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Weekday devotionals for Christians

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!

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

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

2Ki 6:16  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 

2Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 

The verse at top really captured my thoughts last night and today.  In 2 Kings 6, there is a story of an army coming to take Elisha by force to the King of Persia.  This is not a good thing seeing that the king wanted to kill Elisha.  The army surrounded the city that Elisha and his servant were in.  By all human accounts, Elisha was doomed.  His servant was scared and verse 16 tells us what Elisha’s response was.  Verse 17 tells us why Elisha was in “perfect peace”.  He was on the Lord’s side…the winning side.

This story in 2Kings and the verse in Isaiah remind me what I need to do when life seems scary.  Elisha’s servant could not see that protection was there for him and therefor the servant was scared to the point of reacting.  The devil comes to us and wants to scare us into leaving the protection that God has for us.  Satan realizes that he cannot hurt us while we are in God’s protection.  What he does is try to get us to jump out of the will and protection of God so that he can harm us.  Satan cannot hurt us when we are under God’s protection because God will not let him, but he can and will try his best to scare us.

We are reminded that the one who “keeps his mind stayed on Christ” will be kept in perfect peace.  Don’t you want perfect peace?  I do!  The word “keep” means to protect.  It is the root word for “keeper” like a goal keeper in the sport of soccer.  The goal keeper protects the goal from any ball penetrating it and scoring.  The one who keeps his mind in Christ is the one who invests into his own perfect peace.  Perfect Peace is really up to me, but I must keep my mind stayed on Christ and my faith in Him!  What will you do when hard times come your way?  Will you keep your mind stayed on Christ?  You will be glad if you do!

November 9, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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

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