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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

Are You Listening?

Pro 1:20  Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

Pro 1:21  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

 

Wisdom is actually begging us to listen to her.  It is hard to believe, but what is taking place is that what we really need is pursuing us.  Usually we pursue the things that are the most beneficial to us.  In this day and age that we live in, we are used to “scam artists” that are trying to trick us into to buying something that we do not need, want, or use.  Their sales pitch is so good, that we often do not even let them try their sales pitch on us for fear of being “taken for a fool”.  When I  spent 4 days in New York City with my wife on our anniversary, we were approached by MANY people to try to get us to buy something from them.  Only a few individuals did we actually buy something from (after I looked into it on my terms) and we were like that because we have been scammed before.

When it comes to Christ, wisdom, or Christ-like things; we don’t have to worry about being scammed.  God pursued us when we did not know our need:

Joh 6:44a  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:

Wisdom is now pursuing us, will you answer the call and allow her to make you wise?  The choice is really yours!

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s OK to Cry

 

Psa 34:5  They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

Psa 34:6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psa 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

 

     We serve a Wonderful God!!  It never ceases to amaze me how much He loves me and cares for me.  It also is amazing to me how such an  Awesome God really cares about me and what I go through.  Today, know that God really, really, really, really, loves you and cares about what burdens you carry, and the things that cause you sorrow!

Just a quick note from verse 5, when they looked unto Him, they were lightened.  This word mean to be cheerful to the point that you feel lightened.  This is a HUGE benefit of looking unto Jesus.  He will settle, calm, and deliver you when the world around you is crashing in.  Also notice that is finishes with, “their faces were not ashamed.”  Their focus was on their Saviour and not themselves.  Therefor they did not have the pride issue that I talked about yesterday.  When pride is out of the way; I won’t be ashamed.

I can relate with verse 6!  This POOR man cried…OK, OK, the word “poor” is referring to the state of his circumstances & spirit.  The Psalmist is referring to his situation, not his financial portfolio.  OK, back the devotional…it is OK to cry.  Notice who the Psalmist is crying to.  He is crying to the Almighty God.  Even though he was keeping his focus on God in verse 4, the devil was trying to cause his focus to turn to something other than God.  The devil in this case, and in a lot of our cases, will try to use outside circumstances to scare you into looking away from God and doing something other than what God wants you to do.  Satan doesn’t care what you do, as long as it is not what God wants.

The Psalmist is showing us by example what every Christian should do when it seems like life is crashing in.  He looked unto Jesus and then cried unto Jesus.  Don’t fall for the lie that only babies cry.  God gave us tears to use and He always takes notice when we cry…

Psa 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Notice what God did when the Psalmist cried to Him.  He heard him.  God hears you when you cry.  It always gets God’s attention.  But that is not all, He also saved him out of all his troubles…troubles that the Psalmist did not start.  The Psalmist could not have changed the king’s heart or what the king (the one who was jealous of him and tried to kill him) was going to do, but please don’t forget that while the king had some power, God has all power!!!

Today, are there things in your life that are happening that you cannot control?  Pour out your heart to God.  It is OK to cry to God.  When you go to God like the Psalmist is doing in verse 6, you are re-affirming your faith in the Almighty…

Heb 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.

Tears have an amazing way of grabbing God’s attention.  Remember, God is in the “Saving” business!  He loves to show how mighty and powerful He is!  So go ahead and cry out to God, you just might be amazed at what He does!

November 10, 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

Your Voice

 

Psa 5:1 To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

Psa 5:2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
Psa 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
      King David is showing us what he did to get God’s attention.  Yes, David did action, but look at what type of action he did:

1. Give ear to my “words”. 
2. Consider my “meditation”.
3. Hearken unto the “voice of my cry”.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning.”  I do not hear much about the subject of voice, but it is very important to us.  The word voice is mentioned  505 times in 456 verses in the Bible.  The first mention of the word voice is found in Genesis 3 after Adam and Eve ate the wrong fruit and hid from God because they heard the sound of His voice walking in the garden.  The last mention of voice in the Bible is Revelation 21:3 and states:
  Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them,  and be their God.
If you think about it, our own voice is very dear to us.  We recognize each other by the sound of it; we can tell emotion in it; we can project it; etc.  Our loved ones voice is a very pleasant thing to us and hearing it can cause us happiness.  I love hearing my daughters voices as they run to greet me when I get home.  I love hearing my wife’s voice as she talks to me.  
     Can you imagine how God feels when He hears your voice praising Him and worshipping Him?  Wow, If it is anything like the joy I get from hearing my daughters voices; then it must be great to Him.  One thing that I have also learned as a parent is that I can tell my child’s cry from another child’s cry.  It is funny to see other parents pause what they are doing when they hear crying, to see if that is their own child’s cry.  When it is my child’s cry, I stop what I am doing and rush over to them to help them.  Can you imagine what God does?  I know if we do that for our own children, how much more does God do that for His children?  When was the last time that He heard your voice cry out to Him?   God wants your voice to cry out to Him.  Will you?  He knows your voice, so what is stopping you?  Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Who you cry to first in a need is whom you trust the most.  Who will you cry out to?

 

October 6, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment