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Weekday devotionals for Christians

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.

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April 4, 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

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

A Gracious Gift

 

Pro 3:34  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 

Pro 3:35  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem like they get more grace from God than others?  Is it a recipe that they are “cooking”?  Is it a formula that only they understand?  Is it a process that they perform better than any one?  Well, according to the Bible, God gives grace to the lowly.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

When we humble ourselves, God will life us up.  This is the Fundamental problem with most people.  They try to do things in their own power and their own wisdom and fail to realize that God resisteth the proud.  Where do you fit in with this verse?
The wise shall inherit glory.  There is wisdom in humility.  A wise person will humble himself when he makes a mistake.
A wise person will confess and ask for forgiveness rather than trying to “save face”.  A wise person that truly humbles himself will realize that in order for things to progress, he will come to God and leave the solution of the problem to Him.  What will you do?  The choice is up to you!

November 15, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enjoy it Now While You Can

 

Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

 

     Growing up in church I have heard all kinds of preaching, and one of the things that I have heard several times in sermons was that when you come across a “therefore” in the Bible; I need to look and see what it is there for.  Verse 5 starts out with a “therefore”.  Looking back to the previous verses, we understand that the ungodly were being talked about.  The “therefore” is continuing about the ungodly and the results of being ungodly.

     Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement.  At first glance this seems like the “judgement” would be a bad thing, but it is not.  This judgement is indicating a judgement for good.  It means that the ungodly will not be with the christians when the “crowns of glory” are being given out by Jesus.  This is one of the reasons why the Lord Jesus does not want us to worry what the ungodly are doing by comparing ourselves with them.  When the Bible says,

2Co 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

God does not want us to compare ourselves to any other for many reasons; one important reason is because our “judgements” will be completely different.  It is very easy to fall into the trap of comparing, especially when it seems others are rubbing there “stuff, things, or money” in your face.  One thing that I have found that helps my spirit is; when someone is trying to show off or gloat, I have to remind myself that their judgement will be different than mine.  A 10 talent christian will be judged by his 10 talents that were God-given.  While a 5 talent christian will be judged with his 5 God-given talents; likewise the 1 talent christian will be judged according to his 1 talent.  If you are saved, your judgement will be different than the unsaved.  The unsaved may be relishing in the sin and trying to rub it in your face, but remember, their judgement is coming.

November 11, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wanted

 

Matthew 11:28

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

 

These words were spoken by our loving Saviour almost 2000 years ago.  They had a tremendous impact on that day and continue to impact lives today!  Notice if you will the following words:

 

Come-Jesus sought you at salvation and compelled you to come to Him, today He still wants you to come to him.  Think about those 3 powerful words in verse 28 and say them to yourself.  Say it again, and again, and again.  With discouragement and depression abounding in today’s time, the opportunity to come is most needed in all of our lives.

 

unto Jesus-This is the “where” we are supposed to come.  These two words indicate that while we are coming, there will also be a “leaving” of something, somewhere, someone, or all of the above.
True Happiness, true Joy, true Fulfillment comes only when we leave what needs to be left and come to the place,come to the position, and come to the person of Jesus.  Those who don’t understand this principle think that coming to Jesus is a one time event for those who are unsaved, or for those who life is in the gutter.  While Jesus will accept both of these two types of people, He does not want to limit Himself to only these two types, but rather to also be open to all.
So today, don’t hesitate to come to Jesus.  Coming to Jesus should be a daily happening…and when it does, it will bring multiplied blessings.  So what are you waiting for?  Jesus, He is waiting for you.  Don’t keep Him waiting any longer!

 

 

OH, Yeah…Come to Sunday School too at 9:45 AM!

 

-Bro. Kennedy

November 4, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Are Better Than One

Ecc 4:9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 

Ecc 4:10  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 

Two are better than one.  Sounds like a statement of the times.  It is a pretty sad thing if someone were to be alone in this world.  I do not think that this verse only means that if you have someone with you, you are better off than being all alone.  This verse actually means when you have two people together “in the same yoke” working toward the same goal, that you will see how much better it is to have two.  These two verses apply to many areas:

1. Marriage-to be fully committed to the same goal in marriage is to be in happiness and harmony.  Have you ever been around a couple who compliment each other very well?  Maybe you and your spouse are like this.   I think this verse applies very well in this case.

2. Employment-When the owners, bosses, co-workers are getting along; production becomes efficient and more gets done.  The opposite is true also; when there is discord, production takes a back seat to drama.

3. Family-while some may think that this should be included in marriage, I don’t.  This is why, my family is made up of adults and children.  When children are on the same page with the parents, a happy home becomes a by product.  Our children know us better than anyone else does.  They may not realize that fact, but subconsciously they know us the best.  If we can all get on the same page, then life is a lot better!

4. Church-When the members are in accord with one another, great things can happen.  The Bible say that the “gates of hell will not prevail against the church”. So the devil cannot beat the church through the front door, so he will go through the back door and cause internal strife among those who are diligently laboring for Christ.

Act 9:31  Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied

Notice the words that are italicized:  the churches had rest, walked in the fear of the Lord and comfort of the Holy Ghost, and WERE MULTIPLIED!  When others see happiness and peace in your life, they will want it too!  People naturally gravitate to, and are curious of those who have peace, joy, comfort, and blessings!  They will want what you have so bad, that they will go where you got it!

Last question, are you joined up with someone? If not, join up with someone today…Remember, Two are better than One!

October 28, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment