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Weekday devotionals for Christians

My Heart is Talking

 

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.

 

We see here an example of a father continually reaching out to his child, his son.  The Father is constantly reminding his son to hear instruction.  More importantly, he is reaching out to his son’s heart and continually drawing it close to him. That is the thing that is most important with any type of training, teaching, or child rearing.  With all of that said, even Solomon had to say, ” son, pay attention”, “listen-up”, “look at me”, “are you listening to me?”  Why do I point this out?  Because I get so frustrated with always having to make that type of statement to my children.  What ever statement you make, how ever you make it; even the wisest man ever to live had to make that statement to his son (I hope that encourages you).  By the way, how old was his son?  No one really knows how hold his son was at this point, He could have been 10 or 20 or 30.

The writer is affirming his son of the benefits of listening to and following his parents instruction in verse 9.  Notice also the next verse.  My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  Here we have a mom and dad battling with the wrong crowd over their son’s heart.  Look at what they did.  They did not confront the wrong crowd, because the fool is not worth their time…but their son is:

Pro 26:4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

They reached out for their son’s heart instead of confronting “his friends”.  The fool does not have enough wisdom to understand what is needed, that is why the parents will not waste their time on the fool, because the fool has a funny way of bringing out the worst in people.  What will you do with the heart of your child?  Did you know that God is reaching out for your heart?  He does not care about the fools, He cares about you!  He wants your heart, because He wants you!  He wants you to have the blessed life.  That life will not come from the sinners, it will only come from listening to your heavenly daddy!  Listen closely, can you hear His heart?

 

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November 30, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Haters are Empty

 Psa 34:21  Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Psa 34:22  The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

     Has anyone ever hated you?  Has any one ever told you that they hate you?  I have been told.  I am sure that I will hear it again from someone in the future.  It is not a good feeling to have someone express that feeling toward you.  When I was told by that individual that I am hated by them, it made me really think about that person’s influence on my life.  While many things come to my mind, I won’t take the time to give some potential possibilities of why I was hated.  I am certain that I was hated by more people than that one person that told me that they hated me.

     Verse 21 states that those who hate the righteous shall be desolate.  The word hate in this verse is talking about how someone would hate an enemy.  Who is an enemy of you?  I am not speaking of human enemy; I am speaking of spiritual enemy.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We have an enemy that hates us.  We cannot fight him with human weapons; we must use spiritual weapons.  In verse 21, it states that those who hate us will be desolate.  Think about places that are desolate.  They all are empty.  The definition of the word “desolate” has the words guilty, and punishment.  They will be guilty of being empty.  They will also be punished.   

     Verse 22 says the Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants.  The word redeemeth in the Hebrew definition means to preserve, to deliver.  The rest of the verse states that none that trust in Him will be desolate.  The word trust in the Hebrew definition, means to confide, to go to for refuge.  Those who run to God for refuge and put their confidence in Him, will not be empty, be guilty of punishment.  I love serving an all-mighty God!  Here are the last questions for the day: Who are you putting your confidence in?  Where do you go for refuge?  The answer to these questions will determine if you will be desolate.

  Have a great day and a Fabulous week!    

 -Bro. Kennedy

November 29, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Different Definitions

 

1Ch 21:30  But David could not go before it to enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD. 

Exo 18:15  And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: 

Have you ever been misunderstood by someone?  I have…many times.  Often what goes into that misunderstanding are many factors, but one of them is having a different definition of a particular word.  As our english language becomes more and more “watered-down”, our definitions change.  I have asked a lot of people if they had a good Thanksgiving and most responded with a yes.  If I would have gone further into what they did on thanksgiving, I would have probably not enjoyed someone’s version of a good Thanksgiving.  They probably would not have enjoyed my version of a good Thanksgiving.  

My point with this is to challenge you to not judge your christianity by your definition of good, but rather to judge your self by God’s definition of good.  These two verses at the top talk of others enquiring of God.  That is what we should do when it comes to us fulfilling what God wants.  Let’s not use our definition, but rather God’s definition.  Let’s enquire of God and use His definition.

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

Love’s Limit

 

Mat 19:16-22

Vs. 16-And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Vs. 17-And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Vs. 18-He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Vs. 19-Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Vs. 20-The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Vs. 21-Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Vs. 22-But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

 

In these verses we have a story of a young man asking Jesus what he needed to do to earn eternal life.  In verses 17 & 18 we see that Jesus’ response is keep the commandments.

The young man responded, “Which”?  At first glance it appears that he is like a lot of young people today because he doesn’t want to keep all of them as Jesus told him to; he wanted to do one.  Jesus responds with 6 commandments (let me say here that Jesus knew that no one could do all of these; even though the young man says that he did keep them from his youth.  Salvation has always been, and will always be a FREE Gift).

Jesus next response was to show this young man reality.  Jesus told him to go and sell all that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Jesus.  This young man may have thought that he was good enough; Jesus was illustrating to the young man that he had his limits and was fooling only himself in thinking that he was perfect.

This young man probably did not realize what his limit to pleasing Jesus was.  It says in verse 22 that he went away sorrowful.  He realized his limit.  In our life, we probably have an idea of where our limit is.  Do you know yours?  I don’t believe that Jesus was surprised at the young man’s response.  He knows all of our limits.  True dedication and servitude comes when we are not only willing to give all and follow Jesus, but when we DO give all and follow Jesus.  That is where true joy and happiness can be found.  That young man gave up being a part of countless miracles and seeing Jesus works wonders.  Let us all ask our selves, where is my limit?  Better yet, ask Jesus.  Be careful though, He just might show you!

 

I hope you have a good week and pray that God blesses all that you do!

November 25, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Yoke

Mat 11:29-30

29-Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30-For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

In the previous devotionals we talked about Jesus wanting those that labour and are heavy laden to come to Him, today I want to talk about what we are to do after we get the rest that we are needing.

The first thing that we are supposed to do is to take His yoke upon me.  The “yoke” that Jesus is referring to is the vehicle by which you carry your burdens.  I am reminded of my school days when I had to carry a lot of books.  Whether they were text books, notebooks, or other things like pens, pencils.  In order to carry those books I had to stack them high and walk carefully, hoping that no one bumped into me.  But because it was me, I would usually be knocked into  where there were the most people and the most movement.  Then my books would be kicked every where, papers stepped on, pencils and pens broken, and more.  Then I am losing what little dignity I had by crawling all over the floor trying to minimize the damage that is being done.

Happy day for me when I received a yoke by which to carry my load…you guessed it, a back-pack.  No longer would I have my load knocked over, kicked, or stepped-on.  The load would be on my back zipped-up tightly and secure.  I also had a yoke that had padding on the arm straps to cushion my lode.

When Jesus says to “take my yoke upon you”, He is not wanting to burden you down with more load, but rather give you a better way to carry that which already are carrying.  God said that His load would be easy and light.  When we come to Jesus, He not only will give us a rest, but also give us a new way to carry what we are carrying for Him.  I wonder if there is someone reading this that is weary.  Weary from doing things their way.  To you, Jesus says to “come unto me”.  Not only will he give you rest, but also give you a better way to carry what you are carrying.  I want to challenge you to make going to Jesus a daily happening.  You will be glad that you did!

 

I hope you have a good week and pray that God blesses all that you do!

November 24, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Wants You-part 2

Matthew 11:28

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

In the last devotional we talked about Jesus wanting you to come, today I want to talk about who Jesus was talking to.

Jesus was giving out a command to two different types of people.  The first group is to the ones that are laboring.  It is in the present tense, that means that this group is currently laboring.  Have you ever met someone that seems to not have any care in the world?  I am talking about a christian who might seem like nothing wrong happens to them; they are never tired, weary, frustrated, or at their wits end.  We, on the other hand, are just trying to keep our heads above water (it seems like it) because life is so busy.  While some people hide what is happening in their life, this person (who acts like something is wrong with you because you are weary) seems to look at you like you are being punished for laboring for Christ.  Jesus does not feel that way toward you at all.  HE UNDERSTANDS.  Stop and think about that thought…He understands!  All He wants you to do is to Come unto Me.  When life gets its busiest, remember to make time for Jesus, for in Him you will get the only one who can truly give you rest.

This verse also addresses the “heavy laden”.  These words describe those people who are fully burdened down in life.  Their schedule may be busy, but that is not what is so heavy.  The heaviness comes from pressure, and from tremendous responsibility.  It feels like the weight of the world is resting on your chest to the point that you feel that you cannot get another breath.  Guess what, Jesus wants to give you rest!  He knows exactly what you are going through.

He knows exactly what it feels like to have so many people need Him.  He has felt the weight of the world on his shoulders and knows what it is like to be questioned by the ones you love.  The true rest that we are seeking can only be found in JESUS!  So what are you waiting for?  Jesus is right where you left Him.  Come to Him and He is waiting and will give you rest!!

—to be continued

November 23, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Does God Really Want

 

Matthew 11:28

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 

These words were spoken by our loving Saviour almost 2000 years ago.  They had a tremendous impact on that day and continue to impact lives today!  Notice if you will the following words:

 

Come-Jesus sought you at salvation and compelled you to come to Him, today He still wants you to come to him.  Think about those 3 powerful words in verse 28 and say them to yourself.  Say it again, and again, and again.  With discouragement and depression abounding in today’s time, the opportunity to come is most needed in all of our lives.

 

unto Me-This is the “where” we are supposed to come.  These two words indicate that while we are coming, there will also be a “leaving” of something, somewhere, someone, or all of the above.
True Happiness, true Joy, true Fulfillment comes only when we leave what needs to be left and come to the place,come to the position, and come to the person of Jesus.  Those who don’t understand this principle think that coming to Jesus is a one time event for those who are unsaved, or for those who life is in the gutter.  While Jesus will accept both of these two types of people, He does not want to limit Himself to only these two types, but rather to also be open to all.
So today, don’t hesitate to come to Jesus.  Coming to Jesus should be a daily happening…and when it does, it will bring multiplied blessings.  So what are you waiting for?  Jesus, He is waiting for you.  Don’t keep Him waiting any longer!       Remember this when you are celebrating Thanksgiving!  This is the most important thing to be thankful for!

 

 

OH, Yeah…Come to Sunday School too at 9:45 AM!

-Bro. Kennedy

November 22, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Needs An Empty Cup

 

Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Last week I talked about hungering after righteousness.  I want to point out another aspect of being filled.  Instead of using food and the human stomach to illustrate this devotion, I want to use a cup.  It is a good thing to hunger after righteousness.  It is wonderful to thirst for things that are Godly, but there are some things that hinder the “filling up” that we so desire for God to do to us and for us.

If  we are to get filled from God we must then make room for God to fill us up:

1. We must empty ourselves of our own ideas of God.  We have a Bible that tells us about God, but there is also a lot of areas that we do not understand about God.  Sometimes our pre-conceived ideas of God hinder and limit what God is able to do through us and to us.

2. We must empty ourselves of our own pride.  Pride gets in the way of a lot of things.  One of the most important things that it hinders is the work of God in our lives.

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

Our pride motivates us to do some things that we will eventually regret.  But for some reason, we always allow our pride to dictate our action.  We must empty ourselves of this if we intend for God to use us and fill us.

3. We must empty ourselves of our own ways.  Many times….most of the time our own solution gets in the way of God’s solution.  We want God to come through for us all of the time, but we do not empty our selves of our own solutions and therefor God will not fill us with His plan.

How bad do you really want to be filled?  God can only fill you according to the space that He is given to fill.  Will you be able to empty yourself so that God can fill you?  The choice is yours…what will you do with it?

November 21, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are You Hungry For?

 

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

Blessed are they which do hunger.  Think about those words.  God says you are blessed if you are hungry.  I don’t know about you, but when I am hungry I get a little crabby, my patience is greatly diminished, and my tolerance is on life support.  God is not saying that it is blessed to be crabby or irritable, but rather it is blessed to be hungry to the point that you are motivated to action.

Have you ever eaten when you were not hungry?  You probably did not eat much.  And to say the least you probably did not enjoy your meal.  Hunger does something to us that makes us appreciate things better; it boosts my enjoyment factor by a lot.  Have you ever noticed that the food always seems to taste better when you are hungry?  Why is that?  It may be because our senses may be hightened or that we are thinking about it more, but I believe when we hunger for something we will fulfill that desire.

Have you ever made your children eat something when they were not hungry? Their reaction is not fun to deal with, is it?  We are the same way when we do not hunger and thirst after righteousness.  God is probably looking down from heaven and watching us throw a fit because we don’t like to go to church or read our Bibles or pray or do anything that is righteous.  Last question, What are you hungry for?

November 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Camping With the Angels

 

Psa 34:5  They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

Psa 34:6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psa 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

     We serve a Wonderful God!!  It never ceases to amaze me how much He loves me and cares for me.  It also is amazing to me how such an  Awesome God really cares about me and what I go through.  Today, know that God really, really, really, really, loves you and cares about what burdens you carry, and the things that cause you sorrow!

The next verse in this chapter (Vs. 7) goes on to show one of the ways God “saved him out of all his troubles”.  Growing up, I was never the biggest kid in school, church, or the neighborhood where I played.  I am the youngest of 5 children!  Why does it matter that I was small growing up and the fact that I was the youngest of 5?  If you are the youngest you already know.  If you are not, then this explanation is for you:

I have 2 older brothers, and 2 older sisters.  While I was accused of being “babied” or “spoiled”, the sad reality was that I was the WWF wrestling victim growing up.  As my brothers watched the “very real” wrestling show, they would see new moves and submission holds that they had to try on me!  I often heard these words from my brothers, “Hey CW, come here.  I want to try out something.”  You don’t have to be smart to know that when I heard those words, I started running!  Then there is my big sister that would bully me…until I big enough to not let it happen (I finally reached that point last year…ha ha).  OK, so what am trying to say?

A life saving truth finally dawned on me; when I run, run to mom or dad.  It even occurred to me to make friends with the biggest, meanest guy at church or school.  This was my survival mechanism.  Spiritually, I already have the “friend that sticketh closer than a brother!”  I need to run to my Heavenly Father, he is All Powerful!  And He wrote verse 7 for a lot of people, but especially for me.  I need the Angel to camp round about me.  He will not only protect me, but deliver me.

Today, if you have not yet cried out to God, do it now.  He will send an Angel to protect and deliver you!  What is it in your life that you need deliverance and protection from?  Is anything too hard for God?

Jer 32:17  Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Jer 32:27  Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

So what are you waiting for?  Cry out to God, He Will save YOU!  He will send His Angel to help!

November 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment