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Weekday devotionals for Christians

God’s Original Intent

Genesis 1:26-31
(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

In God’s Original Plan, one of things that I want to point out is that He wants us to have His image. Stop for a minute and let that sink in…..He wants us to look like Him! I looked up the word “image” in the Hebrew language and this is the definition:
tselem
tseh’-lem
image :
From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure

God wants us to be a representative figure of Him. This started back when Adam was made. Not only did God want us to have a resemblance of Him, but also wants us to be His representative. It is like a father that makes his son to be the representative of their family business.
Can you see God’s heart in this decision? Can you see His love for us? Can you see God beaming with pride as His most precious creation is representing Him? He didn’t choose the strong and majestic horse to represent Him. He didn’t choose the powerful and ferocious lion to represent Him. He didn’t choose the beautiful peacock to represent His beauty. He didn’t choose the stately bull elephant to represent His power nor the delicate and unique humming bird.  God in His love and wisdom chose lowly man to be the illusion, the resemblance of Him!  In my opinion, God has created many wonderful, strong, and even some very intelligent animals that could have represented many of His attributes better than what a common human can; but He didn’t choose them.  God chose His last creation; His best creation to be His representative! I am pointing all of this out not because I want to inflate someone’s ego, but rather because to show the importance of God’s Original Intent in regards to man. This reminds me of a political position that was created in our country called an “Ambassador”.  The Ambassador is a person designated and set apart with the sole purpose to represent the President of the USA to a given country. That Ambassador would be the “go-between” between the political leaders in the country that he is appointed to and the President of the USA.
I have a few questions for us in regards to this understanding with God’s Original Intent. Would you or I conduct ourselves any different knowing what God’s Original Intent for us was? Would you look at Bible reading any different? Would you look at church attendance any different? Would you look at giving to the Lord any different? Would your prayer life change if you were the official spokesperson for the Lord? Would your conduct in this world change if you had the title of “Ambassador of the Lord”? I want to finish the devotional today with those thoughts and I encourage you to think on what you would do differently as we are God’s Ambassador to this world.
Proverbs 13:16-17
(16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
(17) A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

-Pastor Kennedy

July 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

He is not the Great I Was..part 3

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.

2. You must be on the winning side.

Exodus 17:3  And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
Exodus 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Did you read that?  They were complaining that they were no longer enslaved!  How’s that for gratitude?  I have a few thoughts on this matter:

1. God fulfilled His promise to them. 

2. God did not tell them ahead of time what the details were going to be.

3. It was a drastic change of life!  Even though they were in bondage to the Egyptians, the children of Israel missed the life of bondage.  No, they did not miss being beaten or enslaved, but rather they missed being familiar to their surroundings.  You see, when they went out into the wilderness, it was VERY unfamiliar and scary to them.  Even though God was with them, their “faith muscle” was very weak.  They did not exercise their faith muscles while they were in bondage, and the result was very weak faith.   Let me ask you a question, How is your faith?  Is it weak?  Do you exercise it?  The only way to strengthen a muscle is to make it work…to exercise it.  Do you exercise your faith?  If you don’t it will be very weak.

4. The I AM was taking care of them!  This is why Moses would continually get so mad at them.  God brought them out of Egypt, out of slavery with a strong hand and they still doubted God!  I like the definition of that name!  The I AM means I am now and will always be now. Guess what?  If you are saved, then you have the same I AM in your life taking care of the details.  He may not give you advanced warning, but He will fulfill His promises to you!  He may make drastic changes in your life, but He will always take care of you!  When in doubt, have faith in God!  Remember, He is not the I was, He is the I AM (now and forever)!

July 22, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’ll Beat Up Your Father!

231 verses that have faith in them with only 2 of these verses being in the Old Testament.  4 verses have the word Faithless.  78 verses that have the word faithful in them with only 28 verses in the Old Testament.  Below are the only two verses in the Old Testament that have the word faith in them:

(Deuteronomy 32:20)

And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

(Habakkuk 2:4)

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Faith is a subject that we all struggle with from time to time.  It is a subject that keeps us all living uncomfortably because we are commanded to live by faith:

(Hebrews 11:6)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God is putting the pressure on us here to live by faith for Him!  God greatly loves deserves and desires our faith in Him!  I am reminded of a story of my oldest daughter in K-5 in school.  She had a toy that a boy wanted to play with.  She was not ready to give it to him as she was playing with it.  That little boy threatened to tell the teacher if she didn’t give it to her.  She didn’t budge.  Then he tried something extreme; he said, “If you don’t give it to me, I’ll beat up your daddy!”  With a tear in her eye and a broken heart she handed the toy over to him.  What she had here was a great lack of faith in her daddy!  When I heard this, I was a little insulted (to say the least).  I wanted to show my little baby how strong I was and that I could handle that little bully.  I was a little insulted that my baby had such a great lack of faith in her daddy!

Guess what, that is what God feels when we give in to doubt when life tries to bully us around.  God Almighty is up in Heaven and can defeat any and every enemy you face.  When we give in to “doubt”, we show a great misunderstanding in the One who created everything.  I know that God loves to shine and show us how strong He really is.  All we have to do is believe. 

