Daily Devotion for Wednesday August 31st 2016

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Thrown Away

Daily devotional for Wednesday August 31th 2016

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead…  Luke 10:30

Of a truth, Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy.  This is sadly the condition of lost people today as well as some Christians who have once again been entangled in sin.  The world is much like this man in Jesus’ parable; robbed, wounded and left for dead. Their lives are just a field of scattered debris left over from a horrific storm.  As a result, most give up on life and remain in a hopeless condition for many years in this life and walk out into a hopeless eternity.  A father once said to his daughter when talking about her husband leaving her, “Just because someone throws you away doesn’t mean you are trash.”  The world today feels so alone and outcast and beyond the point of no return.

As Jesus continued with the parable, the greatest problem today is religion has walked past the real needs in the world only to go perform something religious.  Religion’s focus is on self and desires that all men see how good I am.  The love of God is focused on the hurting, perishing, destroyed and to show forth how great Jesus is!

The true blue child of God is driven by a genuine love of God in their hearts.  The love of God inside a person cannot walk past needs.  When you see someone in need, do you see them as someone trying to earn a dollar or undeserving?  Much like the Samaritan who passed by, he didn’t see the nationality, gender, religious affiliation or anything else in the wounded man’s life.  He saw a need!  His choice to help was driven by the need.

Religion walks right past needs.  Those who follow Jesus will help people in time of need.  1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  Satan has wrecked lives, thrown them away and left them for dead.  Will you come to them in their time of need, or leave them on the side of the road hurting?

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God’s promise to the hungry and thirsty

Daily devotional for Tuesday August 30th 2016

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

Our Heavenly Father has made many promises unto His children in His word. Promises of comfort in distress, help in time of trouble, satisfaction in time of drought. The promises go on and on. There are so many good things God has in store for us. Paul said “But my God shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

But out of all of the things He promised to provide unto us, the hunger and thirst that so moves us is at the very top of the list. The reason is because it is the cry of the soul. Fallen humanity has run headlong chasing everything under the sun but the soul still cries to be satisfied. The reason is because it cannot be satisfied with earthly and worldly things.

There is a longing within each of us for something that we at first may not recognize. But the soul that was created by God so hungers to be back into fellowship with Him and cannot be satisfied elsewhere. However, when we are saved, for the first time our soul finds rest simply because the Father has breathed new life within us and it is so refreshing.

If you are longing within you today for more of God, then there’s great news! God has the promise to fill you! He knows after we come to know Him, we become like King David as he proclaimed in the Psalms, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee O God!” Psalm 42:1. Jesus declared unto the woman of Samaria that He would give her water that she would never thirst again. John 4:14. Everything He has promised in His word, He will give if we will just come to Him asking.

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Christ Lives In Me!

Daily devotional for Saturday August 27th  & 28th 2016

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The Christian life cannot be compared to any other religion in the world.  All other religions, without exception, proclaim the belief in a deity that is either a physical image, one whose remains are still in a grave, or one who does not reveal itself to its worshippers.

But when a person is born again, the reality of the Risen Christ is very clearly revealed.  First of all, the weight of sin is lifted from us.  Next, the guilt and shame that comes from a life of sin is completed removed because of the blood of Jesus that takes away our sin.  Finally, the presence of the Holy Spirit comes to live within us when we’re saved.  This Holy Spirit is God.  To everyone who is born again, there is such a reality of God’s presence within us that we need never doubt where God is; He is in us!

Jesus revealed to His disciples that God was with them, but would shortly afterward be in them.  John 14:18. He also declared that We (He and the Father) would make their abode with him.  In John 15:4, Jesus exhorts us “Abide in me, and I in you.”  Paul revealed to the Galatians that Christ lives in each believer.  If Jesus is inside you, then there will never be a time when He is not with you!  Herein lies the great consolation to each of us.  He is in you to comfort and console you in the troublesome hours.  He is within you to commune with you.  He is in you to reach out to others who need Him.  He is also in you to help you; to guide you; to direct you through every circumstance that you go through.

Our ultimate destination is Heaven.  This same Jesus who is in you today will be the hope of eternal life.  Paul said to the Colossians; To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Colossians 1:27.

Daily Devotional for Friday August 26th 2016

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Nailing it to His CROSS

Daily devotional for Friday August 26th 2016

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Colossians 2:14

There are some people today that believe the death of Jesus on the cross was a failure.  Recently, one of today’s most popular religious leaders was even quoted as saying “the life of Jesus ended in failure; the failure of the cross.”  When a religious leader can say this publicly for the world to hear, he simply does not understand the cross.  The world may look upon the cross as failure, but it’s because they don’t understand the victory that He won for us there.  Paul said that the preaching of the cross was to them that perish, foolishness.  An unbelieving world cannot comprehend the reason of every christian’s affection to the cross!

John the Baptist, when seeing Jesus coming to his baptism, made the most profound revelation concerning Jesus of Nazareth.  “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) The world, when viewing death, always sees failure.  This is always true unless that death is a sacrifice.  The old testament is filled with the blood of lambs sacrificed for the sins of fallen Israel.  That sacrifice was intended to represent, not only a means of forgiving the committed sin, but as a measure of justice to atone for the heinous crimes that man committed against a holy God.

The JFK assassination cover-up was a prime example of blotting out evidence that was against the guilty. The incriminating evidence in the JFK assassination scandal was blotted out; blacked out by a marker or pin.  This evidence would have led the nation to condemning the murderer to death.  It was however, blotted out.  All the evidence that was on paper was simply “lined through” or “blotted out.”  Since that time, the guilty party has been able to enjoy freedom and even a sense of innocence due to that blotting.

Friend, do you realize that when Jesus went to the cross and bled for you and I, that He blotted out every act of failure that we committed?  Everything that was against us!  Everything that was contrary to us!  Jesus removed it at the Cross!  When Jesus was nailed to the cross, Paul is saying here that, because He died in our place, He represented the failure of every man and by dying the death for every man, He paid that horrible price for man that the righteousness of God required.  Now, every fault and failure has been blotted out.  Not with ink or marker, but by His precious blood!  Just like the JFK cover-up, every piece of evidence that condemned you and I, was blotted out by the wonderful blood shed on Calvary’s cross.  When you accept that payment for your sin, you receive a freedom from sin that can only come through Christ.  You are free; no longer condemned by your past sins and no longer to be confined to living a life bound to the slave master of sin; the Devil.  God has given you a brand new start; a brand new life to live. When we stand before God on that great judgment day, the moment that we accepted Christ’s sacrifice for blotting out of our sin will be the most important moment and decision of our life.  Thank God for the Cross!

Daily devotional for Thursday August 25th 2016

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No Fear in Christ!

Daily devotional for Thursday August 25th 2016

…For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6

In a troublesome world with the events that continually transpire in it, Satan tries to keep the entire world in a constant state of fear. Fear of corrupt government, fears of murder, fears of persecution; it seems as though there’s no comfort anywhere. Fear does not come from God. (Timothy 1:7) But the Lord has constantly comforted us with the words “Fear Not.” The Angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph concerning the birth of Jesus said “Fear Not.” When Jesus was on the ship with the disciples in the midst of the storm, He said to them “Why are ye fearful?” (Matthew 8:26)

Apostle Paul knew full well the reality of living for God in a perverse generation and the troubles that could result. When preaching the gospel in Macedonia, he explained to the Corinthian church the things he encountered there. “Without were fighting’s, within were fears.” (2 Corinthians 7:5) But we have a God who loves us unconditionally. He knows the world you live in. He sees the schemes that the Devil plans against you. Paul goes on to say, “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down…” The Holy Spirit is called “The Comforter” is because He comforts. The Lord knew there would be times in your life when you would be faced with circumstances that would make you uncomfortable. But Jesus said, “I will leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Praise God forever!

Why do we fear at times? Most of the time, it is because we do not know for sure whether God will deliver us in our hour of need. Situations arise in our lives that we simply do not believe that God will take care of us. Why do we believe that though? Has the Lord ever given you any reason to not trust Him? We do not have to fear anything but God, friend. When we realize that God is on our side, this will change every circumstance you’re in from this point forward. He is not against you! He is for you!

Do you realize that perfect love casts out fear? ( 1 John 4:17-18) What exactly does that mean? We hear that God loves us but do we really understand the depth, the height, the breadth and the width of the love of God? Do you realize that His love is so abundant toward you that He will be with you in everything and through everything that you encounter in life? “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me.” (Psalm 23:4) Child of God, Jesus is with you. You never have any reason to fear! Our fear is due to not knowing the love of God. Once we realize that there’s nothing in this world that God is not gonna be with us through, we will no more view your circumstances the same. Glory to God in the Highest!

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Daily Devotion for Thursday August 25th 2016

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Daily devotional for Thursday August 25th 2016

…For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6

In a troublesome world with the events that continually transpire in it, Satan tries to keep the entire world in a constant state of fear. Fear of corrupt government, fears of murder, fears of persecution; it seems as though there’s no comfort anywhere. Fear does not come from God. (Timothy 1:7) But the Lord has constantly comforted us with the words “Fear Not.” The Angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph concerning the birth of Jesus said “Fear Not.” When Jesus was on the ship with the disciples in the midst of the storm, He said to them “Why are ye fearful?” (Matthew 8:26)

Apostle Paul knew full well the reality of living for God in a perverse generation and the troubles that could result. When preaching the gospel in Macedonia, he explained to the Corinthian church the things he encountered there. “Without were fighting’s, within were fears.” (2 Corinthians 7:5) But we have a God who loves us unconditionally. He knows the world you live in. He sees the schemes that the Devil plans against you. Paul goes on to say, “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down…” The Holy Spirit is called “The Comforter” is because He comforts. The Lord knew there would be times in your life when you would be faced with circumstances that would make you uncomfortable. But Jesus said, “I will leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Praise God forever!

Why do we fear at times? Most of the time, it is because we do not know for sure whether God will deliver us in our hour of need. Situations arise in our lives that we simply do not believe that God will take care of us. Why do we believe that though? Has the Lord ever given you any reason to not trust Him? We do not have to fear anything but God, friend. When we realize that God is on our side, this will change every circumstance you’re in from this point forward. He is not against you! He is for you!

Do you realize that perfect love casts out fear? ( 1 John 4:17-18) What exactly does that mean? We hear that God loves us but do we really understand the depth, the height, the breadth and the width of the love of God? Do you realize that His love is so abundant toward you that He will be with you in everything and through everything that you encounter in life? “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me.” (Psalm 23:4) Child of God, Jesus is with you. You never have any reason to fear! Our fear is due to not knowing the love of God. Once we realize that there’s nothing in this world that God is not gonna be with us through, we will no more view your circumstances the same. Glory to God in the Highest!

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Daily Devotion August 24th 2016

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That the Power of Christ may rest upon me

Daily Devotional for Wednesday August 24th 2016

…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9b

Paul endured many things in his life as a Christian.  He suffered much of the same persecution that he had once made those endure who were believers in Christ before him.  After his conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul became the target of attacks of Satan in order to keep this gospel from being preached.

Every child of God today suffers, to an extent, the same attacks today.  We wrestle against principalities and powers…Ephesian 6:12. The struggle is very real and the attacks can be magnified at times. The sad truth though is most of the time, we do not know how to endure and overcome these attacks.

Paul declared a wonderful truth about this new covenant relationship with Jesus Christ.  He declared that once infirmities came to him, the power of Christ would be extended to him.  Paul speaks of a power from God that will come upon us that will carry us through that buffeting period of the enemy.  So once Paul learned this great spiritual truth, the very thing that Satan had sent to destroy him had become a place of victory because Paul knew that Jesus would be present to carry him through it all.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; persecuted but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed.  You may be at a place in your life today where your struggle is above your strength to overcome.  The Lord has great news for you!  His strength is made perfect in your weakness.  Are you under such a load of burden that you can’t even take another step?  If so, then you are at the place where the power of Christ will rest upon you and will carry you through your struggle!  Take heart today and trust Jesus!  He desires to extend to you His grace, His strength, so that the Power of Christ rests upon you.  When the power of Christ rests upon you, there is nothing you cannot make it through.