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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Finger Pointer!!

Romans 2:1   Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

We all have done it.  We will most likely do it today.  We all know someone in our lives that could make a living off judgement if it carried a paycheck.  Why is it so easy to judge?   Better yet…. Why is it so easy to do? Why are we so good at it?

I should say we think we are good at it.  We are really only good at hurting people’s feelings and getting right out of the way of God’s will in this part of our lives.  It  is true that some of our walk with Christ may just have something to do with people you don’t agree with or even worse…  DON’T LIKE.

As the scripture above states, this isn’t something we should over look.  I really believe this is the fall of most of our brothers and sisters.  The judgement of our self, first.  Then of others.  Then we get really crazy with it and began to be a sideline judge of what God may think of us or others.  We began to play who is more religious games.  Before we know it we are not even reading our bible to get closer to God.  We are just running around with it in our hand and forget who is really in charge of this life we are living.

Where is the answer you ask?  I believe it comes right down to where your heart is.  If your heart is still being controlled by you.  Then it will be impossible to not fall into the inexcusable.  If we just take a few seconds when judgement looms and think of what we are doing.  Give God the situation and work hard to find a way to be DIFFERENT in the situation.  Most of the time the actions you are about to judge in others are just a defense they have built.  They built it to defend themselves from judgement.  It is a never ending loop if someone doesn’t put a stop to it.  Be that person today please.  Retire from Finger Pointers of America and join a  movement that has eternal benefits.  Love on someone you would have judge today.  Start with YOU!!

-ERN

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year.  May you receive God’s blessings this upcoming year with great joy.

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

Finish Well

Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Many people start down a path of doing good.  In fact, I believe most people start out with the plans of doing well before getting discouraged or weary.  I am reminded of a statement that I heard in a sermon years ago, “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it”.  This statement challenges us to let God finish what He started.  Therefor, if we start something good then we should finish it.  I believe a lot of christians miss out on the finished blessing when they quit.

Notice the words: “In due season we shall reap”.  I am glad that that we have seasons.  To me, it is a sign that there are times of blessings for every person. The converse is also true.  There are times when it seems that blessings will never return, but never fear: If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.  In due season, we WILL reap if we faint not.  One way to guarantee no blessings is to quit before they come.  Hang in there and finish well.  The Cardinals were the last team in the play-offs and no one expected them to come back and win it all…but they did.  Last year the Green Bay Packers BARELY got in the play-offs…they are now the current Super Bowl Champions.

The end of your story is not controlled by someone else, it is controlled only by you and the Lord.  Will you finish well?

November 1, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop Fainting

Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Have you ever been tired while doing good things?  Have you ever been tired of doing good things?  If you have not experienced this yet, just wait it is on its way.  I am glad that God does not experience this while He does me good!  I am so glad that God is good to me all the time!  He is good to me on a daily basis.

Psa 68:19  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Sometimes my sin nature gets in the way of realizing God’s goodness.

When we get weary in well doing, we start to consider things that we normally would not consider while we are strong.  Sometimes those things are sin, quitting, giving up on life, etc.  Maybe you can “fill in the blank” with a thing or two.  God is admonishing us to not give up, to not be weary in well doing.  One would not think that doing well and doing good things could make us weary, but it can and does.  What will your reaction be when you are weary?  I like how it is worded in verse 9; “Let us…”.  You are not alone, others are with you!  Remember, God will not ask you to do something that He has not already done!  When you are weary, tell God…He always understands!

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

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