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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

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

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

Getting God’s Attention

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 God by 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.

January 30, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Politician For Your Kids

Psa 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
Psa 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
Psa 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

I stated yesterday some facts about our national debt, here is the last part to refresh your memory:

-Let’s just say that you need to rest and eat and sleep.  I will give 8 hours a day for this.  Let’s just say that you are feeling brave and you take this task on your own, and go strong for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 70 years non-stop, you would have to spend:

A. $596,937,575 a day…yes that is almost 600 million dollars a day!

B. $37,308,599 an hour for 16 hours.

C. $621,809 a minute

D. $10,363 a second

Are you up for a challenge?

Here is one more:

If you stop the national debt where it is and don’t create one more dollar of debt, and spend 10 million dollars a day… using the same 16 hours a day(that is 625,000 an hour), 7 days a week (no days off), it would take you…drum roll please………………..

4, 178.56 years to spend what the national debt is now.  Do you have that many years?

Now why did I go into all of that yesterday?  This is my point: our children are surrounded by people who are living for the “here and now”.  Their motivation is to do what is needed so that they can have their own time to do what they want.  Let me hit a “pause button” and say this:

I believe we have a lot of parents out their who genuinely care about their children, but have no goals or vision for them for their life.  Why do I say this?  There is a generation out there that has not passed down to the next generation, the tools that are necessary for that next generation to succeed in life.  Those tools that I am referring to are:

1. The ability to handle money properly.

2. The ability to make wise decisions that will impact their future for good.

3. The ability to decipher between right and wrong.

4. The ability to raise children that are good, upstanding, God-fearing Christians.

5.  The ability to find a job and succeed in it.

and the list goes on…………

To live for the next generation will cause most people to miss out on some of life’s pleasures for the sake of spending time with and investing into your children’s and grandchildren’s future.  It will take a lot of sacrifice on the part of the parent for the child to get the start that they will need.  It is similar to the sacrifice that our politicians will need to take to help ensure a financially and legally sound nation that will continue to be “One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all”.  I have relatives that are in heaven that have paid a High Price in wars and peace time to ensure my freedom, only to have our politicians squander it away.

What will be said of you?  Will it be said that you tried your best to pass on to the next generation the important tools for your children to live by?  Or will you be the “politician for your kids”, by squandering their future away so that you can have a little fun?

January 26, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

King David’s Mistake

Psa 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
Psa 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
Psa 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

King David is one of my favorite characters in the Bible.  I like to read about him and learn what has happened in his life, and what he did to get the label of  “A man after God’s own heart.”  Sadly though, he made some mistakes and I want to learn from them.  One of those mistakes that he made is what I will be addressing today in these devotionals:  He did not live for the next generation.  Now I know this is a very tough accusation, but I believe it is a true statement.

King David lived for and served his own generation very well.  In fact, he won the hearts of the people away from the king when he was only a lad.  In fact, David was only trying to do right and was very loyal to the king and only wanted what was best for the king when he won the hearts of the people.  I will not tell you in this devotional why I believe that he lived only for his generation,  because it would take too long.  For the sake of time and length, let’s just go with the thought of living for the next generation.

Our national debt is 15.251 trillion dollars, as of yesterday at 2:58 pm (it grows by the minute).  That is a lot of money.  Our politicians do not want to do the right thing by our nation, so therefor they continue to add to and multiply our national debt.  Our children’s future is at stake here and we are squandering their future away by spending money today.  To put things in perspective, using the figure above, I will break down how bad our national debt is:

1. Each citizen’s share of the debt (including babies) is $48, 868.

2. The national debt starting on September 28, 2007, increases each day by 3.96 billion dollars…that is billion with a “b”

3. If 20 people at 10 years old will take the next 70 years and doing nothing but shop and spend money (that means no eating, sleeping, or taking breaks) for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

A. They will have to spend $29,846, 879 a day.

B. That is $497,447 an hour.

C. That is $8,290 a minute.

D. That is $138 a second.

to equal what the national debt is now!  That is NON-Stop shopping—24/7!

-Let’s just say that you need to rest and eat and sleep.  I will give 8 hours a day for this.  Let’s just say that you are feeling brave and you take this task on your own, and go strong for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 70 years non-stop, you would have to spend:

A. $596,937,575 a day…yes that is almost 600 million dollars a day!

B. $37,308,599 an hour for 16 hours.

C. $621,809 a minute

D. $10,363 a second

Are you up for a challenge?

Here is one more:

If you stop the national debt where it is and don’t create one more dollar of debt, and spend 10 million dollars a day… using the same 16 hours a day(that is 625,000 an hour), 7 days a week (no days off), it would take you…drum roll please:

 

 

 

4, 178.56 years to spend what the national debt is now.  Do you have that many years?

to be continued tomorrow

 

 

 

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

The Next Generation

Pro 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Pro 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Pro 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
Pro 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Here we have the writer of Proverbs…Solomon, instructing his son to do some things in this chapter.  He is doing this to help keep his son away from the pitfalls of life…yes, a strange woman is a pitfall for a young man!  In order for his son to avoid pitfalls, he must first set some things in place in his life that would prevent the son from falling for the strange woman.  Our young ones will allow things and people in their life that do not deserve to be in their life and in doing so, they will fill the void that the wisdom would have and should have filled.  Our young people, for the most part, do not look down the road and see the “big picture”.  Therefor they do not make the wisest of choices, so they need mom and dad to tell them what they need.

-Question…what are you telling them?  Are you living for the next generation?  Are you passing down wisdom to the next generation?  The young ones will learn from someone, will it be you?   I hope so!

 

 

 

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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