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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. 

My Country and My Church

July 6th-  - July 10th 

July 6th Devotional

Heavenly Citizenship

Mathew 22: 15-22; World and Spiritual Conflicts

Mathew 22: 21; Therefore saith He unto them; render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesars, and unto God, the things that are God’s.

The Word of God says; Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Of course we all know it had to be this way or else Jesus could never have been the Lamb without spot or blemish for the ultimate sacrifice to be made. Examination of the sacrifice, in this case Jesus, was part of the plan. However our text verses make a good point, just what do we render to Caesar, our Country, our Government? The Lord gives us the answer, those things that are Caesars. We pay our fair share in taxes, we stand up for our Country, thou not perfect, and we are to pray for our leaders. Unless there is a clear violation of Governmental demands, like bowing down to some golden object like they did in ancient Rome, we obey the laws of the land.

Is there another side to this coin mentioned? We live in a day and time when a good question could be asked of many in this Country, where is your citizenship? Where does your true allegiance lie? We have all seen in media coverage not all folks in this Country seem to have the USA as their Country of primary allegiance. However the question should be asked of the Christian as well. Considering we have a “dual” citizenship, one earthly and one Heavenly, the question is; to what level is our allegiance and to where? We live in a time when Jesus said folks would cool off toward God and become “lukewarm”(Rev. 3:16). That means they begin to compromise their Heavenly direction and began to embrace the worldly again. So in the end, the Pharisees played the devil’s advocate; where is your citizenship? That is a question we all better answer and get right.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

July 7th Devotional

Subject to Authority

Romans 13: 1-7; Responsibilities toward higher powers

Romans 13: 1; Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers, for there is no power but of God, the powers that be, are ordained of God.

The Book of Romans is considered by many Bible Scholars a masterpiece, Paul’s greatest work. Of course we must always bear in mind the Holy Spirit’s inspiration undergirds it. As our theme for this month is on our Country, much could and should be said on our place and responsibility to our Country would be warranted. They say confession is good for the soul. I admit I used to bend the laws of the land some. I used to love fast cars and fast motorcycles at one time, ok for quite some time. I had Ninja 1100 crotch rocket. Why have a bike like that it you can’t take it out and go faster than posted speed limits. The thrill, the rush of speed (point A to B) the other guys checking out my ride saying wow. O well, there are faster bikes out there now.

But something was going on in the inside, that seemed to take away some of the joy on the outside. There can be no doubt what Paul shares in these verses is the heart of God concerning powers of authority. We are to obey these “ministers of God” (verse 4) or if we do that which is evil; be “afraid”? I’m sure veteran Christians have the part about obedience down pat pretty good. Yes, it was these verses plus others that put a damper on my actions, I’m thinking, is this not breaking the speed limit, maybe even the sound barrier? If you are serious about God in your walk, you have to come to grips on this disobedience stuff. It is true the police didn’t nab me, although if they could have caught me they would have, but the point is God saw me. Listen, this type of stuff affects every part of your Christian walk. I sold the Ninja, I felt better spiritually, in the end, obedience is still better than sacrifice, and I just might live a little longer while I’m at it.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

July 8th Devotional

He is The Christ

Mathew 16: 13-20; Revelation of the Church

Mathew 16: 18; And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

This is what could be called; foundational truth 101. What is the Church, who is the Church, is there a real Church, all good questions. Just like Jesus asked His assembled Disciples; who do “men” say that I am? This is the sum of everything we need to know about our eternity. Take note; it didn’t really matter all that much at that point who the “men” were, or thought He was as much as; the real question; who do “you” say that I am (verse 15)? If in the end, He, the Lord is not the Christ of/to you me and us, we have a problem. So, did Simon Peter get lucky and pick the right words; that thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God? Of course not, Jesus said this; flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in Heaven. I must say this, I have heard people say, I’m talking Church folks; I quote; I really hope Jesus is who He says He is; what? Enough of the wringing of the hands in despair, He is; God the Father says so.

This is great news for all of us in the Body of Christ, that the reality of Christ is revealed to us supernaturally. Listen to what Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church; that no man can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Ghost (I Cor. 12:3b). And when that truth hits home, the reality of the Savior in the lives of the saved as revealed by the Holy Spirit, look out devil. I often hear folks talk about the impotence of the Church, when in fact the invincibility of the Church should be extolled. It was Jesus’ intention from the beginning to raise up a powerful, (being full of God’s Power) Church for the work of the ministry. When the Church has received revelation information of whom is its Head, its Leader really is; the gates of hell will not prevail (overcome, take out, over power us, etc) against it corporately or personally.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

July 9th Devotional    

The Zeal in My House                                     

Acts 2: 41-47; Practice of the early Church

Acts 2; 42; And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and prayers

It was still Pentecost as many folks had gathered for this Feast were still on hand to hear some more good news, hence the Gospel message. Along with that; have you ever noticed; folks excited about the Gospel are good listeners too. I can only imagine the joy of the early Pastors had in raising up new converts that were so eager to hear your every word, no matter what the message, it seems too, the crowds were all too eager to stay for more. Of course this was before the invention of the wrist watch and Cracker Barrel Restaurant. OK, just a little humor here, however I am familiar with a Church where people have pointed to their watch when the Pastor went over his pre-determined time limit. I had a Pastor friend whose wife would sit on the front row as most Pastors wives do. On some occasions if he was long winded, she would blow her beloved a “kiss”. When queried by a Church member of such continued love, she said it was an acronym; (Keep It Short Stupid, KISS).

The point is that so many people are time driven nowadays; we have only a certain amount of time to get everything done we need to do. The work place is so demanding upon our lives we have to juggle things that should have precedence in our lives. If you can remember back when you first got saved and came to the Lord, did it seem life was much simpler, uncluttered? Somehow we need to step back and reorder the priorities of our life maybe. The excitement, the zeal we once had, the time to share, to serve, “those were the days”! When Churches get that back, there is no telling what God can do, and you do with God. I heard an account in Church about a huge revival in Indonesia of years gone by. At the height of it, a fire broke out at the Church, the townspeople turned out to help put out the fire. However; something very strange was going on in this fire, it didn’t consume the building, the fire appeared to be of Heavenly origin, water didn’t faze it, and the building didn’t burn. It has happened before, it can/will happen again, it’s long past time to get the fire back in the House of God.

            Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

July 10th Devotional

Follow Him!

I Kings 18: 17-24; Challenge to Ahab

I Kings 18; 21; And Elijah came unto all the people, and said; how long halt you between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him, if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Most folks I believe will go a long ways to avoid confrontation, I know I do. But there is a place for good confrontation in our life. In our account here, Elijah is confronting his beloved brethren, saying as much; you are heading in the wrong direction. What are you doing following the false gods of Baal? To be sure, people don’t line up to be rebuked or chastened, but it is/was good for them, not only temporally but eternally. Pastors, Evangelists and the like have a “duty” to warn, rebuke with all long suffering the wayward from a path of destruction. As history shows some folks get violent when told they are heading in the path of destruction, even to the killing of the messenger. The difference between the real shepherd and the hireling is one runs off the other stays because he cares.

In our day and time, many people seem to love the; tell me sweet words and no confrontation Church service best. I have read several Ministry magazine articles concerning a disturbing trend in quite a number of Churches, especially the larger ones nowadays, where sin and money is off limits. In these little fair havens, nothing is to upset these little lambs, sin and hard line messages went out the door long ago. That attitude has pervaded many homes in our day and time as well. It’s an adult mentality that realizes, negative words and challenges to rise up and do better is not to damage you but to help you. I remember when I went in the Army back during the Viet Nam era, boot camp was miserable. Then came AIT, (advanced infantry training), it could get no worse I thought. But guess what, it was designed to keep us alive, and it did. God’s way of doing things will keep us alive now and eternally if we let it.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Tom

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