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Weekday devotionals for Christians

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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May 1, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Your Life?

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 

What an intriguing statement!  What a convicting statement!  Ask yourself that question, What IS your life?  This statement is in the present tense.  That does not meant what WAS your life; it means what IS your life.  I have met a lot of people who spend a lot of time beating themselves up for their past…guess what?  If you are saved by the Blood of Jesus, the Gift of Salvation, and the ONLY way to Heaven, then your history is simply that…..history.  With God, He wants to focus on the now and the future.  So let me ask you again, what IS your life?  Are you pleased with the way it is going…is God?  Are you pleased with your current status of “where you are going, and what you will do to get there”…is God?  Do you know where you are going and how you will get there?

There is good news…there is still time to change what is needed to change!  Someone does know what is needed and how to fulfill that which is needed!  That is Jesus Christ!  What a Wonderful, Awesome, Amazing, Magnificent, Superior, Ultimate, Heavenly, Perfect, Pure, Loving, Gracious, All-Knowing, Highest, and Patient Saviour!!!!!!  He is the answer to what we need!  While some men have some power, my Jesus has all power!!!  Have you accepted Him as your ONLY WAY to Heaven?  Guess what, it is free access to Heaven!  But it is only through the Almighty, Pure, and Precious Blood of Jesus!  Will you accept Him as your Saviour?  If you have, will you allow Him to salvage your life?  He can and wants to?  Last Question…..What is your Life?

 

 

February 1, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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

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

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

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

Give, Consider, Hearken

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 believe that their are certain things that we as christians do that captures God’s attention better than anything.  One of those, things I believe, is when God’s people cry, or groan for God.  Many times God has been to the point with the nation of Israel that He wanted to destroy them or leave them to their own devices, but out of His great love for them and because of His remembrance of His covenant with them He comes to their rescue like their Hero.  The following verses are just one example of this:
 Exo 2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto Godby reason of the bondage.

Exo 2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
Exo 2:25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

In this chapter of Psalms, we see King David asking three things from God:

1.Give ear to my words
2. Consider my meditation
3.Hearken to the cry of my voice.

I really like what David is doing here because it reminds me what God responds to.  David, a man after God’s own heart, is doing something that provokes a response from the One who loves him.  Being in a place that God does not hear you is a scary place to be.  But to do nothing about it, is even more scary.  If you ever find yourself feeling like King David in Chapter 5, then do what He did.  With his reputation of being a man after God’s own heart, his actions would be a good formula for getting close to God…again.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Run to God today.  Pursue God’s heart today.  Cry out to Him.  His love for us causes Him to hear us when we cry.

October 4, 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