Daily Devotions – A Moment For The Master

2023 Daily Devotions from LIHWMinistries.

January 28 & 29, 2023 – A Temptation Resisted

  A Temptation Resisted

 January 28 & 29, 2023
 January 28 – Daily Reading – Exodus 7-9 / Matthew 18
 January 29 – NO READING

 

 GOD’S WORD:

Exodus 8:28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.

 

 GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     It may seem at times the best way to get through life is to negotiate for the best possible outcome and then compromise. It just seems tempting at times to compromise on our values and biblical beliefs if we are at least getting some of what we want. However, when God clearly speaks, compromise should not be an option.

     Pharaoh tempted Moses with a compromise. God clearly said for the children of Israel to go three days journey into the wilderness to sacrifice. Pharaoh thought he had a better idea. Go sacrifice to your God, but do not go too far away. Sounds like it might be alright. They do get to sacrifice to God. However, this was not what God commanded. So, Moses resisted the temptation to compromise.

     Satan tempted Eve in the garden of Eden. “It will make you wise,” the Devil claimed. “Ye shall be as gods,” he said. Eve compromised her value of complete obedience and yielded to temptation. She may have thought; “I mean really, it is one little piece of fruit. How big a deal can it be?” Well, we all know how that ended up.

     If the world, old Satan, or your selfish self-will tempts you into partially disobedience to what God says, it becomes a total sin. James 4:17 says; “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” 

 

 GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    It is never easy to stand up to temptations. It was not easy for Moses either. I mean, it really would not be a temptation if it was not tempting would it. However, God’s richest blessing come when we are completely obedient to His Word.
 

What do you think trust in the Lord means?

 

 THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

    What a gracious God to the Nation of Israel who thought that God had forgotten them. However, He never has, nor ever will. We have seen that this week in:


● A Thought-out Reunion
● A Truth Restated
● A Trust Reassured
● A Triumph Revealed
● A Treasure Redeemed
● A Temptation Resisted

    You may have felt the same as Israel at times, but God will never forget us. He has TOTAL RECALL of everyone.

     Enjoy today with your church and hear what God has prepared in the heart of His man for you this week.

   See you tomorrow.  

 SUNDAYS:

    Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs.

January 30, 2023 Exodus 10-12 Matthew 19:1-15
January 31, 2023 Exodus 13-14 Matthew 19:16-30
February 1, 2023 Exodus 15-16 Matthew 20
February 2, 2023 Exodus 17-19 Matthew 21:1-22
February 3, 2023 Exodus 20-22 Matthew 21:23-46
February 4, 2023 Exodus 23-24 Matthew 22
February 5, 2023 No Passages Assigned  

A Total Recall

When ere the way seems dark and drear,
Do not dismay for God is near.

You can know He’s always there,
Listening to every Prayer.

One day He will pull back the veil,
Trust in Him, He will not Fail.



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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January 20, 2023 – The Truth From God


The Truth From God

January 20, 2023
Daily Reading – Genesis 40 – 41 / Matthew 13:1-35

GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 41:38-39 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     In 1992 there was a movie called, “A Few Good Men” in which actor Jack Nicholson shouted his famous line, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH.” Since then this phrase has been echoed by many others in multiple situations. The truth is many people do not handle the truth well.


     Pharaoh recognized in Joseph a man who was filled with the Spirit of God. Even an unsaved Egyptian Ruler realized that Joseph’s God was not only powerful, but that what He said was true. God’s truth in Joseph made him appear discreet and wise in the eyes of this Pharaoh. By promoting Joseph, Pharaoh was unwittingly also saying that Joseph’s God tells the truth. Time would prove that the Pharaoh had made a good choice in believing Joseph and his God.

 

     In every born-again believer is the same Spirit of God that was in Joseph. The same unchanging God has given to us His unchanging truth. We, like Joseph have an opportunity to be discreet and wise as we handle God’s Words of truth. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 says, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

 

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     Some people “CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH,” and they walk away from God.
     Some who have the truth, “WON’T HANDLE THE TRUTH.” They never tell a soul.
     While others will “MISHANDLE THE TRUTH,” using it in deceitful ways.



What will you do with God’s Truth in you?

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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January 19, 2023 – The Testing Of God


The Testing Of God

January 19, 2023
Daily Reading – Genesis 38 – 39 / Matthew 12:38-50

GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 39:9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     We are constantly asked to do more and more. To put just one more little thing on our schedule. Do one more favor for a friend. It would seem like a blessing if someone would ask us to do just one thing less one time. Yet the testing of God is often just that. God may be asking you; will you NOT DO SOMETHING for me?

     At creation, God made a beautiful garden and placed man in it. He told them that they could have and do anything. There was just one thing He asked them NOT TO DO. Do not eat from just one tree. God’s test of their love for Him was, would they freely choose to obey His command. Everything on earth was theirs for the taking. Yet it was the one thing they were asked NOT TO DO that Satan used to tempt them.

     Joseph was placed in Potiphar’s house, and he entrusted everything he had to Joseph because he could see that God was blessing everything Joseph did. In Genesis 39:6 it says “…he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat…” It is a similar test for Joseph as in the Garden of Eden. However, Joseph passed the test. Joseph realized that if he were to take of what was not given him, in this case Potiphar’s wife, it was not only a sin against Potiphar, but even more so, it was a sin against God. It was not what he did that mattered any more than what he chose NOT TO DO. 


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    God has always wanted us to freely choose to love Him. His test of that love has always been the same. John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  


What might God be asking you NOT TO DO?


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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January 18, 2023 – The Terror Of God


The Terror Of God

January 18, 2023
Daily Reading – Genesis 35 – 37 / Matthew 12:1-37

 

 

GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 35:5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

 

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      I am not a Hebrew Scholar. I normally do not refer to original languages to make an argument for what scripture says. I am not opposed to those who do, but I have found the Bible in our English language usually defines itself very well. That being said, the original word for “terror” in Genesis 35:5 is only found once in this form in all of scripture. It means a terrified fear of God.

 

     Jacob had said in Chapter 34, that he was afraid the people of the land would desire to kill him for what his son’s had done to Shechem and his city. They very well may have, except Jacob’s family has now given themselves exclusively to the one true God. Genesis 35:4 says they tossed out all their strange Gods. Now the fear Jacob once had, was upon them who might otherwise have done harm to him. It was their fear of Jacobs God that kept them from touching this caravan as they traveled through the land. Psalms 105 tells of this occasion. Psalm 105:14 & 15 “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.“

 

     God is still watching over His own. It says in Hebrews 13:5-6 “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” There is no terror if you are right with God.

 

 

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    The terror of God in today’s text was a fear of God. For the saints however, we do not need to be terrified of God, but we do need to have a holy fear towards God. This fear is a respect for, and a reverence of who God is in us. 


What type of fear do you have with God?

 

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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January 17, 2023 – The Time With God

 

The Time With God

January 17, 2023 
Daily Reading – Genesis 33 – 34 / Matthew 11:20-30

 

GOD’S WORD:

Genesis 33:11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      In most eastern cultures at the time of the writing of Genesis 33, and in many ways even still today, gift giving, and acceptance held much symbolism. For a superior person or power to accept generous gifts, it symbolized friendship. When an enemy would accept such a gesture of kindness in a gift, it gave proof of reconciliation. It in no way was a sign of need for the items given on the part of the recipient. Jacob wanted Esau to receive his gifts as a sign of friendship and proof of reconciliation. Esau made it clear in verse 9 that he also had enough and did not have a need for such things. The symbolism of his acceptance spoke volumes. However, I believe we see more from this exchange than just customs of culture.

 

     Jacob’s time with God had changed him. The name Jacob means “supplanter,” someone who takes someone’s place, usually on purpose. Jacob lived up to his name. He had taken Esau’s birthright for a bowl of soup, and his blessing by trickery. However, Jacob has spent much time with God, and that had changed everything about him. God even changed his name from Jacob the “supplanter,” to Israel which means “Prince with God.” Time with God changed how he walked, where he was to live, and his attitude about taking and giving. He realized all he had belonged to God. He even said; “God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.”

 

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Time with God changes you. It changes how you think and what you do. Time with God is never wasted, it’s an investment in who you become. It even gives you a new name written in glory. 

How has your time with God changed you?


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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