JANUARY 16 & 17, 2021 – Easy, Quick Or Great?  

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Easy, Quick Or Great?  

JANUARY 16 & 17, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    The world today seems to want to make everything easier and quicker. We have fast food restaurants, online stores, and online or drive through banking, I even heard of a McDonald’s type church service. Quick in and out, no frills just the basics. WOW. When you have so little time for God, it just does not sound like worship to me.

    Nevertheless, friends it is not a new idea. Even during the time when Jesus walked the earth, people were asking, “Give me the basics, I mean just the barest I need to know.” Therefore, Jesus did just that. He told them first, love Me completely. Not just part of you, all of you. Make me the center of everything in your life. Next, show the people around you the same type of love that I have had for you. The idea was that if you had given Jesus your whole self, heart, mind, and soul, then loving others as He did should be no problem.

    You know what happened? They walked away the same way they came. Looking for something more out of something less, they missed the simplicity of salvation because of unbelief. Salvation is so simple. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ completely, and He will save you completely. True worship will take time. Salvation happens in a moment.   

 

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    The answer is in total surrender. If you will simply surrender your life to the one who created you, who wants the best for you, and put your faith in Him, He will be your Lord, and you will be a child of God. He does not want to ruin your life and destroy your happiness. He wants to guide you into real everlasting joy.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 16, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 30-31     /   Psalm 16   /  Proverbs 16   /   Matthew 21-22

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 29-30           /    Matthew 10

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 17, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 15, 2021 – God Made A Promise

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God Made A Promise 

JANUARY 15, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Has anyone ever made you a promise and then not come through? How upsetting. But what if thing became even worse? What if someone promised you something, and based on his or her promise, you promised someone else something. Then, when the original promise fell through, what you promised fell through as well. Now to those whom you made a promise, you seem to be untrustworthy, even though it was partially out of your control. Sort of gets you upset just to think about it.

    In our passage today, we see God made a promise to Jacob. God promised to help, keep, and be with Jacob until He, God, had finished the work He planned for him. Furthermore, as we study the rest of the Bible, we find God kept His Word to Jacob. In fact, we find that God always keeps all His promises.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if God would whisper something like this in your ear? A promise to finish everything He has planned for you in your life. Life might be easier to live if we only knew God was going to finish in us what he started. I have some great news for you. In the New Testament, we find God does say exactly that. Philippians 1:6, says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”   

 

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Live your life today knowing God is working in and through you. Today God wants to use you to complete a part of His overall plan for this world. You are a very big and vital part of it. If God has become the Lord of your life, He has begun a good work in you. His Word says He will finish that work. That is a promise.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 15, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 28-29     /   Psalm 15   /  Proverbs 15   /   Matthew 19-20

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 27-28           /    Matthew 9:18-38

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 14, 2021 – Become As A Child

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Become As A Child

JANUARY 14, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Oh, to be a child again. To play, laugh, run, jump, and seemingly not have even one care in this world. Our biggest fear as a child was that our toys might break, or that our friends could not play today. Oh, to be a child again.

    Some read today’s verse and wonder “Do I have to become like a child to be saved?” or, “Must I first need the faith of a child to be saved?” You might be saying to yourself “I just cannot do it.”

    Well, you are right. You cannot, and furthermore the verse does not say you need to. It says, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children.” People often read this verse, then in their minds they flip things around an get things backwards. Jesus was saying we need to be converted first. To convert means to change someone’s actions and beliefs, or to join the other side. God is simply saying turn to Him and away from your sin. It is the awareness of, and a belief in Christ that brings about a change of heart required for salvation. Then when you trust in Christ as your Saviour, He will restore in you that childlike faith to trust Him even more.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Today, with this reminder of having that childlike faith restored in us, we should run and jump in God’s open and loving arms. Trusting the rest of our day, our week, yes even our life to Him.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 14, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 27    /   Psalm 14   /  Proverbs 14   /   Matthew 18

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 25-26           /    Matthew 9:1-17

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 13, 2021 – Honest Pay For An Honest Day!

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Honest Pay For An Honest Day!

JANUARY 13, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    In an article I read some time ago they wrote about a man who had won a large amount of money from the lottery. His quoted comments in this article if they were accurate, said he thanked God for helping him pick the right numbers and was giving a lot of the money to his church.

    Several people commented, “Oh how I wish it was our church.” Now I know they meant that in an innocent and loving way. Yet we must consider how this money was obtained. Did he not get all this money by gambling? Did not thousands upon thousands of people who really needed their money have to lose for him to become rich? People, who in many cases bet their rent money or let their children go hungry because of their addiction to gambling. Do you think for one-minute God really had anything to do with that? I am speaking of the one true real God who said in Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished.” Vanity means emptiness, or “like a breath,” nothing there. The man who won the lottery got his money from doing nothing to earn it. It would be interesting to see what he did with that money over the upcoming years. Studies have shown that most lottery winners find themselves right back where they began in a few years, as they have squandered or lost all they won.     

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    As we look at the wealth of the world, the idea of gambling becomes enticing to say the least. Especially knowing we could use the money for so many great things for the Lord. However, it would be better to wait upon the Lord, His timing, and His plan, than to cave into the vices of sin and of man. We instead should be more like the second part of today’s verse which says, “but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” Let’s just get ours honestly, shall we?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 13, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 25-26    /   Psalm 13   /  Proverbs 13   /   Matthew 16-17

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 24           /    Matthew 8

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 12, 2021 – What Is The Outcome?

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What Is The Outcome? 

JANUARY 12, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    At our table or wherever our family might be for a meal, we always take time to pray before we eat. As the children were growing up, I would tease them, and still do from time to time, as I would say, “Hey, don’t eat that food before you pray, you don’t want to be sick all day, do you?”

    Well, I am not making light of praying before we eat. I think it is right for Christians to give thanks for what God has provided. Jesus Himself while living among men on earth gave us this example as He would thank God the Father before He ate or distributed any food to others. However, the truth of the matter is, (and please do not tell my children,) what goes in the mouth in the way of food does not matter spiritually. It is what comes out of our mouths that really matters. Why? Because the words that come out of the mouth, come from our heart. God is not as concerned as much with our rituals, as He is with our heart. If the heart is right, it will lead a person’s mouth to naturally give thanks to the provider for every blessing received. 

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Today when you get ready to eat, think just for a minute before you do. Make your prayer today not a ritual to be able to soothe our mind before we eat. Instead, make it a real prayer of thanks for the blessing God has showered on us today.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 01, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 23-24     /   Psalm 12   /  Proverbs 12   /   Matthew 15

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 21-23           /    Matthew 7

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 11, 2021 – Waiting…Waiting…

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Waiting…Waiting…

JANUARY 11, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Ordering items by mail order or over the internet can be great fun and a real time saver. However, there are those times when after you place an order, you then wait, wait, and then wait some more for the delivery, which seems to take an eternity to arrive. The ad said to allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery. Nevertheless, you were at the mailbox every day; just certain they were going to send it early. Then when it got there, you were so excited about it finally arriving and you check to find out, it arrived right on time, just like they said. However, it sure did seem like a really long time to wait.

    God’s deliverance on His promises toward believers may sometimes seem very much like the long waited for package in our lives. In the verse today, we see God was there when He said He would be and delivered what He said He would deliver.

    Through the process of anticipation, God teaches us to be patient, and to wait on Him. He will give us exactly what we need and exactly when we need it. However, God is never a minute too early, and He is never late. God is always right on time.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    What are you asking God for today? Are you praying according to His will? Are you praying with faith believing? We need always to believe that even though it may seem like an eternity, God is never late, and He never lies. He will be there, just as He promises He will.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 11, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 20-22     /   Psalm 11   /  Proverbs 10-11   /   Matthew 13-14

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 18-20           /    Matthew 6:16-34

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 9 & 10, 2021 – Am I Surrendered?

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Am I Surrendered? 

JANUARY 9 & 10, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Here is your agenda for today. Read your Bible, pray, sing a little song (even if it is only to yourself), ask someone to come to church, and cut the fatty lobe off your left ear.

     WHAT? Can you even imagine a pastor telling anyone they need to do something like that to serve God? You might say, “Everything in the list seems like legitimate ideas except cutting off part of my body.” You are probably thinking, “Well I don’t think so buddy, I will find another church somewhere else.”

     However, this is exactly what God asked Abraham to do. Even more amazing, Abraham did it. He did not wait a week or two until he had time to think it through, or to read all the studies on the medical ramifications of doing something like that. He did not delay in his obedience to the desires of God until he investigated the subject to find a great way of numbing the pain. The Bible says, when Abraham understood Gods desire, he did it the very same day. What he did was to totally and immediately surrender to the will of God. God will never ask you to do things illegal or immoral. He does however ask you to surrender your will to His will.

 

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     At the beginning of this devotion, we mentioned prayer, reading, singing, and sharing. God’s Word tells us we are to do all those things. Are you going to wait until you figure it all out? Will you put it off for another time when you get up the nerve? Or are you going to obey God today as Abraham did? (P.S. Leave the fatty lobe of your left ear exactly where it is. It was just an illustration…)

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 9, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 17-19    /   Psalm 9-10   /  Proverbs 9   /   Matthew 12

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 15-17           /    Matthew 6:1-15

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 10, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 8, 2021 – Servant Leader

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Servant Leader 

JANUARY 8, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    When some people hear the word DOMINION, they automatically think of a ruler or someone in power. The term dominion does have within it a sense of oversight and authority. However, since dominion has been given to someone, it also carries with it a place of submission.

    If a person has made Sergeant in the military, they have rule or dominion over a group of soldiers. At the same time, they themselves are subject to their commander. If they at any time should decide to quit obeying the commander above them, very soon, they would lose the rank of Sergeant, and the position they hold over the soldiers they lead. On the other hand, if they quit serving those who rely on their leadership and carelessly risk their life and wellbeing, it would not be long until the position of Sergeant would be lost as well, as it would be taken from them. Dominion comes when a person submits to those in authority over them, as well as submitting to the care of what is entrusted to them.

    We as humans today have been given dominion over the earth. However, that dominion is based in Jesus Christ. We only have the authority through Him and in Him. To attempt to abuse this power is to abuse what God created.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    We need to remember that all things were made by Him and for Him. God created everything and everyone we see. That includes us, you, and me. We are created for His pleasure. So, to be pleasing to Him today we do so by submitting our dominion to the one who really is, and always has been in control. We read in Matthew 28:18 Jesus told His disciples that all power had been given unto Him, both in Heaven and on Earth. Friend, nothing has ever changed.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 8, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 15-16     /   Psalm 8   /  Proverbs 8   /   Matthew 11

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 12-14           /    Matthew 5

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 7, 2021 – I Seemed Confused!

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I Seemed Confused!

JANUARY 7, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Maybe it is just me, but I seem to be confused with the ideas of what the world really wants. I mean on one hand society is fighting for the right to be able to abort unborn children. In some countries they say the reason is that we are overpopulated. Others just do not want the children they have conceived as they may turn out to be an inconvenience. However, in the year 2007 science was arguing for the right to clone and make more babies. What is it this world really want? More babies? Fewer babies? They treat the life of a baby as if it is just an object, or a thing.

    I believe people, unwittingly in most cases, just want what Satan has wanted all along. They want to be God. Their real desire is the ultimate control over life. At the center of man’s heart is the desire to have total control of everything. This then would include the ability to decide the fate of men with the giving and taking of life at their own will. In Jeremiah 17:9 God’s Word says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” We need someone with a caring loving heart to guide our every thought, desire, and action. Life, every life is so much more valuable than the idea of another human life simply getting our way.

    God knows all about you and me. The perfect heart of God is able to keep us day after day. It is His love and wisdom we need when making decisions about life. Whether it be our life, or the life of someone else.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Pray for the unborn child. A child’s life should not depend on how or why a child came to be. The life of the unborn should not be weighed in a balance of how it affects the lives of the living. Children deserve a chance to be all that God intended for them to be. They are of value, and so are you. So is your prayer for them.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 7, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 13-14     /   Psalm 7   /  Proverbs 7   /   Matthew 10

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 9-11           /    Matthew 4

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 6, 2021 – What’s On Your Mind?

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What’s On Your Mind? 

JANUARY 6, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 9:2-3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Have you ever gone through a haunted house at the Fair or some Amusement Park? As you come around a corner, something suddenly jumps out and scares you half to death. It is scary and yet at the same time it is fun because we know it was planned this way. This frightening experience was designed not to hurt us, but for our enjoyment. As they designed it, they knew how our mind would react to what they did. This type of planning is not really mind reading; it simply knows the nature of people. The idea of someone actually being able to read our minds moment by moment seems rather intimidating. This means EVERY thought we have they would know.

    Well, the Bible passage we read above teaches us Jesus can do just that. He knows every thought we have. That means our harsh thoughts toward someone, and the “get even” mindset we sometimes have. He knows everything. Some would probably say, “I don’t like it.” However, this means Jesus can also hear those good thought in our hearts. He can hear our praise toward Him and our worship of Him. I guess that would be the reason why Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” We should bring even our thoughts into captivity and use them to praise and honor our God.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    As you go through the day from time to time, think about this. If what you were thinking were being played over a loud speaker or displayed on a big screen for all to see, would it be pleasing to those around you? Here is something else to ponder. Consider the thoughts you are thinking right now… are also running through the mind of Jesus. It might change the way we think on things.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 6, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 11,12     /   Psalm 6   /  Proverbs 6   /   Matthew 9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 6-8           /    Matthew 3

FaithFear

Living In His Word Ministries

       “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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