Though So Unworthy, Yet a Child of the King!

Isn’t it amazing that God, the One who made the heavens and the earth and little moving creatures like you and me, will stop everything to listen to our cry and to grant our requests? Like Jacob prayed, so should we, in acknowledging that we have done absolutely nothing to deserve all the blessings that God showers upon us. However, God still wants us to recognize Him and fellowship with Him. As we meditate today on the Scriptures, let’s do a self evaluation on how well we are doing in fellowship with our God.

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2021-02-10
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Genesis 32:9-12
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: Then Jacob prayed: You, Lord, are the God who was worshiped by my grandfather Abraham and by my father Isaac. You told me to return home to my family, and you promised to be with me and make me successful. 10 I don’t deserve all the good things you have done for me, your servant. When I first crossed the Jordan, I had only my walking stick, but now I have two large groups of people and animals. 11 Please rescue me from my brother. I am afraid he will come and attack not only me, but my wives and children as well. 12 But you have promised that I would be a success and that someday it will be as hard to count my descendants as it is to count the stars in the sky.

OBSERVATION: Isn’t it amazing that God, the One who made the heavens and the earth and little moving creatures like you and me, will stop everything to listen to our cry and to grant our requests? Like Jacob prayed, so should we, in acknowledging that we have done absolutely nothing to deserve all the blessings that God showers upon us. However, God still wants us to recognize Him and fellowship with Him. As we meditate today on the Scriptures, let’s do a self evaluation on how well we are doing in fellowship with our God.

APPLICATION: If we’re not careful, we could easily fall into a place where we feel like God will place all of heaven into our lap and all we have to do is soak up His goodness and enjoy His blessings. Our Scripture reminds us that Jacob reflected on the fellowship that his grandfather, Abraham, and his father, Isaac had with God, but he was not riding on their coattails of commitment to God. For Jacob then reflected on what God had ordered him to do and on how God blessed him from rags to riches. But notice that even in riches, Jacob still found a desperate need of the only One who could calm his nerves and give him confidence in approaching his brother after so many years. Friends, I was reminded that no matter how insignificant we may sometimes feel, no matter how uneducated we may feel, no matter how good others appear to be at what they’re doing compared to us, we must always remember that we are a product of the Master of this universe! He created us, and he did it for His honor and His praise, so He would never make ‘junk’. He also created all of us equal in His eyes, so when we allow Satan to buffet us with doubt and insignificance, we must always remember that is only our evaluation and not God’s. As a child of the King, we are always highly thought of by Him and valued higher than the angels. He promised that He will never leave us or forsake us, and in spite of our meager efforts here on earth to provide a roof over our heads, He has prepared nothing less than mansions in our eternal home – heaven! Will we still doubt while here on earth? Will we still become afraid here on earth? Notice that Jacob did. He was besides himself in fear of what his brother might do to him and his descendants. However, we must always remember what Jacob knew that there was only One who could do anything about his fear, and only One who could protect him if there was as much danger as he feared there would be. My friend, that’s still the same for us. We may feel so unworthy and that we are undeserving of attention from the God of this universe, but we are His creation; He sacrificed His one and only Son as our salvation from sin; He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf; so of course He will gladly calm our minds, ease our burdens and love and nourish us back to good physical and mental health. Do like Jacob, share your concern with your Savior and ready yourself for His response, dear ones.

PRAYER: You have made endless promises to us in Your Word oh Lord, and I am not only humbled by that, but extremely thankful for all that You shower on me every day. Thank You for the reminder in today’s Scripture of where our hope lies, and in whom we gain our confidence and courage to go on. Jacob needed You, and so do each of us studying Your Word today. You are the God who cares, the God who is all powerful and could handle all of our challenges and heartbreaks. So it’s in You that we place our faith, our trust and our everlasting hope, knowing that You will do all things for Your glory, and You may even use us to touch those around us. 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!

‘This’ Is our High Priest!

In Hebrews 7, we learn about the high priests who were ordained in their day, and we learn about some of their fallacies. However, we also learn about our permanent High Priest, Jesus! How He qualified as such, and how He is able to maintain that title for all eternity. Praise God we serve One who never changes or looses His credentials to serve us as our Eternal King! Do you know Him?

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   Hebrews 7:24-26 (TPT)

TEXT: 24 But Jesus permanently holds his priestly office, since he lives forever and will never have a successor! 25 So he is able to save fully from now throughout eternity, everyone who comes to God through him, because he lives to pray continually for them. 26 He is the High Priest who perfectly fits our need—holy, without a trace of evil, without the ability to deceive, incapable of sin, and exalted beyond the heavens!

OBSERVATION:   In Hebrews 7, we learn about the high priests who were ordained in their day, and we learn about some of their fallacies. However, we also learn about our permanent High Priest, Jesus! How He qualified as such, and how He is able to maintain that title for all eternity. Praise God we serve One who never changes or looses His credentials to serve us as our Eternal King! Do you know Him?

APPLICATION:   When we hear so many complaints about today’s pastors/priests/ministers/rabbis etc, I wonder if we often fail to put into perspective that they are a lot different to the permanent High Priest spoken of in our Scripture today. Yes, they are a representative of God, so they should be above reproach – but so should we laypersons be the same! May we remember that they are human, just like we are, and capable of the fallacies seen in high priests spoken of in this very Scripture today. However, I would really encourage you to click on the scripture reference link, so you could read the Scripture leading up to these verses and, perhaps even beyond these verses. God saw that He was asking His children to be perfect as He is perfect, but in providing men, just like you and I, to lead us towards this perfection, it was an impossible demand. God therefore sent His one and only Son Jesus, miraculously created and sent to us as an ‘arm’ of the Father Himself. Because Jesus is perfect, and He lives forever, God made Him our High Priest both for now and for eternity. Friends, this Jesus – our High Priest, as described in verse 26, is also the One that loves you and I more than anything else in this world! We read comments from our friends as they try to describe how much they love someone, and they say things like: “I love you to the moon and back”. Can you imagine that our Savior loves us all the way to God – with everything in between and all around us, in spite of our ugliness of pride, hatred and unbelief? Friends say: “I love you more than the whole world”. Can you imagine God loving us enough to send us His own Son? Think literally about that and imagine you considering giving up your son or daughter so that someone else might live? Can you do it? How do you suppose the other person will show their love to you, if you did make the sacrifice? Do you show that kind of love to Jesus for making that same sacrifice just for you to live eternally with His Father? Friends, I hope that you will not only feel the impact of the Savior, and the Father who wants desperately to be a part of your lives today, but I trust that you will also be open to drawing closer to Him in a very personal way – accepting His offer of salvation, and basting in His unlimited and endless love for you. You’re His prized possession. Love Him like you believe that friend!

PRAYER:   Thank you Jesus for loving even me – ‘Ed Algreen’! Thank You also for loving my family members and my friends who might read this devotional today! However, I would desperately ask that You touch the lives of each one that I mentioned, and draw them as close to Yourself as possible today. Our time on this old earth is short, please help us to live like children of the King of all kings! Please help us to keep our chins up and focused on the Master of this universe, and to always remember that we are Your chosen children, loved for eternity! AMEN! 

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

 

Trusted and Proven Source of Help

May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! Read on and be blessed friend!………

The Bible Text: Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
The Bible Reference: Psalm 55-22
The Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)

My Take Away: Generally when one hears words such as relayed to us in verse 22 of Psalm 55, they tend to brush it off thinking that it’s the same old religious lingo that they heard their forefathers talk about, but the idea is so out of touch with the issues they are dealing with in this 21st century. Friends, let me take you back to the beginning of this very chapter when David was pleading before God for help. In fact, it sounded pretty desperate to me. However some 21 verses later and David is bragging about proven results, for He is now telling us the awesome news of what we might expect when we place our burdens at the feet of Jesus, like he did in verse one. I believe that almost any child of God can identify with David, for there are times that we have felt, what appears to be, the weight of this world on our shoulders, yet when we take those concerns before our Lord, and surrender our weaknesses before Him, we quickly see where He intervenes and lightens that load for us. Notice I didn’t say that God removes the load. He never said that we would be free from concerns, He just assures us each and every day that no matter what the concern may be, we are to be comforted in knowing that we know who holds tomorrow, and we know who holds our hand. So for my friends reading this who have not accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, may I give you the good and the bad news? Verse 23 goes on to tell us that God is honoring your choice to run your own life without His help. The good news is that His ear is always attuned to your cry for salvation, so may I encourage you to first recognize that the missing factor is a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. Just as you won’t walk up to a stranger and ask for something, I would impress upon you to know my Lord and Savior personally before discussing your needs with a stranger. God loves you so much that He allowed His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on a cruel cross at Calvary. This was the sacrifice He made for you friend. Won’t you accepts His gift of salvation today? He cares for You, and He wants to be available to help you through your daily challenges. However, He is a perfect gentleman and will only respond to you, not barge in on the desire of your heart to do life all by yourself. I am thankful that I can identify with the words of the Psalmist and thank God daily for His hand of protection, love and uplifting each and every day! He is available to you also friend!

Prayer: Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all that You have done for me and provide for me each day, I can only shout and praise You for Your awesome goodness. Please touch the hearts and lives of my friends reading this devotional today, so that they also may know and believe in You. Lord may they surrender the vast concerns of this challenging world to You and allow You to be God over ALL things, especially over us individually. Lord, may unbelievers come to know You as Lord today, and may your children be drawn to a closer walk with You, for this is my humble prayer that I ask in the name of Jesus, my Lord, AMEN!

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

2016

Praise God, I’m a Child of the King!

The Holy Bible

3 ….. We were once like children, slaves to the useless rules of this world. 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son who was born of a woman and lived under the law. 5 God did this so he could buy freedom for those who were under the law and so we could become his children.

6 Since you are God’s children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and the Spirit cries out, “Father.” 7 So now you are not a slave; you are God’s child, and God will give you the blessing he promised, because you are his child.

(Bible Translation and Location: New Century Version – Galatians 4:3-7)

Thoughts:

The following seem to be general icebreaker questions, especially in a mixed crowd: “So where are you from?” or “Who do you belong to?” or “Who are your parents?” or “Do you have family around here?” These are fair questions, but wouldn’t it be a neat change to be asked “Are you my sibling in the Lord?” or “Are you a child of the King?” In the above verses you will notice that I bolded four inferences to us being ‘children of God’, and you will notice that this was quite intentional on God’s behalf. Friends, there is much to praise God about in acknowledging that you are a child of the King! However, don’t let’s overlook the responsibility that comes along with this kinship. Here are some thoughts:

  1. Freely acknowledge to whom you belong – there is every reason for us to live in a constant state of praise!
  2. Most heirs to the throne will one day rule in their kingdom – and we have been promised a similar reign! So be on your best behavior and represent the King and His kingdom well!
  3. Heirs are protected – God sent His very Spirit to dwell in us and to direct us into all truth and spiritual well-being. We are protected by His mighty hand!
  4. Heirs are representatives of the monarch
    – You will either act like the monarch, or otherwise let down the kingdom. Similarly in God’s kingdom, we will either be His loyal representative or known as a rebel and possibly working for the opposition – Satan.
  5. The rewards of heirs are outstanding – We are well aware of earthly rewards for royal families, but can you ever imagine the promised blessings referred to in verse 7 above? It’s not the streets of gold or the mansions on a hilltop, but the wonderful blessing of being in a place filled with God’s glory and the eternal presence of His Son, that fills my heart with joy!

Friends, we are a highly favored people! Let’s learn to live like that! Let’s take every opportunity to share the joy that fills our heart and the excitement of being God’s very own child. Remember, for those who have accepted Jesus as Lord of their life, they/we are children of the King of all kings! Glory to God in the highest!

Prayer:

Thank You Lord for honoring me with the title of sonship! Thank You for providing the means for salvation and the love that exceeds all other earthly love. Please touch the hearts of Your children today that may meditate on this devotional and remind them of the awesome love that they have in You. May this ‘Good News’ be an overriding factor in our busy lives throughout this busy season of the calendar, and may that news be expressed and very obvious to those that we come into contact with, so that they too may have a sincere desire to also know You before this year is over. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You to my Lord and Savior! All this I ask in the name of Jesus, the King, AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will 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 blogger.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, FL! 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!

New Birth!

Scripture: John 1.

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

John 1:10-13 (NLT)

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.

11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

12
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

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

All who welcome Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives are reborn spiritually, receiving new life from God. Through faith in Christ, this new birth changes us from the inside out—rearranging our attitudes, desires, and motives. Being born makes you physically alive and places you in your parents’ family. Being born of God makes you spiritually alive and puts you in God’s family. Have you asked Christ to make you a new person? This fresh start in life is available to all who believe in Christ. If you would like for me to pray with you, please contact me using the email link below. This new birth is available to you today!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, I thank you for the new birth I experienced when I surrendered my life to You. I know there are friends who will read this devotional who are in need of a Savior, a ‘New Birth’. Lord, I pray that there will be decisions made even today by my friends to welcome You into their lives and allow You full reign. I know the time is drawing nigh for Your return. Please soften the hearts of my friends and family so that they may realize and accept You as their Lord and Savior today. Thank You Jesus!

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