Daily Devotions

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For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. — Psalm 11:7 (KJV)
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Over one hundred years later, Spurgeon’s classic devotions continue to encourage Christians with the message of God’s love. Each meditation is founded on a single verse of Scripture, inspiring and exhorting readers to rely upon God’s care and to respond with deeper service and trust. KJV edition with ribbon marker, Subject and Scripture indexes.

PROPHESYING TO BE ONE THING WHILE BEING ANOTHER

January 22, 2016
Pastor Kevin Airrington

Actions reveal what you really believe, no matter how much you profess what you are.

Matthew 23:28, “Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

Over the past few years China has been embracing capitalism with a passion while still professing to be Communist. But professing to be one thing and doing another is not unique to communism in China. It’s the case for many who call themselves Christians and yet live the way they want to live.

A recent Gallup poll found 72% of Americans believe that Jesus was the Son of God, yet 80% felt each individual should arrive at his or her own beliefs independent of any church. Now those two stats show a huge disconnect between belief and practice, between professing faith and living it. It’s called hypocrisy and it’s the number one reason people outside the church say they have no interest in Christianity.

Whether you’re a communist or a Christian, practice what you preach, or at least have the integrity to call yourself something else. Actions reveal what you really believe, no matter how much you profess what you are

GIVE GOD YOUR ALL

January 16, 2015
Pastor Kevin Airrington

Adult Devotion

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; . . .”
Psalm 103:1–3
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The tiny word “all” is used 5,620 times in the King James Bible. This tiny 3 letter word means so much yet we pay so little attention to it.  Like many words, when we read a scripture and ignore words we change the entire meaning of the scripture.   The word “all” can take us into eternity.  How far does the word “all” go and what might it include?

Is God just God or is He Al-Mighty God, All Sufficient Savior, Jesus Lord of all.  Do ALL blessings flow from Him?  Is Jesus ALL that you need?  Do you see what happens if we eliminate the word ALL?  He becomes simply Mighty God, Sufficient Savior, Jesus Lord of “who” ?  Changing the meaning…the impact of the message.

I hear people say all the time that God is our all, but have you and I ever stopped to truly understand the impact of that one little word? “All” leaves nothing outside of God’s control.

God knows all things!

“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

Don’t miss the “all” in that verse. He knows the end from the beginning, so He must know everything in the middle. Right? He also has all power, all authority; all things are under His feet, and He fills everything everywhere with Himself (see Matt. 28:18 and Eph. 1:21–23). He sees all, hears all, and is everywhere all the time. If these things are true, then why do we still worry and become anxious? Why do we get emotionally upset when we have a problem or things are not going our way? It must be because we truly don’t believe He has all power, knows all things, and loves us with all of the love that exists in the universe.

How many of our sins does He forgive? Does He forgive some, most, or all? The Bible says that He forgives them all and continually cleanses us from all unrighteousness. It is one of those “all and forever-now” things. God did not put our sins off to the side so He could glance over at them occasionally; He has removed them completely (see Ps. 103:12).

Trust in Him “All” leaves nothing outside of God’s control, so turn all your problems and worries over to Him. Give Him your all, and you can trust that He will be your all in all.

SIN AND ITS EFFECTS

January 15, 2015

Pastor Kevin Airrington

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:15

Sin may bring you pleasure. Sin may bring you wealth. Sin may even bring you a certain degree of satisfaction. But ultimately sin will only bring you death.

As Pastor James wrote these words of warning, he no doubt knew how easily we forget the consequences of sin. We are often tempted to violate God’s law, which is for our own protection, in order to receive some promised gratification. But James shines the light to the end of the road and reminds us that the end of every sin is death.

Are you flirting with a person other than your spouse, or committing mental adultery repeatedly in the privacy of your imagination? The pleasure of a forbidden relationship may seem tantalizing, but…

Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

Are you tempted to put your service to the Lord on hold in order to accept a much-desired promotion? The pay, the prestige may feel exciting, but…

Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

Have you been holding a grudge against another person, refusing to forgive them for some offense or injury? No matter how right or justified you may have made yourself out to be in your own mind…

Sin, when it is finished, brings froth death.

It is no accident, no wonder, then that James’ next words are simply, “Do not err, my beloved brethren.” (v.16). If sin is truly so serious, so dangerous, so deadly — why would we every toy with it at all?

 

DENY OURSELVES

January 9, 2015
Pastor Kevin Airrington

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9″23

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz once said, “I’ve been on the top and I’ve been on the bottom. At Arkansas my first year, we won the Orange Bowl. Then everybody loved me. “They put me into the Arkansas Hall of Fame and issued a commemorative stamp in my honor. The next year we lost to Texas, and they had to take away the stamp, because people kept spitting on the wrong side of it.

Life is full of highs and lows, and for many of us it is hard to be humble. But when we deny our own pleasures and desires, and put God first, then we begin to understand what is really important to be filled with God’s desires of love and hope.

Jesus tells us today, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” The cross here is a very important symbol. Carrying the cross means we carry a burden of helping others, it means God is important, it means we have hope, it means we have forgiveness, it means we use our financial resources to help others, and it means we want to share God’s love, forgiveness, and hope with our family, our friends, and our co-workers.

When we deny ourselves, we put God first.

Dear Jesus, you gave up so much for me. Now, guide me as I deny my wishes for yours. In Jesus name, Amen.

MEET YOUR SHEPARD
January 8, 2015

This morning, do you find yourself with a feeling of being without cover…exposed to the elements of life? Financial struggles, marital difficulties, unfair treatment or just the daily pain of living in a fallen world? God’s Word has a refreshing truth for you.
There is ONE, His name is JESUS and the Bible promises He will protect us and He alone will guide our paths and my favorite part…HE WILL CALL YOU HIS OWN. Hallelujah!!!!

King David illustrated this truth in the 23rd Psalm:

“The LORD is my shepherd” (Psalms 23:1a) the literal translation of this portion of verse one is “YHWH ra’ah” which means Lord, my shepherd. No actual verb is used, but rather just a name of God proclaimed.

Apart from actual shepherding I am not certain if we can fully appreciate what David is saying in this first verse.

Shepherds in those days were usually young men who lead several owner’s sheep to pasture. Sometimes a young shepherd may even be hired to look after the sheep of an entire village. The fact that David calls the Lord ‘my’ shepherd is significant because a shepherd rarely cared for sheep of his own.

But Psalms 100:3 teaches us to “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

If you are a believer in Christ then you are His Sheep and HE is your Shepard.

I love John 10:27…it proclaims, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

Shepherds were hard working men, who spent all their time with the sheep. The sheep got to know the Shepherd intimately and would even know the sound of his voice. John 10:27, 28 illustrates this is true of Christ and his sheep, as well. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

I truly get the sense that God is possessive of His Sheep and He tenderly nurtures and cares for them.

The Bible gives us three points of need the shepherd met for his sheep and that our Shepherd meets for His own…

“The LORD is my shepherd [to feed, guide and shield me]” (Psalms 23:1)

This is a generalization of the chores of a shepherd. The Psalms will paint a more vivid picture as you read through it, but based on these three points, I asked myself, if my Shepherd is offering to feed, guide and shield me then how am I choosing to receive that?

• What am I feeding on…watching, reading, and meditating on? Is it truth from my Shepherd?

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:1-3)

• What is guiding me? What am I looking to for direction? Is it the Lord and His Word? Am I spending time in prayer as I look to be guided by Him?

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16:11)

• Do I really believe that God is a shield around me? Or am I spending time fretting and worrying about my protection and provision?

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)

God, the Good Shepherd is YOUR perfect Shepherd who extends His grace for you and me today. He is introducing Himself as YOUR Shepherd; will you trust His feeding, guiding and shielding?

Fix your eyes on Him alone, you can be comforted in knowing His provision is enough, His grace is abundant and His love is personal.

REJOICE TODAY
January 7, 2015

“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;”, 1 Chronicles 16:10-12

It seems like a lifetime ago that I started a company called, SEEK TECHNOLOGIES, INC. In Matthew 6:33 we are told by the writer to seek the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. That was the premise behind the SEEK in Seek Technologies, Inc. In a few short years I had opened two computer stores, I managed over 100 technicians in the 48 lower and even 2 technicians in Puerto Rico. We were looking at opportunities in Europe. I was managing $200,000 and $300,000 accounts with companies such as”: Waste Management Services, BP Gas, UPS (and their law firm in Atlanta, Ga), Dell Computers, etc.

We can give glory to HIS NAME ALONE. We can SEEK HIS FACE and TRUST that all these things…good things shall be added unto our lives.

I love mornings. I rise early…many times after receiving as little as 3 or 4 hours sleep. I am delighted to spend time with the LORD. I think that many of us fail to realize just how important the morning is. Do you realize that it is GOD who calls the sun to rise for us? I am convinced that the sun rises and the cock crows because GOD missed us while we are asleep and He is all too eager for us to wake up and to talk to us.

David talked a lot about mornings.

David the psalmist talked a lot about mornings, saying “his is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”, Psalm 118:24. As I read the Psalms it is clear to me anyway that David didn’t always feel like rejoicing, but he decided to rejoice in God’s new day.

Today, and everyday…when you wake up say, “Today is a good day because JESUS LOVES ME.”

ARE YOU A BLAZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST?
January 6, 2015

Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…”

The sign on the stage proclaimed, “The Motionless Man: Make Him Laugh. Win $100.” The temptation was irresistible. For three hours boys and girls, men and women performed every antic and told every joke they could dream up. But Bill Fuqua, the Motionless Man, stood perfectly still.

Luis Palau in his book HEALTHY HABITS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH, tells about Fuqua, the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS champion at doing nothing. Fuqua, says Palau, appears so motionless during his routines at shopping malls and amusement parks that he’s sometimes mistaken for a mannequin.

Fuqua discovered his unique talent at the age of fourteen while standing motionless in front of a Christmas tree as a joke. A woman touched him and exclaimed, “Oh, I thought it was a real person.”

Doing nothing is really impossible–even for the Motionless Man. Fuqua attributes his feigned paralysis to hyper elastic skin, an extremely low pulse rate, and intense concentration. He may not laugh at your jokes, but he readily admits that he still has to breathe and blink–occasionally.

When I read about Bill Fuqua, the motionless man, and I thought about so many churches. So many congregations have mastered the art of doing nothing. We read about the church on the Day of Pentecost–the flames of fire, the sound of a mighty wind, the strange excitement that catches the attention of passers by. This is not the church as we know it! The church on the Day of Pentecost was a church that was chaotic and yet caring, tightly joined as a group, yet reaching out with extraordinary vigor. It was a church ablaze with the Holy Spirit.

In Phil Mason’s Book: Quantum Glory (Highly recommend by the way)…he retells the story of the the great Azusa Revival. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. Sister Carney was a significant figure from the beginning of the revival. She has a vivid recollection of fire coming down from Heaven. The epiphany was so great that on several occasions the Fire Department was called because onlookers were convinced the building was on fire. When the fire department would arrive they saw no flames and smelled no smoke.

This awesome manifestation of fire and cloud reminds me of the children of Israel in the wilderness. Many reported the flames at the Azusa Revival. You can read about the Azusa Revival and many other stories in the Quantum Glory.

Rev. William J. Seymour was the leader of this revival. It has been recorded that if something…anything was going wrong…even during service he would stop what he was doing and pray.

Acts 2:3, “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”

How about us? Are we ablaze with the Holy Ghost? When is the last time you have had genuine revival in your soul? Let’s pray.

Dear Jesus, set my heart on fire in doing your work. In Jesus name, Amen.

Recommended books: The Holy Spirit, by Charles C. Ryrie and Quantum Glory, by Phil Mason. and William J. Seymour-Pioneer of the Azusa Street Revival, by Charles R Fox, Vinson Synan

 

FEAR NOT

January 5, 2015

“Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart. For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:8-9

To get the full context of today devotional I highly recommend reading Nehemiah Chapter 6 in full. In fact, it is a good idea to have your Bible handle while you grab your coffee and settle into our morning devotions.

I prepare these with ONLY the KJV. If you use another version of the Bible, that’s ok…one day I will do a devotion and talk about why I use the KJV. If, you are using an NIV, The Message, NASB, ESV, etc. that’s fine.

However, you may find that you are having a hard time with finding all of our scriptures…and that is because in some cases these modern translations omit scriptures and sometimes whole chapters.

Recommended Reading: Joshua 1:1-9; Psalms 59; Philippians 4:4-13

Has someone deliberately tried to discredit you?  Gone out of his way to tear you down? Persuaded others to believe something untrue about you?

Then you can relate to Nehemiah. I can definitely relate to Nehemiah. He must have scratched his head when his enemies tried five times to lure him outside the city, where certain death awaited. They tried rumors, coercion and bald-faced threats, but Nehemiah wasn’t fooled. HE TRUSTED GOD and knew that Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem’s claims weren’t true. These enemies were spreading rumors, trying to frighten Nehemiah and his men into stopping their work on Jerusalem’s walls. Instinctively, Nehemiah turned to prayer and asked God to provide strength for finishing the task.

Next, Nehemiah had to be wary when his enemies sent a wolf in sheep’s clothing, inviting him to hide out in the temple for his own safety—an act that would have gone against God’s laws. Yet even when threatened with death, Nehemiah didn’t allow himself to fall into that trap. He had insight into the situation that reinforced his trust in God, rather than believing the bad reports of other men.

Thankfully, you’ll probably never experience an assassination attempt. But you might face an enemy who wants to assassinate your character. Like Nehemiah’s enemies, people who are bent on opposing you can be very resourceful, even downright nefarious, in getting their way. Should you fight back? Or run away and hide?

Remember that, like Nehemiah, you have a heavenly Father to whom you can always turn. As hard as Nehemiah’s enemies tried to attack him, through prayer he found the power to continue his work without fear. You can too. When you trust God for protection, he will fill you with strength to complete the unique tasks he gives you and the courage you need to withstand character assassination attempts.

Mediate on these things today.

  • Think about a really tough task, project or relationship that God has given you to deal with. How does Nehemiah’s example encourage you?
  • Is there someone in your circle of friends who brings you down or makes you feel afraid? How can you respond to him or her in a way that honors God?
  • In what areas do you need to trust God to protect and strengthen you?

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

PRIDE

January 4, 2015

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:12-14

Jesus said that He beheld (means He saw) Satan fall from Heaven like lightening and 1/3 of the (stars) angels fell with him. (Luke 10:18, Revelation 12:9)

Satan was kicked out of Heaven…a place where he enjoyed status…he is described as the most beautiful of all God’s creation. (Ezekiel 28.17)

The other thing we get from Ezekiel 28 is that Satan was literally full of himself.

Yesterday’s devotion was on our FAITH. Toward the end of writing yesterday’s devotion it really hit me how these two things FAITH & PRIDE are in stark contrast to one another.

If you are full of yourself then you certainly will have little or no faith. James tells us without FAITH our works are dead. Meaning…we can be a peacekeeper, give to the poor…heal the sick but if we have no FAITH all of our works are meaningless. At that point, my thought is we are probably doing these good works out of our own selfish pride.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16

`1 John 2:16 is the sum of the evil things in the world; or these following are the objects of sin in the world, or about which wicked men are conversant; even such as are carnal or grateful to the flesh, visible to the eye, and belong to this vain life, or serve to fill with pride and vanity; or these are the main things, which men that love the world most highly value and esteem:

the lust of the flesh
by which is meant, not lust in general, or concupiscence, the corruption of nature, which is the fountain of all sin, or indwelling sin, the flesh, or that corrupt principle which lusts against the Spirit; nor the various lusts of the flesh, fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, and which are many, and are also called worldly lusts.

the lust of the eyes
after unlawful objects, and may design unchaste and lascivious looks, eyes full of adultery, and whereby adultery is committed; see ( Matthew 5:28 ) ; but then this falls in with the other, unless that be confined to intemperance; rather then this may intend a sinful curiosity of seeing vain sights, and shows, with which the eye of man is never satisfied, ( Ecclesiastes 1:8 ).

the pride of life
The Bible tells us that “the pride of life… is not of the Father, but is of the world.”* God has made us capable of achievement, but there is an attitude that arises naturally with achievement that is not of the Father, but of the world. To have victory over pride is to excel and achieve without giving a place to this sinful attitude.

The Bible doesn’t talk about pride in terms of how it makes us feel or how it relates to us. It talks about how pride relates to God and it describes pride as symptomatic and emblematic of a deeply engrained spiritual problem. So when Scripture says, “God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble,” it’s talking about what pride signifies and it’s using the label to encapsulate all the evil that lies underneath it – the chief of which is unbelief.

Take Proverbs 11:2 for example: “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” In this proverb, the wise king tells us that with pride comes embarrassment and with humility comes enlightenment and understanding. But dig deeper, and you’ll find the answers to why pride comes at all. It’s in our spiritual DNA and the Scriptures define the proud with terms such as blind, deaf and fool. It defines the proud as hopeless creatures and the ENEMIES OF GOD.

