Devotions

Not Irresistible Grace

April 17th, 2019

Not Irresistible Grace

John 6:44 (KJB) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The drawing in of a man mentioned in this verse is said to be more like being drawn into a net, like in fishing.  What it is not is a mindless and heartless drawing, as in the belief some hold in the false claim of the potential of irresistible ...

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Was Simon Required to Carry His Cross?

April 16th, 2019

Was Simon Required to Carry His Cross?

Matthew 27:31-32 (KJB) And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

We are all familiar with this parade Jesus Christ was forced to participate in as He marched towards the hill ...

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It Will Never Happen to Me

April 15th, 2019

It Will Never Happen to Me

Proverbs 27:1 (KJB) Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

So often we may believe we are isolated from bad things happening in our own life.  We may tell ourselves those kinds of things happen to other people.  We anticipate that our days will continue, and we fill our time with plans for tomorrow.  We often fail to pay attention to the needs and demands ...

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Moderation Inhibits Overindulgence

April 14th, 2019

Moderation Inhibits Overindulgence

Proverbs 25:16 (KJB) Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Self-discipline is key in every aspect of life.  Now certainly you would agree that not many people have a problem overindulging in something that is not pleasant or enjoyable to them.  We tend to remove ourselves from things not pleasant or palatable while desiring to linger near those things which speak to our flesh.

However, ...

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Do Not Frustrate God’s Grace

April 13th, 2019

Do Not Frustrate God’s Grace

Galatians 2:21 (KJB) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

How can a person frustrate the grace of God?  Well, for starters a person must understand the manner and magnitude of the grace of God.  His grace is greater than any sin.  If His grace were not greater than it would not have cost God or His Son Jesus Christ anything ...

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Bitter or Better

April 12th, 2019

Bitter or Better

Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJB) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Some people are determined to rise above any situation.  Not only that but to treat others as they desire to be treated.  In this “dog eat dog world” it is not commonplace to ...

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She Did Not Personally Know Jesus

April 11th, 2019

She Did Not Personally Know Jesus

John 4:22 (KJB) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Just because a person chooses to worship does not mean they are worshipping God.  This woman claimed to worship God with her mouth, but her heart was obviously far removed from personally knowing Him.  It is possible to know about God in your head but not have salvation and His presence at work in ...

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Excuse After Excuse

April 10th, 2019

Excuse After Excuse

Luke 14:17-19 (KJB) And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to ...

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God Gives Rest and Peace

April 9th, 2019

God Gives Rest and Peace

Psalm 127:1-2 (KJB) A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

These verses remind me of Martha and Mary.  One toiled busily while the other ...

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God’s Grace Has Spiritual Standards

April 8th, 2019

God’s Grace Has Spiritual Standards

Titus 2:11-12 (KJB) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

God’s grace is not just a “spiritual throw blanket” for use in covering our sin.  Or to allow us to do anything we want.  Putting on God’s grace comes with a choice, a cost, His standards, and holy expectations.

God’s ...

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