God Knows Our Need for Reassurance

Ever been discouraged, because it seemed like the more you did in kingdom work, the more you felt like the people hated you and didn’t appreciate your sacrifice and hard work? As we read through the New Testament we could see that Paul was especially hit hard by the people he ministered to. In fact you might wonder, how on earth did he keep on going? Well, we see in today’s Scripture that the God he served, was also the God who cared for him and encouraged him. Meditate with me, for you might also need this reassurance as you participate in kingdom work here on earth.

Wednesday, 2020-02-26

Bible Reference: Acts 23:10-12
Translation: New Century Version (NCV)

Bible Text: 10 The argument was beginning to turn into such a fight that the commander was afraid some evil people would tear Paul to pieces. So he told the soldiers to go down and take Paul away and put him in the army building. 11 The next night the Lord came and stood by Paul. He said, “Be brave! You have told people in Jerusalem about me. You must do the same in Rome.” 12 In the morning some evil people made a plan to kill Paul, and they took an oath not to eat or drink anything until they had killed him.

OBSERVATION: Ever been discouraged, because it seemed like the more you did in kingdom work, the more you felt like the people hated you and didn’t appreciate your sacrifice and hard work? As we read through the New Testament we could see that Paul was especially hit hard by the people he ministered to. In fact you might wonder, how on earth did he keep on going? Well, we see in today’s Scripture that the God he served, was also the God who cared for him and encouraged him. Meditate with me, for you might also need this reassurance as you participate in kingdom work here on earth.

APPLICATION: Have you ever been in doubt about whether you were doing God’s will, when suddenly you receive a revelation, or confirmation that you are convinced, came from God? This is what happened to Paul. His very life was threatened because of his honest words before the Sadducees and Pharisees. The commander saw this coming, so he locked Paul up, for his own protection. However, this gave the people more time to plan a strategy that would lead to murdering Paul. As for Paul though, the Lord came and stood by Paul’s side that night in captivity and reassured him of the next phase of his ministry. Now, did the Lord know what the evil ones was conjuring up in their minds, and their subsequent plans for the next day? Of course He knew, and therefore felt it was imperative to visit with Paul to comfort him (for He stood by Paul’s side), and to give reassurance about his next steps. Was it coincidence that this occurred the night before Paul’s nephew would run to him and tell him about a plot to kill him? Of course not, for Paul was reminded that in spite of what the world had planned to do with him, God’s will would be accomplished. Wow, now stop and imagine that, as children/servants of God, we have that same reassurance as Paul was given! So why do we fear? Why do we worry? Why do we take the concerns of this world on our shoulders? God is in control, no matter what the world or its leaders may have in mind! What a peace is ours dear friends! I plead with you that you join me in building this type relationship with our Savior, that no matter how dismal a situation may seem, we could rest easy in knowing that God is on your side, and He will accomplish His will in and/or through us. Although I believe that God wants to hear from His children on the desires of their heart, I believe that He is even more interested that we relax and allow Him to be God in our lives and in all of life’s situations. Have you ever stopped and said to yourself, “well I don’t know where to go from here, for I have done everything I know to do”? It is often times like these when we throw our hands up and decide to turn a situation over to God, isn’t it? I believe this lesson is teaching us to allow God in on the very ground level, and if things are about to get out of control, at least in our minds, that God would whisper reassurance to us. In what form might this come today? Friends, our communication lines today are just as they were in Paul’s day. Stay in close communion with God through His Word (the Bible), through prayer, and close communion and fellowship with other believers. Remember that old song, “God will make a way, where there seems to be no way”? Remind yourself of that when you have done all that He demands of you. Friends, let Him be God!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how reassuring to know that You are by my side, when life appears to be a daily joy, and when I struggle to see how tomorrow could possibly be any worse than today. You have shown Your presence in so many ways through so many situations in my life already, and You have always come through in so many ways for me. I pray that I might be quick to realize this when Your will may sometime be in opposition to what I envision for me. I pray that I might always be open to, and accepting of, Your will for me, regardless of my plans and my desires. Friends meditating on this devotional with me might be challenged with a day or night of frustration where life here on this earth appears impossible, and especially in their area of ministry. Please stand by their side today, as You did for Paul, and encourage them. Nudge them on their way and show them hope in all that You would have them do for You here on planet earth. Continue to accomplish great things in and through Your willing servants today, is my humble pray that I ask in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while you be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Who’s the Culprit?

I wonder today how much of our prayer time is spent on explaining to God who may have caused us to sin, or how it was possible for the infraction? Let’s Look at how Adam even went to the extent of trying to pass the responsibility of this sin to God Himself for his sin.

Monday, 2018-11-26

Scripture

Bible Reference: Genesis 3:6–8

Bible Text: 6 The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too. 7 Right away they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves.
8 Late in the afternoon a breeze began to blow, and the man and woman heard the LORD God walking in the garden. They were frightened and hid behind some trees.

Bible Translation: The Contemporary English Version (CEV)

My Take

On reading the title, you might conclude that I am about to introduce an old TV show by the same title! That’s not my intention, so no need to close the blog without reading today’s devotional!!! This scripture got my attention though, because we see in the three examples in this story how each party, Adam, Eve and the serpent, all found excuses for the cause of this very first sin that we read about in the Bible. In each case they quickly threw the blame, or cause of their action, on someone or something else. Unfortunately, in spite of all that transpired in this story, added to the enormous blessings that God has showered on us, I am amazed how little mankind has changed. I wonder today how much of our prayer time is spent on explaining to God who may have caused us to sin, or how it was possible for the infraction? Look at how Adam even went to the extent of trying to pass the responsibility of this sin to God Himself, for had God not sent the woman to Adam in the first place, then Adam thought that he would not have sinned! eeeennnk! I don’t believe so Adam! Think about our many excuses, men blame their distractions at work or even at church, on the pretty lady who wears very short dresses or very tight pants, for leading them to infidelity. I wonder when God looks at the deepest part of man’s heart what He must find is really happening, to cause such sin to erupt in a man’s heart? Yes friend, you read that right. God considers even our wicked thoughts when He judges us! Men, may I plead with you to join me in fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith? May I suggest that we commit ourselves more to the idea of drawing closer to God and being obedient to His Word, then perhaps our minds would be more focused on eternal matters than on the sinful things of this world? Ladies, I know you are not exempt from this condition, so please consider the gist of what I just shared and apply it to the challenges you face. God in His mighty wisdom actually distracted me on to the thoughts I just shared, because my initial intent was to actually introduce the Advent season into my blog over the next 24 days. Friends, we are introduced in this scripture today, to the very first sin – also known as the fall of mankind. You will quickly recognize that it was from the very beginning of time that God saw the need to send our Savior into the world to save fallen man. This ‘Savior’ of which I am referring is God’s very own Son that He sent – Jesus. It is the miraculous birth of Jesus that we celebrate each and every Christmas. Perhaps this should be the season of Thanksgiving when we consider the precious gift given for our benefit, even though we are personally embellished by the  weakness of sin!

Prayer

Father, from the time of our very first ancestor, sin has been a problem – a challenge for mankind. We are weak, and very gullible to sin, but then we are so quick to deflect the cause of that sin onto anything, or anyone else that we could think of. Please open our hearts to the awesome reminder of how You not only saw our sin, but You did everything to help us seek forgiveness of that sin in preparation for standing before a holy, sinless God. You alone are God in heaven, and yet You loved us enough to make the way clear for us to be with You! Thank You Heavenly Father, thank You Jesus, and thank You Holy Spirit. We are truly a blessed people. May Your kingdom come oh Lord, and may each person meditating on this thought today be ready to see You face-to-face on resurrection morning, all because of Jesus! AMEN!

Footnote

If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Reasons for Uncertanties

There are a few powerful lessons here in this Scripture, beginning with the audacity of the paralyzed man’s friends to get their friend in front of Jesus in spite of any obstacles that might present itself. The second thing is to notice that Jesus’ first priority was to meet the man’s greatest need – forgiveness of his sin. Let’s apply this to our challenges of today….

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   Ecclesiastes 7:14 (TLB)

TEXT:  14 Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other—so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life.

OBSERVATION:   When something becomes a certainty, we tend to take it for granted, because we believe that it will occur just like it did the last time. Depending on the season, or the time zone you’re in, we know when to expect daylight. So we build our schedules around that. So why would God indicated in His Word that there might be some uncertainty to things like that? Let’s meditate on that for a few moments….

APPLICATION:   Although Solomon was the wisest, and the richest, and the ruler of a large nation, yet he knew that only God was in control of most things that he depended on daily. We are much the same today friends, but let’s ponder what the reason might be for that. Beginning with the thought: what if I had control of everything for a day? Can you see disaster looming in the darkness, as I look for my backup alarm to awaken me in time to get that huge light (the sun) going? Oh, but where is the light switch again? What did you say? I must set this whole process in motion with the click of a finger? Oh boy, I wasn’t taught that little trick! I know, it sounds like I’m turning this whole thing into a humorous story. But do you begin to see the complexities of all this? Yet God has all of this under His powerful control! Think with me about a newlywed couple. The husband arrives home at 5pm each day, and the wife is seen opening the door to welcome him home. Then one day the husband is 5 minutes, 10 mins, 15 mins late and the wife goes into panic mode worrying that he may have gotten into an accident. And by the time he walked in the door after 30 minutes of deep agony, pacing the floors, calling friends along his route home, and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the husband waltzes singing a tune he heard on the radio during his delayed drive home. If this type incident didn’t happen, would you soon begin to believe that you live in a bubble in this perfect world where everything is controlled to your liking? In case you haven’t figured this out yet friends, our spouse could be in the same boat as a friends spouse last week who never returned home because of a terrible wreck that took his life of the way to work. I believe that God shows us the uncertainty of things to make sure that we are ready to meet Him when He comes back to earth for His bride – the church. When will that be? Only God Himself knows, so the onus is on us to be ready at all times. Are you, my friend? Jesus could return at any moment to collect us, and because I want to be in that number, I have committed my life to the care of my Savior. If there is uncertainty in your mind, please click on the link ‘To Know Jesus’ in my Footnote and allow the Bible to speak truth into your mind and soul.

PRAYER:   Lord Jesus, thankfully we know that You created us; You accepted my request for forgiveness and saved my soul; You’ve shown me in Your Word, that You have prepared a new home called Heaven for other saints and myself; and I believe that You might even be waiting with opened arms waiting for my arrival to my eternal home! Regardless of the time lines on any of these events, I have a future that You have promised to those who have accepted You as Lord. I am standing by in deep anticipation, praise the all powerful name of Jesus, my Savior!  Lord, please open the eyes and hearts of my readers. Please call those to You, who will read this and push it aside because they can’t fathom this connection with You while here on earth. However I pray that You will give Joy and everlasting happiness to those who know, without a shadow of doubt that they belong to You as defined by Scripture. As I look forward to That Day, please bless me as Your servant and witness to others, AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

 

Know Today About Tomorrow!

Friday, 2016-07-29

Scripture

Bible Reference: Revelation 14:12–13

Bible Text:  12 God’s people must learn to endure. They must also obey his commands and have faith in Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Put this in writing. From now on, the Lord will bless everyone who has faith in him when they die.” The Spirit answered, “Yes, they will rest from their hard work, and they will be rewarded for what they have done.”

Bible Translation: The Contemporary English Version (CEV)

My Take

Some might find the subject of today’s blog ‘catchy’, because you might really want to know about tomorrow so you can make appropriate plans today. I bet if there was an app that promises to accurately foretell the occurrences of tomorrow, it would probably be a super hit! I would imagine that stock markets would crash many days, if investors had a glimpse into what will occur tomorrow or in future days. Yet God has given us His holy Word that not only tells us about all that has transpired, but also all that is about to happen tomorrow and in to the future. In fact, reading through the portion of my Bible study in Revelation this morning, brought exciting thoughts of the day I will see my Savior face to face! In chapter 13 John told us all about the beast and the mark of the beast. However in chapter 14 we are given a glimpse of what happens when our King of Glory walks in! The glorious sounds of angels singing in chorus reminded me of the scene at the birth of Jesus! But in verse 13 we are told about our tomorrows and what we could expect when we see Jesus. Friends, this caused me to reflect on the differences between today and what we could expect in heaven. Some may say that they knew my earthly dad, but they didn’t just march into his home and pretend that they were right at home to do or take whatever they wanted. However, as his kids, we knew that what was dad’s was ours also, so we were very much at home when we visited him. Now, notice that John had a qualification for what he said in verse 13 also: the blessing, the rest and the rewards are for those who have faith in Jesus Christ when they die. What impact does that have with your tomorrow friend? Are you assured of your blessing, rest and rewards? The alternative is not good, so may I encourage you to prepare today (accept this Jesus whom I love and speak about) so that your tomorrow will bring you great joy, peace, love and hope? Some on earth may say that you’re in good hands with …., however I want to assure you today that you will be in best hands, with the most comfort about tomorrow, if you know Jesus and have faith in Him. Please be sure to read my ‘Footnote’ for help and to sure this up for yourself. Only you can do this for yourself, with God’s help.

Prayer

What a glory to baste in Your beauty and awesome power today here on earth, and to be assured of an eternity of the same, should you call me home even today! While I rejoice in that oh Lord, I can only do that for myself, as relationships between You and others reading this devotional are strictly known to only You. I therefore pray that You will get right to the heart of those that may read this and still be uncommitted and unconcerned about their future. Lord, I have family and friends that show no evidence of having a personal relationship with You also, so I humbly ask, in fact plead with You today, to please touch their hearts also. May they be restless in knowing that the King of Glory loves them enough that He died for them, yet they stay at a distance rather than accept that gift that leads to life eternal in heaven. Lord I pray that right decisions will be made in my family even today, for it’s in the powerful, yet loving name of Jesus that I pray, AMEN! 

Footnote

If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Our Unchanging God!

May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………

Today’s Bible Reference: James 1:16-18
Today’s Bible Text: 16 My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this. 17 Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. 18 God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created.
The Bible Translation: Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

My Take Away: It seems like we easily find God when we have needs or wants. In fact, I sometimes wonder if we don’t have a nickname for God, such as ‘sugar daddy’, because we believe that all we need to do is ask and it will be given. Friends, I believe that you will find throughout the Word of God that He responds more to our relationship with Him. For we read over and over again how He blesses those who know Him intimately, but that He curses those who despitefully abuse His name. But friends, I want us to really concentrate on the message in these few verses and how they can be applied to us today. Often when we see good things happening to ourselves or our friends, we attribute them to things like: good luck; the recipients deserve that; they’ve worked long and hard towards that; this couldn’t have happened to better people than this; etc. However, I want to draw your attention towards the words declared in these verses, for we are told who the creator of all good things are. This helps us to consistently look to the Father for the things that we need, and it reminds us of the One that deserves our praise and our thanksgiving. We are also given a peaceful and calm assurance that although our earthly fathers may be moody or perhaps unwilling to give to his children, our heavenly Father NEVER CHANGES! May I encourage you today to draw close to God and watch Him draw close to You? Watch Him bless you with so much that you will be ‘blown away’ with His goodness! In Psalm 59:10 we are told that God is changeless. Let’s cling tightly to the unchanging hand of God, knowing that He will provide for His children in ways that we might only imagine, but never dream to be possible for us!

Prayer: What an awesome God that we serve! Thank You Father for watching out for us, Your children. Thank You for not giving us mixed signals, but for consistently loving us and blessing us with undeserved goodness and mercy. In an ever changing world, You are unchanging. In a world where resources are always tightening, yet Your love and Your gifts abound. Thank You dear Lord that Your love and devotion to us has nothing to do with worldly changes, but all to do with the relationship that we have with You. Please touch Your children today and empower us to stay true in our relationship with You, regardless of the circumstances around us. You always deserve our praise! Thank You Lord for who You are and for everything You mean to us. We love You Lord, AMEN!

Footnote: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

2016