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Daily Devotional Thought | 07.29.14

1Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (KJV)

I wonder…is our world so full of music, electronic devices, games, amusements, entertainment, hobbies, noise, hustle and bustle, and distractions that we don’t find time to listen for the voice of God? Is quiet time fading from our lives?

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Daily Devotional Thought | 07.28.14

Hebrews 11:19 “Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (KJV)

When Abraham rose up early in the morning to obey God’s command, he had sacrificed Isaac on the altar ALREADY in his heart. So when the angel told him to stop just before the knife was plunged into his dear son’s body, there was a resurrection, in figure, just like there was a sacrifice in figure.

The bottom line is this: Abraham trusted God so completely, that he KNEW that God would bring his son back to him one way or another, because of the previous promise God had given him concerning his offspring.

Application time! How much do WE trust God? What are we reluctant to sacrifice that is more dear to us than God? If it’s from God and you sacrifice it, God can give it back to you. If you sacrifice something that was not a gift from God in the first place, you’re better off without it. Now tell me again how much you love your cigarettes, liquor, dope, illicit sex, dishonest money making scheme, your immodest clothing, self-will, rebellion, angry spirit, contempt for the church, and devilish music. Then ask if those were “gifts” from God. Sacrifice them to God and see if He wants to give them back like he did the precious son, Isaac.

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Daily Devotional Thought | 07.25.14

Some people have just enough religion to soothe their conscience while they slip down the slope to hell. Too attached to the world about them to listen for the voice of God.

Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Having some kind of “close encounter” with God at some point in life and as they depend upon that experience, they merrily go about their way thinking that God will overlook the fact that they never actually responded biblically to the Gospel message. They just acknowledged that God exists. They trip along with their own plans, parties, and pastimes, not realizing that they are digging themselves deeper and deeper into a pattern of resisting and ignoring God. Pushing God out of their conscious thoughts, they harden themselves more and more to the truth that the Father loved them enough to sacrifice His own Son for their sins. Their own adventures, friends, and pursuits muffle the voice of a loving God. Finally, they are past the point of no return. They hear not the tender call of the loving Savior. Their live on earth is over. They are lost for ever.

Luke 12:18 “And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”

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Daily Devotional Thought | 07.24.14

Who is Jesus, really? Is He only a good teacher, prophet, philosopher, and example to follow?

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,whereby we must be saved.”

No, He’s exceedingly more than just a leader among mortals. He is THE SON OF GOD! It is in Him alone that any human being can have salvation for eternity. He is the only One Who sacrificed His life’s blood for the cleansing of man’s sins. Who can be saved? Those who repent and by faith come to Jesus for mercy.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.”

But many claim that there are many roads to Heaven and that Jesus is just ONE of those ways. No, if Jesus is not the ONLY way, then He was not even a good teacher or honest man, because of His statement about His ability to save.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

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Church today has largely become a fad-oriented thing. We see cowboy church, camp-meetin’ church, rock church, drama church, hip-hop church, contemporary church, et al. I love Corvettes. If I start a “Corvette Church” movement where we all gather around a showroom full of Vettes, read from the owner manual in the service, sing songs like “I drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry, and it was good ole boys drinking whiskey and rye…”, mix in the name of Jesus a few times, would that count as biblical worship? Just wondering…

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Daily Devotional Thought | 07.23.14

1Cor 14:8 “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”

Ever get annoyed at those enigmatic posts on Facebook? You know, the ones that make some sort of statement that makes no sense because it left out all the information that would be needed to discern what’s really on the poster’s mind? “Well, I’m really steamed right now!” So we don’t have a clue what she is “steamed” about, so the statement is valueless to the rest of us because we can’t read her mind.

What about the message that our lives send out? Are we, as Christians, giving an “uncertain sound” that is confusing to the world about us? If we say we are dedicated to the Lord and then hang out in the devil’s dens, is our message one of confusion to those about us? If we say we care about the Lord’s church, yet look for every excuse to miss services, are we sounding an uncertain trumpet? If we say we have faith in God, then constantly broadcast our doubts, are we faithful messengers? If we claim to care about the souls of the lost and yet can’t find our voice to witness or hand out a gospel tract, are we perceived as sincere? If we declare that we are surrendered to the Lord and believe the Bible, yet curse, complain, and criticize, are we displaying the grace of God?

God’s children need to live lives of singleness of heart instead of giving the impression that we’re double agents. Others need to be able to see with certainty which side we’re on.

Mt 5:37 “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

Jas 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

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Jude 1:3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

What is “the faith,” and why is it worth fighting for? We are told to “contend,” for “the faith,” but which faith?

If everything that attaches the name of Jesus to it is “THE faith,” then that would include David Koresh and all the “Christian” cults too. So “the faith” must mean something more specific than just any group that calls itself Christian and carries a Bible. Jude knew his readers would be able to identify exactly what is the “the faith” and be able to defend it properly. There is a set of beliefs that Christians have clung to since the beginning that they absolutely must identify with and defend. 

There is a common idea today that “all churches are good” and that it doesn’t matter much where you go as long as they are “friendly” and “help you out.” As long as the get a warm and fuzzy feeling there, they consider it good. It’s more about emotion than a body of beliefs. Doctrine is frowned upon because the hip Christians, most of the contemporary and Southern gospel Christian music crowd, and church growth movement gurus say doctrine is too divisive. But isn’t that exactly what Jude was calling for—separation from error? It’s not popular to hold firmly to biblical truth, but it is BIBLICAL! So it seems that one must decide which is more important. Be liked by the “in crowd” or contend for the faith? 

Think it through. It’s not an easy path. Jesus was crucified, John the Baptist and Paul were beheaded, and Stephen was stoned for contending for the faith. No, it’s not likely that a Christian in America will be killed for contending for the faith, but there’s not a lot of who will even risk disapproval by a friend or family member in order to stand for truth. In eternity, the risk will be worth it though.