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Weekday devotionals for Christians

I Want It Now!

Mark 10:46-52

(46)  And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

(47)  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

(48)  And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

(49)  And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

(50)  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

(51)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

(52)  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Here we have a story of a blind man.  Bartimaeus was his name and he heard that Jesus was in town and was passing by his way.  I want to stop and appreciate the Lord Jesus for a moment.  If you notice in verse 46 that nothing was mentioned about Him being in Jericho.  It only mentions that Jesus entered and exited that town, but what was mentioned is the interaction between Him and Bartimaeus!  Why do I point that out?  I believe that Jesus was coming to someone in need.

That’s right!  Jesus is coming to the rescue!  While I believe that Jesus was passing by Bartimaeus on purpose; Jesus did not go to Bartimaeus.   Bartimaeus had not received an RSVP from Jesus, neither did he call the secretary and set up an appointment with Jesus.  Why do I like this so much!  Let me try to explain below.

I believe that Jesus went out of His way to go to Bartimaeus to heal him.  I also believe that Jesus wanted to test Bartimaeus and see how bad he wanted to be healed.  I have learned in the Bible and in my experience that healing and opportunity comes in many shapes and forms.  In this story, Jesus made Himself available to heal a blind man, but that blind man had to show faith.

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

I believe that this verse explains this story well.  Jesus wanted to see his faith and gave blind Baritmaeus a life changing opportunity.  Bartimaeus responded in faith.  His response was action!  He called out to Jesus and did not let anyone stop him from getting to his Lord!  The world we live in trains us to think that God should be knocking down my door to help me.  This is far from the Biblical view point.  We must seek Him.  If we seek Him, He will be found and will reward us for seeking Him.

Matthew 7:7-8

(7)  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

(8)  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Let me encourage you not to have a welfare mentality when it comes to God.  God does not need to be the one seeking us.  We need to be the ones seeking God!  We will become victims to the “entitlement mentality” that is plaguing our country.  That mentality leads a person to think that God needs to seek me out, fix my problems, and take away all of my hardship…..and by the way God, make it fast!

What kind of attitude do you have toward the Lord?  Is it an attitude of faith or is it an attitude of entitlement?  Notice that the blind man called out to Jesus when he had the chance.  He was not focused on what he thought the Lord’s duty was to him; he simply called out to Jesus!  I have learned that God will not make it hard for us to come to Him, but He does want to see how determined we are in getting His help.  How determined are you at getting Jesus’ help?  He is near and waits for you to call for help!

 

to be continued…..

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August 4, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It Is Not A Sin To Have A Hard Heart…

It is not a sin to have a hard heart…

In order to fix a hard heart, we must notice what the disciples did to fix the condition of their heart.  In these verses, we are shown what happened to them and how their hearts were made better:

Mark 6:45-52

(45)  And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

(46)  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

(47)  And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

(48)  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

(49)  But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

(50)  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

(51)  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

(52)  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

 

While it is not a sin to have a hard heart…You will sin though, if you leave it there.

A hard heart does not always come from indulging in sin, it can also come from serving.  Such is the case in this passage.  The disciples immediately left after the feeding of the 5,000 at the instruction of Jesus. Notice the actions found in the following verses:

  1. They got into the ship-vs. 45
  2. They went to the other side…without Jesus-vs. 46
  3. They were toiling in rowing…working and terrified for their lives-vs. 48
  4. They cried out-vs. 49
  5. They saw him-vs. 50
  6. They let Him into their ship-vs. 51
  7. They were amazed and wondered-vs. 51

These were not actions of rebellion.  The disciples were doing what they were told to do.  Now they are rowing in a ship for their lives.  These actions they took helped them get back where they needed to be.  Notice the actions again:

  1. They got into the ship-God always….ALWAYS…blesses obedience. When you find yourself having a hard heart, obedience is one of the vital ingredients to having it be tender again.
  2. They went to the other side without Jesus. Now, technically He was not in the boat; but He was right there in their time of trouble.  Jesus is always near!  Praise God!
  3. They were busy working…they did not give up and quit.  God always blesses hard work
  4. They cried out to God. When you cannot calm the storms in your life, cry out to Jesus…He is good at calming the storms.  You just might be surprised at how close He really is to you!
  5. They let Him into their ship! They could have rejected Him, but instead invited Him into their ship.  Notice that the storm in their life did not happen until Him entered the ship.  This is no co-incident.  Many people recognize that Jesus is the answer to their problem, but they never accept Him back into their life.  And in so doing, their storm never is calmed.
  6. They were amazed and wondered! Awesome things can happen when you do not give up on God!

Come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion to the story!……I know, I know….kind of cheesy isn’t it… 🙂

July 31, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It wasn’t Immorality, Back-sliding, or Rebellion.

(52)  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

As I want to stick with my main thought, I want to ask you a question:  What caused the disciples’ heart to be hardened?  Was it Immorality?  Was it from being backslidden?  Was it rebellion?  What was it?  The answer to the questions is found here:

(41)  And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 

The answer was from serving others.  What?!!!!  Their hearts were hardened from serving?  I will say that serving is not bad, neither is doing the Lord’s work bad either.  The hard hearts came from the weariness of serving.  If you have ever served to the point of weariness, you will understand where I am going. 

Our hearts can become hardened when are wearied from anything, especially serving.  This is why it is very important to make sure that you are not serving so much that you miss out on the main thing.  Well……..what is it?  The main thing is Jesus!  While I may not know the answer to a lot of things, I do know that much weariness can lead to a lot of bad outcomes.  I have seen it so many times in others and myself in the ministry.  Full-time paid ministry workers and volunteer workers are both effected by this. 

We run the risk of losing sight of Jesus when we do not balance our serving with resting.  No, I am not going to tell you to stop serving…LOL.  What we need to be aware of is the need for balance in the ministry.  I have seen so many great workers get burned out or become hardened because of the weariness that serving brings.  Serving is great;  we should always be willing to serve the Lord when He presents the need, but we also need to understand that we should be balanced in our service for the Lord.  I will address this in more detail in the next devotional.  I will also attempt to share with you what each Christian should do in maintaining a balanced work load while still keeping the main thing, the main thing.

July 28, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s Hard Work Feeding All of Those People!

Mark 6:42-44, 49-52

(42)  And they did all eat, and were filled.

(43)  And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.

(44)  And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

(49)  But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

(50)  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

(51)  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

(52)  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Here we have 12 disciples that are worn out!  Why? What happened to make them worn out?  They just finished helping serve food to 5,000 men, besides women and children.  Jesus soon after constrained the men to get in a ship and cross the sea.  I believe Jesus wanted to test their faith by sending them alone.  As we examine this story, I want to encourage many of you who are active and faithful workers for the Lord.  We will see and learn some valuable lessons from the 12 men who walked the closest to Jesus.

I want to start out by saying serving is a wonderful and Christ-honoring thing for a Christian.  Those of you who serve and are faithful are a tremendous blessing to the work of the ministry and the cause of Christ!  Thank God for those who faithfully serve for Jesus! 

I do want to give you a warning though; when you serve, you WILL get tired and weary!  This is the by-product of serving.  It is a part of the sacrifice that the servers endure when they serve.  The service that you provide is more appreciated because there is a degree of suffering (sometimes great, sometimes small) that takes place.  One of the blessings of the server is that they are taking the difficulty from the one they are serving and putting it on themselves.  When a waiter at a restaurant takes your order, brings your drinks and food, and then makes sure that your needs are taken care of; they are doing that for you so that you do not have to do it.  The cook back in the kitchen, prepares and cooks your food to order so that you do not have to.  That is part of their service.  While I just stated the obvious, I did so to lay the foundation of the sacrifice of the server.

I will end today with this: Thank you for your service for the Lord!  Many times a “Thank You” is not said or expressed properly.  A lot of times, the “tip” does not equal the level of service one receives.  As a parent, the gratitude we receive rarely equals the sacrifice level that our children received.  I am not being unkind to the kiddos, just merely stating a reality.  BTW, I didn’t realize the level of sacrifice that went into parenting until I became a parent. 

I think the absence of a proper gratitude, to a small degree, adds to the sacrifice of the server.  So, when you “work your fingers to the bone” and it seems that no one really cares, know this that Jesus notices and He cares!

