Devotion 11/30/10

Acts 5:9 Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

Our lives upon this earth are not meant to harm others. Our lives are meant to bring glory and honor to God as we display His presence within us, setting Him before this world. Ananias and Sapphira’s lives harmed others, not physically but spiritually. They chose to bring a false witness before the people, and for that their lives were removed from existence. As we walk upon this earth, we might not think that which we are doing or saying can harm others, and this might be true physically. But as we are not setting the example of God before them, they will be harmed spiritually. Those that are harmed spiritually have a more difficult time in recovery. Those that are harmed spiritually have a tendency to removed God and His church from their lives. We must set our lives upon the path of God, seeking to do what is right in all circumstances, no matter how difficult it may become. If we do not we could become a stumbling block within someone’s life.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see the implications of my actions and words upon those around me.

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Devotion 11/29/10

Matthew 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

The Magi were in search of the king of the Jews, the baby Jesus. Their journey took them into the presence of King Herod in Judea. Needless to say, King Herod was not happy to hear that another king had been brought into this world, for he feared the overthrowing of his presence and power. He lied to the Magi, telling them to go and find this baby, this king. After they found the baby Jesus, they were to come and share his location with King Herod so he could go and worship. At least that’s the lie he told the Magi. But the Magi were in tune with the presence of God, thus in a dream God warned them of Herod’s plan and directed them to return home another way. After learning of their betrayal, Herod was furious and ordered all boys two and under to be killed. How often are we like Herod? We want to know where Jesus is, but we really do not offer Him the worship that He deserves. To refrain from living as we should, to refrain from offering Him true worship, makes each of us liars, for if we claim and do not back up this claim are we anything less?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, make me truthful in my claims to be Your child.

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Devotion 11/28/10

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I am honored to share with you daily devotions, but I will do this only six days a week…So let me encourage you to enter the house of God, on His day, the Lord’s Day, and receive your message from one of His many dedicated servants. May God bless you as your enter His house to receive His message and His guidance

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Devotion 11/27/10

Acts 6:9-10 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.

Stephen was none other than one who was prepared to meet his Creator. His stance for God is one of great example for all who call upon the name of Jesus. In a moment of turmoil, in a moment of difficulty, he stood firm upon his faith in God. Stephen was ready to stand in the presence of God. Are we? We may never feel as if our lives can be compared to Stephen’s, for he was a great man, a great Christian, but we must find a way to follow his example of preparedness. We must be willing to stand up for God. We must find a way to stand up for salvation. We must find a way to display a powerful witness, all the while awaiting the arrival of Jesus to carry us home.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me do all that I must to be ready at a moment’s notice for You.

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Devotion 11/26/10

Matthew 25:10-13  “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

When Jesus departed this earth, He arose to be at the right hand of God. Before He departed, He gave glorious news, but also news of great concern. He told His disciples that He would come once again to take His church home to be with Him forever in Heaven. This news was and still is glorious, but also news of great concern. It’s glorious because Jesus, one day, is coming to claim His people and share with them the place that has been prepared in wait of their arrival. The concern comes in our preparedness. The return of Jesus is definite; but when that will happen, only God knows, thus are we doing all that we need to do in order to be ready? Many will shout at His arrival, believing that they will be brought from the clutches of this world into an eternity where there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more heartache, only to hear, “depart from me.” Part of being a Christian is being ready for the arrival of Jesus. Are you ready? Are you prepared?

 Prayer Starter:

 Lord, help me be prepared for Your second coming upon this earth.

Published in: on November 26, 2010 at 8:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 11/25/10

Ephesians 4:11-13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ

 All people are prepared to serve God. From the moment they are conceived, deep within their lives lies a purpose, the purpose of God. Each person is gifted with the talents that God has set upon their lives, talents that will serve to advance the kingdom of God. Sadly, many people never come to realize this potential, for they never come to realize the importance of accepting God. But even within the lives of those who reach for the presence of God, there is hesitation to live out their true calling, their true purpose. In some cases, they possess a low self-esteem, thus they do not come to believe in their ability to serve God. In some cases, they simply have not discovered what abilities God has placed within their lives. Then there are those who know their abilities but refuse to use them to the fullest potential. We are all equipped to serve God and advance His kingdom, thus we must all seek to find our purpose and live within its presence upon this earth, for if we do not an unpleasant judgment surely awaits.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me know what You have equipped me to do upon this earth, and help me live out this purpose.

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 10:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 11/24/10

Amos 4:12  “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.”

Israel had not returned to God. No matter what God did, they continued to walk deeper and deeper into the presence of sin. As a result of their sin and in an attempt to guide them to the right path, God brought upon Israel many hardships. God brought to them empty stomachs, withheld rain, brought to them plagues, overthrew some of them, and even distorted their gardens and vineyards, but nothing seemed to help them see the error of their ways. In their ignorance of God’s ways, they were given a stern warning, “prepare to meet your God.” We look at the Israelites and wonder how they could be so blinded by their own desires to not see the presence of God trying to offer them a lifejacket, but are we really that different? We are very often walking upon our own road, seeking to advance our own lives while we once in a while give thought to our Godly purpose upon this earth. Well, for us those words given to the Israelites are not different, “prepare to meet your God.” In our haste to live “OUR” lives, we often miss the mark with our Christianity, and for this we will be held accountable.

 Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me be ready to meet You face to face.

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Devotion 11/23/10

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction.

Paul’s charge to Timothy is one that can be reiterated into the lives of all Christians. Timothy was to be prepared to preach the truth of God in all seasons, at all times. He was to be ready to use the Word of God to correct, rebuke, and encourage people, but he was to do this with great patience and careful instruction. These words, these instructions, have not changed throughout the span of time, for they are to be found within our witness just as they were within Timothy’s. The importance of being answerable, in regards to our beliefs, can never be understated. We must be ready to stand upon our faith, willingly sharing, rebuking, and encouraging others in a manner that expresses the love of God. We must be willing to stand upon our faith and show people what it means to be Christians. We must be willing, but so many are not, and for that they will be held accountable.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, make me a strong force within this world, a force that stands firm upon what is right within Your standards, a force that will bring to this world the knowledge of You and Your kingdom.

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 10:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 11/22/10

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

 An expert can be understood as one who has a comprehensive knowledge within a particular area of study or discipline. When it comes to your beliefs and understanding of God, does that definition describe you? When you answered, did your heart sink into your stomach? God does not expect us to be PHD experts in religion, but He does expect us to know why we believe what we believe. As Christians, we are expected to continue to learn more about the Bible, come to a greater understanding of religion, and be able to give an answer to those around us as to why we believe what we believe. But how many people today could answer the simplest questions as to what they and/or the church they attend believe? How many? Well, quite frankly, not enough. If we are truly going to live our lives for God, we must come to understand how, and that only comes from the seeking of knowledge. God will guide us to understanding. God will give us wisdom. God will help us, but only if we seek Him.

 Prayer Starter:

 Lord, help me become one that is prepared in the understanding of the scriptures and the directions they declare me to walk.

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 8:25 am  Comments (3)  

Devotion 11/21/10

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I am honored to share with you daily devotions, but I will do this only six days a week…So let me encourage you to enter the house of God, on His day, the Lord’s Day, and receive your message from one of His many dedicated servants. May God bless you as your enter His house to receive His message and His guidance

Published in: on November 21, 2010 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment