May 27 Devotional

Psalm 146

In this psalm we find a psalmist that is preaching to himself.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!….  Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.  When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God” 

We find a psalmist that is resolving to fix his gaze upon God. 

I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” 

And he is giving fuel to his sermon and resolve by actively remembering all that God has done.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.  The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless”  

If we look closely we will see that this practice of preaching to self is one that reoccurs throughout the psalter, and it is my prayer that it is a practice that would reoccur in our lives as well.  So today, on this Memorial Day, as we reflect on all the brave men and women who have fought to afford us the freedom that we so greatly appreciate, let us not neglect to also reflect on what Jesus has done.   Let us fix our gaze upon Him, understanding that it is He alone that affords us our ultimate freedom.  And let us rest in His sovereignty, continuing to place our final hope in HIm.

May 22 Devotional

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9 ESV

This is one of those verses that can be applied in many situations, and in light of the destruction in Oklahoma brought by the massive tornado that tore through there, it is verse that certainly suits the situation. Please take a few minutes out of your day and pray that His grace and power be known in this time of pain for everyone affected. Thank you and God bless.

3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:3-5 ESV

May 15 Devotional

There is a question that will always arise sooner or later when telling of my faith and my love for Jesus, that is the authenticity of the writers of the bible. The Christian bible is from Genesis to Revelation. It is impossible for most to believe that 40 different men wrote the bible, and it make any sense. It is impossible for the human mind to grasp what was written and why, but we have the Word for a reason and I found out why. I had not even read the bible when I found out the truth about scripture.  It was the Author who led me to the written word (John 1:1), and it was through the living Word that I realized what had happened to me. I was experiencing what scripture was all about…my need for a savior and the price that was paid for me. It is through the 40 different writers that I can see the Authors signature. From the beginning of scripture to the end of scripture it tells of what Christ Jesus would suffer for us on the cross.  I can’t argue theological points about scripture, but if it’s good for salvation, it is a solid foundation.

May 10 Devotional

ISAIAH 46    WHO’S CARRYING WHO?

As we come to day’s passage from the book of Isaiah, we see God speaking to his children a message which still rings true for us today.  Are we not like the stubborn and rebellious Israelites who failed to remember what God had done for them?  Look at V 3-7 as God reminds them that they have been carried by Him before they were even born and that He will continue to do that thru old age.  God also reminds them that it is He who Saves!  Now compare that to what we do in V 5-7.  We create our own gods.  We carry them around on our shoulders until we put them down and worship them,  The only problem is they cannot move from that place nor can they answer us nor can they save us!
God calls us to remember today just as he did in this passage many years ago.  Our reminder needs to go back to the cross, where Jesus died for each one of us.  God’s promise to save us was fulfilled on that day where God provided the once for all time, once just for me sacrifice required to satisfy a Holy God.  May every day, if I do not remember anything else, may I remember that! May we allow the One who created us—to CARRY US!

May 6 Devotional

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.Psalm 125:2 (ESV)

What a statement to hold on to!  As followers of Jesus we are God’s people. Thus, what a difference it will make if we only live in light of this statement.  As you embark on this week dwell on this statement and rest in the sovereignty of the Lord our God.  For as Paul says so well: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV)

 

April 25 Devotional

“Who God Is?”

Psalm 115

Psalm 115 is a testimony to the world’s ignorance of God. It answers the most basic question, “Who is God?” The truth written in this psalm is that the Lord alone is God, the One who lives in heaven, who rules over all, who lives forevermore, who protects and prospers His people.  That is who God is, wrote the psalmist.  This psalm of God’s true identity is contrasted with the false gods, the God of Israel, the maker of heaven earth. Rather than give a defense base on an idea, the writer rejects all false gods. The thought of any faithfulness and duty being given often to a man-made idol is ridiculous and spiritual stupidity.  There is only one God, the true and living God, the God revealed in creation, history, and the Holy Scripture, Israel Redeemer, and Lord over all the peoples of earth.

Let us give thanks, praise, and glory to the One and only true and living God for saving us and bringing us into His kingdom.  Let us carry this message to a lost and dying world.

April 18 Devotional

An Unsinkable Faith

Psalm 108

In the face of mounting difficulties and growing dangers, and amid the ordeal of fiery trials, a true, God-implanted faith will ultimately remain strong and steady. This is the unwavering nature of faith that is fixed in God. Trusting the Lord does not simply explain away our problems, nor pretend that problems do not exist. To the difference, faith faces problems head on with a positive outlook of victory. Faith believes that God will certainly work for our good as God pursues His own glory.

In the midst of every problem, faith always sees the opportunity for God to work.  Faith is always up, not down, always encourages, not discouraged, always reaching forward, not backing up, always overcoming, not being overcome, and always climbing to the top of the pile, not suffering under it. Though it may take on much water in the storms of life, faith is unsinkable.