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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Apple of His Eye

Psalms 35:1 A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Psalms 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
Psalms 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

 

Have you ever been attacked?  If you are living and breathing right now, then the probability is very high.  Have you ever felt like you were being attacked?  I feel like I can write about this topic, because I have been the attacked many times!  Although I believe I am not being attacked now, it will only be a matter of time before I feel like I am being attacked or will be attacked.

Don’t attacks seem so vicious and brutal?  They seem to hit us in the most vulnerable and week spot…don’t they?  They usually catch us off guard and we get to mix in embarrassment with our pain…….I HATE being attacked!  A lot of things come to my mind: why? who? what did I do?….all are questions that usually come off of my tongue when this happens.  Let me encourage you and myself and remind us all of what the Psalmist did when he got attacked.

1. He went to God.  Wow, I could spend all day on this.  God does not want us to be attacked, but is ready for us to come to Him when we do get attacked.  Because God gives everyone free-will, He chooses not to control some things, which at times are evil attacks from one person to another.  Don’t blame God for another sinner attacking you, but rather run to Him and let Him deal with it.  He longs to be the One to whom you run to when hurtful and hateful things are done to you.  He wants to be there to catch your tears (Psalms 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?)  God catches all of your tears.  They mean a lot to Him.  They are precious to Him.  If you have children, you understand what I mean by that.  We are God’s children (if we are saved), and the apple of God’s eye (Psalms 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,).  He loves you!  He cares about your broken heart and hurts when you hurt.  Some people do not realize this because they don’t run to God when they hurt.  When they do not run to God in their hurt, they don’t feel His love and realize that He hurts with you.  They are truly depriving themselves of God’s love all because they do not go to God when they get hurt.  What will your first action be when you get hurt?  Will you run to God?  Remember you are the Apple of His Eye!

–To Be Continued Tomorrow

 

 

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

Walking With My Jesus

Continued from yesterday…

Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Walking is (I have been told) some of the best exercise that we can do.  I am not a fitness expert so I have to trust the experts when they say that walking is good for you and me.  I actually enjoy walking, as long as I am with my family.  I like to walk with them and talk to them.  Usually me and my wife walk while the girls ride their bikes.  Another reason why I like walking is that I get to multi-task.  I like multi-tasking!  In fact, I really dislike it when I can’t.  I like the ability and the thought of getting multiple things done at the same time!  Sometimes this can hurt me because I try to do too much and drop the ball on all the things that I try to accomplish.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

When I walk with God, many things happen:

1. I walk with someone who has never sinned.

2. I walk with someone who loves me.  This brings comfort to me.  Jesus loves me, why?  Because He does.  I don’t need a reason why He loves me, I am just glad that He eternally loves me no matter what I do.  He wants us to know that we can always come back to Him no matter how bad it gets for us.

3. I exercise with the Lord.  One thing that I have learned is that a muscle needs to be exercised to remain strong.  Muscles will lose mass if they are not exercised.  Spiritually, I need to exercise also.  I need to exercise my faith muscle in God.  When I exercise, I may get a little tired now, but it will build up my endurance so that my faith won’t waiver in the Lord.

4. I walk.  I do not run, jog, or sprint; I walk.  God wants us to walk in newness of life.  Walking is a pace that, while it may be slow, it progresses at a sustainable rate.  So many people can “jump out” to an early lead, but fizzle after a while because they do something that is not sustainable.  I also notice that my walking “cadence” is different than others cadence.  I walk a lot faster than my wife and children.  I should not try to use my cadence or speed of walking to judge others by.  Their “walk with God” is uniquely for them and not me.  I need to remember that if it seems like someone is not progressing like I think they should.  Their walk with God is literally with God and not me; I’ll let God be the judge of how they will walk.

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Exercise For You

Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Walking is (I have been told) some of the best exercise that we can do.  I am not a fitness expert so I have to trust the experts when they say that walking is good for you and me.  I actually enjoy walking, as long as I am with my family.  I like to walk with them and talk to them.  Usually me and my wife walk while the girls ride their bikes.  Another reason why I like walking is that I get to multi-task.  I like multi-tasking!  In fact, I really dislike it when I can’t.  I like the ability and the thought of getting multiple things done at the same time!  Sometimes this can hurt me because I try to do too much and drop the ball on all the things that I try to accomplish.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

When I walk with God, many things happen:

1. I walk with someone who has never sinned.  This brings conviction to me.  Even though Jesus loves me, He is righteous and pure and that convicts me.  I cannot be full of pride when I walk next to someone whose righteousness reveals my dirty and sinful state.

to be continued tomorrow….

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are!

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans  6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans  6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

We just had Easter Sunday and God blessed it so much!  7 people were saved and 1 got assurance of salvation, and 1 rededicated his life to God!  We also had an Easter play that was simply amazing!  A lot of hard work went into it, but it was Amazing because of God!  While I think about Easter, I am reminded that Jesus was crucified and gave up the Ghost.  He was buried and rose again the third day!  This got me thinking about God’s Grace.

Grace is getting something good that we do not deserve! These verses are some of my favorite!

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have God’s Grace, Hallelujah !!!!  I need it!  I also need His mercy!  As I was continuing on in the scripture reading, I went to the next chapter and God reminds us why we have Grace…it is not to wallow in sin!

We have Grace to help us live the Christian life and it helps us come back to God when we mess up!  I know that I may have sounded like I contradicted myself, but understand this; we as sinners are going to sin, no matter how hard we try not to sin.  Those who use Grace to justify their sin, are twisting a righteous gift from God to justify their desire and justification of sinning (iniquity).  God gives  grace to help us retain a relationship with Him.  When we fully understand Grace, we get confidence to know that no matter what we do, what we say, God will forgive us and will accept us back to Him!  This should give us boldness in the Christian life to press on the upward way.  When we get God’s Grace, we are getting an assurance from God that He loves us no matter how bad we mess up! He loves us not because of what we can offer Him, but rather because He is a loving God.  He doesn’t need anything that we have, He chooses to love us regardless of what we can offer Him.

I don’t know about you, but that thought alone gives me the confidence to live the Christian life!  Think about this, God wants you to have 100% total security in the Eternity of your relationship with Him.  When we realize that God’s love will not diminish but rather grow stronger, we should be more zealous and more courageous for Him!  Are you away from the Lord?  If so, He has just enough Grace for you to come back to Him!  Take a moment and do that, come back to God!  He misses You!

 

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Flash in the Pan or Slow Burn

1Ti 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
1Ti 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

I love a good start!  Whatever I am  doing at any particular moment, I love to start very well!  I think most people would love to get out to an early lead as they start something.  In fact, a lot of people gauge others and the success of what is happening by how they start.  I personally think that there are those who put too much in how they start as a gauge to how they will end.

I believe God wants a good start for us as well, but I believe He is more interested in how we end rather than how we start.  Have you ever heard of beginners luck?  I would rather have “ender’s luck”.  I know “ender’s” is not a legitimate word, but you get the point.  Many of us have gotten out to a bad start, and sometimes have a hard time turning the momentum into something that is positive.  I have met many people who have had a bad start to their marriage, job, ministry, family, child-rearing, sporting event, etc, but have finished strong and eventually end very well!  God loves to help us end well.  There is hope to the discouraged one who desires to finish well regardless of how they start!  The verses above tell us that we need to take heed to ourselves and our doctrine and continue in them.

It is so easy to start good and end bad.  Have you ever heard of the phrase “flash in the pan”?  That means we start off with a bang and fizzle out shortly thereafter.  I do not want to be this.  I want to be more like a slow burn that might start slowly,but ends with a roaring fire.  What would you be likened to?  A flash in the pan or a slow burn?  Are you finishing what you started?  Finishing what you started is very important!  Will you have the determination to finish what you have started?  The choice is yours to make, a flash in the pan or a slow burn.

April 6, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are You Doing?

1Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
1Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
1Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

I like to ask questions!  Questions can be very thought provoking; especially in a culture that lives for entertainment.  We need questions in our life.  Questions cause us to think, often times they should provoke us to think “out of the box”.  When we get entertainment or amusement, we most likely “mentally” step away from reality to enjoy a diversion from everyday life.

 While I can and do enjoy a hobby or two, I realize that life is not for entertainment and amusement.  Amusement has its place in our life, but it should be a secondary part of our life.  When we allow amusement to run our lives, we then start to live in a false state of living.  I like a little distraction every now and again, but even I feel the flesh wanting more of fun.  When I feel this way I need to take a sobering look at where I am heading.  I am starting to get off the subject a little so I will get to the point.

What are you living for?  How are you living for it?  Are you really living to the best of your ability or are you living to the best of your comfort zone?  Most people fool themselves into thinking that their life is as good as it gets (as long as they stay in their comfort zone).  God, who loves us, sees what we really need.  He sees if we are really living for amusement or if we are really “Living for Him”.  The real test in our lives is “Are we really living for Jesus?”  Are we?  Ask yourself this question, “what have I done in the last week to further God’s kingdom.”  What have you done that betters God’s work?  Are you living for Jesus?  If so, what are you doing?

April 5, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Ain’t No Hater, He A Lover

Psalms 34:1 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psalms 34:16  The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Psalms 34:17  The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 34:18  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

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

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

Have you ever had anyone hate 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.

April 4, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment