Too Hard To Change

After reading the subject, you probably can’t imagine how I figured you out, right? You know, way too often you have heard people exclaim how stubborn you are and how challenging it would be to try and change you – because they are sure you are just way to hard to change! So what causes that? What brings that level of stubbornness into you? In our Scripture today we are warned about accepting the wrong kind of change in our lives, because it may just become too hard to change you back to the one true God. But there’s great advice on ways to help prevent this, so stay with me as we meditate on this together.

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-09-23
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Hebrews 3:12-14
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: 12 So, brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has the evil thoughts that cause so much doubt that you stop following the living God. 13 But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called “today.[a]” Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change. 14 We have the honor of sharing in all that Christ has if we continue until the end to have the sure faith we had in the beginning.

OBSERVATION: After reading the subject, you probably can’t imagine how I figured you out, right? You know, way too often you have heard people exclaim how stubborn you are and how challenging it would be to try and change you – because they are sure you are just way to hard to change! So what causes that? What brings that level of stubbornness into you? In our Scripture today we are warned about accepting the wrong kind of change in our lives, because it may just become too hard to change you back to the one true God. But there’s great advice on ways to help prevent this, so stay with me as we meditate on this together.

APPLICATION: No doubt most of my readers will remember how God worked miracle after miracle to change the heart of Pharaoh and have him agree to let the Israelites depart from his workforce in peace, for they were burned out on the demands of their slavery. Anyone not familiar with the story would definitely assume that the Israelites must have been a thankful bunch who would look for every opportunity to thank God for His goodness, especially after removing them from a harsh environment. However, the Bible is clear that this must have been the most ungrateful tribe ever created by God, for they never stopped whining and complaining with every little hiccup along the way From Egypt. In fact, it got so bad that God finally told them that they would continue their journey through the Wilderness until every one of the original tribe had passed away, because it became evident that they were unprepared to change their ways. Our Scripture is reminding us today that we should make every effort to never allow ourselves to get in that position. But don’t you sometime feel that you are stuck in a rut and it seems like no matter how hard you try, you just can’t shake the awful curse of sin in your life and the rotten attitude that comes with knowing you should do better than what you seem to be achieving? But look at how Paul suggested that we overcome our hopelessness – Encourage one another and try to help each other overcome their weakness. Wouldn’t you think that all you could accomplish with that is to share your misery with them? Friends, let me share an example with you that might open all of our eyes on why it is so important to try and help others. One of my wife’s best friends was given the final sentence on her cancer, since no doctor could seem to resolve her problem. My wife hesitated, and procrastinated for as long as possible, because she was at a loss for words that she would share to encourage her friend. After gaining the courage to call, it was amazing how my wife was the one to finish the call feeling refreshed in her spiritual life and closer to the Lord, because her friend was just so encouraging and uplifting! So although you may feel that you would only go through the motions in calling or visiting a friend who might be struggling spiritually, I believe that you might be the one who is uplifted in your spirit! But notice what else Paul advised us to do – follow through in doing what appears necessary to help a Brother or a Sister struggling in their faith, otherwise they may become hardened in that old culture of sin and strife, making it almost impossible to see them return refreshed in their Christian faith. Let me suggest that you put yourself in the shoes of that friend. Wouldn’t you be begging silently to have a Christian Brother or Sister pull up alongside of you and help you snap out of the deep pit you seemed to have fallen into? Friends, this brings us back to the comparison of the Israelites. We not only want to be included in that number that finishes the race successfully, but we want to be sure that our family and friends are right there with us. So let us encourage one another to love and good works, knowing that one day, and I believe that it will be very soon, we will rejoice at the feet of our Master and Lord for all eternity!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, You saved us from a life of sin and from the evil of this world, yet the struggles of this old world is still very prevalent and presents a strong opposition to our walk with You. Please give us strength daily so that we may stand strong in our faith. Please give us boldness so that we may overcome the power of the evil one, and give us a sincere heart for those who are running the same race as us, as we head towards the finish line where we will see You face-to-face and worship You forever. Please forgive us for not keeping our eyes fixed on You at all times. We need You each and every day to walk alongside of us and be our Guide, Protector and forever Friend. Praise God, You are Lord of all! 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Filled With Hope!

If there was ever a time that friends and loved ones had a reason to be depressed, just reflect on 2020 and the answer will be evident. Jeremiah spent the first half of Lamentations chapter 3 telling us about all that troubled him as well. But praise God, in verse 21 his hope was restored as he reflected on the goodness of God! As we meditate today, let us reflect on the hope that is ours as children of the Almighty God! We can overcome our depressed and troubled state of mind, with God’s help, I assure you!

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-09-22
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Lamentations 3:19-24
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 19 Just thinking of my troubles and my lonely wandering makes me miserable. 20 That’s all I ever think about, and I am depressed.[b]
21 Then I remember something that fills me with hope. 22 The Lord’s kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed.[c] 23 The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning.
24 Deep in my heart I say, “The Lord is all I need; I can depend on him!”

OBSERVATION: If there was ever a time that friends and loved ones had a reason to be depressed, just reflect on 2020 and the answer will be evident. Jeremiah spent the first half of Lamentations chapter 3 telling us about all that troubled him as well. But praise God, in verse 21 his hope was restored as he reflected on the goodness of God! As we meditate today, let us reflect on the hope that is ours as children of the Almighty God! We can overcome our depressed and troubled state of mind, with God’s help, I assure you!

APPLICATION: My Old Testament reading today began at verse 1 of chapter 3, and as I read I became very concerned about how the writer must have turned from God, or had lost all hope. I went back to the beginning and found that it was Jeremiah who was so disheartened. Why, and how could this be? Then I reflected on the tough times in my life, and I realized that each of us have a limit to what we could take before becoming overwhelmed. But then I got down as far as verse 21 I was reassured of the hope that we have in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives! You see, we may have lost loved ones during Covid, but we can stand tall in knowing that God is still on the throne and still very much in control of what our next steps will be. We may have witnessed friends who became deathly sick, and endured great pain and discomfort, yet we must stop and ponder the miracles performed by our awesome God and how He must have been at work in their lives in response to a praying mother or a pleading church. We may still become sick in our minds just thinking of the thousands still being affected by this dreaded virus, but we who are alive and well, must stop and be ready to praise our God for His blessings each and every morning, for His mercy is beyond our understanding, and we must remind ourselves that we are in His mighty hand so whatever might come our way is of no surprise to Him. Friends, let’s all be reminded of the wonderful grace of our Father, and let’s keep foremost in our minds what Jeremiah shared right at the end of today’s verses ‘The Lord is all I need; I can depend on Him’. This is more confident than anything, or anyone else Here on earth. I recall a doctor responding to my wife when he was asked if her mother would live; and He responded ‘I’m not God, so I don’t know the answer to that’. Please remember that our God is supreme, and nothing comes as a surprise to Him, for He alone rules our universe, and He has all the right answers to today’s perplexities! Trust in Him today dear one, for He cares for you!

PRAYER: Thank You precious Lord for saving my soul and rescuing me from the pit of Hell. Thank You for watching over me each and every day, especially on those days when it seems like the worries of this world will overwhelm me. Your Word today brought a very timely reminder to my readers and I, for in spite of our confidence in You, we are still prone to worry. Praise God, we are refreshed in our spirits knowing that Your mercies are new every morning, and that there is no one more capable of handling our stress, our troubles, our trials and our heartaches than our wonderful, all powerful, loving God. Thank You Lord! 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Father and Son Relationship

Surely it must be the proudest moment in a father’s life, when he hears someone remark how much his son reminds them of him! Similarly most sons will probably beat on their chests in pride on hearing such a comparable, because they are proud of their wonderful dad! Perhaps the relationship between God and His Son Jesus, has such a lasting impression on us that we seek to follow is His example! Today’s Scripture is a good reminder, so let’s spend some time together meditating on it.

DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-09-21
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Hebrews 1:2-3
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

OBSERVATION: Surely it must be the proudest moment in a father’s life, when he hears someone remark how much his son reminds them of him! Similarly most sons will probably beat on their chests in pride on hearing such a comparable, because they are proud of their wonderful dad! Perhaps the relationship between God and His Son Jesus, has such a lasting impression on us that we seek to follow is His example! Today’s Scripture is a good reminder, so let’s spend some time together meditating on it.

