everyone knows, with the creation of the world. None of us was there to witness it, but we’re given the account of how God fashioned the heavens and the earth with His powerful hand. Through writing inspired by the Spirit of God, we can stand and behold the moment when God said, "Let there be light"; when He divided the waters from the dry land; when He caused the earth to bring forth grass and when He placed the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky. On each occasion we know that God said, "It is good."

Yes, it is good! That’s our most basic response, too, when we look into the star-filled sky or see the sun rise in glory over a mountain, bathing the skies in orange and deep blue. But when we see that which is perfect, that which God has proclaimed good, we respond also with our emotions. We stand amazed; we wonder. And that’s a point we must stop and consider, for the ability to

marvel lies at the very center of our identities as human beings created in the divine image.

Stand before that sunset and not only will your eyes be filled, but also your very soul and imagination.

Bro. Paul


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