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He Is Not The Great I Was

Exodus 3:12-14

12.  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13.  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?                                                                                                               14.  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

One of the most important things that God does for us is to assure us that He won’t ever leave us or let us down.  Whether or not realize it, we need His assurances.  Here in Exodus, God is instructing Moses to give this command to the children of Israel as they are in bondage to the Egyptians.  God is about to drastically change their life forever!  God (in this passage) is starting the process by which they will be no longer enslaved and live not just as free men and women, but rather live victoriously!   Did you know that God wants you to live victoriously?  He wants you to be conquerors through Him!  But don’t forget, in order for you to have victory:

1. You must have an enemy.  Yes, that’s right; you must have someone to defeat if you are going to be Victorious!  Without an enemy, you cannot have Victory!

2. You must be on the winning side.  What ?!  How can you be on the winning side before you start the battle?  That answer is easy!  Jesus is the answer!  If you are on His side, you WILL have victory!  WAY TOO MANY christians have it the wrong way.  They are trying to coerce Jesus to give them the victory.  They are trying to bribe God to bless them.  They want God to move to them rather than them move to where God is.  This is why so many people never see victory.  God will not be “strong-armed” over to anyone’s side!  If we want victory, we must move to Him rather than Him move to where we are!

So let me ask you one more question, Do you have Victory?  Remember, He is not the I was, He IS the I AM.  That means He is now.

to be continued…

 

 

 

 

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July 18, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

 

 

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

They Said WHAT??

(Psalms 109:1) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 

(Psalms 109:2) For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

Who else will jump up with me and say AMEN on this one?  If you have been alive more the 35 seconds I am sure the above Psalms has a ringing tone of familiarity to you.   We see in verse 2 that someone is using words to harm someone else.   Not to get all dug in on Friday night about who, what, when, and where.  Lets just say you opened your bible today and ran over these two verses.  Ok.. it happen to me so I am sharing some of  the conviction here :-)..   Now I am sure you already have the names of the people doing it.  Now lets really talk about something interest.  Let just start a whole new paragraph to do it.

WHO have you done it to?  Whom in your life right now may be praying for “Hold not thy peace” to God about YOU.  I know. It is pretty twisted, but just saying.  The mouth is the most effective weapon of war in our homes, work places, and yes even churches.  I am sure most of you are glad you read the Bible differently then I do.  Good news is.  We.. Yes we, can all change.  How to we do it?  Lets look at this last verse.

(Psalms 109:4) For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

Guess that about solves it all.  What happens most of the time.  To combat the talk.  We join them.  Lets today join a different team and “give myself unto prayer” over all these issues.

Have a wonderful weekend folks.  See you Sunday 🙂

Bro. Ray

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

The Change!

Ephesians 3:20- Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Have you ever ask for something to change in your life?  I am sure  most of us have.  Now when we have the faith to believe and we receive the abundance that we asked for creates change in our life.  Most of the time some of the changes (aka BLESSINGS) if we are not careful may be received incorrectly.   Let me give you some examples.  NO LAUGHING AT ME… 🙂

We pray for our children to grow.    –  –   Then we have to sit in the DMV with them to get a learners permit (yes I lived through at least one heart attack this afternoon).

We pray for our relationships with others to grow.   –  –   Then we get to sit through some of the most heart breaking events over or with them.

We pray for our faith to increase.  – – Then we get put right smack in the middle of a place only God can help us.

So, where is all this going.  We need to remind ourselves that sometimes the changes we ask for may need to take us back a few steps to get a really good answered prayer.  I know that the above verse doesn’t mention much about change, but lets not forget that for things to become abundant the change must be walk in.

 

Bro. Ray.

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

Did That Just Happen?

To keep everything on pace with today I decided to just wait to the last minute to complete this devotional today(better said tonight).   Seems like all of us at Grace have been in that position today.  I truly believe that the Lord doesn’t make ANY mistakes with any of these things.  Lets just look at a few things we as a church had to handle just today.

1. Pastor is bad sick!

2. Brother CW had surgery yesterday!

3. THEN without delay life ran head on into everyone of us just as normal.

I know today was very busy day.  About the time I got all the things that jumped in my way completed today.  I remember my promise to my brother.  WRITE a devotional.  Well.  Thinking tonight the devotional was meant to be a BIG round of applause to all of you.  I had a Navy buddy who is a youth director for his church up north visiting with me tonight.  He was amazed at how the members of our church stepped up and took charge of the church.  It is our church and boy did we act like it tonight.   What a wonderful night to have a good friend sitting on a pew next to me and see the unscripted love our church has for the Lord.  PEOPLE… we got it right to night.  Pray for our leadership to get back in the game as fast as they can.  But no matter what I know Grace Baptist Church will preach, teach, and spread the gospel under ANY circumstances.  Thank you Lord for all the riches you provided tonight.

Philippians 4:19    But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Bro. Ray 🙂

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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

The Finger Pointer!!

Romans 2:1   Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

We all have done it.  We will most likely do it today.  We all know someone in our lives that could make a living off judgement if it carried a paycheck.  Why is it so easy to judge?   Better yet…. Why is it so easy to do? Why are we so good at it?

I should say we think we are good at it.  We are really only good at hurting people’s feelings and getting right out of the way of God’s will in this part of our lives.  It  is true that some of our walk with Christ may just have something to do with people you don’t agree with or even worse…  DON’T LIKE.

As the scripture above states, this isn’t something we should over look.  I really believe this is the fall of most of our brothers and sisters.  The judgement of our self, first.  Then of others.  Then we get really crazy with it and began to be a sideline judge of what God may think of us or others.  We began to play who is more religious games.  Before we know it we are not even reading our bible to get closer to God.  We are just running around with it in our hand and forget who is really in charge of this life we are living.

Where is the answer you ask?  I believe it comes right down to where your heart is.  If your heart is still being controlled by you.  Then it will be impossible to not fall into the inexcusable.  If we just take a few seconds when judgement looms and think of what we are doing.  Give God the situation and work hard to find a way to be DIFFERENT in the situation.  Most of the time the actions you are about to judge in others are just a defense they have built.  They built it to defend themselves from judgement.  It is a never ending loop if someone doesn’t put a stop to it.  Be that person today please.  Retire from Finger Pointers of America and join a  movement that has eternal benefits.  Love on someone you would have judge today.  Start with YOU!!

-ERN

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year.  May you receive God’s blessings this upcoming year with great joy.

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be The Horse

Luke 4:2   Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered.

How long have you been tempted lately?

We get so overwhelmed by our current life issues it hinders our walk with Christ.  We get tunnel vision and sometimes may forget the bigger picture.  40 day is a very long time to suffer through something.  For most of us four minutes is a long time to suffer through anything.  Jesus after being tempted by the best of tempters and not eating along with that just waited in faith for his father to help him.  He stepped back in all them small moments and noticed the bigger picture.  Of course, he was God in a human body but I am sure it was still mentally challenging.

I would like to challenge everyone this morning to take another look at what is going on in your life today. No matter how it seems right now IT IS TEMPORARY.  That is one promise this guy can make.  EVERYTHING here on earth is temporary.  Now, here is when it gets interesting.  You are not a prisoner to situations of your life.  You are an active and willing ACTOR in it.  That’s RIGHT.  You can choose to be or do anything you have enough FAITH to do.  If you have faith in God to see you through.  I really mean some active faith.   You will handle your “40 day temptation” with much faster results by being the horse.  Lets stop acting like the blade stuck in the ground.

Lets make a promise to each other today.  No longer will I be the tool of the harvest.  I will be the harvest itself with Christ’s guidance.

-ERN

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Trespassing!

Good Morning,

It was wonderful seeing you all this Sunday.  Look forward to seeing you at our mid week services.

Brother Ray Newmans

NO TRESPASSING

Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Last week I had a very interesting time with my work.  I was blessed by being awarded a large Section 8 housing complex to re-roof.  With this working blessing I am never short of people to share the GOOD NEWS with at these locations.  Very poor and defeated people who by all means need the love the Lord has plenty of.  Amazing as it may seem my devotional today has nothing to do with them 100 or so people living in that housing complex.  It has to do with the couple just behind this complex.  I will be as brief as I can be,  I know your time is limited.  Please let me paint the picture for you.

Old man in his 80s at least.  Hard looking man.  Just not the one you would pull up a chair with.  Life had been hard on him from what I could see.  His skin was sun beaten and cracked.  His laser like blue eyes shined through his leather colored face.  He has some health issues, but was doing well for the years he had been allowed to walk around on this earth.  I thought of how many presidents, how many fads, and how many hard times this guy had lived past.  Then…  watching him walk in his back door.  I wondered how many books he could write about the wonderful things he had experience in his life.  He had a modest house.  He wife was always in the kitchen window.  I seen him smile once.  Of course not at me.  It was when he walk out of the house to get in his chair on the back porch.  You could tell he loved her more at them moments then ever.

His home was older then the Section 8 complex.  So, that means he was there first and stayed even after his property value took a big hit from it.  He didn’t build a huge fence.  He didn’t have 7 blood hunger attack dog waiting for someone to walk his way.  All he had was a little sign stuck in the ground stating “NO TRESPASSING”.  Sometimes the wind would carry the paper off our shingle bundles into his yard.  I would stop at the sign.  Look at him.  He would tip his hat.  I would run over get the trash out of his yard and hurry back to the “my side” of the trespassing sign.  My crew all followed the same rules.  NO ONE went into his yard unless he was on his porch and gave us the go ahead.  Needless to say he spent a lot of time on his porch Monday giving us permission to enter and then making sure we exited his unguarded grounds.

The next day we moved on to a different building and his yard was not in danger of trash any longer.  I still noticed him on that porch about the same time every day.  Then I was snapped back into your building something mode and just got busy with all my daily worries of roofing.

That same evening two men broke into that OLD MAN’s home looking for pain pills.  They found what they broke in looking for… 7 pain pills.  The cost!  They beat that old man so bad he died the Friday morning.  His wife placed in the hospital with a life no one wants to live.  A life of loss.  I didn’t even know his name.  I let the NO TRESPASSING sign hold me back.  Evil used it for a target.  I didn’t “GO” because I thought I had plenty of time. I would catch him in the yard and get him talking.  That day will never happen!

All our days are numbered.  I promise you this right now… If I could have that Monday of last week back.  I would know his name.  I would have heard them stories.  I would have ask that very important question.  If you died today, would you go to HEAVEN?

October 24, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forgiveness and Trust

Today’s Devotional is given to us by Russell Watkins!  I hope this blesses your heart as much as it has blessed mine!

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

These two verses have really convicted me when I have the desire to hold onto a grudge. It is amazing how we let the actions of others control our thoughts to the point that our unwillingness to forgive becomes sin in our life. I usually handle trespasses against me personally pretty good (with a few exceptions), but I really struggle when someone does something against my family. The Christian in me is usually suppressed by the flesh in me and I let my mind begin to devise a plan against the trespasser  (cutting tires, simple battery, etc.) (just kidding…kinda). One thing that really helped me recently with a struggle to forgive is realizing that I don’t have a choice in the matter. Forgiveness is not an option, it is a commandment and my pride and hurt (and the two usually go hand in hand) is not worth sacrificing my relationship with God. And the fact is, although I do not loose my salvation through sin, I do loose my fellowship with God. The Lord showed me a few things when discussing this matter with a friend, so here it is:

–          Forgiveness and trust are two different things

–          Forgiveness is about me… trust is about them

–          Forgiveness needs to happen immediately; trust happens in the future,       and may never happen

–          Forgiveness is required of me, trust is earned by them.

I am humbled by the fact that although I continue to sin against God, He is faithful and just to forgive me every time. And because I get to freely experience God’s forgiveness, I should be quick to forgive others. I know everyone has different situations to deal with and chances are, you may be dealing with something so terrible that know one could imagine the pain that you are feeling. I may not ever know what has hurt you, and if I do, I may never understand the measure of your hurt, but I know the One who can get you through it. Cry out to Jesus… He will meet you wherever you are.

October Bible Reading Schedule

18. Ezra 5-8:20

I Corinth. 3:5-4:21

Psalms 29-30:12

Prov. 20:26-30

19. Ezra 8:21-10:44

I Corinth. 5-6:20

Psalms 31:1-18

Prov. 21:1-3

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

22. Nehemiah 9:22-12:26

I Corinth. 9:19-11:2

Psalms 34:1-22

Prov. 21:13-16

23. Nehemiah 12:27-Esther 3:15

I Corinth. 11:3-34

Psalms 35:1-28

Prov. 21:17-20

24. Esther 4-10:3

II Corinth. 12-13:13

Psalms 36-37:11

Prov. 21:21-24

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment