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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Philip…Soul-winner/Door-knocker…Kind Of

Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
Act 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Act 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

Act 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Notice in verse 29, the Holy Spirit told Philip to go witness to the Ethiopian Eunuch. I like Philip’s response, he ran to him.  Once he got to the Eunuch, he asked him a question.  I love the response, “How can I except some man should guide me?”

What would your response be to the Holy Spirit if He told you to go and carry the gospel to someone?  Would you run? Would you go?  So often our response or lack of responding can hinder someone coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Keep in mind that the Spirit is always willing to see souls saved, the question is, are you?  Are you willing to see souls saved and lives changed?  Are you willing to go immediately like Philip did?  He did not hesitate when told by the Holy Spirit.  I wonder how quickly the “window of opportunity” stays open for us to respond and get the gospel to someone?  I do believe that Philip understood that his opportunity was limited at best and because of it, he ran.

Would you run to someone to take them the gospel?  Would you do it, even if they turned you down.  What if the Holy Spirit wanted them to receive the Gospel witness of a soul-winner and you went and got turned down?  Remember in soul-winning, if you get rejected by someone, it is not you that they are rejecting, it is Christ.  Remember that when you go soul-winning, if you go soul-winning.  Last question, how long has it been since you led someone to Christ?

March 27, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pride Has A Steep Price

Psa 10:1  Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

Psa 10:2  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

Psa 10:3  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

Psa 10:4  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

It is interesting to note what God’s actions are concerning the wicked.  Notice what the wicked does in these few verses and you will see why God chooses not to be around the wicked.

The wicked in his pride:

1. Persecutes the poor.  He is like a bully: always picking on someone who he can push around.  Notice the word persecute.  It is not bother, irritate, etc.  It is persecute.  Webster’s Dictionary defines persecute as:

In a general sense, to pursue in a manner to injure, vex or afflict; to harass with unjust punishment or penalties for supposed offenses; to inflict pain from hatred or malignity. That is what the wicked does to the poor.   God protects the poor and supplies there need.
2. Boast’s his heart’s desire.  He brags on the evil that he wants to do.
3. Blesses the Covetous.  God abhors the covetous.
4. Does not seek after God.

I am amazed at what some people allow their pride to do in their life.

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

Pro 29:23  A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Will you allow your pride to get in the way of things and hinder what God has for you?  Only you can deal with your pride.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God…He Sounds Familiar….l Think

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Judges 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

Ok, so this was my original thought when I came across these passages:  Look at verse 10; this is yet another sad statement in the Bible.  Verse 10 explains why God refers to Israel as a harlot.  Israel, the bride that Christ gave himself for, continues to walk away from God and forsakes Him.  She was very unfaithful to the Lord as she kept turning away from Him.  I used to get very upset and frustrated because they were so unfaithful to Him, but I realize that I am no better than they are.

Why would Israel continue to walk away from God?  I don’t know exactly why, but I have an idea.  It is because:

1. There arose another generation that knew not the Lord, nor His mighty works.

2. The next generation’s faith was not challenged at all.  The Lord was real to the older generation because the older generation saw God fight their enemies. They have seen miracles that bolstered their faith in God.  It was a natural thing for them to believe in God because they constantly saw God work in their life.  Let me ask you something, What are you children seeing?  While you make think you know what they are seeing, you should actually see what they are seeing…don’t just take their word for it.  Are they seeing God work in their life? or are they seeing Satan work in their life?  Are they seeing Christ’s righteousness in you, or are they seeing you live in worldliness and ungodliness?  Are they seeing you live by faith, or are they seeing you live in the flesh.

3. Their parents did not pass on their heritage to the next generation.  I don’t know why, but that next generation did not know the Lord….they just did not know who He was.  I am sure that they have heard about Him, but never took the opportunity to KNOW Him.  They did not pass down their standards or convictions to their children.  They did not teach their children the “why and why not’s” of the christian life.  Have you ever wandered why this world is becoming more wicked with each passing year?  One of the reasons why is because less and less is being handed down to that next generation.  They are not teaching their children how to live godly. They are not teaching their children how to have a godly marriage.  They are not teaching their children how to “train up a child”…and the list goes on.

Last question,

What are you handing down to that next generation?

March 19, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God…Who’s That?

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Judges 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

Ok, so this was my original thought when I came across these passages:  Look at verse 10; this is yet another sad statement in the Bible.  Verse 10 explains why God refers to Israel as a harlot.  Israel, the bride that Christ gave himself for, continues to walk away from God and forsakes Him.  She was very unfaithful to the Lord as she kept turning away from Him.  I used to get very upset and frustrated because they were so unfaithful to Him, but I realize that I am no better than they are.

Why would Israel continue to walk away from God?  I don’t know exactly why, but I have an idea.  It is :

1. There arose another generation that knew not the Lord, nor His mighty works.  If we are going to further the Kingdom of God, then we MUST raise up another generation that will know the Lord.  This is so important to the furthering of the Gospel.  Where were the parents?  Where was the training that was so desperately needed by that next generation?  Why did the next generation grow up without their lives being centered around Christ?  If our children are going to turn out right for the Lord, it will not happen on accident! They will not magically have a heart to serve the Lord.   Serving the Lord and loving our Dear Saviour comes by deliberate action.

to be continued…

March 16, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Nice Slice of Peace

Joshua 24:28  So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance. 

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

This passage really jumped out at me.  Well, actually both of these passages jumped out at me.  I get really encouraged when I look at the passage in Joshua 24.  The children of Israel have finished going through the Promised Land and fighting the battles that the Lord brought their way.  I want to point out a few ideas that “jump off the page” at me:

1. The Lord brought them to battles.

2. They saw the Lord fight for them many times.

3. They Had Many Years of Peace in Canaan Land.  This was the end result of those that followed Joshua’s leadership (it was Joshua following what God told him to do)…peace.  Finally, the peaceful life! was heard throughout the land among the new inhabitants of Canaan land.  

So many people get discouraged and quit on God before they get to that peaceful place in the promised land.  People struggle and have a hard time while in the battle, not realizing that God wants them there to grow their faith, endurance, toughness, and appreciation.  I go several times throughout the week and do church visits.  Some of those visits that I go to, I try to encourage the people because they are going through a hard time (usually caused by themselves).  Sometimes the situation that they are in came because of something out of their control.  I always walk away from those visits thanking God for a boring, Peaceful life.  How about you?  Are you ready for some peace?  It only comes from God.  Remember, God has it coming…will you wait long enough and endure long enough to see that Blessed Peace come into your life?

I don’t know about you, but I can always enjoy a nice slice of Peace!

 

March 15, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Experience With the Lord

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

Deuteronomy 20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
Deuteronomy 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Judges 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

This passage really jumped out at me.  Well, actually both of these passages jumped out at me.  I get really encouraged when I look at the passage in Joshua 24.  The children of Israel have finished going through the Promised Land and fighting the battles that the Lord brought their way.  I want to point out a few ideas that “jump off the page” at me:

1. The Lord brought them to battles.

2. They saw the Lord fight for them many times.  That’s right, you did not read the previous statement wrong; neither did I make a mistake (this time).  The Lord will fight for you!!! Hallelujah !!!!!  When you are in God’s Will, you will encounter battles.  But fear not, He…the Almighty, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Creator of the Universe, the One Who Owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the First and the Last will fight for you!  That’s right, He will fight your battles for you while you are in the fight.  It is an amazing thing to see the Lord fight your enemies and bring down those who are against you!  Those who try to avoid the battles miss out on the blessings and the fellowship that happens when you are “arm in arm” with the Saviour.  Sometimes, people do not recognize peace and therefor cause a lot of negative drama in their life.  When someone is in the battle with the Lord, they are looking for peace and quiet, they are just wanting to get away from the noise of battle.  Those who are not in the battle get bored and then find some trouble.  Fellowship with God takes on a new meaning when you fight together.  Conversations change when you experience hardship and trouble.  Relationships take on a whole new meaning when you go through battles.  Appreciation for God and Faith in what He says will drastically increase when you see the God of the Universe conquer what you can not do on your own. You talk differently to Him when you get alone to pray.  

So how about it?  Have you been in the battle with the Lord? Do you want to see how mighty He really is?  Those who miss out on the fight, fail to see God’s might.  How much experience do you have with the Lord?

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thank God for 59 and Rainy

Joshua 24:31  And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 

Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Judges 2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

This passage really jumped out at me.  Well, actually both of these passages jumped out at me.  I get really encouraged when I look at the passage in Joshua 24.  The children of Israel have finished going through the Promised Land and fighting the battles that the Lord brought their way.  I want to point out a few ideas that “jump off the page” at me:

1. The Lord brought them to battles.  I want to point this out because the Promised Land is a representation of the victorious christian life.  Some people get mixed up into thinking that God’s Will or the victorious christian life will not have any battles or heart-aches.  God never promised a life without pain, but He did send a Comforter to help us through that pain.

Another reason I believe (my opinion) that God brought them to fight is because the children of Israel need something to judge the peaceful times with. What I mean by that is the children of Israel can appreciate the peace that God brought them a whole lot more because they understand what it is like to be in a full-on battle.  How do we judge peaceful times?  We judge them against the non-peaceful times.  I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to take for granted, the goodness that God brings in my life.  If all of my days were sunny and 72 degrees, I would not appreciate them like I would when I sit inside on a rain, dreary day.  I need the rain, for many reasons; but especially to appreciate the days that it is sunny and 72.

No one likes hard times that come our way, but we are far more grateful of the good days when we have endured the days that are dreary, dark, gloomy, and depressing.  So let us all learn  to appreciate the days that are not sunny and 72, but rather 59 degrees and rainy.

March 13, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is That It?

Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

I want to wrap up my last thought with these verses today.  I often catch myself naturally settling for something that is not the best; or I try to convince myself that  something other than best is what I should get.  Often times though, getting the best requires some sacrifice and work.  It takes someone who is tired of the “status quo” and pursues something that is perceived as bigger than they are.  I wander how much mediocrity we settle for just because the thing we want seems to “good to be true”, and might take a little more sacrifice than what we want to pay.  Keep in mind that I am not talking about things, like a plasma TV, new car, or an expensive piece of jewelry as the things that I need to press on to achieve or seek after.  I am talking about increasing your vision for yourself and expanding it to a place of dis-comfort.  Success comes from people who do not seek for the comfortable life, but rather those who are dissatisfied with the current situation that they are in.

Let me challenge you to look in your life; at all areas and ask yourself, “Is this all that I want?”  I can just imagine as Jesus was on the cross and heard the question from the thief to remember him in Heaven.  I can imagine that Jesus thought “Is that all you want?”  What areas, if any, are coming to your mind right now that can stand an expanded vision; a vision that pushes “the  envelope” of faith that will cause you to reach out to God and beg Him to help and guide you as you press toward that “perfect will of God”.

AREN’T YOU TIRED OF JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS?  Are you willing to get more out of the christian life?  Don’t you want to see miracles happen in your life that can only be explained by Christ working through you?  If you find your heart pumping a little more because you want God to do something miraculous in your life, then go ahead and bow your head and ask God to show you the areas that need an expanded vision in your life.  When He shows you those areas, then pursue them with gazelle like intensity and hold on  to all of the promises of God as you pursue a greater vision.

Remember, God wants to do more through you!  But you must first ask yourself the question, “Is this all that I want?”

 

March 9, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aim Higher…Jesus Wants It That Way

Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

I talked yesterday about what we are aiming at.  I really didn’t get into the reason why I chose these verses for these devotionals.  In verse 42, the thief on the cross was asking Jesus to remember him when Jesus goes to Heaven.  Jesus, seeing his faith, decided to take the thief’s request to another level.  He saw the thief’s faith in Him and told the thief that he would be with Him in Heaven!  Wow, what an upgrade!

The thief was aiming low and Jesus decided to take him higher!  I am feeling some conviction right now!  I am very much guilty of this through out my entire life.  I aimed lower than what I should have and in doing so, I limited God’s work in my life.  Do you know that God wants to challenge your faith in Him?  He wants you to stretch your capacity of faith in Him so that He can blow it up!  God is trying to show us that our faith in Him can never be too much!  I can never have too much faith in the Almighty, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  What can my feeble, little brain do to make the Almighty God nervous?  I know the answer….nothing!

When we start aiming at doing something for Christ, I believe Christ looks down at us and says “Is that all that you want to do?”  I think Christ would like to do more to us and through us if we just have enough faith to aim a little higher.  One more question, Where are you aiming at?

 

 

March 8, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What are you aiming at?

Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

I am guilty!  I admit it and I take total blame for it!  I will not try to pass it off on someone else, nor will I try to blame someone else.  It is my fault and the only way it will change is if I let the Lord change it in me.  What am I talking about?  Where I am at is what I am talking about.

Have you ever been there?  Are you still lost as to what I am saying?  OK, I will fill in the blanks:

Most of my life, I have adopted the idea that I don’t deserve the best…and that I only deserve left-overs.  While it is true that I don’t deserve the best and because I am a sinner I deserve to die and go to hell, but my Jesus died for me to get the best.  It was hard for me to swallow the first time and sometimes I still struggle with the thought of getting the best for me.  Look at the verses below and you tell me what the Lord wants ALL OF US to get:

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

Once we get saved from the punishment of our sin, God wants us to receive the best!  Whether or not we deserve it is no longer the point.  What God wants for us IS the point.  He wants us to have the (say it with me) PERFECT WILL OF GOD!  Period…end of statement…no arguments!  That is what God wants for all of us!  So what are you aiming at…to be continued tomorrow

 

 

March 7, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment