Devotions

Your Call is Important to Me

Today’s Verse: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. ~Jeremiah 33:3 Have you ever been put on hold on a phone call and a recorded message asks you to patiently wait? It will typically end with the line, “Please don’t hang up; your call is important to us.” While we might be somewhat skeptical about that, we do feel relieved when our call is taken. Unlike customer service departments of a large corporation, it is a blessing to know that “our call is important to God!” God makes an emphatic statement to us about the importance of coming to Him in prayer. We see His Person. “Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that forme

Perfect Wisdom

Today’s Verse: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. ~James 3:17 Of the many virtues one should have in his possession, wisdom would most likely rank near the top. Wisdom is more than just education and knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to discern, prepare, and decide. Wisdom is to be loved (Proverbs 8:17). Wisdom is a gift from God (James 1:5). Wisdom is acquired by following the instruction of wise people, through study, and through experience. Let us see, this morning, God’s gift of perfect wisdom. We see the unacceptable actions. “But if ye have bitter env

Too Hard?

Today’s Verse: Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~Jeremiah 32:27 The word “hard” is synonymous with difficult, tough, onerous, and not easy. We use this word to describe a project or task that we feel is beyond our ability, or someone else’s ability, to do. An eighth grader just learning algebra might say that trying to learn calculus is too hard. A construction worker who is adept at using hand tools might say trying to do professional work is too hard. God heard the concern in the voice of Jeremiah and asked him, “Is there any thing too hard for me?” That’s our question this morning: is there anything too hard for the Lord? We see the captivit

Curb Your Appetite

Today’s Verse: When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: Proverbs 23:1 In raising dogs, trainers will teach you that it is important to control the appetite of the dog. This includes feeding the dog at the same times, keeping the serving portions the same, maintaining a healthy diet, and keeping snacks to a minimum. Spiritually, it is important to be careful of our fleshly desires and appetite. Let us see, this morning, the priority of curbing our appetite. We see the risk. Fleshly lusts war against the soul. The flesh lusts against the Spirit. Fleshly appetites are desires we have that go outside of the normal boundaries. Covetousness craves what someon

Everlasting Love

Today’s Verse: The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. ~Jeremiah 31:3 Jeremiah prophesied of Judah’s seventy-year captivity to Babylon. Jerusalem’s walls, its temple, and many of its buildings would be burned and destroyed. Those not taken into captivity would be killed by the sword, famine, or pestilence. Those taken into captivity would be told to build their houses there and allow their sons and daughters to marry. Then, God told Jeremiah to tell them that they would return to Jerusalem after the seventy years. God’s chastening hand against Israel would be completed after seventy years

As Thyself

Today’s Verse: If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: ~James 2:8 What does it mean to love thy neighbor as thyself? We live in an age when people have the extreme of being narcissistic or having very low self-esteem. Our culture is strongly characterized by apathy and indifference to the needs of others. I think of the indifference Christians have to surrendering their lives for the proclamation of the gospel message. We are seeing less and less men surrendering to the call of God and a greater consummation with personal goals. A proper, biblical understanding of “as thyself” is critical to us fulfilling the royal law. We

The Thoughts of the Heart

Today’s Verse: And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? ~Luke 24:38 Thoughts are ideas, images, individuals, and interpretations of our mind. Dictionary.com defines a thought as “a process of mental activity. It is the capacity of or faculty of thinking, reasoning, imagining, etc.” What we think about determines what we do or don’t do. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” What kind of thoughts do you have? There are divided thoughts. “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” (Psalm 119:113). The word “vain” means divided. We get the idea of doublemindedness. When we are divided in our thoughts, we are doubtful, skeptical, and undecided

But I Have Prayed for Thee

Today’s Verse: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. ~Luke 22:32 When you are in legal trouble, you need the best defense attorney you can find and afford. As an attorney, he is ethically and morally bound to provide you with a strong defense and acquittal of the allegations and charges made against you. Our Lord Jesus Christ represents us as our Advocate with the Father and as our Mediator between God and man. Let us see, this morning, how our Lord Jesus helps us as our great Intercessor. We see an insidious predator. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”

Doing the Extraordinary

Today’s Verse: A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. ~Proverbs 21:22 Sir Edmund Hillary is considered the most famous mountain climber in history. On May 29, 1953 at 11:30am, he and his counterpart, Tenzing Norgay, became the first men to reach the 29,028-foot summit of Mount Everest. This accomplishment has inspired countless thousands to replicate this extraordinary feat. Sir. Hillary said, “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” Our devotion this morning is about how to do the extraordinary. We see a man and his craving. The man who does the extraordinary considers what is

Missing Attendance

Today’s Verse: The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. ~Proverbs 21:16 Every Sunday afternoon, I take some time to review the attendance at church and, specifically, those who were missing. There are those who were missing because of employment, illness, or vacation travel. Then, there are those who are missing consecutive weeks because church attendance became non-essential to them. The longer they are gone, the more difficult it is for them to be back on a regular basis. This morning, let us see the danger of being missing in attendance. We see the privilege. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same da

Carried Away

Today’s Verse: And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. ~Galatians 2:13 One of our popular English idioms is the phrase “carried away.” It has the idea of taking a concept or practice too far. It can mean to lose self-control. It means to become overly excited about a current matter and go to an extreme in what you do. In our devotion this morning, we read that Barnabas and certain Jews were carried away by the insincere actions of Peter. Specifically, Peter was fearful of the biased opinion some Jews had towards his fellowship with Gentile believers. Let us see how the fear of man became a hindrance to Peter and

Pure Religion

Today’s Verse: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. ~James 1:27 The word “religion” has the connotation of worship and the practice of a belief. This word is used to describe all belief systems. Biblically, it is used to describe the worship and service of God by those who have a personal and saving faith in Christ. I prefer to use the word “spirituality” to describe a believer in Christ and his relationship with God. James uses “religion” to describe how we should live out our faith. There were believers in his day that made a mockery of the Christian faith through

The Right Hands of Fellowship

Today’s Verse: And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. ~Galatians 2:9 The shaking of hands between two individuals is a socially-accepted recognition in almost all societies. The right hand indicates strength and favor. Shaking hands is a gesture of welcome and acceptance of another person. It is the symbol of a satisfying business agreement. It is a standard greeting among Christians. In a church setting, it is our way of saying, “Welcome, and I’m happy to see you.” We see the affinity. In Acts 15, Pau

Very Great Are His Mercies

Today’s Verse: And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man. ~1 Chronicles 21:13 In a court of law, a defendant is subject to the laws of justice. If the evidence against the defendant strongly indicates that he is guilty of the crimes he is charged with, he faces punishment that can be harsh. It is this realization that compels him to throw himself at the mercies of the court. He wants mercy and not justice. Mercy is pity for our situation. Mercy is grace being extended to us, even though we are not deserving of it. Mercy is favor bestowed on someone who is in an unfavorab

Slow Down

Today’s Verse: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~James 1:19 A lady once came to Billy Sunday and attempted to rationalize her angry outbursts. She said, “There’s nothing wrong with losing my temper. I blow up, and then it’s all over.” Mr. Sunday replied, “So does a shotgun, and look at the damage it leaves behind!” (Source: Soul Prescription, Bill Bright and Henry Brandt) This morning, let us see the strong admonition to slow down when it comes to wrath. We see the definition. Wrath is anger that is unrestrained. It is an excessive anger that manifests itself in punishing the person or object the anger is pointed towards. The exerc

Family Matters

Today’s Verse: And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. ~Exodus 18:9 When I married my wife, I was very thankful for the influence of her father, otherwise known as my father-in-law. He was a friendly, kind, sociable, and wise man. We had many great times discussing business, family, and spiritual matters. This morning, we see the influence that Jethro, the father-in-law to Moses, had on Moses’ life and ministry. We must never underestimate the powerful impact that family can have in our lives. Let us see why family matters. We see his confidence. “And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LOR

Read My Thoughts

Today’s Verse: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~Jeremiah 29:11 Our devotion this morning is on one of the greatest and most encouraging promises of God. It is a promise that strengthens our faith, stabilizes our confidence, and gives us hope for our future. It is a promise that teaches us that difficult and trying circumstances will always accomplish God’s best purpose for our life. When difficulties come our way, we tend to think of the worst that will happen and lose sight of the fact that God has good thoughts for us. This morning, God is calling on us to read His thoughts. We see the comfort

A Peaceful City

Today’s Verse: And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. ~Jeremiah 29:7 One of our sweet church members became increasingly unsettled and restless about staying in the home that she had lived in for many years. The city she lived in saw a concerning increase in crime, crowds, and traffic congestion. The neighbors behind her played loud music throughout the night on weekends, resulting in her getting little sleep. She told me she found a place to move to, many hundreds of miles away, and there she would have peace and rest. This morning, we see good counsel from our Lord ab

Giant Killers

Today’s Verse: These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. ~1 Chronicles 20:8 My first encounter with the word “giant” was in the children’s fable “Jack and the Beanstalk.” A giant is defined as something or someone larger than normal. Some people would say a giant or something gigantic is larger than life. It is something of such size that a person of ordinary means cannot compare or compete with it. We could simply say that a giant is something too big for us. However, the Bible encourages us on how we can be giant killers. Let us see some giant killers who made their mark on their generation. We see the menace. Our passage t

Wise Counsel

Today’s Verse: Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. ~Proverbs 20:5 Counsel is expert advice that we seek for our life. Counsel enables us to see a clearer picture of the situation we are in and how to make a sound decision. Counsel helps us to see the advantages and disadvantages. It helps us to see the risks and benefits. Let us see how we should approach the matter of counsel. We see the excellence. “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand” (Proverbs 19:21). The first thing we must realize is that Jesus Christ is the summation of all wisdom and counsel. The Lord, through His Word

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