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Hear My Heart

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  

Pro 1:9

  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  

Pro 1:10

  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.   

 

We see here an example of a father continually reaching out to his child, his son.  The Father is constantly reminding his son to hear instruction.  More importantly, he is reaching out to his son’s heart and continually drawing it close to him. That is the thing that is most important with any type of training, teaching, or child rearing.  With all of that said, even Solomon had to say, ” son, pay attention”, “listen-up”, “look at me”, “are you listening to me?”  Why do I point this out?  Because I get so frustrated with always having to make that type of statement to my children.  What ever statement you make, how ever you make it; even the wisest man ever to live had to make that statement to his son (I hope that encourages you).  By the way, how old was his son?  No one really knows how hold his son was at this point, He could have been 10 or 20 or 30.

The writer is affirming his son of the benefits of listening to and following his parents instruction in verse 9.  Notice also the next verse.  My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  Here we have a mom and dad battling with the wrong crowd over their son’s heart.  Look at what they did.  They did not confront the wrong crowd, because the fool is not worth their time…but their son is:

Pro 26:4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  

They reached out for their son’s heart instead of confronting “his friends”.  The fool does not have enough wisdom to understand what is needed, that is why the parents will not waste their time on the fool, because the fool has a funny way of bringing out the worst in people.  What will you do with the heart of your child?  Did you know that God is reaching out for your heart?  He does not care about the fools, He cares about you!  He wants your heart, because He wants you!  He wants you to have the blessed life.  That life will not come from the sinners, it will only come from listening to your heavenly daddy!  Listen closely, can you hear His heart? 

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November 7, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

My Son

Pro 1:8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 1:9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Pro 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Over the next few months, I will be doing atleast one devotional a week on the home.  While I realize that I still have a lot to learn about the “home”, I want to point out a few things:

1. I love my Home.  I am not talking about the physical structure in which my family lives in.

2.I love the Home.

3. I grew up in a christian home.

4. I am training my children the in the way that I was raised.

5. I have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

6. I want my children to follow God’s will for their life.

7. I want my children to have a goodly heritage. -Psalms 16:6

8. I want to be the best christian example for my children to look to.

As I read these verses in Proverbs, I am reminded at how much importance is put on the Home, the Family, the first Institution ever established.  I did a word study in Proverbs on the the words, “My Son”, and was surprised at what I found:  23 verses in this book alone that Solomon was using to reach out to his son…in his HOME.  All of our children are precious to us, but have you ever felt “what do I do now”?  I plan on using the Bible in these devotions and pray that all of us can gain something and apply it to our own homes.  I need all the help I can get…how about you?  By the way, if you know of someone who could use these devotionals, then forward this to them so that they can sign up.

Challenge for the day:

Sit down and write out some goals for your family, your children, and your marriage.  It would do us all good to sit down and focus on what God would have for our own families. 

Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish:

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Are You?

Joh 10:24  Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

Joh 10:25  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

Joh 10:26  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Have you ever used the statement, “Put the jelly on the bottom shelf”?  The Jews, to whom Jesus was talking, were asking Jesus to simply tell them if He was THE CHRIST!  The Jews because of their unbelief, did not believe that He was the Christ.  Jesus’ response back to them was, “I told you already and you didn’t believe me.”  And He then goes on to repeat what He had previously said to them about His sheep hearing His voice.

The thought today is simply this: sometimes we get wrapped up in the things that do not matter and miss the miraculous things that are in front of our face.  I know this applies to me also.  The Jews were so wrapped up into their man made, religious rituals that it caused their faith to waiver even when their Saviour was right in front of them doing miraculous things.  If we as christians can focus more on the Bible and what God says to us, then we will notice more of the things that are happening around us.  Let’s not get distracted in religious things to miss out on the miracles that are taking place all around us!  God will always reveal Himself to you and me, will we be attentive enough to notice?

-Bro. Kennedy

October 14, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Go… and Let God

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. 

