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Philippians 3:10-15
(10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
(12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
(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.

I want to address another area in regards to growing, and that is dealing with failures.
Surprisingly most people do not realize it, but failures are a daily occurence.  I hate not succeeding! I would guess that you probably are the same as I am in that area. “I don’t play to lose”, is something that my girls will tell you about me when we play or do something that requires competition. I am a very competitive person. I always try to succeed in everything that I do. I have learned that the average person does not need to have an aggressive drive to succeed in order to enjoy winning. Most people strive for success.
What happens then when we fail or do not succeed at what we start out doing? Well….a lot of things happen, but what I want to address is what needs to happen after we lose or fail. If we first don’t succeed, ……. You know the rest of the statement. We need to try again. While I want to stay away from the self-help advice that usually is void of God and is primarily focused on the sheer determination of man; I want to point out a few thoughts on growing through past failures.
1. God is not surprised when we do not succeed on the first try.
Psalms 103:14
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Praise God! Thank You Jesus! I have found that the average honest individual (there are exceptions to this), is harder on himself than anyone. We always expect to succeed on the first try and when we don’t we experience a lot of negative feelings and a range of frustration. If God is not surprised that we will fail, we need to be understanding of that ourselves as well. If we can do this, we will be able to do things like: encourage others when they fail, encourage ourselves when we fail, and learn from our past mistakes. In my failures, I have learned that the answer to my failure is out there, I just need help in finding that answer.
2. When we fail we should do the following things:
    A. Be teachable and seek the answer to the failure.
    B. Look to the Lord, before I look to man for the answer.
Proverbs 16:1
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
…to be continued tomorrow…

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June 29, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , | 1 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

My God, My Champion!

Psa 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psa 5:12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

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I love the ending of this chapter!  I love the actions that take place for those who put their trust in the Lord!  The Lord is doing three things for the righteous:

1. He is defending us.  Praise God!  Have you ever encountered someone who is stronger, tougher, and bigger than you?  No matter what you do, you cannot defeat him on your own?  Satan is that enemy.  I am also reminded of the story of David and Goliath.  Goliath was the Philistine’s Champion.  He was bigger and badder than all of those “big men” of Philistia.  King Saul was the champion for Israel.  He was head and shoulders above the men in Israel…yet, he was too afraid to go and fight Goliath.  He instead, allowed a little shepherd boy to go in his place.  Little is much when God is in it!  David, through God, killed the biggest and meanest man in the land…a little shepherd boy!  God does not need our help to defeat our enemies, we need Him!

2. He will bless us.  Are you at the place that you no longer need any blessings from God?  I am not there, and I don’t think I will ever get to the point to where I am not interested in God’s blessings!  No one can give you what God can!  No one can bless you the way God can!  No one can bestow honor on you the way God can!  I want God’s blessings!

3. He will gladly and lovingly compass us.  God takes pleasure in protecting us!  Verse 12 says that with FAVOUR He compasses us like a shield.  That means He encircles us with His love and protection.  No one can protect you like God!

October Bible Reading Schedule

16. II Chron. 33:14-36:23

Romans 16:8-I Corinth. 1:17

Psalms 26-27:6

Prov. 20:19-21

17. Ezra 1-4:24

I Corinthians 1:18-3:4

Psalms 27:7-28:9

Prov. 20:22-25

18. Ezra 5-8:20

I Corinth. 3:5-4:21

Psalms 29-30:12

Prov. 20:26-30

19. Ezra 8:21-10:44

I Corinth. 5-6:20

Psalms 31:1-18

Prov. 21:1-3

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment