Past Efforts vs Our Proven God

Often we will fall back on actions from our past, if God does not step in and overwhelm us with miracles that meet, or exceed, our expectations. In today’s Scripture, the Psalmist reflects on the results of his ancestors doing just this. I’m sure that God’s disciples today (His ministers of the gospel) must struggle with the same challenging question, for in spite of all that God has done, yet we tend to prefer our old practices that often lead to failure. Let’s open our minds to the Word of God today and allow our all-powerful God to show us His wisdom for everything we face today.

DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-08-15
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Pslam 106:19-22
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT: 19 They made a gold bull-calf at Sinai and worshiped that idol; 20 they exchanged the glory of God for the image of an animal that eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who had saved them by his mighty acts in Egypt. 22 What wonderful things he did there! What amazing things at the Red Sea!

APPLICATION: In all walks of life, I believe that we reflect on our past experiences to guide our future endeavors. However, we seem to really struggle with using proven experiences of others or acts of Almighty God to convince us of the path we need to follow. We may have learned this from the Israelites that the Psalmist spoke of in our Scripture today, for they experienced first-hand the miracles that God performed in Egypt to cause Pharoah to change his heart about letting His people go. They saw first-hand how God miraculously protected, fed and cared for a body of people much larger than anything we could imagine. Their experiences included such off-the-chart things that would otherwise have been considered impossible, such as: parting of the waters to provide a pathway for over a million people; striking a rock with a staff to produce water; clothes and shoes that never wore out; manna that fell from heaven in just the right quantities for each day’s meals; etc. So, with all that background, shouldn’t we expect to read in the Bible where the Israelites never wavered from their trust in God? I believe that most readers and listeners will know the remainder of the story about how that was not the case, so I will fast forward to our scenario today. Let me start by reminding us that because of the Bible, we have knowledge about all that God did for our ancestors, and because He did this throughout the course of the whole Bible, and because we know that He is arisen and very much alive today, we have reason to believe that He is just as capable of repeating such miracles today. Because of man’s knowledge, creativity, advancing science and determination to become self-sufficient, we have available to us many new technologies and advancements that we could turn to for knowledge and direction. Do you suppose that might be the reason we look at doctors and ask if our relative will live? So often doctors respond ‘I’m not God, so I can’t answer that question for you’! But I would encourage you today to reflect on the miracles of God – both in Bible times and in your lifetime. I would recommend that you start your day with heart-to-heart conversations with God. Yes, He’s alive and will listen to every praise, complaint or need you might have. His response back to you will be via your Bible reading, or your encounter with another believer who has a word for you – without knowledge about your need. Friends, my God will direct your path, meet your need, love you unconditionally, and be your companion through every aspect of your life. He has a place prepared for you when you graduate from this earth, and He will open the doors of opportunity for you to share His love, His Word and His wisdom while you still have breath and are willing to be used by God here on earth. Let me assure you today, that based on HIS past experiences, you can be assured of tomorrow, and confidence in every challenge you may face today. Only God can do this. Only God’s methods are current and have eternity in mind. You can trust Him, my friend!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: By our actions, others can often tell who our ancestors are. Oh that others will also recognize who our heavenly Father is, based on our words and our actions!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, take my hand. Lead me on, till I stand in Your presence! You already know how determined we are to do life by ourselves and in our own strength. Please be a constant reminder of who You are and what You are capable of doing, so that we may always look to You instead of making the same mistakes we’ve made in the past. Lord, we want to be the best that we could be, and we want to be obedient children. Please mold us into Your likeness and humble us to seek help, instead of thinking we know best. You, oh Lord, are high above the mountains in majesty and glory. Our trust is in You alone, for this old world proves the error of its ways every day. May we keep our hand in Yours and be led through every circumstance of life through Your guidance and with Your protection. Make us more like You so that the world will have earthly proof of who You are. AMEN!

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

Trust God, Especially When ‘Death’ Seems Imminent

Some may forego this devotional, because the subject may seem too morbid, but suppose that I might not be talking about final physical death, only? What if you were facing the death of your job, marriage, or the death of your ministry seemed imminent? In the case of Paul and his co-laborers, their ministry in Asia had impacted lives so much that it caused people to avoid shops that sold idols. Retailers and haters organized themselves to rid their country of the instigator – Paul and his co-laborers. Paul’s go-to help for this situation is the basis of our study today. Join me as we meditate on the Word of God!

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2022-07-09
WRITTEN AT: O Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT:  My friends, I want you to know what a hard time we had in Asia. Our sufferings were so horrible and so unbearable that death seemed certain. In fact, we felt sure we were going to die. But this made us stop trusting in ourselves and start trusting God, who raises the dead to life. 10 God saved us from the threat of death, and we are sure that he will do it again and again. 

APPLICATION: Random shootings occur because of the sting of one finding themselves out of a job, and the hopelessness of how their family will survive the new financial woes. Homes are destroyed because of broken marriages, and often partners will resort to criminal acts against each other in the name of revenge. The onset of Covid, cancer, or any other deadly disease may stretch the imagination of individuals and cause them to try very extreme actions as they fight for earthly ways to save their opportunity for continued life as they once knew it. So what does the Christian do in this regard that’s any different to what the unbeliever might do? Let’s believe that God will reveal great truths though His Word that helps direct us in our times of desperation. We will see that in Paul’s scenario, they quickly ran out of personal options and ran to God – the same God who opened the eyes of Saul who once persecuted Christians and the work of Jesus Christ. As a changed man, Paul, as he was later known, had witnessed miracle upon miracle. He had seen the awesome handiwork of God who rescued His people from imminent death and from obvious dire situations. Paul quickly realized that this new danger they faced was much more than he and his men could do anything about. As a man of God, I can only say that for the point at which Paul found himself, he knew that God was showing him that there was only one way out of this, and it was not for Paul to think of more earthly weaponry to use against his enemy. I have often heard the old adage that desperate people will often avoid looking up and calling on God, until they are flat on their back and have no other choice but to ‘look up’! Paul had seen the powerful works of the God he served, and although he couldn’t see any humanly way to fight the enemy in his current situation, he knew a God who could. I looked at many Bible translations and one thing that read the same across the board was ‘this made us stop trusting ourselves and start trusting in Almighty God’! Friends, so many of us have heard of too many family and friends who have lost their fight to Covid, cancer or heart attack over recent months and years. Are you at the point yet where Paul found himself in our text today? Have your surrendered your all to Almighty God and called on Him in desperation to protect you and your family, and to recuse you from the evil forces that surround you in all of this earthly violence in our world, for there is so little respect for life itself? Perhaps death seems imminent for you in one of the other scenarios mentioned above. Please don’t wait to see if this will affect you, just know that it will. Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Do not lean on the enemies ‘wait and see’ option, for your circumstances might very well be way beyond your ability to overcome. Never think that you will have time later to start seeking God, for no man knows the day or the hour when our Lord will return to take His saints home to glory! Trust God today, even while things appear ‘peachy’! Notice that in times of war people will turn to the world’s super-powers for help. In the case of Covid, this philosophy didn’t work, because the whole world was in a dilemma for a resolution. Hopefully God got our attention and made us realize that He alone holds the keys to life and death. He was the only One for our family and friends to turn to in their desperation. Forget about self, and start trusting God today, dear one.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Praise God, I know this Jesus that Paul decided to trust in when he realized the hopelessness of trusting himself for answers to his dilemma! We must still learn to call on God today, for He alone can fight off the vices of Satan and his army of evildoers.

PRAYER: ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word. Oh for grace to trust Him more’! Lord Jesus, You know Your children better than anyone knows. No doubt You see us in our daily struggles and it makes You want to stretch out Your hand and guide us through life’s temptation, struggles, trials and dangers. Please help us to acknowledge our weaknesses and inabilities, and to often be reminded of Your awesome power, strength and power. Please Lord, be our God today in all of life’s situations and in every walk of life that seem so impossible to us. You are our Rock and our eternal salvation! In You alone I place my faith and trust oh Lord. Please help each reader and listener to catch a new glimpse of this, and to sooner do what Paul did – forget about self abilities, and trust God in everything instead! AMEN!

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

You Will See The Lord Give You Victory!

King Jehoshaphat faced an overwhelming issue – he was about to face a huge army. Often our issues seem huge and unreal also, and we become overwhelmed with fear of the unknown. We can only see the huge battle, and we could easily see the limited resources that we have at our disposal. But the reassuring thing for us from this story today, is that the same God who promised victory to the king, is the same God that we serve, and the same God, at whose feet we will place our burdens today! Friend of God, I believe that our God is just as concerned about our battle as He was about the king’s challenge! But I also believe that He has the power to win our battle for us, just as He did for the king! What a super reminder for us today!

DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-05-02
WRITTEN AT: Citra, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Chronicles 20:15–17
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT: Jahaziel said, “Your Majesty and all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, the LORD says that you must not be discouraged or be afraid to face this large army. The battle depends on God, not on you. Attack them tomorrow as they come up the pass at Ziz. You will meet them at the end of the valley that leads to the wild country near Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Just take up your positions and wait; you will see the LORD give you victory. People of Judah and Jerusalem, do not hesitate or be afraid. Go out to battle, and the LORD will be with you!”

APPLICATION: King Jehoshaphat faced the reality of an approaching army that was superior to his and overwhelmingly outnumbered his army. He was accustomed to prayer, leadership by God, and the awesome power of God. And, true to form, the king took full advantage of petitioning the help of the God who promised to be with His children in their time of need! Jehoshaphat gathered his people in the temple courtyard and he personally led the prayer to God on behalf of his people. After bragging on the known accomplishments of God, in vs 7 and again in vs 12 the king acknowledged that “You are our God”, meaning that You are the proven One that we depend on; You are the One that is powerful enough to bring us victory! In response to this intense, yet humble time of prayer, God spoke through an unknown prophet in their midst, Jahaziel. The prophet shared with the king and his people that they are not to be afraid or discouraged, the battle depends on God, not on them! Wow, we serve the same great God that gave this promise to Jahaziel! What an awesome and reassuring reality when we face our battles today. When we have placed the battle in God’s hands, we can rest peacefully knowing that the battle is not ours, but His! What an all-powerful, protective and awesome God we serve, fellow Christian! Take time to give Him praise, adoration and glory today! If you are facing a battle, no matter how huge, please consider reading the full chapter 20 of 2 Chronicles (30 verses), and be encourage to surrender that battle over to God. Imagine the peace of knowing that the God who created this vast universe, now has the issue that has been troubling you, under His control. The battle is no longer yours, my friend, but His! He will be glorified for the way that He handles this! Just surrender it to God, my friend! For He alone is our God!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Surrendered hearts of believing Christians will seek God and surrender their battles to the Master of the sea; the healer of the blind, deaf and mute; the Victor of battles brought on against Jehoshaphat, and the One who loves, cares and waits for us in Glory. Our battles belong to Him!

PRAYER: Lord God, You know the mountains that we need to cross, and I believe that You know the challenges that seem overwhelming to us. Please comfort the hearts of Your children tuned in to this devotional today, and give us the reassurance that we need to help us face today, and tomorrow, knowing that You are still God and that our ‘mountains’ are very crossable with You as our Guide and our Deliverer. Praise be to God for the assurance of knowing teh God on the mountain is also God of our deepest valley. May we place our faith and trust in You at all times, for all things. AMEN!

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

Why Panic – Seek God

I believe that we each have our way of handling stress. Some have thinner heads of hair, because they pull at the hair when in a panic. Others over indulge in food when stressed out. Some cry, some laugh and some become a chatter-box when under stress. David shows us in our Scripture today that his go-to in times of stressful decisions, is to the all-knowing, all-powerful God who put everything into motion here on earth. Allow the Word of God to minister to you today as we look closer at these verses.

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2021-11-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 23:2-4; 10
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: David went in prayer to God: “Should I go after these Philistines and teach them a lesson?”
God said, “Go. Attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”
But David’s men said, “We live in fear of our lives right here in Judah. How can you think of going to Keilah in the thick of the Philistines?”
So David went back to God in prayer. God said, “Get going. Head for Keilah. I’m placing the Philistines in your hands.”
10  Then David prayed to God: “God of Israel, I’ve just heard that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the city because of me. 

APPLICATION: I was so impressed with the actions of David in our Scripture today. Everyone was excited and concerned about the Philistines creating havoc in the neighboring city of Keilah, but it seems like only one was interested in truly seeing the right resolution to the problem – David. For David knew that no matter the size of the army, unless God ordered the attack, the battle would be in vain. But just as in our challenges today where God may give us peace about our battles, others around us may not have the same peace. David had the same challenge when he shared with his men the orders from God. They felt like their local issues were challenging enough, and they could not imagine stepping out to battle the Philistines. They were sufficiently disturbed about this that David went back before God to make sure he had received the right message. God reassured David, just as I believe He still does for us today, ‘just do as I say, and leave the battle, or the challenge, or the thing that is disturbing you most, or the thing you fear most, up to the only One who can do ALL things’. Friends, isn’t it rewarding to be reminded that all God wants from us is to be obedient to Him? God already knows that we are not capable of doing the impossible, but He is very confident that ALL things are possible for the one who places their faith and trust in Him. For He specializes in things thought impossible by mortal man. Friends, I know that many of you are dealing with situations in life that seem mountainous to you, they are problems you never even thought possible, so how could you possible be ready to deal with these things? I believe God is telling us today just what He assured David of in the battle against the Philistines – they may appear like giants to you and your army, but remember – I made them. I allowed them to occupy the territory where they’re at because I wanted you to be reminded of how BIG your God truly is. Perhaps when you see with your own eyes how I orchestrate victory for you, perhaps then you will know that I alone am God and besides me, there is no other. Perhaps next time you will run to Me first – before you panic about things that seem impossible. Oh that we will be reminded of the awesome power of the God we serve. Nothing is impossible to Him! But take note of David’s experience – he didn’t tell God how to handle the situation. He merely took his concerns to God, listened to His response, and obeyed His commands. We should be doing that every day. If we do, then we will become accustomed to running to God with our every concern. We will be comfortable to let go and let God handle the situation in His way and in His time, knowing that all things will work best for those who place their faith and trust in the Lord their God.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Let us place our faith and trust in God alone, knowing that He alone can do ALL things for His ultimate glory, for our peace of mind and to invigorate our praises to God alone!

PRAYER: Lord God, it seems like our struggle each and every day becomes more complex, more demanding, and creates so many more questions for us. In David’s case, he was met with the surprise of the Philistines in a neighboring city. He immediately recognized that their army was much bigger than he and his men could approach with any amount of success. But just as David found peace, success and confidence to overcome the Philistines, I believe You are encouraging us to take note and follow in David’s example. Our problems seem new to us and to all mankind, and we all are at a loss for answers. Praise God that You deal in things that appear impossible to us, and You are the only One who can handle ALL situations in this life, for You placed us here and You are anxiously awaiting our arrival in heaven to be with You and the Father for ever and for ever. Thank You for peace of mind and ease of panic while we are challenged each day. May we always place our hands in the hand of the only One who knows about our challenges and could do anything at all about them! To God be the glory today and always! AMEN!

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

Trusting our Faithful God

If you read today’s Scripture with me, you will agree that in today’s vernacular we might say ‘the stars aligned perfectly’ in this story, that resulted in Samuel finding the first king for the Israelites, something he initially thought was an impossible task. How often do we approach God with things that seem impossible to us, yet knowing that God can do ALL things, we surrender it to Him anyway. God gave wisdom to Samuel in some very powerful ways, and He can do it for us also, if we have faith!

DATE POSTED Friday, 2021-10-15
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 9:17-20
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 17 Samuel looked at Saul, and the Lord told Samuel, “This is the man I told you about. He’s the one who will rule Israel.”
18 Saul went over to Samuel in the gateway and said, “A man who can see visions lives here in town. Could you tell me the way to his house?”
19 “I am the one who sees visions!” Samuel answered. “Go on up to the place of worship. You will eat with me today, and in the morning I’ll answer your questions. 20 Don’t worry about your donkeys that ran off three days ago. They’ve already been found…..

APPLICATION: This is an intriguing story of the power of our God, and His wisdom through mankind. So I encourage you to read the whole chapter as you look for the ways God spoke to, and used Samuel, and how He directed Saul in the path he should go so that God’s plan might materialize. I was totally blown away as I watched both sides of the plan unfold! I’m sure that reading this chapter while I am right in the middle of some very shocking news that could only unfold by the powerful touch of our miracle-working God, made a huge impact on me. But in sharing this, I believe that many of my readers may identify with, and be encouraged by, this story, knowing that they are heavily dependent on God at this time for a deep concern that only a miracle from God can resolve. Friends, anything that is bigger than us, or our abilities to resolve, is huge in our eyes, and seem impossible to us. However, for those who believe in God – the One who created the world and everything that’s alive in it. The One who parted the waters to form dry land for His people to escape an oncoming army. The One who made the blind man see again, the dead man to rise from the dead again and the crippled to walk again. That God! He is our Almighty God and He sent His very own Son, Jesus, to be our eternal Savior! Just as this God showed Samuel who would be the king of Israel, and just as He directed Saul into the presence of Samuel, He also gave our forefathers confidence to trust in His timeless and endless truth, and He has promised to be our God for all eternity! Knowing all this dear friends, can you think of any good reason why you shouldn’t place your full faith and trust in Him? Why worry when You can trust God in everything? Why the concern, when God knows what tomorrow will bring or if that son or daughter will survive the cruelty of all this world bombards them with? Won’t you join me in trusting God for ALL things today? He promised that He would never leave us alone, and I believe that with all my heart, soul and mind. But perhaps today a Brother or Sister might be seeing impossible roadblocks that makes them doubt that promise. We need strength and encouragement from each other when we are feeling weak. Let’s look for the opportunities that God is sending our way, and be bold in our faith. Let’s learn to trust in God and depend on His unending grace.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: All things work together for goo, to those who place their faith and trust in the God of this universe! He did it for Samuel and the Israelites, and He will do it for us. Nothing is impossible with God!

PRAYER: Those things that seem impossible in our eyes, can be changed by just a word from the Master of this universe. Thank You precious Lord for accepting me as a son of the Most Hight God! Praise God for all that you did for Samuel, and for guiding Saul so that he could fulfill his purpose. Many things in this old life here on earth seem impossible to us, but praise be to God, we are children of the God who specializes in the impossible! Lord, please renew our confidence in You each day, so that we might learn to trust You fully in all the things of earth. Please use us for Your great purpose oh Lord so that those we come into contact with might be drawn to 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

The God Who Protects

Gun sales are up, and I’m sure that alarm companies are smiling all the way to the bank, as citizens try in every way to protect themselves from desperate criminals. The second great leader of the Israelites was dismissing himself as he felt his end was nearing, and he tried to reassure his people of the powerful God who will still serve to protect them. As we study these verses I believe that we will catch a glimpse of our sense of desperation in our challenging times.

