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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Firm Foundation

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 

1Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand

Lesson #4

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

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.

Lesson #6

Now that the Tree is cut down, it must be put on a shaker to get the dead needles off of it.

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.  It needs a stable foundation to hold it up or any slight imbalance or bump will knock it over.  I found this out the hard way.  I didn’t tighten the bolts down hard enough, because I was afraid to hurt the tree.  What happened was the tree fell over and broke a branch and caused some frustration to me, the owner.

Application

We as Christians need a stable foundation and that is the Word of God.  The world is full of advice that is not evil, but that advice is not Godly.  Anything that is not of God is therefor ungodly.  Anything that is not of the Bible is unbiblical.  We as Christians should do everything in our power to live Biblically and Godly.  The world says follow your heart or discover your heart. The Bible says:

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 

Pro 18:2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. 

I can go on and on with many illustrations, but I will say this: just because it sounds good, that does not make it good.  The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.  Good intentions never justify doing ungodly and godless things.  I am talking about those daytime talk show hosts that give their opinion and expect you to listen to it like Dr. Phil, Oprah, and more.  I am not trying to throw a stone but look at the top to I Corinthians 2:5, that verse is for all talk show hosts, but that is not all.  It is also for me and you!  What!  What am talking about?  Anytime I exalt my opinion above the Bible’s and God’s, I just put myself in the place of God.  Be careful, there are some very smart people out there that can manipulate words very well.  Use the Bible as the filter for all of those opinions.  What is your foundation?  Is it logic, science, or academics?  What ever it may be, know this: your foundation should be in Christ!  If it is not,  you will fall, break something, and cause a lot of frustration!

December 23, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stand

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eze 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 

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 right tree.

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.

Lesson #6

Now that the Tree is cut down, it must be put on a shaker to get the dead needles off of it.

Lesson #7

Once the Tree is home, it has to be put in a tree stand and stood up!  The Tree is no good to me and my family if it is laying on the floor.  All of the growing, fertilizing, watering, searching and shaking and bringing it home is pointless if I never put it in a tree stand to fulfill the tree’s purpose

Application:

We as Christians must stand for Christ if we are going to be effective Christians.  If you are saved wonderful!!!  Now what are you doing for Christ?  Standing for Christ might cause resistance from others, friction from family, and pressure; but that is ok!  That is why we have Jesus!  He said:

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

God will take care of you!  He wants you to stand for Him!  It doesn’t matter what you call yourself if you don’t stand for Christ!  God is seeking someone that will stand for Him, will you be that one?  The Christian who does not stand for Christ is like a Christmas tree that is brought home and laid on the floor.  A Christian who does not stand for Christ is as useless as a tree that is laying down.  Will you stand for Christ?  God is looking for some one who will!

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment