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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Stop Fainting

Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Have you ever been tired while doing good things?  Have you ever been tired of doing good things?  If you have not experienced this yet, just wait it is on its way.  I am glad that God does not experience this while He does me good!  I am so glad that God is good to me all the time!  He is good to me on a daily basis.

Psa 68:19  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Sometimes my sin nature gets in the way of realizing God’s goodness.

When we get weary in well doing, we start to consider things that we normally would not consider while we are strong.  Sometimes those things are sin, quitting, giving up on life, etc.  Maybe you can “fill in the blank” with a thing or two.  God is admonishing us to not give up, to not be weary in well doing.  One would not think that doing well and doing good things could make us weary, but it can and does.  What will your reaction be when you are weary?  I like how it is worded in verse 9; “Let us…”.  You are not alone, others are with you!  Remember, God will not ask you to do something that He has not already done!  When you are weary, tell God…He always understands!

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October 31, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Are Better Than One

Ecc 4:9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 

Ecc 4:10  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 

Two are better than one.  Sounds like a statement of the times.  It is a pretty sad thing if someone were to be alone in this world.  I do not think that this verse only means that if you have someone with you, you are better off than being all alone.  This verse actually means when you have two people together “in the same yoke” working toward the same goal, that you will see how much better it is to have two.  These two verses apply to many areas:

1. Marriage-to be fully committed to the same goal in marriage is to be in happiness and harmony.  Have you ever been around a couple who compliment each other very well?  Maybe you and your spouse are like this.   I think this verse applies very well in this case.

2. Employment-When the owners, bosses, co-workers are getting along; production becomes efficient and more gets done.  The opposite is true also; when there is discord, production takes a back seat to drama.

3. Family-while some may think that this should be included in marriage, I don’t.  This is why, my family is made up of adults and children.  When children are on the same page with the parents, a happy home becomes a by product.  Our children know us better than anyone else does.  They may not realize that fact, but subconsciously they know us the best.  If we can all get on the same page, then life is a lot better!

4. Church-When the members are in accord with one another, great things can happen.  The Bible say that the “gates of hell will not prevail against the church”. So the devil cannot beat the church through the front door, so he will go through the back door and cause internal strife among those who are diligently laboring for Christ.

Act 9:31  Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied

Notice the words that are italicized:  the churches had rest, walked in the fear of the Lord and comfort of the Holy Ghost, and WERE MULTIPLIED!  When others see happiness and peace in your life, they will want it too!  People naturally gravitate to, and are curious of those who have peace, joy, comfort, and blessings!  They will want what you have so bad, that they will go where you got it!

Last question, are you joined up with someone? If not, join up with someone today…Remember, Two are better than One!

October 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spend Wisely

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jer 24:7  And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
I love these 3 scriptures!  In fact, I claim Psalms 51:10 just about every day.  I want God to continue to create in me a clean heart and a renewed spirit.  When I interact in this world, my heart needs to be cleansed and my spirit needs to be renewed.  I believe God gives me a desire to be with Him, especially after my new heart and renewed spirit.  Where I spend that desire is up to me.

One of the wonderful things about God is that He gives us a free will.  We are not made to love God, He allows us to come to Him willingly.  Think about it, don’t you want those to whom you love to come to you willingly and not out of necessity?  I like to compare the desire that I get from God with money.  When I get paid, where do I spend that money and how do I spend it? There are places and things that are a money pit.  Then there are places that bring about a return and give me money back.

Spiritually, when I spend my desire on God, He gives it back to me to keep investing into Him.  It is a wonderful cycle that keeps on going over and over again.  Not only does He give back, but He gives back in abundance.  When I spend my desire on things that really don’t matter, then that desire is gone forever.  I do not get a return on my investment.  Have you ever wondered why some people feel empty?  It is because they are spending their desire in all the wrong places.  Those places will leave you feeling empty, remorseful, and full of regret.

My question to you is, “Where are you spending your desire”?  God wants you and loves you.  Will you be willing to invest your life and desire into God’s things?  You will not be disappointed if you do!

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Protector is Killing Me

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

A seed coat is an amazing thing!  It is representative of many things in our life.  Below is a detailed explanation of what it is and its primary function with the seed:

Significance

  • A seed coat protects the embryo of a new plant. It is a membrane that grows and coats the embryo after germination in the mother plant. Nestled inside the coat is the dormant embryo, the cotyledon or seed leaf, the plumule or first true leaves of a seedling and the radicle–the latter which is the beginning root system. Housed within the seed coat are the nutrients if the embryo will need them before it is able to gather nutrition from the soil it is rooted in.

Function

  • The seed coat, or testa, can be impenetrable, especially in long dormancy seeds. Dormancy is ensured because the seeds can not be easily broken into or out of. These seeds must be scratched (scarified), notched or split open to force them to allow for sprouting and growth of a new plant. Other seeds sprout more easily by being planted directly into moist soil or by being soaked in water for a few hours to soften the testa. The contents of the seed coat are protected until it is time for them to produce new life.

What once protected the seed from death, now can keeps it from the abundant life.  The seed coat MUST DIE in order for the new plant to grow.  For many people, the seed coat is different.  What I used to protect me now needs to get out of the way so that the real purpose for my life can sprout and grow!  I cannot grow to my purpose if I keep protecting the thing that is killing me!  Will you, Can you move on?  In order for you to live, your protector must die.

WHAT IS YOUR SEED COAT?  What is keeping you back from growing in Christ?

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

One last question, if you know what is holding you back, when will you allow your seed coat to die?

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Psa 73:26  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 73:27  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
Psa 73:28  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Have you ever had a day where it seemed like everything that is normally good is not being good?  Maybe the kids are acting up, maybe your friend is upset with you, maybe your energy to do something is gone, maybe you just feel discouraged.  If you have emotions at all, you will have days that it seems that your emotions will cause you to be down.  Have you ever wondered how to get out of the “rut” that it seems that you are in?

Verse 28 is good medicine for all of us to take.  It is good for me to draw near to God.  Regardless of your circumstances, it is good for you to draw near to God.  Guess what?  He wants you to draw near to Him!  He loves you and me and loves to spend time with us!  Have you heard this statement, “Laughter is good for the heart” ?  Laughter is good for your health; God is even better!  Why is it that our sin nature fights its hardest to keep us from getting close to God when it does our physical body very well?

Remember that when you feel down whether physically, spiritually, or emotionally; run to God.  God will help you physically to feel better; but most important than “feeling better” is getting close to God.  You will have Joy, Strength, Security, Love, and His undivided attention!  Run to God, it will do you good!

October 25, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Trespassing!

Good Morning,

It was wonderful seeing you all this Sunday.  Look forward to seeing you at our mid week services.

Brother Ray Newmans

NO TRESPASSING

Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Last week I had a very interesting time with my work.  I was blessed by being awarded a large Section 8 housing complex to re-roof.  With this working blessing I am never short of people to share the GOOD NEWS with at these locations.  Very poor and defeated people who by all means need the love the Lord has plenty of.  Amazing as it may seem my devotional today has nothing to do with them 100 or so people living in that housing complex.  It has to do with the couple just behind this complex.  I will be as brief as I can be,  I know your time is limited.  Please let me paint the picture for you.

Old man in his 80s at least.  Hard looking man.  Just not the one you would pull up a chair with.  Life had been hard on him from what I could see.  His skin was sun beaten and cracked.  His laser like blue eyes shined through his leather colored face.  He has some health issues, but was doing well for the years he had been allowed to walk around on this earth.  I thought of how many presidents, how many fads, and how many hard times this guy had lived past.  Then…  watching him walk in his back door.  I wondered how many books he could write about the wonderful things he had experience in his life.  He had a modest house.  He wife was always in the kitchen window.  I seen him smile once.  Of course not at me.  It was when he walk out of the house to get in his chair on the back porch.  You could tell he loved her more at them moments then ever.

His home was older then the Section 8 complex.  So, that means he was there first and stayed even after his property value took a big hit from it.  He didn’t build a huge fence.  He didn’t have 7 blood hunger attack dog waiting for someone to walk his way.  All he had was a little sign stuck in the ground stating “NO TRESPASSING”.  Sometimes the wind would carry the paper off our shingle bundles into his yard.  I would stop at the sign.  Look at him.  He would tip his hat.  I would run over get the trash out of his yard and hurry back to the “my side” of the trespassing sign.  My crew all followed the same rules.  NO ONE went into his yard unless he was on his porch and gave us the go ahead.  Needless to say he spent a lot of time on his porch Monday giving us permission to enter and then making sure we exited his unguarded grounds.

The next day we moved on to a different building and his yard was not in danger of trash any longer.  I still noticed him on that porch about the same time every day.  Then I was snapped back into your building something mode and just got busy with all my daily worries of roofing.

That same evening two men broke into that OLD MAN’s home looking for pain pills.  They found what they broke in looking for… 7 pain pills.  The cost!  They beat that old man so bad he died the Friday morning.  His wife placed in the hospital with a life no one wants to live.  A life of loss.  I didn’t even know his name.  I let the NO TRESPASSING sign hold me back.  Evil used it for a target.  I didn’t “GO” because I thought I had plenty of time. I would catch him in the yard and get him talking.  That day will never happen!

All our days are numbered.  I promise you this right now… If I could have that Monday of last week back.  I would know his name.  I would have heard them stories.  I would have ask that very important question.  If you died today, would you go to HEAVEN?

October 24, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are You Doing This Week-end?

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

In understanding what God really wants, I have to set aside my own personal thoughts.  This is very hard to do; seeing that I am stuck with myself.  What helps me though is the Word of God.  I am very guilty of trying to figure out what God would do, through my own perspective.  Have you ever been misunderstood?  I have and I hate it!  I usually get in trouble for something when I am misunderstood.  I can only imagine what God feels like when people like me try to figure Him out and then totally misunderstand what He does or is doing.  I can only imagine the frustration He feels when I do this.  God gets a “bad rap” a lot!  People think that God wants to “beat them down” when in reality, He wants to lift them up.

Many people buy the lie that God wants their life to be boring, and when they have fun, God is upset….WRONG!!!  Some people think that Satan and his crowd have all the fun…..WRONG!!!  This is the common misconception when it comes to Christ.  Satan will tell you what is easy to hear and easy to do; and what they don’t realize is that when sin is finished, it bringeth forth death.  God loves us so much that He tells us what will bless us “long term”.  It usually causes discomfort to do what God wants us to do, but if we do it, we will be blessed later.  Satan wants to devour you and me and wants to bring us low!  God wants us to do right and be humble.  When we humble ourselves in the sight of God, He always lifts us up!  Hey, we serve an Almighty God that loves us!  Satan didn’t die for anyone, only Jesus died for us.  Satan wants to “swoop-in” at the last second and deceive us with sinful fun.  God wants us to have fun after we obey Him.  Who will you believe, God or Satan?  What will you do this weekend?  Will you go to church and do right?  Or will you need someone to drive you home from your “fun”?

Bro. CW’s Challenge:

Follow God, and read His Love Note to you today!

October Bible Reading Schedule

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

22. Nehemiah 9:22-12:26

I Corinth. 9:19-11:2

Psalms 34:1-22

Prov. 21:13-16

23. Nehemiah 12:27-Esther 3:15

I Corinth. 11:3-34

Psalms 35:1-28

Prov. 21:17-20

24. Esther 4-10:3

II Corinth. 12-13:13

Psalms 36-37:11

Prov. 21:21-24

October 21, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgiveness and Trust

Today’s Devotional is given to us by Russell Watkins!  I hope this blesses your heart as much as it has blessed mine!

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

These two verses have really convicted me when I have the desire to hold onto a grudge. It is amazing how we let the actions of others control our thoughts to the point that our unwillingness to forgive becomes sin in our life. I usually handle trespasses against me personally pretty good (with a few exceptions), but I really struggle when someone does something against my family. The Christian in me is usually suppressed by the flesh in me and I let my mind begin to devise a plan against the trespasser  (cutting tires, simple battery, etc.) (just kidding…kinda). One thing that really helped me recently with a struggle to forgive is realizing that I don’t have a choice in the matter. Forgiveness is not an option, it is a commandment and my pride and hurt (and the two usually go hand in hand) is not worth sacrificing my relationship with God. And the fact is, although I do not loose my salvation through sin, I do loose my fellowship with God. The Lord showed me a few things when discussing this matter with a friend, so here it is:

–          Forgiveness and trust are two different things

–          Forgiveness is about me… trust is about them

–          Forgiveness needs to happen immediately; trust happens in the future,       and may never happen

–          Forgiveness is required of me, trust is earned by them.

I am humbled by the fact that although I continue to sin against God, He is faithful and just to forgive me every time. And because I get to freely experience God’s forgiveness, I should be quick to forgive others. I know everyone has different situations to deal with and chances are, you may be dealing with something so terrible that know one could imagine the pain that you are feeling. I may not ever know what has hurt you, and if I do, I may never understand the measure of your hurt, but I know the One who can get you through it. Cry out to Jesus… He will meet you wherever you are.

October Bible Reading Schedule

18. Ezra 5-8:20

I Corinth. 3:5-4:21

Psalms 29-30:12

Prov. 20:26-30

19. Ezra 8:21-10:44

I Corinth. 5-6:20

Psalms 31:1-18

Prov. 21:1-3

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

22. Nehemiah 9:22-12:26

I Corinth. 9:19-11:2

Psalms 34:1-22

Prov. 21:13-16

23. Nehemiah 12:27-Esther 3:15

I Corinth. 11:3-34

Psalms 35:1-28

Prov. 21:17-20

24. Esther 4-10:3

II Corinth. 12-13:13

Psalms 36-37:11

Prov. 21:21-24

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What God Really Wants

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

I have fallen prey in the past to the thought that God loves me, but will punish me as quickly and as soon a He can and does so without any remorse.  This thinking is wrong and is often a result of my own sin nature trying to figure out what God will do and Who He is, when His Word will tell me what He does and Who He is.  I have heard some people share their thoughts with me on how God will “swing His big club and knock me out when I step out of line.”  This thinking is wrong also.  While God is a jealous God  (Deu 4:24  For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God), I believe He does not want to do hurt any of us, even when we sin and mess-up.  Satan wants to hurt us, not God.  Satan wants us to be discouraged, not God.  Satan wants us to give up and not be useful any more, not God.  This is one of the many reasons why God put this verse in the Bible: Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  

So what stops God from doing what He really wants to do to us and for us, like blessing us and lifting us up?  The answer lies in the following verses:

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 

1. We must confess our sins.  When we do, He will cleanse us.  He is the only one that can cleanse us; not you , not me, not a priest, not a rabbi, not any human being can cleanse you.

2. If we humble ourselves in the sight of God, He will lift us up.  This is why pride is so dangerous and for many it is intoxicating.  Many people will not humble themselves; they refuse to do it.  They believe that if they do that, then that will show weakness.  Rather, it shows foolishness because:

Pro 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

don’t be like the fool and refuse to humble yourself in the sight of God.  When you do that:

1. God won’t have to humble you.

2. God will lift you up.  THIS IS WHAT HE REALLY WANTS TO DO TO YOU!

October Bible Reading Schedule

18. Ezra 5-8:20

I Corinth. 3:5-4:21

Psalms 29-30:12

Prov. 20:26-30

19. Ezra 8:21-10:44

I Corinth. 5-6:20

Psalms 31:1-18

Prov. 21:1-3

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

22. Nehemiah 9:22-12:26

I Corinth. 9:19-11:2

Psalms 34:1-22

Prov. 21:13-16

23. Nehemiah 12:27-Esther 3:15

I Corinth. 11:3-34

Psalms 35:1-28

Prov. 21:17-20

24. Esther 4-10:3

II Corinth. 12-13:13

Psalms 36-37:11

Prov. 21:21-24

October 19, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Son

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 1:9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Pro 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Over the next few months, I will be doing atleast one devotional a week on the home.  While I realize that I still have a lot to learn about the “home”, I want to point out a few things:

1. I love my Home.  I am not talking about the physical structure in which my family lives in.

2.I love the Home.

3. I grew up in a christian home.

4. I am training my children the in the way that I was raised.

5. I have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

6. I want my children to follow God’s will for their life.

7. I want my children to have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

8. I want to be the best christian example for my children to look to.

As I read these verses in Proverbs, I am reminded at how much importance is put on the Home, the Family, the first Institution ever established.  I did a word study in Proverbs on the the words, “My Son”, and was surprised at what I found:  23 verses in this book alone that Solomon was using to reach out to his son…in his HOME.  All of our children are precious to us, but have you ever felt “what do I do now”?  I plan on using the Bible in these devotions and pray that all of us can gain something and apply it to our own homes.  I need all the help I can get…how about you?  By the way, if you know of someone who could use these devotionals, then forward this to them so that they can sign up.

Challenge for the day:

Sit down and write out some goals for your family, your children, and your marriage.  It would do us all good to sit down and focus on what God would have for our own families. 

Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish:

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment