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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Come to the Light

John 9:3-7
(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6) When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
(7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him. 

2. The man’s healing was used to glorify God and to show that only Jesus has the Power to heal.

3. Jesus must work the works of His Father. Jesus has a job. His job is to help us.

4. He is the light of the world to lighten every one of us to the knowledge that He is the Son of God and God. We see in verse 6 that Jesus shows that He is the Son of God by doing only what God can do…healing the blind man. This man was blind from his birth. That means this man has never seen anything…ever. Think about it, never seeing a thing to seeing everything! That is what only God can do!

This was necessary for all of humanity to be able to tell the difference between Jesus Christ and others who claimed to be Christ, but were sinful men. Jesus’ work was 2 fold; to heal us and to help us recognize that He is the Son of God! How else would we be able to figure it out, other than by God doing the impossible? Guess what? He still does that today!

Jesus is still in the miracle working business of healing His people. Do you know that He still wants to prove Himself to you? Those of us who already trust and believe in Him still enjoy what He does on a regular basis for us, but if you are trying to decide or figure out who is the real God, then Jesus will prove Himself to you! All you need to do is seek Him and He will be found. Check out this verse: Acts 17:27
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

There are over 27 verses that tell us specifically to “seek the Lord.” They are incredible! Here are just 2 more of the verses:

Deuteronomy 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
1 Chronicles 16:10  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

Will you seek the Lord? He is waiting for you!

May 27, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

It Is Through Patience

Luke 21:16-19
(16) And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
(17) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
(18) But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
(19) In your patience possess ye your souls.

In this passage of Scripture is instruction that Jesus is giving to His disciples. He fore-warns them of persecution that will come. Their persecution will come because of being a witness for Christ…telling others about how to get to Heaven. Isn’t it odd how horrible things will come from doing right? That is the way of following Christ. He is not offering you or me a life of ease and leisure, but rather He is offering us a life of great satisfaction and fulfillment. The road that is easiest to navigate is one that we all desire, but that road usually leads to destruction. Nothing good ever comes easy.

So often we as Americans will let the philosophy of success-ism influence how we think about and look at God. God’s view of things and our views often will conflict, but know that His will is the best! The Bible says in I Peter, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:12-14)

It may sound morbid, but the suffering that comes from serving God will be blessed by God in immense ways. God will always make it worth your while when you suffer for His sake! It may be down here, or better yet, it may be once you get to Heaven. If it will be in Heaven, know that the blessings you will receive will be eternal and not fade away like it would down here.

Verse 19 is also good advice for us as we live this life. Patience is not something that we like or enjoy doing, but it will help us keep our life. Has someone ever tried to “get your goat”? I think this verse helps us understand it a little more, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. ” (Proverbs 16:32). It will take some patient enduring, but God will not only take care of you, but He will also reward you greatly for it when it is over. I am not for sure who this is for, but I feel led of the Lord to share this here today. God Bless You!

May 20, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Proverbs 14:11-12
(11)  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
(12)  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

For skiing enthusiasts there are few places that top the rugged Cascade Mountains in Washington state. For “extreme skiers” who look for the most remote and steep locations, one of the best places to ski is the Stevens Pass on Cowboy Mountain. Just outside that ski park is a place known as Tunnel Creek. Though it is not maintained by the ski resort, it is known for deep snow that is perfect for skiing-and avalanches.

In February of 2012 more than a dozen world class skiers gathered for and excursion down Tunnel Creek. The trip ended in disaster as nearly 3 feet of newly fallen snow combined with temperature changes created a deadly avalanche. Three of the skiers-professionals who had spent much of their lives on the slopes-perished in the massive snow slide. The wife of one of the victims asked him that morning if the excursion was safe. She later said, “He looked me right in the eye and said: ‘Of course, I wouldn’t be going if it weren’t.” They thought that what they were doing was safe, but they were tragically and fatally wrong.

Human wisdom and understanding is fallible. Studies have shown that people routinely underestimate dangers and overestimate their abilities to cope them them. Thisis true in all aspects of life, but it is especially true in the spiritual realm. The prophet Jeremiah put it this way: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”  (Jeremiah 10:23) God has given us a perfect and inerrant guide-His Word. Rather than relying on how things look and feel to us, we should truest and follow His precepts.

May 18, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

Hidden Treasure

Proverbs 2:1-5
(1) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
(2) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
(3) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
(4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
(5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

For more than thirty years, archaeologist Howard Carter searched the deserts of Egypt for something that most people thought didn’t exist—the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Most experts believed that everything in the Valley of the Kings had already been discovered, but Carter continued his search. After 5 more years without result, Carter’s sponsor, Lord Carnarvon of England, indicated that he would stop funding the search.

In November of 1922, during his final season of work, Carter uncovered a hidden staircase near the tomb of Ramses VI.

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He sent a cable to England which said, “At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley; a magnificent tomb with seals intact.” Carter had indeed located the tomb of King Tut, one of the greatest archaeological treasures ever discovered. After months of careful work, the golden treasures of the tomb were cataloged, and the first intact royal mummy ever found was removed from the place where it had rested for more than three thousand years.

Carter’s search was driven by his firm belief that there was treasure to be found, even though he could not be certain that he was correct. We have an even better and more profitable opportunity—a treasure hunt with guaranteed success. If we seek the wisdom of God, the reward is ours! Notice the certainty of the promise—if we receive God’s Word, If we cry out for it and seek it as treasure hunters do for precious metals, we will surely find what we seek.

What are you seeking? Are you seeking anything?

April 30, 2020 Posted by | Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

Blow Up the Trumpet?

Psalms 81:1-8
(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph. Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
(2) Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
(3) Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
(4) For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
(5) This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.
(6) I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
(7) Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
(8) Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;

Blow up the trumpet? What does that mean? If you look at the context of these verses, you will see in verse 1 that we need to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. One way is to sing, but another way is to play an instrument. Some of you that read this may have a talent on a musical instrument and let me encourage you to use that talent for the Lord during this time.

I can play the radio, that is about it….LOL! For those of you who can play an instrument, let me encourage you to do what verse 2 says, “Take a psalm”. In other words, take a hymn book or song book (with permission) and play a song on that instrument. It might surprise you how much of a blessing it can be to you. You can also be a blessing to those who live in the same house with you as they hear you play a song that reminds everyone about God’s victory and protection.

I remember in Italy, there were some people who would go outside on their balcony and sing and play for others to hear. That distracted others from the fear and panic that was going on and it soothed their hearts. I am reminded about how shepherd boy David played the harp for King Saul and the music helped sooth him and it brought in a great spirit as well.

1 Samuel 16:23
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Filling your mind with good music and replacing the fear and panic in our minds is a great things to do. For those of you like me (can’t play an instrument) listen to good instrumental hymns that will uplift your spirit. I make this a regular practice and it greatly helps. Have you ever wondered why music is so important in our church services? This is one of the main reasons why, good music can greatly help your spirit get in the right frame of mind to think about God and worship Him. Music can help us in so many ways. Here is a link to the type of music that I like to listen to when I need some uplifting…

April 21, 2020 Posted by | Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

Don’t Blame Me for That!

Psalms 43:2-5
(2) For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
(3) O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
(4) Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
(5) Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

2 Timothy 1:7
(7) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Satan is a master at hurting us and making it look like it is someone else’s fault. He works his best to blame God for the bad in our world. If for some reason a Christian gets blamed instead of God, then that is OK too.

I have found through out my life that I have harbored fear inside me as well. Doing this will cause us to get our focus off of God, which will cause us not to live by faith; but rather fear. Living by fear is what will cause you to react in the wrong way and often will cause you to do the wrong thing.

I have also realized from the above verses, that when fears are in my life, it is not God’s fault. His intention is for us to have Victory through His power, His love , and His sound mind. The reason that we do not get the victory is when we live by fear instead of allowing God’s power, love, and sound mind direct us.

It is not God’s fault if you are fearful….IT IS YOUR FAULT!!! I am sorry if that seems harsh, but it is reality. No one will make you fear…only you can do that. God wants to help you overcome fear and He will help you overcome it if you allow Him.

What will you do the next time you catch yourself fearing? Will you give it over to God and allow Him to direct you through to victory or will you fear? God wants you to have Victory, but He will not force it on you. You must take His “tools” found in His Word and use them to help you overcome fear and live by faith into victory.

Remember, it is easy to blame someone else, it is hard to swallow the hard truth. The choice is yours to make.

April 9, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

Preserve My Life, Dear Lord, From Fear!

Psalms 64:1-10
(1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
(2) Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
(3) Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
(4) That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
(5) They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
(6) They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
(7) But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
(8) So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
(9) And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
(10) The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Here in this Psalm, the wicked might seem like they are about to get a win.  I am reminded of a little quip, “looks can be deceiving”.  This is in reference to the wicked who like to boast…Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  Their pride gets the best of them and they allow themselves to be convinced that their way, their plan, their devices are better, stronger, and more powerful than God.

In verse 2, they are conspiring in secret counsel; there is insurrection.
In verse 3, they sharpen their tongues like a sword; they are bending their bows to shoot bitter words.
In verse 4, they will shoot in secret at the perfect; they shoot without any fear of repercussion.
In verse 5, they encourage themselves in evil; they lay snares and think that no one will see them.
In verse 6, they search out reasons and the justification to do the evil.
…….BUT……In verse 7, GOD is about to take care of their wicked, evil ways!
In verse 7, God will shoot at them with 1 arrow. In verse 2, they have several, but God only needs 1 to defeat them!  God’s 1 arrow will wound them…which means they will not be able to recover from it.
In verse 8, They will self-destruct because of God’s wound.  Their words will hurt themselves.
In verse 9, All men will see what God’s 1 arrow did to the enemy and be fearful of God.  They will declare the work of God!  His doing has wise consideration from all people.
In verse 10, Well…the verse speaks for itself….Rejoice! God’s protection is always on time!
Be encouraged dear friend, When man is out of control…God is always in control!

March 24, 2020 Posted by | Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments