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How Thankful Are We?


Psa 50:14  Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 

15  And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. 

How thankful have we been? We, by habit, are a complaining people. How many are complaining about shelter-in-place. We could complain and howl but give some thought to what is happening. Families are reconnecting that have been disconnected for so long because of too many activities that separated families. I prefer assembling as a church but thanks to shelter-in-place, my message of Jesus on Wednesday and Sunday have reached New York, New Jersey and six other states and almost 200 people. I am so thankful for this opportunity. Have we been offering thanks and paying our vows to the most High?

Notice this qualification: immediately after this statement, God offers for us to call upon Him in the day of trouble. Recently my calling upon God in the day of trouble has been prayers for our nation. Prayers by myself and church members and many others have been offered for other church members, a missionary who has contracted the corona virus and is in the hospital and his family that also have corona virus. We are praying for a baby in the hospital that had open heart surgery and will undergo at least one more surgery. Prayers have been offered up for a friend, mother, and wife that was rushed to the hospital with a possible stroke. Days of trouble are answered by the Lord and His deliverance is available which will glorify God when offer thanksgiving unto the Lord and pay our vows. Vows here means promises. Lord if you will heal our nation and those suffering from health issues, I promise to learn more about you. This is a vow, a promise to God. Let us be a thankful, promise fulfilling people and thereby glorify God.

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What is Faithful?


Firm in adherence to the truth and to the duties of the Word of God.

Firmly adhering to duty; of true fidelity; loyal; true to allegiance; as a faithful subject.

Constant in the performance of duties or services; exact in attending to commands; as a faithful servant.

A faithful man shall abound with blessings:” – Proverbs 28:20 KJB

. . . be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Rev 2:10c

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Fear of God


Joshua 24:14; Ecclesiastes 12:13; I Peter 2:17

There are those that have a serious problem with fearing the Lord. There are those that are lost and have no fear of God. There are those that say they are saved and have no fear of God. There are those that are lost and have seen the mighty hand of God working in peoples lives and they have not fear of God. Moses was dealing with Pharoah about releasing God’s people and some of the greatest miracles man has ever seen were brought to bear on Pharoah and his people. Here is what Moses said about Pharaohs hardened heart. Exodus 9:30; “But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.

Notice the benefits these scriptures tell us of fearing the Lord.

Psa_22:23  Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

Psa_33:8  Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Psa_34:9  O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Psa_115:11  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Psa_115:13  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Psa_118:4  Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa_135:20  Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.

Pro_3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Ecclesiastes tells us a thing or two about no fear of the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 

We are told explicitly to fear God. We have Peter instructing us in I Peter 2:17; “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

We have plenty of excuses today for our actions. We use a statement, “God looks at the heart, God knows my heart, or don’t be so legalistic.” Some do not like to think that God expects any more than salvation. We are clearly told that we are a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1. We are told in Ephesians that we become new creatures, that old things are passed away, behold all things become new. When we have been saved, Our way of thinking changes, Our way of talking changes, Our way of living changes. There are many that claim to be saved that continue to curse, think wrong thoughts and live a way that does not show fear of the Lord. Those that are trying to do their best to live in a way that honors God are called legalistic. What a shame that that those want to live like Christ are maligned by others. May we fear God and live as much like Christ as possible. May we give our best to the Master.

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Faith


FAITH

Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:6

How often we hear, “have faith.” How infrequently we demonstrate our faith. Faith is the first step to salvation, a relationship with Jesus. We find that “. . . faith cometh by hearing.” God has provided for the hearing of the word by building His church during His time here on earth. Therefore we have this instruction, “ . . . and hearing by the word of God.” This publishes the importance of hearing the word of God. That means attendance to the Lord’s church. Yet we must be sure that what is preached from the pulpit is the word of God. That demands that we carry the word of God and follow the scriptures that are used. Here is that scripture; “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 KJB

We have faith as a basis for salvation. Without faith there is no salvation. With our faith, God gives us a free gift of forgiveness of sin. Salvation is completely dependant upon the grace of God. His grace has provide a means to establish a relationship. When we have faith we can be saved and become a child of God. Here is the scripture; “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8 KJB

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 KJB Do you believe in God?If you do believe in God, do you want to please God? That means you must exercise your faith in God. Be saved and then through hearing the word, increase our faith. The more time we spend in the word and hearing the word, the more our faith will increase. My prayer, Lord increase my faith.

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Doubt


Matthew 14:31; Mark 4:40; Luke 24;25

Here is a time that many people, those faithful and those not faithful, remember and refer to Peter walking on the water. He has just finished seeing Jesus take 2 fish and 5 biscuits and feed a multitude. He has also seen the healing and miracles performed by Jesus. He now sees an apparition in the midst of the storm that was threatening the ship that he was in. Peter experiences fear. We are told that the disciples cried out with fear. They knew that no ordinary man could walk on water. Jesus replied, “Be of Good cheer; it is I, be not afraid.” We have fear and doubt. There is a difference between fear and doubt. Doubt is a lack of trust. Peter replied, “if it is you bid me come to you on the water, Jesus said, come.” In faith and without doubt, Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking on the water. When he realized what was happening, he started to doubt. Doubt defeats. Jesus said to Peter, “wherefore didst thou doubt? Notice the lack of trust in Jesus expressed on the circumstances.

Fear can bring doubt. Our relationship is built on faith. We are saved through faith. Notice that statement. We are saved by faith and become a “new man in Christ.” Then we are to step out in faith trusting the Lord to lead us. There are times that we are like Peter and exhibit exuberance and plunge in and follow. Then we realize we have never done this before and fear starts to set in. That is when we start to doubt. When Peter realized he had never walked on water before, he experienced fear and started to doubt Jesus. Jesus said in Mark, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”

Jesus then says to them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:” We have all we need to serve the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. Why do we hesitate? Do we experience fear in our lives as we try to serve the Lord? Does that bring us to doubt the Lord and His ability to keep us, guide us and protect us? Does fear bring doubt in witnessing to others? Luke 12:5 leaves us with the idea we should only fear God. 2Ti_1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 1Jn_4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

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Mountain Climbing


If the going is easy, you aren’t climbing. How often does the Bible say, Jesus went into the mountain to pray.
Mic_4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. KJB . One day it will be mountaintop living. For now we climb out of the valley of sin, degradation, and sorrow, to reach the mountain of rejoicing.

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Divine Power


Romans. 4:21; Ephesians. 3:20; Jude 24,25

How often we speak of God and the depth of love that He has. How easy it is to neglect all the other attributes that God has. Some prefer to neglect His other attributes. So many have a one dimensional God. They have a God with no anger no jealousy nor retribution. They also forget about the power of God. Are you convinced are you “ . . . fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:21, KJB. We often demonstrate our disbelief in God’s Divine Power.

How many have given up on door to door evangelism? Is it the result of not believing in the Divine Power of God? Fear of talking to someone about their need of a Savior? Is that the result of not believing in the Divine Power of God? How about that small church, how many have given up on it? Some people not believing in the Divine Power of God. We lose sight of the Divine Power of God.

Our power come from the Divine Power of God. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20, KJB. Our power is derived from the Divine Power of God. Where the Lord sends us, He empowers us to do His will. Why do we fear? Why do we hesitate? Why do we refuse? His power works within us and all we have to do is unleash that power to witness, share, feel compassion, and weep with others. We have the power change peoples lives by sharing the gospel.

Always remember this: Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24,25 KJB. We will face our Savior one day. We will acknowledge that He has kept us safe and will present us to God having no fault. We need to remember that all we do is for the glory of God who has all the power to give us to serve Him in this life. May we serve him in power without fear.

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Divine Guidance


Psalm 25:9; Psalm 48:14; Isaiah 42:16

Would you not agree that if we are Divinely Delivered, should we not yield to Divine Guidance. If you agree, then notice the meek God will guide. I like that passage. To often we travel in arrogance and pride. God says that He will guide the meek in judgment. This means we have to lose out pride and arrogance. This can happen through God’s judgment of our character. The rest of the passage says that God will teach His way. God has the desire that we will humble ourselves submit to His teaching.

Consider time. God is God forever. The Lord is my Savior and he will be with me for ever. His relationship with me is to be my guide the rest of my life. We men are notorious for needing a guide and not acknowledging it. We must humble ourselves and simply say, we must humble ourselves under an all knowing God. We must allow him to teach and guide us. His paths are best for us.

We have never trod this path before. For this reason we are the blind. We start our lives not knowing anything. Every step is a step we have never taken before. We are living blind. We need leadership. Our heavenly Father, our creator and the creator of this world has a path laid out for us. If we will submit our selves to the leadership of the Lord, we will have a better life. This is my desire. I pray it is your desire.

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DIVINE COMFORT


Isaiah 40:1; Isaiah 61:1,2; John 14:1

What a wonderful concept, comfort. Comfort is something that each of us seek from time to time. We work a hard day and come home to comfort. We travel from time to time and sleep in unfamiliar beds. We are happy to get home to our own familiar comfortable bed. There is a desire for comfort and it does not just relate to physical comfort. We desire to be mentally comfortable. There are times when we cannot wrap our mind around. When these mental issues chase away the comfort we want, we seek knowledge to dispel the mystery that makes us uncomfortable. We seek mental comfort. The other area of comfort is spiritual comfort. Spiritual comfort is the most neglected area of comfort. Neglected not by God but by man in ignoring the Word of God.

God said to His people, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people . . . “ Isaiah 40:1 God is speaking comfort to His people. God’s comfort is that warfare is accomplished. Another comfort was that Jerusalem’s iniquity is pardoned. God said that His people had paid double for their sins.

Now God is calling for them to be comforted. God has a desire that his people are comforted.

Isaiah has more to say about comfort. I believe there is a list of comforting things that Isaiah speaks relays to us. Isaiah 61:1,2 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, an the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; We each should have the Spirit of the Lord GOD upon us; certainly not as a prophet or a preacher, but as a comfort for us. Each of us should comfort the meek and tell others about Jesus Christ our Savior. Surely this is a comfort to us and our desire should be to comfort others by telling about our Savior. A comfort is that the Lord is coming again. With the heartbreak that is experienced here, the sorrows that overcome us, the disappointments that abound; the LORD is coming again.

We are called to not let our heart be troubled. Here is the question with which we need to deal with; do we believe in God? If we believe in God, we must also believe in Jesus Christ.

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

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Christ’s Love


John 13:1; Romans 8:35; I John 3:16

Love is such a wonderful subject that too many people pass over the other tremendous attributes and characteristics of Jesus Christ. We do want to speak about His magnificent love in this devotion. We find an unfathomable passion in this great love of Jesus.

After Jesus created all that was to be created in the world, and man had been formed from the dust of the earth, and woman taken from his side, Jesus knew that his work was not done. He, knowing that man would sin, had because of the deep love for the Father, offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of man that would be committed. We see the forecast of such a sacrifice in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” He already knew. He already knew that Adam would sin, yet the love for the father compelled Him. He already knew that as a baby His parents would have to flee to Egypt because of the wicked obsession of a King. He already knew that His people and the Pharisees and Sadducees would reject Him, yet He would be a sacrifice for them. He already knew that a traitor would betray Him after three intimate years of sharing beds, teachings, tears, and breaking bread together. He already knew that Peter would weaken and deny Him during the most difficult time of distress and threat to the very life of Jesus. The depth of this love is revealed in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed, “not my will but thy will be done” while facing the terrible agony of lashes and death on the cross. YET HE LOVED.

This is a love so deep and so intense that we cannot fathom this kind of love. There is nothing in this world that separate us from the love of Christ. Here is what Romans 8:35 says “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Where human love fails, falters and flees, Christ’s love continues. There is not one person so vile that Jesus does not love them and desire that they trust Him unto salvation. It is a love that will not stop, quit, or leave a believer. One should read the prayer that Jesus prayed to God on behalf of those disciples that followed Him. His love for them is evident in the words of prayer that He offered on their behalf. As unfaithful as we are, as rebellious as we are, as stiff-necked as we are, YET HE LOVES US.

In this world today, love is measured by what we are willing to do for someone else. Let me tell you about the love of God. I John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love. I John 4:16 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” Love comes from God. We could not love if God was not love. I John 3:16 ‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” If we do not love, God’s Word condemns us. How do we demonstrate the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ, by the love we have for the brethren, and the love we have for the lost. Does our love for God compel us to reach out to the lost and tell them about the dangers of hell and the love of Jesus? No? YET HE STILL LOVES US

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