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September 8, 2018
Ephesians 2:4

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

The first three verses of Ephesians Chapter 2 paint an ugly picture of the sinner’s life before trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour! Before conversion, we were DEAD in trespasses and sins, we were DECEIVED by the prince of the power of the air, we were DISOBEDIENT to God and His Word, we were DEFILED in the lusts of our flesh, and we were DOOMED under the wrath of Almighty God! Oh, but I’m so thankful for that heavenly conjunction, BUT GOD! After God buts in, things quickly change! In the next few verses we see the Mercy of God for His great love, the Miracle of Grace by which we are saved, the Momentary Glimpse we experience by sitting in heavenly places, the Manifest of Glory that will come one day as we are presented as trophies of grace, and the Marvelous Gift, without which we could not be saved! Praise His Holy Name!


September 1, 2018
Daniel 6:10

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel did not compromise his personal prayer life even though the current circumstances were tempting for him to quit praying for thirty days. Daniel had purposed in his heart 70 years prior to this text that he would not defile himself (Dan. 1:8). His life of faithfulness to God was a direct result of his personal prayer life and intimate relationship with the Lord. How many times have we rushed through the day, the week, or even a full month without really praying and getting in touch with God because we are too busy? It could have cost Daniel his life, but he was going to be faithful to God no matter what happened to him. He was much like the Apostle Paul, who desired for Christ to be magnified in his body, whether it be by life, or by death (Phi. 1:20). Have you allowed things in your life to replace your alone time with God? Say, have you ever even had a personal prayer life where you discipline yourself to make time for the Lord regardless of your daily schedule? How we need to be more like Daniel and pray three times a day no matter what the circumstances are all around us! AMEN!


August 25, 2018
Mark 4:37, 39

“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full… And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

In our lives there will often arise a great storm, and all of a sudden if we aren’t careful, we will begin to panic and question God. But I want you to notice in this text that although there arose a great storm of wind, and it seemed like the disciples were in trouble, then Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind! Aren’t you thankful that Jesus arose one day and conquered death, hell, and the grave?! If He can rise from the dead, then surely He can rise above the storms of your life and give you a peace that passeth all understanding! Since He has risen from the dead, we ought to be able to have full trust and faith to believe that He is able to rise above any circumstance we will ever face in this life! HALLELUJAH, CHRIST AROSE! AMEN!


August 18, 2018
2 Peter 3:15

“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation...

The longsuffering of our Lord is the reason that I am saved today! I personally believe that it is also the reason that our Lord Jesus Christ has not yet returned for His people and began pouring our His wrath upon this wicked world. Could you begin to imagine if our Lord was not longsuffering where we would be today? I’m so thankful that the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). Let’s praise Him today for His longsuffering! AMEN!


August 11, 2018
Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The first four words of the Bible declare God’s existence and disprove every incorrect idea about God. Before there was an Atheist Group, there was an Almighty God! Before there was a Lost Sinner, there was a Loving Saviour! Before there was a Death Sentence, there was a Delivering Sacrifice! Before there was a River Boundary, there was a Redeeming Blood! Before there was an Overwhelming Wall, there was an Overcoming Way! Before there was a Consuming Fire, there was a Close Friend! Before there was a Powerful Storm, there was a Peaceful Stillness! Before there was a Complex Problem, there was a Comforting Promise! Before there was a Human Penman, there was a Heavenly Planner! Before there was a Burning Hell, there was a Beautiful Heaven! No matter what you’ll ever face in life, just know that God is already there; He was already aware of it before it came to pass, and He will see you through it, for your good and for His glory! AMEN!


August 4, 2018
Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

The Lord knew every single one of us before we were ever born. From the moment of conception, human life begins. When we were in the womb, we were not a fetus, as the liberals would have us to believe; we were a living person, growing inside of our mother! God knew us then, and He had a perfect plan for our life. He knew we would be born with a sinful nature, so He designed a master plan long ago, and sent His only begotten Son Jesus to die for our sins, long before we were ever born! God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). His perfect will is for us all to be saved and to trust Him with all our heart every day that we live. He knows what is best for us, and if we want to be truly happy in life, we will seek Him with our whole heart, and follow the perfect plan that He has in store for us! What a God we serve, Who always has our best interest in mind! AMEN!


July 28, 2018
Isaiah 40:28

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

What a God that we serve! He is eternal, He is the Creator of all things, He never gets tired, and our minds can never comprehend His understanding! So many times during difficult trials in our lives, we allow our flesh to question our circumstances, and wonder whether or not God is listening to our prayers. Dear Christian friend, hast thou not heard about the God we serve? Hast thou not heard that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think? Hast thou not heard that my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus? Hast thou not heard that all things work together for good to them that love God! Glory to His Name!


July 21, 2018
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

As Solomon was closing this book of wisdom as an old man while reflecting on his life, he pens down these final two verses under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. The conclusion of the whole matter in respect of how we should each live our lives is simply to Fear God, and keep his commandments. We tend to make a lot of things complicated, but if we would follow this simple principle in our lives, how better off we would be! To fear God, knowing that He knows everything about us, and to keep His commandments, knowing that it is a sin to break one! Let us all Fear God, and keep his commandments, for then we would be able to experience daily victory in our lives! AMEN!


July 14, 2018
Psalm 145:3

“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

How Great Thou Art! This song has been in my head and in my heart all weekend long. Have you meditated on how great God is recently? Have you thought about His love, His grace, and His mercy that He has shown to you? The same God that created the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars – the Creator of all the universe – is still a personal Saviour that He died just for you! Since He is so great, He is also greatly to be praised! When is the last time that you just stopped everything else that you were doing and praised the Lord? Through all the hard times and good times, He is still worthy of all our praise. He is so great that His greatness is unsearchable. We will never fully understand just how great God is until we enter Heaven one day, but I sure love talking about the greatness of God of what I can comprehend! Let us all just meditate on the third verse to this powerful old hymn:

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!


July 7, 2018
Psalm 112:7

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

This Psalm is about the blessed man who fears the Lord. To fear the Lord means to have a reverential trust, with hatred of evil. To trust in the Lord is to take refuge in His promises; to lean on Him during difficult times; to know that He is in control, and that all things work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28). This verse is teaching us that if we are in the center of God’s Will, then our heart will be fixed, trusting in the Lord, even when we receive bad news. Fixed means to be firmly established. As a Christian grows in his relationship with the Lord, his faith will begin to grow. As the trials and tribulations come, and as God sees the Christian through them all, we begin to trust in the Lord more. We can look back on our lives and see the Hand of God moving, even when we didn’t realize He was moving! Not only that, but we can see many biblical examples all throughout the Scriptures of God showing up in the right place at the right time. Is your heart fixed today? Is your faith in the Lord firmly established? When evil tidings come your way, do you begin to question God, or do you fully trust God? Do you begin to worry, or do you just praise Him anyway, knowing that He is still in control? My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise (Psalm 57:7). AMEN!


June 30, 2018
Galatians 5:1

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

In June 1776, the General Congress appointed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence. The thirteen colonies represented at Congress unanimously voted to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776, and on July 4 it was signed by John Hancock and sent to England. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail, which said: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch [time] in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty… You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction…” We are forever indebted to our forefathers and founding fathers for the sacrifices they made and the vision they had for future generations. The preamble to the Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Let us be thankful for our heritage! God Bless America!


June 23, 2018
Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today is 6/23, which always reminds me of Romans 6:23. The wages of sin is DEATH! Sinners are earing wages every day, every hour, every moment, whether they think about it or not. And the day of reckoning is at hand, when the wages will be paid to all those who have not had their sins washed away in the precious blood of Jesus. Every act, word, deed, thought – are all increasing the sum that shall be paid to them, and who can calculate the amount of debt that has been increasing rapidly from the first moment that one began to act? Sinners do nothing but earn wages their entire life. Oh, but thank God, there is an opportunity of cancelling the debt by the grace of God! You can plead the merits of His dear Son, and have the old account settled, and be reconciled to God! Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe – Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow! AMEN!


June 9, 2018
Psalm 119:15

“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Meditate means to dwell on anything in thought. The words meditate and meditation are found 20 times in the KJB, and most uses of the words are in connection with meditating upon the Word of God. They are found 7 times in Psalm 119, which is the chapter in the Bible that speaks most about the Word of God. The longest chapter in the Bible has the most mentions of these words, which tells us that we need to meditate upon God’s Word! This is perfect (hence the number 7) meditation! Ask yourselves: Do I meditate upon God’s Word more than anything else? Meditation deliberately engages the conscious mind with the truths of God’s Word. Amen.


June 2, 2018
2 Corinthians 7:10

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

There is a difference in godly sorrow and sorrow. It is one thing to be sorry for what you’ve done, but it is another thing to be sorrowful toward God for what you’ve done. It is when a sinner realizes that they have sinned against God that godly sorrow will come, which will work them toward repentance and salvation. There have been many people sorry because they got caught or because of the consequences that they had to face, but just being sorry doesn’t produce salvation. Repentance is a change of mind about sin that leads to a changed life. It is not a prayer that saves someone, but the decision of repentance and accepting God’s terms through Jesus Christ for salvation. In order to be saved, you must repent! You must change your mind about sin, and realize that you have sinned, and trust Christ as your Saviour, Who will come into your heart and give you the power to overcome the temptation to sin. There have been many false professions of faith by people who have simply repeated a prayer, but they never truly repented toward God. We must be sure to preach and teach that repentance is necessary for salvation! Amen.


May 26, 2018
Proverbs 22:28

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

There is a generation in our churches today that have no idea about the Christian heritage of America. The main reason is that the ancient landmarks have been removed. It seems like each generation that passes, the absolute truth is forgotten little by little. The problem does not lie with the Republicans or the Democrats. It does not lie with the President or the Supreme Court. It does not lie with the liberal media. The problem lies within each individual family. We have removed the ancient landmarks that our fathers have set. We have removed God from our homes and replaced him with the television. We have removed going to church faithfully and replaced it with going to the ball games faithfully. We owe a great debt to our forefathers, to our founding fathers, to our faithful leaders, and to those American soldiers who risked and gave their lives for you and me to have the liberty that we do today! On this Memorial Day weekend, let us never forget those who made sacrifices for us to be able to enjoy the privileges that we have today. If it wasn’t for liberty, we wouldn’t be able to go to church and worship the Lord as we do today. Let us not abuse our privilege by staying home on Sunday and Wednesday evenings! Amen.


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

Who 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.

 
 

 


First Baptist Church of Pinch
71 Upper Pinch Road, Elkview WV 25071
Pastor Michael Smith (304) 382-3382
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