Devotional for Monday May 21st

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “God is faithful”

 

God is faithful. It’s a promise He repeats over and over again all throughout Scripture. There’s no lack of integrity in the thoughts, words, or promises of God. He says what He means, He means what He says, and He does what He promises. God is not hypocritical, He is not inconsistent, and He does not lie. God is faithful and therefore God is dependable.

 

In Deuteronomy 7:9 Moses tells us that the faithful God keeps His promises for “a thousand” generations. That’s hyperbole. Moses didn’t mean that God’s faithfulness stops with generation number 1001. He meant that it is never ending. In Psalm 119:90 the Psalmist affirms that truth by telling us that God’s faithfulness continues throughout “all” generations.

 

This truth provides great hope and assurance for us. Not one word of the Bible has been, or ever will be, proven false. It’s all true and faithful. Not one promise of God has ever failed nor will ever fail. Because God is 100% faithful and completely consistent, we can trust Him without question. There is within the very nature of God what theologians refer to as “the divine integrity”. Faithfulness is simply who God is by nature.

 

God is faithful and therefore consistent, and we are to strive for faithfulness and consistency in our own conduct as well. In Matthew 5:37, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Simply let your Yes be Yes and your No, No.” In other words, God’s words are true and faithful so ours should be too. God’s promises are always true and always fully kept, and therefore ours should be too. The divine integrity of God is the standard of measure for our own conduct. God is faithful and therefore we should be too.

 

Fortunately, as Paul explains in 2 Timothy 2:13, even when we are not faithful, God continues to be faithful anyway. Our faithfulness should be inspired by His, but His faithfulness is in no way dependant on ours. Good thing too. I fail in my faithfulness to Him more often than I care to admit.

 

God’s faithfulness is a great gift for us. It means that we can trust Him and depend on Him without question or doubt. Spend some time this morning worshiping Him for His faithfulness.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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Devotional for Saturday and Sunday May 19-20

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me.” Psalm 139:7-10 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “God is omnipresent”

God is everywhere all the time. This is what we call the omnipresence of God. There is no place that God is not. That’s what the Psalmist was saying in Psalm 139:7-10.
The prophet Jeremiah recorded a similar observation in Jeremiah 23:24 when he wrote about God, “Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him? – the Lord’s declaration – Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”

As we have learned in previous devotional messages, all of creation is contained within the person of God. That’s what God meant when he said in Jeremiah 23:24 “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” And it is why in 1 Kings 8:27 Solomon posed the question, “But will God indeed live on earth? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain you, much less this temple I have built.”

The thought of the omnipresence of God spooks some people, and perhaps rightly so. There is no thought you will ever think, no word you will ever speak, and no action you will ever take that God will not be aware of. He knows it all, hears it all, and sees it all.
Proverbs 15:3 reminds us “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.”

But the omnipresence of the Lord is also a great comfort. In Isaiah 43:2 we read, “I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overcome you … For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior.” In Hebrews 13:5 Jesus promised, “I will never leave you or abandon you.”

One of the greatest and most helpful Christian books written in the last 400 years is a little volume written in 1693 by a monk called Brother Lawrence. The title is “Practicing the Presence of God”. When we speak of “practicing” the presence of God it simply means to think deeply about the omnipresence of God, the truth that since He is everywhere all the time, you are never out of His presence.

I encourage you to spend some extra time this morning practicing the presence of God. Prayerfully meditate on the reality that God is with you now and always.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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Devotional for Friday May 18th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “God has the power to accomplish whatever He wills.”

 

God is all-powerful. The theological term for this is “omnipotent”. The omnipotence of God means that God is able to do whatever He wills in the way in which He wills it. There is nothing God cannot do. Additionally, the sovereignty of God and the omnipotence of God are two of His attributes that go together, they work in tandem. In order to reign supreme over all creation God must have all power. There can be no other person or no other thing in all of creation that has more power than God, or God would not be sovereign over that person or thing. God has all the power there is to have.

 

This point sometimes confuses people and may even cause doubt. There could appear to be many events in the world that are not under God’s control. The Nazi holocaust would be one. Surely a sovereign and all-powerful God could have and would have prevented that. Likewise, a three year old child dying of leukemia, a fourteen year old girl brutally raped and murdered, and an elderly widow cheated out of her income. If God reigns supreme, and if He does have all the power there is to have, why are such things allowed to happen? This causes people to often wonder if God is really all-powerful.

 

The question of why a sovereign and all-powerful God would allow evil into His world brings us to issues like the free will of man, the permissive will of God, and the activity of Satan in the world. Those discussions will have to wait for other devotionals. Although some events are determined by God and are brought about by Him regardless of man’s cooperation (or lack of it), most events in history are conditional, and their end result is dependent on the obedience or disobedience of the people involved. But that does not change the truth that God is omnipotent and sovereign.

 

Even a cursory reading of the Bible clearly establishes God’s omnipotence. Creation itself attests to it and modern scientific discovery continues to prove it. The more we learn about the universe and the astounding complexity of creation the more it points to the omnipotent One who created it all.

 

God is all-powerful, He is omnipotent. There is no power in the universe that is greater than Him. Spend some time this morning in worship and prayerfully consider His awesome power.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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Devotional for Thursday May 17th

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Our thought for today: “Trust in God’s perfect wisdom.”

Yesterday we spent some time thinking about the Omniscience of God, His perfect knowledge of all things. We learned that God knows everything about everything. There is nothing He doesn’t know. That then, must mean that God has perfect wisdom. So whatever insight He gives us, whatever He tells us to do, must be perfectly wise and therefore irrefutably right.

In his book “The Knowledge of the Holy” A.W. Tozer writes, “When seen from the lofty peak of Sinai or Calvary, the whole history of the world is discovered to be but a contest between the wisdom of God and the cunning of Satan and fallen men … Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means … all God’s acts are done in perfect wisdom, first for His own glory, and then for the highest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”

No matter how things look to us in the midst of this broken and bleeding world, all of God’s commands and acts come out of His perfect wisdom, and will, in the end (if obeyed and followed by us), lead to His perfect outcome. As Tozer observes, most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, doing our best in our own understanding, and hoping for a good result. The better way to do it is to forsake our own wisdom, surrender our will for God’s, trust Him to lead us where He wants us to go, and then to do what He wants us to do.

This is the point Solomon was teaching in Proverbs 3:5-6. Stop relying on your own wisdom and on the ways of the world. Carefully study God and His ways. Seek guidance from Him for every decision you make and every step that you take. Then trust Him to lead you where He wants you to go. God wants you to live according to His will even more than you want it. His promise is that if you will surrender your will for His, and if you will sincerely seek to obey Him and honor Him, He will lead you and guide you.

Since God is Omniscient it means that He has perfect wisdom and that His ways are therefore perfectly wise. The best life you will ever have is when you have surrendered your will for His, and you trust Him to lead you day-by-day, decision-by-decision.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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Devotional for May 16th

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away.” Psalm 139:1-2 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “God knows everything.”

“Omniscience” is a fifty-cent theological word that means that God knows everything. There is nothing He does not know. He possesses perfect knowledge. He perfectly knows Himself; He perfectly knows everything there is to know about creation; He perfectly knows you and me; and He perfectly knows everything about the past, the present, and the future. There is nothing God does not know. Psalm 147:5 tells us, “Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite.”

Our theme this month has been about us coming to know God; but before we knew Him, He knew us. In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells us “I knew you before I formed you in the womb”. Think about that, before you were even conceived God already knew you, and He knew everything about you. There is nothing about you in the past that He has not known; nothing about you in the present that He doesn’t know now; and there is also nothing about your future that He doesn’t already know all about too.

In Psalm 139:1-2 King David makes it clear that since God has perfect knowledge, He knows when David sits down and when he gets up, and He knows David’s every thought before David even thinks it. There is nothing hidden from God. That was true for David and it is true for you and me too.

Yet, He loves us anyway. And not only does He love us anyway, but He loves us with a perfect love. In Jeremiah 31:3 God spoke these words of truth about His love for Israel but I believe them to be true of His love for all His people, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” And in Psalm 103:17 we read, “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him …”

In this discussion of the Omniscience of God I have chosen to stress His unconditional and unending love for us because the thought of God knowing absolutely everything about us could cause us to doubt His love. I mean, I know me. I know my deepest, darkest thoughts, and sometimes I don’t love myself very much because of what I know to be true about me. So how is it possible for God to know me even better than that, and still love me anyway? The answer is because not only is His knowledge infinite and perfect, but so is His love.

Spend some time this morning praising Him and thanking Him for His perfect and infinite knowledge, as well as for His perfect and infinite love.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

Our Bible verse for today: “I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6 (NIV)

Our thought for today: “God does not change”

One of the most common words of testimony we hear from Christians, especially those who came to faith in Christ from a rough background or out of terrible circumstances is, “I’m not yet who I should be, but thank God I’m not who I used to be.” That speaks to the truth that people can and do change.

Human beings change, circumstances change, and the world changes. But God does not change. The theological term for the unchanging nature of God is “immutability”. To say that God is immutable means that He does not change. He is always Himself in all of His perfection and fullness, and therefore not only is there no need for Him to change, it is impossible for Him to do so (you can’t improve on perfection).

This understanding is important and helpful for us. For one thing, we don’t have to guess about what God is like. The Bible tells us everything He wants us to know about what He’s like and how He deals with us. What He has told us to be true about Himself and His ways will not change.

Also, God’s unchanging ways provide us with an objective and absolute standard against which we can measure our own conduct and growth. One of Jesus’ missions on earth was to provide us with a picture of the Christian life lived to perfection. That example He set for us does not change. Hebrews 13:6 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus is our perfect example. Change is unnecessary and impossible for God, but it is absolutely essential for us. The whole possibility of redemption lies in the truth that we can be changed.

The immutable, unchanging nature of God is a great gift to us. It provides us with certainty about God Himself, and it provides us with a “true north” that guides us to the change that is essential for us. No moving targets here. Thanks to the immutability of God we know exactly what is true and what is not true about Him, and we know what we should aspire to and strive for in our own conduct. Spend some prayerful time this morning thinking about the unchanging and perfect nature of God.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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Devotional for Monday May 14th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great (abundant, boundless) mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead …” 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “God’s attributes are without limit.”

 

When we speak of something being “infinite” we’re almost always misusing the word. The word infinite means without end, without boundaries. Nothing is truly infinite except God. So for instance, when we speak of a man who is a very patient person as being “infinitely patient” we’re paying him a great compliment, but it’s a compliment that isn’t really true. The only One who truly has “infinite” patience is God.

 

Everything about God is infinite, including His patience, but also every other one of His attributes as well. Theologians call this “the infinitude of God”. This is different from His eternal nature. Being eternal means that God is without beginning and without end, being infinite means He is without limit in all respects.

 

Not only is God Himself infinite, but everything about Him is infinite as well. That includes His love, mercy, patience, kindness, goodness, and compassion. It includes His power, His knowledge, His presence, and His justice. His riches are also infinite, they are boundless and without limit. (I’m looking forward to spending all of eternity exploring the richness of God and of His amazing creation.)

 

The infinitude of God is actually of great blessing to me personally because I’m sure it sometimes takes an infinite amount patience, love, mercy and grace on God’s part just to keep putting up with me. (You might be laughing but it’s true about you too!)

 

In 1 Peter 1:3 the Apostle was praising God for His infinite, boundless, limitless mercy. The boundless nature of the mercy Peter was praising Him for is true of every other attribute of God as well. I encourage you to select an attribute of God for which you are especially grateful this morning and then spend some time praising Him for it. His limitless love would be a good one, as would His limitless mercy and compassion, just to offer an example or two.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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