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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Getting God’s Attention

Psa 5:1 To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. 

Psa 5:2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
Psa 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
     I believe that their are certain things that we as christians do that captures God’s attention better than anything.  One of those, things I believe, is when God’s people cry, or groan for God.  Many times God has been to the point with the nation of Israel that He wanted to destroy them or leave them to their own devices, but out of His great love for them and because of His remembrance of His covenant with them He comes to their rescue like their Hero.  The following verses are just one example of this:
 Exo 2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 

Exo 2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
Exo 2:25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

In this chapter of Psalms, we see King David asking three things from God:

1.Give ear to my words

2. Consider my meditation

3.Hearken to the cry of my voice.

I really like what David is doing here because it reminds me what God responds to.  David, a man after God’s own heart, is doing something that provokes a response from the One who loves him.  Being in a place that God does not hear you is a scary place to be.  But to do nothing about it, is even more scary.  If you ever find yourself feeling like King David in Chapter 5, then do what He did.  With his reputation of being a man after God’s own heart, his actions would be a good formula for getting close to God…again.

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January 30, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What God Wants You To Know

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, andthey follow me:

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

 

Hidden in this chapter are 3 verses that seemingly jump off the page at me.  Think about this next statement, God wants you to know that once you are saved, you are saved FOREVER!!  That is the main theme of verses 28-30. Why would He implement this?

I believe God brought this about because He is a God of stability.  God does not want instability in our lives.  He wants us to be able to count on Him all the time.  He is our stability.  Look at these next few verses.

Mal 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

When the storms of life come our way, we should look to the unchanging Lighthouse in our life…Jesus Christ.  Remember, God is not the author of confusion.  He is the author of Stability.  This is a reason why we should stick with the King James Bible.  The same “old paths” that were good enough for our parents and grandparents and their grandparents are good enough for you and me.  Where instability is, there is confusion.

January 27, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Politician For Your Kids

Psa 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
Psa 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
Psa 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

I stated yesterday some facts about our national debt, here is the last part to refresh your memory:

-Let’s just say that you need to rest and eat and sleep.  I will give 8 hours a day for this.  Let’s just say that you are feeling brave and you take this task on your own, and go strong for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 70 years non-stop, you would have to spend:

A. $596,937,575 a day…yes that is almost 600 million dollars a day!

B. $37,308,599 an hour for 16 hours.

C. $621,809 a minute

D. $10,363 a second

Are you up for a challenge?

Here is one more:

If you stop the national debt where it is and don’t create one more dollar of debt, and spend 10 million dollars a day… using the same 16 hours a day(that is 625,000 an hour), 7 days a week (no days off), it would take you…drum roll please………………..

4, 178.56 years to spend what the national debt is now.  Do you have that many years?

Now why did I go into all of that yesterday?  This is my point: our children are surrounded by people who are living for the “here and now”.  Their motivation is to do what is needed so that they can have their own time to do what they want.  Let me hit a “pause button” and say this:

I believe we have a lot of parents out their who genuinely care about their children, but have no goals or vision for them for their life.  Why do I say this?  There is a generation out there that has not passed down to the next generation, the tools that are necessary for that next generation to succeed in life.  Those tools that I am referring to are:

1. The ability to handle money properly.

2. The ability to make wise decisions that will impact their future for good.

3. The ability to decipher between right and wrong.

4. The ability to raise children that are good, upstanding, God-fearing Christians.

5.  The ability to find a job and succeed in it.

and the list goes on…………

To live for the next generation will cause most people to miss out on some of life’s pleasures for the sake of spending time with and investing into your children’s and grandchildren’s future.  It will take a lot of sacrifice on the part of the parent for the child to get the start that they will need.  It is similar to the sacrifice that our politicians will need to take to help ensure a financially and legally sound nation that will continue to be “One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all”.  I have relatives that are in heaven that have paid a High Price in wars and peace time to ensure my freedom, only to have our politicians squander it away.

What will be said of you?  Will it be said that you tried your best to pass on to the next generation the important tools for your children to live by?  Or will you be the “politician for your kids”, by squandering their future away so that you can have a little fun?

January 26, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

King David’s Mistake

Psa 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
Psa 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
Psa 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

King David is one of my favorite characters in the Bible.  I like to read about him and learn what has happened in his life, and what he did to get the label of  “A man after God’s own heart.”  Sadly though, he made some mistakes and I want to learn from them.  One of those mistakes that he made is what I will be addressing today in these devotionals:  He did not live for the next generation.  Now I know this is a very tough accusation, but I believe it is a true statement.

King David lived for and served his own generation very well.  In fact, he won the hearts of the people away from the king when he was only a lad.  In fact, David was only trying to do right and was very loyal to the king and only wanted what was best for the king when he won the hearts of the people.  I will not tell you in this devotional why I believe that he lived only for his generation,  because it would take too long.  For the sake of time and length, let’s just go with the thought of living for the next generation.

Our national debt is 15.251 trillion dollars, as of yesterday at 2:58 pm (it grows by the minute).  That is a lot of money.  Our politicians do not want to do the right thing by our nation, so therefor they continue to add to and multiply our national debt.  Our children’s future is at stake here and we are squandering their future away by spending money today.  To put things in perspective, using the figure above, I will break down how bad our national debt is:

1. Each citizen’s share of the debt (including babies) is $48, 868.

2. The national debt starting on September 28, 2007, increases each day by 3.96 billion dollars…that is billion with a “b”

3. If 20 people at 10 years old will take the next 70 years and doing nothing but shop and spend money (that means no eating, sleeping, or taking breaks) for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

A. They will have to spend $29,846, 879 a day.

B. That is $497,447 an hour.

C. That is $8,290 a minute.

D. That is $138 a second.

to equal what the national debt is now!  That is NON-Stop shopping—24/7!

-Let’s just say that you need to rest and eat and sleep.  I will give 8 hours a day for this.  Let’s just say that you are feeling brave and you take this task on your own, and go strong for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 70 years non-stop, you would have to spend:

A. $596,937,575 a day…yes that is almost 600 million dollars a day!

B. $37,308,599 an hour for 16 hours.

C. $621,809 a minute

D. $10,363 a second

Are you up for a challenge?

Here is one more:

If you stop the national debt where it is and don’t create one more dollar of debt, and spend 10 million dollars a day… using the same 16 hours a day(that is 625,000 an hour), 7 days a week (no days off), it would take you…drum roll please:

 

 

 

4, 178.56 years to spend what the national debt is now.  Do you have that many years?

to be continued tomorrow

 

 

 

January 25, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next Generation

Pro 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Pro 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Pro 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
Pro 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Here we have the writer of Proverbs…Solomon, instructing his son to do some things in this chapter.  He is doing this to help keep his son away from the pitfalls of life…yes, a strange woman is a pitfall for a young man!  In order for his son to avoid pitfalls, he must first set some things in place in his life that would prevent the son from falling for the strange woman.  Our young ones will allow things and people in their life that do not deserve to be in their life and in doing so, they will fill the void that the wisdom would have and should have filled.  Our young people, for the most part, do not look down the road and see the “big picture”.  Therefor they do not make the wisest of choices, so they need mom and dad to tell them what they need.

-Question…what are you telling them?  Are you living for the next generation?  Are you passing down wisdom to the next generation?  The young ones will learn from someone, will it be you?   I hope so!

 

 

 

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.  

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?

January 23, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adding or Multiplying

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Pro 1:24  Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Pro 1:25  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Pro 1:26  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Have you ever been in a situation where a bad decision is made and you try to correct and fix it only to make matters worse?  Maybe you have done what seems to happen to me more than I care to admit to:  you are running late and start hurrying around and because you are hurrying, you knock over somethings and make a mess.  Then it puts you even further behind schedule because you are cleaning up the mess that you made because you were hurrying.  This happens to me and is very frustrating!  I was reminded of a statement this morning, “When you find yourself making several bad decisions or mistakes and you can’t correct them…stop!”

Sometimes we compound one bad decision with many bad decisions.  If you find yourself trying to fix those bad decisions and are only making matters worse, stop.  Seems pretty simple,but very helpful.  I meet many people who compound their problems by doing this.  Better it is to count your losses by addition, then to count them by multiplication.  How will you count them?

 

 

January 20, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are You Listening?

Pro 1:20  Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

Pro 1:21  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

 

Wisdom is actually begging us to listen to her.  It is hard to believe, but what is taking place is that what we really need is pursuing us.  Usually we pursue the things that are the most beneficial to us.  In this day and age that we live in, we are used to “scam artists” that are trying to trick us into to buying something that we do not need, want, or use.  Their sales pitch is so good, that we often do not even let them try their sales pitch on us for fear of being “taken for a fool”.  When I  spent 4 days in New York City with my wife on our anniversary, we were approached by MANY people to try to get us to buy something from them.  Only a few individuals did we actually buy something from (after I looked into it on my terms) and we were like that because we have been scammed before.

When it comes to Christ, wisdom, or Christ-like things; we don’t have to worry about being scammed.  God pursued us when we did not know our need:

Joh 6:44a  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:

Wisdom is now pursuing us, will you answer the call and allow her to make you wise?  The choice is really yours!

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Faith or Fear

Psalms 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.   

Psalms 34:20  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

God, who sees all, is assuring us of many things in these past few verses.  Let’s stop there and think about the first statement.  We are very limited in what we can see and sense, thanks to the curse that was put on man in the Garden of Eden.  If you are saved, you have Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit with you everyday, all day long.  I am sealed with the Holy Spirit, but God’s eyes, love, attention, etc… is on me all the time.  OK, so what is my point?  It is this, Satan CAN NOT, let me repeat that…CAN NOT do anything to us without God’s permission.

God knows what is coming down our path.  He literally can see it coming.  We on the other hand, have blinded eyes to the spiritual realm of this world.  We cannot see what Satan is trying to do to hurt us.  Be very glad for this.  Maybe you are familiar with the statement, “ignorance is bliss.”  In this case, that statement is true.  My flesh wants to know what will happen in advance so I can plan around it.  But remember that I can not control what happens in my life, no matter how hard I try.  I can only control what my response and reaction will be.  If we saw what Satan tries to do to us, I believe it would really scare us into not doing great things for God.

As we are told in verse 19 about our many afflictions, we are also assured of God’s deliverence from them.  Satan tries and tries to stop us by using his evil weapons.  One of those weapons is fear.  Satan is very good at using fear.  He realizes that the only one that can stop you…is you.  He can’t stop you.  Why, because we have God’s promise of deliverance in verse 20.  That is why fear is used so much.  If we get our focus off of God and His protection, then Satan is very close to us stopping or quitting.  God also says that He will “keep” our bones.  That means to put a hedge around them for protection.  The same type of hedge He put around Job.  We are so loved and so protected by God it truly is Awesome!  Your faith will be strengthened to do more for God as you keep your focus on Him and His protection.

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Last question, where will you keep your focus on, God or satanic fear?

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Refuge and Dwelling

Psa 91:9  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Verse 10 is exciting!  We that are striving to do more for Christ are seeing a lot happen around us.  We are seeing a lot of evil and plagues.  It can get very scary.  We as christians should take comfort in our Refuge and our Habitation.

Do you know what the best thing about Heaven will be for us?  Streets of Gold would be awesome to see!  Gates of Pearl, the angels, the beauty of a custom made city for us, and even a custom made mansion are some of the things that we will be able to enjoy; but those things will not be getting the most attention.  The thing that will be getting the most attention will be the One who brought us there.   The thing that will excite us the most is that Jesus is there!

Have you ever had a moment when the presence of God came upon you and it was so good that you were overwhelmed?  Maybe it was in church, in your devotions, or maybe even when you were listening to some Christ  honoring music; but when it happened…it happened!  When you and I have those moments, it is very amazing!  Now imagine having that moment all the time, not from the mansions or the streets; but from Jesus being there!  That is a little taste of Heaven!  OK, I just got way off the subject of verse 10, but I can’t help it sometimes!  Imagine a place of no evil, and no plagues.  While that may seem like a “pipe dream”, the Bible says that is what awaits those who make God their Refuge and Dwelling!

January 17, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment