He’s Still God!

Scripture: Psalm 13.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Psalm 13:1-6 (NLT)

1 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?

2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

3 Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

4 Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

6 I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

A very good friend of mine and a brother in the Lord is currently going through enough that I’m sure he could recite this Psalm all day, every day. I know that daily devotionals will always serve to get me closer in touch with the Lord, so I believe that this Psalm is presenting an opportunity for me to deepen my relationship with the Lord. You see, it is so very important that we keep a close, tightly woven, inseparable relationship with God, for then when hard times strike and it seems like we have been defeated or put down, and like the enemy has the upper hand, it is then that we can do like David and hold steadfast to the hand of the One that is there for us in the good times, and know that He is especially close to us through the challenging times we are going through. To my friend and to all those feeling oppressed or defeated today, let’s remember that God promised that He would NEVER leave us alone or forsake us. So just how we easily celebrated His wonderful works in our lives when things were going so well, let’s remember that we are to give thanks also in the struggling times when we feel low, because God’s Word says that “all things work together for good, to those who love the Lord”. Yes friend, it is even through what seems to be the most challenging times of our lives that God is still working out His plan for His good. Like Paul when he was thrown into prison, God works in and through all of our circumstances if we hold strong to the faith and believe in Him for all things, knowing that He is working out His plan for His good. God sacrificed His only Son so that eternal life may be offered to all who believe in Him. What is our suffering compared to that? To those of us who feel like we are more than conquerors, and that God is blessing in extreme ways in our lives, I believe that God would love to see us encourage the brother who is feeling down-trodden or defeated or oppressed. Let us look for ways to share that joy that God has blessed us with, let us be His hands outstretched to those that are down and out and hurting. Like David, we don’t need to hide our thoughts and feelings from God, because He really knows how we feel anyway, but let’s always remember that in spite of our feelings and our struggles, God is still God and that He will work through our circumstance to reach and/or encourage another believer, or better still, to reach someone without faith who needs Jesus.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father God, please continue to be patient with us, so that even in the times that we feel down and out, that we will realize the awesome, loving, tender hearted God that You are. This life is not about us. Help us to realize that You can use ALL circumstances for Your good, so help us to surrender our lives to You daily, so that You can accomplish Your will and Your work through the good times in our lives, and even through the challenging times. As in the story of “Footprints in the Sand”, help us to remember that the single set of footprints that we see in the difficult times of our lives, represents Your total love to us in ways that carry us through the valleys of our lives. Please give us strength to follow David’s example and trust in Your unfailing love and forever sing of Your praises and goodness, without regard to our circumstances. Thank You Jesus for loving us this much!

 

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Nothing Hidden from God

Scripture: Psalm 10-11.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Psalm 11:4-7 (NLT)
4
But the LORD is in his holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.
5 The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence. 6 He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds. 7 For the righteous LORD loves justice. The virtuous will see his face.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

So often we do things on the ‘hush’, hoping that no one will else will see or hear about our actions. These verses are a reminder to us today that God knows every little detail about us. To those that are without Christ, this means nothing to them, because they don’t have a relationship with Him. However for the Christian, we have committed ourselves to Jesus and trying desperately to live a life worthy of the calling. We must therefore seek God’s help, strength and direction daily to walk uprightly before Him – pleasing to God/without sin/holy/acceptable to God/following Christ’s example. We are reminded in the Word of God, that He will punish the ungodly, but for those that accept Him as Lord, and please Him in every way (righteous/virtuous), we are pleasing to God and WILL see His face some day. Are we perfect brothers and sisters? We could never be while here on this earth, but when we deliberately do things, say things or hurt other people, with no regard for what we know God desires of us, then we are being unrighteous and displeasing to God. We know what we need to do, now let’s do it and stop pretending that we are ‘good’ while all the while living like the devil himself.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, You created us to be like You. Please forgive us for totally abusing that privilege and allowing Satan to enter and rule our lives instead. Too often have we said with our lips that we are Yours and that we live daily for You, but then we do just the opposite. You reminded me this morning that You are still on the throne and that I am accountable to You for my actions. Please give me strength today to live my life pleasing to You in every way. Please remind me of Your perfect will and desire for my life, and give me the boldness to live my life in line with Yours every day.

 

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Do as I Do?

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NLT)

16 So I urge you to imitate me.

17 That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

So often we say, don’t do as I do, just do what I tell you! Paul taught his Corinthian followers to follow what he did, because he followed Christ. Wow, can we honestly say something like that today? How’s our attitudes, our speech, our everyday living – yes even under pressure? Friends, if we are to be the example for the world to follow, this is exactly the condition that we must find ourselves in. Like Paul we have to be accountable to God, less we lead our followers astray. We often hear Christians say that we might be the only Bible that some people read. May I re-word that a little? What if we say that we might be the only ‘Christ’ that others might see? If we are to be followers of, and examples of, our Lord Jesus Christ, then we must be just like Him in every aspect of our lives. Let’s examine ourselves today and commit to following Christ in every way. Others are following in our footsteps and we want them to be more like Jesus. Will they be, in following us?

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord, this is quite a commitment for us to make, because even though we consider ourselves to be yours, yet we still want to hang on to little pieces of this world. We know that this is so wrong, and we know that we must become more like You in every way so that others will not be led astray, but Father I come humbly before You today asking for Your guidance, Your strength, Your boldness and most of all Your forgiveness for me allowing Satan a small part in my life. Please help me to keep Satan out, so that You may abide fully in my life and influence others through me. Oh that others may follow me and be totally in line with Your Word, is my prayer today.

 

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Maturity

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3.

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (NLT)

1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life.

2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I believe that sometimes when we take a passage and readjust the way the verses are read, or try to make a question out of a statement in the passage, it helps you to get a better understanding of what is being said. For example, as I read this passage I thought: So if we are jealous of each other and quarrel among ourselves, then we are still controlled by our sinful nature? I believe that this is exactly what Paul is saying. Further, Paul reminds us that when we are living this type of life we must be handled as infants as we could only understand the simplicity that the unsaved, or the world, could understand. In other words, teaching of the 101 classes. When someone speaks to us like we are still children, we quickly get upset at them, but if that’s the only thing we are capable of understanding, then there is little use in advancing to the next or more mature or deeper stuff. If, as adults, we were told that we had to go back to elementary school, we would hate to think of that. Therefore, I hope that we would sincerely think about our growth in the Lord, in His Word, in our relationship with Him, in our daily walk with Him, and make every effort to mature our commitment to God. Think about ‘relationship’ friend, it is something that requires daily communication with the other person and making every effort to better understand them so that you may please them in every way. Our relationship with God is no different; our daily communication is through prayer. Getting to understand God better and what He likes and wants from us is achieved through reading of the Word, the Bible. Things that encourage us in this relationship is meeting and mixing with others of similar faith, because we lift each other up, we pray for each other, we share with each other and we love each other sincerely – that’s church. How are you being looked at today by your pastor – a babe, or a committed maturing child of God? Only you, with God’s help can affect the necessary change to reflect maturity in your Christian walk!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord, this is a passage that brings with it deep thought about our spiritual condition. I pray that You, who began a good work in me, will continue to encourage and strengthen me to full maturity in You, so that I may not only be blessed by You, but that I may influence others for Jesus also. Just as I was reminded of the ongoing commitment to maturity through this passage, I pray that all who may read this devotional today may be blessed and challenged with the same thought and desire to grow in You today.

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How to Explain The Word of God

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (NLT)

3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling.

4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.

5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I believe that too often we hesitate to share God’s Word with others because we are afraid that we may be intimidated by the individual that will challenge our faith or understanding of God’s Word. Friends, I believe that this comes when we make our visit dependent on our own abilities and how good we are. Notice what Paul said in these verses. Let’s learn to rely on the Holy Spirit to not only guide us to the individual He wants us to share with, but also rely on the Holy Spirit to give us the very words that the individual needs to hear at that time. Imagine for a moment if your dad gave you a message to take to a friend, advising you that the person’s safety and direction depended on the information he gave you to take. However, when you arrived you realized that what you want to say personally appears more appropriate for the situation you found, so you ignored the words of your dad and spoke at length about what you wanted to. Yes, you would leave having had a good conversation with the individual, but the person would still be at risk when they travel, possibly to the extent of danger that may lead to their death. Friends, this is an example of what happens when we visit, when we teach, when we preach, when we share with others about God, without first approaching the throne of God in prayer and seeking His will and His direction on what our hearers need to hear. Why go in the weakness of just our wisdom, when we can seek God’s face and go in His wisdom and speak words directly from His Holy Spirit that is relevant to the individual at that time in their lives? Let’s learn to do like Paul and ‘rely only on the power of the Holy Spirit’ so that others would not trust in human wisdom, but rather on the power of God.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Holy Spirit, I pray that You who began a good work in me, will complete it in everything I do in Your name. If I go out as a representative of Yours to visit a sick person, then I ask that You would always humble me to seek the wisdom of Your Holy Spirit before I leave for the visit. If I teach a Bible School lesson, I pray that You would humble me to seek Your face and allow You, who knows the hearts and lives of each student, to guide me into what I should teach and what I should say so that the words of Your Holy Spirit would be evident in the ears of the hearers so that their lives might be changed for Your ongoing glory. For those that will attend Bible School this weekend dear Lord, I pray that they would not only be receptive to the Word of God, but obedient in every way.

 

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Attention! Please?

Scripture: Job 41-42.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Job 42:5-6 (NLT)

5 I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

Job was considered one of the strongest men of faith in his day, yet when God removed His hand from Job and allowed Satan to temp him, he sat and moaned for days and complained about how God had deserted him. I believe that we do this a lot. When things are not going just the way we want them to, or when God is not working the way that we told Him we wanted everything, we often tend to beat up on God and doubt our faith. Job had three friends that came to his rescue (they thought) and tried to give counsel to Job, based on their understanding of what they thought was going on. While it turns out that Job was right about his circumstances not being a result of sin that he committed, it is interesting to note that in spite of how strong Job’s faith was, and in spite of how obedient he had been to God, yet his eyes and mind were opened as a result of all that happened to him. As in the case of Job, who are we to question God? Although circumstances may seem like God has left the scene, and that things are occurring that God never would, or should permit to happen in one of His children’s lives. Yet we also know that God is supreme, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, ruler and designer of all things, and from previous times and circumstances, we know that He works in mysterious ways and His will is perfect in design. Therefore we must take hope in the words of Job today by saying, “I only thought that I knew the Master; I only thought that I had seen His ultimate love for me; I only thought that I was as close as I could ever be to my Lord however, now I have witnessed with my own eyes and experienced in my own life and heart that my Savior loves me beyond my wildest imagination, and what He does is well done and perfect in every way, therefore I place my life firmly in His hands and wait patiently on Him each and every day, with expectations of His wonderful works and in His perfect will.” Friends, I believe that we get so caught up in ‘self’ that sometimes it takes a good shake up to get our attention and to see our lives redirected towards God. Let God have His will and way in your life today! I need to do this, and I pray that You will join me in my effort to recommit myself to Him.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, You are awesome, and being reminded of Your power and Your perfect will for my life through this story of Job, I must humbly ask of You this morning to please continue to mold me into Your will and in the direction that You would have me go, so that Your will may be fulfilled in all that I do and say in every circumstance of life. Thank You for loving me enough to want to reveal Your will to me. Please give me strength and humbleness of heart to be obedient in every way to You. Please use this devotional to speak to the hearts of Your children that may happen across this today and need a new direction from You.

 

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Live In Harmony

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)

10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

God’s Word teaches so much about harmony among His people, and here Paul is teaching the church in Corinth about this important subject. Paul founded the church in Corinth on his second missionary journey. Eighteen months after he left, arguments and divisions arose, and some church members slipped back into an immoral lifestyle. Paul wrote this letter to address the problems and to clear up confusion about right and wrong so that they would remove the immorality from among them. The Corinthian people had a reputation for jumping from fad to fad; Paul wanted to keep Christianity from degenerating into just another fad. By addressing the Corinthians as “brothers and sisters,” Paul is emphasizing that all Christians are part of God’s family. Believers share a unity that runs even deeper than that of blood brothers and sisters. Like a frustrated coach watching his team bicker on the court, Paul called for a time-out. He saw the danger of divisions and arguments. The Corinthian believers’ lack of unity was obvious. They may have been playing in the same “uniform,” but they were doing as much as the opposition to bring about their own defeat. The problems weren’t so much differences of opinion as divided allegiances. They were arguing over which position on the team was most important in a way that made them ineffective as a unit. They were on the field, but out of the game. Divisions between Christians work like brick walls and barbed-wire fences to undermine the effectiveness of the message that believers are to proclaim. Let us focus on our coach, Jesus Christ, and the purpose he has for us. Let us strive for harmony. Let us keep arguments about trivial things off the team. Instead let us concentrate on what we might do to best serve our Lord and minister to those in need of the Savior.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father, I believe that as Your followers, we should spend our time concerned about the condition of our lost world and what we might do to influence the world for Christ. I pray that as blood bought believers we could do a better job of concentrating on what You did for us at Calvary, on how You reached down into the sin and mire in which we once lived, yet You loved us enough to pick us up from that and place us into Your royal family as children of the King. In concentrating on these vitally important aspects of our walk, I believe that our hearts will become more concerned for the lost and more interested in seeing the lost saved than just looking for ways to please ourselves even more. Please help us to keep foremost in our minds that it’s all about You God. Please remind us of those that may die and spend eternity in Hell if we don’t get our act together and evangelize our community and be a better witness to those around us.

 

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