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Weekday devotionals for Christians

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

 

 

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

The Best Exercise For You

Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Walking is (I have been told) some of the best exercise that we can do.  I am not a fitness expert so I have to trust the experts when they say that walking is good for you and me.  I actually enjoy walking, as long as I am with my family.  I like to walk with them and talk to them.  Usually me and my wife walk while the girls ride their bikes.  Another reason why I like walking is that I get to multi-task.  I like multi-tasking!  In fact, I really dislike it when I can’t.  I like the ability and the thought of getting multiple things done at the same time!  Sometimes this can hurt me because I try to do too much and drop the ball on all the things that I try to accomplish.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

When I walk with God, many things happen:

1. I walk with someone who has never sinned.  This brings conviction to me.  Even though Jesus loves me, He is righteous and pure and that convicts me.  I cannot be full of pride when I walk next to someone whose righteousness reveals my dirty and sinful state.

to be continued tomorrow….

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m Thirsty

Merry Christmas !!!!

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

Isa 44:3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 

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.

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.  I was told my first time getting a real tree that as soon as I got it home and in the stand that I need to water it as much as it will take.  The tree will take the most water initially and then slowly after the transition stage.

Application

The tree is going through a transition stage as it comes home and needs a lot of food.  The christian is the same way; he needs an increased amount of food immediately at the start of the transition.  Transitions are very slippery.  I have seen many people slip during a transition to a new level spiritually.  Why does this happen?  When a christian starts something new, they need extra food, extra nourishment to help get them through “uncharted waters”.  I have seen a lot of christians go to the next level and flat line because they were still “spiritually feeding” the same amount.

When my children are going through a growth spurt, a strong sign that they are growing is increased appetite.  I don’t fight it, I just give them as much as they can eat.  Growing children are usually very active physically and need much more food.  Growing christians usually are very active and need more food.  The old way of eating (spiritually) is not enough for the growing christian, they need more, atleast until they are finished with the transition.  Just like the tree can no longer get it’s nourishment from the roots, the christian will need to get his nourishment from a new place, new way, etc…  Are you going through a transition?  If so, don’t starve yourself spiritually.  Give your spiritual nature as much food as it can take.  This is a sure way not to die!

 

December 26, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Me Home

Mat 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Lesson #1

You have to go where the trees are and search all of the trees.

Lesson #2

The Pine Christmas Tree is an Evergreen Tree…it is always in bloom.

Lesson #3

The Christmas Trees are planted and grown for a specific purpose

Lesson #4

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

A. Has no Big Blemishes

B. Has Green Needles

C. The Right Height

D. Mature

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.  Imagine this:  You and your family pack up all of your:

1. Presents

2. Decorations and lights (if you have lights, then you will need a generator to give power to those lights)

3. Food

and then you go to the tree farm and decorate a tree, put presents at the foot of the tree, and sing some Christmas Carols, Eat, open up presents, and have fun…all while you are at the tree in the tree farm.  This sounds silly doesn’t it?  Why would anyone go to all of that trouble to save the $30-$60 for cost of the tree.  You would probably have to explain to the police why your family is trespassing on someone’s property.  The best thing to do in this situation is to have cut the tree down and taken it in your home…this is why the tree was grown, to be cut down and taken home.

Application

The above story is a little strange and I don’t know anyone who would do that.  Spiritually, people do that constantly; they want to do what God wants for them, but they want to do it their own way.  They don’t accept or will not accept 4 things:

1. They (like the tree) will have to leave the old life.  This is a must even if you have had a good life in the past.  God’s will will cause you to leave the old life whether or not it was good.

2. They have to leave the old way of thinking.  What worked in the past is not necessarily going to work in the future.  God brings us through stages in our life and if we try to handle things, reason things out, solve problems the same way like we did in the past, then we will “mess-up” a lot of things in the future.

3. They have to leave (like the tree) the ones whom they grew up with.  This includes family and loved ones.  If you are not willing to leave father and mother, you are not worthy of Christ or His will for your life.  You MUST DECIDE Who is most important to you in your life…Jesus or family.

4. They must leave (like the tree) their comfort zone.  Just as the tree will have go to a drastically new place to fulfill it’s will, you will also go to new places and do new things that are drastically different.  They will not be comfortable…at first.  But once you get acclimated to the new environment, you will grow to love it!

-It will be a little painful as you are “cut away” from your old life.

-You won’t be able to get your nourishment from the old life; it won’t satisfy you anymore.

-You won’t fit in anymore once you are cut away from the old life.  God has a new place for you.

-You will be exposed to new elements:  for the tree it is children, pets, etc…

-You will be in a warmer and cleaner environment.  God’s will is exciting and fulfilling, but when He starts to change things around in your life, things will get a little scary…that is ok, because that is living by faith…allowing God to bring things in your life and trusting solely on Him to bring you through them as you “press on the upward way” for Christ!

-What will you do?

 

 

December 20, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment