Devotions

In God We Still Trust – Day 3

August 29, 2012

Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God … 

Deuteronomy 8:11-14

Heavenly Father, we humbly repent and ask for Your forgiveness in this hour as we have become a people who are more influenced by the world, its ways and our own accomplishments.  In the midst of our blessings we have forgotten the grace that has caused us to prevail.  Forgive us as we have become a people who are full and satisfied and in that satisfaction we have become complacent and apathetic.

Awaken us from our slumber and deliver us from the pride that causes us to hide in our own reasoning.  Revive us again as a people who are “one nation under God.”   Send forth your Spirit once again and bring this nation back to you.  In Jesus Name we pray, AMEN

For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Isaiah 57:15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In God We Still Trust – Day 2

August 27, 2012

If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?

Psalms 11:3 (NKJV)

Our dangers are of two kinds, those which affect our religion, and those which affect our government. They are, however, so closely allied that they cannot, with propriety, be separated…

 To the kindly influence of Christiainity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoy. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. .. It follows, that all efforts made to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them..

Dr. Jedidiah Morse, April 25, 1799

Heavenly Father, we humbly come before you and ask for your healing grace to prevail upon our land.  Ignite a fire within your people to take a stand for righteousness in this critical hour.  Forgive us of our apathy and complaceny toward spiritual things.  Remove the scales from our eyes and put in our hearts a lasting passion for you.

 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.

Hosea 14:4

 

 

 

 


In God We “Still” Trust- Day 1

August 25, 2012

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

In 1775, in the process of forming a new nation the Continental Congress called for a day of prayer.  At critical junctures during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for the nation to fast and pray and in 1952 President Truman signed a bill establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. 

As a nation, we are at a critical juncture that necessitates action.  The kind of action that brings a response of the heart; a response that leads to real change and healing.  2Chronicles gives us a model of national spiritual renewal.  This model lays out the steps of action that leads to true change; change for the better.

  • Action Step #1  Humble ourselves
  • Action Step #2  Pray and Seek the face of God
  • Action Step #3  Turn from our sinful/selfish ways

Will you arise to a place of action in this hour? 

Will you arise with me, as we fall to our knees in earnest prayer?   If we will, He will hear from heaven and heal our land.

Heavenly Father, as we survey our country in this hour, we see our desperate need for You to arise with healing in your wings.  Release Your goodness that leads us to a place of true repentance, as we ask for your mercy and grace to heal our land.

Take the time to check out the link below and let’s become a people of action in this critical hour. 

http://www.40daystosaveamerica.com/


E100 Devotion – Day 100

August 13, 2012

Reading: Revelation 21-22

Revelation starts off with a blessing to those who read it, and concludes with the warning of a curse to those who add or take away from the words written in this book.

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Plagues will come on those who add, and the names of those who take away from this book will be taken away from the Book of Life. The integrity of the book of Revelation is highly guarded and regarded.

A new heaven and earth are created as the old ones pass away, to make room for the New Jerusalem to come down out of heaven from God. Prepared as a bride adorned for her husband the New Jerusalem comes to complete all things being made new, and the passing away of the ungodly, sin and curse of the law.

The New Jerusalem is the Lamb’s wife, having the glory of God – in other words, reflecting the likeness of God. Her light was like the most precious stone of jasper and clear as crystal. She had a great 200 ft. high wall with 12 gates which represent the government of God and the 12 tribes of Israel. There were 3 gates each in the north, south, east and west in the wall.

Again we see the number 12 in the 12 foundations of the wall represented by the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb. The most amazing thing is the size of the New Jerusalem being 12,000 furlongs squared or 1200 square miles. Even harder to fathom is it’s height of 1200 miles! A city literally built as a mountain 1200 miles high and 1200 square miles wide!

There’s no temple in the New Jerusalem, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple, and there’s no sun or moon because the Lamb is its light which shines and brings light to all the nations which come to honor God.

This is the great city Abraham and the Patriarchs longed for that far exceed anything ever imagined before that’s being prepared and waits for us.


E100 Devotion – Day 99

August 12, 2012

Reading: Revelation 19-20

This is one of my favorite parts of the Bible where we can say “we saw the end of the game and we win!”  Chapter 19 begins with a loud voice and a multitude praising God for His salvation, glory, honor and power. All those in heaven who had been tortured and killed by the devil, and his crowd, are finally avenged and justice is executed as they worship God.

John gets caught up in the worship and falls at the feet worshipping the one speaking to him, telling him that these are the true sayings of God.

And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Revelation 19:10

Heaven has no substitute when it comes to worship; it’s reserved only for God. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy. When we testify we’re telling of prophetic events in our lives that God did for us, so that He can be glorified in heaven and do what He did for us to others on earth.

Worship is the prelude to the opening of heaven; and the Lord’s going forth to battle on His white horse with the armies of heaven. That which created, the spoken Word of God, becomes that which destroys the beast, the false prophet and the kings and soldiers gathered together against God and His people.

The devil is bound for a thousand years and cast into a bottomless pit and the saint’s reign with Christ for 1000 years. Those who suffered with Christ will reign with Christ starting with the first resurrection of the dead, as priests of God. Blessed are those who die in Christ!

The grand finally is when the devil is cast into the lake of fire, the lost are judged for their sins (Those written in the book of life were free from judgment).


E100 Devotion – Day 98

August 11, 2012

Reading: Revelation 4-7

All the inhabitants of heaven are focused around God’s throne on worshipping Him. The 24 elders represent the most mature of believers leading the way in worshipping God. Heaven is a place of awesome worship. It’s a place where all authority and power is made subject to the One who gave it!

The beauty, color and awe of God and heaven are beyond human comprehension, John had to be escorted “in the Spirit” into this marvelous realm. He sees God in all of His majesty, surrounded by an emerald like rainbow, seated upon a throne with a sea of crystal before him and 24 elders robed in white wearing crowns.

He sees 4 angelic creatures  around the throne with eyes in front and back that resembled a lion, a calf, a man and an eagle all with six wings each worshipping God day and night saying:

 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Revelation 4:11

He’s obviously over whelmed by what he sees and with what he was ignorant of. John weeps when there appears to be no one able to open the scroll and loose its seals. He’s told not to weep as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah comes and takes the scrolls out of the right hand of God.

As the Lamb takes the scrolls as He is worshipped in a new song, worshipping Him for His worthiness to open the seals, for His redemption, by the shedding of His blood, affecting every tongue, people, nation and king, making us kings and priests to God, and we shall reign on the earth.

God reigns in us through worship. Heaven visits the earth through worship. God’s authority is established from the throne in heaven to the throne of our hearts through worship. Worship releases revelation of that which is to come when the Lamb of God opens the seals of end time judgments, tribulation and closing last day’s events.


E100 Devotion – Day 97

August 10, 2012

Reading: Revelation 2:1 – 3:22

Jesus lets each church know He understands their situation. He affirms their positive qualities. He touches their hearts, then voices concern over areas that need attention.

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Finally, He beseeches them to listen. He consistently shows compassion before He corrects. As John Maxwell points out, “Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.”

Ephesus, the loveless church, kept people busy, and were commended for their labor but somehow they had left their first priority, which was to love God. Their work for God had actually distracted them from God! They had busy hands, crowded calendars, full heads, but empty hearts. What did they need to do? Remember, repent and return to the first works.

Smyrna, the poor but truly rich church, was facing a period of persecution, betrayal and suffering. Jesus warns them to remain faithful even unto death, and they would be rewarded with the crown of life.

Pergamos, the church of compromise was being influenced by its evil surroundings. Jesus warns them to repent from their false teachings or He would come with the sword of His mouth to fight against them.

Thyatira, the church of good works was harboring a false prophetess whose seductive teaching was causing people to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Jesus gave her time to repent and promised judgment in the form of sickness, tribulation to her and death to her children if they didn’t repent.

Sardis, the church that was dying, was not producing good works. They were warned to repent, be watchful and strengthen the things which remain.

Philadelphia, the weak but faithful church, kept His commands and were encouraged to persevere.

Laodiceans, the lukewarm church, was self-satisfied, boasting of their wealth while being really poor spiritually. They were encouraged to be hot or cold or be spewed out.

There is much we can learn even today from the exhortations and corrections to each church. What was the repeating theme spoken to all of the Churches? The overcomers would be greatly rewarded.