 Matthew 25:37-40

(37)  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

(38)  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

(39)  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

(40)  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

One of the things that helps me in my service, is to remember that at the very least, I am doing it for the Lord.  This helps me because I know that my service is an investment into receiving rewards in Heaven.

July 26, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

It Was Good!

Genesis 1:28-31

(28)  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

(29)  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

(30)  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

(31)  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

…continued from yesterday….

In verse 28, the phrase “replenish the earth” means to fill it up.  What an honor!  God wanted Adam to fill the earth up with his children and grand-children!  Can you imagine if the entire world’s population rested on you to bring forth children?  I do realize that Adam and Eve did not have the limitations put on them that we have today, but the simple fact of replenishing the earth being entirely on you is a great responsibility and a great honor as well!

The next statement, “and subdue it” is very interesting.  It means to conquer, to bring into bondage.  This statement flies in the face of all of the God-hating tree huggers and global warming crowd.  God commanded Adam to conquer the earth and subdue it.  I am tired of the politically correct (pc) crowd that values animals and trees more than human life!  They think that the trees and plants should have all the rights that a human should have.  That is wrong and ungodly!  God says several times in the Bible that we are of more value than the plants and animals (Matt. 10:31, Luke 12:7+27, Matt. 6:29).

I will finish this devotional on this last command found in verse 28.  The last command is to have dominion over the fish, fowl, and every living thing.  The word subdue means: to tread down, subjugate, to prevail against.  With this understanding, we are told by God to prevail against the fowl, fish, and every living thing.  That was and still is God’s original intent with man upon the earth.  God did not create man equal with the fowl, fish, and every living thing.  God made us superior to them.  The simple fact that I have to point this out, shows the narrative that is being pushed by this evil influence in the world is having an effect on us.  Don’t misunderstand me, I like clean air and clean water.  I am not for torturing any animal, but God put us at the top of the food chain on purpose.  I will presume that you already understand this and therefore do not need this, but it is good to be reminded what God has for us!

God ends the chapter in verse 31 with, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”  Man’s responsibility to grow, multiply, replenish, subdue, and have dominion over all of the earth was called good by God.  Only those who are anti-God will disagree.

In closing, I just wanted to share these few thoughts with you as the Lord put them on my heart from my devotionals.  I hope they are a blessing to you.  When you go to church on Sunday; thank God for all of the blessings that He has given to you and maybe these few thoughts will help you in your walk with God.  God Bless You!

-Pastor Kennedy

July 14, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Command Of Blessings

Genesis 1:26-31

(26)  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

(27)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

(28)  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

(29)  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

(30)  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

(31)  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

A Command of Blessings are given to Adam and Eve in verse 28.  What do I mean by commands of blessings?  Well, in verse 28, God gave commands to Adam and Eve.  Usually a command has a mean and negative implication to it.  The commands found in verse 28 only have blessings attached to them.  When God told them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish and subdue, those were commands that God gave to them that were desirable.  Keep in mind that these commands were given out before the fall of man and therefore there was not a curse on the ground.

To further explain it, I will say it this way: Imagine if God gave you a command to eat your favorite foods with your favorite drink, and when you are done; go and enjoy your favorite hobby!  That is a man’s dream come true!  For me, that is to watch football with a big juicy steak in front of me with a tall glass of ice cold Pepsi.  And when I finish, I am supposed to go and enjoy my favorite hobby!  Wow, what a good life God was giving to Adam and Eve!

I believe that God has been given a bad rap from people.  God has been blamed for things that He had nothing to do with.  God’s heart for His people can clearly be seen in the scriptures.  I believe the cause of Him being blamed for bad things are people who are not in the Word.  And because they are not in the Word, they miss out on God’s reminders of His original intentions for us.

Let me encourage you today to be the type of person who search the scriptures daily to see God’s heart.   John 5:39 says, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”  When we deprive ourselves of our daily bread from God’s Word, we then allow our lack of faith to blame God for the bad in our life.  If we really want to blame someone, we should go to Genesis 3 and see where Satan ruined all that was earthly good for us.  If you want to thank someone, thank God as you will see as he made coats of skin for Adam and Eve.  God might have to give out some justice which in turn will bring some form of heart ache, but His heart for us will always cause Him to be a part of the solution to our problems!  Just remember, God has given us a command of blessings.  We will enjoy some of that on this earth, but when we get to heaven, it will be totally amazing!

I hope you have a good day and a great week!

-Pastor Kennedy

July 10, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Original Intent

Genesis 1:26-31
(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

In God’s Original Plan, one of things that I want to point out is that He wants us to have His image. Stop for a minute and let that sink in…..He wants us to look like Him! I looked up the word “image” in the Hebrew language and this is the definition:
tselem
tseh’-lem
image :
From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure

God wants us to be a representative figure of Him. This started back when Adam was made. Not only did God want us to have a resemblance of Him, but also wants us to be His representative. It is like a father that makes his son to be the representative of their family business.
Can you see God’s heart in this decision? Can you see His love for us? Can you see God beaming with pride as His most precious creation is representing Him? He didn’t choose the strong and majestic horse to represent Him. He didn’t choose the powerful and ferocious lion to represent Him. He didn’t choose the beautiful peacock to represent His beauty. He didn’t choose the stately bull elephant to represent His power nor the delicate and unique humming bird.  God in His love and wisdom chose lowly man to be the illusion, the resemblance of Him!  In my opinion, God has created many wonderful, strong, and even some very intelligent animals that could have represented many of His attributes better than what a common human can; but He didn’t choose them.  God chose His last creation; His best creation to be His representative! I am pointing all of this out not because I want to inflate someone’s ego, but rather because to show the importance of God’s Original Intent in regards to man. This reminds me of a political position that was created in our country called an “Ambassador”.  The Ambassador is a person designated and set apart with the sole purpose to represent the President of the USA to a given country. That Ambassador would be the “go-between” between the political leaders in the country that he is appointed to and the President of the USA.
I have a few questions for us in regards to this understanding with God’s Original Intent. Would you or I conduct ourselves any different knowing what God’s Original Intent for us was? Would you look at Bible reading any different? Would you look at church attendance any different? Would you look at giving to the Lord any different? Would your prayer life change if you were the official spokesperson for the Lord? Would your conduct in this world change if you had the title of “Ambassador of the Lord”? I want to finish the devotional today with those thoughts and I encourage you to think on what you would do differently as we are God’s Ambassador to this world.
Proverbs 13:16-17
(16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
(17) A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

-Pastor Kennedy

July 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fear is a Hand-Cuff

***Starting Today, the devotionals will come on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday***

Philippians 3:13-15
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
(14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
(15) Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

The Last thing I would like to encourage you on this topic is:

  1. Don’t be afraid to fail!

You and I will continue to fail and make mistakes until the day we die.  Don’t let others fool you either…they fail a lot too!  I was asked by someone about 4 years ago, “How many more mistakes are you going to make?”  I laughed.  He was serious, and so was I.  While I was respectful to that person, that question from him shows that he thinks that he doesn’t make any mistakes.  My answer was “I will not stop making mistakes until I get to Heaven.”  By the way, NO ONE IS PERFECT!  Only Jesus was perfect.

When we free ourselves from making mistakes, we allow ourselves to get creative, become bold in our endeavors, and we GROW!  Fear has kept back many great ideas, great people, and great visions.  While this is not a license for folly, this should encourage us to grow and try new things in our life!  The only way to not make mistakes is to do nothing and doing nothing is a HUGE MISTAKE!  In my first few years of driving a vehicle, I made many mistakes.  In fact, I got into things called “Accidents.”  Do you know why they are called “Accidents?”  Because they were a mistake!  They are not called “On Purposes”, they are called “Accidents.”  One way to avoid getting into accidents in my vehicle is to not drive it.  But what is the point then of a vehicle if it is not driven?  I think Learning from my mistakes is the “insurance” for my accidents in life.  When I learn from my past mistakes, and I overcome the fear of making any future mistakes, I free myself up to succeed.

So, how about you?  Are you afraid to move forward?  Are you afraid of growth?  Are you afraid of making mistakes?  Don’t worry or be afraid of making mistakes, just learn from them and grow!

-Pastor CW Kennedy

July 3, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , | 2 Comments

Teaching the Teachable

Philippians 3:10-13
(10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
(12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

3. Always learn from your past.
This is where the main thought for today is going to be. I believe one of the main frustrations in the life of any individual in the regards to personal failure is the inability to learn from your past. While we all have things in our past, including failures, if we learn from the past defeats or failures in our life, we will be able to grow and avoid the failure in the future. One of the reasons why God allows us to fail is for us to learn from our failures. I know that in my life, certain lessons could not be learned from succeeding. I would say that most of the lessons that stand out in my mind came from a failure so bad, I got burned. My body has a few scars on it from when I did not succeed. I have 2 scars on my right arm because I was running will a porcelain bowl that was filled with popcorn. I was 4 years old, and I was running from my mom who wanted some popcorn. It was a fun moment I was having with my mom, until I turned the corner and my foot slipped out from under me and I fell on top of the bowl. The bowl broke into pieces and a few of those pieces went into my arm. I was screaming bloody murder! Oh the pain! Oh the lesson I learned that day! That is probably my earliest memory ….a failure! Isn’t it amazing how we can remember a detailed description when we suffer? I learned that day not to run (especially from mom) when holding a porcelain bowl.
How good are you from learning from past mistakes, failures, and/or defeats? I would say that the ability to go to God and then be teachable enough to learn from your past will directly affect your ability to grow.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

What is hindering you from growing in the Lord? Whatever it is in your life, let me encourage you to remove any hindrances to your growth.

4. Help someone else learn from your mistakes.
Wow, this is not always easy. In order to do this, you must admit you have failed or have been defeated. Some people cannot handle this because their image is most important to them. How sad it is when individuals put their ego, their image, and yes their pride ahead of helping others. I have met many people who fit into that category. I also belong in that category when I allow my pride, ego, and image to get in the way of progress and helping others. We all have our moments of selfishness, but we can fight it and be a help to others.

Helping others learn also helps me learn on a different level. I learned in college a principle in education. That principle is this, “The person that does the work, is the person that does the learning.” This explains why the teacher who studies and prepares for the lesson that they will teach the class is the one who typically knows the most on the subject. When I help someone else learn the vital lessons that I had to learn the hard way, it engrains that lesson into my mind even more. You should try it. Teach someone a vital lesson that really helped you in your life. What starts to happen is growth in your life. Rather than feeling embarrassed, you will feel the gratitude from the heart of your teachable student.
Proverbs 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

 

June 30, 2017 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Daily…Really?

Philippians 3:10-15
(10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
(12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
(14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
(15) Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

I want to address another area in regards to growing, and that is dealing with failures.
Surprisingly most people do not realize it, but failures are a daily occurence.  I hate not succeeding! I would guess that you probably are the same as I am in that area. “I don’t play to lose”, is something that my girls will tell you about me when we play or do something that requires competition. I am a very competitive person. I always try to succeed in everything that I do. I have learned that the average person does not need to have an aggressive drive to succeed in order to enjoy winning. Most people strive for success.
What happens then when we fail or do not succeed at what we start out doing? Well….a lot of things happen, but what I want to address is what needs to happen after we lose or fail. If we first don’t succeed, ……. You know the rest of the statement. We need to try again. While I want to stay away from the self-help advice that usually is void of God and is primarily focused on the sheer determination of man; I want to point out a few thoughts on growing through past failures.
1. God is not surprised when we do not succeed on the first try.
Psalms 103:14
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Praise God! Thank You Jesus! I have found that the average honest individual (there are exceptions to this), is harder on himself than anyone. We always expect to succeed on the first try and when we don’t we experience a lot of negative feelings and a range of frustration. If God is not surprised that we will fail, we need to be understanding of that ourselves as well. If we can do this, we will be able to do things like: encourage others when they fail, encourage ourselves when we fail, and learn from our past mistakes. In my failures, I have learned that the answer to my failure is out there, I just need help in finding that answer.
2. When we fail we should do the following things:
    A. Be teachable and seek the answer to the failure.
    B. Look to the Lord, before I look to man for the answer.
Proverbs 16:1
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
…to be continued tomorrow…

June 29, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , | 1 Comment