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Weekday devotionals for Christians

What School Did You Go To?

Mark 10:46-52

(46)  And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

(47)  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

(48)  And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

(49)  And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

(50)  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

(51)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

(52)  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

I have learned in life that (in my opinion) the most comfortable way to learn is through the school of wisdom.  While I realize that hearing advice from someone else is not always easy or comfortable, it is far better than getting burned and then suffering through a big ordeal because of it.  I look at the story of Bartimaeus the same way.  While there is not many details to go over, I would like to point out a few things from this story that might help you and me.

  1. He cried out to Jesus for mercy. –vs. 47 Herein is the essence of true faith, he turned to Jesus for help. How many times has it been said by Christians who are in a tuff time, “All we can do now is pray”.  I have said that, have you?  I believe the fast track (if there is one) to getting help lies with this as the first step.  If we can go to the Lord first, wouldn’t we be able to avoid some hardship, frustration, and pain?  Yet, what do we all do in time of trouble?  There is wisdom here that we all can benefit from.
  2. He cried out to Jesus in the face of opposition. –vs. 48  Isn’t this horrible?  The people around Jesus were trying to keep others from getting the help that they need.  This truly is bad.  I wonder if you have ever come across someone who should have helped you get relief and healing from the Lord, but instead they make it hard and some even will try to stop you from getting that help!  My flesh wants to rise up and lash out at them.  Let me encourage you to do what the Bartimaeus did and start crying out even more to Jesus!  Just think, if he started fighting with them, he would have lost his opportunity to get healed.  What he did was best: He devalued their opinions and started crying out even more.  Such is the case with us.  If you and I allow those haters to distract us away from the Lord, we will lose out because we will miss our opportunity to get the healing during that short window of opportunity.  This is something to keep in  mind when they want to rise up against you.

to be continued…

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

A Member and Active-part 2

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We are told in verse 24 to observe one another with the purpose of challenging each other. Notice that neither the Bible, nor I have said the word criticize, but rather challenge each other unto love and good works.  I do think it is funny that we need to provoke each other to love, but the more I think about it I realize that sin nature that we all have causes us to be the type of people that needs a challenge to love each other.  We naturally love ourselves mostly and if it is convenient then I will love someone else.  That is the day we live in.  Mature Christians will have more love for others because they have grown in the Lord.  Just like a parent who loves their child without any expectation of return, so we ought to love others in Christ.

We also are reminded to challenge each other to good works.  This can be tricky because you really need to have a good relationship with a person in order to do this.  No one wants to be made to feel like they aren’t doing enough, but if we really think about it and are honest with ourselves we will admit that we can do more for Christ.  If you were to honestly sit down and assess your situation and your schedule, do you think that you would be able to do more for the Lord?  I would guess that we probably could do more.  I believe that when we stand before God and have our works judged in Heaven, we will be shown that we could have done and still can do a lot more than we realize for Christ.

One last question…Are you really doing all that you can in relation to good works?  I am told to challenge you and I should be willing to let you challenge me as well to love and doing good works.

…To Be Continued…

July 19, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Member and Active Part-part 1

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We live in day and age where church membership is not held in high esteem by the general population.  There was a day in America where stores shut down,  businesses would close, and churches would be full on Sunday.  That day has long past us.   The verses above admonish us concerning our church attendance and our activity in our churches.

In the next few devotionals, I want to share with you some thoughts that i came across in regards to being actively involved and attending a local New Testament Baptist church.

In verse 22, the subject is the “understood you”. It says that you need to let us draw near.  That means that while our lives take us away from each other through out the week, wee need to draw near again.  It is almost like having a spiritual family reunion every week.  We need this, not only for fellowship, but also for us to be washed with pure water.  There is a certain type of cleansing that happens when we draw near to each other.   Make no mistake, the drawing near does not cleanse us from all sin, but the Bible does say that a cleansing happens.  I believe it is a cleansing of the pure water of the Bible.  When the Bible is taught and preached, a cleansing takes place.

In verse 23, we are admonished to hold fast the profession of our faith. The profession of our faith is our testimony. When we draw near to each other, we are holding our testimony and keeping it protected.  We as Christians damage our testimony when we take our church attendance and involvement lightly.  We are also reminded that God is faithful and we should be challenged to be as faithful as we can.

-to be continued…

July 17, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Forward In Christ!

Philippians 3:13-15

(13)  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

(14)  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

(15)  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

These verses come from God through the Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi.  The Apostle Paul is a man that committed murder in his past….that’s right…he is a murderer.  God saved him from a wretched life of sin and now he is bringing a message to the church and now us in  the church age.  What is the message?  The message is this: “Anyone can move forward, as long as they are in Christ!”  We all need to move our life forward in Christ.  It does not matter how successful we were in our past or if our past is filled with the graffiti of sin.  We all need to move forward.

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June 26, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are!

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans  6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans  6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
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.

We just had Easter Sunday and God blessed it so much!  7 people were saved and 1 got assurance of salvation, and 1 rededicated his life to God!  We also had an Easter play that was simply amazing!  A lot of hard work went into it, but it was Amazing because of God!  While I think about Easter, I am reminded that Jesus was crucified and gave up the Ghost.  He was buried and rose again the third day!  This got me thinking about God’s Grace.

Grace is getting something good that we do not deserve! These verses are some of my favorite!

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have God’s Grace, Hallelujah !!!!  I need it!  I also need His mercy!  As I was continuing on in the scripture reading, I went to the next chapter and God reminds us why we have Grace…it is not to wallow in sin!

We have Grace to help us live the Christian life and it helps us come back to God when we mess up!  I know that I may have sounded like I contradicted myself, but understand this; we as sinners are going to sin, no matter how hard we try not to sin.  Those who use Grace to justify their sin, are twisting a righteous gift from God to justify their desire and justification of sinning (iniquity).  God gives  grace to help us retain a relationship with Him.  When we fully understand Grace, we get confidence to know that no matter what we do, what we say, God will forgive us and will accept us back to Him!  This should give us boldness in the Christian life to press on the upward way.  When we get God’s Grace, we are getting an assurance from God that He loves us no matter how bad we mess up! He loves us not because of what we can offer Him, but rather because He is a loving God.  He doesn’t need anything that we have, He chooses to love us regardless of what we can offer Him.

I don’t know about you, but that thought alone gives me the confidence to live the Christian life!  Think about this, God wants you to have 100% total security in the Eternity of your relationship with Him.  When we realize that God’s love will not diminish but rather grow stronger, we should be more zealous and more courageous for Him!  Are you away from the Lord?  If so, He has just enough Grace for you to come back to Him!  Take a moment and do that, come back to God!  He misses You!

 

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