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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. 

"Wisdom of God"

September 28th - October 2nd

Sept 28th Devotional

A Prudent Man

Proverbs 27; Various wisdom

Proverbs 27: 12; A prudent foresees the evil and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

            Where I live in the South, we have what is called hurricanes. They come in all sizes from the category 1 to the cat 5 with wind speeds that can exceed 160 MPH. Who hasn’t heard of some of the named storms over the years, like Katrina that devastated Louisiana some years ago? Many folks that live along the coastal areas are well aware of the damage to not only your home and property but their very life as well. People that live in tornado alley have a story to tell as well. With modern news media we can actually see live updates at the time of these storms in many cases. And we can also see some poor soul that decided to ride out the storm telling how they survived the storm tied to a very large tree or the like. Unfortunately some important lessons of life are learned during some violent times.

            What can we take from this and apply it to our spiritual walk with the Lord. Our verse in Proverbs 27:12; provides a glimpse of two distinct mindsets. The prudent, or a person who is wise (as to dangers) in this case, a person of foresight, recognizes the danger (evil) and takes appropriate action to the protection of their life and family or whatever. However the simple (someone easily deceived or naïve) pass on, as in don’t fare too well. Actually life is full of signs, as we drive along the highway, signs safeguard our journey. Our body often provides signs of something not well within, better get it checked out. How about this sign, prayers not being answered anymore, you feel indifferent to the things of the Lord, you are no longer excited about the things of God? The prudent one does not throw the signs away, or makes believe they don’t exist, the lessons are obvious, read the signs, heed the signs, take precautions now, and you will survive any coming storm.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

Sept 29th Devotional

Intimidation Factor

Proverbs 29: Various wisdom.

Proverbs 29: 25; The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso puts his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

I read an article recently concerning people who witness to others the Gospel message. The question was asked; who do you fear the most when it comes to telling about Christ or giving your personal testimony? You would think most folks would say some dreadful terrorist, or gang member and the like, but the majority said the people group they were most hesitant to share with was their own family. It makes me wonder if social media has something to do with this mindset. I can see it now, word gets out that we have a religious nut (unregenerate thinking) in the family, don’t invite this dope to any family socials, he’ll rail on the Lord continuously. Maybe someone reading this is thinking, man that happened to me with my old friends, they don’t want anything to do with me anymore. Actually, in many cases that may be a good thing, as many old chums will often hinder your walk with the Lord.

The Lord declared in the Gospel of Mark the importance of one’s soul; what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul (8:36)? Any logical conclusion would lead one to see the importance of his eternal destiny. Paul said; I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth (Romans 1:16). True, there is a cost to discipleship, but no, we are not talking about being a gad-about either. In prayerful concern, we can sow the love of God to a soul in need and let the Holy Spirit do His job. Our love for others will extinguish our intimidation fears to share the only message that really matters in eternity. Don’t worry about trying to do this on your own though; And you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me (Acts 1:8a). There you have it, you don’t go fishing without the bait, nor can we effectively witness without the power of the Lord.  

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

Sept 30th Devotional

More precious than rubies    

Proverbs 31: The wise woman

Proverbs 31: 12; She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

            I enjoy watching shows on TV about farming, whether raising livestock or planting a crop, it’s all good. I get a magazine in the mail quarterly that has the same theme, farming, raising cattle, hogs and chickens by the thousands in many cases. The work is exhausting and the hours are long, but according to these people, they love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. The family that works together stays together, and yes, they have time to go to Church, raise their family with values that will last a life time. It with this thought in mind the word; help-mate comes to mind. The man and wife work side by side, each compliments the other. From this type of relationship grows a deep love and appreciation for one another.

            Our Chapter in Proverbs highlights the many virtues of just such a prudent and hard working wife and mother. We don’t have to wait for Mother’s Day to honor the ladies, they deserve their due every day. In our day and time the role of the mother and wife is being diminished, even a role reversal is taking place in many homes. I shared a message in a local Church some years ago; the theme was on; working as a team. As an example, I used pair of draft horses working together to make my point. When both pull the wagon together, each share the load. If one slacks off the other has to pick up the others share of the load. If one tries to combat the other, the load goes nowhere. The “help-mate” concept is powerful, sharing the load, purpose and growing closer together as a result. Yes; people place a lot of value in precious gems and metals, but I’ll take the person that Solomon describes any day. The load isn’t so overbearing when we work together as a team.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

Oct 1st Devotional    

Sweeten it Up

Exodus 15:23-27; Preserved from thirst

Exodus 15:24; And the people murmured against Moses saying; what shall we drink?

I believe these verses very much mirror our early walk with God. In other words when we first get saved, and are trying to figure who we are and where we are headed as in this case a journey across the deserts of the world, with the Promised Land in the future. These people having just been delivered from Egypt which is a type and shadow of the world didn’t know God yet or His ways, had a lot to learn. The life they lived up until this point was slavery and bondage. It’s true not everyone that comes to salvation had such a difficult past, but I venture to say many do/did. Did you notice; the praise of deliverance turned to anguish and complaining in just three days of their journey?

And that brings us to this point, since we came to Christ, do we still act the way we did when we first started our journey? These folks in our text verses plus many other illustrations complained of just about everything. The Israelites would forever provide a perfect example of not only how to walk your walk with God, but; how not to walk with God. One of the biggest truths one can learn from these verses is this; the life is good, but sometimes the journey can have some bitter encounters. I like Jack Van Impe’s thoughts on this; bitter waters are not serious unless they make us bitter. And what was the object lesson; by casting a “tree” into the waters, they became sweet. That tree was/is symbolic of the Cross, a tree, and all it represents. Next time something bitter heads your way, cast the tree of Calvary in it, the life of Christ flowing through you is what sweetens up the bitter waters of life!

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

Oct 2nd Devotional

“He” Hears Us

Exodus 16: 1-8; Preserved from hunger

Exodus 16:7; And in the morning, then ye shall see; the glory of the Lord; for He heareth your murmurings against the Lord; and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

Our account of the Israelites takes us to a different time and place, but some of the same ills are following them. It is not three days this time, but about a month and a half, that all is not well in the camp of God. Some of the words spoken by the Israelites were very caustic, cutting words, an affront to the nature and love of God, suggesting God brought them forth into the wilderness to kill them with hunger. A lesson to learn early in our walk is; that when things don’t go as we think they should, we should never verbally attack one another, and especially God.

Do you believe God has your best interest at heart? I must admit, there is so much good news to receive from God; it’s hard to grasp all of it sometimes. It boils down to trust, I no longer believe that God just wants to cast me into hell, but has prepared a place for me that where He is, there I will be also (John 14:3). For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end (Jere. 29:11. Moses brings out a point we should take to heart, your murmurings weren’t against us, but the Lord. If one is into complaining about, the people of God, the Church of God, the plan of God, beware. This would be one sin you might want to leave behind on the side of the road in your journey with the Lord.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom


Light The Way Ministries
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Land O Lakes, Florida 34639


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