APPLICATION: Perhaps the first thing that we might consider after reading these verses is that, yes, we are comfortable that there is no better one to imitate than the God of this universe. For He is divine, the Creator of the universe, the Savior of the world, the beginning and the end, the plumb line for love – for He loved us while we were yet sinners. So for God to send His Son into this world, there is no one better to have Him imitate, than Himself. I love the way that this Bible translation described Jesus in verse 3! The love and character of Jesus was such that He radiates the glory of God, and expresses His character in every aspect of His life. Wow, suppose that your son was so proud of you, that he set out to imitate you in every aspect of his life? One might actually refer to you in a similar way as Paul did in the above verses – the love and character of your Dad radiates from you every day! Wouldn’t that be awesome? I realize that in many father and son relationships the pride of who dad is, just does not exist, for sons might be disappointed by some of the mistakes their dad made during thought times in their lives. That’s ‘water under the bridge’ as some might say, for little can be done to correct the past. But I believe there are a few things that we could learn from this Scripture today: 1). A dad who ‘came to himself’, found God, accepted His Son Jesus for the redemption of his sin, and then lived a noble life imitating the triune God, is one ‘big’, noble man that a son could be proud of! 2). You can’t do anything about your dad’s past mistakes, but you can invite Jesus into your heart and ask Him to assume lordship of your life, so that you may be the father that your son or daughter feels proud to follow. Hopefully your footsteps are worthy of being followed by all that you love. Furthermore, there is no better footsteps for you to follow than the perfect, Son of God!
Friends, when your life radiates the perfect Son of God, you will live to reflect the ideals of perfection, your love for others will become as perfect as the perfect love poured out on you by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In the end, I believe it is safe to say that our lives reflect the one(s) that we follow. What exactly might your son or daughter say about the way that you love, and the way that you live? Oh that we may be true reflections of our King, our Master, our Lord and our Savior, so that the world might see, experience and believe on Him.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are my King! Praise God that He created You as one with Him, and that He gave You all authority in heaven and on earth. You demonstrated perfect love, like mankind has never seen before. Lord, I know that there is no one else that I should follow or imitate, for only You were created as part of the triune God. My readers and I look constantly for ways to be just like You so please fill us with wisdom, and with Your grace, so that we might look no further than all that You offer to us through the redemption of our sin, and everlasting life with the Father. May Your love be expressed through us in ways that others in our circle of friends and influence will be touched and drawn to obedience to all that You have taught to us, and demonstrated before us. May heads be turned towards the only true God, the one that we adore and worship. 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Devote Yourself To Doing Good

Paul had just used the first 7 verses of this Scripture asking Titus to remind the church from whence they came, and to never forget how much God did for them. This applies to us today, and I believe that grateful men and women will always want to give back when they are appreciating the blessings they are endowed with from above. Could it be that our good works is a measurement of how grateful we are for what God has done in our lives?

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-09-17
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Titus 3:8
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.

OBSERVATION: Paul had just used the first 7 verses of this Scripture asking Titus to remind the church from whence they came, and to never forget how much God did for them. This applies to us today, and I believe that grateful men and women will always want to give back when they are appreciating the blessings they are endowed with from above. Could it be that our good works is a measurement of how grateful we are for what God has done in our lives?

APPLICATION: Paul addressed this same message in Ephesians 2:8-10, and so did James over in James 2, so I believe that this is worth being reminded about again today. Let’s ponder for a moment how appreciative we are of our parents for their sacrifice and love during the first part of our lives. Many of us will now sacrifice our last dollar in order to care for our parents who may be running into hard times near the end of their lives. Another example of this might be our spouse, for many good spouses will sacrifice in order to please their partner, whether through food, or perhaps in their time devoted to caring for us. I wonder if it would impact us more if Paul had said this in a slightly different way? What if he said ‘apparently these people are not very grateful to God for all that He did for them at Calvary. Look, outsiders are coming in to help their elderly, widowed and sick. They refuse to even help each other through rough times’. I believe that way too often we take on the role of God, and decide not to help a Brother because of all the sin that we see in their lives, or the laziness, or the way they treat their spouse. What if God looked at us in such a critical way, do you suppose that He would have ever sacrificed His only Son for our salvation? Could He possibly have loved us through the sin that He saw in us? He sure did! Friends, we need to stop analyzing like we feel God does. We need to be busy about the work of the Lord. I believe that if God saw us really busy helping others and doing good wherever we go, then He would know that there is something, or someone, special inside of us that makes us different to the rest of the world. If we were to set out each day determined to help others and allow God to work mightily through us, then no one will be able to stop us. In fact, wouldn’t it be awesome to have folk question if we are children of the King, because they noticed us helping others who can’t help themselves? I sincerely believe that others will want to know our King, when they see evidence that He made such a difference in our lives. When friends see no difference in us, compared to what they and their worldly friends say and do, what change would they need to make? Would they truly have a reason to believe that there is a God, if they don’t see Him at work in His own children? It is so important for us to be obedient children, dear ones. Let’s begin afresh today by following the Scripture and devote ourselves to doing good. Jesus did so, and so should we, as His devoted children.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for looking at sinners such as my readers and I, hearing our cry for forgiveness and acceptance, and yet You looked on us through loving, forgiving eyes, saw our need, forgave our sins, and considered us as saints in Your wonderful eyes. So unworthy, yet You loved us anyway. Thank You Jesus! In appreciation for Your precious Word, please humble us today to seek out ways to serve You through helping others that we will come into contact with. You did it while here on earth, so please give us boldness, stamina and determination to follow Your example and be of godly, loving service, as evidence of the awesome God that lives inside of us. 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Living in line with True Christianity

At home we are raised by our parents and we will pick up every little habit of theirs. They will also insist on every little rule that they were taught when being raised by their parents. At church, we hope that our kids our taught the same principles as at home, but with a whole lot more emphasis on what God expects of them. Paul know that if Titus was to be successful in raising up a generation to be more like God, he had to not only preach the Word, but demonstrate it in his life, and teach the whole family to be more like Jesus in every way. Each member of the home is addressed in the verses we will meditate on today. Stick with me!

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-09-16
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Titus 2:1-7
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT:  But as for you, speak up for the right living that goes along with true Christianity. Teach the older men to be serious and unruffled; they must be sensible, knowing and believing the truth and doing everything with love and patience. Teach the older women to ….. These older women must train the younger women to ….. In the same way, urge the young men to ….. And here you yourself must be an example to them of good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect your love of the truth and the fact that you are in dead earnest about it.

OBSERVATION: At home we are raised by our parents and we will pick up every little habit of theirs. They will also insist on every little rule that they were taught when being raised by their parents. At church, we hope that our kids our taught the same principles as at home, but with a whole lot more emphasis on what God expects of them. Paul know that if Titus was to be successful in raising up a generation to be more like God, he had to not only preach the Word, but demonstrate it in his life, and teach the whole family to be more like Jesus in every way. Each member of the home is addressed in the verses we will meditate on today. Stick with me!

APPLICATION: I feel like it is very important that we pay attention to verse 1 above, where Titus was instructed to train his members in line with Scripture. For without this guide, we will tend to pass along for living our personal principles, that have been tainted by the world. Also in verse 7, Titus was told that he should be sure to live the life he was teaching, so that He not appear hypocritical in what he was teaching. But here are some practical steps Paul taught for each member of the family:
~ Older Men – Not to be ruffled by every little error, or argument, or mishap, but instead be sensible in knowing the Truth, understanding the Truth, and practicing the Truth in all aspects of their lives with patience and love. I believe this is how one gains respect. Yes, I know that we all lose it at times, especially when things appear to be going haywire, but when our minds are fixed on Jesus Christ, we tend to realize real quick that others are acting out because of the same flaws that are usually evident in ourselves;
~ Older Women – Teach them to be quiet and respectful, and not to go around gossiping and speaking evil of others. They must be able to teach their children the right way to live, so they must carefully do the same personally. In fact, God expects older women to set the stage for their younger counterparts;
~ Train Younger Women – Interestingly this was a responsibility given to the older women. I believe that it is especially important that our older women determine in themselves to live out the following principals, if they expect the younger women to listen and obey them: have a quiet nature; show love for their husband and children; think smartly and cleanly; spend time in their own homes; being kind to, and show obedience to their husbands; and live as God expects, so that no one can speak against them;
~ Younger Men – Urge them to live, carefully obeying God’s laws and seriously following the laws of God.
Friends, I believe that God wants us to pay close attention to what He taught through Paul in the Scriptures. Each one reading this devotional will fit into one of the categories above, so I encourage you to take responsibility for obeying the Word. Be sure that you are not looking for excuses to help explain your errors and disobedience. Others are following in your footsteps, please be sure that they are being pointed towards the cross of Jesus Christ!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for providing the Way, the Truth and the example for us to follow here on earth. Lord, our eyes are on You and our minds in the Book, please guide us to Your truths every time we open Your Word and give us the boldness and determination to live like You intended, so that others might be attracted to You. There’s a great day coming for each of us! Oh that we may be found ready for the Kingdom whenever Your trumpet sounds! 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Telling Others About Jesus

I’m sure that you immediately thought about your pastor, or a popular evangelist, or a priest, in response to the subject of today’s devotional. Actually, in some translations the word ‘preaching’ is used in lieu of ‘telling of the Good News’, so you would have been close in your assumptions! But notice that nowhere in the text is it mentioned that Paul had just introduced himself in the first few words of verse 1. But for today, I would like for you to apply your name as the principal speaker of these words, and consider how you are telling others about Jesus. Hopefully this will make an interesting meditation for you today!

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-09-14
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Titus 1:1-3
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT:  ….. I was sent to help God’s chosen people have faith and understand the truth that produces a life of devotion to God. This faith and knowledge make us sure that we have eternal life. God promised that life to us before time began—and God does not lie. At the right time, God let the world know about that life. He did this through the telling of the Good News message, and he trusted me with that work. I told people that message because God our Savior commanded me to.

OBSERVATION: I’m sure that you immediately thought about your pastor, or a popular evangelist, or a priest, in response to the subject of today’s devotional. Actually, in some translations the word ‘preaching’ is used in lieu of ‘telling of the Good News’, so you would have been close in your assumptions! But notice that nowhere in the text is it mentioned that Paul had just introduced himself in the first few words of verse 1. But for today, I would like for you to apply your name as the principal speaker of these words, and consider how you are telling others about Jesus. Hopefully this will make an interesting meditation for you today!

APPLICATION: God made a drastic change in the life of Saul, and the ‘new man’ Paul began an awesome work for the Kingdom! In today’s Scripture, Paul tells about his mentoring of another faithful servant, Titus. However while introducing himself, he gave us his credentials, and also told us about how God has used him so far. As I meditated on this, I believe the Holy Spirit prompted me to reflect on the miraculous change that God had to make in my life when He got my attention as a man of the world and drew me unto Himself. Yes, I believe He wanted to see that I was redeemed by the blood of His precious Son so that I would qualify for eternal life with Him, but I also believe that He had a mission for me, and I don’t believe that His changes are altogether resolved yet, because I am still alive and finding opportunities all the time. No doubt, many of you have gone through this transformation process, just as I did. So I believe that you might identify with where I’m coming from with my self-inspection regarding the Word today. Some of you may be a Bible teacher, or a church leader, or even an evangelist, but try assuming that you are introducing yourself and you follow your introduction with the Scripture quoted from Titus 1 above. Please try to especially read slowly when you continue with the words that ‘God trusted me with that work’. Would you be content facing God today and telling Him how you feel you have done with His work? I know you might not be the preacher, but you have a story my friend. You met the King of all kings and Lord of all lords, the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and the End, the Creator of heaven, earth and each of us. In fact, I bet you are so excited about your Savior, that you would never think of seeing anyone you know, or encounter, miss the opportunity to meeting Jesus. So yes, I believe that you are very capable of completing the work that God entrusted you with, especially with His guidance, wisdom and almighty power. What are you waiting for my friend? For the unbelieving reader who have not been approached by a shy Christian, please read my Footnote and especially the links behind the link ‘To Know Jesus’. Feel free to contact me with any questions that remain in your mind. I want you to know my Lord – today, for you are precious in His sight!

PRAYER: Lord God, You created us and said it was good. You sent Your Son as a substitute for the sin of those who accept Him as Lord of their life. We have so much to be thankful for, and to share with others. Thank You for entrusting us with Your work. May we be found faithful to all that You have placed before us and called us to do. We need your mighty touch on our lives so that we may humbly accept the work You have set out before us. Please have Your will and way in our lives, so that the lost will see the Light and know You personally. Oh that You may be lifted up and praised today, is my humble prayer. 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

My ‘Go To’ Place

Bad things happen when people run out of options on where they will run to. The Psalmist felt like everyone was out to get him, but he always had one place that he could turn to – God’s Holy Word. In spite of how we may feel about rules, regulations and commands, David had seen how awful things could be when he followed his own vices without limitation or guidance, so repeatedly in this chapter he shares how delighted he is in now following God’s commands. In fact, it became his ‘got-to’ place for refuge, hope, and guidance. What’s your ‘go-to’ place dear friends?

DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-09-14
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 119:110-113
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)

BIBLE TEXT: 110 Wicked people have set a trap for me, but I haven’t strayed from your orders. 111 I will follow your rules forever, because they make me happy. 112 I will try to do what you demand forever, until the end. 113 I hate disloyal people, but I love your teachings.

OBSERVATION: Bad things happen when people run out of options on where they will run to. The Psalmist felt like everyone was out to get him, but he always had one place that he could turn to – God’s Holy Word. In spite of how we may feel about rules, regulations and commands, David had seen how awful things could be when he followed his own vices without limitation or guidance, so repeatedly in this chapter he shares how delighted he is in now following God’s commands. In fact, it became his ‘got-to’ place for refuge, hope, and guidance. What’s your ‘go-to’ place dear friends?

APPLICATION: It seems like David is teaching us about feeling trapped by friends who are out to force him into a different direction and prove him wrong about his self determined godly intentions. This is interesting because in my New Testament reading, Paul had a very similar challenge in 2 Timothy 4, and his response was identical to David. So what do we do when we feel like the world is against us? Satan would love nothing more than to have us denounce our religion and follow his evil plan for the world. No doubt he sends his evil warriors after us, just like he did for David and for Paul. They were godly messengers who had a lifelong dedication to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world. Paul broke all barriers and made it his goal to take the message to the Gentiles – those who were looked down on by the Jews. You could only imagine that this made Satan very upset. But is this any different in today’s society? We hear of divorce rates being as bad in the church, as it is on the street. We hear of infidelity by ministers of the gospel – the same ones who encourage newly weds to protect themselves against such sin. We know of good Christian men and women in prison, because of disobedience to man’s laws. We hear of Christians being fired from good jobs because of stealing or misallocation of funds. Friends, please understand that in no way can I say that I am exempt from any of these things, but I believe that God had his servants, David and Paul, share their story with us, and their determination to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and His teachings, so that we will know that our ‘Go-To’ place must always be to the One we surrendered our lives to. You see, our God is greater than all our troubles, bigger than all the obstacles that come our way, and He is filled with understanding and compassion for those who seek His help to overcome life’s temptations. I have no idea where you’re at this week, but God does. Yes, He already knows what the week holds, and what temptations will come your way. I am convinced that He wants us to stand strong in our faith and take advantage of calling on the only One who can understand our weaknesses. He holds the keys to tomorrow, and we can call on Him for direction and protection against all odds, all temptation, and all of Satan’s vices. Why not follow the advice of David in this Psalm today dear friends, promise God that you will stay strong in the faith and that you will call on Him in your time of trouble. Ask for His protection and guidance from all evil, and to stay strong in your faith.

PRAYER: Precious Lord, where would we go if we didn’t have You as our friend, our guide, our protection and our ultimate promise. You are our hope, our victor and our deliverer. The only One who has the knowledge of what the future holds and how we fit into the horrid picture of ongoing strife, diseases and strife here on earth. So Lord, we call on You once again, knowing that You are our light in this dark world, our hope in this world of disappointments and hopelessness. Please touch the hearts of those reading this devotional today. Please guide us towards the truth and promises of Your Word, so that we too may shine before a lost and hopeless world. May it be obvious to the unsaved that You are our only chance of hope while here on earth, and our only channel for being included in the next world – life around the feet of Jesus offering endless praise and worship to our King. 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Any Regrets?

Saul, who was well known for his accomplishments in shutting down Christianity and its churches, had a life changing event happen in his life when Jesus met up with him. He changed his name to Paul and he made a 180 degree change in what he expended his efforts on. In this reflection time by Paul in our Scripture today, it is obvious where he felt His time was best spent, and he had no regrets. Knowing that God could call you home at any moment, what might your time of reflection reveal about how you have spent your time? Is it something God might be proud of, and rejoice with you on?

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2020-09-12
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: I say this because I won’t be around to help you very much longer. My time has almost run out. Very soon now I will be on my way to heaven. I have fought long and hard for my Lord, and through it all I have kept true to him. And now the time has come for me to stop fighting and rest. In heaven a crown is waiting for me, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And not just to me but to all those whose lives show that they are eagerly looking forward to his coming back again.

OBSERVATION: Saul, who was well known for his accomplishments in shutting down Christianity and its churches, had a life changing event happen in his life when Jesus met up with him. He changed his name to Paul and he made a 180 degree change in what he expended his efforts on. In this reflection time by Paul in our Scripture today, it is obvious where he felt His time was best spent, and he had no regrets. Knowing that God could call you home at any moment, what might your time of reflection reveal about how you have spent your time? Is it something God might be proud of, and rejoice with you on?

APPLICATION: I recently retired after spending 47 years of my life in the banking industry. There were many times that I reflected over those years, and together with others who celebrated with me, we rejoiced in my achievements and my devotion to my various bosses over the years. Wouldn’t it be great if we had such a celebration in our Christian walk about every 10 years, and take time to reflect over the past 10 years to evaluate how effective we feel our time was in God’s work? Please note up front that our work in and of itself is worth nothing, but very often we will see that based on the condition of our heart, and the determination of our spirit, we will gladly get involved in the work of Christ in our family and in our community – especially our church family. In fact, this would help facilitate our memory as we stand before God and respond to the question ‘why should I permit you to enter my heaven?’. This will also serve to remind us of where we were, and how far we have come in our Christian walk. Have you advanced in the knowledge of God and His Word? Are you more at ease sharing the Gospel and your walk with the Lord, than you were 10 years ago? Do others tend to look at your Christian walk, and desire to be just like you? Do you feel like it is evident to the world whose you are? Friends, this might also be a time to reflect on how you personally feel about your walk with the Lord. Often we are so busy about church work, that I’m afraid we never stop to reflect on where we are at personally in our walk with the Lord. Unfortunately, the two things are not synonymous, for one could busy themselves in church work, without spending time alone with God to enhance their own relationship with Him. You see, it is vitally important that church leaders reflect so much of Christ in their lives, that others will pay little attention to their leadership qualities, but rather to their spiritual condition. When one sets a goal in life, the idea is that they will look towards that goal, and not the everyday hiccups that tend to knock us around while heading towards that goal. Paul’s goal was set on being in the presence of his Lord. What’s yours? Keeping your eye on your goal will help direct how you spend your days and hours reaching for that goal!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand I am tired, I’m weak, I am worn, Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the li-ight, Take my ha-and, precious Lord, Lead me home. My eyes are fixed on You dear Lord. While here on earth, please guide me on so that I may represent You well and be an influence to others in search of You. For each reader today, please draw them close, take their hand and lead them on to draw closer to You. May our goal always be to reflect on You and to worship endlessly at Your feet in 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Life’s Guide Book

In life we tend to live by certain principles, either from what we were taught as a child; what impressed us in school; was taught by teachers; or what is demanded of us at work. Many leaders will teach based on the rules handed to them, mixed with their own personal principles of life. For those who have been fortunate enough to have parents, teachers, or work coaches who had faith in God, then we were probably taught many Biblical truths along the way. Our lives today portray whatever principles we were taught and that we continue to hold on to. God’s Word is still that one truth that we could trust today, to guide us along the right path of life. Stay with me as we study this principle.

DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-09-11
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT:  16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

OBSERVATION: In life we tend to live by certain principles, either from what we were taught as a child; what impressed us in school; was taught by teachers; or what is demanded of us at work. Many leaders will teach based on the rules handed to them, mixed with their own personal principles of life. For those who have been fortunate enough to have parents, teachers, or work coaches who had faith in God, then we were probably taught many Biblical truths along the way. Our lives today portray whatever principles we were taught and that we continue to hold on to. God’s Word is still that one truth that we could trust today, to guide us along the right path of life. Stay with me as we study this principle.

APPLICATION: In my career, there were always guide books that not only showed me how to best handle certain dilemmas, but if I did so, I would stay out of trouble with regulators, examiners and auditors. At one point in my career, I was an examiner/auditor, and as such I was on a team that would enter a bank and compare what was being done, to what was instructed in the bank’s rules and procedures. And, or course, we had to make sure that the bank’s demands were in line with government regulations. If we found something that seemed out of line, we would have to write an exception and list the very rule that was not followed. Often when we found a bank branch that had very few exceptions, it was also a branch that was well run, pleased its customers, and escaped errors – because they were following the rules. Although we rarely take time to look at, and analyze, our own lives closely, I believe that each of us could see times when we simply followed what our parents taught us without fighting with them in rebellion. It felt good when we didn’t have to keep looking over our shoulder for retribution from them. It felt good that there was little to no stress when we just simply followed the rules! In our Scripture today, Paul continues to mentor his son in the ministry, Timothy, and God included this in His Book so that each of us that followed after Timothy, would be taught how simple life could be if we just follow His instructions. I don’t believe that God had Paul teach us that if we open His Book and search for answers to throw at people that seek our guidance, they will behave and do better. But what I do believe that God intended here, is that we must saturate our lives with His Word, for it contains the very basis of how we should live our lives; the things that we should avoid; and the right way of handling certain life-issues, knowing that if we follow the instructions given to us be God, then the results will be favorable and pleasing to God. In order to saturate ourselves with the Word of God, it means that we must be consistently reading it, studying its principles, and listening closely to what God is telling us. You see, I believe that when we open the Word after asking the Holy Spirit to indwell us and lead us through the Word, then we will find that it is in season and right on time. Meaning that God will show us how He wants us to respond to life’s challenges that day. I have found that often I will hear a sermon or teaching that aligns perfectly with what I meditated on that morning. Coincidence? No way, for we are providentially blessed by the Almighty God, and He will reemphasize what He wants, in order to impress strongly upon our hearts, what He want us to do, say, or follow. I’m sure that like me, you have experienced times where you’ve been asked to pray about certain life issues going on in a coworker’s life – just out of the clear blue sky. Then you remember your Scripture reading that morning where God saturated your life with reassurance of His love, protection and direction. Suddenly you open your mouth in obedience to pray, and the words just pour forth. Friends, let me encourage you today, to saturate your lives each and every day with the Word of God. Don’t just run to it in the middle of a crisis. What’s inside your heart, will be helpful to you as you stop to say a prayer for a friend. Scrambling to find a good Bible reference will tell them that you are one who goes to the Book on an as needed basis and therefore your help might very well be superficial. Make it real dear ones, be filled with the Word every day, so that God might bring to memory the reassurance you need in times of trouble; the right words to respond, that are filled with His wisdom for the time needed; and you could do this from a heart filled with the love of the One you make it a priority each and every day. We are assured in verse 17 that filling our heart with the Word of God, prepares us and equips us for the work that God has planned for us. Are you ready? Do you have a good reading plan to follow each day? Drop me a note and I will be happy to help you!

PRAYER: Lord, it is obvious that You didn’t save us to sit and sour. You told us in Your word that You want us to let our lights shine brightly so that the world might see where that ‘light’ originates. Please God, touch each reader today. May we all be made keenly aware of the importance of a right relationship with You, and that regular maintenance is needed daily through Your Word that is very much alive, and it will teach us Your ways for the circumstances we will face that day. Your Word is a light unto my feet, and a light unto my path, When I feel afraid, Think I’ve lost my way… Oh that we would keep our eyes on Jesus, and our mind in the Book! 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!

Warning – Difficult Times Ahead

If you rushed to read this devotional because you were hoping that suddenly I am a prophet and could therefore tell you what lies ahead for each of us, then you might be right, yet wrong in some ways! However, our Scripture today had such a profound impact on me, that I wanted to make sure and share with you what Paul foretold when he was directing his son in the ministry, Timothy. You see, much like Timothy may have felt like he was dealing with very challenging people, even though this was the local church, this actually compares pretty accurately with the local church today. Meditate further with me on this scripture, dear friends!

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-09-10
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT:  1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

OBSERVATION: If you rushed to read this devotional because you were hoping that suddenly I am a prophet and could therefore tell you what lies ahead for each of us, then you might be right, yet wrong in some ways! However, our Scripture today had such a profound impact on me, that I wanted to make sure and share with you what Paul foretold when he was directing his son in the ministry, Timothy. You see, much like Timothy may have felt like he was dealing with very challenging people, even though this was the local church, this actually compares pretty accurately with the local church today. Meditate further with me on this scripture, dear friends!

APPLICATION: Just as we may think that we’ve heard way too much about the crimes that are taking place today, and the attitudes we either hear about or experience, unfortunately there were similar situations that took place back in Bible days. Young Timothy was thrown into a situation where Paul came to his rescue to open his eyes to what he might expect in the church, and from church folk. The descriptions might cause you to cringe, but Paul basically told Timothy, brace yourself young man, for as the Day of the Lord draws near, things will only worsen. As I recently shared with you, many of the signs foretold by the prophets and in Revelation, have either occurred already, or they are in process. This means that the time of the return of our Lord and Savior is drawing nigh. This means that one day soon, each of us will stand before the King of kings and will answer Him on why He should allow us into His kingdom. Friends, we are seeing in our Scripture today that it really describes what we are seeing all around the world today. The same attitudes, the same actions, the hatred, disregard for parents and authority, etc, etc. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul told Timothy that these things will occur in the last days – the last days that Christians remain on earth. In my last job, we would call these things ‘red flags’, meaning indicators, that Jesus is coming soon. What could you do to help prepare yourself, your loved ones and those in your circle of influence? I’m not so sure that there is anything you could do to rehabilitate those you know so that they won’t do and say the things mentioned by Paul. For you see, I believe the underlying problem points to an inward problem. In each of these verses, and especially in verse 5, the message is clear that we are seeing folk with multiple personalities. When at church, they try to act godly. When at work, they need to impress the boss and his greed, so they are willing to act like a criminal in order to help him succeed. When at the club, they need to be as good as the popular star who dances with everyone and drinks at least as much as the top man there. So when we look at the same person acting in each of the various ways like I just explained, why would a sinner see the need for being a saint? Our message for today is a reminder that perilous times are ahead. Know Christ in all of His glory, and live like He instructed us to, and showed us while here on earth with us. This is what drew us to the cross in the first place, so be conscious of those without Christ, who are looking for examples of Jesus Christ here on earth. They want to see if this Christianity thing actually has any credit, and is worth following its principles. Let them see Jesus in you precious friend. Hopefully it might impress upon them that if we could do it, so could they, with God’s help and because of Jesus!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we might ask how can it get any worse, because of the awful things that we are seeing happen all around the world today. But You have given Your servant Paul information that seem to be impacting us already, with warnings that the times ahead will only get worse. Lord, we know that You will return to take Your bride, the church, home to glory with you, so I believe that my readers and I are excited to see that happen sooner, rather than later. Many of these things mentioned by Paul are already happening, so I believe that is confirmation that your return is very near. Please soften the heart of each one reading this devotional. May we all be ready, even if You returned today. Oh that we may see Jesus in all of Your 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. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would encourage you to visit my home church, 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!