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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Take Me Home

Mat 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

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

Lesson #4

Everyone that goes to the tree lot or tree farm is looking for the tree that:

A. Has no Big Blemishes

B. Has Green Needles

C. The Right Height

D. Mature

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.  Imagine this:  You and your family pack up all of your:

1. Presents

2. Decorations and lights (if you have lights, then you will need a generator to give power to those lights)

3. Food

and then you go to the tree farm and decorate a tree, put presents at the foot of the tree, and sing some Christmas Carols, Eat, open up presents, and have fun…all while you are at the tree in the tree farm.  This sounds silly doesn’t it?  Why would anyone go to all of that trouble to save the $30-$60 for cost of the tree.  You would probably have to explain to the police why your family is trespassing on someone’s property.  The best thing to do in this situation is to have cut the tree down and taken it in your home…this is why the tree was grown, to be cut down and taken home.

Application

The above story is a little strange and I don’t know anyone who would do that.  Spiritually, people do that constantly; they want to do what God wants for them, but they want to do it their own way.  They don’t accept or will not accept 4 things:

1. They (like the tree) will have to leave the old life.  This is a must even if you have had a good life in the past.  God’s will will cause you to leave the old life whether or not it was good.

2. They have to leave the old way of thinking.  What worked in the past is not necessarily going to work in the future.  God brings us through stages in our life and if we try to handle things, reason things out, solve problems the same way like we did in the past, then we will “mess-up” a lot of things in the future.

3. They have to leave (like the tree) the ones whom they grew up with.  This includes family and loved ones.  If you are not willing to leave father and mother, you are not worthy of Christ or His will for your life.  You MUST DECIDE Who is most important to you in your life…Jesus or family.

4. They must leave (like the tree) their comfort zone.  Just as the tree will have go to a drastically new place to fulfill it’s will, you will also go to new places and do new things that are drastically different.  They will not be comfortable…at first.  But once you get acclimated to the new environment, you will grow to love it!

-It will be a little painful as you are “cut away” from your old life.

-You won’t be able to get your nourishment from the old life; it won’t satisfy you anymore.

-You won’t fit in anymore once you are cut away from the old life.  God has a new place for you.

-You will be exposed to new elements:  for the tree it is children, pets, etc…

-You will be in a warmer and cleaner environment.  God’s will is exciting and fulfilling, but when He starts to change things around in your life, things will get a little scary…that is ok, because that is living by faith…allowing God to bring things in your life and trusting solely on Him to bring you through them as you “press on the upward way” for Christ!

-What will you do?

 

 

December 20, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Trees Under the Shed

Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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

Lesson #4

Everyone that goes to the tree lot or tree farm is looking for the tree that:

A. Has no Big Blemishes

B. Has Green Needles

C. The Right Height

D. Mature

No one wants a tree that has been abused, looks like trash, or is messed up.  Everyone goes after the “good tree”.  Usually the good trees get cut down early and are taken to a special shed to be sold for more money.  Why do they do this you ask?  Because they are in higher demand and the farmer knows that people will pay more money for a good tree.

Application

If everyone looks for the “good tree”, what do you think God is looking for?  Please do not take this lesson as a “beat-em up session”, but rather take it as a challenge to be the tree that is most sought after.

I am for everyone.  I am for the one who makes a mistake, to get all the mercy and grace that he needs from God to come back.  What I am not for and I think God is not for those people who abuse God’s loving mercy and grace to the point that they say that want to “live it up in the world” and come crawling back to God when they are done partying.  I am not for anyone who abuses God’s mercy, for when we live like the devil; we take on blemishes and hindrances that will hinder our purpose for Christ.  Every time we “live it up”, we hurt our own “tree” for God to use.  I am not against anyone coming back to God!  I am a sinner and have my own personal issues also, but it is no accident that we are given so many wonderful and great opportunities to serve Christ.  When we take those opportunities and squander them away by doing something other than what God wants, we are hurting our own usefulness for God.

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 

How mad would you be if you personally gave money to someone to get a specified education in medicine and they went through and got a degree only to go flip burgers at McDonalds or go and be a lazy, ignorant “occupy wall street” protester.  I would not be too happy if I helped someone like that and they squandered it away!  OK, again I am not trying to be mean to someone who wants to come to Christ.  If this is you, then come on, He will take and cleanse anyone!  But let us all strive to be the “good tree” that everyone wants in their home!  Let us train our children and instill in them the desire to be pure, chaste, clean vessels for God’s use!  Let’s be those trees that are taken early by the farmers and sold for more under the shed!

December 19, 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