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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Walking With My Jesus

Continued from yesterday…

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.

2. I walk with someone who loves me.  This brings comfort to me.  Jesus loves me, why?  Because He does.  I don’t need a reason why He loves me, I am just glad that He eternally loves me no matter what I do.  He wants us to know that we can always come back to Him no matter how bad it gets for us.

3. I exercise with the Lord.  One thing that I have learned is that a muscle needs to be exercised to remain strong.  Muscles will lose mass if they are not exercised.  Spiritually, I need to exercise also.  I need to exercise my faith muscle in God.  When I exercise, I may get a little tired now, but it will build up my endurance so that my faith won’t waiver in the Lord.

4. I walk.  I do not run, jog, or sprint; I walk.  God wants us to walk in newness of life.  Walking is a pace that, while it may be slow, it progresses at a sustainable rate.  So many people can “jump out” to an early lead, but fizzle after a while because they do something that is not sustainable.  I also notice that my walking “cadence” is different than others cadence.  I walk a lot faster than my wife and children.  I should not try to use my cadence or speed of walking to judge others by.  Their “walk with God” is uniquely for them and not me.  I need to remember that if it seems like someone is not progressing like I think they should.  Their walk with God is literally with God and not me; I’ll let God be the judge of how they will walk.

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Psa 73:26  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 73:27  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
Psa 73:28  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Have you ever had a day where it seemed like everything that is normally good is not being good?  Maybe the kids are acting up, maybe your friend is upset with you, maybe your energy to do something is gone, maybe you just feel discouraged.  If you have emotions at all, you will have days that it seems that your emotions will cause you to be down.  Have you ever wondered how to get out of the “rut” that it seems that you are in?

Verse 28 is good medicine for all of us to take.  It is good for me to draw near to God.  Regardless of your circumstances, it is good for you to draw near to God.  Guess what?  He wants you to draw near to Him!  He loves you and me and loves to spend time with us!  Have you heard this statement, “Laughter is good for the heart” ?  Laughter is good for your health; God is even better!  Why is it that our sin nature fights its hardest to keep us from getting close to God when it does our physical body very well?

Remember that when you feel down whether physically, spiritually, or emotionally; run to God.  God will help you physically to feel better; but most important than “feeling better” is getting close to God.  You will have Joy, Strength, Security, Love, and His undivided attention!  Run to God, it will do you good!

October 25, 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

Still Miserable

Pro 3:7 
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

The following are spiritual things that are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us when we are sick and sin-sick:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point.
2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  
3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.   
4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor. 
5. I had to be totally honest with the doctor about what was going on in my life. 
6. After I told him everything, I had to shut my mouth and listen to him.  
7.   The doctor did not force me to listen to him and take his treatment, I willingly went to him.  
8. He told me to avoid certain things and certain places that will make my condition “flare-up”.  
 9. The doctor did not heal me immediately, but instead gave me some medicine that will help me long term.  I really wanted something that would help me immediately, but the doctor knew that long lasting help comes slowly.  My body could not handle something that brings about immediate help, because those medicines are often very harsh and are really a “gamble”.  God sometimes will put us in a process that is slow.  Do not fight it.  He knows what your body can handle.  Most of the times, the best medicine will be slow, but it builds lasting strength and resistance.

10.  I have to go back to the doctor again this week for more testing and help.  Once the doctor helps me narrow down what I need, he can begin the slow process of changing what has been historically wrong with me…that continues to cause me to suffer with the same problem.  Our historical problems cause us to need many appointments with the Physician.  The more I go to the Great Physician, the more He can help me change my problematic history.
11. He will give me medicine on a consistent basis that will heal me and build up resistance in my body that will help long term. The Great Physician has given us daily medicine that will help us heal and help us long term.  This medicine may seem like it does not help or is not needed; but if we are given medicine from the doctor, we should take it.  He knows what will happen if do not take it, that is why he prescribes it to us.

September 30, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miserable-continued

 

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

The following are spiritual things that are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us when we are sick and sin-sick:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point.
2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  
3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.   
4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor. 

5. I had to be totally honest with the doctor about what was going on in my life.  Even though he could probably tell what my problem was; he could not properly help me until I was honest with him and told him everything.  The real Doctor is Jesus, and He does know what your problem is; but He cannot help you until you are 100% honest with Him.  Guess what?  He already knows, so just tell Him and you can start the process of healing.

6. After I told him everything, I had to shut my mouth and listen to him.  Sometimes we are so wrapped up in telling what we think we need that we do not give God the opportunity to tell us what the real solution is.  I cannot be mad at God for not helping me if I am more concerned with my solution than His solution for me.  Remember, if I am in the situation that needs help, then my solution must have been the wrong one.
7.   The doctor did not force me to listen to him and take his treatment, I willingly went to him.  God will not force himself on you, you must go and submit yourself to Him.  God did not force you to get saved, you had to accept that gift willingly.  His medicine is the same way…by a willing acceptance of His medicine.
8. He told me to avoid certain things and certain places that will make my condition “flare-up”.  The doctor told me to avoid the fields and woods where the allergens are in bloom and abound.  There are people, places, things, and ideas that we as christians need to avoid; or we will fall back into the same thing that made us sick.  Certain places, things, shows, music, people, and ideas that caused our problem should be avoided like the plague

September 29, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Miserable

 
Pro 3:7 
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Pro 4:22
 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Psa 43:5
 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

  Have you ever been tired of being sick?  That is where I am right now.  For some reason, the local allergies are really causing me grief.  I will spare you my little pity party by not sharing any details, but I will say that I feel worthless right now.  As I think about the process that I have been in to get me to where I currently am, many spiritual things are pointed out to me that is a good reminder of what happens to us:

1. It took a process and time to get me to this miserable point. Being “sin-sick” is often the same way.  I have been battling the allergies for about 2 weeks now.

2. I was taking medicine that worked at first, but now is no longer effective.  That medicine helped at first because it took care of the symptoms instead of the root cause.  When we as christians only treat the symptoms and not the cause, we allow the root cause to grow to the point where the medicine I was taking is no longer effective.

3. My condition got so bad that I am miserable.  It is no one’s fault except my own for getting this sick.  Spiritually, I am responsible for my own health…not the Preacher.  It is not the preacher’s fault that my sinful condition is bad, it is my fault.

4. I will not get better until I go to the Doctor.  I went yesterday because I am tired of my current condition.  Last week I was ok, this week I feel horrible.  What happened?  I did not go to the doctor; I self-diagnosed myself and look where it got me.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:   

Don’t wait until you are miserable to see the Doctor.  Go to Him right now!  Remember that He wants You!

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Power

“No Power”  Dan 3:25

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Dan 3:26

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

Dan 3:27

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Here we have the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.  We all are familiar with this story and know that in verse 27 no harm befell them.  We also see that as these three young men chose to obey God instead of man.

We see in these verses that the King had no power over the three young men as they chose to serve and obey God.  I also think it is pretty amazing how they knew what Jesus looked like.  I don’t think they lived to see Jesus walking the earth, yet they could recognize Him when He showed up.

When we as christians are asked to do something that is contrary to what God wants, God will protect us.  Isn’t it amazing that the world knows what Jesus should look like and what He does(or atleast they think they do)?  Yet they themselves reject what He would do and should do.  When we feel the pressure to cave-in to the world’s influence we can be assured that when they throw us to the fire, Jesus will be with us!  And not only that, but we will get restored to where we should have been before the “furnace experience”.  Today, know that Jesus loves you and when you feel the heat of following God or the world, Jesus will be with you to help you through the trial.

– I appreciate you and remember to be a conduit of God’s love to someone today!

-Bro. Kennedy

September 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment