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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Their is No Faithfulness in Their Mouth.

Psa 5:8  Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psa 5:9  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

The Psalmist is begging God in these two verses to lead him in righteousness.  These two verses are one complete thought, they need each other to expound what is happening with the writer.  The enemies are hindering his walk in several ways.  They are confusing him by making his “way” not look straight.  This is one of their most used tactics to hindering you and me in doing God’s will.  They want you to be confused as to which direction you should take.  They like to cause confusion in God’s will for your life.  They want you to think that you cannot attain God’s purpose for your life.  They know that God can do mighty things through you and they believe it more than you do; that is why they try to stop you before you start.  Let me encourage you to continue on the Lord’s will even if it looks crooked to you as it did to the Psalmist in verse 8.  The Lord’s will is not crooked, but straight!
The next verse shows another tactic that they use.  They try to convince you that they have your best interests in mind for you…that only they understand you and only they know what is best for you.  Keep in mind what the Psalmist says in verse 8, there is not faithfulness in their mouth, and their inward part is very wickedness.  Their throat is an open grave.  With their mouth, they convince you to give up and die.  Remember…there is not faithfulness in their mouth.  Repeat these words to yourself when that temptation comes, when that discouragement comes from them, and when they try to stop you before you start…their is no faithfulness in their mouth.
Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Don’t believe them over God!  What God starts, He will finish!

October 12, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What are you looking at?

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.

Psa 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. I think the last part of verse 3 is interesting, notice the words “and will look up”.

Why is it important for the Psalmist to look up? Is it really that important to look up while I pray? While these questions go through my mind, these next few thoughts come to me: Looking up when I pray, signifies where I place my faith for my prayers to be answered. I believe where I put my faith is a choice. It is something that I decide to do. Can anyone really explain how God exists? Where He came from? Who gave Him His power? No one person can logically explain it, other than making statements that we accept from the Bible…by faith. Faith is a decision on WHO I WILL BELIEVE. Everyone is given a measure of faith from God.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

When we look up to Heaven, we signify who are faith is in. I do not believe that we need to look up to Heaven, but rather I am just emphasizing that we choose where we put our faith. What is my point? Where we look to first for our answers, is really where we put our faith. Where do you look? Do you look to a family member, job, bank account, government, a senior saint, etc. ? God wants you to look to HIM.

Notice also that the next verse tells that God does not take pleasure in wickedness or evil. The first word in verse 4 starts out with a Preposition. This indicates a continuation of thought. Wickedness and evil work opposite of faith. When someone participates in either one, it hinders their faith in God. The last thing that I need is for my faultering faith (I feel sometimes) to be hindered. Have you ever felt that your faith faulters? If not, you must be perfect. When a christian wants to increase their faith, they will stay away from wickedness and evil.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today: Who you cry to first in a need is whom you trust the most. Where will you look to when a need arises? Will you stay away from faith hinderers?

October 7, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Silence is Golden

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 wrote yesterday about us coming to God and crying to Him for His help and begging for His intercession into our lives.  I want to point out the objects of David’s actions.  Have you ever been to the place where you were wanting to do something, but you just did not know what to do?  Have you come to God in times past and did not know what to say or what to ask for or what to do?  Some people go to God and perform the wrong action.  That last thing we as christians want to do is to provoke the King of Kings and Lord of Lords into a negative action.  King David is showing us what he did to get God’s attention.  Yes, David did action, but look at what type of action he did:

1. Give ear to my “words”.  David used words.  As a parent, I often encourage my girls to use words in describing their feelings.  In doing that, my girls sometimes do not have the right words and when I understand what they are feeling, I then help them with the right words.  It seems silly for me to point this out to you, but please understand that people use many other actions to “vent or express” their emotion.  They often use violence, force, cruelty, jealousy, hatred, etc.  God wants us to go to Him and use words.  Using words to God as our “outlet of negative emotions” shows restraint, control, and spiritual maturity.
2. Consider my “meditation”.  Meditation is often a subject that is overlooked and under-appreciated.  To meditate is to slow down my emotion and think.  A person that meditates usually does not make hasty decisions.  Remember, slow decisions lead to better decisions.  My marriage, friendships, and ministry have greatly been helped by this one concept that I had to learn the hard way.  Silence is often misunderstood, but never misquoted.  I have had to remind myself of these words MANY times.  I BELIEVE A LOT OF OUR RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED BY IMPLEMENTING THIS CONCEPT INTO OUR DAILY LIVING PATTERNS.  Many good people have horrible relationships with those around them because they fail to stop and meditate before they act.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Meditate on your words and actions before you do them.  They just might save you a lot of grief.  Remember, you are probably leading someone by your actions…what are they seeing?

October 5, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Give, Consider, Hearken

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 Godby 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.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Run to God today.  Pursue God’s heart today.  Cry out to Him.  His love for us causes Him to hear us when we cry.

October 4, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Still Miserable

Pro 3:7 
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
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. 

The following are spiritual things that are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us when we are sick and sin-sick:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point.
2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  
3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.   
4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor. 
5. I had to be totally honest with the doctor about what was going on in my life. 
6. After I told him everything, I had to shut my mouth and listen to him.  
7.   The doctor did not force me to listen to him and take his treatment, I willingly went to him.  
8. He told me to avoid certain things and certain places that will make my condition “flare-up”.  
 9. The doctor did not heal me immediately, but instead gave me some medicine that will help me long term.  I really wanted something that would help me immediately, but the doctor knew that long lasting help comes slowly.  My body could not handle something that brings about immediate help, because those medicines are often very harsh and are really a “gamble”.  God sometimes will put us in a process that is slow.  Do not fight it.  He knows what your body can handle.  Most of the times, the best medicine will be slow, but it builds lasting strength and resistance.

10.  I have to go back to the doctor again this week for more testing and help.  Once the doctor helps me narrow down what I need, he can begin the slow process of changing what has been historically wrong with me…that continues to cause me to suffer with the same problem.  Our historical problems cause us to need many appointments with the Physician.  The more I go to the Great Physician, the more He can help me change my problematic history.
11. He will give me medicine on a consistent basis that will heal me and build up resistance in my body that will help long term. The Great Physician has given us daily medicine that will help us heal and help us long term.  This medicine may seem like it does not help or is not needed; but if we are given medicine from the doctor, we should take it.  He knows what will happen if do not take it, that is why he prescribes it to us.

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

Miserable-continued

 

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
 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. 

The following are spiritual things that are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us when we are sick and sin-sick:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point.
2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  
3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.   
4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor. 

5. I had to be totally honest with the doctor about what was going on in my life.  Even though he could probably tell what my problem was; he could not properly help me until I was honest with him and told him everything.  The real Doctor is Jesus, and He does know what your problem is; but He cannot help you until you are 100% honest with Him.  Guess what?  He already knows, so just tell Him and you can start the process of healing.

6. After I told him everything, I had to shut my mouth and listen to him.  Sometimes we are so wrapped up in telling what we think we need that we do not give God the opportunity to tell us what the real solution is.  I cannot be mad at God for not helping me if I am more concerned with my solution than His solution for me.  Remember, if I am in the situation that needs help, then my solution must have been the wrong one.
7.   The doctor did not force me to listen to him and take his treatment, I willingly went to him.  God will not force himself on you, you must go and submit yourself to Him.  God did not force you to get saved, you had to accept that gift willingly.  His medicine is the same way…by a willing acceptance of His medicine.
8. He told me to avoid certain things and certain places that will make my condition “flare-up”.  The doctor told me to avoid the fields and woods where the allergens are in bloom and abound.  There are people, places, things, and ideas that we as christians need to avoid; or we will fall back into the same thing that made us sick.  Certain places, things, shows, music, people, and ideas that caused our problem should be avoided like the plague

September 29, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Miserable

 
Pro 3:7 
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
 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. 

  Have you ever been tired of being sick?  That is where I am right now.  For some reason, the local allergies are really causing me grief.  I will spare you my little pity party by not sharing any details, but I will say that I feel worthless right now.  As I think about the process that I have been in to get me to where I currently am, many spiritual things are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point. Being “sin-sick” is often the same way.  I have been battling the allergies for about 2 weeks now.

2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  That medicine helped at first because it took care of the symptoms instead of the root cause.  When we as christians only treat the symptoms and not the cause, we allow the root cause to grow to the point where the medicine I was taking is no longer effective.

3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.  It is no one’s fault except my own for getting this sick.  Spiritually, I am responsible for my own health…not the Preacher.  It is not the preacher’s fault that my sinful condition is bad, it is my fault.

4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor.  I went yesterday because I am tired of my current condition.  Last week I was ok, this week I feel horrible.  What happened?  I did not go to the doctor; I self-diagnosed myself and look where it got me.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:   

Don’t wait until you are miserable to see the Doctor.  Go to Him right now!  Remember that He wants You!

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Power

“No Power”  Dan 3:25

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Dan 3:26

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

Dan 3:27

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Here we have the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.  We all are familiar with this story and know that in verse 27 no harm befell them.  We also see that as these three young men chose to obey God instead of man.

We see in these verses that the King had no power over the three young men as they chose to serve and obey God.  I also think it is pretty amazing how they knew what Jesus looked like.  I don’t think they lived to see Jesus walking the earth, yet they could recognize Him when He showed up.

When we as christians are asked to do something that is contrary to what God wants, God will protect us.  Isn’t it amazing that the world knows what Jesus should look like and what He does(or atleast they think they do)?  Yet they themselves reject what He would do and should do.  When we feel the pressure to cave-in to the world’s influence we can be assured that when they throw us to the fire, Jesus will be with us!  And not only that, but we will get restored to where we should have been before the “furnace experience”.  Today, know that Jesus loves you and when you feel the heat of following God or the world, Jesus will be with you to help you through the trial.

– I appreciate you and remember to be a conduit of God’s love to someone today!

-Bro. Kennedy

September 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Under the Wrong Spout”

“Under the Wrong Spout”Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
1Pe 2:3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
I normally try to stay on track with the chapter that I start in, but this morning I preached in chapel at Hope Christian Academy on “Taste and See”.  This truth has gripped me and won’t let me go…so here we go.
Growing up in a christian home, a good Bible-believing church, and getting my education from a christian school; I encountered a lot of christians.  I met a lot of christians who try to blame God for any bad thing that happened in their life.  One thing that I have realized is that God gets blamed a lot for things that are self-inflicted.  People make bad decisions and as a result, a bad happens to them.  They blame everyone else, including God, and fail to realize that they caused their own grief and fail to realize that God loves them.
What happens to them is that they take their “cup” and put it under a bitter source that fills their cup up.  Then they drink it and get a bitter taste in their mouth and think that God did that to them.  These two verses at the top tell us that God is the source of goodness and grace.  Grace is getting something that is good that I do not deserve.  God gives us good things and grace constantly.  I have met christians who go through tragedy and hardship and have the Joy of the Lord.  Why is that?  It is because they keep their cup under God’s source and He fills their cup full of goodness and grace.  I don’t know about you, but I am tired of God getting lied about by the bitter christians.  They blame God for things that He never did.  So what can I do about it?  I am glad that you asked!  Look below to see what you and I can do.Bro. CW’s challenge for today:Show others that God is good, by being a good representative for Him.  When bad happens to you, react right and do what Jesus would do if He were in your shoes.  Remember, God is good, but you have to taste it.  Help others go to the good source
Prayer ListOUR TEENS!!!!!!!
1. Pastor Ed and Mrs. Brenda
2. Kennedy Family
3. Montgomery Family
4. Martha Hanson – Leg Surgery
5. Betty Pope – Health / Gallstones
6. Brenda Smith – Surgery
7. Brenda Smith – Cancer
8. Roberts Family – Near Death
9. Michael Belcher – War Hero
10. Patricia Williams – Health / Chemo (sends praises)
11. Wheeler Family – Unspoken
12. Graham Family – New Baby-Isaiah
13. Ledger Simmons – Health
14. Mary Smith – Health & Grandson has leukemia
15. Ray Embs – Salvation – Job Court
16. Charlie Nixon – Health / Ulcer
17. Nathan Gurlie – Job Situation – Still Looking
18. Teems Family – Layoff – Finances
19. David and Angie Burrell – unspoken
20. Mack McDevitt – Job situation
21. Margaret Alley – Job situation
22. Kelli Clendenin – Unspoken
23. Josh Wheeler – Unspoken
24. Stacy Schoon – Out-Patient Surgery
25. Misti Cash – Annual MRI
26. Anna Smith – Thyroid Testing
27. Jaiden Cash – possible immune system testing
28. Jeanette Woodall-brain Tumor-testing for cancer

Reading Plan Levels

Bronze Level:    Read through Psalms and Proverbs

Silver Level:      Read through the New Testament

Gold Level:         Read through the Old Testament

Platinum Level: Read through the Bible with me.

Closing Thoughts from Bro. Kennedy 

Plan now for the

North East Georgia Tent Crusade

September 19-30

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September 14, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment