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Weekday devotionals for Christians

He’s on the Top

2Pe 1:19  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it.

Lesson #11

The Decorator knows what ornament or decorations to use to cover up the “gaps, imperfections, and blemishes” on the tree to make the tree look as if there was nothing wrong with the tree at all!

Lesson #12

The Christmas tree is decorated with lights for others to see when it is dark.

Lesson #13

Gifts are customarily at the foot of the Tree.

Lesson #14

The Most Important Decoration goes on top of the tree for all to see.  Generally speaking, everyone stops and watches as the tree gets crowned with the last and most important thing that is on the tree.

Application

The Daystar in the above verses is referring to Christ.  He should be the most important thing and person in our life.  What is the most important thing in your life?  We normally answer Jesus, but often what is really the top thing in our life is shown by our actions.  It is shown by what we do when we get a chance to do what we want to do.  Jesus is more than just something we do on Sunday, He should be our life, our Daystar, and He should be what our lives are crowned with!

 

 

January 5, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Picture Perfect…Almost

 

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 

Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

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.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it.

Lesson #11

The Decorator knows what ornament or decorations to use to cover up the “gaps, imperfections, and blemishes” on the tree to make the tree look as if there was nothing wrong with the tree at all!  I know you have done it.  Used certain ornaments or garland or lights to cover up the holes or bad branches.

Application

If we do that with our tree, what do you think God does to us?  God knows where our gaps are, so tell Him in humility and ask for Him to help you.  Guess what, He is infinitely better at decorating us, than we are decorating trees!  Let God decorate you, He wants to!  I am not saying that you need to walk around proud or boastful; just let God bring the things in your life that will cover up certain scars that were left from moments of foolishness.  God wants you to have a good life in His will, but you have to let Him decorate you.  Before you know it, people will look at you and think “you don’t know what I am going through, you never had anything go wrong in your life!”  Deep down inside you and the Lord know better than that!  Wouldn’t it be nice for that to be said about you?  If that ever happens…Praise God!

December 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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!

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

Stand

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eze 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 

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 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!  The Tree is no good to me and my family if it is laying on the floor.  All of the growing, fertilizing, watering, searching and shaking and bringing it home is pointless if I never put it in a tree stand to fulfill the tree’s purpose

Application:

We as Christians must stand for Christ if we are going to be effective Christians.  If you are saved wonderful!!!  Now what are you doing for Christ?  Standing for Christ might cause resistance from others, friction from family, and pressure; but that is ok!  That is why we have Jesus!  He said:

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

God will take care of you!  He wants you to stand for Him!  It doesn’t matter what you call yourself if you don’t stand for Christ!  God is seeking someone that will stand for Him, will you be that one?  The Christian who does not stand for Christ is like a Christmas tree that is brought home and laid on the floor.  A Christian who does not stand for Christ is as useless as a tree that is laying down.  Will you stand for Christ?  God is looking for some one who will!

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Shook Up

 

Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

Psa 65:3  Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 

Psa 79:9  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake. 

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 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.

This was an enlightening experience for me.  The first time I went a tree farm, they put the tree on a shaker.  I, at that point in my life, had never seen a machine that shakes a tree.  I literally thought is what some “redneck contraption” made by a guy working for a tip.  I was looking for the duct tape…ha ha.  I saw the guy put my tree up on the shaker, and immediately I felt, “take it easy man, that is MY tree.  Don’t hurt my tree!”  I did not say this, I just thought it.  As the worker was shaking it, I was asking the question why, when I was half-way through the question, I figured it out.  The worker instead gave me a better answer.  His answer was, “So you don’t drag a mess into your home!  There is a lot of “dead-ness and dead needles in the middle of the tree that you cannot see well.”  Wow, this guy had no idea, but he just preached me a sermon!

Application:

God wants to use me…Yeah!!!  In order for God to use me, He must put me through a “shaker” to get a lot of the dead-ness that I did not know was in my life, out of it.  God wants to use me and you but there will be a purging process that will shake our lives up a little.  Do not fight it, let it happen.  You don’t want to keep dragging a mess with you everywhere you go do you?  I don’t.  Sometimes I realize that I have some dead-ness; and there are times that I think that I am pretty good, but am full of dead-ness.  What am I talking about are things like: Bad Attitudes, Destructive Thinking, Iniquity, Besetting Sins, Baggage, Hurts, Depression, Bitterness, Etc.  There are so many things in our life that can hinder God’s will for us.  Will you allow God to shake-up your life?  By the way the shaker does not hurt the tree at all, it just spins it around for a short time.

December 21, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Special Tree, Unique Purpose

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 

I grew up with our family having a fake Christmas tree my entire life.  I preferred having a fake tree as the only way to have a tree…until I got married and was “told” what we were going to do, just kidding, I wanted to try it out and see what it was like.  I am very glad that I tried getting a real tree, because my family really enjoys that process.  These next few lessons came as a result of going to a tree farm or tree lot and the process it takes to buy and get it home and decorated.  I hope these lessons will encourage, challenge, and convict you just like they have done to me.

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.  There are many different kinds of pine trees, but only one is used for the Christmas Tree.  Right down the road from my church is a pine tree farm that is used for harvesting trees to be used for paper.  I am not one that is very knowledgeable on pine trees, but I do know it takes a specific pine tree to be used for a Christmas Tree.  I know that there are many different types of trees used for Christmas, but for the sake of the lesson I am using the Pine Tree.

Application

God has a specific purpose for each and everyone that has been born.  Once you are finished with that purpose, I believe God takes you to Heaven (I will expound on this later).  If you are living, you have a purpose.  If you are breathing, you have a purpose to fulfill.  If you are reading this, you definitely have a purpose in life.  God knows what that purpose is and wants you to fulfill that purpose.  Only you can fulfill that purpose.  Just like there are many pine trees, there is only one that you are looking for…the “right one”.  God has custom made your purpose for you.  It is made will the intention of only one person fulfilling that purpose and that person is you!  Only you can fulfill God’s purpose for your life!  Will you do it?

Jesus had a purpose, and it was to come and bear the sins of mankind so that we will have a home in Heaven when we die.

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

Mat 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt

Once Jesus fulfilled that purpose, God took Him home to Heaven.  Once you fulfill your purpose, God will take you home.  Guess what?  If you are still living on this wonderful planet, then God is not finished with you.  You still have a purpose, now go fulfill it!

December 16, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons I Learned from a Pine Christmas Tree

Psa 14:2  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

I grew up with our family having a fake Christmas tree my entire life.  I preferred having a fake tree as the only way to have a tree…until I got married and was “told” what we were going to do, just kidding, I wanted to try it out and see what it was like.  I am very glad that I tried getting a real tree, because my family really enjoys that process.  These next few lessons came as a result of going to a tree farm or tree lot and the process it takes to buy and get it home and decorated.  I hope these lessons will encourage, challenge, and convict you just like they have done to me.

Lesson #1

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

You have to go to the tree farm where they are, or in some cases you need to go to a tree lot and pick one out.  You will not get a tree unless you go where they are.

Application

God the Father is seeking someone to use.  This is why we were created…to be used!  I do not want to live this life without having any purpose from God the Father.  What a sad life to live when a person lives a life that has no purpose.  I do not know about you, but I want to have purpose to everything that I do.  I want to fulfill God’s purpose for my life.  Let me ask you a few questions:

1. What is God’s will for your life?  Do you know it?  If not, then I suggest that you seek God and beg Him to show it to you.  The only way to get total fulfillment and satisfaction in life is to do what you were created to do.

2.  Are you DOING God’s will?  I didn’t say your own will.  I have met many people who blame a lot on the Lord, their mistakes. included.

Are you willing to follow God’s will for your life?  I feel crazy even asking that question because asking that question is like asking a lady if she wants chocolate; it’s like asking a car guy if he wants a fully restored vintage car of his choice; it is like asking a starving person if they would like to go to a buffet.  God’s will is the best thing that anyone could ever do!!!!!  Doing God’s will takes faith, but God gives that peace that passes all understanding, He gives that grace to help in time of need, and He gives that fulfillment that every addict in the world is looking for.  God’s will is so good, we should pay to be a part of it.  We should not have to be convinced to trust God and follow Him, but rather we should  be “bugging Him” to use us.  What happens to the trees that are not picked and every year they get passed up?  They become rotten…why, because they do not fulfill what their purpose is.  What will you do?  Do you know God’s will?  Are you in God’s will?  If you are not, then you are missing out on the “key” to life!

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