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Weekday devotionals for Christians

They Said WHAT??

(Psalms 109:1) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 

(Psalms 109:2) For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

Who else will jump up with me and say AMEN on this one?  If you have been alive more the 35 seconds I am sure the above Psalms has a ringing tone of familiarity to you.   We see in verse 2 that someone is using words to harm someone else.   Not to get all dug in on Friday night about who, what, when, and where.  Lets just say you opened your bible today and ran over these two verses.  Ok.. it happen to me so I am sharing some of  the conviction here :-)..   Now I am sure you already have the names of the people doing it.  Now lets really talk about something interest.  Let just start a whole new paragraph to do it.

WHO have you done it to?  Whom in your life right now may be praying for “Hold not thy peace” to God about YOU.  I know. It is pretty twisted, but just saying.  The mouth is the most effective weapon of war in our homes, work places, and yes even churches.  I am sure most of you are glad you read the Bible differently then I do.  Good news is.  We.. Yes we, can all change.  How to we do it?  Lets look at this last verse.

(Psalms 109:4) For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

Guess that about solves it all.  What happens most of the time.  To combat the talk.  We join them.  Lets today join a different team and “give myself unto prayer” over all these issues.

Have a wonderful weekend folks.  See you Sunday 🙂

Bro. Ray

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February 18, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Change!

Ephesians 3:20- Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Have you ever ask for something to change in your life?  I am sure  most of us have.  Now when we have the faith to believe and we receive the abundance that we asked for creates change in our life.  Most of the time some of the changes (aka BLESSINGS) if we are not careful may be received incorrectly.   Let me give you some examples.  NO LAUGHING AT ME… 🙂

We pray for our children to grow.    –  –   Then we have to sit in the DMV with them to get a learners permit (yes I lived through at least one heart attack this afternoon).

We pray for our relationships with others to grow.   –  –   Then we get to sit through some of the most heart breaking events over or with them.

We pray for our faith to increase.  – – Then we get put right smack in the middle of a place only God can help us.

So, where is all this going.  We need to remind ourselves that sometimes the changes we ask for may need to take us back a few steps to get a really good answered prayer.  I know that the above verse doesn’t mention much about change, but lets not forget that for things to become abundant the change must be walk in.

 

Bro. Ray.

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be The Horse

Luke 4:2   Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered.

How long have you been tempted lately?

We get so overwhelmed by our current life issues it hinders our walk with Christ.  We get tunnel vision and sometimes may forget the bigger picture.  40 day is a very long time to suffer through something.  For most of us four minutes is a long time to suffer through anything.  Jesus after being tempted by the best of tempters and not eating along with that just waited in faith for his father to help him.  He stepped back in all them small moments and noticed the bigger picture.  Of course, he was God in a human body but I am sure it was still mentally challenging.

I would like to challenge everyone this morning to take another look at what is going on in your life today. No matter how it seems right now IT IS TEMPORARY.  That is one promise this guy can make.  EVERYTHING here on earth is temporary.  Now, here is when it gets interesting.  You are not a prisoner to situations of your life.  You are an active and willing ACTOR in it.  That’s RIGHT.  You can choose to be or do anything you have enough FAITH to do.  If you have faith in God to see you through.  I really mean some active faith.   You will handle your “40 day temptation” with much faster results by being the horse.  Lets stop acting like the blade stuck in the ground.

Lets make a promise to each other today.  No longer will I be the tool of the harvest.  I will be the harvest itself with Christ’s guidance.

-ERN

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Are Better Than One

Ecc 4:9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 

Ecc 4:10  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 

Two are better than one.  Sounds like a statement of the times.  It is a pretty sad thing if someone were to be alone in this world.  I do not think that this verse only means that if you have someone with you, you are better off than being all alone.  This verse actually means when you have two people together “in the same yoke” working toward the same goal, that you will see how much better it is to have two.  These two verses apply to many areas:

1. Marriage-to be fully committed to the same goal in marriage is to be in happiness and harmony.  Have you ever been around a couple who compliment each other very well?  Maybe you and your spouse are like this.   I think this verse applies very well in this case.

2. Employment-When the owners, bosses, co-workers are getting along; production becomes efficient and more gets done.  The opposite is true also; when there is discord, production takes a back seat to drama.

3. Family-while some may think that this should be included in marriage, I don’t.  This is why, my family is made up of adults and children.  When children are on the same page with the parents, a happy home becomes a by product.  Our children know us better than anyone else does.  They may not realize that fact, but subconsciously they know us the best.  If we can all get on the same page, then life is a lot better!

4. Church-When the members are in accord with one another, great things can happen.  The Bible say that the “gates of hell will not prevail against the church”. So the devil cannot beat the church through the front door, so he will go through the back door and cause internal strife among those who are diligently laboring for Christ.

Act 9:31  Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied

Notice the words that are italicized:  the churches had rest, walked in the fear of the Lord and comfort of the Holy Ghost, and WERE MULTIPLIED!  When others see happiness and peace in your life, they will want it too!  People naturally gravitate to, and are curious of those who have peace, joy, comfort, and blessings!  They will want what you have so bad, that they will go where you got it!

Last question, are you joined up with someone? If not, join up with someone today…Remember, Two are better than One!

October 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

My Son

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 1:9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Pro 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Over the next few months, I will be doing atleast one devotional a week on the home.  While I realize that I still have a lot to learn about the “home”, I want to point out a few things:

1. I love my Home.  I am not talking about the physical structure in which my family lives in.

2.I love the Home.

3. I grew up in a christian home.

4. I am training my children the in the way that I was raised.

5. I have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

6. I want my children to follow God’s will for their life.

7. I want my children to have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

8. I want to be the best christian example for my children to look to.

As I read these verses in Proverbs, I am reminded at how much importance is put on the Home, the Family, the first Institution ever established.  I did a word study in Proverbs on the the words, “My Son”, and was surprised at what I found:  23 verses in this book alone that Solomon was using to reach out to his son…in his HOME.  All of our children are precious to us, but have you ever felt “what do I do now”?  I plan on using the Bible in these devotions and pray that all of us can gain something and apply it to our own homes.  I need all the help I can get…how about you?  By the way, if you know of someone who could use these devotionals, then forward this to them so that they can sign up.

Challenge for the day:

Sit down and write out some goals for your family, your children, and your marriage.  It would do us all good to sit down and focus on what God would have for our own families. 

Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish:

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Their is No Faithfulness in Their Mouth.

Psa 5:8  Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psa 5:9  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

The Psalmist is begging God in these two verses to lead him in righteousness.  These two verses are one complete thought, they need each other to expound what is happening with the writer.  The enemies are hindering his walk in several ways.  They are confusing him by making his “way” not look straight.  This is one of their most used tactics to hindering you and me in doing God’s will.  They want you to be confused as to which direction you should take.  They like to cause confusion in God’s will for your life.  They want you to think that you cannot attain God’s purpose for your life.  They know that God can do mighty things through you and they believe it more than you do; that is why they try to stop you before you start.  Let me encourage you to continue on the Lord’s will even if it looks crooked to you as it did to the Psalmist in verse 8.  The Lord’s will is not crooked, but straight!
The next verse shows another tactic that they use.  They try to convince you that they have your best interests in mind for you…that only they understand you and only they know what is best for you.  Keep in mind what the Psalmist says in verse 8, there is not faithfulness in their mouth, and their inward part is very wickedness.  Their throat is an open grave.  With their mouth, they convince you to give up and die.  Remember…there is not faithfulness in their mouth.  Repeat these words to yourself when that temptation comes, when that discouragement comes from them, and when they try to stop you before you start…their is no faithfulness in their mouth.
Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Don’t believe them over God!  What God starts, He will finish!

October 12, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Man in Verse Six

 

Psa 5:6  Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

Psa 5:7  But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

There are two types of people being mentioned in these verses.  The first one is a person that crafts and strategically arranges their words in order to harm and deceive.  The second person is one that comes to God’s house in the spirit of fear and mercy to worship God.  These two people are total opposites.
Notice what God says about the bloody and deceitful man in verse 6.  He will destroy him.  Strong words from a loving God.  Sometimes my flesh will try to rise up and do the actions of the first person.  I then have to realize that the things that bark like a dog, act like a dog, scratch like a dog, and lives like a dog……is probably a dog.  If I do not want to be the man in verse 6, then I should not act like him.  Even when I feel wronged or deceived, remember that God “has your back”.

Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Pro 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Notice what the man in verse 7 does, he goes where God is and worships Him.  When you feel like you have been wronged, remember that God will take care of you.  I remember the first time I felt that Joy was being mistreated.  It was in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.  I totally reacted instead of being calm.  I was yelling and screaming and almost broke “some things”.  I will spare you the details and spare me the embarrassment by saying that when I felt my daughter’s pain and anguish; I was about to come “unglued” on some “folk”.  God, our Heavenly Father, is the same way.  When we come to Him instead of taking matters into our own hands, He will take care of us.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Don’t re-act to evil and bloody men, go to where God is and let Him take care of you!

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Silence is Golden

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.

     I wrote yesterday about us coming to God and crying to Him for His help and begging for His intercession into our lives.  I want to point out the objects of David’s actions.  Have you ever been to the place where you were wanting to do something, but you just did not know what to do?  Have you come to God in times past and did not know what to say or what to ask for or what to do?  Some people go to God and perform the wrong action.  That last thing we as christians want to do is to provoke the King of Kings and Lord of Lords into a negative action.  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”.  David used words.  As a parent, I often encourage my girls to use words in describing their feelings.  In doing that, my girls sometimes do not have the right words and when I understand what they are feeling, I then help them with the right words.  It seems silly for me to point this out to you, but please understand that people use many other actions to “vent or express” their emotion.  They often use violence, force, cruelty, jealousy, hatred, etc.  God wants us to go to Him and use words.  Using words to God as our “outlet of negative emotions” shows restraint, control, and spiritual maturity.
2. Consider my “meditation”.  Meditation is often a subject that is overlooked and under-appreciated.  To meditate is to slow down my emotion and think.  A person that meditates usually does not make hasty decisions.  Remember, slow decisions lead to better decisions.  My marriage, friendships, and ministry have greatly been helped by this one concept that I had to learn the hard way.  Silence is often misunderstood, but never misquoted.  I have had to remind myself of these words MANY times.  I BELIEVE A LOT OF OUR RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED BY IMPLEMENTING THIS CONCEPT INTO OUR DAILY LIVING PATTERNS.  Many good people have horrible relationships with those around them because they fail to stop and meditate before they act.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Meditate on your words and actions before you do them.  They just might save you a lot of grief.  Remember, you are probably leading someone by your actions…what are they seeing?

October 5, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment