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Weekday devotionals for Christians

A Member and Active-part 2

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We are told in verse 24 to observe one another with the purpose of challenging each other. Notice that neither the Bible, nor I have said the word criticize, but rather challenge each other unto love and good works.  I do think it is funny that we need to provoke each other to love, but the more I think about it I realize that sin nature that we all have causes us to be the type of people that needs a challenge to love each other.  We naturally love ourselves mostly and if it is convenient then I will love someone else.  That is the day we live in.  Mature Christians will have more love for others because they have grown in the Lord.  Just like a parent who loves their child without any expectation of return, so we ought to love others in Christ.

We also are reminded to challenge each other to good works.  This can be tricky because you really need to have a good relationship with a person in order to do this.  No one wants to be made to feel like they aren’t doing enough, but if we really think about it and are honest with ourselves we will admit that we can do more for Christ.  If you were to honestly sit down and assess your situation and your schedule, do you think that you would be able to do more for the Lord?  I would guess that we probably could do more.  I believe that when we stand before God and have our works judged in Heaven, we will be shown that we could have done and still can do a lot more than we realize for Christ.

One last question…Are you really doing all that you can in relation to good works?  I am told to challenge you and I should be willing to let you challenge me as well to love and doing good works.

…To Be Continued…

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July 19, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not God’s Original Plan

Genesis 3:24
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Today we have a story, a story that has a great beginning and a horrible end. The end, I will point out, was not God’s original plan. We are picking up here at the tail end of the story. The reason why Adam and Eve are here is because of one word….SIN.  Adam and Eve are called the mother and father of all living. They had the perfect beginning.  Here in the next few devotionals, I will go through a few things that the Lord is pointing out to me in regards to His Original Plan. I hope this will be a blessing to you as I strive to paint a picture of God’s favor and God’s heart toward His favorite creation…man-kind.

The start of this story is found here:
Genesis 2:7-9
(7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(8) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
(9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
We have in this story, the start of human life. God, being infinite as He is, was already around. He created time. He was before all things and by Him all things consist. See the verses below:
Colossians 1:16-17
(16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
(17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
I can’t but help stopping here and brag on the Almighty! He was not created and He was not imagined up. No one carved Him out of wood, fashioned Him out of clay, formed Him from the dust of the ground, nor was He created from an explosion from billions of years ago that no one was around for, no one heard an explosion, saw an explosion, felt an explosion, or smelled the after effects of the explosion. What is this explosion? It is the mythical and outrageous theory (educated guess) that everything came from….yeah; kind of dumb sounding isn’t it? I agree, but I need to get back on the topic…
When God made man, He intended for man to have a perfect and personal relationship with Him in a very special place that God created for him after He finished creating the world. That place is the Garden of Eden. It was a special garden made in the eastward in Eden for Adam to live and work in. A place so special, that God’s presence could literally and physically walk with Adam there. Imagine that! Being able to physically walk with God in the Garden! Wow! What a special and amazing thing that God did just for Adam! That must have been an amazing place!
In this beginning part of the story, I want to point out what God’s original plan for man was: it was to live in an amazingly special place for His most precious and prized creation….Mankind! This was a special and perfect garden for man to dress and keep. In this garden, God was looking forward to spending quality time with the one to whom He loved.
I want to finish today and remind everybody that reads this, that God’s original plan for you and me is filled with amazing and special things that we can enjoy while we build a wonderful and indescribable relationship together with Him.  All that God wants from us is to have a relationship with Him that literally is the thing that keeps drawing us to Him. Just as He made a perfect garden for the perfect man, God wants us to get to know the Perfect God that He is! Even though we live in a sinful world, He has created perfect things for us to enjoy!
Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
John 14:2-3
(2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
(3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

These are just 2 examples of the perfect things that God has for us! I want to finish today by saying that God loves you and He wants you to enjoy His perfect gifts that He has for you.
James 1:17-18
(17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
(18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Do not listen to the world or believe the lies of Satan. God LOVES YOU! God wants you to enjoy His perfects gifts! When you go through out your day today, know that you are loved by the only Wonderful and Almighty God! He is so good to us!

To be continued tomorrow…
-Pastor Kennedy

July 5, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Believe God!

Revelation 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Malachi 3:6a

For I am the LORD, I change not…

What Do You Believe…or I should ask, “Who do you Believe”?  The god of this world seeks to destroy, obliterate, demolish, undermine, and hollow-out your faith in the Almighty.  When he tries to do that in your life, stand up and boldly say, “I believe God”!  Now I am not talking about Buddha, Mohammed, Hare Krishna , or any other false god, I am talking about God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost)!  I am talking about the One true, Living God!  I am also talking about His Wonderful, Everlasting, Preserved, Love Note that He wrote to you and me…The Holy Bible, the King James Bible!  Do you feel the tug of doubt that comes from the world?  When you do, boldly proclaim this one thing,   I BELIEVE GOD!!!

If you don’t know who I am talking about, then click on the link and read for yourself what the Bible says about knowing Jesus!  You will not regret that you did!

http://www.s422488312.initial-website.com/heaven-free-gift/

July 16, 2013 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Apple of His Eye

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.

 

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 many times!  Although I believe I am not being attacked now, 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.  Wow, I could spend all day on this.  God does not want us to be attacked, but is ready for us to come to Him when we do get attacked.  Because God gives everyone free-will, He chooses not to control some things, which at times are evil attacks from one person to another.  Don’t blame God for another sinner attacking you, but rather run to Him and let Him deal with it.  He longs to be the One to whom you run to when hurtful and hateful things are done to you.  He wants to be there to catch your tears (Psalms 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?)  God catches all of your tears.  They mean a lot to Him.  They are precious to Him.  If you have children, you understand what I mean by that.  We are God’s children (if we are saved), and the apple of God’s eye (Psalms 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,).  He loves you!  He cares about your broken heart and hurts when you hurt.  Some people do not realize this because they don’t run to God when they hurt.  When they do not run to God in their hurt, they don’t feel His love and realize that He hurts with you.  They are truly depriving themselves of God’s love all because they do not go to God when they get hurt.  What will your first action be when you get hurt?  Will you run to God?  Remember you are the Apple of His Eye!

–To Be Continued Tomorrow

 

 

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

God Ain’t No Hater, He A Lover

Psalms 34:1 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psalms 34:16  The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Psalms 34:17  The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 34:18  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalms 34:21  Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Psalms 34:22  The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Have you ever had anyone hate you?  Has any one ever told you that they hate you?  I have been told.  I am sure that I will hear it again from someone in the future.  It is not a good feeling to have someone express that feeling toward you.  When I was told by that individual that I am hated by them, it made me really think about that person’s influence on my life.  While many things come to my mind, I won’t take the time to give some potential possibilities of why I was hated.  I am certain that I was hated by more people than that one person that told me that they hated me.

Verse 21 states that those who hate the righteous shall be desolate.  The word hate in this verse is talking about how someone would hate an enemy.  Who is an enemy of you?  I am not speaking of human enemy; I am speaking of spiritual enemy.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We have an enemy that hates us.  We cannot fight him with human weapons; we must use spiritual weapons.  In verse 21, it states that those who hate us will be desolate.  Think about places that are desolate.  They all are empty.  The definition of the word “desolate” has the words guilty, and punishment.  They will be guilty of being empty.  They will also be punished.

Verse 22 says the Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants.  The word redeemeth in the Hebrew definition means to preserve, to deliver.  The rest of the verse states that none that trust in Him will be desolate.  The word trust in the Hebrew definition, means to confide, to go to for refuge.  Those who run to God for refuge and put their confidence in Him, will not be empty, be guilty of punishment.  I love serving an all-mighty God!  Here are the last questions for the day: Who are you putting your confidence in?  Where do you go for refuge?  The answer to these questions will determine if you will be desolate.

April 4, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can I Trust You With The Truth

Luk 15:12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Luk 15:31  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
Luk 15:32  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Can you be trusted with the truth?  No, I am not talking about someone learning the dirt about someone else.  I am talking about the ability to handle the truth.  Some people that I encounter would not know what to do if someone was totally honest with them.  One thing that I have learned as I get older is that most people do not want to hear the truth, they just want to hear what is pleasing to them.  And that hurts progress for God’s kingdom.

In this story of the prodigal son, I will point out something that is kind of odd.  The father (who is the hero) never talks to the prodigal son.  Even when his son came back, the father only speaks to the servants and his oldest son.  Why is it that the father never spoke a word to his prodigal son?  While the Bible does not say why this happened, I believe that the Father could only trust the older son with the truth.  He rebuked the oldest son.  That is right, the son that stayed and did not forsake his dad; the son that was working still; the son that did not squander his father’s inheritance is the one that got rebuked.  While I am not justifying the older son’s attitude, I believe the Father only rebuked the older son because the Father knew he could handle the truth.

Can you handle the truth spoken in love?  This story shows that while the dad loved both sons, he could only trust one…the oldest one.  He was glad that his other son came back, but that does not mean that he could trust him.  Can God trust you?  God will give you things and tell you things that might not be comfortable, but they will help you.  As I examine the lives of both of the sons, I want to get the blessings that the oldest son will get by staying home with dad. But keep in mind that with those blessings will come truth.  The youngest son refused to handle the truth so he forfeited the blessings that his brother received.  Let me assure you that the blessings are well worth the dis-comfort of the honest truth.  By the way, the dad spoke the truth in love.  Truth should not have hatred put with it.  Truth can be swallowed better when it is coupled with kindness.

Last question, can you handle the truth?

February 28, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As He Thinketh In His Heart

Gen 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 

The above verse uses some very strong words when it comes to a loving God.  Can you imagine the one person that epitomizes love and grace and forgiveness making the statement that He regrets you ever being born?  When I think of God, what quickly comes to my mind is love, mercy, compassion, etc…but let’s not think that this sums up God.  He is so awesome and intricate that no one can know the mind of God.  So my question still stands, “What makes God say that He regrets   making man?”  The answer is found in the verse 5.

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 

At first glance a person might think that there was an action done that would make God that mad, but according to verse 5, what caused God’s outrage was actually every thought and imagination of man was only evil continually.  That may not seem like a “game-changer” for most people, but to God it is.  In fact, He decided to change all of mankind right then with the flood.  I would take a guess and say that God cares about what we think!  God puts high importance on what we think and imagine!  Imagine That!  Here is another verse on thinking

Pro 23:7  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 

God hates it when we think on things that are evil.  I didn’t say that we have evil thoughts toward some and want them to hurt, but when we dwell on evil thinking like witchcraft and vampires and werewolfs and immoral and adulterous people and acts.  I don’t know who reads this so I don’t know anything about your life to meddle, but I want to say that what we think about is very important to our God….what do you think about in your spare time?

 

 

January 13, 2012 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

What God Really Wants

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

I have fallen prey in the past to the thought that God loves me, but will punish me as quickly and as soon a He can and does so without any remorse.  This thinking is wrong and is often a result of my own sin nature trying to figure out what God will do and Who He is, when His Word will tell me what He does and Who He is.  I have heard some people share their thoughts with me on how God will “swing His big club and knock me out when I step out of line.”  This thinking is wrong also.  While God is a jealous God  (Deu 4:24  For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God), I believe He does not want to do hurt any of us, even when we sin and mess-up.  Satan wants to hurt us, not God.  Satan wants us to be discouraged, not God.  Satan wants us to give up and not be useful any more, not God.  This is one of the many reasons why God put this verse in the Bible: Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  

So what stops God from doing what He really wants to do to us and for us, like blessing us and lifting us up?  The answer lies in the following verses:

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 

1. We must confess our sins.  When we do, He will cleanse us.  He is the only one that can cleanse us; not you , not me, not a priest, not a rabbi, not any human being can cleanse you.

2. If we humble ourselves in the sight of God, He will lift us up.  This is why pride is so dangerous and for many it is intoxicating.  Many people will not humble themselves; they refuse to do it.  They believe that if they do that, then that will show weakness.  Rather, it shows foolishness because:

Pro 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

don’t be like the fool and refuse to humble yourself in the sight of God.  When you do that:

1. God won’t have to humble you.

2. God will lift you up.  THIS IS WHAT HE REALLY WANTS TO DO TO YOU!

October Bible Reading Schedule

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

22. Nehemiah 9:22-12:26

I Corinth. 9:19-11:2

Psalms 34:1-22

Prov. 21:13-16

23. Nehemiah 12:27-Esther 3:15

I Corinth. 11:3-34

Psalms 35:1-28

Prov. 21:17-20

24. Esther 4-10:3

II Corinth. 12-13:13

Psalms 36-37:11

Prov. 21:21-24

October 19, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment