Invite Everyone To Know Your Jesus

As in the day when Jesus walked here on earth, Christians are frowned upon when they are not acting like, or meeting with the right folk in the right place, just as they did when Jesus called a Tax Collector and met with, he and his peers. If you tend to find yourself guilty of similar accusations, then I believe you might be in for a blessing, like I was, to see the reasoning given by Jesus about who needs Him!

DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-11-28
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 5:27-28; 31-32;
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 27 Later on as Jesus left the town he saw a tax collector—with the usual reputation for cheating—sitting at a tax collection booth. The man’s name was Levi. Jesus said to him, “Come and be one of my disciples!” 28 So Levi left everything, sprang up, and went with him.
31 Jesus answered them, “It is the sick who need a doctor, not those in good health. 32 My purpose is to invite sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think themselves already good enough.”

APPLICATION: If you hang around Christians long enough, you will find that many are like babies, they want the full, undivided attention of their pastor, and they want their own way in the decisions of church leadership. When they don’t get their own way, these ‘God-fearing, and wonderful’ people tend to search for the reasons why not. If this includes accusations against the pastor or church leadership, then so be it. Just in case you are wondering why I am coming down on my own Christian Brothers and Sisters, then I would suggest that you re-read our focal Bible verses for today. Jesus had the same problem. Jesus brought to the attention of His accusers that the whole reason He came, was to save the lost. Just as a medical doctor has no reason to setup shop in a gym, Jesus had no reason to try and continue saving the saved. I love the way this translation put verse 32 where Jesus spoke of the unnecessary job of preaching to those who consider themselves already good enough! Not only is much of our pastor’s sermon thrown right over our shoulders to the sinners in back of us, but especially the part where he shares the need for salvation. Unfortunately, those of us who tend to pass on the challenges presented by our pastors, are the hardest to accept the teaching and correction of our Lord. Many miss the word that God has for them when they meditate on the Word of God, because they continually try to apply the voice of God to someone else who is much worse than we are! Please, please dear friend, when you read the Bible, listen closely to what God is saying to you. Soften your heart so that God might speak truth into your life and get His message deep inside of you so that you might become more aligned with His ways and His teachings. When this happens, you will be more qualified to also speak truth into the life of that family member, friend, coworker, or the unsaved who is diligently looking for an image of Christ here on earth. Now, you might be confused and thinking that I feel like the pastor has no reason to preach to the church. Please know that each Christian needs daily communion with God. Bible Study, prayer and the opportunity to minister to the needs of others. Cooperate worship is something called for in the Bible, for it serves to help us recognize God through our prayers, worship and praise. We hear the Word preached so we could understand it better and apply it more fully to our own lives to be better prepared to share it with others. We must always go before God for ourselves first and foremost, for we are all sinners where our attitudes, actions and speech are all influenced by the people, ways and circumstances of the world in which we live. To share Christ with others, we must have Him living and operating in our own lives in such a way that the unsaved will see Jesus, and not the mere knowledge we have of Him. God is very qualified to speak into the hearts of Christians and unbelievers alike. Let’s let Him be God, while we strive to be His faithful servants in obedience to His commands, and in sharing His love with others so that they may have a growing desire for His lordship over their lives.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: When God calls, let’s be like Levi (Matthew), ready to drop everything, get up and follow Him. We tend to worry about the qualifications of an individual, but God seems more willing to work through those who are willing to answer His call. With the Holy Spirit residing inside of Christians, we are adequately able and qualified to answer the call of Christ in our lives.

PRAYER: Doubt arises when we listen to the wrong master. But Lord Jesus, we know that with You beside us, in front of us and inside of us, we can do all things commanded and demonstrated by You. Lord, You were questioned about the crowd that You chose to minister to, so we know that we can expect no less abuse. Please teach us and give us the boldness to always keep it foremost in our minds that our intentions, actions, thoughts and words are to always be geared towards the One we serve, and to introduce others to You. Oh that we could see You move today in the lives of those that we would least expect! For we all need You, 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Follow Jesus’ Example in Prayer

Prayer meetings are probably one of the most unpopular meetings a church will assemble each week. Is that because it takes people ‘out of their comfort zone’? If so, that’s probably caused by very little prayer occurring in the lives, and homes, of members. But aren’t we to be ‘little Christs’, or expected to honor Jesus by following in His example? We absolutely cannot just skip over the Scriptures that highlight the importance of prayer to our Lord and Savior? Consider this as we meditate together today.

DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-11-20
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 5:15-16
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 15 News about Jesus kept spreading. Large crowds came to listen to him teach and to be healed of their diseases. 16 But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray.

APPLICATION: The story is often shared about a very popular, experienced and successful pastor, that while he was preaching, a great body of believers met together in the basement of the church in steadfast prayer for the preacher, the listeners, and especially for the unsaved in attendance that day. I was part of a church that, for a time, conducted revival services annually. One pastor led us into cottage prayer meetings for about a month before these special services. Hosts were encouraged to not provide refreshments, as the meetings were meant for the diehards who wanted to pray and see God move in the following revival services. Having participated in these prayer meetings, I remember during the services having strong urges to look down the aisle as the invitation was given each night, because I was convinced that God heard the humble and sincere prayers of His people, and responses would result. In our verses today, surely you can see the popularity of Jesus. His compassionate teaching of God’s Word. His powerful, healing touch of the sick and challenged individuals. With popularity comes a sense of pride and self-fulfillment to the one accredited for the success of church meetings. But if we are to truly follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we must catch a glimpse of how He went aside for constant one-on-one private prayer meetings with His Father. In seeing success that results from weeks and months of hard work and dedicated prayer meetings, it would seem natural to celebrate and offer up toasts for all that is being accomplished through our teacher/preacher/evangelist. But friends, I believe in following the example of Jesus, we will not only learn to celebrate and give thanks to the One, True God, who made it all possible, but also be careful to thank Him for letting us stand in His presence, experience His warmth and His all-powerful touch on our family, neighbors and friends. Doing this in a secluded place would serve to help us concentrate on the Father and His achievements that He allowed us to experience as we met in His name. I mentioned earlier about the weekly prayer meetings that many churches open up to its members. This is a secluded place away from the normal pressure of work, home, and away from the rustling noises of the world, that gives us time with God in agreement with other like believers. This brings encouragement to hear how God has blessed in the lives of others, and it brings opportunity, for we could then be more focused in our prayers for believers who are begging for God’s presence and intervention in their lives. Total alone time with God could be possible during your drive times. Turn off the radio and silence your phone so that nothing will disrupt your time of communicating with God. Praying for 20 minutes sounds very short but let me encourage you to set a goal of 5 minutes, then increase that as you are comfortable. I sincerely believe that the quiet, effective prayers of God’s children will bend the ear of God and cause Him to bless in ways that we could never imagine. Follow in the example of Jesus, my friend – spend time alone talking with God.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God is never too busy to hear the cry from His children, and throughout His Word we are reassured that He not only hears our cry but meets our needs and answers our prayers that agree with His perfect will for us.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for allowing us, though so unworthy, to spend time in Your presence and place our petitions before You. We have nothing to boast about, for without You, we are nothing but filthy rags. However, our needs are many, and our desire to see loved ones saved from the pit of Hell is our top priority. This is something that only You can do, Lord, so please bear with us as we bring them before You on a regular basis. In our Scripture today, we see where it is obvious that the towns people kept coming to hear You teach, yet You found it necessary to still spend quiet time with the Father in prayer. Please keep us focused on more than what has already been done, but especially on what still needs to be done. We have nothing to boast about, for it is You that has accomplished Your mighty works in our presence. May we always be available as a channel for Your mighty works. Please help us to keep our lives aligned with Your will and Your teachings, so that we will never be a stumbling block that diminishes Your effectiveness in the lives of 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 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

God Responds To Our Obedience

We are often tempted and tried, and I believe that God is always watching to see whether we are determined to stay true to our commitment to Him, or whether it’s just something we do when around our pastor or other Christians who hold us accountable. But being aware that God even knows our heart and our thoughts, how often in a day do you suppose He stops and wonder what is it that we truly believe, and in whom do we place our trust? If only we would seek to demonstrate the kind of faith that Saul shows in today’s Scripture!

DATE POSTED Thursday, 2022-07-21
WRITTEN AT: O Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 10:6, 9,
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. 
 9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. 

APPLICATION: Somehow I believe that many of us postpone doing what we feel God has ordered for us. We tend to wait for confirmation from other trusted sources, and we tend to wait until the very last minute, just in case we’re not sure it was truly God speaking to us. Where is our faith? Compare this story of Saul to that of a situation that we may hear is going on at our church. Saul was appointed king by the prophet Samuel. One of Saul’s first assignments involved an encounter with a band of Philistine prophets while visiting Gibeah. Samuel convinced Saul that he would also begin to prophecy with these men, because the power of God will come upon him. Ok, so what would you and I do in response to an old priest telling us such a far-out story? Having just been appointed king, don’t you think that our minds would be racing with ideas on what we would want to accomplish as king? We may hear about these extreme predictions by the older priests of our community, often we will try to respectfully dismiss what he is suggesting. After all, we can hardly believe they think that are about to prophecy?? Yeah, right! But friends, remember what I said earlier – God knows our very thoughts. Based on what we read in these verses, Saul had no reservation about doing what Samuel ordered him to do. He had no reason to question the actions of the priests he would meet, nor the matter of God’s powerful hand in his own life. Saul had faith to believe that if God’s messenger said it, he could believe it and proceed with the necessary orders given to him. Notice that God didn’t wait until Saul arrived at the well, or when he would be greeted the prophesying priests. God knew Saul’s heart and intent, and He changed Saul’s life when he turned and began to obey his orders. I believe that God might search our hearts today and examine our faith, to see if this story of His ministry to and through Saul might have an effect on us. Whether it would enhance our level of obedience without a bunch of questions. What do you suppose God would find? Would He be as quick to empower us because of the evidence of faith that He sees in us?

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God performed His awesome work in Saul because He saw the immediate response to all that Samuel ordered of him!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for keeping us accountable for all that You demand through Your Word and through Your servants. Please forgive us for the times that we doubt and insist on doing things ‘our way’. Lord, may we always look to you for all things necessary for life here on this earth. We want to obediently follow Your commands, and to be Your hands and feet while allowed to remain here. Please continue to work through us so that the world will know You and witness Your good works. Humble us to be Your servants and Your likeness to a lost and hurting world. 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

What Happens When God Calls You?

Ever noticed that you might be in the same room as your spouse, child or friend, and they never heard you say something to them? Perhaps they were totally engrossed in a television show, or playing a game on their device, and therefore knew nothing about what else was going on in their immediate environment! Is that the way it is when God speaks to us? Read my full devotional and meditate on how you would react if placed in the circumstances of Samuel.

DATE POSTED Friday, 2022-07-15
WRITTEN AT: O Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 3:1-5
TRANSLATION: The Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 1 Meanwhile little Samuel was helping the Lord by assisting Eli. Messages from the Lord were very rare in those days, 2-3 but one night after Eli had gone to bed (he was almost blind with age by now), and Samuel was sleeping in the Temple near the Ark, 4-5 the Lord called out, “Samuel! Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. What do you want?” he asked. “I didn’t call you,” Eli said. “Go on back to bed.” So he did.

APPLICATION: We often hear that familiarity breeds contempt! In other words, it’s not until our spouse takes a trip without you, that you truly miss her company, her jokes, her cooking and of course, her love. When our daughter was young, she spent a weekend at a friends house. She returned home with a deep appreciation for our humble abode, and she immediately started cleaning up her room, because she realized how uncomfortable she was in an undesirable environment. But let’s examine the life of a Christian? Immediately after salvation, we are fired up and ready to save the world, but as time goes on, and as we are tempered by other ‘Christians’, we tend to be less consumed in our walk with the Lord. This is unfortunate, because if Christians do what, I believe God intends for Christians to do, then we would allow God to change our daily lifestyle. Dear friends, it is through the study of God’s Word that we learn His will for us; we learn to adopt His character; adhere to His teachings; and take particular note of what He is saying to us that day. It is through prayer that we get to speak with God, and as we pause to listen to Him, He speaks very boldly into our minds. It is through visiting the sick and shut-ins that God helps us to appreciate His rich blessings to us, while helping us to comfort our family member or friend that we are visiting. Of course we feel inadequate, and we might even feel sorry for what the individual is going through, but when we go in Jesus’ name, we are merely the messenger and encourager who delivers the hope of our wonderful Lord! In all these things, I believe we will subtly realize that this life is very temporary, and unless we and our family/friends have a brighter future to look forward to with the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords, then our time on earth may have been in vain. However, in doing these things, we find reason to exist and we remain in touch with our Master and Lord. We place our minds in a position where we are ready to hear from God and obey His every command. Samuel is an awesome example of this, for he was dedicated to the Lord’s work at a very young age. He could have rebelled, like many kids do today, but instead he prepared himself for a close relationship with God – one that would help him to hear the voice of God when He called out to him – albeit just as young lad with almost no experience. God could have chosen an older man, but what He had in store for Samuel, was suited especially for Samuel. That’s the way it is for you and I. We must never sit on the sidelines and wait for God to speak to our pastor, or our elders, or to our Sunday School Teacher. God’s message for us will be totally unique, compared to what He may ask of them. Friends, let’s just be like Samuel in realizing that, if God calls us to something, He will guide and help us through it, for His glory alone. Remember, we are the servant, and He is the Master!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God calls us to His service without consideration of our abilities, or age, or position in the church. We are His servants and we are expected to obey our Master’s commands!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for entrusting young Samuel with the awesome task of relaying Your message to a seasoned veteran like Eli. We stand at Your feet each day awaiting Your commands for us. Please help us to never complain about our inabilities, but always rejoice in the abilities of our Master who gives us our instructions. I believe that the world is looking for Jesus in action, so please Lord, help us to always be obedient to Your call and to always allow You the proper permission to work through us each and every day. Lord, be glorified in and through Your servant today! 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Something to Leave Your Grandchildren

For every aspect of life, we can find an application that lines up with the will of God, because He knew way ahead of time what would occur, and how we would need direction. You will find His direction in His Word, just as in today’s words of wisdom. Please don’t wait until the weekend for your pastor to point these things out, nor for devotionals such as this. Make the Bible a daily part of your life application. Read it for the direction you will need each day, and for the days that follow!

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2021-12-15
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Proverbs 13:20-22
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 20 Wise friends make you wise, but you hurt yourself by going around with fools.
21 You are in for trouble if you sin, but you will be rewarded if you live right.
22 If you obey God, you will have something to leave your grandchildren…..

APPLICATION: It is so easy to sit in front of a television and listen to all that is being pitched at you. It is so rewarding to attend church and listen to all that the preacher will pitch at you. But when you proceed through each day, where do your decisions come from? Dear friends, it all comes from a heart that has been filled from sources such as mentioned above. Unfortunately, I believe that you respond based on what has been poured into your heart most. From television I believe you concentrate on what seems to make everyone successful. There may be some semblance of biblical truth included, but I’m afraid that way too often we are being fed a full dose of the world’s view of what life should be like. If you are a child of the King and seeking to obey Him, or seeking to know Him better, or wanting to do His will, then it would seem to me that we should all spend more time in His Book of Instruction, the Bible. We will respond to life based on what we have filled our heart, mind and soul with. We will be obedient to the things we believe in, trust, and seek to imitate. I trust that each of these things will always point you to the cross of Calvary, to the risen Christ, and to the Father who awaits us in heaven where we hope to spend eternity. Solomon was known as the wisest man that ever lived, and because his words are entered as a part of our Bible, we know his words are God inspired, directed and approved. Many of us will aim at trying to help the weak and brokenhearted, but are we also concentrating on the advice God spoke through Solomon? If we seek to be wise, we will hang around wise people. We know that one who has made unwise decisions are referred to as ‘fools’. Therefore, we must avoid their advice and also avoid following their example if we want to show ourselves wise. God designed us to live according to His perfect example and His perfect will, so of course we run into trouble when we disobey Him. We are more apt to be obedient to that which we follow and place our faith and trust in. Friends, these wise words are intended to make us wise to God’s intended purpose for our lives. I pray that you, like me, will savor these words of advice and seek to know what God desires of us each day. Entertainment is ok, but obedience to our Creator leaves a legacy for our children and grandchildren, according to Solomon!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: There is nothing more meaningful in life than to know that you are living a wonderful life in line with the perfect will of Jesus Christ, and that you will leave a powerful legacy behind for your children and grand children.

PRAYER: Lord, please forgive us for our rebellious attitude in seeking to follow what seems like the most fun, or what makes the rich even richer. You designed us to be just like You, then You provided Your Book of Instruction to guide us and teach us about Your perfect will. Please forgive us for our weakness, and always keep us directed towards that which is best for us. May we be faithful to reading Your Word each and every day so we may be reminded of all that You would have us do. May others see Jesus because of our obedience, even in tempting times when the world seems to be succeeding. 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Our Opinion vs God’s Commands

We may not know why God commands us to do certain things, although we are always anxious to plead with Him for His powerful, miraculous hand to be right in the middle of our actions, especially when we want to overcome an obstacle much bigger than we could see or imagine. In today’s study we will look at what happens when we decide to push God aside and take over the reins ourselves.

DATE POSTED Friday, 2021-10-22
WRITTEN AT: Kissimmee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 15:3; 7-9
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”
Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.

APPLICATION: God instructed Moses, a humble man with a speech impediment, to bring His people (over 1 million of them) out of Egypt, across miles and miles of bare desert, and deliver them to a special land He was preparing for them. Through many ups and down, God delivered His people, kicked out the inhabitants of the lands He wanted the Israelites to have and He saw them settle in to new lands that were free of slavery, and filled with milk and honey. With this as a backdrop, Saul was also ordered to continue the assumption of land for the Israelites, by killing all of the Amalekites and every living thing they owned. Now, looking at everything that God had already successfully carried out, using very unlikely leaders, one would imagine that Saul would do exactly as he was told. However, as you could see in verses 7-9, that was not the case. In fact, since Saul had done such a great job capturing the land – ha ha, he felt like he could assume ‘proper’ leadership and make decisions of his own. This is no different to what Christian leaders still do today, right? We know what the Bible says, yet we interpret it to our own liking and purpose. then we wonder why the church is not as powerful, or godly, or impressive to unbelievers, as it should be. Are you kidding, says the outside world? I know what you’re doing, you just want my money; or you just want more power; or you just want more TV viewers, etc. Meanwhile back in church business meetings, the leaders stop to ask God what could possible be the matter? Friends, later in the book of 1 Samuel, we will read about how God dealt with Saul’s disobedience. In our churches today, some of you may have lived long enough to see the results of disobedience to God, or where a church has lost its vision or its drive to do what God has commanded them to do. But since our churches are really a body of believers, and not a building as such, wouldn’t its decision making, or its obedience factor, be directly attributed to the hearts of the individuals involved? While the leaders who make decisions are primarily at fault, the membership still has a grave responsibility. Have we become so bold that we have pushed God aside, and decided to do what we think is best for today’s society? I believe it is time for us individually to stop looking at the world, and how to best fit in with the world and its wicked ways, and to instead seek God and His righteousness and obey His commands that He put in place for a successful man, woman, family, church, business, child, etc. God is the One we run to, and not the local newspaper, evening news, Town Hall, Senator or President. Only God can show us how to run: our lives, that He created; our families, that He put together; our churches, that He ordained; and our businesses that He has blessed us with. As His child, we need His Word; His leadership and His direction, in order to be successful in doing what He wants for us! If you are a child of the King, will you recommit to seek His face and His will, then totally obey what He commands?

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God had a plan not only for assuming the Amalekite land AND longterm success of Saul’s remaining reign, but Saul intervened with a plan of his own and totally destroyed the awesome plan God had in mind. Oh that we will learn an awesome lesson from this huge mistake by Saul. God has a plan, and He wants us to be a part of that plan, but He is more interested in our availability than our abilities. He knows what He’s doing!

PRAYER: Oh dear Lord, please teach us to trust in You and obey Your commands, no matter how convinced we are that we may have a better way. May we always remember what an honor it is to just follow Your commands and not have to worry about amending, or fixing, or adjusting anything about them. We are never smarter than our Creator! I believe you have great plans for us, and for the various things that we are blessed to be a part of, if only we will let go and let God have His perfect way. Please help us to always take our rightful place in our families, our churches, our social clubs, and our workplaces, and just stand ready to follow Your lead. Thank You Heavenly Father for using even us to accomplish Your mission here on earth. May we never be a stumbling block in the path of any that You have plans for. 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Wanted – A Man Who Would Obey God

There are times that we take our jobs for granted. More importantly, we tend to act like we know better than God, so we tend to follow our gut, regardless of what God might be saying to us. Bear with me as we meditate on this today friends, for I know that you could not imagine such a person! Unfortunately you and I may be more guilty than we would care to imagine, so stay tuned….

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2021-10-20
WRITTEN AT: Kissimmee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 13:13-14
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 13 “You fool!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have disobeyed the commandment of the Lord your God. He was planning to make you and your descendants kings of Israel forever, 14 but now your dynasty must end; for the Lord wants a man who will obey him. And he has discovered the man he wants and has already appointed him as king over his people; for you have not obeyed the Lord’s commandment.”

APPLICATION: If we use portions of clips of sayings by our mentors, we might say something like ‘you dress them up, send them to college, then expect them to come back home and listen to God?’ Sounds almost comical, right? But how often do we find leaders who feel something like I just described! They’re in charge, they are smart, so just standby and pay close attention while they tell you where to go and how to get there! Two very important things I saw in our Scripture today:
—> Our way is always better – Most church leaders do a fair job of praying about the needs of the local church. That’s because the needs appear much bigger than we could ever imagine. However, Saul’s story is often similar to what happens to local churches today, after they catch a vision for what lies ahead. They often take over from God and take the reins.
—> Grant me boldness to.. – So many of our church congregations speak their minds, but it is often in a very condescending way, and usually by way of complaints. How often do we have a member approach the pastor and share the results of their steadfast prayer about a decision the church is struggling with? What about other areas of leadership, such as work leaders, or government leaders? We are commanded by God to pray for our spiritual leaders and our government leaders. How often do we challenge either of these in love, with a word from the Lord? Yes, we give them a piece of our mind and we tell them how they should do their job, but do we ever begin the conversation with: ‘after days of persistent prayer and fasting, I feel compelled of God that He would rather see you do…..’? How often have you done something like this with a state senator, or even the president/prime minister/etc.? I know, you are just one minor voice in the wilderness, but what about the One that you represent? If you are in prayer over something important to your church or city or state or country, and you receive direction from God, shouldn’t He have his say – even through little old you?
Friends, without being judgmental at all, I truly believe that if we obey the command given to us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to humble ourselves, seek God’s face, and pray in earnest before Him, then He will hear from heaven and He will heal our land. Which land? The same land that our church is praying about ministering to; the same state our senator wants to govern; and the same country our President wants to run. If each of these bodies extend their reach to the areas they are responsible for, under God’s protective and guiding hand, then perhaps God will keep us from harm of disease, war and the evil of criminals – He will heal our land and use us for His purpose. Saul was hindered from a long life in leadership because he failed to follow God’s commands. So will we if we fail to call on God and obey His commands. Be a man, or woman, committed to obeying the Lord your God, won’t you?

BLESSINGS NOTED: God chose another leader after His own heart, after Saul chose to lead in his own way and disobey God. We too might have impressionable churches and impressive countries, if we determine to obey the Lord our God!

PRAYER: A young man is killed before he could ever finish high school. A seasoned pastor loses his job due to temptation. A country is overrun by crime and destruction. Why? Why? Why, Lord? Is it because we have become too much like Saul in doing what ‘we’ think best, instead of following Your commands? Please Lord, open our eyes so that we might see the glory You have in store for those who place their faith and trust in You and are obedient to Your commands. May we be diligent in our prayers, honorable in obeying Your commands, and persistent in seeking Your face through the good and bad times of life. You are our King and we worship You Lord, please extend Your ongoing peace on us so that we might remain humble and willing to obey Your every command. Not knowing what lies ahead always result in our shortsightedness and errors in our decisions. We want to do Your will and always seek Your perfect will for everything here on earth. May we be diligent in leading the charge towards this end in everything that we are a part of. Please speak especially convincing to the ones who has chosen to live life without You Lord. Draw them to You and convince them of their need for the Savior, before it is eternally too late. 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

God’s Word To You Could Save You and Your Household

In his time of need, this official of the king knew of only one man that could make a difference in the life of his son, and it wasn’t the king’s best medical officer, nor the best magician of the king. However, the man had heard of Jesus, so he set out to find Him. Fortunately in our time of need, we do seek after Jesus. Sometimes this encounter makes an awesome change in our life, and even in the lives of those that we influence. As we meditate on the Word of God, let us seek to apply it to our lives. It may very well influence others.

Saturday, 2021-10-09

Bible Reference: John 4:50-53
Translation: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Bible Text: 50 Jesus answered, “Go. Your son will live.”
The man believed what Jesus told him and went home. 51 On the way home, the man’s servants came and met him. They said, “Your son is well.”
52 The man asked, “What time did my son begin to get well?”
They answered, “It was about one o’clock yesterday when the fever left him.”
53 The father knew that one o’clock was the same time that Jesus had said, “Your son will live.” So the man and everyone in his house believed in Jesus.

OBSERVATION: In his time of need, this official of the king knew of only one man that could make a difference in the life of his son, and it wasn’t the king’s best medical officer, nor the best magician of the king. However, the man had heard of Jesus, so he set out to find Him. Fortunately in our time of need, we do seek after Jesus. Sometimes this encounter makes an awesome change in our life, and even in the lives of those that we influence. As we meditate on the Word of God, let us seek to apply it to our lives. It may very well influence others.

APPLICATION: There are times of desperation and urgent need, when we reach out to whatever form of help that we could think of, to help find relief or healing. I have a relative whose wife was struggling for her life. Several suggestions were made about getting this dear lady to a certain hospital, where they may be able to help her. Without insurance, the hospital required $100,000 in cash before they would accept this patient. To this young man, this sounded like $1,000,000, because he didn’t have anything close to that, nor did he have a clue where he might get it in time to save his dearly beloved wife. However he still tried to find the money through various phone calls. This official in our story was in a similar position to that of my relative. He was helpless, and didn’t know where to turn to next for the required help. Having heard of Jesus, the official sought after him, and traveled almost 17 miles to a town where he heard Jesus may be headed to. Based on the response from Jesus, I believe that this man, or his king, may have been among those who at one time sought after Jesus for proof of who He was, or in the works He was capable of. However Jesus knew this man’s heart, much like He knows intimately about ours. For the official, his faith was tested like never before, for Jesus didn’t drop everything and follow the man home to his son, but he merely sent him home, telling him that his son will live. Wow, what would you have done with that? Can you imagine the pooched out lips and the sunken feeling deep onside in knowing that Jesus would not even consider coming with you to lay hands on your dying relative? But I believe that Jesus knew everything about this situation and so he arranged for this man’s servants to meet him on the way and cheer him up with the news that the healing hand of Jesus came over his son, just like he had asked, and just at the time Jesus told him his daughter was healed! Think with me today beyond the joy, and the celebration over this awesome news, and feel with me what this man must have felt. For all these years he had probably mocked Jesus, and may have even worked together with his king on how they might capture Jesus, but to imagine that Jesus would look beyond the sin, and past the history of this man, and to penetrate his heart with insight for the love of the Savior who would meet him in his time of need! This official was probably not recognized by the religious community, other than he was the one who was out to destroy them, yet Jesus knew, and met, his most intimate need. Oh my loving Savior, what awesome love and grace You have for all those who call on You! Through healing this man’s son, the official came to know Jesus personally – both he and his household. What about you my friend, are you listening, watching and reaching out to Jesus today for a need, whether related to your personal , health or spiritual afflictions? Something inside causes you to look towards Jesus in your time of need. Allow me to suggest that God sends His Spirit to work in you and draw you unto the Master. In and of our own sinful selves, you may never think of looking to God. So when you find yourself reaching out to God, please know that it is only because of the Spirit of God dealing in your life and drawing you to Himself. Thank God for loving even you and wanting a relationship with you! Are you deserving of that, probably not, but please answer that call while Jesus is working in you. I can assure you that you will never regret reaching out to Jesus. Try Him and prove me right, won’t you?

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for looking beyond my sin, seeing my need, and drawing me unto Yourself. I am very concerned about relatives and friends who have heard Your call, and continue to ignore You or refuse to answer Your call. In our story today we are told that this man and his whole household were saved because of his obedience in accepting Your call on his life. I wonder who in our families are being hindered by our disobedience and disregard of the call on our lives? Please help us Lord to be obedient to Your voice and Your call on our lives. Help us to never be a stumbling block to a child, a loved one or a friend who might be looking up to us and waiting for us to make our move. Please don’t become impatient with us Lord, but continue to soften hearts so that we may surrender to You before it’s a day too late. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org 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 or listening to this devotional, please go to 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. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Need A Blessing?

It seems like life has become so challenging and difficult. Perhaps a blessing from God will do? It appears like a woman from the crowd Jesus was in, was trying to gain brownie points by pointing out to Jesus that surely His own mother would be blessed. Jesus instead pointed out that each one who puts into practice what they learned from His Word would be even more blessed than His very mother. Our challenge today is to evaluate whether Jesus would consider blessing us!

DATE POSTED Thursday, 2021-08-26
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 11:28
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 28 He replied, “Yes, but even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”

APPLICATION: I believe if we were to follow the idea of the woman from the crowd that Jesus was in, we would probably point out some very important people that we consider blessed, and that is sure to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We would probably be quick to point out the pastors; evangelists; priests; church elders; millionaires who are very generous in helping the poor; most of our church members; etc. But stop and think for a moment why you would choose them. Is it because of the position they hold? Is it because of what they have taught you from the Bible? Or is it because of what they have given to you? But then we read Scripture like our verse today and we ponder if our judgment in the previous sentence is justified, based on what the Bible says about how one is supposed to qualify for acceptance into the Kingdom? In this verse today, Jesus shows us what really qualifies a person for being blessed by Him? Think about the suggestion before Jesus, that His own mother is a great example of who will be blessed of God. He set all agendas aside and told the woman, and the crowd, that blessings are in store for those who:
– -> Not only hears the Word of God – and I believe this not only includes hearing what is taught, what is preached, and what a child of God shares with you from the Word, but also when you pick up the Word each day to see what God has to instruct you on;
– -> Applies the Word to your own life and practice it daily – It is so easy to see the needs of others, but I believe God wants us to base our daily decisions, actions and words to our own lives first, then we could share with others what God has taught us to do. Without this basis, we are merely sharing our personal failures with them. Not good!
Reading the Word, learning the Word, and understanding the Word, are all good, but unless you apply it to your walk and to your talk, your intake of very important life-changing information is just sitting idol in your ‘do-nothing box’! I believe that Jesus is saying in His Word that if we use what we learn from Him and His instructions, we will be blessed beyond anything we could imagine. That’s my goal today! Won’t you join me!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Blessings are in store for the one who not only hears the Word of God, but also applies it to his daily life so that he might look and sound more like Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, we read a lot, and we listen a lot to the preaching and teaching of Your Word, but having been reminded of the importance of applying the principles we learned to our everyday life, I beg of You to open our eyes and our understanding to all that we read and hear. May this cause us to live noble lives patterned after Your perfect life here on earth. Oh that You may be glorified in every aspect of our lives. Lord, we need Your blessing, for everything else seems empty and void of great value. Touch the lives of those we love and care for today, and use us for Your ultimate glory. 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Great Leaders Do This

Imagine a husband, a dad, a pastor, a senator, or a president being asked to follow the example of the Israelite’s new kings coming into power? No doubt our world will be a better place to live in, wouldn’t it? Read the Scripture again and meditate with me on how lax we have become in our leadership!

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2021-07-31
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Deuteronomy 17:18-20
TRANSLATION:Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 18 The official copy of God’s laws will be kept by the priests of the Levi tribe. So, as soon as anyone becomes king, he must go to the priests and write out a copy of these laws while they watch. 19 Each day the king must read and obey these laws, so that he will learn to worship the Lord with fear and trembling 20 and not think that he’s better than everyone else.

APPLICATION: Especially since I started using the computer for almost everything that I do, I despise having to write anything out. I’m sure you are much more disciplined than that! But I believe that in writing something out, you tend to remember the content much better than just reading the text from already printed material. The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that the incoming king would have to sit down in front of the priests and write out for himself a copy of God’s laws. I would like for us to think for a moment how effective it would be today in the following cases:
~ A Husband – Imagine if a new husband had to only write out the laws surrounding being a godly husband. Wouldn’t he tend to be more careful how he loves, provides, protects, cares for, lead by example, teaches his new wife the ways of the Lord, etc? Wouldn’t he be an excellent choice when you vote in deacons or elders in your church the next time?
~ A Dad – Don’t you know that we would have much less crime and delinquency in our world today if dad’s got their training from the Word of God, instead of the local bar, or from their hunting/fishing buddies, or from the company executive who could only handle being home on weekends? Imagine, they will know how to train up a child in the way they should go, and when they enter adulthood they will also honor the ways of the Lord!
~ A Pastor and/or Church Leader – These individuals come into leadership depending on their training from outgoing leaders, or the ones that remain. Imagine, being trained by men who may, or may not have the above disciplines in their personal lives? What might be the result? The same mistakes that have always occurred! Imagine the great leader who takes time to study and understand God’s Word every day!
~ Political Leaders – It seems very evident that as long as leaders outdo the opposition, or make them look as badly as possible in man’s eyes, then they receive a great rating from their constituents. What if they were required to spend weeks, or months, reading the constitution for themselves and writing down what God instructed in His Word? Can’t you imagine that they will be less apt to go after the opposition, or seek revenge, all of which is at the expense of the constituents, but instead they will rule in accordance with the laws you have given them, and the commands of our ultimate ruler, Almighty God?
Oh, and whatever else they may, or may not, find time to do in their day, the above individuals must always read the law every day so that they will be sure to obey it consistently. What kind of home, church and country leaders might we wind up having, dear friends? Would you want to live in their country? My friend, God has the plans in place for our leaders and ourselves to be successful, if only we will honor Him, honor His Word, and live to please Him alone. Before you point fingers at anyone else, consider the degree to which you are living by God’s laws.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: In return for obeying God’s commands, He will make us successful and honor us with a long, happy and healthy life. God being our helper, may each reader and listener commit to this today!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, we admit that we are well aware why You felt the need for these commands for the Israelites. However, we have continued their bad habits, and in many cases we have become more entrenched in sin and evil. Please forgive us of our sin, and impress upon each one again today, the importance of living and ruling in accordance with the commands You have given to us. Things have gone so far, that it is virtually impossible for us to imagine a world like You first designed, and for which Your laws were designed. Lord, we need You in every part of our lives more today than ever before. Please invoke Your presence in our everyday lives so that the world might still see You at work here on earth. 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. 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 making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!