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D’s Devotional – “A Covenant Of Love”

D’s Devotional – “A Covenant Of Love”

1 Kings 8:23, “and said: ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”

I was struck by the statement, “You who keep your covenant of love.”  The covenant between us and God is a covenant of love.  Do we understand that our relationship with God is to be a love relationship?  It is more than following a list of rules or just a knowledge of the existence of God, but it is a real love for God because He has a real love for us.  He has made a covenant of love with those that are in Christ Jesus.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Devotional for Thursday – “What Do You Love First?”

Devotional for Thursday – “What Do You Love First?”

Revelation 2:4, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”  Here Jesus is speaking to the church of Ephesus.  He starts by telling them how well they have done at standing on the truth and preserving in the face of suffering, but there is something He has against them.  They have left Him as their first love.  It wasn’t that they didn’t love Jesus, but they didn’t love Him first, above every other love.  I don’t know if you have ever thought about this, but you and I have something in us called, “Our First Love”.  Whatever ever sits in that seat of our heart controls all of our other loves and how we respond to them.  What Jesus is saying is, “Sure you love Me, but your love for Me isn’t first in your life.  Your love for Me isn’t controlling how you respond to everything else you love in your life.”  I find it amazing that Jesus isn’t satisfied with their stance on scripture and their perseverance through suffering, He wants their heart completely.  He won’t be satisfied with anything less.  He must be our first love and what we love first and what controls all our other loves.  He calls them to repent or lose their witness.  The same is true for us who have left our first love.  We will either repent or lose our witness.  What are some of the most common things we put in the place of Jesus as our first love?  It can be ourselves, our spouses, our children, our job, our church, our safety, our friends, our appearance, our blog, our facebook, our goals, our successes, and our money.  None of these are bad in and of themselves, but our love for Jesus will control all of these if He is our first love.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Saturday’s Devotional – Dealing with Displeasure

Saturday’s Devotional – Dealing with Displeasure

 

1 Samuel 8:6, “But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us, “ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.”

 

I found this verse challenging because when something displeased Samuel he brought it to the Lord. That is the same place you and I should take things that displease us.  Normally we complain and tell our friends so they can be displeased with us, but Samuel just took it to the Lord.  You and I need to do the same thing.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Friday’s Devotional – Your Children Are Not God

Friday’s Devotional – Your Children Are Not God

1 Samuel 2:29, “Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling?  Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?”

Eli is challenged by the Lord, because even in light of his son’s rebellion against God, Eli doesn’t do anything to stop or remove his sons.  God calls it right when He tells Eli, “You honor your sons more than me.”  We can love spouse, children, and people more than we love the Lord.  Sure we like to tell God that He means more to us than anything, but it is when God tells us to change that we proves it.  Abraham proves his love for God when he places His son Issac on the altar before God.  Eli needed to learn that lesson.  Eli put his sons in the place of God in his life.  He loved them with all his heart instead of loving God with all his heart.  To love those closest to us rightly, means that we must first love God rightly.  Our love for them should come from our love for Him.  If you refuse to do what God has told us to do in our relationships then that relationship has taken God’s place in your life.  You and I must wake up to the fact that we must not honor anything more than we honor God, not spouses, children, or people.  God must be first!

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Devotional – Without Conditions

Judges 4:6-8, “She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: “Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor.  I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.  Barak said to her, ‘If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’” 

Deborah is telling Barak that God has given him victory over Sisera and to get his men together and go fight.  Barak tells Deborah he will only do what God has said if she goes with him.  Barak is setting conditions on his obedience to God.  How many times do we do the same thing?  We tell God I will obey “if” He does what I want.  Have you ever gotten mad at God because you felt like He wasn’t living up to His end of the bargain?  The reason is you had made conditions for your obedience.  God, if I do this then you must do that.  We have to stop setting conditions for obedience and telling God that He must line up with us before we will line up with Him.  Are you willing to follow God without any conditions?  Will you follow Him just because He is God?

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Devotional

 

My Return to the World of Blog

I stopped blogging a little over three years ago.  Since then I have primarly put my thoughts on facebook.  For the last several weeks a friend has told me that I need to start putting my ideas and devotionals on a blog.  My friend reminded my that Facebook is limited to just my friends and I should share my posts with a wider audience.  So I am back!

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Devotional

 

George Muller

I finished reading the autobiography of George Muller and loved it.  Many may not know who George Muller  is and what a special role he plays in Classic Christianity.  He was a man who simply trusted God and prayed for everything.  George Muller is most known for the orphanage he created for children.  He didn’t go around asking for money or taking out loans to provide what was needed for the children, he just prayed and God provided.  

In reading his book I can’t go back living the same.  Two things that changed in my life is the realization that debt is sin.  He makes a statement that if you have to go into to debt to buy something then God doesn’t want you to have it.  We have some debt but because of this challenge we have a plan to get out of debt and stay out.   The other thing is to trust God in prayer.  He makes the statement that if I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, then I can also can do nothing without Him.  It is clear that the life of faith and the life of prayer go hand and hand.  What would happen if you measured your life and ministry by the answers to prayer you have experienced?  Are you willing to trust God with your life, your needs, and your ministry?  I encourage everyone to read this book and allow God to challenge you to trust Him for everything.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Devotional, Uncategorized

 

The W’s – The Devil is Bad

No this isn’t George Bush singing, this is a Christian Group with a fun song.  It is important to not only remember how great God is but to also remember how evil sin is.  I hope this song challenges to hate sin and the Devil.  I also want it to challenge you to love God with all your heart.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2008 in Devotional

 

Petra – “We Need Jesus”

As you listen to this song realize that Jesus is the only one answer to the real problems in your life.  I have heard people say that Jesus isn’t the only way and that there are many paths to enlightenment or even to God.  This is completely wrong.  The reason is an issue of sin.  Since no person is perfect, we are all with sin.  The Bible is clear that any sin will keep you from God the Father.  This is a huge problem, because how do you erase a sin?  Good deeds can’t do it.  Forgetting about it won’t do it either.  Wishing it away won’t make you clean.  The Bible says the only way for sin to be erase is for God to pour out His judgement on it.  The reason that Jesus Christ is the only way is He took all of God the Father’s judgement upon Himself and dead for sins on the cross.  He was buried for three days to prove that His work on the cross was complete.  Then God the Father resurrected Jesus bodily from the dead.  Jesus lives!  I challenge you to realize that there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ having control of your life.  We truly need Jesus.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2008 in Devotional

 

“Preaching That Hinders Revival” Conclusion by Richard Owen Roberts

Preaching That Calls For No Response Or A False Response

Preachers must guard against two false extremes: on the one hand, the failure to issue any call for response to the message; and on the other hand, the foolish notion that an immediate overt response to a presentation of partial truth always results in eternal salvation.

Much preaching appears pointless. If there is anything the hearers ought to do in response to it, they are left with no idea of what that response should be. A serious question must be raised whether this is preaching at all. Even if by some stretch of the imagination, or by some act of charity, pointless preaching can be favorably judged, a solemn fact must be faced: preaching that calls neither for a response nor moves people toward responding correctly is a hindrance to revival.

The hindrance to revival is equally as great when over-confidence is placed in overt responses. That the Holy Spirit is powerful enough to totally and permanently transform a person in an immediate response to a partial truth is not questioned. That this is the normal way the Spirit works is certainly not the case. In the ministry of Jesus, the bulk of the of the permanent responses, came as a result of years of disciplining. The  records of those who had a one time exposure to a tidbit of truth and were eternally saved are scarce. The stress I place is upon partial truth. Most of today’s sermons are so brief and so shallow that almost any truth conveyed has to be incomplete. Surely there was wisdom in the practice of earlier itinerant evangelists in preaching for days, even weeks, before issuing any call for overt responses.

What is a major contributor to the moral and spiritual decline in this generation? Is it not the negative impact of the inconsistent lives of millions of professed Christians who have never experienced a transforming work of the Holy Spirit. To add to that multitude by overemphasis on premature overt responses to sermons is a grievous offense against the Savior. This is a problem that ever loving preacher can immediately correct. 

Those of us who preach do not need to look for hindrances to revival in others until we have first eliminated all the hindrances already working in our own lives and ministries. Let us covenant together to make changes that are needed. 

But what about those who are not called to preach? Is there some way you have contributed to those hindrances? If so will you repent? Then will you pledge yourself to pray that all the preachers you know will rise above these hindrances. To your prayers add whatever help and encouragement you can give. Together, with God’s help, these hindrances can be moved.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2008 in Devotional

 
 
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