Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

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The Man in the Middle

Monday, 2019-09-16

Bible Reference: Luke 23:39-43
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)

Bible Text: 39 One of the criminals hanging on the cross next to Jesus kept ridiculing him, saying, “What kind of Messiah are you? Save yourself and save us from this death!”
40 The criminal hanging on the other cross rebuked the man, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You’re about to die! 41 We deserve to be condemned, for we’re just being repaid for what we’ve done. But this man—he’s done nothing wrong!”
42 Then he said, “I beg of you, my Lord Jesus, show me grace and take me with you into your everlasting kingdom!”
43 Jesus responded, “I promise you—this very day you will enter paradise with me.”

OBSERVATION: Two criminals about to receive their due sentence for the crimes they were guilty of, yet each dealt with the ‘Man in the Middle’ quite differently. Both recognized Him as God, but their attitudes were totally opposing. We make those same evaluations every day, and because we are impacted differently, we often wind up making totally different decisions about life, based on those impacts. Perhaps we need to meditate together on the thought that God speaks to each of us daily, in some form or fashion, but it’s up to each of us individually how prepared we are to handle that, and how we process those God encounters.

APPLICATION: I am always amazed at the way that one church member will emerge from a church service on a spiritual high, because of the spoken word that day. Yet if you speak with another member who sat just a row behind, they got absolutely nothing from the sermon. One walked away blessed, drawn closer to the Lord, and determined to serve God better in every aspect of life. The other walked away untouched, unchanged, and no closer to God than they were before. This is very similar to one who might sit and read the Word of God. For the one who simply sits and reads the Bible as any other novel, they will search for certain styles of writing, and for a story-line that appeals to them. For the child of God interested in learning more about God, to hearing from Him, and wanting more direction form God so it could be applied to their life, they will seek God first, ask for His direction, and desire that He clearly show them how to apply what they will read. Each reader will walk away having read the Word, but I believe that only one will have discovered the voice of God. Unfortunately in life, we are very much like the two criminals, for some will be ready to fight back, find fault and negativity in everything they encounter, while others look for the good in others, and they look for ways in which God will use fellow humans to confirm His word to us that day. We have no way of determining how each of these criminal started off their day, but we do know that they each realized that their life of sin was now coming to a close through corporal punishment. They also had to deal with a fellow who was about to receive their same punishment, but never committed a crime. What on earth would they do with that? Perhaps one faced the situations of that day just like he did any other day – in anger and total disregard for everyone else. Perhaps the other one finally realized his mistakes and spoke to God that morning, knowing that he had but just a short time left here on earth. Something truly impacted their mindset as they hung there on those crosses waiting for the final bell. The plight of the criminals were extremely similar to ours dear friends, what we do with the Man in the Middle today, will determine what happens to us at the final bell. The criminals knew their ‘Bell’ would be rung that day. We also know that ours could be rung today! Are you ready for it?

PRAYER: Oh for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise…. The words of a popular old hymn, yet so true for the how I feel today dear God. You have reminded me once again in Your Word, that my attitude and my preparation for eternal life will make the difference in how my day is presented, and what I can expect when my ‘final bell’ is tolled. My desire is to allow You as Lord of my life, and under Your control and with Your awesome power, I would ask that You prepare me for the day ahead where others might see Jesus in every aspect of my life. I acknowledge that I must seek to be blessed, if I expect to be a blessing to others. Lord, have Your awesome will and way in my life today. Please also touch the heart of everyone that stops to meditate on this devotional today. May Your Holy Spirit speak volumes to each one about Your will for their life. 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 be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Your Song of Praise

Sunday, 2019-09-15

Bible Reference: Psalm 59:16-17
Translation: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Bible Text: 16 But I will sing about your strength.
    I will rejoice in your love every morning.
You have been my place of safety,
    the place I can run to when troubles come.
17 I will sing praises to you, my source of strength.
    You, God, are my place of safety.
    You are the God who loves me!

OBSERVATION: When we’re about to receive thousands of dollars, we could probably assemble an unbelievable great song of praise to God! When our first grandchild is born, our hearts are so filled with the miracle of new birth that words of praise to our God would flow forth uncontrollably from our lips. But what about our song when we reflect on the ups and downs of our week? What about when our marriage is not going well, or when we’re overwhelmed with the stress of people out to ‘get us’? Should those times of praise look any differently? Meditate with me as we think about this.

APPLICATION: It is so easy for us to raise our songs of complaining about our finances; our health; our loved one’s hospitalization; and so on. All I know is, that no matter how hard one might have it, as for me, my situation is at a breaking point, so listen up dear friend as I unload on you!! To the contrary, can you imagine the feeling that must have come over the spies from Saul’s group as they snuck up to David’s house and overheard Him singing praises to his God? Friends, I don’t know about you, but I am very ‘human’ when it comes to stressful situations, similar to the situation David must have been facing at this time in his life where Saul was out to kill him. I become jittery inside, grouchy with those around me, and often become silent (to make sure I don’t say the wrong thing), so would I ever think of making time to glorify God in the middle of my pity party? Highly unlikely! But is it not true that Jesus never fought back, or showed anger, or hatred towards those who set out to harm Him? He knew it was the Father’s will that He should go to the cross, and He was prepared to honor Him in everything ordained by God. Could it be that God places us in certain situations to help us grow closer to Him, or perhaps learn to understand others, or perhaps get that chip off our shoulder? Scripture repeats itself in telling us that ‘in ALL things, give thanks’! Imagine with me for a moment that the same God who blesses us richly each and every day, is the same God that waits for our acknowledgment of His lordship even when things don’t seem to be going the way we expected. He’s in control Brothers and Sisters, so never turn your back on Him. Satan would love nothing more than to temp you with something and than see you fail, or at least falter in your faith. Be strong in the Lord and trust in Him in ALL your ways, my friend! This is a good day to strive for that goal! Prayerfully get before the Master and ask Him to help you make right decisions; read His Word for His answer back to you and the direction you should follow; listen to the spoken Word from Bible Believing pastors; and then be busy about His work. His ways will ultimately lead to a path that brings praise back to the Almighty. So seek my Lord while you are able to, and be obedient to His call. There’s nothing more satisfying in this whole world than to know that you are following the will of God, for this is what He desires of His children seeking to be with Him for eternity!

PRAYER: Oh Lord, I am truly reminded today to continue praising You in the good times, but also to never forget to praise You in the storms of life. You never promised us life without challenges, but you assured us that You will be with us at ALL times, and in every circumstance of life. Lord, You know the challenges that we face, and how overwhelmed we become at times. Please help us to always keep our heads up, looking full into the face of the One who loves us beyond compare, and reminding us that You will love us through the good, and the challenging times of life. Thank You for Your unconditional, sacrificial love for us, please help us to love You enough to never question Your ways and Your decisions. Please help those that will read this devotional and may not know you personally, to realize that You’re are every bit as awesome as I have tried to portray in this devotional today. For You are alone are God, and there is no one above or beyond 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 be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Relationship Denials

Thursday, 2019-09-12

Bible Reference: Luke 22:26-60
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)

Bible Text: 56 A girl noticed Peter sitting in the firelight. Staring at him, she pointed him out and said, “This man is one of Jesus’ disciples!”
57 Peter flatly denied it, saying, “What are you talking about, girl? I don’t know him!”
58 A little while later, someone else spotted Peter and said, “I recognize you. You’re one of his, I know it!”
Peter again said, “I’m not one of his disciples.”
59 About an hour later, someone else identified Peter and insisted he was a disciple of Jesus, saying, “Look at him! He’s from Galilee, just like Jesus. I know he’s one of them.”
60 But Peter was adamant. “Listen, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t you understand? I don’t even know him.” While the words were still in his mouth, the rooster crowed.

OBSERVATION: We are identified and referred to by the people and places that we hang around, and often by the clothes we wear. Imagine a doctor walking around your favorite store in a pair of shorts. Would you ever recognize him? Imagine a charismatic pastor sitting in a waiting room at the hospital in casual clothes calmly and softly chatting with a young lady, would you recognize him? Also, what if you traveled to a country that is unfriendly to the gospel, and the authorities identified you as ‘one of those Christians’. Would you quickly step forward and rejoice that God has answered your prayers? Join me as we meditate on the dilemma of Peter.

APPLICATION: With every good intention, many of us pray that others may see the character and love of Jesus in us, hoping that others might be drawn to Christ because of our testimony. Inside our churches we sing His praises, love on other like believers, and we may even shout ‘Amen’ in agreement to all that the Pastor has to say. All things that the Savior might be proud of, right? But what are we like in our business places? In our business decisions? In our after work parties? Or in our political affiliations? Will the servant girl identify us as ‘one of His’? We might very easily become entrapped in similar challenges with other associations in life. Like Peter, some may be afraid of the consequences that might ensue because of family affiliations, or political affiliations, or others. Friends, I believe that our challenge in this Scripture today is ‘What will we do with Jesus?’. Is He just a good relationship to keep mom, spouse, children and the pastor, happy and off our back? Is He good to know when things are really rough on us – medical challenges; dying relative; a child in trouble with the law; etc. or have you truly accepted Him as your Lord and personal Savior? I pray that you’ve developed such a relationship with Him that you are comforted by His love; His guidance; His wisdom; and His promise of eternity with He and the Father in heaven? Let me suggest that if you feel all of the latter, and you know that your eternity is secure in Him, then may I challenge you today to think about what your answers would be to the questions asked of Peter? For I believe that you will be challenged along the same lines as Peter was, while living this life here on earth. Decide this day whom you will follow, and to whom you will cling to, when challenged by the ungodly and those who are out to get you.

PRAYER: Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on through every step of this Christian life. Whether in the good times of rejoicing with fellow Christians, or in situations where we are faced with the daggers of the enemy, please give us the boldness to never back down from our association and relationship with You. After all, You bore the embarrassment and the sting of punishment for us while carrying out the plan of Your Father, so that the mean and the wicked of this world might have the means of salvation – union with God the Father. Thank You for Your sacrifice, and thank You for the love shown for us. Please embolden us with Your power and Your strength to never back down from our ties with You. Oh that You would rule and reign in us, until the day You call us home to glory! AMEN!

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

Consider Your Form of Betrayal

Wednesday, 2019-09-11

Bible Reference: Luke 22:47-48
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)

Bible Text: 47 No sooner had he finished speaking when suddenly a mob approached, and right in front of the mob was his disciple Judas. He walked up close to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss. For he had agreed to give the religious leaders a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the one to seize.” 48 Jesus looked at him with sorrow and said, “A kiss, Judas? Are you really going to betray the Son of Man with a kiss?

OBSERVATION: A story that we’ve read and/or heard many times, yet the Holy Spirit will challenge you each time that you read it again. I bolded a statement that I was challenged with today as I read this Scripture. I trust that as we meditate on this, we might ponder what actions we take individually in betraying, or denying our Lord.

APPLICATION: Betrayal is one of the most painful human experiences. Discovering that someone we trusted has deeply hurt us pulls the reality rug from under us. We might look at Judas and wonder how could he possibly betray his Lord after seeing Him heal the sick; bring the dead back to life; feed the 5,000; show love to the unlovable; and sit down at the table with he and the other 11 disciples. Why Jesus even showed deep humility in washing the disciples’ feet. Yet for a small bag of coins, and a moment of recognition by the religious leaders, Judas escaped the reality of a loving Savior and joined the side of the enemy to crucify Jesus. I couldn’t help but ponder what we would feel like if Jesus looked into our eyes and asked the same question of us. Will you betray me with ______ Ed? Friends, we may not be in the same position as Judas, where we are selling out to the religious leaders, but I’m afraid that there are times that we hide our relationship with the Master. Perhaps in a public setting known for their stand against religious lingo, or Christian practices; Perhaps in the presence of government officials who are bombarded by fellow representatives who frequently speak of the separation of church and state; Perhaps just in a public setting, like a restaurant, where others may steer at you if you pause to give thanks for your food. I believe that anytime we fail to recognize Jesus in all walks of life, or are embarrassed to claim Him as your Lord and Savior, you are betraying the trust that He expects from you. Can you imagine hanging on a cross half naked and beaten to a pulp, because it was His way of displaying His ultimate love for us? Imagine if He would have backed out of that, because we were just not worth the pain it would cause our Lord? How would you feel about Him? Friends, is there anything you wouldn’t do in return for our Savior’s love and the provision of salvation made possible just for us? For Judas, it was a simple, everyday kiss that told the whole story of denial for him. What is it for you?

PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for never backing down on Your commitment to Your Father. Thank You for always loving us, and Your willingness to even be crucified just for us. Please touch our hearts today with a renewed sense of boldness and love for You. May our commitment to serving You be so strong that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God. Yes, we want to please our friends, please our government leaders, and be a noble citizen, but please give us the strength to never do any of that at the expense of serving You and being true to our commitment in loving You for all eternity. Oh that others may see Your love in us today and want to know You personally, before it’s too late. AMEN!

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

Ready or Not Here He Comes

Friday, 2019-09-06

Bible Reference: Luke 21:34-36
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)

Bible Text: 34 “Be careful that you never allow your hearts to grow cold. Remain passionate[m] and free from anxiety and the worries of this life. Then you will not be caught off guard by what happens. Don’t let me come and find you drunk or careless in living like everyone else. 35 For that day will come as a shocking surprise to all, like a downpour[n] that drenches everyone, catching many unaware and un-prepared. 36 Keep a constant watch over your soul, and pray for the courage and grace to prevail over these things that are destined to occur and that you will stand before the presence of the Son of Man with a clear conscience.”

OBSERVATION: I am amazed that God gives us multiple early warnings before bringing eternal consequences on us. In our Scripture today we are warned about the times that will lead up to His return to take His bride (the church – the redeemed of Christ – those who have accepted Jesus as Lord of their life) home to glory with Him. No time frame was given, so you may never get to read this devotional today, because no matter how fast the internet is, He may choose to return before you ever have access to this. So please take this devotional seriously, as there may be decisions that you may need to make today.

APPLICATION: As a child we may have been warned not to touch certain things. Of course we had to test mom and dad so that we could see what would happen if we touched the item anyway! Often there were consequences if we ignored mom and dad and followed through on our quest! We were introduced to ‘choices’! As we grew into adulthood, this matter of obedience and control became even more prevalent. Speeding; stealing; lying; cheating; etc. But in every case we had a ‘choice’ to make about whether we would obey the rules, or not. Then most of us learned of Jesus Christ and what He did for us on Calvary. Similar to other life scenarios, we had a ‘choice’ to make. Do we place our trust in Jesus and ready ourselves for His return, or shall we take our chances that He’s not serious? Friends, these are decisions that every adult will make. Unless you accept Jesus as Lord of your life, you are destined for the pit of hell with Satan. Note: you have never actually been through ‘hell’ here on earth like you may have thought a few times, for Satan has a pit prepared for you that is worst than anything you ever imagined. However, if you decide to take Jesus at His word, and accept Him as your Lord and personal Savior, you are offered the assurance of living eternally in heaven with He and the Father. The destination experience is totally different. In the first case, you can look forward to more heat, hatred, evil and pain than you have ever experienced here on earth. In the second option, you will find a loving Savior awaiting your entrance with outstretched arms and a welcoming smile. He will look very familiar, because the Word of God says that He created us in His own image. I believe that the love that He will portray will be greater than anything we could ever imagined from His Word. Can you imagine how He will proudly introduce us to the Father? “Father, these are the ones who accepted the gift that we gave on Calvary, and they’re here to spend the rest of eternity with us”. So friends, let’s not forget the warning in our verses today – Jesus will return to take His body of believers/followers home to glory with Him. Know that this will happen on His timetable, and not yours. Know that you are destined for hell, and will not qualify to join the group that will accompany Jesus, unless you have first accepted Him as Lord and Savior while here on this earth. Jesus could very easily return today my friend. Are you ready to go with Him? It’s your call. There are details in my Footnote that could help you in making a change in your eternal destination. My humble plea is that you will be wise today.

PRAYER: Lord God, thank You for the promise of life eternally in heaven with You! What joy fills my heart today to even think of seeing Your wonderful face, bowing at your feet and worshiping You endlessly. Oh I want to see You, Look upon Your Face, There to sing forever, of Your saving grace! Thank You for the warning in our Scripture today Lord Jesus, but should You come today, I am ready to go! Praise Your wonderful name! Please use these words as encouragement for those who may stumble across this devotional and not know You as Lord. Soften their hearts and call them to Yourself, I pray. 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 be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

When God’s Power Takes Over

Wednesday, 2019-09-04

Bible Reference: Judges 6:34
Translation: Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Bible Text: 34 But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with Himself and took possession of him, and he blew a trumpet, and [the clan of] Abiezer was gathered to him.

OBSERVATION: God sent an angel to meet with Gideon and give him instruction. Like us, Gideon needed proof that the messenger was sent from God. Later as the angel gave further instruction, Gideon asked for further identification or proof from the angel. However, in our focal verse we can see that when the angel was really ready to have Gideon move into action, we are told that God took special action. I believe that God has to take extra action with us many times, so let us meditate on this for a few moments today.

APPLICATION: I found it fascinating to see at the beginning of this encounter with Gideon, the call on his life for a great work by God. Isn’t it interesting to see that he was a man filled with doubts just like us, and that he needed reassurance, just like us? I was also fascinated at the contrasting difference in the Gideon that the angel first spoke to, and the Gideon that was totally enveloped by the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. The angel first ordered Gideon to simply pull down the idol of Baal and erect in its place an altar for God. I know, that wasn’t a totally simple thing, because Gideon was really setting himself up to be killed for such an act. However, in the next action we could see that the Abiezers went from a group that was about to mob Gideon, and probably kill him, to a group ready to follow him and listen to his commands. How did this happen? Notice in our focal verse that the Spirit of the living God enveloped Gideon! He clothed Gideon with a robe of righteousness and power that prepared him for the enormous work of the Almighty God. The Spirit took charge, or possession of Gideon! Imagine that Brothers and Sisters, can anything penetrate that shield that was erected around Gideon at that point? I can see clearly that it was no longer Gideon who was making the moves and blowing the trumpet, but God Almighty! Can you see that this is not only the awesome God that we serve, but this is the God that we could place our faith and trust in to see us through our challenges, and our ministry opportunities. Friends, there is no God like our God, and there is nothing that we should be overwhelmed with, when we allow the Holy Spirit to envelope us and protect us from the evil darts and attacks of Satan. So please allow me to encourage us to always seek God and welcome Him to protect us, lead us, and fight for us. For it is only then that we can win the daily attacks of Satan and his many cohorts here on planet earth. The One in whom we place our faith and trust today, is the One that we will spend eternity with. There is no intermediary. You will either spend eternity with God, because you trusted in His Son while you tarried here on earth, or you will spend eternity in Hell with the evil one, because you rejected Christ. I trust that you will read through my Footnote and the associated links, to help you decide today where your final destination will be. It’s your choice my friend.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, You were gracious to Your servant Gideon, and used Him in miraculous ways. Our world seems like it is way more evil than the days of Gideon, so I humbly ask that You would fill my readers and I, that know You as Lord, in a very special ministry to the lost and unconcerned people that we come into contact with on an almost daily basis. I believe that people today need the Lord more than any generation before us, and I believe that You have placed us where we’re at for a time such as this. Please envelope us with Your Holy Spirit and empower us to ‘blow the trumpet of God’ as we lift up Your name and be Your witnesses in our battle against the evil one. Oh that You may be honored and praised in all that we do and say today, is my humble pray oh 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 be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

To Praise God In All Circumstances of Life

Tuesday, 2019-09-03

Bible Reference: Psalm 56:9-11
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)

Bible Text: …This one thing I know: God is on my side!
10 I trust in the Lord. And I praise him!
I trust in the Word of God. And I praise him!
11 What harm could man do to me?
With God on my side I will not be afraid of what comes.
My heart overflows with praise to God and for his promises.
I will always trust in him.

OBSERVATION: David, the Psalmist, was able to praise His Lord in spite of the circumstances that he was under at the time, for he had been seized by the Philistines. I wonder, what I might do under similar circumstances? Looking at video footage from the Bahamas and all that they endured from hurricane Dorian over the past two days, I wonder if I could stand in waist deep water and praise the Lord? Let us stop and meditate on what might be stopping us from praising the Lord in every circumstance of life.

APPLICATION: So often we face challenges that we would rather not have touched our lives, for we may have been impacted in life altering ways. I have family and friends who were just hit by a very powerful hurricane and endured hours and hours of suffering. Can I even imagine them raising their hands in praise and thanksgiving to our Lord? I have friends who have lost a child, a spouse, a mom, etc, but can I even imagine them standing in praise to the Master? Perhaps you know of friends who have suffered loss of jobs, or perhaps going through a divorce, or some other life-changing event. What would you do or say if they asked you to join them in praise to our King? Wouldn’t that amaze you? I believe that God wants to remind us today that regardless of our circumstances, He’s still God! I believe that He wants us to know that whether we are celebrating a mountain top experience, or whether we are going through the deepest ‘waters’ of our lives, He’s still God. We tend to fret and moan over the loss of material gain, but dear friends, let us always be reminded that the One who gives life; the One who guides us through every circumstance of life; the One who comforts us like no other, Our God – Our One and Only God – He’s still our very best friend; He’s still our Deliverer; He still loves us in spite of our failures or circumstances. Let us always remember that He has gone to prepare a place for us, where we will dwell eternally with Him in glory! That’s our God my friend! We have nothing to fear or fret about with knowing whose we are, and where we will be after this wicked and challenging life here on earth is over! Yes, He’s still God – our God!

PRAYER: Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all thy hands have made! It’s all Yours Lord. Thank You for allowing us to occupy a small part of this old earth. Thank You for surrounding us with family and friends who love us. Please dear Lord, take hold of our hearts today and remind us that we are enjoying temporary quarters here on earth, so until we unite with You, many things will come our way that tend to dissapoint and perhaps even sadden us, but we have a hope! We have a promise! We have a Savior that awaits our departure from this earth, so that we could live eternally with Him. Oh Lord, I stand in awe of You and patiently await Your return! Please speak to those who might meditate on this blog and struggle with the things of this world. Only what’s done for Jesus will last! May we be found busy about Your work oh Lord, until You take us home to be with You! AMEN!

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