Devotional Thought for Today – 11/15/21

22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 2 Samuel 7:22

2 Samuel 7

CONTEXT: David here in this Chapter is relating to Nathan the desire to build the temple. Matthew Henry breaks is down as follows: David’s care for the ark. (1-3) God’s covenant with David. (4-17) His prayer and thanksgiving. (18-29)

Our text is part of the later a prayer of David acknowledging the greatness and glory of God. John Gill comments on this:

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible

Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God,…. In his name, nature, persons, and perfections, purposes, promises, and works:

for [there is] none like thee; for his essence and attributes, for his greatness and goodness, for what he is in himself, for what he is to his people, and has done for them:

neither [is there any] God beside thee; there is but one God, the living and true God, the former and maker of all things; all others are but fictitious and factitious gods, see 1 Samuel 2:2;

according to all that we have heard with our ears; concerning what he did in the land of Egypt upon the Egyptians, and in the wilderness, in favour of the Israelites, and in the land of Canaan, by driving out the inhabitants before the people of Israel, and in the times of the judges, in raising them up to deliver his people.

How often do we take time to express the Greatness and Glory of God?

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/13/21

Isaiah 59:14-15 | Isaiah 59, Jesus, Worship lyrics

Isaiah 59

CONTEXT: Once again the sins of the nation v.2 of Israel have separated them from God. Let me be clear, God is still sovereign and in control of all things yet His hand of providence over Israel has been lifted. In v.3-8 Isaiah lays out all the sins committed and the apparent lack of remorse. In v.9-11 he lays out the consequences of their sin and then in v.12-15a he confesses those sins. Finally, in v.15b-21 Isaiah lays out the need for a Savior and the promise thereof.

Out text, today comes from the NLT and is really v.14-15a, with …The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice completing the verse.

This should seem like a familiar tone of what is happening all around us today. Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. With the courts legislating from the bench and the fact that you are guilty until proven innocent our legal system is turned upside down.

Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Go ahead, speak out about LGBTQ, abortion, or some other woke or cancel culture hot topic and find out how fast truth and honesty are outlawed.

Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. We should all expect that natural man can not understand the ways of God and is therefore corrupt and unrepentant. The disconcerting thing is that the church, v.20-21, and individual “Christians” failing to speak out and call to judgment the evil being perpetrated. John Gill comments:

and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment; he took notice of all this, and resented it, though in a professing people, that there was no judgment or discretion in matters of doctrine and worship; no order or discipline observed; no justice done in civil courts, or in the church of God; no reformation in church or state.

For far too long “Christians” have bought into the lie that we are not to be judges based solely on Matthew 7:1-2. Read these verses in CONTEXT and with the WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD and it is clear we are to judge righteously.

Was the Apostle Paul a lier? He wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things… and later in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, he writes that Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?

It is time that those calling themselves “Christians” started acting like it. As James Chapter 2 notes, a true Christain faith is a faith working for God not sitting by afraid to speak out.

GTY BLOG Series: Profiles in Godliness

The woman at the well is a familiar figure to most churchgoers. This poor Samaritan woman from John chapter 4 has managed to gain a semi-regular role in many Sunday sermons and Wednesday night Bible studies. She has been held up as a poster child for everything from social justice to stylistic worship preferences. Yet a careful examination of the passage reveals one of the most profound theological lessons in all of history—one that every true Christian must grasp.

A Strange Encounter on Sacred Ground

A Life-Changing Conversation

A Stunning Revelation

An Amazing Transformation

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/12/21

God's Decree Quote by Thomas Boston

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks:

  Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?

 A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.

The WSC confirms what Paul wrote in Romans 11:36, all God degrees, that is all God does is for His Glory. I have written and said this ad museum, it is never about us and always about God.

Paul makes an equally compelling appeal to the church in Colessea when in 3:23 he writes, ‘do all as unto the Lord’ {paraphraased}. Why v.24 tells us because we serve the Lord Christ! Who else deserves more glory and honor? You or I?

My question for you today is what sort of church are you attending (hopefully you are following the Biblical mandate for church attendance)? Is the emphasis there on you or God, your “experience” or glorifying the sovereign ruler of the universe?


Other Resources:

God’s Decrees Are… by Thomas Boston

What are the Decrees of God? – From the Shorter Catechism explained

Of God’s Decree – LBC 1689 with Scripture

God’s Decree And Creation

The Decrees of God by A W Pink

The Decrees of God by Charles Hodge

Pro-Life News – Various Sources – 10/12/21

Supreme Court to decide Tuesday whether Kentucky AG to be allowed to defend law banning the dismemberment of living unborn babies

Top 10 Abortion Myths: #4—Abortion has no side effects for women

Post-Abortive woman: “Every year around the time of the abortion, I could feel a sense of sadness overtake me”

Democrats Push for Late Term Abortion Laws to Increase Profits of Abortion Industry’s Baby Parts Business

Life Legal Defends Pro-Life Speech Against Newsom Power Grab

Ending Univ. of Pittsburgh’s Fetal Organ Harvesting Atrocities

Texas Heartbeat Act Temporarily Reinstated after Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement

Joe Biden Shut Down Public Input Before Forcing Americans to Give Planned Parenthood $60 Million

Abortionist Who Killed Babies for 45 Years Finally Closes His Abortion Clinic

Stop Killing Babies Babies With Down Syndrome in Abortions

New York Times Pretended 900,000 Kids Were Hospitalized With COVID… It’s More Like 63,000

I see great hope for the future as signified by The 2021 International Day of the Girl

Reasons to abort? According to “progressive” minister, any and all will do.

Pro-Life Scientist: Pfizer Should Stop Using Cells From Aborted Baby to Test COVID Vaccine

Liberal Media Terrified Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade

America is Being Sabotaged: Destruction of Prosperity and Freedom is on the Horizon

This article talks about prophecy and some other Biblical things that I normally do not comment on. But with the overall downhill trends I see in America I can not argue with the final premise, the demise of our nation.

To many observers, our Southern border policy is wrong-headed, our Afghanistan withdrawal was a fiasco, and the Democrat party’s $3.5 trillion, 2500-page budget…

Source: America is Being Sabotaged: Destruction of Prosperity and Freedom is on the Horizon

Pro-Abortion Forces Hit with Major Defeat as Federal Appeals Court Issues Devastating Ruling

Two days after a federal judge blocked a pro-life “heartbeat” law limiting abortions in Texas, a federal appeals court reinstated it…

Source: Pro-Abortion Forces Hit with Major Defeat as Federal Appeals Court Issues Devastating Ruling

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/09/21

Proverbs 20:5 KJV - Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry comments: A man’s wisdom is here said to be of use to him for the pumping of other people, and diving into them, 1. To get the knowledge of them. Though men’s counsels and designs are ever so carefully concealed by them, so that they are as deep water which one cannot fathom, yet there are those who by sly insinuations, and questions that seem foreign, will get out of them both what they have done and what they intend to do. Those therefore who would keep counsel must not only put on resolution, but stand upon their guard. 2. To get knowledge by them. Some are very able and fit to give counsel, having an excellent faculty of cleaving a hair, hitting the joint of a difficulty, and advising pertinently, but they are modest, and reserved, and not communicative; they have a great deal in them, but it is loth to come out. In such a case a man of understanding will draw it out, as wine out of a vessel. We lose the benefit we might have by the conversation of wise men for want of the art of being inquisitive.

Two things can be learned here. First, that man generally does not like to be told (counseled) what to do and second, a wise counselor can get someone to open up about things (issues).

As a Chaplain for Veterans, Hospice, and the ill, and the Incarcerated I can assure you this is a fact. Folks always fall into one of two categories, one they can’t wait to tell you their story and it’s usually full of half-truths or second, they are reluctant to talk at all. It is my job to listen and when appropriate counsel them.

A growing and disturbing trend in evangelical churches recently has seen a decline in Pastors/Elders who are willing to take on the role of Counselor. As the following Grace to You devotional shows (at least to me) their reasoning is flawed.


Drawing Near

Giving Godly Counsel

“Concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another” (Rom. 15:14).

Scripture is the source of godly counsel.

QOTW – What is a Christian Work Ethic?

Question: “What is a Christian work ethic?”

Answer: Colossians 3:23-25 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”[…]

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-work-ethic.html

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/06/21

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Colossians 1

CONTEXT: Paul in writing to the church at Colossae begins, after his normal salutations, with the Supremacy of Christ, v.13-23. He focuses on two main issues the preeminence or supremacy of Christ in Creation v.13-17 and Redemption v.18-23.

Our text today deals with the first theme and is a clear Biblical truth of who and how the earth and heavens were created, For by him were all things created

Yet as noted in yesterday’s devotional, where we look at the Theory of Evelution, many still try to argue against these facts. Today let us explore the “Big Bang Theory” (not the TV show, I didn’t know it existed) and its unbiblical foundations.

These systems attempt to box God into a government confined within the  perspective of man. Yet

Harmonizing Science and Scripture? (and How the Big Bang Theory Contradicts Scripture)

Christian Apologists Should Abandon the Big Bang, Jonathan F. Henry (Free PDF)

Refuting the Big Bang Theory (Using Science and the Bible)

Refuting William Lane Craig and Hugh Ross (Creation and Bible Compromisers) Scroll to the bottom of page

Earth’s Magnetic Field: Evidence that the Earth is Young by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati