“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit,which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:17) The Lord places a hedge about His sheep as they roam about in the “field” of life, like a shepherd who guards His own sheep against wolves and other predators. The Lord guards and protects His sheep on all sides against the wiles of the devil and his dark spiritual forces, false teaching, and any harm that comes al
Hindrances to Faith
Hurdles to enlarging our faith are often self-created. A barrier, a hindrance, or wall to greater faith encompasses attitudes such as doubt, inadequacy, selfish desires, pride, stubbornness, and fear; all of which can get in the way of our faith. These hindrances are deep rooted spiritual matters of the heart. They are further entwined by our stubborn will and mindset, in constant enmity against the things of God, entertaining a bent towards the ways of the world. These
The Beauty and the Beast
I’m sure all of us have heard the story of the “Beauty and the beast”, but I’d like to tell you about the Biblical version of it. It begins first with:
The beast of oppression
The oppression of sin; we are slaves to evil, the captors of sin. There is little deliverance if any, from our captor, the devil. If we are delivered in one area, we are enslaved in another, there is no escape among men. Turning over a new leaf will not deliver us; Doing good deeds will n
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"Christian Homosexual LOBby!" Saved To Be Lawless? Part 3
1) True marriage in the Bible is always defined as a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Only a Satanic Theologian could distort this plain Biblical truth. (1Peter 3:1-7)
2) True Christians are always exhorted to flee "lawlessness" in their lives. Children of God will always sin, but never defend it. We are to repent when we commit evil acts, n
Psalm 51:19 1. Create in me a clean heart. Our old heart is evil from our youth (Genesis 8:21) and is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:5-10), and must be purged of the sin that indwells our affections and passions. For this to happen, our heart, which is the seat of the affections and passions of a human, must be created as clean. Create is defined as, "to form or make by investing with a new character." Our heart, filled with evil, was opened by the Lord. He took h
Philippians 4 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (v. 5)
To use a naval term, let us be "even keeled" or steadfast in all endeavors. This is a restraint of passions and indulgences of appetites; it is to control rage, and extinguish anger. Moderation is the "middle of the road", so to speak, and not drastic swings to the right or left. It is no extreme or excess in any direction or practice. When we allow others to anger us, we are not practicing moderat
Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. Genesis 19:20
Lot has just been delivered from the total destruction of sin city (Sodom).
(Bunny trail) What a picture of our salvation, and also (unfortunately) of many Christians. Lot is living in a lost and sin filled world, fully content to allow the alcohol, legalized gambling, homosexual marriage, just so long as his boat isn’t rocked. His man
Mt 13 The Sower
“But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” (20,21)
We have the parable of the sower in this passage. Here, the peculiar phrase “Yet he hath not root in himself” seems to throw the focus of the passage in a different direction. Note th
“All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. “ (Eccl. 3:20)
“Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?” (Eccl. 6: 6)
Both of these verses teach us an important truth, that death is the same for all men. The “great ones” that we exalt in sports today, those who have given their lives and hearts to the game, even they will ultimately end up in the same place as the sluggard and the slouch. Though the
Proverbs 1:20-33 is the first occasion in the book of the Proverbs wherein we encounter the personification of Wisdom as a virtuous woman who calls for us to come unto her and learn her ways of righteousness. (Proverbs 8:6-8) This activity of personified Wisdom is also encountered in Proverbs 8:1-36 and in Proverbs 9:1-12. Through these passages we find a progression to the call of personified Wisdom, and thereby we find five responsibilities that we are to maintain toward the wisdom of God’s
“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (2:25)
“And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (3:10)
In this chapter, and in the last verse of the previous chapter, we see the main reason for clothing. Did you ever wonder why you wear what you wear? Clothing is basically to cover our shame (nakedness). In verse 7 of chapter 3, we see that they sewed fig leaves together to cover the
Speaking of the Lord’s Supper, 1 Corinthians 11:26-28 reads, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
In the opening portion of verse 28, God’s Word declares, “But let a man examine himself.” As we come to the en
“Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt
Throughout the Biblical accounts in Luke 2:1-38 and Matthew 2:1-11 concerning the events that surrounded our Lord’s birth, our attention is focused upon two important responsibilities. Indeed, these two important responsibilities ought to dominate our celebration of our Lord’s birth as God in flesh. They are the responsibility to WORSHIP and to WITNESS. Consider the Biblical accounts:
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world shou
Crumbs from the Master’s Table
“And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.” (v. 28)
This verse has been very precious to me. Here is where these devotions were born; where they have their “roots”. Originally, I had written down many thoughts under the title “Crumbs from the Master’s table” and finally refined them into devotionals. The “Bread of life” is made up of crumbs. Every loaf of bread is made of millions
The Characteristics of Love
1. Love desires reciprocation.
A one-sided love promotes frustration and discontent.
Love desires company (companionship). 1 John 4:19.
2. Love is unbiased, without prejudice.
It is unconditional;
Conditioned love is mock love.
3. Love is eternal.
There is no “falling out of love”;
Nothing can replace true love, as it has no end.
4. Love cannot be described.
No words adequate enough to describe love. (“so much” as in John
“And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.” (Gen. 27:26)
A kiss is usually an outward expression of love. There are many “kisses” in the Bible (in 19 verses) that speak of the character of man. I offer a few of them in this document.
1. The kiss of affection:
In the verse I selected, the first “kiss” in the Bible, JacOB greets his beloved son with a kiss. He seems to know there is something amiss, but blesses JacOB anyway, instead of Esau. T
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (v.13)
God always provides a way of escape for us. He never gives us more than we can bear. Does any one wonder what that Way is? It is Jesus--He is the Way. (Jn. 14:6) It is always the same Way, there is no other. Yes, the Way never changes, it i
An Incorruptible Crown
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to OBtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Cor. 9: 25)
We seek after an incorruptible crown; this is a part of our reward for service in the Lord’s army. Any crown that is won by worldly means is a corruptible crown, and is usually full of corruption in the OBtaining of it, but, because of Christ and Calvary, we now can receive a crown that cannot be corrupted
The Armour of God: Prepare for Battle!
Ephesians 6:11-18 - “ Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (v. 19)
Forgive me if I take this verse out of context, but there is an illustration that one can apply here that teaches us a great truth. You see, Satan too is a good “fisher of men”. It is as if he casts the bait out into the sea of life, and just waits to see who bites. The bait may be drugs, sex, or alcohol, or anything, it may be simply a proud heart, but the emphasis is not on the bait, but on
“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” (v. 16)
Ruth was loyal to her mother-in-law, Naomi. She was willing to let go of everything she had been taught and move to a new land, and worship a new God because of the testimony of Naomi. No doubt Naomi still practiced her religion in this far off land, and Ruth
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Tim. 1:12
We need to know they “why” of certain things: Paul knew why he had suffered many trials, and here he teaches us that there are several things we must know.
First, we must know whom we have believed. We do not cling to some whimsical hope in a man made god, but in he true
It is my hope that the Lord is using the series devotions on the life of Joseph in Egypt to encourage and strengthen your walk with the Lord.
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