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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Consequences of Disobedience: 2 Chronicles 7:19-22

But if you turn away and forsake my decree and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then will I uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for My name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among the people.

Today's message is taken from this Sunday's church school lesson where God offers blessings for obeying His statues and commands (vv 14-18) and dire warning to Samuel and the people of Israel telling them what consequences they would suffer for disobeying His statues and commandments.
God's promises are kept whether they are rewards or punishments. What one receives is predicated on the choices we make. I have always heard and been taught obedience is better than sacrifice. This saying is based on the Holy Scriptures; for example, when Israel obeyed God they prospered and when they disobeyed they were punished. Life's trials will teach us that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Another school of thought, when you pray expect an answer. Solomon prayed when he dedicated the temple; God answered and gave specify instructions as outlined in verse 14.
Obey God's commands and be blessed.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Resurrection Sunday

John 11:25

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

What does Resurrection Sunday mean to you? Does it mean a day of celebration with family, friends and enjoying an Easter parade or a day at Church? The answer you provide depends on your belief that yes Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who came to earth to die for the sins of the world. It also depends whether or not you have accepted Jesus as your Savior who died and rose as promised that Sunday Morning commonly known as Resurrection Sunday.
Resurrection Sunday also means that all who believe died with Christ to sin and rose with Him to a life of righteousness. Resurrection Sunday also means that we who are in Christ are alive with Him and will live forever with Him. Resurrection Sunday means that we serve a risen Savior who is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercessions for you and me.
Being alive with and in Christ is that all believers are now adopted sons of God the Father as members of His holy nation of priests who have been called out of darkness and are now wearing His righteous garment of salvation.
On a personal note, Resurrection Sunday means that I am now alive in Christ and have an assured hope of an everlasting home in glory and one day I will reign with Him in the New Jerusalem. Easter/Resurrection Sunday isn't about having a new outfit or participating in or watching an Easter parade it is honoring God for the risen Savior.
Lastly, Resurrection Sunday is a day to be celebrated in reverence to God for His love, grace and mercy for sending His Son Jesus Christ to atone sin when justice was demanded; mercy took its place.
Resurrection Sunday a day of true worship and singing praises to our risen Savior.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Stressful Times:

Psalm 18:2; Philippians 4:6

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Today's message is designed to offer words of encouragement as there are daily chaotic messages coming from our seat of government with no apparent end in sight. I come to say take heart, because the end to this madness is near. 
These questions come to mind, how can one sell out his/her country to the enemy but still say they represent this country and want to remain a citizen of these United States? Where is the patriotism and love for the place they call home? More importantly, how can one sell his/her soul for a dollar? For those of us who are true patriots can only conclude one thing greed and hate.
Be of good cheer the Lord is near and is in control; He is the rock of our salvation and our deliverer. He hears and answers the prayers of the righteous.
Prayer warriors are praying and part of the resistant movement that is growing larger and stronger.
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Friday, March 9, 2018

"A Morning Prayer"

Psalm 5:1-12

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Preparing to write today's devotional message I went in prayer, a discussion on worship came to mind, but then the above message was decided upon being our society is in a mess filled with sin and hate. Prayer is always in order and is a powerful weapon against any enemy. We can fight any battle on our knees. Satan knows he has no win when he sees the righteous praying. Satan know that prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16).
God takes no pleasure in wickedness (v.4) and will reward the cry of the righteous with His favor and shield him from all unrighteous (v.12). God's truth is our shield and buckler as we are covered under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91:4).
In our morning prayer we seek His protection as we navigate the daily snares of the wicked. God has provided us with His protective gear undergirded by love. Therefore, seek God in prayer with a sincere humble heart; He hears and answers.  
Let's close today's discussion with these encouraging words "don't forget to pray."

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

God's Provisional Care: Philippians 4:19

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When we think of God's providence what comes to mind? Reflecting on the above scripture verse that states what God will do that includes man's spiritual and physical needs.
We thank God for His provisional care which demonstrates His love for humanity. God's provision manifests itself throughout creation. There is a balance of nature, in the animal kingdom and the four seasons all designed to benefit man. Then there is God's provision in government as our laws are based on His moral laws the Ten Commandments.
Given the magnitude of God's provisional care, we offer praises to His rich and holy name. God is our provider and sustainer.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fear God: Psalm 27:1-14

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.

Living in today's society will cause many to become fearful or experience anxieties; based on our scripture texts the only thing and one to fear is the Lord. This is because His sovereign powers being supreme above all other gods.
The fear that believers are to have of God is one of reverence, honor and respect. That said, having a reverential fear of God is because He has the ability to destroy body and soul. God protects His people as He hides them in the secret of His tabernacle under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91: 1-4 paraphrased).
Evil men try to instill human fear into others; take heart man can only destroy the body. Let's be reassured of God's awesome protective powers as follows "when the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell" (Psalm 27:2)
Fear only God because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Cry For God's Help: Psalm 130:1-9

 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.  Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

There are times in our lives when we cry out to God for help and we cry from the depths of our soul as we plead to God for His help. It is during these times that we wonder if God is listening to our cry. Rest assures that God hears our cries and is attentive to our needs.
God is faithful to His promise to supply all our needs regardless of the need. God has kept His promises and will continue to do so. God is a compassionate and caring God who made provision for all our needs.  God knew that there would be times when we would cry out to Him. God asks us to cast all our cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). He would not have made such request if He weren't keep His promise.
Another school of thought is that the Psalmist asks if God would remember all our iniquities; who would stand? All would fall short of God's righteousness; thank God He is a forgiving God. Verses 7 and 8 assure us of God's mercy and His redemption.
In our cry for help there is an assured hope.