If pride is the face of sin, unbelief is its heart. When we see pride in our own lives or in the lives of others, what we are actually seeing is unbelief lived out. We’re seeing the evidence (if only momentary) of a heart that does not believe in God. This is why humility and pride are so carefully distinguished in Scripture because they describe at a high level what lies in the heart. Jesus said that out of the heart come “evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” His solution? Believe in his name. Why? Because in order to believe one must have the humility to accept the truth that they are hopeless in their sins, the humility to believe that there is a God and the humility to accept that his remedy for us is found by faith in Jesus Christ alone. And right there you have pride and humility linked with their respective actions, and you have belief and unbelief linked with their outward masks, that tells of what really lies within.

In closing, I will leave you to meditate on Proverbs 16. It would be good to read the whole chapter today as a reminder of what this dangerous sin (PRIDE) does to us. So read the entire chapter…but meditate on

***** Proverbs 16:18: “Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.” *****

In short…PRIDE KILLS. Kills the body and kills the spirit. How unreasonable it is to be proud! How foolish to exalt ourselves! How ungainly and awkward an earthen vessel! How unlearned; how lacking in eloquence! How easily brought to confusion; how easily baffled and perplexed! And together we are just as needy as individually! We have been created to need God, and, oh, do we ever need Him!

If you NEED HIM like I NEED HIM then contact me and let me know.

FAITH

January 3, 2015

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

Many years ago, shortly after I was first paralyzed…I was sick of taking the medication the doctors prescribed for me. I hate taking pills. Do they really even do what they claim? Are they shortening my life? Will they give me cancer? Will I become dependent on them? Yes, I have many questions…

I had resolved that I would never take my medication. Then I had a conversation with someone. At first she said, “Kevin you are so stupid…take your medication the doctors gave them to you for a reason.”

I said, “I will put my faith in God but I am sick of doctors…doctors who do not even know why I am paralyzed!” She snapped back, “Kevin, your FAITH is these pills…until God heals you…these are your FAITH!” That was my baby sister, Kimmie Kimberly Smith-Nicastro). Nearly 8 years ago she said those words to me.

The other day she gave me a card on the front it read,

“FAITH is risking what is for what is yet to be. It is taking small steps knowing they lead to bigger ones. Faith is holding on when you want to let go and letting go when you want to hold on. Faith is saying yes when everything else says no. It is believing all things are possible in the midst of impossibilities. Faith is looking beyond what is and what trusting what will be. It is the presence of light in darkness, the presence of God in all.”

On the inside Kimmie wrote, “Kevin, even those closest to God have their FAITH shaken. ESPECIALLY {she underlined especially} when the world as you know it has quickly and suddenly changed around you! Remember, YOU are on the team of CHAMPIONS! Greater is He that is within you then that which is in the world. He WILL see you through to the very end! When things pull you down, tie another knot in the cross! BE strong and of good courage & TRUST HIM! He will not fail you, He will not let you down.”

WOW…I could not have said it better myself. You see God will not fail us. His promises are all true. You see, faith extends beyond what we learn from our senses, and the author is saying that it has its reasons. Its tests are not those of the senses, which yield uncertainty.”

I have quoted this many times. Joseph, after his brothers sold him into slavery and he became second in command of all Egypt had the power to destroy his brothers. Instead he said, “What you meant for evil God meant for good!” I love Romans 8:28, I first learned that verse from my other sister Glenda Dixon when I was about 12.

One of the things I love about it most…where some may hate this about it. The promise is ONLY good for those who truly love God. If you say you do but do your own thing…then you are deceiving yourselves. Not my words but the Words of Jesus. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” 1 John 1:23

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” 1 John 1:37

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” 3 John 1:11

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” 1 Corinthians 6:9

“He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived…” Luke 21:8

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Not some…but ALL THINGS work to good…to those who LOVE GOD!

I sure do love God! Do you my friend?

Exodus 23:2 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak …

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, …

I know…I know… a lot of scripture…it just kept coming. Sorry.

 

TRUSTING IN GOD

January 2, 2015

God is trustworthy. The Bible tells us to trust God. In fact, the middle verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:9 which says “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (KJV). While we sleep, the Lord is awake. Though we cannot see the path ahead of us with all its blessings and troubles, the Lord sees it and guides us through it with His love. These are truths we need to hear. Has not the Lord been ruling the world before we were born? Most assuredly yes. Will He not rule it in the future? Of course. Since these are both true, then should not all of us Christians be trusting the Lord to rule not only this world but also our lives in the present?

Faith is an awesome reality when placed in the True God.

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Psalm 52:8
” But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.”

Proverbs 30:5
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him”

Do not place your trust in weapons, in riches, in yourself, in man, in governments or in the lying words of a godless society. Put your trust in God.

The God of the universe is incredibly caught up in each one of His children. Is that not amazing when you think of the grandeur and the expanse of Creation? We can’t even begin to understand it. In a country sky we apprehend hundreds of thousands of stars twinkling in the vastness of the dark night, but blessedly, the thought may occur, “He’s huge but He is thinking about me.”

“Who am I, Lord, that you are mindful of me?” (Psalm 8:4)

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)

So often we put our trust in people. Jeremiah warned: “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit” (Jeremiah 7:8). People will let us down…our best friend, our co-workers, our mother, our father, our children. There are people you are receiving from that are lying to you my friend. Put your trust in God and God alone. You can trust God…He is a God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and He promised He would never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). Lean on Him for all your understanding and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I AM CHOOSING TO TRUST IN GOD. WILL YOU?

GOD’s GRACE

January 1, 2015

As in the beloved old hymn (AMAZING GRACE), the amazing kind of grace is God’s gift of redemption, the grace which prompts us to repent, causing us to think again when we find ourselves in a bad way, and which prompts us to return, putting us back on a more godly path.

Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.

Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17). The word translated “grace” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word charis, which means “favor, blessing, or kindness.” We can all extend grace to others; but when the word grace is used in connection with God, it takes on a more powerful meaning. Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves. It is His benevolence to the undeserving.

“GRACE. Grace is an incredible gift from a God that loves us so perfectly, so tenderly…so unconditionally. Grace is a gift that allows us the freedom to deal with sin…not the power to continue to keep on sinning!” Kevin Airrington

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:7

 

STARTING OVER

December 31, 2014

Welcome to 2015! If you have been beaten, battered and flat out kicked around in 2014. Or maybe you screwed up big time in 2014. 2015 is here and I serve a God of 2nd chances…it’s time to start again…you can start fresh! There is STILL forgiveness at the foot of the cross.

Psalm 51:10-12

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

This was King David’s prayer of repentance…his and Job’s prayer of repentance are among my favorites. Sometimes we just say hey forgave me God and then again some of you may have got lackadaisical and don’t bother with repentance (Acts 3:19)

David messed up bad…”I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU LORD!” David screamed. Create in me a a clean heart (Give me a fresh start LORD)…make 2015 my greatest year yet. AMEN!!!!

Stop beating yourself up for your sin. Start going to the cross and LEAVE your sin there. Amen?

If you are going to be like David and start fresh in 2015…make 2015 the year you finally leave the world behind you and start living for God then contact me.  My guess there will be fewer than 10 that like this. I hope I am wrong.

 

COURAGE

December 30, 2014

Courage is a quality of mind or spirit that enables us to meet danger, opposition, or the challenges of life with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness. Someone who has courage may still feel afraid but–through the power of God–can act with confidence.

JOSHUA NEEDED COURAGE
Joshua had seen how the people rebelled against Moses. Now, he was in charge of leading them to take the Promised Land from skilled warriors.

In challenging Joshua to be courageous, God reassured him of His presence (Joshua 1:5-6). The Lord also promised the leader that he would find success if he faithfully meditated on and obeyed the Scriptures (Joshua1:8-9).

Psalm 31:24, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

What can we do to develop courage?

A. Meditate on God’s Word: Instead of just quickly reading a large section of the Bible each day, choose a shorter passage and really think about its message. Ask God for help interpreting and applying it to your life.

Meditating on God’s Word will:

1) Quiet your spirit. (1 Peter 3:4)

2) Sharpen your perception (Psalm 119:105).

3) Purify your heart (Hebrews 4:12).

4) Clarify your direction (Proverbs 3:5-6).

B. Recall past experiences of God’s faithfulness: Remember the way you relied on the Lord in previous crises and how His goodness carried you through difficulties.

C. Observe the courage of others: As fellow believers share their testimonies of the Lord’s faithfulness, let their stories reinforce your faith in Him.

D. Ask the critical question: If I don’t obey God, what will happen?: Every action, whether good or bad, has a consequence. Rebelling against the Lord may seem like an easier path, but it will be ultimately be painful. Trusting and obeying Him always brings spiritual blessing.

E. Recall His promise to be with us at all times: The Lord told Joshua that He would never forsake him. Through Scripture, you and I have been given the same assurance today. Our omnipotent God has all power to guide us and bring success in our lives.

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