E100 Devotion – Day 96

August 9, 2012

Reading: Rev. 1:1-20

The Apostle John said “blessed is he who reads this prophesy”, not understands it, and keeps those things which are written in it. This is the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing for reading it, and a curse for tampering with its contents.

There have been many different interpretations of the book of Revelation and hundreds of books have been written upon this book, not one which has been generally considered satisfactory. There are widely diversified opinions concerning its meaning and teachings.

There have been three principal schools of thought which deal with the subject matter:

  1. The Preterists, who believe that the prophecies of Revelation have already been fulfilled.
  2. The Futurists who hold that the book contains a forecast of universal history.
  3. The Eclectics, who lay stress upon the spiritual elements of the book, and do not attempt to dogmatize upon the meaning of the details of the more mysterious visions.

They believe that there are three classes of passages: Those that are very clear in their spiritual teaching; those that are more mysterious, and yet contain an element of truth which is instructive; and finally there are some of the visions that are so veiled that it is futile from our present standpoint of knowledge to give any positive interpretation of them.

I would have to agree that it’s not inconsistent for God to veil prophetic truths in a mystery. It’s also important that we are open and available should the mystery be unveiled in part or whole in our lifetime. That’s why there’s a blessing for reading it.

This unusual book contains not only a message for the first century church, to whom it was written, but also a message to the church through the ages, particularly those living in the “end times” who will see Christ return to the earth. The name “Revelation” comes from the main event of the book: the revealing of Jesus to the world’s inhabitants in the final days. Keep reading and watching!


E100 Devotion – Day 95

August 8, 2012

Reading: 1 John 3:11-4:21

How do we know we have eternal life? How do we know real love? How do we know that we know the truth? How do we know that He abides in us? How do we know what’s the Spirit of God and what isn’t? How do we know the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error? John tells us how to know if we’re on target and what’s God and what’s not.

We know we have eternal life because we love others, and if we hate our brother, we’re murderers and don’t have eternal life. It’s not the absence of hate but the presence of love that identifies eternal life. If we’re offended with a brother or sister in Christ and that’s keeping us from loving them, we’re operating in hatred because there’re only two choices; light or darkness; love or hate. Forgive them; it’s an act of love that starts by faith.

We know we love others, not just because we forgive them, but because we lay down our lives for them. When we see them in need of necessities and we can help them, we do.

We know we know the truth because we do the truth, by keeping His commands, seeking to please Him, and loving one another.

We know He abides in us by the Spirit whom He has given us. We know how to test what is the Spirit of God and what is the spirit of the Antichrist, by its confession of Christ.

We know we’re of God because we listen to a different voice than that of the world. We also know we are loved by God and His love lives through us and us through Him. His love for us, fully matured in us, casts out all fear, because we know He’s for us and not against us, just as we are for and not against each other. This makes us confident and bold in approaching God, because there is no fear, when we’ve fully experienced His love.


E100 Devotion – Day 94

August 7, 2012

Reading: James 1-2

If you were looking for a pear tree, you might notice that it was much like any other trees, it would have a sturdy trunk and plenty of foliage, but it’s most defining characteristic is that it would have pears. James is not saying that “our works or fruits” save us, rather that they identify the reality and existence of our faith. We are all saved by grace through faith and all genuine faith produces works or fruit when it is in the heart, not just the head.

“Head faith” only is like a body without a spirit, it is dead. Head faith is dead faith. Dead faith is corrupted or defiled faith, very similar to corrupted or defiled religion. Pure religion is not a philosophy or way a way of thinking, it is a way of living and it produces actions, not just emotions.

John the Baptist came to expose the unfruitful defiled religion of the Jews in much the same way as James who was speaking to the Jewish Believers who were so easily able to be deceived again.

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”
Luke 3:9-10

Notice, they asked in response “what must we do?”

Faith without doing is dead. What we do does not give us eternal life, only what Jesus did brings eternal life. What we do shows that we have eternal life that resulted from faith. Our works don’t create eternal life, they reveal it!

Our fruitfulness reveals our attachment.

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without

 me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

 

Being a consumer of Christianity does not prove you are a Christian. Bearing the fruit of Christianity reveals our attachment to Christ and glorifies our Heavenly Father.



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