Devotrional Thought for Today – 01/23/2021

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Matthew 14:22-36

There are many great commentaries on what this passage of scripture is all about.  I am not arguing with them, I just want to emphasize one point that I see as something that likely could have been me. 

Peter in the situation plays a doubting Thomas when he recognizes Jesus’s voice but still says v.28; Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

It is easy to understand the fear and disbelief at first. Only God can command nature and Jesus had just done so. Yet when Peter is assured by His voice there remains lingering doubt. 

Today’s question? Is there any lingering doubt in you? Or are you fully committed to Christ as you LORD and SAVIOR! 


Additional Resources:

What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

 

Devotional Thought for Today – 01/15-2021

1 Corinthians 15:29–58 (NIV) - 1 Corinthians 15:29–58 NIV - Now if there  is… | Biblia

1 Corinthians 15:50-58


This text v.50-58 is certainly about the resurrection.  I am focused today on v.55-57 specifically because my wife’s mom, Fela went home to be with the Lord this morning. 

Fela loved God and was ever ready to praise the Lord. She had been very ill the past few years and was ready to be, as Paul said, absent from the body and present with the Lord. 

Two important lessons here, First, death has no real sting, we can and should morn not her passing but the loss we feel. For secondly,  she has won the Victory! No more pain, no more suffering, she is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior tonight in Glory.

So today I ask you to rejoice with me in the vicorious life that was Fela Ortiz Dones and pray for all the family and friends that will miss her infectious smile. 

Devotional Thought for Today – 01/13/2021

Yes, I am back at the college grind, so we are back to short versions of my devotional. 

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Matthew 6:25-34

While there is no doubt that in this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is speaking on Anxiety, (You can search those in the Search Box in the upper right) but we will not be looking at that today. 

Our text v.28a says (KJV) And why take ye thought for raiment? The (AMP) And why are you worried about clothes?  The (ESV) text above And why are you Anxious about Clothing?  The obvious is the anxious worrisome theme Jesus is addressing. But I read this morning thinking how much effort we put into clothes and other material things and not into Godly things.

The context of these verses is that God has our backs if He can make the flowers bloom clothes the lilies beautifully, how much more so will He take care of the needs of His faithful servants. 

So today’s question is where do your priorities lie? In clothes and other material things, or in the treasures of the kingdom of God, Matthew 6:19-21.

 

 

Daily Devitonal – Before the Foundaton

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JOHN 17


CONTEXT 

As many of you know our other ministry Faith Builders deals in foundations work quite a bit. So today’s bible verse was especially of interest to me. 

This is the last of Jesus’s prayers before he sets off for Gestenime. It is often addressed as the High Priestly Prayer.  The prayer can be broken down as  follows:

Christ begins by praying for Himself – v.1-6

Jesus prays for His followers –  v.6-19

Jesus expands His prayer to include all who will come to faith in Him – v.20-26

It is the final part v.20-26, which we will look at today, as it is most applicable to us today. 


BREAKDOWN

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  Jesus extends His prayer to not only those who have heard Him directly but those who will hear Him through the teachings of the Apostles and the Preaching of the Word of God. 

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  Christ prays for Unity of Faith,  so that those not yet saved may not be discouraged by disunity.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  Glory here has been misused to be said that Christ gave diety (even a smaller version) but that is falsely interpreting the Greek here.  Christ instead is saying the strength, the honor the ability to relay the Good News Gospel Message,  the Father gave me, I have passed on to them. 

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Christ and His TRUE followers are one, this gives them the advantage that the world can never have. 

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. The doctrine of God’s Eternal Nature is clearly seen here as well as a glimpse of the doctrine of election.  God’s Grace has been extended to us from eternity past. Just when that was, can not be said the bible only refers to it in the manner above. 

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  Jesus makes it clear those of the “world” know not God, but He does and the Apostles (and by context those that follow) know Him, His only begotten Son.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. Love, John later writes in 1 John 4:8, that God is Love. It is that Agape love, unconditional Love of a Father to Son, that Jesus declares will indwell His followers setting them apart from all mankind. 


