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May 19, 2018
Joshua 1:8

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

What a verse! This is the only occurrence of the word success in Scripture. The world today defines success by how much money one makes or how popular one is. But the Bible teaches us in this verse that to be successful, you must meditate in the Word of God and obey its commandments. How different from the worldly view! Why would meditating on the Bible and obeying its commandments make us successful? Because the Bible is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and when a person reads and meditates on its words, their life will become centered around and built upon the truth! The devil has lied to the countless billions throughout the ages, but the God we serve is a God of truth, and His will for every individual is to be born again and to live in the center of His Will. The only way you will be successful is if you are living in the Will of God, and that will only be revealed to you as you read and mediate upon the Bible! Determine today that you will begin to open the Word of God more than you ever have, and a successful life is surely to follow! Amen.


May 12, 2018
Proverbs 31:10

What can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

What a question! We are living in a world that has gone through tremendous changes in recent years. We have witnessed a revolution of moral values. Women are being deceived. They are believing the devil’s lie and trading their honored place of God’s design for a place of dishonor in the devil’s plan. Christian women should be determined to set a holy example for those who follow after them. Who can find a virtuous woman? Her heart is priced far above rubies. What a woman is means more than what a woman does. Her character is more important than her accomplishments. Today, people are praised for their accomplishments, but what we need to be concerned about is virtue. Virtue is not trying to be like someone else, but it is allowing the indwelling Christ to take control and make us like Him from the inside out. Many things are said about the appearance of women; but when we talk about the outward appearance, we need to realize that it all starts in the heart. Noah Webster said that virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to the truth. I thank God for every virtuous woman that is in the world today – we need more of them! Amen.


May 5, 2018
Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

When you trust, you do not question, and you do not worry. As a Christian, the devil wants nothing more than for you to question God on why He has allowed something to happen in your life, and he wants you to worry all the time about how your situation will be resolved. But as you mature as a Christian and learn of God’s faithfulness, you will begin to trust God more and know that He is in control, regardless of the devil trying to tell you otherwise! God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think; He will supply all your need according to His riches in glory; He knows what things ye have need of before ye ask Him! On the other hand, the devil is a liar and the father of it! The devil is a thief that wants to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; he is the accuser of the brethren; he is the master deceiver and wants you to fall into the snares that he has laid for you! But as you mature as a Christian, you will learn to discern the still small voice of the Holy Ghost inside of you, and know whether or not something is of God or of the devil. It all comes down to trusting God and learning not to question or to worry about anything. Let God handle it all! He is able to! Amen.


April 28, 2018
John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Peace is something that not many people have in the world today because it can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. Jesus spoke these words just hours prior to His arrest, trials, sufferings, and death on the Cross. He wanted His disciples to know that although He would no longer be with them physically, that they could still have the peace of God through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter who was to come and abide with them forever! There are many difficult times that we will face in this life, such as the death of a loved one; but because of the hope we have in Christ Jesus, if the one who died had been born again, and if we too are saved, the Comforter will provide us with peace in the midst of the storm, and reassure us of the hope of eternal life! What a Saviour we have, that in the hardest of times in our life when our heart begins to be troubled and when we begin to be afraid, the Comforter will calm our nerves, and we can have perfect peace through Christ even when we are facing the worst storm of our lives! Friend, if you don’t have this peace, I earnestly beg you to place all your faith and trust in the Prince of Peace today! Amen.


April 21, 2018
Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge....

We live in a world today where knowledge has dramatically increased over the past 100 years. To think of technology advancements in the recent generations is simply amazing, and to see children learning in elementary school what used to take until high school to learn is incredible. This leads me to this thought: How can we have access to so much knowledge today, but yet also live in the most wicked generation? The answer is found in the TEXT verse above. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. People are learning about everything else except for fearing the LORD. Man thinks that he is the smartest he has ever been, but in reality, we could argue that man is the dumbest he has ever been. Why? Because every generation gets farther and farther away from the truth found in God’s Word. The advancements of knowledge may be amazing, but if they have caused our society to grow further away from God, what is the benefit from it? To quote the founder of our Dictionary, Noah Webster, “Education is useless without the Bible.” We are truly in the last days, where men are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 3:7). It is sad that children today are being educated in everything else other than the most important thing they could be educated in – the fear of the LORD! May God have mercy on us!


April 14, 2018
Isaiah 55:10-11

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth fruit and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

When a Christian shares the Word of God with someone, it is like planting and watering seed.  In every case, the Word of God will not return void!  Ultimately, God will give the increase.  It is not our responsibility to get certain results from sharing the Word of God, it is just our duty to share it.  The Holy Ghost is the one that will convict the heart of sinners, and we must leave that up to Him.  We may never see the fruit from sharing the Word of God, but it doesn’t mean that the Holy Ghost is not at work.  We are promised that His Word will never return void.  This should encourage us to share the Word of God more than we ever have!  How many people have you witnessed to this past week about the Lord Jesus Christ?  How many Gospel tracts have you passed out?  Let us all begin share the Word of God more every day! Amen.


April 7, 2018
Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

As we begin our Spring cleaning in our homes, let us not forget to examine ourselves and do some “Spring cleaning” of our lives, including things in our thoughts or hearts that shouldn’t be there.  The Word of God refers to itself in many places to act as a “cleansing agent” to us.  The more we read that blessed old Book, the cleaner our lives will be.  If you have neglected the Word of God in your devotional life, there are probably unclean thoughts that have lingered in your mind, and ill feelings that have stayed in your heart, and you need to do some “Spring cleaning” right away!  Would you pray this prayer of the Psalmist, and ask God to search your heart and mind, and reveal to you the things that shouldn’t be there, so that you may start fresh today?  Let us all seek to live a cleaner life for the glory of God!  Amen.


March 30, 2018
1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

At the heart of Christianity is the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  No other religion is based upon the historical fact that Someone has risen from the dead!  This is unique to Christianity and sets it apart from all other religions.  Since Jesus has risen from the dead in His glorified body, every born again Christian has this lively hope, with the assurance of knowing that one day soon, they too shall receive an everlasting, incorruptible, glorified body likened unto the Lord’s, when we shall be raised to die no more!  Let us spread the Good News this Easter weekend to our lost family members, and to a lost and dying world, that Jesus is alive, and that they too can be made alive in Him!  Amen.

 
 

 


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