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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Trees Under the Shed

Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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

No one wants a tree that has been abused, looks like trash, or is messed up.  Everyone goes after the “good tree”.  Usually the good trees get cut down early and are taken to a special shed to be sold for more money.  Why do they do this you ask?  Because they are in higher demand and the farmer knows that people will pay more money for a good tree.

Application

If everyone looks for the “good tree”, what do you think God is looking for?  Please do not take this lesson as a “beat-em up session”, but rather take it as a challenge to be the tree that is most sought after.

I am for everyone.  I am for the one who makes a mistake, to get all the mercy and grace that he needs from God to come back.  What I am not for and I think God is not for those people who abuse God’s loving mercy and grace to the point that they say that want to “live it up in the world” and come crawling back to God when they are done partying.  I am not for anyone who abuses God’s mercy, for when we live like the devil; we take on blemishes and hindrances that will hinder our purpose for Christ.  Every time we “live it up”, we hurt our own “tree” for God to use.  I am not against anyone coming back to God!  I am a sinner and have my own personal issues also, but it is no accident that we are given so many wonderful and great opportunities to serve Christ.  When we take those opportunities and squander them away by doing something other than what God wants, we are hurting our own usefulness for God.

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 

How mad would you be if you personally gave money to someone to get a specified education in medicine and they went through and got a degree only to go flip burgers at McDonalds or go and be a lazy, ignorant “occupy wall street” protester.  I would not be too happy if I helped someone like that and they squandered it away!  OK, again I am not trying to be mean to someone who wants to come to Christ.  If this is you, then come on, He will take and cleanse anyone!  But let us all strive to be the “good tree” that everyone wants in their home!  Let us train our children and instill in them the desire to be pure, chaste, clean vessels for God’s use!  Let’s be those trees that are taken early by the farmers and sold for more under the shed!

December 19, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spend Wisely

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jer 24:7  And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

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 love these 3 scriptures!  In fact, I claim Psalms 51:10 just about every day.  I want God to continue to create in me a clean heart and a renewed spirit.  When I interact in this world, my heart needs to be cleansed and my spirit needs to be renewed.  I believe God gives me a desire to be with Him, especially after my new heart and renewed spirit.  Where I spend that desire is up to me.

One of the wonderful things about God is that He gives us a free will.  We are not made to love God, He allows us to come to Him willingly.  Think about it, don’t you want those to whom you love to come to you willingly and not out of necessity?  I like to compare the desire that I get from God with money.  When I get paid, where do I spend that money and how do I spend it? There are places and things that are a money pit.  Then there are places that bring about a return and give me money back.

Spiritually, when I spend my desire on God, He gives it back to me to keep investing into Him.  It is a wonderful cycle that keeps on going over and over again.  Not only does He give back, but He gives back in abundance.  When I spend my desire on things that really don’t matter, then that desire is gone forever.  I do not get a return on my investment.  Have you ever wondered why some people feel empty?  It is because they are spending their desire in all the wrong places.  Those places will leave you feeling empty, remorseful, and full of regret.

My question to you is, “Where are you spending your desire”?  God wants you and loves you.  Will you be willing to invest your life and desire into God’s things?  You will not be disappointed if you do!

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment