Judging Others

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Devotion:  Matthew 7:1-5

Do we really take this scripture to heart when thinking of ourselves or others?  We do not want to be judged harshly and yet many times we judge others with a standard we cannot begin to attain ourselves.  Is that the power of our wicked flesh or what?  I believe God; when He says, Our “hearts are desperately wicked, deceitful above all else.”

The older I get and the closer I get to going to heaven, God is mercifully revealing the depth of my sin. He is mindful I am made out of flesh and still gives me abundant grace every single second of every single day.  I want to learn to give the “grace card” to those who deserve it and to those who don’t, because I certainly don’t and He gives it anyway.

I want to daily practice taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  This has been one of my life long verses.  Replace the lies you hear in your own mind, as well as the lies other people say about you,  with what “Thus sayeth the Lord.”   He has the ultimate authority.  He is our true and living Judge. He wants you and I to succeed, in this matter of laying down our judgement of others.  We must learn to leave that to Jesus.  It’s His place, not ours.  God is in control of the people He has placed in your life. He is providing continuing education for those who have a personal relationship with Him.

In Motion:

Practice laying down your judgement of others.

 

 

 

Absolute Satisfaction

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Devotion: Romans 9:22-26

The first line of an old hymn states, “I am satisfied with Jesus.”  The author of the song later poses the following question. “But the question comes to me, as I think of Calvary, Is my Master satisfied with me?”  This type of soul searching question; stirs deeply inside of Christ followers.  Are my works effective, for the advancement of God’s kingdom purposes?  We are not saved by our works, but the works ordained for us, should bring honor and glory to the One whom we are trying to please.

The wrath of God; for our sin,  was satisfied by the stripes, beating and death of our blessed Redeemer.  He took our place on Calvary’s mountain.  I will never get over the unimaginable pain and suffering, Christ endured for you and me. For our sin.  Grace, grace.  Unmerited favor.  Nothing we could ever say or do, could ever earn this type of divine intervention.  Jesus’ amazing sacrificial love, is poured out on us  and made available to every single person breathing earth’s air.

Only when we behold our Jesus, face to face, will we understand the substitution and absolute satisfaction of His life for ours.  I am overwhelmed by the powerful presence of Jesus,when we pray or read His Word, or listen to it being preached or taught.  He pours out His precious Holy Spirit, and receives our act of worship, not because of what we do, but because of what He did on the cross.

In Motion:

Praise and bless the Lord for the absolute satisfaction of His life for yours.

Sin Is Not Your Friend

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Devotion:  Romans 3:23

Jentezen Franklin made the statement, “Sin fascinates and then assassinates.”  Sin is not your friend! So many who warm the pews on any given Sunday; have a form of godliness, but deny the power therein.  They have “religion” but not a relationship, with the Lord Jesus.  God says, “Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord,” but I will say to them, “Depart from Me, you who work iniquity, “I never knew you.”  No sadder words have ever been spoken.

Sin began in the garden of Eden, when Satan said to Eve, “Did God really say?”  Of course he was referring to God’s command to Adam and Eve, “Thou shalt not eat of one tree in the garden, the tree of life.”  God knew before he scooped up earth to make Adam and removed a rib to create Eve, that man would disobey that command.  God is Omnicient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent.  Nothing escapes Him. The Lord Himself had a better plan.

It is not a sin to be tempted.  Even Jesus was tempted by Satan himself.  But with the temptation, God has made a way of escape. His Name is Jesus.  Hallelujah!  Praise His Holy Name!  One day Satan will be bound and cast into eternal hell, never to tempt another soul again.  Never, ever.  It’s called heaven.

My prayer for you dear reader, is that you will resist the devil and he will flee from you.  I pray you will not yield to the temptation of your enemy Satan.  My friend, God has made a way for you to escape and  it is Jesus Christ Himself.  Take up your cross and follow Jesus.  Lay down your unforgiveness, your fleshly desires, your hurt feelings, your disappointments and bad habits.  Jesus will be your help and your strength, no matter what!

In Motion:

Don’t allow Satan a foot hold, not even a toe hold.  Resist the devil and he will flee.

 

 

 

 

Faithful and True

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Devotion: Revelation:21:5

Two words that describe my Jesus; faithful and true.  He has always been faithful.  He is the way, the truth and the life.  His character is impeccable and He will exhibit those traits from life’s first cry to final breath.  That’s who my Jesus is!

He remains faithful when we are faithless. He is faithful when we look the other way.  He is faithful when we are angry.  He is faithful when we think ugly thoughts toward another person.  He is faithful when the world leaves you in the dust.  He is faithful when every little thing goes wrong, from relationships to your circumstances.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  NEVER!  He is with us, always.  When He speaks, a holy hush falls on the most desperate, tortured soul.  As that soul lifts his or her eyes toward heaven, the Lord lavishes grace and mercy like an ocean.  There is not one thing a person can say or do to deserve His unmerited favor.  It is out of His kindness that Jesus remains faithful and true to His own.   I am blown away by His unconditional love.  I pray I never get over my faithful and true God.

If I truly believe; He is faithful and true, then why do I get in such a state of fear over anything at all?  If I listen closely, He will say, “Peace, be still,” to every life storm, I will ever encounter, while living in this world.

In Motion:

Praise the Lord for being your Faithful and True God, even when you face those raging storms.

The Handwriting on the Wall

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Devotion:  Daniel 5:5-12,22-30

Many times throughout my life, I have heard the saying, “He or she did not see the handwriting on the wall.”  For the longest time, I did not know or understand this came straight out of God’s Word.  King Belshazzar certainly saw the handwriting on the wall, because his hips came out of joint and his knees were knocking.  He was scared to death by what his eyes beheld.  He began to seek out those regarded as wise men, astrologers, soothsayers and the Chaldeans.  Not one of these wisemen could read this mysterious handwriting.  Belshazzar’s was so troubled, his whole countenance changed.

The king’s queen came into his presence bearing good news.  She informed Belshazzar of a man named Daniel, who possesses the Spirit of the Holy God.  How could Belshazzar have forgotten all the dreams, visions and riddles Daniel had solved for his father before him?  God used Belshazzar’s wife, to help him remember the goodness of God in the land of the living.

Daniel refused the king’s offer of elaborate gifts but still read and interpreted the handwriting on the wall. He boldly and without fear gave the interpretation to his earthly king.  Isn’t it interesting that Belshazar learned nothing from watching the consequences of pride; come upon his father, King Nebuchadnezzar? Belshazzar, was slain the very night of the interpretation.  The consequences of disobedience are dire.

What is God saying to our Nation, our states, our cities, our towns, neighborhoods and churches?  I pray we will not miss the handwriting on the wall.

In Motion:

Seek the Lord and ask Him to help you discern and obey the “handwriting on the wall.”   Today, help someone remember, “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Temporary Insanity

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Devotion: Daniel 4:26-37

My mom worked as a secretary to an administrator at Broughton Hospital, in Morganton, NC. This is a mental hospital for those who have emotional and psychological problems. Occasionally I would go to her office and on my way; I would pass by people in pitiful condition. Other times; I would observe people appearing to be perfectly “normal”.  I always wondered what drove them to the place of insanity and was it permanent or temporary?

King Nebuchadnezzar’s reason for temporary insanity, was total disobedience to God.  God even gave him a vision of what was about to take place and Daniel interpreted the dream for him.  He was forewarned by God but chose to disregard the warning.  Why did he choose to go his own way?  Pride filled his heart as he looked over this kingdom and proclaimed, “This is what I have built, by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty.”

While the words were still in his mouth, God spoke to Neb from heaven; proclaiming his kingdom was being removed from him.  He would become like a beast, eating grass for seven years.  His hair grew like feathers and his nails like birds claws.

Seven is the number of completion; so after seven years, Neb regained his sanity and looked to the last place he heard the voice of God; to heaven.  His understanding returned and he blessed the Most High and gave all the praise and honor to Him.  Neb now understood, “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.”  Every part of his kingdom was restored to Nebuchadnezzar. He had experienced temporary insanity but gained the wisdom to recognize; God knows how to deal with a prideful heart.

In Motion:

Humble yourself before the Lord your God.  Refuse to let an ounce of pride take root in your heart.

 

 

 

Submit or Rebel

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Devotion:  Ephesians 5:21

The word submit, produces a negative connotation within most human beings. The majority of Americans believe they only need to sumit if they agree with their authority.  That is not submission. That’s just agreement and cooperation.  Our human flesh does not want to submit to God or to man. When Christians submit; we make the choice to surrender our human will to that of another. Out of love and obedience to Christ, we resolve to submit to His Lordship, but it can be a little more difficult, to submit to those God has placed in authority over us.  You may have a tough boss, who seems to live to make your life hard.  You have no idea what is going on in his or her personal life.  Maybe he or she is dealing with an unhappy marriage or a rebellious child.  Possibly, there is a struggle within their own soul.

The Bible tells us, “As far as possible, to be at peace with all men.”  There are times, we must address an issue with a person in authority over us.  There is no one perfect, except Jesus Christ Himself.  We should be motivated to offer mercy and grace to all those God has placed in our lives, out of love and respect for Christ.

When you do not feel like submitting, remember that every human authority ultimately answers to God.  Talk to the Lord about your attitude.  If necessary, make an appeal to the person in authority over you.  That is what Daniel did when the king ordered him to eat food he knew God did not want him to eat.  He respectfully proposed an alternative plan.  Read Daniel 1:5-16

In Motion:

Ask the Lord to help you submit to those He has placed in authority over you.