Daily Devotions

Month: January 2021 (Page 1 of 6)

JANUARY 30 & 31, 2021 – What Does Man Say God Says?

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What Does Man Say God Says?  

JANUARY 30 & 31, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Mark 7:7  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Ok, today we will do a simple test of our Bible skills. Where do you find these phrases in Scripture? “Cleanliness is next to Godliness…” “God works in mysterious ways…” or, “God helps those who help themselves…” These all sound very biblical and logical. Some will even argue with you that this is what the Bible says. The Bible does say those things, right? No, it is not right. Being clean is important, and I think the idea is great; however, it is not in the Bible. If we are to be Biblically accurate, God helps man when man could not help themselves. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

    Sometimes we look extremely hard to try to make the Bible say what we want it to. Pulling a verse from here and a verse from there, and then tying them all together to make a doctrine. However, Jesus warned people about that in Mark7:7 where it says, “Howbeit in VAIN do they worship me.” What? Preacher are you telling me all those great religious actions we do are in VAIN. Not actually. Some things we do help us in our worship of God. However, if these actions are not in God’s Word and we call them a doctrine of the church, that is wrong. Or, if we do things because we have been told to, believing somehow, we must do them to be saved or to be Holy, well, I guess the Bible speaks for itself. More importantly, the Bible speaks for God, because it is His Word.     

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    As you read your Bible today, read the entire passage to gain the full meaning of God’s Word. His truths are in the passages of Scripture, in the chapters and the books. I believe you will find that there is enough truth written in God’s Word for us to work on already in our lives, without making up new stuff that really is not even there.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 30, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Exodus 5-7   /   Psalm 27   /   Proverbs 30-31   \   Mark 7-8

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Exodus 7-9         /    Matthew 18

 

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 31, 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

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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 29, 2021 – Will Your Vote Matter?

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Will Your Vote Matter?

JANUARY 29, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    The Bible has once again pointed out a fact that we all see played out in today’s world. When good men are in authority, people rejoice. Putting it simply, God blesses men who love Him and attempt to do His will. Because God blesses these righteous leaders, then all who are under the authority of this righteous leader will also receive the benefits of those blessings.

    The problem we have in today’s society seems to be the same problem the children of Israel had. We are doing just as they did when we forget where that all good things come from. Once we begin to prosper from the blessing of God toward a righteous leader, we become content and happy, and we forget. We forget to keep the righteous person in authority. We allow those with perverted views of Biblical morals to have the rule over us. Even worse, we vote them in.

    As Christians, we need to stand up for God’s Word. Not just at home, but also in the church, the neighborhood, and at work or school. We must also stand up for God’s truths in the voting booth. Even though no one else sees what you do on that ballot, God sees it.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Pray for the leadership over you today. If they are not saved, pray someone will reach them with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray they will have the courage to stand up for what is right. This is truly a bipartisan action. We need to pray for ALL the leaders of this great land, regardless of party affiliation.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 29, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Exodus 3-4   /   Psalm 26   /   Proverbs 29   /   Mark 6

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Exodus 4-6           /    Matthew 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 28, 2021 – Are We Changing Scripture?

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Are We Changing Scripture?

JANUARY 28, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 25:4 Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    In today’s verse there is a three-letter word that many people seem to want to change into a two-letter word. Do you know what word that is? Well, if you can count to three then you know there is only one word it could be. It is the word “THY.” Many people would like to have this verse read, show me “MY” ways, and teach me “MY” paths. Let me try to illustrate this.

    Today you will find many Christian people interested in prophecy, things to come. That in itself is not bad. However, it bears that we ask the question, why are they seeking this prophetic wisdom? Is it to help teach others of the pending doom, or are they just concerned about their own future path? If you stop to think about it, we as Christians will not be here anyway when much of the book of the Revelation that God shared with John takes place. So why then is there all the great concern? The Bible far more often tells us to share the gospel than to worry about our tomorrow. There is much more in God’s Word about how we should live for Christ today than there is about the coming apocalypse. However, if you want to fill a sanctuary put together a study on end times and people come running.

    Why, well I believe it is because most people are more interested with MY path and MY way than they are with THY path or THY way. If we can ever get our eyes off self to see the Saviour, it will transform how we live our entire life.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Today, as you work, play, study, shop, or whatever you do, begin to ask God to direct you in His ways. Remember, if anyone could be a great guide in the path of your life, it would be the one who created both the path, and the one who walks it.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 28, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Exodus 1-2     /     Psalm 25     /     Proverbs 28     /     Mark 5

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Exodus 1-3           /    Matthew 16

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 27, 2021 – Serving Up Some Lemonade.

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Serving Up Some Lemonade.

JANUARY 27, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    You have heard the phrase before “If you’re given a lemon, make lemonade.” Sometimes it seems as though we have more lemons than we could possibly need to make all the lemonade we could ever drink. It feels like one thing right after another piles up, until we begin to wonder, “Just how can this be for our good.” The Bible says in Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good,” right. So how can this be?

    The answer to this problem is that sometimes God is making the lemonade for someone else to enjoy, and we are the sweetening part of His mixture. The trials and hardships Joseph had faced were not always pleasant. Yet God had Joseph exactly where he needed for him to be. Joseph became the sweetener in the good things God had intended for the lives of his family. The trials you are going through may not benefit you at the moment. However, the Christ like manner in which you handle them may be a benefit to someone else. God knew He could count on you to be an example and do the right thing. God can make life sweeter for someone else if He is able to use the right ingredients, and the right ingredient just may happen to be you.     

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    When troubles come, and they will, do not always ask how I can get out of them. Instead, ask what I can get from this to help myself or someone else. Thank God for the opportunity to be the right ingredient for Him to use. God never makes mistakes. He creates masterpieces.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 27, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 49-50   /    Psalm 24   /   Proverbs 27   /   Mark 4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Genesis 49-50           /    Matthew 15:21-39

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 26, 2021 – Is Our House Divided?

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Is Our House Divided? 

JANUARY 26, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Mark 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have come together before God and these witnesses to unite this man and this woman in Holy matrimony. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” Most of us have heard those words or something like them, most likely at a wedding we have attended. What God puts together is not supposed to be taken apart. God does not put people together so He can later destroy their lives. God’s motives are always pure. In our passage today, Jesus was being accused of having a demon in Him that was casting out demons. As if Jesus, who genuinely desired to do good, would have at the same time genuinely desired to do evil. This would mean Jesus had divided intentions from the beginning. Christ would never have been able to bring people to Himself to free them, and save them from sin, if He were also of the devil, tempting people to sin. It is an idea that is self-destructive.

    This same principle of permanent unions and undivided intentions can apply in many areas in our lives today. For example, with God’s direction we should choose our mate well, because we are supposed to be with them a lifetime. Pick our church well. A church divided will struggle to serve God. Choose our work and service well. Struggling to do something God has not intended for us to do will be a long hard life. Choosing well and praying for God’s wisdom and guidance in all areas of life. A kingdom, or a life divided will fall.     

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    I guess the one I left out was picking our God well. You say, “What… pick My God? I did so a long time ago.” Well, if you gave Him your life, then you did. However, who are you serving today? Are you still serving the same God, or have you switched to a god the world has given you? Has work, money, or possessions become your god? Do you only serve the real GOD when you have a chance, when time allows, or it is convenient? Choose today to serve only One God. Then He will direct your paths and help with all your other choices.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JANUARY 26, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
 Genesis 47-48     /   Psalm 23   /  Proverbs 26   /   Mark 3

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 46-48            /    Matthew 15:1-20

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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