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Weekday devotionals for Christians

It Was Good!

Genesis 1:28-31

(28)  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

(29)  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

(30)  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

(31)  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

…continued from yesterday….

In verse 28, the phrase “replenish the earth” means to fill it up.  What an honor!  God wanted Adam to fill the earth up with his children and grand-children!  Can you imagine if the entire world’s population rested on you to bring forth children?  I do realize that Adam and Eve did not have the limitations put on them that we have today, but the simple fact of replenishing the earth being entirely on you is a great responsibility and a great honor as well!

The next statement, “and subdue it” is very interesting.  It means to conquer, to bring into bondage.  This statement flies in the face of all of the God-hating tree huggers and global warming crowd.  God commanded Adam to conquer the earth and subdue it.  I am tired of the politically correct (pc) crowd that values animals and trees more than human life!  They think that the trees and plants should have all the rights that a human should have.  That is wrong and ungodly!  God says several times in the Bible that we are of more value than the plants and animals (Matt. 10:31, Luke 12:7+27, Matt. 6:29).

I will finish this devotional on this last command found in verse 28.  The last command is to have dominion over the fish, fowl, and every living thing.  The word subdue means: to tread down, subjugate, to prevail against.  With this understanding, we are told by God to prevail against the fowl, fish, and every living thing.  That was and still is God’s original intent with man upon the earth.  God did not create man equal with the fowl, fish, and every living thing.  God made us superior to them.  The simple fact that I have to point this out, shows the narrative that is being pushed by this evil influence in the world is having an effect on us.  Don’t misunderstand me, I like clean air and clean water.  I am not for torturing any animal, but God put us at the top of the food chain on purpose.  I will presume that you already understand this and therefore do not need this, but it is good to be reminded what God has for us!

God ends the chapter in verse 31 with, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”  Man’s responsibility to grow, multiply, replenish, subdue, and have dominion over all of the earth was called good by God.  Only those who are anti-God will disagree.

In closing, I just wanted to share these few thoughts with you as the Lord put them on my heart from my devotionals.  I hope they are a blessing to you.  When you go to church on Sunday; thank God for all of the blessings that He has given to you and maybe these few thoughts will help you in your walk with God.  God Bless You!

-Pastor Kennedy

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July 14, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Command Of Blessings

Genesis 1:26-31

(26)  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

(27)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

(28)  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

(29)  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

(30)  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

(31)  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

A Command of Blessings are given to Adam and Eve in verse 28.  What do I mean by commands of blessings?  Well, in verse 28, God gave commands to Adam and Eve.  Usually a command has a mean and negative implication to it.  The commands found in verse 28 only have blessings attached to them.  When God told them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish and subdue, those were commands that God gave to them that were desirable.  Keep in mind that these commands were given out before the fall of man and therefore there was not a curse on the ground.

To further explain it, I will say it this way: Imagine if God gave you a command to eat your favorite foods with your favorite drink, and when you are done; go and enjoy your favorite hobby!  That is a man’s dream come true!  For me, that is to watch football with a big juicy steak in front of me with a tall glass of ice cold Pepsi.  And when I finish, I am supposed to go and enjoy my favorite hobby!  Wow, what a good life God was giving to Adam and Eve!

I believe that God has been given a bad rap from people.  God has been blamed for things that He had nothing to do with.  God’s heart for His people can clearly be seen in the scriptures.  I believe the cause of Him being blamed for bad things are people who are not in the Word.  And because they are not in the Word, they miss out on God’s reminders of His original intentions for us.

Let me encourage you today to be the type of person who search the scriptures daily to see God’s heart.   John 5:39 says, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”  When we deprive ourselves of our daily bread from God’s Word, we then allow our lack of faith to blame God for the bad in our life.  If we really want to blame someone, we should go to Genesis 3 and see where Satan ruined all that was earthly good for us.  If you want to thank someone, thank God as you will see as he made coats of skin for Adam and Eve.  God might have to give out some justice which in turn will bring some form of heart ache, but His heart for us will always cause Him to be a part of the solution to our problems!  Just remember, God has given us a command of blessings.  We will enjoy some of that on this earth, but when we get to heaven, it will be totally amazing!

I hope you have a good day and a great week!

-Pastor Kennedy

July 10, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Original Intent

Genesis 1:26-31
(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

In God’s Original Plan, one of things that I want to point out is that He wants us to have His image. Stop for a minute and let that sink in…..He wants us to look like Him! I looked up the word “image” in the Hebrew language and this is the definition:
tselem
tseh’-lem
image :
From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure

God wants us to be a representative figure of Him. This started back when Adam was made. Not only did God want us to have a resemblance of Him, but also wants us to be His representative. It is like a father that makes his son to be the representative of their family business.
Can you see God’s heart in this decision? Can you see His love for us? Can you see God beaming with pride as His most precious creation is representing Him? He didn’t choose the strong and majestic horse to represent Him. He didn’t choose the powerful and ferocious lion to represent Him. He didn’t choose the beautiful peacock to represent His beauty. He didn’t choose the stately bull elephant to represent His power nor the delicate and unique humming bird.  God in His love and wisdom chose lowly man to be the illusion, the resemblance of Him!  In my opinion, God has created many wonderful, strong, and even some very intelligent animals that could have represented many of His attributes better than what a common human can; but He didn’t choose them.  God chose His last creation; His best creation to be His representative! I am pointing all of this out not because I want to inflate someone’s ego, but rather because to show the importance of God’s Original Intent in regards to man. This reminds me of a political position that was created in our country called an “Ambassador”.  The Ambassador is a person designated and set apart with the sole purpose to represent the President of the USA to a given country. That Ambassador would be the “go-between” between the political leaders in the country that he is appointed to and the President of the USA.
I have a few questions for us in regards to this understanding with God’s Original Intent. Would you or I conduct ourselves any different knowing what God’s Original Intent for us was? Would you look at Bible reading any different? Would you look at church attendance any different? Would you look at giving to the Lord any different? Would your prayer life change if you were the official spokesperson for the Lord? Would your conduct in this world change if you had the title of “Ambassador of the Lord”? I want to finish the devotional today with those thoughts and I encourage you to think on what you would do differently as we are God’s Ambassador to this world.
Proverbs 13:16-17
(16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
(17) A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

-Pastor Kennedy

July 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great Spoil!

Psalms 119:161-162

(161)  SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

(162)  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

 

Have you ever accidentally come across something that has great value?  When I was a young child, I found $20.  It was Awesome!  I thought I hit the jackpot!  After I explained to my parents that I found it and where I found it, I got to enjoy it!  I definitely rejoiced!  The verses above convict me because David is saying that He rejoices at God’s Word as if it were a found treasure!  I get convicted because there are times that my Bible reading happens because I make myself read it rather than wanting to read it.  No matter if I want to read it or not, I should still read my Bible…and so should all of us.

Do you rejoice at God’s Word?  I have found a lot of times that once I get started, I then get reminded by God how wonderful His Word really is and how much He loves you and me.  Before I know it, I am loving it and I find myself not wanting to put it down.  This also helps me to keep in perspective the things that I value.  I should value God’s Word more than any spoil that I have or will receive.

Last Question:  What do you value most in life?  Not according to what you think, but rather according to what you do.

 

August 10, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

He is not the Great I Was..part 3

Exodus 3:12-14

12.  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13.  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?                                                                                                               14.  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

One of the most important things that God does for us is to assure us that He won’t ever leave us or let us down.  Whether or not realize it, we need His assurances.  Here in Exodus, God is instructing Moses to give this command to the children of Israel as they are in bondage to the Egyptians.  God is about to drastically change their life forever!  God (in this passage) is starting the process by which they will be no longer enslaved and live not just as free men and women, but rather live victoriously!   Did you know that God wants you to live victoriously?  He wants you to be conquerors through Him!  But don’t forget, in order for you to have victory:

1. You must have an enemy.

2. You must be on the winning side.

Exodus 17:3  And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
Exodus 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Did you read that?  They were complaining that they were no longer enslaved!  How’s that for gratitude?  I have a few thoughts on this matter:

1. God fulfilled His promise to them. 

2. God did not tell them ahead of time what the details were going to be.

3. It was a drastic change of life!  Even though they were in bondage to the Egyptians, the children of Israel missed the life of bondage.  No, they did not miss being beaten or enslaved, but rather they missed being familiar to their surroundings.  You see, when they went out into the wilderness, it was VERY unfamiliar and scary to them.  Even though God was with them, their “faith muscle” was very weak.  They did not exercise their faith muscles while they were in bondage, and the result was very weak faith.   Let me ask you a question, How is your faith?  Is it weak?  Do you exercise it?  The only way to strengthen a muscle is to make it work…to exercise it.  Do you exercise your faith?  If you don’t it will be very weak.

4. The I AM was taking care of them!  This is why Moses would continually get so mad at them.  God brought them out of Egypt, out of slavery with a strong hand and they still doubted God!  I like the definition of that name!  The I AM means I am now and will always be now. Guess what?  If you are saved, then you have the same I AM in your life taking care of the details.  He may not give you advanced warning, but He will fulfill His promises to you!  He may make drastic changes in your life, but He will always take care of you!  When in doubt, have faith in God!  Remember, He is not the I was, He is the I AM (now and forever)!

July 22, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

He Is Not The Great I Was

Exodus 3:12-14

12.  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13.  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?                                                                                                               14.  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

One of the most important things that God does for us is to assure us that He won’t ever leave us or let us down.  Whether or not realize it, we need His assurances.  Here in Exodus, God is instructing Moses to give this command to the children of Israel as they are in bondage to the Egyptians.  God is about to drastically change their life forever!  God (in this passage) is starting the process by which they will be no longer enslaved and live not just as free men and women, but rather live victoriously!   Did you know that God wants you to live victoriously?  He wants you to be conquerors through Him!  But don’t forget, in order for you to have victory:

1. You must have an enemy.  Yes, that’s right; you must have someone to defeat if you are going to be Victorious!  Without an enemy, you cannot have Victory!

2. You must be on the winning side.  What ?!  How can you be on the winning side before you start the battle?  That answer is easy!  Jesus is the answer!  If you are on His side, you WILL have victory!  WAY TOO MANY christians have it the wrong way.  They are trying to coerce Jesus to give them the victory.  They are trying to bribe God to bless them.  They want God to move to them rather than them move to where God is.  This is why so many people never see victory.  God will not be “strong-armed” over to anyone’s side!  If we want victory, we must move to Him rather than Him move to where we are!

So let me ask you one more question, Do you have Victory?  Remember, He is not the I was, He IS the I AM.  That means He is now.

to be continued…

 

 

 

 

July 18, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Help, Hug, but Won’t Hinder

Psalms 35:1 A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Psalms 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
Psalms 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

The last time I wrote a devotional, I started this thought and I didn’t finish it.  I gave the first point and I will continue on from there:

Have you ever been attacked?  If you are living and breathing right now, then the probability is very high.  Have you ever felt like you were being attacked?  I feel like I can write about this topic, because I have been the attacked one many times!  It will only be a matter of time before I feel like I am being attacked or will be attacked.

Don’t attacks seem so vicious and brutal?  They seem to hit us in the most vulnerable and week spot…don’t they?  They usually catch us off guard and we get to mix in embarrassment with our pain…….I HATE being attacked!  A lot of things come to my mind: why? who? what did I do?….all are questions that usually come off of my tongue when this happens.  Let me encourage you and myself and remind us all of what the Psalmist did when he got attacked.

1. He went to God.

2. He gave his issue to God.  This is so hard to do.  It is so easy to lash out and be unkind and mean with your words.  Real control is displayed when you want to do something, but instead choose the high road.  Real christianity is not retaliating or seeking vengance.  It is so hard to give our matters over to the Lord, even though He is the best One to handle the situation.  I believe for a person to truly “live by faith” is to hand over the matter to God and trust that He will take care of the situation better than you can.  I am for communicating when an issue rises up.  I am for problem solving with someone on a matter that needs to be corrected.  I am for addressing a situation that needs to be fixed.  I believe the true problem comes when we take matters into our own hands and “fix” them our way.  You see God can fix a situation without putting a sinful attitude in the solution.

3. He vented to God.  He took his complaint to God.  I do not think that complaining is bad; I think that complaining to the wrong person is where most people mess up.  If I have a work complaint and I take it to another employee in my company, I am not doing any good.  If I take my issue to the proper authorities, then my “complaining” has the potential to bring about a positive change.  It is ok to complain to God!  Guess what?  God can handle complaining!  In fact, God likes it when we bring our issues to Him!  That is one of the reasons why He allows some issues in our life…to draw us closer to Him!  So go and complain to God, He can help you, hug you, but He won’t hinder you!

