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There is a Better Way to Repair It…His name is Jesus

John 9:1-7
(1) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
(2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(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. I like this point a lot. Jesus has a job. His job is to help us. When problems arise, Jesus can fix them. Jesus wants to fix them. Jesus has the power to fix them….so why don’t we go to Him more often(preaching at myself here)? My default, human nature is to try to fix it all on my own and try everything first before I go to God. While that sounds good, it is backwards.

When we do not go to Jesus first for help, we are not utilizing all of our strength or resources.

It is like: using a screw driver handle as a hammer or using duct tape to hold a broken piece together or driving on the “donut” instead of using the normal wheel or using the microwave to cook a steak or putting a BMX wheel on a 10 speed mountain bike…I can go on and on. Jesus wants us to come to Him so that He can continue to work in our lives. His fix is to use the hammer instead of the screw driver or to give us a new piece to use instead of duct tape or giving us a brand new tire and rim for our car instead of the “donut” or a new mountain bike wheel instead of a BMX wheel.

What is wrong with the back tire?

The ironic thing about all of that is that He will not force us to come to Himwe must come to Him willingly. I have also learned that longer I hold out and try my solution, the longer it will be until I get the best solution…His solution. Can you relate? I do believe that the hard work ethic that was instilled in me, backfires at times because we need to depend on God first and not ourselves only. Please do not misunderstand….I am 110% for hard work and self-sufficiency. The Bible does say that if a man doesn’t work, he should not eat. I am not promoting a welfare mentality, but rather being more dependent on God for our needs and to fix the problems that rise up in our life.

Will you allow Jesus work in your life? He wants to fix and supply all of your needs. He is waiting on you to come to Him. Go ahead and ask Him now to fix or supply a need in your life…you just might be surprised at what He will do! He really wants to work the works of His Father! ….or you can just have something like this….LOL

Love that door!

May 26, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

Great Memories

I Samuel 3:9-10 (9) Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
(10) And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
(11) And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

What a blessed memory it is for me when I first recognized God’s calling on my life! Here in this passage Samuel, as a little boy, has his first encounter with the Almighty God! Samuel was an apprentice for the high priest, Eli. He was learning all about God, but on this particular night, he had a personal session with God! Have you ever had a personal time with God where you KNEW that He was talking to you? Have you ever had a time when He called your name?

God greatly desires to use us in mighty ways. The reason why most people never hear God calling their name is because they are not listening for Him. In this story, God woke little Samuel up and got his attention. This being his first personal experience with God, Samuel thought Eli was calling him. I think it is a special thing when a young person mistakes God’s voice for someone else’s voice, someone in their life that is extremely important. I take this as a personal challenge, not to have some self-righteous feeling, but to be so close to God that anything that I would say or do would be mistaken for God doing it.

I have been told in the past that a phrase that I said, or an action I did, reminded someone of a person that they knew (maybe you have had a similar experience). I want to be so close to God to the point that God rubs off on me…and that is where I am going with this thought today.

Have you ever been so close to God that He has rubbed off on you? I have walked through the woods or even through open fields where these prickly, little “burrs” stick to my shoes. When I would get home for the day, I would have to be very careful as I pulled those “burrs” out of my shoes. I had that experience because I brought home with me a little bit of the forest that day.

I want to challenge you and to renew a challenge with me today that we would have some of God come home with us. O, I do not want it to be painful, especially like those little “burrs”, but for us to be like Eli when Samuel thought God’s voice sounded like Eli. O for the day when the world we live in and the people we interact with, mistake us for God! Would your actions today be closer to the devil or God? Would your words be closer to the devil or God’s? Would your dealings with others be more closely related to Jesus or the devil? Believe it or not, we do have control over that. Let’s strive today to be more like the Lord Jesus, than like the devil.

May 21, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

A Good Question To Ask

1 Kings 11:1-8
(1)  But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
(2)  Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
(3)  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
(4)  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
(5)  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
(6)  And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
(7)  Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
(8)  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Back in the days of kings, there was a philosophy that was considered very wise by many nations. That philosophy was to join 2 nations together through marriage to ensure peace.  If a king attacked a nation that his child was married to their leader or king, then it would be like the king attacking his child.  No king wanted to hurt their child’s welfare or jeopardize them by battles or war. Sometimes the marriage would happen through the son or daughter of a king; sometimes a king would take on multiple wives himself to ensure peace between 2 countries. That kind of philosophy was regarded very highly because wars are not only expensive, but the high cost of losing many men proved to be too much for some nations as it weakened that country.

When God raised up Saul as king, the high priest Samuel, gave the people a warning from God found in I Samuel: Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
(1 Samuel 12:13-15) The words in blue letters gives the warning from God about what will happen if they turn away from serving and worshiping God.

It is extremely important to God that we do things His way. God wanted the Israelites and every king to serve and worship God the way that God wanted them. When they disobeyed, God sent His judgement upon them. A good question to ask ourselves in our lives is, “Is this how God wants it done?” His instructions that are found in the Bible are always better than my opinion and your opinion. His ways are better than our ways. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Whose ways are you following? Whose thoughts are in your mind? We should do it God’s way….what am I talking about?…everything…even the things that God is putting on your heart right now. What Solomon did not realize was that his wives would turn away his heart from the Lord who gave him his kingdom and wisdom. What a sad way to end his life by serving other gods. Last question, whose way are you following?

May 19, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | 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

Takes One to Know One

1 Kings 15:3
And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.

1 Kings 11:3-9
(3) And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
(4) For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
(5) For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
(6) And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
(7) Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
(8) And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
(9) And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. What goes around comes around. These statements are familiar and they are so true to so many people. I am reminded of the devotional yesterday where Solomon married 300 wives. WOW! 300! If you know much about his father, King David; you know that his father married many women as well. He had many wives, although only eight of them are named. Of the eight, five are mentioned only once. The other three wives figure prominently in the story of King David. According to 2 Samuel 5:13, David married more wives in Jerusalem, but how many is unknown. These facts are not as widely known to us today, but they were very obvious and well known to his children.

And he walked in all the sins of his father

Is there any doubt now why Solomon married so many women? Especially with his dad being highly praised and decorated. So often, we as parents do not think that our sins are that big or that bad, but they really are! While many may not see our faults or sins, our children do! And they probably see them more clearly than we do. Such is the case with King David and King Solomon. David married many women. Without getting stuck in the weeds, that was sin, but David was still able to keep his heart loving the Lord and trusting the Lord. I personally cannot explain it, but the Bible points it out.

And he walked in all the sins of his father

The sins of the father definitely effected his son. And the issue that comes is that while David may have “handled it” (the sin of so many wives), his son Solomon couldn’t. Keep in mind that Solomon was the wisest human, outside of Jesus Christ, that walked this earth.

We as parents need to make sure that we are setting an example where we set the bar up high enough and live by it that we can say, “Do what I say AND what I do,” rather than making the statement, “Do what I say, not what I do.” That statement says 2 things: 1. I am a hypocrite. 2. I am not willing to do right, but you need to. I have never seen that work out correctly.

In closing, let’s make sure that our lives are the type that could be modeled to our children as they grow up. Let us be the example of how to live and overcome the difficult things in this world through Jesus!

What will your children learn from you?

May 14, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

What is Integrity

Psalms 26:1-2
(1) A Psalm of David. Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
(2) Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is looking. Integrity means giving your employer an honest 8 hours work for 8 hours pay. Integrity is attending church(if not quarantined) even if your relatives decide to plan an event on Sunday. It is never separating the life you live from the words you speak.

Someone once said, “Integrity is keeping my committment even when the circumstances surrounding my commitment have changed.” As Christians, our commitment is first to Jesus Chirst. No matter if the circumstances surrounding our lives have changed, we must keep our integrity by staying true to our Lord.

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. Ask yourself these questions, “What does it take to stop me from serving God?” or, “What does it take to make me compromise one of my beliefs?”

If someone tried to ruin your Christian reputation, would you compromise a belief and start talking badly about them? If your parents got a divorce, would you give up on God altogether? If your family quarrels, will you forget God’s omniscience and start blaming Him for giving you a dysfunctional family?

Integrity is mentioned 16 times in the Bible, Five times that integrity is mentioned, it is referring to walking in integrity. Five other times it is mentioned, it refers to the integrity of the heart. We get integrity by maintaining a consistent walk with God from the heart.

Job is one of the best examples of a man with integrity. He allowed God to prove him, and through his integrity, he not only proved his love to God, but he also received 10 times the blessing. Can your life be characterized by integrity?

May 7, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment

Discretion, an Undervalued Quality

Proverbs 5:1-2
(1) My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
(2) That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Operation Fortitude was one of the most important parts of the Allied war effort against Germany during WWII. Despite its importance, almost no one outside of what was called the London Controlling Section even knew of its existence. That’s because the purpose of Operation Fortitude was to deceive the Germans so they would not reinforce their defense at Normandy, which would be the future site of D-Day.

They intentionally leaked false information, planted misleading news stories, fed detailed copies of supposed invasion plans to known German spies, and created elaborate phantom armies to confuse the German military about their true intentions. When the attack was actually launched in June of 1944, they continued their efforts, releasing stories to suggest it was only a diversion with the real invasion to follow later. The success of this secret operation contributed greatly to the victory over Germany.

Discretion is discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution; it is the ability to sort truth from error. It is also defined as the ability to read between the lines. God knows that we are facing a stream of temptation from our enemy, Satan. Satan is the great deceiver. To help protect us, God has given His Word to teach us discretion. By becoming familiar with the truth, we find it easier to recognize and reject error. This is why the acquisition of wisdom is so important-it goes hand in hand with developing discretion. As we grow in grace, we should be strengthening our skill at reading between the lines and avoiding the deception of the enemy. Reading, memorizing, and studying the Bible will equip us all to see through the lies of the enemy.

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | 1 Comment

Don’t Miss This Invite

James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

One of the most lavish weddings the world has ever seen was held in April of 2011. Prince William married Catherine Middleton. Millions of people around the world watched on TV as the future ruler of England was married. In contrast to the great number watching electronically, only about 1,900 people were invited to attend the wedding. The royal wedding invitations alone cost an estimated $32,000. Those who received these invitations were the only ones who were allowed to enter the cathedral and observe the wedding in person.

You may never be selected to receive an invitation to a royal wedding, but the King of kings has offered you and every person an open invitation to all of His children. He invites us to enter the pages of the Bible and find the principles of wisdom that lead to success in every area of life. This invitation is not only for the famous, rich, or well connected. It’s not only for the people we look up to as “super Christians” either. It is for all who are willing to hear the call and respond. It is for us.

It is hard to picture someone being invited to a special event like the royal wedding and not coming to it. Surprisingly, many chose not to attend and listen to the voice of wisdom. We seek wisdom through God’s Word, we are guaranteed to find it…

Proverbs 8:1-4
(1) Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
(2) She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
(3) She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
(4) Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

God has not hidden his Wisdom or restricted access to it. We must seek it and ask for it. No one can truly be wise apart from the knowledge and application of the principles found in the only true source of wisdom…God’s Word.

April 29, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom | Leave a comment