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May 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Exodus 33:19

"I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you."

What happened to Moses when he experienced the Holy? Moses had seen some pretty amazing miracles in his life, but he still wanted to see God’s glory. God decided to show Moses a little bit of His glory. God put Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered him with His hand as He passed by. Moses only saw a reflection of the holiness of God from a distant rear view, but it affected him so much that the people of Israel were afraid of him when they saw him. His face shown so brilliantly, the people were terrified. Moses had to wear a veil in order to talk to the people.

If we could see God as He really is, not only would we know Him as a God of compassionate love, but we would see Him as a God of holiness, quite apart from anything we have ever known.

Why is it important to see God as He really is in His holiness? Because only then will you see yourself as you really are.

Bro. Paul

May 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 4:7

"To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift."

The Bible says that when you’re saved you not only get the Giver, you get the gift! You receive the Spirit of God, but you also receive the gift of the Spirit. Every Christian is immediately endowed with a special gift of ministry. You will find those gifts listed in Romans 12, in Ephesians 4, and in 1 Corinthians 12.

In other words, every believer has a gift of the Spirit. We are to exercise that gift so that everyone else profits. I exercise my gift, and it helps you. You exercise your gift, and it helps me. And all of us using our giftedness help the whole body to grow.

But you can’t do that without the Spirit of God. The whole concept of service is based on the spiritual filling of the believer. No wonder so many of God’s people are trying to figure out how to survive! Do you know what we’re trying to do? We’re trying to accomplish a supernatural task in the energy of our own weak flesh.

We run like crazy trying to keep up with everything, and we fall into bed at night totally exhausted. There is no human way for us to do the work of God in the energy of the flesh. If the Spirit of God doesn’t fill us with His power, we’re attempting the impossible.

Bro. Paul

May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 6:19

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast."

Scripture teaches us that hope is necessary because the will is often uncooperative. We all know we should possess hope. We know that as Christians, we should be filled with hope. But how many of us have found ourselves praying the prayer of Paul in Romans 7:19: “Lord, I know what I should do, but I don’t do it. I know what I shouldn’t do, and here I am doing it again” [my paraphrase].

Hebrews 6:18 is very interesting. It says, “That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”

Many of us have experienced difficult times and we know our hope ought to be in the Lord. But sometimes our will is uncooperative, and we just have to forget everything and hang on to God, flee to Him for our refuge.

Bro. Paul

May 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tuesda's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 21:17

"Jesus said to [Peter], “Feed My sheep.”"

The final chapter of John’s Gospel records one of the last conversations between the resurrected Lord Jesus and Peter. Just days earlier, Peter had denied his Lord beside a fire. Now, beside another fire, he will be restored. Just as Peter had denied Christ three times, he would be given three opportunities to confess his love for Jesus.

That’s the portion of the story most people remember. Jesus uses one word for love—a strong, intense word for committed love—and Peter, his confidence shattered, comes back with a weaker word in reply. That happens two times, until finally Jesus looks Peter in the eyes and uses Peter’s own, weaker word, as if to say, “Peter, do you even care for Me as a friend?”

The question breaks the big fisherman’s heart, but Jesus neither rejects nor casts the sorrowing man aside. On the contrary, He recommissions Peter in the kingdom. In no uncertain terms, He gives him a job to do. 

That is the portion of the story so often overlooked. Every time Peter answered the Lord, the Lord gave him a strong, specific command: “Feed my lambs, Peter”; “Tend my sheep, Peter”; “Feed my sheep, Peter.”

Peter got the message. Do you?

Bro. Paul

May 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 1:4

"[God] comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

Problems in our lives make us sensitive to the problems of others. How could the men and women of God reach out to a hurting world if they had never experienced that same pain in their own lives? How can we put our arms around a brother facing disappointment if we have never experienced disappointment ourselves? Sometimes God allows problems in our lives so that we can better minister to someone else. That’s exactly what happened to Joseph. From his humbling slave and prison experiences, he was able to fairly administer grain to a starving populace. 

You see, problems have advantages. They provide us with opportunities if we will but look for them. They promote spiritual maturity if we let them make us better instead of bitter. They prove our integrity, produce a sense of dependency, and prepare our hearts for ministry. God allows problems so that we can learn and grow. We don’t like them, but they are necessary if we are to grow and change. Don’t run from the pressures God wants to use to make you His perfect example of Christlikeness.

Bro. Paul

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