What do you do when life, (bills, health, job, faith giving, church, etc.) tries to threaten you?  I can assure you of one thing: keep your faith in God!

July 10, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Preaching With Our Feet

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Pro 30:9  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. 

Have you ever wondered why crazy, silly, frustrating things happen to those who love the Lord and strive to serve Him with their whole heart?  I am sure that there are many reasons why, but I want to explore one idea with you today.  That idea is that we preach with our feet.  In the verse in Proverbs above, the passage states that we take the name of God in vain when we steal.  The idea is that our actions (which speak louder than our words), take God’s name in vain.  It is like someone in the checkout line at Walmart and they cut in front of someone while wearing a shirt that says that they are a christian.  It is like someone who has a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker and they run people off the road and are a rude driver.  What we do preaches a very loud message to those around us.

So…here it is, why does God allow crazy stuff to happen to you?  Well, I believe one reason is that He trusts you more than others.  Huh?  What?!  Come Again!! What I mean by that is He wants to display to the lost and dying world the Greatness of His Love.  He does that through His representatives…that’s right, you and me!  Can God trust you to show Christ’s love when junk happens to you?  He is looking for someone that He can trust to show His through.  At first glance you might think, “why would I want God to send junk my way”?  The answer: to show His love, to take the Gospel to the ends of the world, to let God use you in a mighty way, to allow God to help others through your faithfulness and dedication, to be THE ONE that is His “go-to guy”.  Wouldn’t you want to be God’s “go-to guy”, His problem solver, His loving representative to a lost world?  I do (just help me through it Jesus)!  Just remember that, God will never put more on you than you can handle!

Last question, can God trust you to “Preach with your Feet”?

February 2, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Heart is Talking

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Pro 1:9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  

We see here an example of a father continually reaching out to his child, his son.  The Father is constantly reminding his son to hear instruction.  More importantly, he is reaching out to his son’s heart and continually drawing it close to him. That is the thing that is most important with any type of training, teaching, or child rearing.  With all of that said, even Solomon had to say, ” son, pay attention”, “listen-up”, “look at me”, “are you listening to me?”  Why do I point this out?  Because I get so frustrated with always having to make that type of statement to my children.  What ever statement you make, how ever you make it; even the wisest man ever to live had to make that statement to his son (I hope that encourages you).  By the way, how old was his son?  No one really knows how hold his son was at this point, He could have been 10 or 20 or 30.

The writer is affirming his son of the benefits of listening to and following his parents instruction in verse 9.  Notice also the next verse.  My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  Here we have a mom and dad battling with the wrong crowd over their son’s heart.  Look at what they did.  They did not confront the wrong crowd, because the fool is not worth their time…but their son is:

Pro 26:4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

They reached out for their son’s heart instead of confronting “his friends”.  The fool does not have enough wisdom to understand what is needed, that is why the parents will not waste their time on the fool, because the fool has a funny way of bringing out the worst in people.  What will you do with the heart of your child?  Did you know that God is reaching out for your heart?  He does not care about the fools, He cares about you!  He wants your heart, because He wants you!  He wants you to have the blessed life.  That life will not come from the sinners, it will only come from listening to your heavenly daddy!  Listen closely, can you hear His heart?

January 23, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What About Me?

Isa 66:1  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 

I hope this finds everyone well as I am trying to get fully back into the normal routine with everything that I am involved with.  I have missed the last two monday’s devotionals and I apologize for that.  I started this journey into writing devotionals about one year ago as I met someone that help me put into devotional form what the Lord has been putting on my heart for a long time.  Thank you to Edwin Raybert (ha ha) Newmans as he nudged me in the right direction and has answered countless questions when it comes to the internet and the blog formats that I have used.  I have enjoyed doing these devotionals as the Lord has also used them in my life.  I know of atleast one person who is getting encouraged and challenged by these devotionals…me.  If these can be a blessing to you also, then praise the Lord.  I do appreciate you reading this as I try to put into words the “scattered and sometimes chaotic ideas” that swirl around in my head.  Thank you to those who consistently read these and pass them along to others, you are truly a blessing to me!

Today’s thought comes from a verse that jumped out at me a while back in my devotionals and would not let me go.  I get really challenged by the Lord on this verse because I spend a lot of time trying to take care of my own family and life.  While I am for a man or woman taking care of their own family, I get reminded that a priority in my life is God’s place.  God, Jesus Christ, should have ultimate priority and a prominent place in my heart…His Home.

Here is the thought, while we go about our lives, is God in the forefront of your life?  While I take care of my children, do I speak of Him to them?  When I tell my wife how important and special she is to me (we should do that), and she is very important to me; do I also tell God that He is THE MOST IMPORTANT?  When I love on my beautiful little girls, do I love on God like I should.  When I drop everything to take care of their emergencies, do I drop things that I want to do to show God He is important?  I wish I could say yes to all of those other questions, but one thing I can do is to work on it and 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year from now I want to be able to answer yes a lot more than I answer yes now.  How about you?  What would your answers be.  By the way, there are a lot more questions that can be asked, if you sit down and let the Holy Spirit show you the questions.

January 10, 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