DATE POSTED Tuesday, 2021-09-07
WRITTEN AT: Sebring, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Joshua 23:6-10
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: So be firm and unswerving, observing all that is written in the law of Moses without deviation. That will ensure that you don’t start to blend in with the other nations around you or call upon their gods or worship them or serve them. Just hold tightly to the Eternal One, your True God, as you always have, for He has driven out great and powerful nations before you like leaves in the wind, and you know that no one has ever been able to stand against you. 10 One of you can pursue a thousand because it is He who fights for you, just as He promised.

APPLICATION: It seems like we have so much at our disposal to protect us in desperate times. We lock-down in our sanctuaries (our homes), sometimes protected by steel window bars, alarms and top-of-the-line locks, and we feel secure from the outside world. But then we look at countries that have been hit by earthquakes, hurricanes or war, and it leaves a degree of doubt in our minds as to our security. The Israelites had seen God work in miraculous ways to defeat nations much better prepared than they were, but then they lost their great leader (Moses), a man very near to the heart of God. Then Joshua was introduced as an awesome successor, and over time he proved through his relationship with God, that the Israelites were still under the protective hand of God. However, with evil nations still around them, and with Joshua telling them of his earthly departure, we could see where they would probably still be very concerned about their future. This reminds me of exactly where we are at today. We have read in the Bible of the mighty hand of God, and we have heard preachers explain the awesome power of God. Many may have even witnessed God’s miraculous hand at work in their own lives, or those of our relatives, or fellow church members, or even protection from great acts of God (earthquakes, hurricanes, wars by our enemies, etc) on our nation. But it seems like every day we hear of yet another challenging disease or disaster that strike us or our neighboring nations. I believe that God is prompting us today to consider exactly who it is that we could place our faith and trust in. It is very obvious that national leaders or health agencies do not have the answers, for in spite of their efforts, Covid is still spreading like wildfire. Earthquakes and hurricanes are still devastating countries and claiming the lives of many. How far are we willing to go in seeking protection for ourselves in what could very well hit us tomorrow? Please read the Scripture real good today and notice how Joshua was reminding his people to avoid all distractions and place their total faith and trust in God alone. I don’t believe that God would have us do anything different today. For only He has our very best in mind, and only He can protect us as we finish our journey here on earth. Accepting and serving Him will provide peace of mind while here on earth, and He will reserve a place for us at the feet of the Master as we enter Heaven for all eternity. The way seems clear to me and I pray that you will not only agree, but that you will follow through in accepting the love and person of Jesus Christ as He stands waiting with open arms to welcome and accept you.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Because of the power and love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, He will not only love and protect us through every challenge here on earth, but He has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven where earthly challenges will disappear!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we stand in awe of You and for the power and majesty shown forth to our ancestors. Each day we seem to hear of one disaster or another, one disease or another, and yet an additional strain of what seems to be an incurable disease. Thank You Lord for reminded us again today that You hold the keys to the Kingdom, and that You are in charge of our lives here on earth, no matter what comes our way. Help us Lord to be willing to set aside our pride, our agenda, accept You as Lord and Master of our life, and allow You to guide, protect and see us through the remainder of our time here on earth. Lord, we are excited about the awesome beauty, tranquility and peace in Heaven, but most of all about the pleasure of being in Your presence. Please continue to guide and protect us here on earth until You are ready to call us home to glory – our eternal home! AMEN!

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

Be Calm and Pay Attention

When the waters are rough all around us, and it seems like we are beginning to sink, is it not the hardest thing ever, to think that God has everything under control? Yet in God’s Word He is instructing us to ‘be still’; ‘stay calm’; ‘surrender your anxiety’ and look for the ways that God is working among us – even through the toughest times. Perhaps God will open our eyes today to see what He’s up to in 2021, even among all the shocking news we hear about Covid deaths in our circle of family and friends.

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2021-08-18
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS

SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 46:10-11
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: 10 Surrender your anxiety. Be still and realize that I am God. I am God above all the nations, and I am exalted throughout the whole earth. 11 Here he stands! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side!

APPLICATION: Do you suppose that God created us in His image, loved us unconditionally, provided the means for us to move from this old sinful world into the glories of heaven, yet He places us here on earth to endure sorrow, hardships, loss of loved ones, and pain that often seems too hard to bear? What if you add into the mix of those thoughts, the idea that God gave us free will, or options/choices, that we could make on our own? I believe we could then see how we would might often divert from God’s ordeals, and meander down a path that becomes very slippery, muddy, or clouded with doubt, unbelief, selfishness, greed, etc. At some point we will look around and realize that we have taken ourselves down a road that led us into doubt, financial failure and hatred to our fellow man. Often we will then question why God allowed us to get like that, and we may even question whether God still truly loves us. But friends, I hope that we could today catch a glimpse of the loving and caring God that we serve. As we commit ourselves to Him, and as we allow Him to guide and direct us, we will see that He is indeed working all things out for our good. I believe that God is encouraging us today, through His Word, to keep our eyes fixed on Him. Not the circumstances around us, for He has everything under control! Satan is the master of confusion and responsible for distracting us from the path that leads to God. Satan knows that our minds are made to doubt and look at the worst possible outcome, so when we see young dads losing an unexpected bout to Covid, and we hear of relatives who are struggling for dear life as they fight off the pain and discomfort of this dreaded disease, we then begin to question if God is still there and allowing so much bad to come to His chosen children. But I believe that God is calming the waters around us and saying: ‘Just trust me dear child. I never promised you a set number of years. I endured heartache and hatred and was punished by children that I made and loved, so surely you will also face challenges while here on this old sinful earth as you follow in my footsteps. But stand still my child, for nothing is occurring that I am unaware of. I am still in control and will cause all things to work for good, to those who trust in Me. Yes, stand still, and just watch as things unfold before you. In the end, you will see what I was up to. In the meantime, be still and worship me anyways, knowing full well that I am God and I will always do those things that you expect of God’. My works and my message is signed in blood – the blood of my precious and perfect Son, Jesus.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Regardless of our anxious minds and our questions of all that occurs around us, we still serve a God of love, peace and joy. He has our best interest at heart, and He will be glorified through every work that He ordains.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, it is so natural to respond like the world expects – panicked, frustrated, hateful, revengeful, etc. Thank you for reminding my readers, listeners and I that You are still in control, even in a world that seems to be so out of control. There are times that as mere humans, we are ready to throw our hands up, as we just can’t imagine the world continuing in its present state. This seems like an anxious spirit of which You are guarding us against in Your Word today. Thank You for the reassurance that You are always in charge of our lives, and of everything that occurs around us, so there is no need to become anxious or fearful or troubled. Praise be to our God on high, ‘You’ve got this’, and we can calmly relax and be happy in the 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. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Don’t Worry!

I have always heard that our mind is a powerful thing! I believe this statement comes true when we stop to consider the root cause behind our worry. Often we will start thinking about all that could happen in life, and when we add all of the various things that our mind tells us, before you could realize the danger, you feel the onset of a panic attack, or perhaps even a nervous breakdown. The Israelites were somewhat like this as they stopped to ponder their future. Moses told them ‘DON’T WORRY’! Let’s see if these simple words impacted the Israelites, and let’s also stop to ponder how this might help us.

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-07-15
WRITTEN AT: Deming, NM

SCRIPTURE FROM: Deuteronomy 1:29-31
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 29 Then I (Moses) said, “Don’t worry! 30 The Lord our God will lead the way. He will fight on our side, just as he did when we saw him do all those things to the Egyptians. 31 And you know that the Lord has taken care of us the whole time we’ve been in the desert, just as you might carry one of your children.”

APPLICATION: If you haven’t ridden a bike in over 10 years, then you are suddenly presented with a bike to ride, do you suppose this might trigger a panic attack? In our Scripture today the Israelites are presented with challenges that seem very minor compared to the challenges and needs met by God on their behalf up to this point. Consider this: God worked miracle after miracle to get them out of Egypt and away from slavery; God provided food and water for them – almost a million of them, from the time they left Egypt; God protected them against the army that came after them; God turned ocean beds into hi-ways for them to cross to the other side; and on and on. Yet when they arrived at the place where they would be setting up their new home sites, they panicked and started to fret. So much so that Moses had to have a father-like talk with them and remind them of the proven power of their God. What does it take for us get over our fears and worries, dear friends? There is a long track record that easily proves to us the awesome power of our Almighty God. There are prayers that have been gloriously answered for us over the years, and we know without a shadow of doubt that our God lives, because we have seen the evidence in our lives, and in the lives of our family and friends. Yet we worry! Is it that we are looking for pity from others? Is it that we feel inferior to others that God have miraculously worked in their lives? Surely we don’t believe that God has lost his divine power? Or is it that we are afraid God might answer our prayers in a different way to that which we have instructed Him? Friends, please stop to reassure yourself of the living God that we serve, and the awesome power that is His today, tomorrow and until He calls us home to glory. The same power that we saw demonstrated in the Bible, is the same God who helped the Israelites and many others as relayed in the Bible. He’s still God and He is still available to us today dear friends. Learn to trust Him more, and stop the worrying. He can, and will, do what He promised in His Word. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Him, for He has gone to prepare a place for us. Our time here on earth is limited, but our time in heaven will be endless as we take up our new home and sing endless praises to our King! Don’t worry, God’s got this, my friend!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: The same God who has proven Himself over and over again, is still the God that we serve today. There is nothing He can’t do for us. Just trust and believe, but never worry!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I pray that just as we confidently jump into our vehicles each day knowing that we will be at work, or at church on time, we will also have that kind of confidence that our risen Lord is on the throne and ready to work miraculously all around us, for our benefit and His glory. May we always trust in You and have the faith to know that You will never leave us alone, or not take good care of us. Unfortunately, worry equals doubt. Please teach us to always keep our eyes fixed on You and not on the troubles that surround us, or on the mountains ahead. I know without a shadow of doubt that You’ve got this – us and our circumstances. Thank You loving Father for always caring for Your kids. AMEN!

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

To Be Determined In Your Heart

Many of us probably ‘go with the flow’, and therefore might be considered crowd pleasers. But what if you are a child of the Most High God and have set your aim at striving every day to be like Him – follow in His footsteps and please Him by obeying His commands? Do you suppose that you could still be a ‘crowd pleaser’? Something to seriously consider today as we look at a man who was ‘determined in his heart’ to honor God.

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-11-11
WRITTEN AT: Ormond Beach, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Daniel 1:8-10
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: Although the king ate only the finest Babylonian fare, Daniel was determined not to violate God’s law and defile himself by eating the food and drinking the wine that came from the king’s table; so he asked the chief of the royal eunuchs for permission not to eat the food. Now God had given Daniel special favor and fondness in the eyes of the king’s chief eunuch. 10 Still the eunuch was concerned…..

OBSERVATION: Many of us probably ‘go with the flow’, and therefore might be considered crowd pleasers. But what if you are a child of the Most High God and have set your aim at striving every day to be like Him – follow in His footsteps and please Him by obeying His commands? Do you suppose that you could still be a ‘crowd pleaser’? Something to seriously consider today as we look at a man who was ‘determined in his heart’ to honor God.

APPLICATION: I’ve seen recovering alcoholics determine in their hearts that they will not drink, nor even taste alcohol again, for fear of resurrecting their addiction. So they set that limitation for themselves, while in some cases being accountable to a recovery group, and they stick to it. Daniel spent quality time with his God and he was determined to obey His commands and live a life worthy of his calling. Because of his good health and his noble character, he was chosen for further training to serve his earthly king. Being of such noble character and in recognition of his abilities, one might think that Daniel may have done anything the king asked of him, but that was not the case. It all began with the food the king chose for him. It did not meet the standards Daniel had become accustomed to in his efforts to follow the Word of God. At that point Daniel had a decision to either join with all the king’s men and eat the rich palace food, or to insist on doing what he already knew that God wanted him to do. We all know the story, Daniel insisted on eating like he felt led of God to do, because he knew deep inside that was the right thing to do. Now Daniel could have gone on to pretend that he was eating the food, and then discard it, but no, he felt solid enough in his faith that if God took him to it, He would help him through it. So he gained the faith and courage to ask the guard for special favors in his diet. Isn’t it amazing, and even victorious, that when we determine in our hearts to obey and follow God, that He will make a way, even when it seems like there is no way? God prepared the heart of the guard, and gave him boldness to help Daniel, even at the possible expense of his own life. Wow, what a mighty God we serve! So what is there in your life that you have cowered over because of the fear of not being so popular with the crowd, or the fear of getting someone else in trouble for helping you maintain your Godly aspirations? Where is your faith dear Brother or Sister? When you reflect back over your life and remind yourself of all the many ways that God protected you, all the ways that He guided your path, all the ways that He healed your afflictions, could He possibly have lost His power? Oh dear friends, I believe this Scripture was placed before us today to remind us that we must not wait for the time of temptation, or the time of challenge and then use our circumstances to guide our decisions. Instead we must trust in God today – the One who created heaven and earth; the One who sacrificed His only Son for our salvation; and the One who loves us more than anything else in the world, and we must allow Him to hold our hand, guide our hearts and our lips, and reassure us of His protection in life, no matter the circumstances, and no matter how impossible things appear in our eyes. Know that God loves you my friend; know that He has power to do more than we could even imagine; and know that one day soon we will join with the angels around the throne where we will sing and shout His praises for ever and for ever! Go ahead, trust in Him! He can, and He will meet your needs and guide you through your life of commitment to Him!

PRAYER: When our hand is placed firmly in the powerful hand of our Master, we have nothing to fear. Thank You precious Lord! It seems so natural to worry, and so in line with the world to just go along with the crowd, even when we know that we have committed our life to the lordship of our King, Jesus. Please Lord, keep us humble and help us to keep our eyes fixed on You through all of life’s circumstances. Please give us confidence to trust in the power of our awesome God, no matter what challenges face us. You are all-powerful and all-wise. We need you precious Lord, because we know that You can do all things. May You be glorified through us dear Lord. 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!

Wisdom For Your Journey

After returning home from work a few days and reflecting on the serious challenges that presented themselves that day, I quickly realized that it could only have been God that prepared me for each challenge. Did I know about the problems that would occur before I left home? No! Did I have time to escape to a corner to pray before responding to the challenges? No! However, whenever I asked God to direct my path and give me wisdom for the issues each day, He honored His Word and responded accordingly for His child at every opportunity. Join me as we consider the words of James, as inspired by God.

DATE WRITTEN: Sunday, 2020-10-18
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: James 1:5-7
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking. The key is that your request be anchored by your single-minded commitment to God. Those who depend only on their own judgment are like those lost on the seas, carried away by any wave or picked up by any wind. Those adrift on their own wisdom shouldn’t assume the Lord will rescue them or bring them anything.

OBSERVATION: After returning home from work a few days and reflecting on the serious challenges that presented themselves that day, I quickly realized that it could only have been God that prepared me for each challenge. Did I know about the problems that would occur before I left home? No! Did I have time to escape to a corner to pray before responding to the challenges? No! However, whenever I asked God to direct my path and give me wisdom for the issues each day, He honored His Word and responded accordingly for His child at every opportunity. Join me as we consider the words of James, as inspired by God.

APPLICATION: Wisdom, as James explains it, is the ability to live life well and make good decisions. Wisdom doesn’t come from old age or hard knocks. Wisdom begins with knowing and depending absolutely on God, who is never stingy when it comes to wisdom for those who seek it. He supplies all the wisdom we need when we ask. But when we try to go it alone—without God—trouble is around the corner. Praise God that He is so different to us. Have you ever stood and waited for a companion to ask you for help in understanding or how to resolve a matter? You knew the answer, but you wanted to wait and watch the companion grovel in their lack of knowledge before volunteering to help. I know, you are not that mean, nor do you know anyone quite that mean, right? I was overjoyed to hear James say that God would not scold us for asking, for that’s our greatest fear in acknowledging our lack of knowledge, or need for help. We are often afraid of the other person laughing at us, or scolding us for not having such simple wisdom. But notice that we are to approach God with confidence and without waivering in our faith, and in confidence that our God is still able to do anything we might ask. Think about it, He created the universe, so what is there in the universe that might stomp Him now? But God wants us to approach Him in full confidence, without doubt, and without leaving Him as a last alternative, or wondering what else we will need to do in addition to God’s response to our need. God wants His children to be sold out on Him. Fully committed, and fully confident that He could do anything that we ask in faith believing. To approach God in doubt, or questioning His abilities, is like approaching our doctor who may, or may not know the exact reason for our illness. God’s not like our doctor, for He knows all things and He could react to our situation or our need, knowing full well that all things will work for the best for those who love and trust God. So let’s reflect on our current situation where we wish that we had more wisdom, and let’s praise God for His great mercies, His knowledge and His saving grace. Think on these things: COVID 19 – There is no COVID 19 in God’s heaven, for there will be no sickness there, but in spite of all world scientists having no idea about a cure yet, don’t you know that our God is in full control and will hear our every cry to Him for help? Will He immediately cure the world of this disease? That is totally in His hands, but I can assure you that He could do it. World Peace – could He bring world leaders together and be at peace with each other? That’s totally up to God, but it will be in His time and for His glory. National Elections – No I don’t get into politics in my devotional, but friends I want to remind you that God has already ordained in His Word that no ruler will govern a nation unless He approves of it. Of course, I know that each party have reasons why their party leader will be best for the country (USA), but that’s not what the Good Book says. God will place the leader to cause His kingdom work to be fulfilled. So why worry our heads over elections? Let God’s work be accomplished, even through our leaders that we may, or may not approve of, for our own selfish reasons. Friends, unless our minds and hearts are steadfastly fixed on Jesus alone, then our commitment is divided. Please let’s fix our minds on Jesus and be ready to praise Him for everything He brings to past for His own glory. For those who have not already placed their total faith and trust in Jesus, please consider reading my Footnote below, especially the Scripture behind the links included. For my readers who know Christ personally, please consider your level of faith, trust and wisdom, and the level of confidence you place in Jesus about life as a whole. Through you unwavering and undivided faith, you can live in peace knowing that the God of all wisdom and power is in total control of everything that affects you and I here on earth!

PRAYER: To the God of this universe, the God who created everything under the sun, the God of all wisdom, thank You precious Lord for loving me and taking such good care of me every day. Thank You for preparing me for every day, and thank You for directing my path and not only showing me the way, but also guiding me through every circumstance of life. Lord I praise You and I give You glory for Your amazing grace. Please humble the hearts of those who will read this devotional and cannot identify with the assurance given by James, nor in what I had to share, because they have chosen to leave You out of their lives. Please touch them today and encourage them to seek the Almighty before it is eternally too late. May they learn to trust You and depend on Your wisdom for each and every day. For thine is the power, and the glory, for ever and forever, 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!