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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Dreaming

Psa 91:9  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10

  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

 

 

Verse 10 is exciting!  We that are striving to do more for Christ are seeing a lot happen around us.  We are seeing a lot of evil and plagues.  It can get very scary.  We as christians should take comfort in our Refuge and our Habitation.

Do you know what the best thing about Heaven will be for us?  Streets of Gold would be awesome to see!  Gates of Pearl, the angels, the beauty of a custom made city for us, and even a custom made mansion are some of the things that we will be able to enjoy; but those things will not be getting the most attention.  The thing that will be getting the most attention will be the One who brought us there.   The thing that will excite us the most is that Jesus is there!

Have you ever had a moment when the presence of God came upon you and it was so good that you were overwhelmed?  Maybe it was in church, in your devotions, or maybe even when you were listening to some Christ  honoring music; but when it happened…it happened!  When you and I have those moments, it is very amazing!  Now imagine having that moment all the time, not from the mansions or the streets; but from Jesus being there!  That is a little taste of Heaven!  OK, I just got way off the subject of verse 10, but I can’t help it sometimes!  Imagine a place of no evil, and no plagues.  While that may seem like a “pipe dream”, the Bible says that is what awaits those who make God their Refuge and Dwelling!

March 6, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Food for Thought

John 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
John 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
John 10:19  There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
John 10:20  And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
John 10:21  Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Just a little food for thought for today.

I really wonder how much difference there is to where God wants us to be and where we are.  The Pharisees had a hard time accepting what the Saviour was saying because they had drifted so far away from where they should have been that what Christ was saying to them was truly wrong by their thinking and wrong according to their religious practices.  In fact, Jesus was so much different to what they were accustomed to that it was causing a great division among the established religious leaders and the “new converts” that Christ had.  And let me tell you…He had a lot of new converts!

Jesus is so good at coming in and looking past all of the road blocks that we can not look past.  He is perfect at tearing down walls that hinder the cause of Christ.  And because of this, the changes He makes can and will cause division among the ones who claim to be believers and true christians.  Remember, His sheep hear His voice and follow Him; even if it is to a different place, different path, and through different circumstances.  The question is, when you hear His voice, will you follow even if it means that there will be division?  Will you follow His voice even if you can’t explain the “where, when, how, why, and to what extent” of the change?  Just a more food for thought for you…

Remember, only you have to give an account for your actions.

 

March 5, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Watch For It

Pro 8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
Pro 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Here we have some wonderful instruction as to what a blessed man does.  We all want to be blessed.  But to be blessed by God, well bring it on Lord Jesus!  Blessings are wonderful and everyone wants them, but we need to follow God’s instructions in order to get the blessings from God.

In these two verses, it tells what a blessed man does.  When I initially get blessed from God, I want to sit, enjoy and feel loved.  While doing that is fun, I must do something to continue in that blessing.  In vs. 34, the blessed man is not one that is soaking up treats, but rather the one who is listening to God.  I am reminded that I have 1 mouth, 2 eyes, and 2 ears.  I should be listening 2 times as much and watching 2 times as much as talking.  I have a natural problem with this because I (at times) just don’t know when to “shut the lips.”  This is especially true when it come to God; I should be more concerned with watching and hearing than I am with talking.  It goes on to say that the blessed man watches daily.  I should have a daily devotion time with God, but devotions aren’t enough for the Christian.  He or She needs to daily hear and watch through out the day.  God will speaks to you all day.  The question is, are you listening and watching for it?  

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Beginning of Wisdom

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 
Pro 3:8
  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 

     These two verses address similar topics that we have gone over, and topics that are talked about in abundance in the book of Proverbs, fear of the Lord and wisdom.
There is a contrast in verse 7 concerning the fear of the Lord.  The contrast is made between being wise in our own eyes and the fear of the Lord.  At first glance, the two topics do not seem to contradict each other, but with further study that contrast becomes apparent.  When we are wise in our own eyes, we start to believe that we do not need other important things in our life; like God, the Bible, Godly fear, Biblical Wisdom, etc.  When we can remain in much need in our eyes, we stay humble.  When we stay humble, we realize that we are greatly lacking and need help.  Proud people do not take help, unless they are forced to take it.
The fear of the Lord causes us to always consider God’s point of view and perspective in matters that we have control over.  The fear of the Lord has saved many people from heart-ache and sorrow.  We will not get arrogant like our flesh wants to get, when we have the fear of the Lord.  I also want to point something else out: God is going to do what He needs to do, whether or not I have fear of Him.  “What is my point”, you may ask?  The “wheels of God’s Will”  keep turning regardless of my decisions and therefor I might miss out on something good from God if I do not adopt His will from having Godly fear.  In closing I will say this, God has some wonderful things for you and I to receive, but one thing that will hinder us from receiving those things is our submission to His will.

March 1, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Be Like a Hebrew Boy

Dan 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Dan 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

In this story we have 3 young men who are a part of the government of Babylon refusing to bow down to a false idol.  Keep in mind that they are liked by the king!  They are the “trophy” examples of what all young men should be.  When the king announced that everyone should bow down to the idol when the music played, these young men determined in their heart that they would do right (just like how they determined that they would not defile themselves with the king’s meat)!  In the face of death, they still stood with Jesus!  Wow!  That is totally amazing considering that they put not only their reputation on the line, but God’s reputation.  Keep in mind that their religious views were not shared by many people.  What would it take for you to bow to the kings wishes?

What if the Government asked you to do something that went against every fiber of your faith?  Would you be able to stand up like these three other boys and declare that you would rather die then to give in and bow down to the king’s commandment?  Notice that once they were thrown into the furnace, that Jesus was with them!  Let me point out something…when you are in a fiery furnace for Jesus’ sake, you will not be alone.  Jesus will be with you every step of the way!  Now, back to the story…I ask myself that same question.  I would like to think that I would have as much spiritual boldness as the three men did. I would like to think that Jesus means more to me than some government official.  That, hopefully, might not happen.  But will probably happen is that there will arise a situation for you to stand for Christ now…with your peers, co-workers, friends, family, or even a neighbor.  How will you respond?

February 29, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Got Fulfillment?

Rom 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.

One of the most thought provoking and frustrating questions I have ever pondered on is this:  “What is God’s will for my life?”  Here is another similar question that is equally frustrating: “Why is my purpose in life?”  Take a minute to ask yourself those questions………………………………………………………………………

……………….ok, now that you have thought about it, think about it some more.  While I am not trying to bring frustration in your life, I do want to point out that we all have a purpose with God.

Here is the same question that is worded as a statement with a hint of encouragement, “God made you to do something that only you can accomplish!”  I believe with all of my heart that Satan does not want us to think about those statements.  The reason for that is, those statements provoke us to do something for Christ!  I believe that God has created amusement and entertainment for us to enjoy, but our society has lived for the entertainment rather than our true purpose for which we are created.  I love football!  I love watching my team (Chicago Bears) play and win!  I hate seeing them get injured and watching the rest of the season go down the drain.  One thing I don’t do is skip church to watch my favorite team play.  Why?  Because that is to go against God’s purpose for my life.

What purpose did God create you for?  Are you fulfilling that purpose?  True satisfaction comes and true fulfillment comes when you do what God has for you.  Are you lacking a little satisfaction?  Need some fulfillment in life?  Find out what God has for you in and you will experience happiness and joy like you never could imagine!

February 24, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Power

Dan 3:25

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Dan 3:26

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

Dan 3:27

  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

 

When we follow what the Lord wants us to do in our life, trials will come.  It is a fact of life, junk happens even when I do good, try hard for Christ, and am kind to others.  Maybe you know that also.  If I don’t watch out, I will allow my thinking to convince me that God hates me; that I am some little pawn to mess with.  If you find yourself going in that direction, STOP!  Stop immediately and don’t entertain those thoughts.

We see here that the three Hebrew boys did nothing wrong.  They simply followed the Lord’s leading and strove to please Him.  These are the same boys who chose on their own free will not to take the portion of the king’s meat, but rather eat pulse and drink water with Daniel.  These guys were trying their best to obey God and look where it got them!  This last statement is what the devil wants you to focus on.

We are supposed to live by faith.  Living by faith means to live according to what God wants, even if it doesn’t make sense to me.  Living by sight is easy.  Living by faith is very challenging.  When we step out on faith, God will walk with us in whatever affliction that we are put into.  He walks with us to protect us, show His love to us, show His mighty power, and when it is all over with, He will promote us.  That is what happened with this story that we have read about.  If we will stick with God and allow Him the time and opportunity, He will exalt you…

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

1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

These three men were exalted and lifted up after their fiery furnace experience.  Remember that when your fiery furnace experience comes to you.  It will happen eventually.  Will you have the faith to allow God to finish His work in you?

Dan 3:28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

Dan 3:29  Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

Dan 3:30  Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Are Due For An Update!

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

How many things in our life require an update?  Firefox, Google Chrome, Windows, Cell Phone, and i tunes are all important aspects of life to a lot of people that constantly require updates at frequent intervals.  Many people anxiously await a new cell phone or the newest iphone or ipad.  We love to update everything!  How about your spiritual life?

When was the last time that your walk with God received an update?  When was the last time that we became anxious at the prospect that God will update us on what is important?  In order to receive an update, we must be willing to receive the update.  We have to stay connected to God for Him to keep us “up to date”.  I cannot update my computer’s operating system unless I connect it to the internet.  That is the chosen path for my computer to receive updates.  We must stay connected to the Lord to receive the updates that we need.  Are you operating under the “old system”?  That old system might have some bugs and might be out of date and not able to connect properly or to be effective in your daily service.  Last question, when was the last time you got an update?

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Chicken Nuggets

Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psa 34:9  O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Psa 34:10  The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

 

Verse 8 is one of my favorite verses in this chapter.  First of all, it involves tasting.  When I think of tasting, I think of food!  I love to eat good food!  Second, this verse talks of experiencing God’s goodness.  Third, it talks of the blessed man.  This verse has a great 3 point outline in it.

There has been several times in the past nine years of being a parent, that I tried to get the girls to taste something new.  It often is something that I am eating or have ordered.  In most cases they turned down the offer to stick with what they feel is a safer experience.  Most of the times this happens when we go out to eat at a restaurant.  Instead of trying something new with a lot of flavor, they choose instead to eat bland, tasteless chicken nuggets.  These girls have passed up on a lot of GOOD food for the “safer”experience…

or that is what they think.

Then it happened, we were at a chinese restaurant and I ordered a favorite of mine, General Tsou’s Chicken.  They looked at my food and wrinkled up their face at what I was eating.  They have seen me eat this dish several times, but not once did they try it.  So I decided to make a statement of trust to my girls.  I told them that if they tried 1 bite, I would get them a treat.  Well, you know what they said, “What kind of treat?”  After I met their demands, I got a piece of chicken on my fork and put it to their mouth.  They barely opened their mouth hoping that what little piece made it into their mouth would count as a “bite”.  I made them open their mouth and get a “big” bite, if they wanted the treat.  So they got a mouth-full.  And to their amazement, they really liked it!  Now I can’t keep them from eating my food!

I did all that to prove a point to my daughters about trusting their dad.  Little did I know that the Holy Spirit would drive that point home in my own heart.  God the Father has some wonderful things for us to try out and wonderful things for us to experience.  What stops us is our faith or lack of it in Him to give us something that we will like and benefit from.  Great conviction came to my heart that day on my lack of trust in God.  God wants you to trust Him.  He invites you to taste for yourself the goodness that He has for you.  Will you trust his “food selection?”  He really knows better than you what you will like.  You should have seen my daughters face when I told them that the General Tsou’s Chicken that they ate was really the same food that they had been eating all along…a chicken nugget.  It looked different, smelled different, and tasted different; it was just a fancy chicken nugget.  God may take what you already like and package it differently to test your faith in him.  What will your reaction be?

February 21, 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