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The Apple of His Eye

Psalms 35:1 A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Psalms 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
Psalms 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

 

Have you ever been attacked?  If you are living and breathing right now, then the probability is very high.  Have you ever felt like you were being attacked?  I feel like I can write about this topic, because I have been the attacked many times!  Although I believe I am not being attacked now, it will only be a matter of time before I feel like I am being attacked or will be attacked.

Don’t attacks seem so vicious and brutal?  They seem to hit us in the most vulnerable and week spot…don’t they?  They usually catch us off guard and we get to mix in embarrassment with our pain…….I HATE being attacked!  A lot of things come to my mind: why? who? what did I do?….all are questions that usually come off of my tongue when this happens.  Let me encourage you and myself and remind us all of what the Psalmist did when he got attacked.

1. He went to God.  Wow, I could spend all day on this.  God does not want us to be attacked, but is ready for us to come to Him when we do get attacked.  Because God gives everyone free-will, He chooses not to control some things, which at times are evil attacks from one person to another.  Don’t blame God for another sinner attacking you, but rather run to Him and let Him deal with it.  He longs to be the One to whom you run to when hurtful and hateful things are done to you.  He wants to be there to catch your tears (Psalms 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?)  God catches all of your tears.  They mean a lot to Him.  They are precious to Him.  If you have children, you understand what I mean by that.  We are God’s children (if we are saved), and the apple of God’s eye (Psalms 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,).  He loves you!  He cares about your broken heart and hurts when you hurt.  Some people do not realize this because they don’t run to God when they hurt.  When they do not run to God in their hurt, they don’t feel His love and realize that He hurts with you.  They are truly depriving themselves of God’s love all because they do not go to God when they get hurt.  What will your first action be when you get hurt?  Will you run to God?  Remember you are the Apple of His Eye!

–To Be Continued Tomorrow

 

 

April 25, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Exercise For You

Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Walking is (I have been told) some of the best exercise that we can do.  I am not a fitness expert so I have to trust the experts when they say that walking is good for you and me.  I actually enjoy walking, as long as I am with my family.  I like to walk with them and talk to them.  Usually me and my wife walk while the girls ride their bikes.  Another reason why I like walking is that I get to multi-task.  I like multi-tasking!  In fact, I really dislike it when I can’t.  I like the ability and the thought of getting multiple things done at the same time!  Sometimes this can hurt me because I try to do too much and drop the ball on all the things that I try to accomplish.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

When I walk with God, many things happen:

1. I walk with someone who has never sinned.  This brings conviction to me.  Even though Jesus loves me, He is righteous and pure and that convicts me.  I cannot be full of pride when I walk next to someone whose righteousness reveals my dirty and sinful state.

to be continued tomorrow….

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is That It?

Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

I want to wrap up my last thought with these verses today.  I often catch myself naturally settling for something that is not the best; or I try to convince myself that  something other than best is what I should get.  Often times though, getting the best requires some sacrifice and work.  It takes someone who is tired of the “status quo” and pursues something that is perceived as bigger than they are.  I wander how much mediocrity we settle for just because the thing we want seems to “good to be true”, and might take a little more sacrifice than what we want to pay.  Keep in mind that I am not talking about things, like a plasma TV, new car, or an expensive piece of jewelry as the things that I need to press on to achieve or seek after.  I am talking about increasing your vision for yourself and expanding it to a place of dis-comfort.  Success comes from people who do not seek for the comfortable life, but rather those who are dissatisfied with the current situation that they are in.

Let me challenge you to look in your life; at all areas and ask yourself, “Is this all that I want?”  I can just imagine as Jesus was on the cross and heard the question from the thief to remember him in Heaven.  I can imagine that Jesus thought “Is that all you want?”  What areas, if any, are coming to your mind right now that can stand an expanded vision; a vision that pushes “the  envelope” of faith that will cause you to reach out to God and beg Him to help and guide you as you press toward that “perfect will of God”.

AREN’T YOU TIRED OF JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS?  Are you willing to get more out of the christian life?  Don’t you want to see miracles happen in your life that can only be explained by Christ working through you?  If you find your heart pumping a little more because you want God to do something miraculous in your life, then go ahead and bow your head and ask God to show you the areas that need an expanded vision in your life.  When He shows you those areas, then pursue them with gazelle like intensity and hold on  to all of the promises of God as you pursue a greater vision.

Remember, God wants to do more through you!  But you must first ask yourself the question, “Is this all that I want?”

 

March 9, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment