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Weekday devotionals for Christians

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

Picture Perfect…Almost

 

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 

Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Lesson #7

Once the Tree is home, it has to be put in a tree stand and stood up!

Lesson #8

The tree must be placed in a good, solid tree stand.

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it.

Lesson #11

The Decorator knows what ornament or decorations to use to cover up the “gaps, imperfections, and blemishes” on the tree to make the tree look as if there was nothing wrong with the tree at all!  I know you have done it.  Used certain ornaments or garland or lights to cover up the holes or bad branches.

Application

If we do that with our tree, what do you think God does to us?  God knows where our gaps are, so tell Him in humility and ask for Him to help you.  Guess what, He is infinitely better at decorating us, than we are decorating trees!  Let God decorate you, He wants to!  I am not saying that you need to walk around proud or boastful; just let God bring the things in your life that will cover up certain scars that were left from moments of foolishness.  God wants you to have a good life in His will, but you have to let Him decorate you.  Before you know it, people will look at you and think “you don’t know what I am going through, you never had anything go wrong in your life!”  Deep down inside you and the Lord know better than that!  Wouldn’t it be nice for that to be said about you?  If that ever happens…Praise God!

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

Special Tree, Unique Purpose

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 

I grew up with our family having a fake Christmas tree my entire life.  I preferred having a fake tree as the only way to have a tree…until I got married and was “told” what we were going to do, just kidding, I wanted to try it out and see what it was like.  I am very glad that I tried getting a real tree, because my family really enjoys that process.  These next few lessons came as a result of going to a tree farm or tree lot and the process it takes to buy and get it home and decorated.  I hope these lessons will encourage, challenge, and convict you just like they have done to me.

Lesson #1

You have to go where the trees are and search all of the trees.

Lesson #2

The Pine Christmas Tree is an Evergreen Tree…it is always in bloom.

Lesson #3

The Christmas Trees are planted and grown for a specific purpose.  There are many different kinds of pine trees, but only one is used for the Christmas Tree.  Right down the road from my church is a pine tree farm that is used for harvesting trees to be used for paper.  I am not one that is very knowledgeable on pine trees, but I do know it takes a specific pine tree to be used for a Christmas Tree.  I know that there are many different types of trees used for Christmas, but for the sake of the lesson I am using the Pine Tree.

Application

God has a specific purpose for each and everyone that has been born.  Once you are finished with that purpose, I believe God takes you to Heaven (I will expound on this later).  If you are living, you have a purpose.  If you are breathing, you have a purpose to fulfill.  If you are reading this, you definitely have a purpose in life.  God knows what that purpose is and wants you to fulfill that purpose.  Only you can fulfill that purpose.  Just like there are many pine trees, there is only one that you are looking for…the “right one”.  God has custom made your purpose for you.  It is made will the intention of only one person fulfilling that purpose and that person is you!  Only you can fulfill God’s purpose for your life!  Will you do it?

Jesus had a purpose, and it was to come and bear the sins of mankind so that we will have a home in Heaven when we die.

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

Mat 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt

Once Jesus fulfilled that purpose, God took Him home to Heaven.  Once you fulfill your purpose, God will take you home.  Guess what?  If you are still living on this wonderful planet, then God is not finished with you.  You still have a purpose, now go fulfill it!

December 16, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Evergreen Christians

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 

Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

I grew up with our family having a fake Christmas tree my entire life.  I preferred having a fake tree as the only way to have a tree…until I got married and was “told” what we were going to do, just kidding, I wanted to try it out and see what it was like.  I am very glad that I tried getting a real tree, because my family really enjoys that process.  These next few lessons came as a result of going to a tree farm or tree lot and the process it takes to buy and get it home and decorated.  I hope these lessons will encourage, challenge, and convict you just like they have done to me.

Lesson #1

You have to go where the trees are and search all of the trees.

Lesson #2

The Pine Christmas Tree is an Evergreen Tree…it is always in bloom.  One of the  differences between pine trees and oaks, maples, etc…is that the pine trees do not lose their needles in the fall.  I do want to say that I enjoy seeing the leaves change on the trees that do that sort of thing, but pine trees keep their needles green all year.

Application

We as christians should always be in bloom for those around us; although we should not be a “bloomin’ idiot” as my dad says it.  What does it mean to be in bloom?  It means to be abounding with fruit and fulfilling your purpose.  We as christians should always be looking for ways to fulfill our purpose for Christ.  There is never any “down-time” with Christ because our time on this earth is short.  It will not be too long before Jesus comes back to get us!  We will be able to rest in heaven.  The need is so great and so important that God needs and wants us to be like that tree that brings for fruit, and whose leaf does not wither,and whatsoever we do will prosper.  Don’t you want to be that type of christian?  They key to doing and being this is to always be in bloom.  Are you in bloom for the Lord?  If not, be a blooming christian!

 

 

December 15, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons I Learned from a Pine Christmas Tree

Psa 14:2  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

I grew up with our family having a fake Christmas tree my entire life.  I preferred having a fake tree as the only way to have a tree…until I got married and was “told” what we were going to do, just kidding, I wanted to try it out and see what it was like.  I am very glad that I tried getting a real tree, because my family really enjoys that process.  These next few lessons came as a result of going to a tree farm or tree lot and the process it takes to buy and get it home and decorated.  I hope these lessons will encourage, challenge, and convict you just like they have done to me.

Lesson #1

You have to go where the trees are and search all of the trees.

You have to go to the tree farm where they are, or in some cases you need to go to a tree lot and pick one out.  You will not get a tree unless you go where they are.

Application

God the Father is seeking someone to use.  This is why we were created…to be used!  I do not want to live this life without having any purpose from God the Father.  What a sad life to live when a person lives a life that has no purpose.  I do not know about you, but I want to have purpose to everything that I do.  I want to fulfill God’s purpose for my life.  Let me ask you a few questions:

1. What is God’s will for your life?  Do you know it?  If not, then I suggest that you seek God and beg Him to show it to you.  The only way to get total fulfillment and satisfaction in life is to do what you were created to do.

2.  Are you DOING God’s will?  I didn’t say your own will.  I have met many people who blame a lot on the Lord, their mistakes. included.

Are you willing to follow God’s will for your life?  I feel crazy even asking that question because asking that question is like asking a lady if she wants chocolate; it’s like asking a car guy if he wants a fully restored vintage car of his choice; it is like asking a starving person if they would like to go to a buffet.  God’s will is the best thing that anyone could ever do!!!!!  Doing God’s will takes faith, but God gives that peace that passes all understanding, He gives that grace to help in time of need, and He gives that fulfillment that every addict in the world is looking for.  God’s will is so good, we should pay to be a part of it.  We should not have to be convinced to trust God and follow Him, but rather we should  be “bugging Him” to use us.  What happens to the trees that are not picked and every year they get passed up?  They become rotten…why, because they do not fulfill what their purpose is.  What will you do?  Do you know God’s will?  Are you in God’s will?  If you are not, then you are missing out on the “key” to life!

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

Are You My Teacher?

Tit 3:14  And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

“Every man is my teacher”, is what I heard growing up from a hero of the faith, Dr Jack Hyles.  I will not give the statistics of what God has done through him, but I will tell you that he was used in a mighty way to change our country for good and for God!  When Bro. Hyles stated that he can learn from any person, it was like Albert Pujols saying that he still has a lot to learn about being a good hitter, it was like Michael Jordan saying that he still has a lot to learn about the game of basketball, it is like Donald Trump saying that he has a lot to learn on the subjects of Real-Estate and Business!

If Bro. Hyles can humbly admit that he still has a lot to learn, then I can admit that  I have a LOT to learn still!  My point with all of this is that I have learned a lot from a tree.  Yes, a lowly pine tree is my teacher.  I am not ashamed to admit this.  Over the course of the next few devotionals, I will share with you the many lessons that I have learned from the lowly pine tree.  Will you be open and receptive to the lessons and thoughts that have helped me?  I encourage you to  read with an open heart and a teachable spirit!

December 13, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment