JUNE 02, 2021 – Can You Hear Me Now?

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Can You Hear Me Now?

JUNE 02, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 2:4-5 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    As the Pastor of an average size local church, I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a mother or father say, “If they would have only listened, I tried to warn them.” Neither can I recall the number of messages preached on obedience to God, only to find someone trapped in the grips of sin latter, and I have thought to myself, “If they would have just listened to the message.” All too often, we find people who have run from the truth and destroyed their lives and are now in seemingly helpless conditions. I wonder if they are not saying in their heart, “I wish I had listened when I had the chance.”

    I have a bit of good news for you today. If you are still breathing and can read this devotional, there is still hope for you. No matter your condition today or your sense of hopelessness, God is still in control. Jesus is the same forever. He still loves you just as you are. He still wants to make something of your life right where it is. If you have found yourself struggling with the temptations of this old world, Jesus understands the torment you are going through. He is waiting to change your life if you will completely give it over to Him. The question again today is… Will you listen NOW?

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Today is the day of salvation. Make your life count for the Kingdom of God. Give yourself completely to Him and watch Him do miracles in your life. You can almost hear God leaning down from heaven and asking … “Can you hear me now?”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JUNE 02, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Chronicles 1, 2     /     Psalm 119:145-160     /     Proverbs 2     /     Hebrews 12, 13

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2 Kings 4-5           /     John 10:1-21

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JUNE 01, 2021 – How Long Can You Be Perfect?

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How Long Can You Be Perfect?

JUNE 01, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    How long can you be perfect? OK, that is a hard one, how about this. How long can you be really good? How long can you live without any sin in your life at all? Could you live that way for a year? You probably could not. How about a month? That is only thirty days (for an average month). Is this still too long? Ok, can you go for a week. Just seven little twenty-four-hour days. Do you think you can handle that? NO, then how about one twenty-four-hour day? Just one day. You mean you think this is still too long to live without any sin at all. How about one hour? Sixty minutes. Too many minutes you say. How about one minute? Only sixty seconds. OK, by now I think we all begin to get the picture that living with no sin entering our life at all is a difficult task.

    Now let’s compare that with Jesus who lived a completely sinless life. In addition, His righteousness, or sinless perfection is forever. FOREVER! Wow! Now here is the really great news. We can be seen as righteous by God. We all know by now we cannot be perfect, not even for a minute. Nonetheless, we can be placed into Jesus and be found in His righteousness. We then can be presented to God the Father as His Son’s bride in sinless perfection. This is the only way God will ever see us as righteous. How and when does that happen? It happens at the moment that we acknowledge our sinfulness and accept that the work Jesus did on Calvary paid the price for that sin. When we humbly ask Him to forgive us and make Him our Lord and Saviour. He then resides in us, and we in Him. Residing in Him then clothes us in His righteousness.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 1:16. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” We should be live holy because He who called us and saved us from our sinfulness is holy. Simply, if we are made to appear righteous because we are in Him who is righteous, we should live our lives the best way we know how to be a testimony of this righteousness we have been given.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JUNE 01, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 23, 24     /     Psalm 119:129-144     /     Proverbs 1     /     Hebrews 11

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2 Kings 1-3           /    John 9:24-41

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May 31, 2021 – Better Than 911

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Better Than 911 

MAY 31, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Samuel 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  People today spend thousands of dollars on security. Burglar alarms for homes, and cars. Surveillance cameras are used to watch every movement around us. We have personal alarms and horns that people can carry in their purse or pocket to sound off if they are attacked. There is mace, stun guns and weapons to protect ourselves from attackers. Personal safety and security are a multi-billion-dollar business. I am not saying these things are not warranted. In fact, I believe in the day and age in which we live, it is to some degree necessary.

  However, truthfully where does our protection come from? Is it from cameras, horns, alarms, mace, and weapons? Not really. The truth is our only real security is from the Lord. I know He gives us all wisdom to be able to protect ourselves. Yet in the end, when all is said and done, it is God’s desires and designs for life that are in play all around us. So then, what would be our greatest protection against the enemies of this world? Our verse has the answer. I will call upon the Lord, because He IS worthy to be praised: and by trusting in Him and His decisions for my life, I will then be saved from my enemies. Even if this ultimately means God needs to take me home to heaven to protect me.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  Keep a constant line open to heaven. It is so much better than 911 ever will be. In addition, God’s response time can be a lot faster.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 31, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 20-22     /     Psalm 119:105-128     /     Proverbs 31     /     Hebrews 9-10 

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1 Kings 22           /    John 9:1-23

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May 29 & 30, 2021 – What Makes You Feel Secure?

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What Makes You Feel Secure? 

MAY 29 & 30, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    The word fear in the Bible often refers to a person having reverence or very high level of respect for something or someone. It is you believing in and giving honor to what you trust. For example, if you would say, “I fear that is true,” the message you would convey is, “I believe that is true.” In today’s passage, that is how the word fear is used. What a man trusts in will be his snare in life.

    Some people put their trust in money. They want money so badly that they spend their entire life doing whatever it takes trying to earn it. Sadly, it never seems there will ever be enough money for them to be satisfied. The more wealth they get, the more they feel they need. Finally, toward the end of their life, when years of labor has helped them gain some practical wisdom, they often find out, all that work, all those hours of toil for wealth, never brought them real happiness.

    Some people want to be famous. They go to great lengths trying to get people’s attention. When, and if people finally do begin to clamor around them, then they spend huge amounts of time and money trying to gain back just a little bit of privacy. They go to great lengths to hide from the very same people they wanted to notice them just a short time ago.

  Getting what we want in life is not always getting what we need. However, they who puts their trust in God, always find a sweet safe place to live. Not just for a few years here on earth, but for eternity.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Money is not evil unless it controls your life. Being popular is not wrong if God has directed it to be so. However, the only place we should ever place our trust, is in Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 29, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 18-19     /     Psalm 119:81-104     /     Proverbs 29-30     /     Hebrews 6-8

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1 Kings 20-21            /    John 8:31-59

 

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:  May 30, 2021

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

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MAY 28, 2021 – Just The Way You Are

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Just The Way You Are

MAY 28, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 119:73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    The miracle of birth. No matter how many billions of babies are born, the miracle of birth will never cease being a miracle. Modern medicine can assist in the fertilization of the living cells that begin the process, but even they cannot make growth and birth happen. They still must wait and watch as God does His miracle work in the process of bringing about yet another living and breathing soul. Man is capable of destroying a life but cannot create life. Only God has the miracle working power to do that.

    Also, God is not only the creator of our physical bodies and birth, but He also fashions us into what we are, and what we can become. He decides our height, genetic makeup, and those natural God given talents. He gives us the ability to touch and feel, to hurt and to cry, to care and to show compassion. He has not only made you, but also fashioned you into what He and He alone desired and designed you to be. You are not a mistake. You did not just happen without design. God lovingly created you just as you are. Moreover, He loves you just as you are. He sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins just as you are. Today He can use you to glorify Him, just as you are.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Since God made you, fashioned you, and therefore knows you better than you can even know yourself, does it not make sense for you to want to get to know Him better as well? Call on Him and thank Him for His never-ending love for you JUST AS YOU ARE.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 28, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 16, 17     /     Psalm 119:65-80     /     Proverbs 28     /     Hebrews 3-5

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1 Kings 18-19            /    John 8:1-30

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May 27, 2021 – Lean Into The Truth

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Lean Into The Truth 

MAY 27, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Samuel 14:21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  Sometimes it is really hard to hear the truth. I mean let’s face it, the uncut, absolute truth will on occasion hurt. However, that is where all healing really begins. Healing begins when we face up to reality. The Truth.

  In the passage just before today’s verse David had to first hear the truth. Before he could admit to the wrong, he had to hear, and realize he was wrong. All too often when someone comes to us in Christian love to tell us of an area in our life, which needs to be looked at, we want to destroy the messenger. Or maybe we will read in God’s Word a convicting passage, and instead of allowing it to help us, we choose rather to ignore the message. Nevertheless, David heard the truth, and then he had to heed the truth. He had to realize his wrong and face it. Lastly, he had to help make it right.

  It all began by David being willing to listen to those hard words of truth.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  As God, through His Word or by a messenger of truth points out convicting areas in our lives, we must be willing to listen to it, learn from it, and lean toward it. Never running from the truth, but rather always running to it. Why, because Jesus said I am “the truth,” in John 14:6. We should always want to run toward Jesus.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 27, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 14-15     /     Psalm 119:49-64     /     Proverbs 27     /     Hebrews 1, 2

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1 Kings 15-17           /  John 7:37-53

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MAY 26, 2021 – You Really Don’t Deserve That

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You Really Don’t Deserve That

MAY 26, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Colossians 3:24-25 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    We have all heard the phases, “You get what you deserve,” or “keep it up, and you will get what is coming to you,” and “you only get out of life what you put into it.” Any of this sound familiar? I guess in certain areas of life these are all correct statements. Even in the Christian life, we only seem to get back out of life what we are willing to put into it.

   The truth of the matter is we should all rejoice in the fact we will not get our just rewards if we know Jesus as Saviour. In fact, if we all received what we really deserved, it would surely not be heaven. We are the reason Jesus had to suffer and die on the cross of Calvary. It was for our sin that He came to this earth, to make a way for us to be forgiven and miss sins penalty. So, in actuality, we are going to get what we never deserved. We did not deserve to be forgiven, but we were. We do not deserve a home in Heaven, but there is one there. We do not deserve the love of Christ, but we receive it every single day. We received all this simply because we made Jesus, Lord, and Saviour of our life.

    However, if we chose to rebel against the love of God and refuse the forgiveness available, we will receive what we do deserve. This is not God’s design or desire for us. Nevertheless, it is what we really do deserve. In addition, God does not show favoritism among us. No matter how good we try to be, or who we are, God is not a respecter of persons. It will come down to this. Did you give your life to the one who gave His life for you?

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    If you do not want to receive what you rightfully deserve, accept the Love of God today. It is our only hope of escaping our earned destiny. He is the way, the truth, and the life…. This life, and life eternal.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 26, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 12, 13     /     Psalm 119: 33-48     /     Proverbs 26     /     Colossians 3, 4

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1 Kings 13-14            /    John 7:1-36

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

MAY 25, 2021 – Trustworthiness – More Than A Big Word

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Trustworthiness – More Than A Big Word

MAY 25, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    People do not like people in whom they cannot trust. As my dad use to say, “Be a man of your word, if you make a promise, you better keep it.” You just cannot trust a person who is not faithful to their own word.

    I am sure you have found this true in your own life. When things are going great and there seem to be no problems around, everyone appears about the same. You can listen to advice from everyone and weigh out what you want to use.

    However, let storm clouds of life rise and trouble come your way. Then where do you turn? Who is it you go to for good advice? Is it the person who has been telling the whopper tales? Do you confined in the one who says they will be there and then never shows up? Even worse, they do not seem to care. Do you seek counsel from the one person who lies continually? Is this where you turn to for advice? The obvious answer is NO! Why not? It is because you have learned by experience, you can never trust that person with anything.

    Well, here is a thought to remember, people look at and judge us in the same way. In addition, if we are a Christian, they look at us as a representative of our God. We are standing as a testimony for a God who cannot lie and is always faithful? Is this what they see when they look at and listen to us?

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Make your words, your attitude, and your life count for Jesus. Be faithful to Him and to your word. He has always been faithful to you and His word.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 25, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 10, 11     /     Psalm 119: 17-32     /     Proverbs 25     /     Colossians 1, 2

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

May 24, 2021 – Scars Can Be Scary And Hurt

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Scars Can Be Scary And Hurt 

MAY 24, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  I remember back when I was younger the occasional scary movie on TV. I admit it, I loved watching them and being scared half out of my wits. Certain people would seem to scare me more than others. Add to that the fact that the music would get all eerie sounding and there always seemed to be a thunderstorm when scary people were around. Other details only added to the fright. In many of these films there was a man with a scar on his face and for whatever reason the scar made him look tough and scary. Something bad must have happened to him in his past for him to have to carry that ugly old scar around the rest of his life. At least that was what the mind of a young boy thought.

  Nevertheless, life leaves scars. Some are more visible than others are. Some are physical scars that others can see. There are also emotional scars that tear at the heart which often are not quite so visible. Some hurt us personally, while other scars will also hurt our Lord. You might be wondering, “How can my scars hurt Christ?” Well, scars from the sins of the past before our salvation, God can turn and use for His good, as He saved you and forgave you for those past sins. However, the scars of sinfulness after we are saved will often damage the testimony of a Christian. These scars not only hurt the believer, but they also hurt the one of whose name we now bear. They hurt the name of Christ. God forgives us of all our sin, yet sin can leave a nasty scar. As believers we should do all we can not to add any more scars as we go through life’s journey.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  I can still recall my dad saying, “son, it is not just your name you are dragging through the mud, it is my name too.” That did not make a lot of sense to me back then, but I sure understand today. As a Christian, we need to remember God could also say, “It is not just your name you are dragging through the mud child of mine, it is also my son Jesus’ name too.”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 24, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Samuel 6-9     /     Psalm 119:1-16     /     Proverbs 24     /     Acts 27, 28

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Founder and Executive Director
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