A Gift From God

In addition to the awesome news in our focal Scripture verse today, my Old Testament reading took me into Isaiah 43:25 (NLT): “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. Wow, to hear a message in the OT and then again in the NT, wouldn’t you say that God is truly getting His message across to us, that He is the One who saves, and He saves us because of His love, His ownership (sons/daughters), His grace (unmerited favor), and for His glory! This is about as good as it gets, so let’s spend some time meditating on how we could be so fortunate to be a part of this blessing!

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-07-14
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Ephesians 2:8-10
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. You are not saved by the things you have done, so there is nothing to boast about. 10 God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.

OBSERVATION: In addition to the awesome news in our focal Scripture verse today, my Old Testament reading took me into Isaiah 43:25 (NLT): “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. Wow, to hear a message in the OT and then again in the NT, wouldn’t you say that God is truly getting His message across to us, that He is the One who saves, and He saves us because of His love, His ownership (sons/daughters), His grace (unmerited favor), and for His glory! This is about as good as it gets, so let’s spend some time meditating on how we could be so fortunate to be a part of this blessing!

APPLICATION: I have two friends Who, in response to the question ‘How are you today’, will often respond ‘Better than I deserve’. I thought of that today as I studied God’s Word, for it truly felt from God’s promises that we are blessed to receive way more, and way better, than anything we could possibly have said, done or asked for in this life. God showed the Israelites, that regardless of what sins their forefathers had committed in the Wilderness, that He would blot out their sins because of who He is. You see, God wanted the Israelites to know, and for us to know, that there is no religion we could follow, or any principles we could adhere to, that we could ever become good enough, or sanctified enough to warrant His acceptance of our dirty selves into His kingdom. God is determined to show us that there is only one reason that He allowed His precious Son to die on Calvary, and that is for the redemption of our sin. You see, He created us to worship Him and to magnify His name in all the earth. When you consider the multitudes who have chosen to deny Jesus Christ and to ignore the love that He showed for us, don’t you see that they are the ones who commit awful crimes against mankind and try every trick in the book to derail the one trying to center their lives on Christ? They work in opposition to what God had planned for them to do. They are not the ones who will recognize the awesome love and concern of a God who sacrificed His Son for us, even while we were yet sinners. I believe that it is also very obvious that it is only the grace of God that will actually speak to the heart of a rebellious child. It is He who will melt that hardened heart and draw that child away from the spoil of this earth, and remind them of the only One who loves them in spite of all that they have done. In fact, I believe that God calls us out of this world and into His wonderful kingdom. This will require obedience from a softened heart, acknowledging that you are powerless to change anything about your life in and of your own power. This requires a heart set on claiming Jesus as Lord! Are you ready to turn the corner on your life my friend? If so, God has promised that His grace is sufficient, and that only because of His grace, He will extend to you the gift of eternal life. Please read my Footnote and be prepared to accept Jesus as Lord today.

PRAYER: Physical gifts that we receive here on earth is nothing compared to the wonderful gift You gave to us when You allowed the death of Your Son, Jesus, on the cross for our sin. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Lord Jesus! Please touch our lives to never forsake the One who sacrificed for our sin, the One who gave Himself as a gift to us, so that we may not have to suffer for our sin, filth and disobedience to our Master. Lord, I am forever thankful, and look forward in great anticipation to worship You in person, in glory. Please forgive my readers and I for the times that we cave in to temptation and sin. We humbly ask that You fill us with power and wisdom so that we may stay faithful and true to You. Please soften the hearts of those who totally ignore all that You have to offer, and all that You did for them. Oh that they may desire to know You personally, and commit fully to Your precious gift – the joy of knowing Jesus as Lord and personal Savior. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

Wisdom That Only God Can Give

I bet that most of my readers will probably say that there are multiple things that they would ask God to give them wisdom to understand, or resolve. However, as we meditate on the Word today, I trust that we will understand why Paul’s plea for the Ephesian church was that ‘they would grow in wisdom to understand Christ more’.

DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-07-13
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Ephesians 1:16-19
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 16-17 I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that he has done for you. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share. I want you to realize that God has been made rich because we who are Christ’s have been given to him! 19 I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him…

OBSERVATION: I bet that most of my readers will probably say that there are multiple things that they would ask God to give them wisdom to understand, or resolve. However, as we meditate on the Word today, I trust that we will understand why Paul’s plea for the Ephesian church was that ‘they would grow in wisdom to understand Christ more’.

APPLICATION: Some of the things that we might beg for wisdom in, might be things like: to understand my spouse better!; to find the right job; to make more money; to know how to help people who are struggling in life; to be able to lead the church better; to understand more about COVID 19 and how to best avoid it; etc, etc. I’m sure that you have probably thought of a ton of things that you could add to the list of needing more wisdom in, and I believe you would find that’s pretty normal. But I believe that as we examine Paul’s desire for the Ephesian church, you and I will understand better why desiring to know Christ more fully, might help us keep our priorities in order and our worries centered around what’s really important in life. Notice that Paul just praised the church for how well they were doing in getting along – a huge achievement then and now! But Paul went on to tell them what he is praying for. Friends, having served in church leadership, I can tell you that there are times that church leaders are absolutely stumped on how to deal with some of the circumstances that arise among its members, its finances, its future, its growth and especially to make sure that its ministry is aligned with God’s will for His church at that time. There is never a time that church leaders are not totally dependent on the leader of the church – Christ. I have no reason to believe that Paul just ignored those things in his mission to help the Ephesian church, but what Paul shared with them, could very easily be shared and adapted by our churches today. Further on in chapter 1 Paul teaches us that God placed Christ as head of the church, so whenever we think about, or begin to worry about, advice on how to help the church, isn’t it easy to see that what he was really saying is that you really need to understand, and draw close to Christ? After all, why look for ways to resolve issues in the church, until you seek God on how to draw the church closer to Him (Christ) as its leader? Why look at ministry growth opportunities, unless you ask God to first of all grow the church spiritually? The church will head towards disaster without Christ as its focus and without knowing that He has led you into accomplishing His will through ministering more effectively to your growing community. Why look at ways to fill your church, if its only to entertain them and make them feel good. If Christ is truly our leader, as the Word declares, then we should thank God for giving us increased ability to minister to the ones that He is bringing through our doors, so that He may rule and reign in their hearts. Friends, as a child of the King, and as a member of His church, unless you are striving to know Him better and follow His example inside the church and outside its doors, and unless you aim to share God’s love with any and all that may come through your church doors, then Paul’s prayer may be one that we repeat often. For unless we honor Christ – the head of our church, in all that we do, we are merely meeting for a social event hoping that we’ll feel better in just being together. I believe we can look at this in another way. We may be concerned about the condition of our marriage, and we might look at many, many different ways to correct the issues, but as a child of the most high God, unless we draw close to God, and invite Him to rule and reign in our personal lives and in our marriage, then we are doing no more than the unbeliever in trying to seek a godly resolution to our issues. We may love to see our church buildings filled to capacity, and we may dream of exquisite, new, multimillion dollar buildings that may house even more people, but unless we acknowledge Christ as the chief head of our church, and that our purpose for meeting is to win the lost and grow the saved, then the new building will be nothing more than any other group meeting place where folk show up for fun and/or entertainment. Let’s remember, Jesus Christ hung on a cross voluntarily, so that we might have the means of seeking forgiveness of our sin and therefore a chance to enter heaven’s gates. I am convinced that, as head of our church, Christ would prefer that we not waste one minute in pointing attendees to the cross, to the forgiveness of sin that only Christ could offer. When our churches fill up with folk who accept our mission and make decisions regularly towards changed lives, then I believe God will open the doors of heaven and grant us His grace to build bigger buildings to accommodate the flow of people interested in following through on what we preach and teach. If our church is not all about Christ, then we should question who we have permitted to take over leadership from the Lord Jesus Christ. With Christ in His proper role, and the rest of us as servants of the Most High, I believe that then we could watch the church flourish as kingdom work is achieved. This is what we really need wisdom to identify, act on, and insist upon, God being our Helper and constant Guide.

PRAYER: Dear God, please forgive us for not allowing You to maintain Your assigned leadership in our places of worship, in our personal lives, in our families and in our day-to-day relationships. We were reminded today that Christ is the head of the church – please may our respective churches be no exception, nor one to have ousted You and replaced You with one of our own. We can’t get this order messed up, if we expect You to flourish in Your assigned role. We are merely wasting our time and providing a social atmosphere for our members. Lord, we want our friends, family and members to know You intimately. We want them to surrender to Your leadership. Please fill us with wisdom for the things of God. We are Yours and want nothing more than to see others know You as well. May we follow in obedience and submission so that You may work in our midst, for Your glory and praise. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

For I Am Your God

We’ve heard it way too many times this year about the unique challenges that have faced us personally, as a family, as a church, as a business, a city, state, country and even the world. And while I realize that God’s Word speaks directly to all these, I want us to particularly focus on the unique challenges you may have faced as an individual this year, whether from COVID or from any other source. As you reflect, please read verse 10 again, and notice the ways that God is reminding us about how special we are in His eyes, and how He cares for us in every circumstance of life! For He is our God!

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2020-07-11
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 41:10
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

OBSERVATION: We’ve heard it way too many times this year about the unique challenges that have faced us personally, as a family, as a church, as a business, a city, state, country and even the world. And while I realize that God’s Word speaks directly to all these, I want us to particularly focus on the unique challenges you may have faced as an individual this year, whether from COVID or from any other source. As you reflect, please read verse 10 again, and notice the ways that God is reminding us about how special we are in His eyes, and how He cares for us in every circumstance of life! For He is our God!

APPLICATION: When life becomes challenging, and when circumstances become greater than anything we could contend with personally, we either go into overload and cease to think logically, or we tend to look for a professional or close friend to help us work through our issues. Israel had depended on, and seen miraculous results from God, during their release from Egypt, during their years through the wilderness and in assuming their new homesteads in the Promised Land. So don’t you know that they could identify with the awesome provisions of the God that Isaiah referred to in our verse today? But as we meditate, I believe we must ask ourselves why it is that we find it so challenging to trust in what our ancestors endured, and was blessed by. Also, why is that we struggle with the thought that the same God who blessed us in our early years of Christianity, is the same God who healed us when we pleaded for His touch because doctors had reached their limitation with our illness. In fact, the same God who responded to simple things we asked for, such as safety while driving through a driving storm, or encouragement while feeling like we had reached the end of our ‘rope’ here on earth when we lost a loved one. We easily fail to reflect on these things when asking God for new problems or challenges, don’t we? Shouldn’t we first reflect on the awesome work shown by God in our past, or even the recent miracle wrought in the life of a fellow Christian, and then bow before Him in all sincerity and confidence, knowing that what He did before, He will gladly do it again for His special child? Friends, I believe for us to turn away in sadness and disbelief is like singing different words to the song ‘My God’s not dead, He’s still alive and well’; or attributing the past miracles to pure luck or just because a favorite church member asked for it. Notice the things that God said to Isaiah: I hope that you nor your people will ever be afraid, for I am with you. And oh, that also means that for all my children yet to be created and accepted by me, they too have nothing to be afraid of, for I stand by my children – in fact, I am with them at all times. Now please don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen each of you and help every one of you. I, the God of the entire universe, will hold you up with my powerful, victorious right hand, until I call you home to Glory to be with Me. Oh that we might always be reminded about who our God is, and that He is there for us, especially when we are struggling to keep the faith and keep our heads lifted high!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for: creating us; for creating a wonderful world for us to live in and minister to others; for sending Your Son as our Savior and Lord to redeem us from our sin; and for giving us assurances that You are here with us and that You will strengthen and uphold us with Your all-powerful right hand! Please forgive us for hitting the panic button first, for worrying first, for looking at the crazy things of this life as impossible and overwhelming. You are still God, You are still looking out for Your own, and You will never break Your promise to always lift us up out of the mire and filth, for Your right hand will always be powerful and righteous. Lord, we stand in awe of You, for we are in need of You each and every day. Oh that Your work may be accomplished in us and through us while we are left on this earth. People still need the Lord. May they be encouraged to receive You and to lift Your name up high, by seeing how You fulfill Your purpose in our lives. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

To Experience The Life God Has Planned For Us

I believe that if we were planning a trip to a larger country, perhaps to visit relatives or friends, we would seek advice about what to do in preparation for a safe and enjoyable trip, and we would check our list multiple times to make sure that we have everything in order for our trip. In life, each day that we awaken we have one more opportunity to check our list and make sure that everything is in order for our ultimate destination after this life here on earth. Let us meditate on the recommendations and requirements God gave Paul to share with us in today’s Scripture.

DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-07-10
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Galatians 6:7-10
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: Make no mistake: God can’t be mocked. What you give is what you get. What you sow, you harvest. Those who sow seeds into their flesh will only harvest destruction from their sinful nature. But those who sow seeds into the Spirit shall harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist10 So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family.

OBSERVATION: I believe that if we were planning a trip to a larger country, perhaps to visit relatives or friends, we would seek advice about what to do in preparation for a safe and enjoyable trip, and we would check our list multiple times to make sure that we have everything in order for our trip. In life, each day that we awaken we have one more opportunity to check our list and make sure that everything is in order for our ultimate destination after this life here on earth. Let us meditate on the recommendations and requirements God gave Paul to share with us in today’s Scripture.

APPLICATION: No matter how trivial, or even silly, some of the recommendations may sound that we receive for our trip imagined above, we usually pay attention, especially if this is our first trip to this new location! For those of us who have accepted Jesus as Lord of our lives, we made our decision based on the truth of God’s Word about the awesome, unconditional love Jesus has for us. We were also overwhelmed at the thought of Him preparing a home for us to be with Him in Heaven after transitioning from this old world. Our Scripture today is an awesome reminder of what we should be doing as a child of the King, while still here on earth, for you see, we are Christ’s ambassadors who should be striving to be more like Him in every way. In fact, I believe that God saved us so that we might share that great news with others that we come into contact with each day, with hopes that they too might see and believe. Our Scripture gives us some very sobering facts though, and I believe it might help for us to be reminded of these: 1). What you sow, you will reap; If you sow only things of the flesh (worldly things), then you could expect eternal damnation. That is promised for those of the world – those who follow it’s leader, Satan. Friends, we are not ignorant to the things God has taught us through His Word. The things He expects of us. But like some may sadly say in humorous fashion: ‘But I did it anyway’; 2). Those who sow seeds of the Spirit – things inspired and prompted by the Spirit through our relationship with Him, could expect to enjoy eternal life with the God of our universe. This is a good time to stop and ponder what a just God should do for those of us that look to the Spirit for our guidance, yet proceed with doing the things of the world and its master – Satan. It’s just not right, and we should expect nothing but the worst possible outcome. But for those who choose to please God, and do the things taught by God, they will be with Him in glory some sweet day! 3) Never tire in doing the will of God. If there’s something confirmed in God’s Word, then we know it’s His will. If He practiced it while here on earth, then we know it’s His will that we imitate Him. We are, after all, created in His image to follow His example! And 4). We are to look for opportunities of service, and make it our goal to jump in there and be God’s hands and feet on the ground. Our Scripture today encourages us to especially be on the lookout for possible acts of service to fellow believers. You see, they know what Jesus looks like (His actions; His character; His love; His caring attitude), so fellow believer will recognize you for what they see in you. Try doing this often for believers, because it will be a lot easier trying to please them than doing the same for unbelievers. Friends, I believe that Paul wanted to remind us that we are to act like who we claim to be. If we are truly followers of Christ, then it should be clear to the world whose we are. If there is hypocrisy in there, then we had best clear things up between ourselves and Christ, for we are either His saints, or we are not, and our actions will align with either #1 or #2 above. I pray that for everyone who reads this devotional today, you, and God, will know without a shadow of doubt that you fit into #2 above, and that God has a home prepared for you in Heaven – even today!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, it seems that being exposed to the world, we are so easily swayed by its wicked ways. Yes, even those of us that have sought You out and invited You into our lives. Yes, we tend to be influenced way too much by the things of the world. Additionally, many of us ‘ride the fence’ and seem incapable of truly letting our light shine for You in every circumstance of life. Please Lord, through Your Holy Spirit, tug on our hearts door and give us strength to stand firm for the One in whom we believe. Please help us to seek Your power, especially at those times when we struggle to escape worldly influences. We need You each and every day, for we are determined to live just like You, even in this world of heartaches, strife and troubles. We must depend on You, and we must follow Your will for our lives. We need You every hour dear 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

Time Spent In Death’s Waiting Room

There are times that we feel overwhelmed with almost every aspect of life and we go to God in prayer. Children tend to recite the Lord’s Prayer or one taught to them by a parent. Some adults tend to have certain ’canned’ prayers or phrases that they use, while others tend to either pray to impress those around them, or perhaps words that they feel God wants to hear. As we meditate on the Scripture about Hezekiah, I would suggest that you look closely at how he prayed from a very passionate heart, to a God that He knew was listening, and stood ready to respond to his honest request. I wonder, how often do we truly kneel to pray from a passionate heart about something, or someone?

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-07-09
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 38:1-6
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: 1 ….. “God says, ‘Prepare your affairs and your family. This is it: You’re going to die. You’re not going to get well.’”
2-3 Hezekiah turned away from Isaiah and, facing the wall, prayed to God: “God, please, I beg you: Remember how I’ve lived my life. I’ve lived faithfully in your presence, lived out of a heart that was totally yours. You’ve seen how I’ve lived, the good that I have done.” And Hezekiah wept as he prayed—painful tears.
4-6 Then God told Isaiah, “Go and speak with Hezekiah. Give him this Message from me, God, the God of your ancestor David: ‘I’ve heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll add fifteen years to your life. And I’ll save both you and this city from the king of Assyria. I have my hand on this city.

OBSERVATION: There are times that we feel overwhelmed with almost every aspect of life and we go to God in prayer. Children tend to recite the Lord’s Prayer or one taught to them by a parent. Some adults tend to have certain ’canned’ prayers or phrases that they use, while others tend to either pray to impress those around them, or perhaps words that they feel God wants to hear. As we meditate on the Scripture about Hezekiah, I would suggest that you look closely at how he prayed from a very passionate heart, to a God that He knew was listening, and stood ready to respond to his honest request. I wonder, how often do we truly kneel to pray from a passionate heart about something, or someone?

APPLICATION: As I pondered how we might apply this scripture to our lives today, I realized that although Hezekiah was given his death sentence, we have been warned throughout the Bible that we have no assurance as to how many more seconds, minutes, hours, days or years we have remaining as active humans here on earth. In other words, we could very easily be in the same phase of life as Hezekiah was in when Isaiah approached him with this message from God. Seriously think about this dear ones. We hear preachers and teachers say these words all the time, but look around you today and see who is absent from this life today, that you expected to spend time with for many years to come. We have no control over accidents, various diseases that have no known cure, mishaps, etc, etc. God alone has an allotted time that He has loaned us to family and friends here on earth, but one road that we all must travel is death. It behooves us to be ready for whenever our number is called. But back to Hezekiah, I believe that he still had a lot that he wanted to do in God’s service here on earth, and he was so passionate about that work that he wasted no time in getting before God in total humility and helplessness to plead for God to grant him more time. Hezekiah was totally convinced about all the kingdom work he had done, and I believe that he merely reminded God to consider that. We should be careful to note that there is no amount of bragging we could so, or self worth that we could remind God of, that would earn God’s attention. I believe that Hezekiah was merely reminding God of all the ways that He was able to use him, and that he was always faithful to respond. Can we honestly stand before God and say the same thing today? But for as morbid as this story might appear, please notice the awesome response by our God. Among all the people of the world, and among all the prayers being lifted up at that time, God heard the prayers of Hezekiah! Notice that He saw the tears and heartache that was bearing Hezekiah down. I believe that the tears resulted from the passion Hezekiah felt about his unfinished work, and resulted from the awe that resulted from him kneeling before the God of this universe, with such a special request. Most of you reading this blog no doubt kneel before God on a frequent basis and you probably have a long list of things to request of God. When last have you stood, or kneeled, before God and just worshipped Him in thankfulness for who He is and for all that He does for you? When last have you been overwhelmed with the presence of God, and just shared your heart with Him through the tears that flowed as you worshipped Him? Did this experience bring tears to your eyes and you pondered why He would even stop to listen to one such as yourself? If you knew that You were expending the last moments of your life, are there certain things and/or loved ones that would tear your heart apart as you prayed in desperation to our holy, righteous and all-powerful God? Perhaps you should consider doing that today dear friend, for we know not what tomorrow may bring.

PRAYER: Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! In spite of Your majesty, I am convinced that You would have sent Your Son to die at Calvary if I was the only sinner on earth at the time. Oh the love of Jesus, that saved a wretch like me. Thank You Jesus for loving and caring for even me. Lord, today I ask that You might impress upon my readers and myself the importance of living out our commitments to You and our promises to serve You more, for we could very easily be in death’s waiting room, like Hezekiah was when he prayed. Please forgive us for procrastinating, and help us to always keep our eyes fixed on You, until We see You face to face in glory. Please work out Your plan in our lives, and may we be obedient to serve in ways that we feel led and directed by You. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

Wisdom – Where to Begin

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-07-07
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 111:10
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT: 10 The way to become wise is to honor the Lord;[a]
    he gives sound judgment to all who obey his commands.
He is to be praised forever.

OBSERVATION: Where do you get your smarts from young man? Most responses might be from his mother or his father. But in our Scripture today the Psalmist has identified for us where we are to seek out wisdom for all of life’s challenging questions, dilemmas and happenings. It’s not from the best university, so no need to run to Google to question which has the best record of success. Our world was created by God, and His wisdom continues to be right at the top of everything we may seek wisdom for, even today. Hang in there as we look deeper into the Word today.

APPLICATION: I remember an elderly relative coming in the house for his lunch, and he brought along bones and the knee joint of an animal he found while working his garden. He was in awe as he showed us God’s handiwork through the intricacies of that joint. Unfortunately, I felt like my relative was a bit ‘off’ as he went on and on about how awesome God is, and how His handiwork is shown even through things that we tend to pass off as ‘normal’ and ’expected’. But as I read this Scripture today, God showed me how that anytime we question something in nature or in creation as a whole, we are to look to acknowledge how that thing, person or animal was designed and by whom. In other words, we are to always give God the credit that He deserves for His involvement in every aspect of life. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a doctor come to your bedside and explain that what they saw inside of you is unexplainable by anything he ever learned in medical school. And that he could show through imaging that your body was in a certain condition yesterday, which is totally different to what he saw today as he prepared for surgery, and that the only way to explain the difference is that God must have intervened and healed your body? Wouldn’t it be equally as amazing if you always recognized God for His awesome existence and for all that He created anytime that you came up with questions? It seems that we always go to the ‘G’ word with our questions, but it’s Google, instead of God! Think about this: my doctor may suspect that I may have cancer. As a born again Christian, wouldn’t it make more sense to approach the One who designed and made us, the One who rested His hand upon us, kept us from harm, decease and destruction, led us in the right path each and every day of our lives and led us along the path that we should follow, even when our minds were filled with doubt? Obviously we know that more than anything else, God has been and always will be in charge of every aspect of our lives. So when we choose to brush that aside and instead follow our own will that is filled with endless uncertainties, what else could we possibly expect but failure from sources that give us advice with an empty knowledge base? For those who have a personal relationship with my Savior, we know the One who created it all, and the only One who understands and knows about what tomorrow will bring. He knows what He has in store for us, so His direction and revelation (if He sees fit to reveal it to us) could only lead to righteousness, healing, and satisfaction in life. You see, God has a plan for us. So if we follow His design for us, obey His commands and follow His will, then in health, sickness or death, we will walk towards the plan that God has designed especially for us. I don’t know about you, precious friend, but that’s enough for us to lift up holy hands in praise to the Almighty each and every day, as the Psalmist indicated in the above verse. To be wise, and to grow in wisdom, we must be reminded that it all comes from God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Moving forward in His wisdom exceeds anything and everything we could ever acquire from any other source on earth.

PRAYER: Oh Lord, my God, You are the only true and wise God. You made everything around me, You know how it works, You know what will happen to it, and to us, and when that will occur. Please soften our thick and hardened minds so that we will always acknowledge You as our Creator, Keeper, Revelator and soon coming King. No one else is as wise, so help us to be smart in always seeking Your face for every question that may arise in our weak minds. Oh that You may rule and reign over your children everyday and in ever aspect of life. Touch those who need to know our Savior so that they too might accept You as their Lord and everlasting Savior. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

Imitating Christ In All Circumstances of Life

It seems appropriate to act Christ-like while at church and around such friends as pastors, Bible teachers and church leaders, but what happens when you’re around those friends who always led you astray, or the ones that always jeered at you when you tried to straighten up and fly right? Paul seemed to have labored over the maturity of the Galatian church. Do you suppose that your pastor has reason to do the same over you? May the God who sees all things, at all times, open our minds to the truth of His Word as we meditate on these verses today.

DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-07-06
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Galatians 4:18-19
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: 18-19 It is a good thing to be ardent in doing good, but not just when I am in your presence. Can’t you continue the same concern for both my person and my message when I am away from you that you had when I was with you? Do you know how I feel right now, and will feel until Christ’s life becomes visible in your lives? Like a mother in the pain of childbirth. 

OBSERVATION: It seems appropriate to act Christ-like while at church and around such friends as pastors, Bible teachers and church leaders, but what happens when you’re around those friends who always led you astray, or the ones that always jeered at you when you tried to straighten up and fly right? Paul seemed to have labored over the maturity of the Galatian church. Do you suppose that your pastor has reason to do the same over you? May the God who sees all things, at all times, open our minds to the truth of His Word as we meditate on these verses today.

APPLICATION: Pastors may look over their congregation each week and I’m sure there are times that their hearts well up with pride as they see parishioners who seemingly leave all their burdens of the week aside and concentrate on their time of corporate worship to the one true God. However, I bet there are times that our pastors will look at us and wonder if he is really seeing a sincere relationship with God, after being so rude and obnoxious to him over recent days. That’s an easy, but very real, example that compares to the concern that Paul shared, but what impact does your actions like that have on folk you were hoping to witness to? You know, the coworker who seems uncaring about knowing Jesus? She has seen both aspects of your character, and she is definitely confused about what you actually stand for. Are you a Christian who happens to mess up from time to time, or are you a hardened sinner who tries to impress others that you could be good, if you want to? I believe it would behoove each of us to always remember that God not only hears our every word spoken, but He also know about our good, bad and questionable acts, plus our very own thoughts. Although I used an example of what our Christian leaders may see or encounter with us, yet it’s the Lord God Almighty that we are answerable to. If Paul was so hurt by what he was hearing from his church members from miles away, imagine how God must feel? Remember, He laid down the life of His precious Son so that we might be saved from the filth of sin and be assured of heaven one day with Him. Imagine how He must feel when we deliberately turn away from God, or deliberately disobey His commandments, or when we become so manipulative that we carelessly and uncaringly hurt others to get our own way. To Paul, he envisioned that his pain was similar to a mother in childbirth. What about God? To love us as much as He showed on the cross, and as much as preparing a place in heaven just for us, and protecting us from harm and hurts just because He loves His creation, yet for us to totally ignore all that and continue in sin anyway. It must tear the very heart out of our Master, for the hurt He must feel is unequaled to anything else that we could imagine. Dear friend, let’s not forget that God sent His very own Son to die for us, in spite of the ugliness and bad that enveloped our lives. With outstretched arms, Jesus showed us how much He loved us. Don’t you think that the least we could do is to say yes Lord, thank You for loving me. Please forgive me of my sin and come into my life. Fill me with Your love and amazing grace, so that I may overcome the temptations of sin and that I may love and respect even those who persecute me, because of the love You gave to me through Your Holy Spirit who came to dwell in me. Please strengthen me to overcome sin and the temptation to return to my former life. I’m Yours Lord, and I want You to be my Guide, my Deliverer, my Strength and my Wisdom each and every day, in every circumstance of life, until the day You call me home to be with You in glory. People need the Lord, so they need to see You in every aspect of my life, and not any weak aspects of my simple life.

PRAYER: I was introduced to You through the help of an old friend, and led by an old saint who served in leadership at my church. At the conclusion of that conversion experience, I believe the Two gentlemen were convinced that I had honestly surrendered my life to Christ. I could only imagine the disappointment they must have felt if they ever saw me deep in sin and following my old ways. But more than that, I cannot imagine the hurt You must have felt, precious Lord, each time that I failed You and turned aside to the ways of the world. After all, You gave up so much to show how much You cared about me, and my ultimate trip towards the glories of heaven. Please forgive me Lord when I‘ve failed along the way, for I know that I not only disappointed friends who prayed for me and cared for me, but I also showed total disregard towards You. I could only imagine that some of my readers may have faced similar days, so Lord I pray that You will touch the hearts of many today as they read the Scripture and as they are reminded by this humble blog. May You rule and reign in our lives each and every day, and may it be evident to a lost world that needs 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. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

We Are All One

How refreshing to be reminded that there is no division among God’s children! If you feel like there is division, then obviously sin has entered the house and causing you to attempt to undo what Christ did for us on the cross. Praise God, He created all of us as His children! He sent His Son, Jesus, to die a very cruel death at Calvary for all those who choose to accept His gift of salvation. As we examine what God has in store for us today in His Word, I believe it is important to consider all that our Father did to love, care for and prepare for our future with Him, for all who would believe – all who would place their trust in Him, so that we all could be together in heaven some sweet day!

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2020-07-04
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Galatians 3:26-29
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT: 26 It is through faith that all of you are God’s children in union with Christ Jesus. 27 You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself. 28 So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are the descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has promised.

OBSERVATION: How refreshing to be reminded that there is no division among God’s children! If you feel like there is division, then obviously sin has entered the house and causing you to attempt to undo what Christ did for us on the cross. Praise God, He created all of us as His children! He sent His Son, Jesus, to die a very cruel death at Calvary for all those who choose to accept His gift of salvation. As we examine what God has in store for us today in His Word, I believe it is important to consider all that our Father did to love, care for and prepare for our future with Him, for all who would believeall who would place their trust in Him, so that we all could be together in heaven some sweet day!

APPLICATION: In growing up around a family with 5 kids, we would often tease mom and/or dad about who we felt their favorite was! I bet you did also! However, we soon learned that there was something in common between the kids – we were all born of the same mother, fed by the same dad, and shown in very special ways that we all were loved way more than we probably deserved, but equally by our parents. I believe that God looks at His creation in much the same way, for we are all His creation and He shows His love for us in much the same way each and every day. Although I am blessed to have never seen separation in relationship between my parents and either of their children, I realize that it is an unfortunate reality in some families. However, I am convinced that our God loves us, His children, equally and to the ultimate understanding of what true ‘love’ really is. In spite of our attempts to run away from God and not have anything to do with His church at times, I believe that through His Son Jesus, God still looks at us and loves us unconditionally. I also believe that God will not force Himself on any of us that choose to go our own way, but I don’t believe that He would ever give up on us to try and get us back on the right track. An example is fresh on my mind: yesterday I heard that a husband had just told his wife that they would start going to church. Friends, that may sound like something very trivial or insignificant to you, but I know that prayers are being answered there, and I know that Satan would not awaken one of his to start going to church, so where do you think that encouragement came from? ONLY GOD, and I am at the top of the list of friends praising God for this new decision to attend church. I believe that today, more than anytime in our history, it is vitally important to listen to the voice of God and to obey Him promptly. Satan is so busy trying to tear down families, destroy churches, leading husbands and/or wives astray, encouraging children to become involved in things that will keep their attention from the Savior of the world. And Satan is using every possible tactic to confuse the world about the simple truth of the Gospel. You see, no matter what Satan may cause you to think, there is only one cross for sinners to kneel before. Only one heaven where sinners saved by the grace of God will wind up with the One True God. Placing your faith and trust in Jesus is not dependent on anything else but faith. It doesn’t matter how rich, poor or smart you are, nor the background from which you came or the church you attend. Notice none of these were mentioned in today’s Scripture as conditions of Christ accepting you, but simply through faith alone, in Christ alone. My friend, Jesus loves you today just as you are. This world may have given you lots of reasons why no one would love you, but I’m here today as a representative of Jesus Christ, to remind you that you are loved by the Master of this universe, and He would have an awesome celebration in heaven today, should you decide to accept His gift of eternal life and seek to serve Him until He calls you home. Please stop what you’re doing and take time for this most important decision. Have faith in God today, won’t you?

PRAYER: While here on earth there are lots of ways that Satan is working to keep unbelievers dedicated to himself. But all praise to You oh God, You have already settled the dispute, and convinced us that You died so that we might live eternally in heaven with You, if we simply accept You as our personal Savior. It all sounds too simple, because we place so much emphasis on what separates us down here on earth. Please help your children to really get it today – You love us all with a love that opens the doors of heaven for the vilest of sinners to come home. In spite of the artificial differences that we place on ourselves here on earth, what a joy it is to know that we are important enough to be called sons and daughters of the most High God. Regardless of our achievements, our degree of sin, or the ugliness of sin that has held us down, we are all considered children of God when we accept You as Lord and Savior. Oh that today may be an overwhelmingly urgent day of decision-making for our friends and family, and for all who will read my blog today. May we all be able to sing in unison by end of day ‘When We All get to Heaven’! Oh what a day of rejoicing that will be, thanks be to God! 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

The Lord Still Waits For You

In our Scripture today, Isaiah tells us that in spite of the trouble that Israel found themselves in, and in spite of all directions they were looking to for help, they should be consciously aware that the Lord , who is faithful, still waits to conquer and to bless them. As we meditate on this promise today, I would suggest that we reflect on the things that tend to really stress us out and send us looking for help in many ways and with various professionals. Yet God is still waiting for us!

DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-07-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 30:18
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 18 Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love; he will conquer you to bless you, just as he said. For the Lord is faithful to his promises. Blessed are all those who wait for him to help them.

OBSERVATION: In our Scripture today, Isaiah tells us that in spite of the trouble that Israel found themselves in, and in spite of all directions they were looking to for help, they should be consciously aware that the Lord , who is faithful, still waits to conquer and to bless them. As we meditate on this promise today, I would suggest that we reflect on the things that tend to really stress us out and send us looking for help in many ways and with various professionals. Yet God is still waiting for us!

APPLICATION: I believe that many doctors help patients deal with the stresses of life, either through medical advice or through medications. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! I believe that our pastors are kept very busy counseling with church members who struggle with the stresses of life. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! I believe that employees go to work with a lot on their mind, and will often make it almost impossible for others to work alongside them, because of financial, family and other social stresses. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! Isaiah saw that the Israelites were ready to return to Egypt for help. He saw that the people wanted horses that were faster, and perhaps that would resolve their dilemma. But God made it clear to Isaiah that He was still waiting for them to call on Him, the only One who could truly help them. Aren’t we the same today, dear friends? We still tend to stress out over a lot of life’s issues. I believe that our loving Father must look down in deep concern for His children, and whisper to us that our ultimate help comes from Him. Don’t leave Him as the last alternative, but trust in the Lord with all thine heart and He will show forth His love, power and concern for us like no other can. Yes, I believe that He is still waiting for us to call on Him. Oh Lord, please help our unbelief. Please help us to keep Christ first in our lives, especially in our times of need, or questioning, or stresses or hurt. You’ve shown us in Your Word that You are very capable of Healing the sick; Restoring sight to the blind; Making the lame to walk again; Feeding the 5,000 with only enough food for one family (in our way of thinking); and raising the dead from the grave. In considering all that You have already done, we feel like our problems are really minuscule, so Lord, please take us as we are and clear our minds of all earthly concerns as You remind us of Your love, Your power, Your healing, Your forgiveness and how You are just waiting for us to draw near.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I am reminded of a man stuck on a roof frightened about rising flood waters. He cried out to You for help, and in spite of Your multiple efforts to save him, he declined it as he waited for Your answer to his prayers. I believe that way too often we too struggle to see how You are sending help our way, as we are so determined in our own mind how You should do it. It’s no different to what the Israelites did. So please help us to always apply Your Word to ourselves first, before we look down our pious noses at what others refuse to see when You show that You are there waiting for us. I’m sure You must repeat a phrase often that is used in the Bible ‘Oh ye of little faith’. Lord, we believe. Please help our unbelief and our doubts. Today belongs to You. Please help us to place our hand in Your outstretched hand as You wait for us, for we are weak and lowly, even though we serve the all-powerful, mighty and awesome God of this universe! 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.

Legitimacy Of Your Worship As Recognized By God

We hear it all too often from pastors that we, the members, appear to be bumps on a log as we sit before them preaching their hearts out, as filled with the awesome power of the Almighty God. Too often we are also guilty of taking our worship time way too lightly, whether it’s our daily worship experience with our Maker, or whether it’s through our deliberate efforts to attend corporate worship times. So as I read this Scripture, God forced me to ponder how sincere I am in my relationship with Him. I may fool my pastor, and I may think I could look good in the eyes of God, but no word, deed or thought escapes the One true God. Let’s get honest before Him today.

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-07-02
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 29:13-14
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: 13 The Lord says, “These people come to honor me with words, but I am not really important to them. The worship they give me is nothing but human rules they have memorized. 14 So I will continue to amaze them by doing powerful and amazing things. Their wise men will lose their wisdom. Even the most intelligent among them will not be able to understand.”

OBSERVATION: We hear it all too often from pastors that we, the members, appear to be bumps on a log as we sit before them preaching their hearts out, as filled with the awesome power of the Almighty God. Too often we are also guilty of taking our worship time way too lightly, whether it’s our daily worship experience with our Maker, or whether it’s through our deliberate efforts to attend corporate worship times. So as I read this Scripture, God forced me to ponder how sincere I am in my relationship with Him. I may fool my pastor, and I may think I could look good in the eyes of God, but no word, deed or thought escapes the One true God. Let’s get honest before Him today.

APPLICATION: I have really been enjoying the prophecies according to Isaiah! Being a part of God’s Word for all generations, I know that Isaiah’s prophecy and eye-opening declaration to us, comes directly from God, so it is of utmost importance that we pay close attention to what Isaiah is challenging us with today also. God saw that much of what Isaiah was dealing with in his day, revolved around a broken system – one where leaders were misguided because of following their own desires, wants and popularity. However, I was stopped in my track, because I realized that the God that you and I serve today, is still the one same God. I don’t know about you my friend, but I am convinced that our churches today are still polluted with folk just like Isaiah faced in his day. I believe that these words from the Almighty God, are just as applicable and meant for us today. We show up for church, but are we ready to acknowledge God and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth? I believe that means that we are prepared to worship God as if we are the only one in the sanctuary. I also believe that our daily worship times would enrich our spirit of worship when we gather for corporate worship. Do you feel like your heart and soul is better prepared to look full into His wonderful face and acknowledge Him as Lord, because of your daily experiences together with the Lord? I was also amazed by the consequences that God said He would pour out on His people, especially the smartest and most elegant leaders. I don’t know that there has been a time ever before in history when church leaders were brought to their knees begging for wisdom and understanding on how to move forward with the ministry that God has set before them. I’m not saying that God has dumbfounded our church leaders, but we are not God, and He has not enlightened us as to why we are going through the tough times that are currently before us. What I could see from this Scripture though, is that God used Isaiah to warn His people that unless we change our self serving attitudes, and instead recognize the awesome power of the One True God, and in doing so – follow through in sincere dedication to Him and in deliberate worship to Him, THEN consequences will follow until we humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways, pray, and acknowledge Him as Lord, and worship only Him. This was important enough that God directed us towards this in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Dear ones, there are many more warnings given in the Word of God to those who are called by His name; the greatest is that one day soon, Jesus will return to earth to take His bride home to glory! Part of our reckoning to our Master on that Day, will no doubt be accounting for our sincerity to the King while here on earth. What will that look like for you? Are you prepared to respond to the all-knowing God of this universe, even today? We don’t know the day of His return, so let me encourage you to seriously consider the Scriptures today and my challenging questions above, so that You could be prepared if Jesus came today.

PRAYER: Precious Lord, I am anxious for your return, because I look forward to the joys of Heaven and being at peace at the feet of my Master. I believe there are many of my readers who would echo that same desire today, because you’re the reason we live and look forward to being with some sweet day. But You have given us much to think about today. Please Lord, awaken our minds so that we might be drawn to You in all sincerity, and that we may live in accordance with all the ways You have taught us. Help us Lord to get over ourselves, and as we look fully into Your wonderful face, may we be reminded of the One we represent, and may we never disappoint You in the level of our commitment to be just like You to a lost and dying world. People still need the Lord. Oh that they may see You just as You are, when they come into contact with Your representatives – Your children – Your saints – my fellow Christians and myself. 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!

Praise and Thanksgiving: I am in recovery from a very serious and intensive surgery on June 9th, and thanks to God Almighty and my readers, I am doing especially well. Each day is a journey, but I seem to feel stronger and more alert to seek God’s face; open His precious Word and read it with with a sense of clarity. I will try to continue as often as I could, but would ask that you pray extra hard for me over the next few weeks. I believe God wants His children to hear from Him and receive direction for the path He would have us take each day, so that He might work in the lives of those that we come into contact with. Be blessed Brothers and Sister as we continue to meditate together through this medium.