Psa 5:10  Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

The feeling of revenge is a destructive and seductive feeling.  When a person allows those thoughts into their thinking and allows the vengeful thoughts to dominate their thinking, they buy in to a very destructive pattern of thoughts that leads to destructive behavior.  And before they know it, they start doing the same actions that the wicked one that hurt him did.
We are reminded in verse 10 that revenge belongs to God.

Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

God, being perfect and without sin, can rightfully give the necessary acts of destruction to those who need it.  Look at the statements in verse 10:
1. Destroy thou them
2. Let them fall by their own counsels
3. Cast them out into the multitude of their transgressions.
The Psalmist is admitting to God the realization of the end result of the wicked.  He also realizes whom vengeance belongs to.  Can you imagine the emotion he was feeling?  He must have had some strong feelings for him to make those 3 statements in verse 10.  When in Doubt…Don’t.  We need to get to the place that our faith lets go of the circumstances and lets God do what needs to be done.  We have to trust Him enough to do what is right in the situation.
Let God handle it; He will do better than you, and you won’t get punished for it either.
Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Let Go and Let God!

October 13, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | 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

The Man in Verse Six

 

Psa 5:6  Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

Psa 5:7  But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

There are two types of people being mentioned in these verses.  The first one is a person that crafts and strategically arranges their words in order to harm and deceive.  The second person is one that comes to God’s house in the spirit of fear and mercy to worship God.  These two people are total opposites.
Notice what God says about the bloody and deceitful man in verse 6.  He will destroy him.  Strong words from a loving God.  Sometimes my flesh will try to rise up and do the actions of the first person.  I then have to realize that the things that bark like a dog, act like a dog, scratch like a dog, and lives like a dog……is probably a dog.  If I do not want to be the man in verse 6, then I should not act like him.  Even when I feel wronged or deceived, remember that God “has your back”.

Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Pro 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Notice what the man in verse 7 does, he goes where God is and worships Him.  When you feel like you have been wronged, remember that God will take care of you.  I remember the first time I felt that Joy was being mistreated.  It was in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.  I totally reacted instead of being calm.  I was yelling and screaming and almost broke “some things”.  I will spare you the details and spare me the embarrassment by saying that when I felt my daughter’s pain and anguish; I was about to come “unglued” on some “folk”.  God, our Heavenly Father, is the same way.  When we come to Him instead of taking matters into our own hands, He will take care of us.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today:

Don’t re-act to evil and bloody men, go to where God is and let Him take care of you!

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What are you looking at?

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.

Psa 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. I think the last part of verse 3 is interesting, notice the words “and will look up”.

Why is it important for the Psalmist to look up? Is it really that important to look up while I pray? While these questions go through my mind, these next few thoughts come to me: Looking up when I pray, signifies where I place my faith for my prayers to be answered. I believe where I put my faith is a choice. It is something that I decide to do. Can anyone really explain how God exists? Where He came from? Who gave Him His power? No one person can logically explain it, other than making statements that we accept from the Bible…by faith. Faith is a decision on WHO I WILL BELIEVE. Everyone is given a measure of faith from God.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

When we look up to Heaven, we signify who are faith is in. I do not believe that we need to look up to Heaven, but rather I am just emphasizing that we choose where we put our faith. What is my point? Where we look to first for our answers, is really where we put our faith. Where do you look? Do you look to a family member, job, bank account, government, a senior saint, etc. ? God wants you to look to HIM.

Notice also that the next verse tells that God does not take pleasure in wickedness or evil. The first word in verse 4 starts out with a Preposition. This indicates a continuation of thought. Wickedness and evil work opposite of faith. When someone participates in either one, it hinders their faith in God. The last thing that I need is for my faultering faith (I feel sometimes) to be hindered. Have you ever felt that your faith faulters? If not, you must be perfect. When a christian wants to increase their faith, they will stay away from wickedness and evil.

Bro. CW’s challenge for today: Who you cry to first in a need is whom you trust the most. Where will you look to when a need arises? Will you stay away from faith hinderers?

October 7, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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