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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Firm Foundation

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 

1Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand

Lesson #4

Everyone that goes to the tree lot or tree farm is looking for the right tree.

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.

Lesson #6

Now that the Tree is cut down, it must be put on a shaker to get the dead needles off of it.

Lesson #7

Once the Tree is home, it has to be put in a tree stand and stood up!

Lesson #8

The tree must be placed in a good, solid tree stand.  It needs a stable foundation to hold it up or any slight imbalance or bump will knock it over.  I found this out the hard way.  I didn’t tighten the bolts down hard enough, because I was afraid to hurt the tree.  What happened was the tree fell over and broke a branch and caused some frustration to me, the owner.

Application

We as Christians need a stable foundation and that is the Word of God.  The world is full of advice that is not evil, but that advice is not Godly.  Anything that is not of God is therefor ungodly.  Anything that is not of the Bible is unbiblical.  We as Christians should do everything in our power to live Biblically and Godly.  The world says follow your heart or discover your heart. The Bible says:

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 

Pro 18:2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. 

I can go on and on with many illustrations, but I will say this: just because it sounds good, that does not make it good.  The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.  Good intentions never justify doing ungodly and godless things.  I am talking about those daytime talk show hosts that give their opinion and expect you to listen to it like Dr. Phil, Oprah, and more.  I am not trying to throw a stone but look at the top to I Corinthians 2:5, that verse is for all talk show hosts, but that is not all.  It is also for me and you!  What!  What am talking about?  Anytime I exalt my opinion above the Bible’s and God’s, I just put myself in the place of God.  Be careful, there are some very smart people out there that can manipulate words very well.  Use the Bible as the filter for all of those opinions.  What is your foundation?  Is it logic, science, or academics?  What ever it may be, know this: your foundation should be in Christ!  If it is not,  you will fall, break something, and cause a lot of frustration!

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December 23, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are You Hungry For?

 

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

Blessed are they which do hunger.  Think about those words.  God says you are blessed if you are hungry.  I don’t know about you, but when I am hungry I get a little crabby, my patience is greatly diminished, and my tolerance is on life support.  God is not saying that it is blessed to be crabby or irritable, but rather it is blessed to be hungry to the point that you are motivated to action.

Have you ever eaten when you were not hungry?  You probably did not eat much.  And to say the least you probably did not enjoy your meal.  Hunger does something to us that makes us appreciate things better; it boosts my enjoyment factor by a lot.  Have you ever noticed that the food always seems to taste better when you are hungry?  Why is that?  It may be because our senses may be hightened or that we are thinking about it more, but I believe when we hunger for something we will fulfill that desire.

Have you ever made your children eat something when they were not hungry? Their reaction is not fun to deal with, is it?  We are the same way when we do not hunger and thirst after righteousness.  God is probably looking down from heaven and watching us throw a fit because we don’t like to go to church or read our Bibles or pray or do anything that is righteous.  Last question, What are you hungry for?

November 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Gracious Gift

 

Pro 3:34  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 

Pro 3:35  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem like they get more grace from God than others?  Is it a recipe that they are “cooking”?  Is it a formula that only they understand?  Is it a process that they perform better than any one?  Well, according to the Bible, God gives grace to the lowly.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

When we humble ourselves, God will life us up.  This is the Fundamental problem with most people.  They try to do things in their own power and their own wisdom and fail to realize that God resisteth the proud.  Where do you fit in with this verse?
The wise shall inherit glory.  There is wisdom in humility.  A wise person will humble himself when he makes a mistake.
A wise person will confess and ask for forgiveness rather than trying to “save face”.  A wise person that truly humbles himself will realize that in order for things to progress, he will come to God and leave the solution of the problem to Him.  What will you do?  The choice is up to you!

November 15, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hungry?

 

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.


Are you hungry right now?  As I am writing this, it will be lunch time in about an hour.  Have you ever stopped and thought about how much our life revolves around food?  There are a lot of businesses out there dedicated to the “re-fueling” of our bodies.  In fact, most restaurants are in locations that have high traffic.  Some people like to torture themselves by cramming “healthy food” down their own throat.  Those who normally do that consistently are slender and to me sickly looking.  Ok maybe I am being mean, but if I have a choice between a tofu burger and a Big Mac; well, you know what I will pick.   Maybe you are different than me, but I like to enjoy my meals.  I like Bro. Dean McNeese’s philosophy on eating, “It is hard to kid-nap me if I am not skinny”.

Why do we eat?  Is it to sustain a constant fuel supply to our bodies so that we can function and work; or do you eat to enjoy food?  Maybe you do both.  What ever the answer will be for you, food is to fuel our physical bodies so that we can work.  Our spiritual being needs food also.  That feeding comes from the Word of God.  Let me ask you this question, How much spiritual food have you fed to your spiritual being lately?  Do you realize that it needs to eat too?  Maybe one of the reasons why some people struggle in the christian life is because their spiritual nature suffers with starvation.  I don’t know about your situation; I only know about me and when I feed my saved nature, I do the best spiritually.  I am more focused on spiritual things when I read my Bible.  Church is referred to as a lot of things.  It can also be referred to as a spiritual restaurant.  Our pastor (the chef) prepares a spiritual meal (sermon from the Word of God) given to him by the Head Chef (Jesus).  When the pastor opens the Bible, he feeds us with the Word of God.  We take up an offering in the church service to pay for the expenses of feeding them a spiritual meal (why is it that we are more ready to over-pay for a meal at a restaurant, pay tax on it, and pay a tip to the server than we are ready to give a 10% percent tithe which is a bare minimum thing that we are commanded to do).  Last Question, are you hungry?  Odds are, if your body needs multiple feedings; then your saved nature will need multiple feedings too!

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enjoy it Now While You Can

 

Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

 

     Growing up in church I have heard all kinds of preaching, and one of the things that I have heard several times in sermons was that when you come across a “therefore” in the Bible; I need to look and see what it is there for.  Verse 5 starts out with a “therefore”.  Looking back to the previous verses, we understand that the ungodly were being talked about.  The “therefore” is continuing about the ungodly and the results of being ungodly.

     Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement.  At first glance this seems like the “judgement” would be a bad thing, but it is not.  This judgement is indicating a judgement for good.  It means that the ungodly will not be with the christians when the “crowns of glory” are being given out by Jesus.  This is one of the reasons why the Lord Jesus does not want us to worry what the ungodly are doing by comparing ourselves with them.  When the Bible says,

2Co 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

God does not want us to compare ourselves to any other for many reasons; one important reason is because our “judgements” will be completely different.  It is very easy to fall into the trap of comparing, especially when it seems others are rubbing there “stuff, things, or money” in your face.  One thing that I have found that helps my spirit is; when someone is trying to show off or gloat, I have to remind myself that their judgement will be different than mine.  A 10 talent christian will be judged by his 10 talents that were God-given.  While a 5 talent christian will be judged with his 5 God-given talents; likewise the 1 talent christian will be judged according to his 1 talent.  If you are saved, your judgement will be different than the unsaved.  The unsaved may be relishing in the sin and trying to rub it in your face, but remember, their judgement is coming.

November 11, 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

What God Really Wants

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

I have fallen prey in the past to the thought that God loves me, but will punish me as quickly and as soon a He can and does so without any remorse.  This thinking is wrong and is often a result of my own sin nature trying to figure out what God will do and Who He is, when His Word will tell me what He does and Who He is.  I have heard some people share their thoughts with me on how God will “swing His big club and knock me out when I step out of line.”  This thinking is wrong also.  While God is a jealous God  (Deu 4:24  For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God), I believe He does not want to do hurt any of us, even when we sin and mess-up.  Satan wants to hurt us, not God.  Satan wants us to be discouraged, not God.  Satan wants us to give up and not be useful any more, not God.  This is one of the many reasons why God put this verse in the Bible: Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  

So what stops God from doing what He really wants to do to us and for us, like blessing us and lifting us up?  The answer lies in the following verses:

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 

1. We must confess our sins.  When we do, He will cleanse us.  He is the only one that can cleanse us; not you , not me, not a priest, not a rabbi, not any human being can cleanse you.

2. If we humble ourselves in the sight of God, He will lift us up.  This is why pride is so dangerous and for many it is intoxicating.  Many people will not humble themselves; they refuse to do it.  They believe that if they do that, then that will show weakness.  Rather, it shows foolishness because:

Pro 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

don’t be like the fool and refuse to humble yourself in the sight of God.  When you do that:

1. God won’t have to humble you.

2. God will lift you up.  THIS IS WHAT HE REALLY WANTS TO DO TO YOU!

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 19, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Son

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.
Pro 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Over the next few months, I will be doing atleast one devotional a week on the home.  While I realize that I still have a lot to learn about the “home”, I want to point out a few things:

1. I love my Home.  I am not talking about the physical structure in which my family lives in.

2.I love the Home.

3. I grew up in a christian home.

4. I am training my children the in the way that I was raised.

5. I have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

6. I want my children to follow God’s will for their life.

7. I want my children to have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

8. I want to be the best christian example for my children to look to.

As I read these verses in Proverbs, I am reminded at how much importance is put on the Home, the Family, the first Institution ever established.  I did a word study in Proverbs on the the words, “My Son”, and was surprised at what I found:  23 verses in this book alone that Solomon was using to reach out to his son…in his HOME.  All of our children are precious to us, but have you ever felt “what do I do now”?  I plan on using the Bible in these devotions and pray that all of us can gain something and apply it to our own homes.  I need all the help I can get…how about you?  By the way, if you know of someone who could use these devotionals, then forward this to them so that they can sign up.

Challenge for the day:

Sit down and write out some goals for your family, your children, and your marriage.  It would do us all good to sit down and focus on what God would have for our own families. 

Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish:

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My God, My Champion!

Psa 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psa 5:12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

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I love the ending of this chapter!  I love the actions that take place for those who put their trust in the Lord!  The Lord is doing three things for the righteous:

1. He is defending us.  Praise God!  Have you ever encountered someone who is stronger, tougher, and bigger than you?  No matter what you do, you cannot defeat him on your own?  Satan is that enemy.  I am also reminded of the story of David and Goliath.  Goliath was the Philistine’s Champion.  He was bigger and badder than all of those “big men” of Philistia.  King Saul was the champion for Israel.  He was head and shoulders above the men in Israel…yet, he was too afraid to go and fight Goliath.  He instead, allowed a little shepherd boy to go in his place.  Little is much when God is in it!  David, through God, killed the biggest and meanest man in the land…a little shepherd boy!  God does not need our help to defeat our enemies, we need Him!

2. He will bless us.  Are you at the place that you no longer need any blessings from God?  I am not there, and I don’t think I will ever get to the point to where I am not interested in God’s blessings!  No one can give you what God can!  No one can bless you the way God can!  No one can bestow honor on you the way God can!  I want God’s blessings!

3. He will gladly and lovingly compass us.  God takes pleasure in protecting us!  Verse 12 says that with FAVOUR He compasses us like a shield.  That means He encircles us with His love and protection.  No one can protect you like God!

October Bible Reading Schedule

16. II Chron. 33:14-36:23

Romans 16:8-I Corinth. 1:17

Psalms 26-27:6

Prov. 20:19-21

17. Ezra 1-4:24

I Corinthians 1:18-3:4

Psalms 27:7-28:9

Prov. 20:22-25

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

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment