Celebrating Pentecost – Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 31st 2017

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Celebrating Pentecost

Daily Devotional for May 31st

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts 2:1-2

As Israel observes the feast of Pentecost at this time, we should not lose sight of God’s purpose was for it. As with all seven feasts God ordained for Israel to recognize each year, this feast serves as a prophecy with great spiritual significance.  Jesus was sacrificed during Passover, was in the tomb during the feast of Unleavened Bread, and arose on the feast of Firstfruits.

Pentecost was the next feast in God’s order. People today do not realize though that Pentecost, as well as all other of the feasts, was ordained by God in the Old Testament.  Pentecost is all about the harvest.  Pentecost literally means 50; in reference to 50 days after Passover.  This means that there is no Pentecost without their first being a Passover.  Spiritually speaking, Pentecost could not come until Jesus was glorified.  John 7:39.  On the very first Pentecost, the children of Israel found themselves at Mt. Sinai and saw the presence of God descend upon the mountain.  Exodus 19.  On the churches first Pentecost, they also saw the presence of God.

In this verse of scripture, God sent His Spirit to fill each believer for service in the harvest. God still desires today to fill the church.  Many people though, think that one filling is sufficient.  Paul exhorted us to “be not drunk with wine…but be filled with the Spirit.”  Ephesians 5:18.  Equipping men and women to win souls is the purpose of being filled with the Spirit.  If you desire to see souls born again into the kingdom of God, then God desires to equip you for that harvest.

Are you celebrating Pentecost? Not as Israel celebrates it, but as the early church celebrated it as God intended.  Contrary to what many people say, God desires to fill you with His Spirit so that you may be a witness for Him in the earth.  The power of the Holy Spirit is the only thing that can turn people from darkness to light.  We have become ineffective in our preaching the gospel because we have chosen to do so without the help of the Holy Spirit.  We can only accomplish this through the power of God working in and through us.  Ask God today to equip you with the power He desires you to have so that you can be effective in the world for Christ.

The Trial of Faith – Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 30th 2017

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The Trial of Faith

Daily Devotional for May 30th

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:6-7

God’s promises are certain; they are real! As with all of God’s word, His promises cannot fail!  When God makes you a promise, you can take it to the bank!  It will come to pass in your life.  God is not like unto man that He should lie.  As a matter of fact, God cannot lie!  He has promised us so many things in this life.  The only thing that keeps those promises from coming to fruition in your life is one simple thing; unbelief.

Satan cannot destroy God’s promises, but he can destroy the thing that brings them to your life; and that is, our faith. There are so many things that Satan uses to attempt to tear down our faith.  As a child of God, your faith is tried in the same fashion as a person tried in a court of law.  Hebrews 11 says that faith is evidence.  First is the confession.  You make a claim that you have faith.  Then the trail begins.  You are not necessarily tried; it is your faith that becomes the object of scrutiny.  Is there evidence of faith in your life?

In this particular verse of scripture, Peter likens the trial of faith as gold that is purified by the trial of fire. True faith and false faith are revealed in this trial by fire.  If a chunk of gold is placed in a fire, it will only become purer by the trial of fire.  If it is not gold, then it will perish in the fire.  The same is true of our faith.  If our faith is genuine, then it will only become stronger and purer with the test of fire.  So many people today say they believe, but in this time of testing, they fall away.  It is a sign that their faith was not real faith.

In Hebrews 6:12-15, Abraham is said to have believed God. But just because he believed did not mean that he immediately received.  His faith went on trial as will ours.  Do you realize that as soon as you confess to believe God for any promise He has made, your faith will be tried?  This is where many of us falter in our faith.  When we hear a promise of God that is needed in our life, we initially believe, but then comes the tempter the same way he came to Eve with the words; “Hath God really Said?”  Then all of a sudden, Satan has talked you out of the promise and stolen it from your heart.  Once your faith in God for the promise is stolen from your heart, then the promise will not come.

If you are currently trusting God to obtain a promise He has made to you; do not falter in your faith. You must realize that once your faith grabs a hold on any of God’s promises, the promise will come; but there will be a trial first.  Your faith will be judged. It will be tried as by fire.  But if you will trust in God’s word  through everything that comes to resist you, God will bring to you the promise.  God is not slack concerning His promises friend.  We must realize that there will be a trial.  Once you see the trial, hold on to God’s promise with all your heart.  If you will, then a pure faith will stand the test.  That pure faith will receive from God.

Remember Our Soldiers – Daily Devotional for May 29th 2017

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Remember Our Soldiers

Daily Devotional for May 29th

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:7-8

As we celebrate Memorial Day to remember those soldiers and veterans who fought and died for our freedom, we cannot forget the sacrifice their families have made by having their lives forever changed America deeply owes a great debt of gratitude to all of them.  We would not enjoy the freedom we have today had it not been for the dedication to our men and women in uniform.

We also cannot ignore those who have enlisted in God’s Armed Forces to become great soldiers. These brave men and women have waged spiritual warfare and become soldiers of the Kingdom of Heaven.  While many Christians today give their lives to Jesus but then go on with their lives without battling for the salvation and deliverance of others, some have. 

This generation enjoys this wonderful gospel today the same reason why Americans enjoy our freedoms; because of those who have fought for it. Christian soldiers today are instructed in Jude to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.  Satan will stop at nothing to deceive, steal and destroy the spiritual freedom we have been given by the Lord! 

The question that stands before us today is this; are you in that number of believers who will join the fight to keep and protect the spiritual freedoms we enjoy? There are no doubt many who you have known that have spoken unto you the word of God, who have instructed you in righteousness and given you the words needed to bring about your victory in Christ.  Will you do the same for the next generation?  If we do not join the fight and battle to keep our freedoms, we will lose them!  Let us remember those who have fought for, not only our freedoms as Americans, but our freedoms as Christians.

Christ Lives In Me! – Daily Devotional for Weekend May 27th & 28th 2017

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Christ Lives In Me!

Daily Devotional for May 27th & 28th

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.

Whom My Soul Loveth – Daily Devotional for Thursday May 25th 2017

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Whom My Soul Loveth

Daily Devotional for May 25th

By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: Song of Solomon 3:1-2

There is not one romance novel written that can compare to the love written in the pages of scripture. When we think of love, we think of an affection in the heart toward someone; but it always has limits.  Those limits are usually selfish at root.  As long as a person is showing the needed attention toward you, your love tends to remain strong.  But once that attention is gone, the love seems to decrease.

God’s love is the greatest power on the earth. God’s love for you created a plan for Jesus to suffer violently upon Golgotha’s Cross.  Even though Satan had divided God and man by sin, the Cross stands as a bridge to span that great divide.  Since then, God continues to reaffirm His love each day by showing His mercy and grace.

Love for God cannot be fully expressed with words. The greatest expression a person can express their love for God is by walking out their life as a servant to God.  To pledge allegiance to Jesus and seek to be faithful to Him.  God’s love requires nothing in return.  God loved long before anyone loved Him back!  The love of God will love regardless of the treatment received.  This is the purity of the love that God has for you.

As written in the Song of Solomon, I have found the one whom my soul loveth. While we realize the shunammite woman was his object of affection, it was a love that went down deep into the soul.  The soul is the deepest part of man!  When Jesus reveals Himself unto you, the soul responds.  The realness is so much greater than the mind can understand.  His presence cannot be put into words. 

To all who have experienced the love of God, the soul knows and responds. Is your love for God spoken from down deep in your soul or is it just lip service?  Did you realize that your life’s devotion to Jesus is the greatest expression of love for Him?  What about you friend?  Does your life reveal your love for Him, or do you chase after things of this world?  Where your treasure is, your heart is.  If you love the Lord greater than anything, then your life will prove it.  If you love something else more than the Lord, your life will evidence that as well.

Sailor’s Point of View – Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 24th 2017

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Sailor’s Point of View

Daily Devotional for May 24th

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:23-24

As the world goes from day to day in the daily grind of life, there is another world altogether that can be experienced. The reason why so many people vacation at beaches, islands, and other tropical paradises is because of this whole new and different world of experiencing the ocean!  When we view the ocean from the beach for the first time, it is an event that is branded within us because it grips us so intensely.  The Christian life is a great example of this tropical world in the Spirit.

Although the rest of the world doesn’t know it, there is so much to experience at sea! David said here that the sailors would see God’s wonders in the deep.  You have to be there to experience them though.  Some people do not believe that God moves the way He once did.  It’s because they have not been out in the deep.  In order to experience God’s wonders, you have to be in the deep.  What happens in the deep waters?  Sailors risk their lives to bring cargo from one place to another; from one world to another.  As Christians, we do the same, only our journey through the deep is by faith.  Jesus asked Peter to launch out into the deep.  Once they got there, Jesus commanded him to cast their nets.  They pulled in a great number of fish.  Did you know that the unsaved are lost in the deep and it is Jesus who desires us to go and launch out to fish for them.  It was in the deep where the disciples watched as Jesus rebuked the winds and they obeyed Him.  It was also in the deep where they saw Jesus walk on the water.  They would never have seen this on the land.

Sailors see so much more of another world than land dwellers. As a Christian, we also see so much more.  We have seen deliverance from Alcohol and drug addiction, deliverance from suicide.  We have seen God heal cancers and other diseases.  But you have to be in the deep with them.  You also have to trust God in the deep!  This is why the sailors see God’s wonders while in the deep!  The sailor will turn over the reigns of his ship to God because there will come a point where there is nothing that he can do.  The deep oceans of life drive us away from ourselves and to place all our trust in Jesus. 

Most people only view the ocean from land, but never get to experience the wonders in the deep. It’s comfortable to have your feet planted in the sands, but God’s wonders will never be viewed from there.  You must launch into where the miracle is!  Are you in a place where you need God to move on your behalf?  Are there problems in your life and your asking God to work them out?  Get out in the deep and place all of your trust in Him!  You, like a sailor, will not just hear about God’s wonders, but you will experience His wonders in the deep. 

Jesus Never Changes – Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 23rd 2017

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Jesus Never Changes

Daily Devotional for May 23rd

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:8-9

Some of the most popular Christian denominations and doctrines today are in contempt of God in their unscriptural teaching that Jesus does not perform miracles in people’s lives the way He has always done. They sadly find themselves fighting against the will of God.  It could be for a variety of reasons.  The saddest part of their claims is that they rob people from receiving the promises that Jesus died at Calvary to provide for them.  However, the eternal truths in the Word of God are forever.  The Bible rings true with one message; and that is Jesus Never Changes!

The simple message here is that Jesus Christ is the same for all time, for all generations and to all people. Immediately following these wonderful words is Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. Notice that doctrines mentioned in these verses carry you.  Paul spoke of doctrine in Ephesians as “winds of doctrine.”  The idea is that doctrines are demonic tempestuous winds that blow from Satan to attempt to drive your ship off course!

The Lord knew there would be a time when the tempter would seek to carry people away from God’s promises the same as storm winds carry a ship away from its direction. We should not allow any doctrine to pull people away from the truth that Jesus never changes.  His will does not change!  Jesus’ words do not change!  There is absolutely no variableness neither shadow of turning with Him!

The truth is that what Jesus promised two thousand years ago is still a promise to you today. You may be wondering if Jesus will heal your body.  The simple answer is; Yes!  Not only is He able to heal, He is willing!  Jesus is always willing.  You may be in a situation right now where you are bound with some chain of Satan’s bondage and wonder if Jesus will set you free.  Be not afraid friend, only believe.  Trust the Lord!  He will deliver!  He will set you free!  He will perform to the uttermost the promises He has made to you.