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Daily Devotions

Join us in our weekly walk with Lord by reading our daily devotions. May they help guide your steps and deepen your faith. 

Complaining and Contentment 

October 11th - 15th

Oct 11th Devotional

The Forward Walk

Numbers 13; 26-33; The Promised Land

Numbers 13: 30; And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said; let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

On another occasion concerning the Israelites, a situation is posed before them. Obstacles abound in their quest for the Promise Land, or should I say, the promises of God!  What do we do with the facts that are presented before us? How do we process the evidence and what will be our evaluation of that evidence? These are questions that we will all face along our journey with the Lord. It’s been approximately one year since they left Egypt. They are finally at the front door to some serious promises from God. God has never asked them to do His part, Divine Providence, food, water, protection, etc. but now they get to do something big. Surely they are ready for the task this time. Some in the scouting party described the giants according to what they saw in their “own” sight, God called it an evil report. Some folks would say it was a truthful report. Still others brought forth, through the eyes of faith; the; we can overcome it, report.

There would be lessons to learn here, lessons that would span the time of not just the Old Testament Church but the New Testament as well. What is one of the most important lessons to learn? Observations and evaluations that do not align or agree with God’s Word is called unbelief, and that is what God calls; an evil report. In their journey, our walk with God, these are lessons we all have to learn. By operating in unbelief, we are saying or implying some things God is not happy with. It shows mistrust, maybe even God is not truthful, disobedience on our part, robs God of His Glory and manifest power, plus much more. Jack Van Impe says “Decisions determines destinies”, as in the case of the Israelites, it brought forty years of walking around the same mountain.

 Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

Oct 12th Devotional

Help the Hurting                                

Hebrews 3: 5-19; Do not harden your hearts

Hebrews 3: 14: For we are made partakers of Christ; if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.

We have seen by now how Israel did things that provoked the Lord in the Old Testament. One would think, that was then and this is now. Actually why would we in the 21st Century care anymore about what they did way back then? I have read in several articles of late that many think like that nowadays, and as a result, many have quit referencing to the Old Testament, as thinking it’s outdated. But in truth, it serves as a reminder of what not to do concerning our own walk with God, lest a worst thing come upon us (added injunction). The writer of Hebrews, Paul no doubt, is led by the Holy Spirit to reveal in detail the infractions that Israel suffered at a Church he was overseer as a warning.

            You have heard it said; whatsoever a man sows; that shall he also reap (Gal. 6:7b). That surely goes for words too, griping, fault finding, critical spirit, talk about a bad crop. Talk like that is contagious, others start the denigrating process, before long the whole camp could be affected. But there another side to the story I think. If you are like me in loving people good, bad or indifferent, we try to help them. It may not be the case in every case, but a critical person most often is saying something. He’s hurting on the inside, he needs help, he is throwing a life line out for someone to grab and pull him in. Years ago I met a chap that was very critical and had some serious complaints. He felt the Lord had abandoned him concerning a physical need; at which I shared some great Biblical insights that got him back on track. Today, if a person is being overly critical, listen to what is really being said, who knows, the Lord may use you to point him back in the right direction.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

Oct 13th Devotional  

Sir;

John 5: 1-9; The healing of the impotent man

John 5: 7; The impotent answered and said; Sir; I have no man, when the water is troubled to put me into the pool, but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

I have to ask this question; is it ever ok to be critical, gripe, God forbid; even cuss? Before I give my two cents on that consider; a man paralyzed for 38 years, half of a normal life, just lying there, at the mercy of someone else. Talk about an attitude, who wouldn’t have one? I would have to wonder, if you were to engage this guy in conversation, what would he say? Would every other word be a cuss word, was he embittered, miserable, wish he were dead? We may not know the answers to that query, but, out of the nine verses of our text, this poor soul spoke very cordially to the Lord; even addressing Him as; Sir. He seemed to state the facts as they were, but nary a word that could be deemed as a gripe, like; what do you care or, life ------, or life -------, or I hate life, add your own?

What can we take away from this? Before the Lord showed up, an Angel once a year showed up, and stirred the waters. After the Lord showed up the water stirring stopped. It would seem they that lived before Christ could have griped, but not all did. Those that know Jesus as Lord no longer have anything to gripe about, as He is all sufficient in help during time of need, and that answers our question from above. In my BC of life I griped, but , in my AD life, I no longer have reason for griping. So, today if you have a gripe, don’t waste your time griping, which is a form of unbelief; use your faith and start receiving, then you will cease to have anything to complain about.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

Oct 14th Devotional

The Voice of Triumph

Psalm 68: 8-19; A Father to the fatherless

Psalm 68: 19; Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.

Our verse declares God has done us good; and not only good presently, but as we deplete the previous day’s blessings, He will give us more blessings for the next day. That’s incredible, but that’s God. But there is more yet; the NIV translation says this; Praise be to the Lord; to God our Savior; who daily bears our burdens. Are you burdened, a heavy load maybe, responsibilities piling up, the load of life getting you down, well get ready to get blessed, role it on the Lord, let Him handle it. It’s time to activate the promises of God in your life; He says He is the great burden bearer.

There is another part to the blessings; the part about blessing the Lord. This is a huge piece to the blessing. The grateful heart, the one who; stops and turns back and says thanks Lord, I needed that. They are the ones that seem to get blessed the most. Have you felt extremely blessed when you have every reason to be anything but blessed. That is one way the Lord lifts us up. Another way is, things happen for your good, unexpected blessings come your way, wow; where did that come from? God isn’t limited on ways to bless His people, so let’s not limit Him either. Here’s one; car payment equals money out of my pocket right? My car has well over 250 thousand miles, runs like new, thank you Lord. I got a million miles on me, ha, ha, still running good. Why? He loads me daily with His blessings, God is as good as His Word; it’s time activate those blessings He has provided.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

Oct 15th Devotional

Bless Thy Bread

Exodus 23; 20-33; Regulations for conquest.

Exodus 23: 25; And ye shall serve the Lord your God; and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

The children of Israel would learn many lessons as they trod across the desert on the way to the Promise Land. One of the biggest lessons to learn was obedience; actually, I believe it to be the biggest lesson that needs to be learned. God had given directives in obtaining His promises to the Israelites. The record shows they were slow in learning this great truth. When they were obedient, all manner of blessings flowed freely, when they got disobedient, it was just like you turned off the water faucet, the blessing stopped. These were to be object lessons to the Israelites, but don’t think they aren’t object lessons for the Church as well.

            The early Church of the Old Testament was just starting out in their walk with God, like we were getting saved in our day and time. Take note of the words used by the Lord while they were on their journey; don’t bow down to their gods or serve them, nor do after their works. Why, because you/me/us are no longer part of this world, so ye shall not act like them (anymore, verse 24). A solid walk with God is an uncontaminated walk with God. This follows that verse; ye shall serve the Lord, (Verse 25); and when we do that we get blessed immeasurably. Notice the word “serve”, for many/most, we used to serve the devil, but now we serve the Lord, prepare to be blessed as you do, and say goodbye to sickness while you are at it.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

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