APPLICATION

Prayer is always a good thing. Prayer should not always be about asking for something for yourself or others. Sometimes it should just be about acknowledging God’s Greatness:

Acknowledge God’s Eternality 

 

Particularly in my adorations, I must acknowledge:

That he is an eternal God, immutable, without beginning of days or end of life or change of time.

You are the King of ages, immortal, invisible. 1 Timothy 1:17(ESV)

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are GodPsalm 90:2(ESV) the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8(ESV)

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away; but you are the same, and your years have no end. Psalm 102:25-27(ESV)

You are God and do not change; therefore I am not consumedMalachi 3:6(ESV)

Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? Habakkuk 1:12(ESV) You are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, who does not faint or grow weary, whose understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28(ESV)

Daily Devotional – What if you knew?

Matthew 1:18-25 An Unusual Birth - Faithlife Sermons

Matthew 1:18-25


CONTEXT/COMMENTS

In yesterday’s devotional,  we looked at the story of Jesus birth from the physician Luke’s perspective. We focused upon the blessing Mary had to be chosen as the mother of our Lord and Savior. 

In the Gospel of Matthew we find a completely different story one in which Mary is not the key figure but Joseph. It got me to thinking, what if we only had this version, would we speculate on if Mary understood the significance of the Child she was carrying. 

It is obvious that being a virgin v.23 she would have know that a miracle of God had taken place, that something very special had happened, but could she have even imagined she was carrying the Great I AM. 

I often wonder if God decided to show every mother considering an abortion,  who there child could be, would they still make that dreadful decision or seek alternatives. 

This Christmas season and throughout the coming year let us all pray for every expectant mother. 

Living the Authentic Christian Life

Living the Authentic Christian Life

On October 12, 2020,  Stand in the Gap Today hosts Isaac Crockett and Sam Rohrer interviewed Shane Pruitt, Director of National Next Generation Evangelism for the North American Mission Board. Shane shared a number of Christian clichés that hinder the gospel witness for Generation Z

      • What level of understanding does Generation Z have concerning Jesus?
      • What are the Dangers of False Christian Theology?
      • What are the differences between Generation Z and Millennials?
      • What is Generation Z searching for?

LISTEN to the entire program HERE!

READ the transcript HERE!

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I’ve gone back and forth, and back and forth about publishing this post. Because, let’s be honest, a lady’s not supposed to talk about politics, religion or money.

But then, when have I ever followed the rules when it comes to that.

But my final push to publish this post came when I was having a quiet hour this afternoon, preparing to write tonight’s post…which was, admittedly, not this.

But I looked up today’s gospel reading (MT 19:16-22), and in very clear, very bold, very plain-as-day letters, I was given — nay, commanded — the “green light” to put this post out into the blogosphere.

You see, Jesus was asked what one must do to gain eternal life. To which He replied “Keep my commandments.”

And when asked “which ones?” the very first commandment out of Jesus’ mouth is, “You shall not kill.”

And in that moment, I knew I had to publish this post….

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Daily Devotional – Known Fruit

Is Judging Always Wrong? - FaithGateway

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CONTEXT:

The other day I was watching some political commentary on TV about the upcoming election. There were two participants in the discussion (plus the host) one a syndicated conservative commentator himself and the other a former chief aid to Chuck Shumer. 

Somehow the subject matter got around to abortion and the conservative made a remark something to the effect ‘VP Biden calls himself a Catholic but supports Abortion on demand’ to which the former Schumer aid responded; ‘How dare you question Mr. Biden’s Faith.’

I had two immediate observations: 1) He (the Schumer aid, sidestepped answering the question and 2) He (a non-believer I think) immediately imposed Matthew 7:1-5 upon the the other guy. 

Since I have Previously posted on Matthew 7:1-5, Is Judgment Always Forbidden?,The Most Popular Bible Verse Among Unbelievers, The Whole Counsel of God;  suffice it to say that Biblical Judgement (Discernment) is warranted  at all times and Mr. Schumer’s former aid should know better than to try and deflect answers. 

I will concentrate today instead on a much neglected (my opinion) aspect of our faith, that is How can we tell if someone is saved or not?

Most Bibles are sectioned off somewhat around Matthew 7:15-20 with a Heading of A Tree and Its Fruit. Here the theme is knowing the difference between TRUE FOLLOWERS and FALSE PROPHETS, we will know both by the fruit or works of God they bear. 


BREAKDOWN:

Ye shall – In v.15 Jesus said theses False Prophets would disguise themselves as gentle, innocent sheep. But YOU can see through their camouflage and distractions. 

know them by their fruits. – All false prophets lack Good Fruit. Oh they got fruit, it is just rotten to the core. It goes against the very Word of God. 

Do men gather – When you are hungry Physically or Spiritually, mankind will gather almost anything to eat. 

grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? – But even the most suborn and foolish should know enough that while Grapes and Figs are Good to eat, the little berries found on thorn and thistle bushes are not. Yet false prophets will lead men to these time and again. 


APPLICATION:

Thistles and Thorns can never never produce fruit, it is not in their nature. The same is true for those who claim to be children of God but are just great pretenders or as Jesus said Wolves in Cheeps Clothing. 

Is our “Judging” others Faith Biblical and Important? In a word YES! James dedicates most of Chapter 2:14-26 to the subject. Someone can claim to be whatever they want, in my example above Joe Biden claims to be a practicing Catholic but is pro-abortion, but if their lives (Fruits) do not bare witness to that claim they are Liars and False Prophets.  

The Apostle John in his 1st Epistle 2:3-6 makes the same point only this time with an inward focus. Are we really children of God that we claim? Are we working for the Kingdom or our own Glory? 

As always we need to take in the Whole Counsel of God and no go off half Cocked and start accusing and aggressively pointing fingers at everyone claiming they are False Prophets. Matthew 7 is part of the Sermon on the Mount and earlier in that Sermon Jesus said  “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the [b]gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth. 

The Bible clearly teaches we need to be bold and point out the false prophets but doing so with a gentle spirit of humility that shows Christ in us. We need only the Word of God to be our weapon of choice and we need only use it in a manner that mortally wounds the sin while bringing peace to man. 

What type of Fruit are you known by?

 

Saturday’s Military Devotional – Following Orders

 

John 15:3-14 KJV - Now ye are clean through the word which I have ...

John 15:12-17

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CONTEXT:

Military personnel on air, land or sea, worldwide since the inception of fighting forces are used to being given commands (orders). Commands are there to regulate the smooth operation of the overall and individual military units; from large armies down to the smallest squad.

The same holds true to God’s Soldiers. As exampled in our text Jesus made sure he left clear commands to His disciples concerning their relationship to one another. 


BREAKDOWN:

Ye are my friends, – “What a friend we have in Jesus…” , is often sung in church pews across the world but is it sung sincerely? Are we really friends with Jesus just because we said some short prayer, or walked down an isle?  Jesus says NO!!!!

if ye do – Jesus says His friendship, that is true sincere fellowship is based upon your actions. 

whatsoever I command you. – The action here that we have been commanded to take is simple v.12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.


APPLICATION:

First, I want to be clear this is not Works based anything. You will take action not because you must to gain something but because your entire being desire to do so. A true Christian is compelled to obedience because of His love for God and his desire to please God. This is not something natural man will do and is the mark of a true believer. 

Second, natural man HATES following orders/commands. When Adam the first man rejected God for all mankind it was put into mans seed this rebellion against authority. It is why recruit training is so difficult, they break us down to build us back up to be able to follow orders. The same is for those in Christ, we had to realize our brokenness in order to see our need for Christ and be ready to follow Him, to have Him as Lord (commander) of our lives. 

Lastly, God made it really simple when Jesus said all the commands of life can be boiled down into two Matthew 22:36-40, we are to love God and our neighbors. By this we can have true Joy in this world. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Following Orders? 

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Grace to You Series – The Truth About Man

First, the Bad News

The following 10 articles are from G2Y “Truth About Man” series; I hope they are a blessing to you. 

First, the Bad News

The Universal Guilty Verdict

Man’s Enduring Guilt

The Arraignment of Mankind

The Indictment of Mankind

Sin’s Corruption of Our Character

Why No Man Seeks After God

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conversation

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conduct

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conversation