Daily Devotion November 16,2022

Marie’s daily verse: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 SAMUEL 16:7

DAILY DEVOTION, November 16, 2022

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us (2 Timothy 1:13-14).

Paul’s concern in this verse is to promote sound teaching. He realizes he is an inspired apostle, called by the resurrected Jesus to proclaim the Gospel. He instructs Timothy (and us) to make sure he is preaching and believing what Paul taught. The 12 original apostles were taught by Jesus during His earthly ministry. Paul was taught by the risen Lord, but the message was the same. It matters not whether we read the four Gospels or the writings of Paul. In both cases, we are reading the inspired words given to the church by Jesus.

Like Timothy, we have been entrusted with the inspired record contained in the Bible. We need to guard it with care. Those who tamper with the Word of God, embracing some ideas and rejecting others, end up confused. When they are pastors of a church, they end up confusing the parishioners.  Tom and I are committed to preaching and teaching nothing but the Bible. We are not infallible interpreters, but you can be confident that we are trying to be faithful to the deposit entrusted to us. If you want to have a clear understanding of God, salvation, and all the other truths of the Christian faith, READ THE BOOK and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Father, thank You for giving to us the Sacred Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Daily Devotion November 15,2022

Marie’s daily verse: 

“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. 

12I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.” ISAIAH 43:11-12

DAILY DEVOTION, November 15, 2022

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me (Psalm 56:3-4).

Fear strikes all of us at times. Often, we are afraid of what others may do to harm us. The Psalmist gives us a simple cure for fear: trust in God. If we are afraid of others, or of sickness, or fear of finances, the answer is the same. Whenever you fear, trust in God.

I believe the Psalmist is reminding us of a simple truth. God is bigger than all our fears and problems. If your fear is of a mere mortal, what can a mortal do to those who trust in God? What mortal can hold back the helping hand of God? This verse presents us with two options. We can give in to fear, or we can trust in God. Which will it be for you?

Father, I thank You that when I trust in You, I have nothing to fear. No problem, man made or otherwise, can overpower faith. I choose to trust in You whatever life sends my way. In the blessed name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Daily Devotion November 14, 2022

Marie’s daily verse: Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. ROMANS 15:7

DAILY DEVOTION, November 14, 2022

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

This is another of the great verses giving us clear directions on how to receive salvation. It begins with the words we speak. We are not to say these words casually but with heartfelt conviction. To confess Jesus as Lord is to believe that He is God the Son. It is to state our intention to follow Him as our Lord (Master). Some confess Jesus as Lord with little understanding of what that means. We should never speak those words lightly but from the heart. If you spoke those words sincerely when you first came to Christ, do you still voice them today? If Jesus is Lord, He is Lord every day of our lives and forever.

Then Paul adds that we are to believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus was the final proof that He is the Son of God, Savior, and Lord. I was taught in theological seminary that no intelligent person believes Jesus literally rose from the dead. I was told the resurrection is a myth invented by the early Christians to give more status to Jesus. I assumed my professors knew what they were talking about, and so for several years, I rejected the resurrection of Jesus. I did not understand that failure to believe that Jesus rose from the dead is a fatal error. One cannot deny the resurrection and remain a redeemed soul. That is what Paul says. If you do not believe in the resurrection, you do not believe Jesus is Lord.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that You have repeatedly stated the way of salvation. I do confess to You and to the world that Jesus is my Lord. I do believe with all my heart that He triumphed over the grave. Thank You for the assurance I have that salvation is Your precious gift to me. In Jesus name I give You thanks, Amen.

Daily Devotion November 13, 2022

Marie’s daily verse: The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. HEBREWS 1:3.

DAILY DEVOTION, November 13, 2022

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was ]bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes[ we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, everyone, to his own way;  and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:5-6).

Isaiah wrote these words hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus. God revealed to Isaiah His plan to redeem sinners. Some have referred to Isaiah as the 5th Gospel. It is hard to read these words and not see the hand of God. God revealed how He planned to save a lost world. Jesus came for us. We are the transgressors; We are the ones guilty of iniquity. Jesus took our punishment. He bore our judgment.

The healing referred to in the text is most certainly the healing of our sins. We have gone astray, and our iniquities were laid upon Him, upon Jesus. How amazing is the love of God that He would go to this extreme to redeem us? Why was Jesus born of a virgin in Bethlehem? Why did He suffer the injustice of the cross? “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities.”

I look at my life, and I see so much sin and failure. I look at the world, and I see wholesale rebellion against God. How can we ever find salvation? Thankfully, it doesn’t depend on us. God has acted to redeem us. Isaiah predicted the cross 600 years before the coming of Jesus. This fact assures me that the Bible is an inspired book. Who could have predicted such an event as the crucifixion of Jesus 600 years in advance? Only God.

Lord Jesus, only begotten Son of the Father, how can I ever thank you for what You have done for me? When I consider the suffering You endured, realizing that You were acting on my behalf, words fail me. It was my sins that nailed You to the cross, and You did it for me, and for the world. How great is Your love for us! I thank You, we thank You, for saving us. In Your name, we offer up our gratitude, Amen.

Daily Devotion November 12,2022

Daily verse: I call on the Lord in my distress, 

and he answers me. PSALM 120:1

DAILY DEVOTION, November 12, 2022

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17).

In this verse God calls upon us to protect the weaker members of society; those who are oppressed, the fatherless and the widows. There are many ways we can seek justice for the weak.  One way is to encourage our law enforcement community. They are the protectors of society. They are the first line of defense for the oppressed.

I thank God for the police and other first responders who are working for justice in our society. We have seen in the past two years what happens in society when the police force is reduced or when their hands are tied. Crime in this country has become an epidemic. It seems that many do not understand that we live in a world plagued by sin. If there are no consequences for bad behavior, it will only increase. I appreciate those who risk their lives to protect the rest of us. I pray for God’s blessing and protection upon our law enforcement officers.

Father, may I do my part in seeking justice in this fallen world. I pray for your protection for our law enforcement officers who risk their lives to restrict crime and violence in our society. Please bless them and keep them. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.