Components of Christian Faith Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

  1. Adoration: We love God because He first loved us.
  2. Revelation:  Witness of the Spirit with our spirit: Romans 8: 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
  3. Compassion of Christ: For the lost, for the sick,

    The Anointed Bearer of Glad Tidings

    [a]The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
        because the Lord has anointed me;
    He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted,
        to bind up the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives,
        release to the prisoners,
    To announce a year of favor from the Lord
        and a day of vindication by our God;
    To comfort all who mourn;
        to place on those who mourn in Zion
        a diadem instead of ashes,
    To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning,
        a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit.

  4. Acknowledgement of God’s Power: 2 Peter 1:1-3To those who have received a faith of the same [b]kind as ours, [c]by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [d]by His own glory and [e]excellence.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: Hebrews 1:Now faith is the [a]assurance of things [b]hoped for, the [c]conviction of things not seen.
  6. Prayer to God through Jesus Christ:
    2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 when He comes to be glorified [a]in His [b]saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will [c]count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Individual Confirmation:
    Mark 16:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These [a]signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

  8. Thanksgiving:

    Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance

    10 [d]I will rejoice heartily in the Lord,
        my being exults in my God;
    For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
        and wrapped me in a robe of justice,
    Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
        as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    11 As the earth brings forth its shoots,
        and a garden makes its seeds spring up,
    So will the Lord God make justice spring up,
        and praise before all the nations.

  9. Individual Input:
    Romans 5:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved [a]by His life. 11 And not only this, [b]but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

  10. Call to action:as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l]practicing hospitality.

    14 Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but [n]associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  11. Confirmation of Faith:
    Romans 1:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed [a]from faith to faith; as it is written, “[b]But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

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Components of Devotions Saturday, Oct 6 2018 

  1. Adoration of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
  2. Revelation from God:  Lord, reveal to me this day your grace and truth what to do in  order to grow in devotion to you.
  3. Compassion from God:  Lord, fill me with a compassionate heart in coming to you full of the desire to receive your love gift today in order to be able to fulfill your purpose for this day with all sincerity.
  4.  Acknowledgement of God’s power:  Lord, you so love the world that you gave your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
  6. Requests from God-Prayer:  Lord, give us this day our daily Word, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…
  7. Individual Confirmation:  Lord, help me to know and feel your love, your power, your presence, your peace, your protection, your joy, great faith, great hope, patience by the Holy Ghost.
  8. Thanksgiving to God: Lord, thank-you for all you give us; your righteousness, your holiness, your covering, your forgiveness, your justification, your sanctification, your salvation.
  9. Individual Input:  Lord, as I read and meditate on your Word, let it work in me your transforming power over my mind, my life, my heart.  In Christ Jesus my LORD.
  10. Your Output: Lord, as I share these lessons you’ve taught in today’s devotions help me to reflect you in I do in you.
  11. Call to Action:  Lord, help me to live out this life devoted to you and your purposes.  May you be glorified in all that I do today.  May the power of your resurrection grace conquer every trial.
  12. Confirmation of faith: In order to affix your devotions tell someone about what devotion God has revealed to you. Post a blog, keep a journal, call a friend, tell a family member.

My Baptism Sunday, Feb 11 2018 

The scripture I would like to bring your attention to this morning is found in the book of Ephesians chapter 4 verses 4-6. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

Back in 1967 there was a man, whose name I cannot remember, who opened his farm to Christian youth. I went there in the winter that year for a week. While I was there, we worked skinning rabbits and learning about various things with regards to survival. One of the things he taught us was about healing by the laying on of hands.

It was winter so I remember there being snow outside. This was up north somewhere in the state of Washington. It was very cold. So the first thing he did was to have us feel his hands as we had just come in from outside where the rabbit hutches were. They were cold. Then he began to rub his hands together and blow into them. After a bit he had us feel his hands again. They were warm. Then he explained how the Spirit was bestowed by the laying on of hands as referenced by 1 Timothy 4:14 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the [a]presbytery.

So he put his hands on top ours and they became hotter and hotter until it was like they were on fire but it did not burn us. When he touched us he could feel the power draining just like Jesus did when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Needless to say, that week changed my life.

I had received the baptism by fire.

This has been over 50 years ago and still the fire is in my hands by the grace of God. I am feeling compelled to pass it on to my grandchildren so they can see it working in the lives of those they touch.

Through the years, I have seen many people healed. Some were dramatic. Others you wouldn’t know unless they told you. It is important to ask them if they feel anything just like Jesus asked the blind man. It helped him to teach us how to know to continue. I’ve learned through trial and error. I’ve failed many times. I do not understand why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I just keep trying in hopes that it will work. The more you try the more you see success. All I know is God is real and he is in us.

My Peace Wednesday, Jan 10 2018 

Today’s verse can be found in the book of John chapter 14 verse 27: 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

This may be one of the most precious gifts God gives us. Do we fully understand how this gift works in our lives? When Jesus instructed his disciples he told them, “Freely you received, freely give.” In those same instructions he said, “As you enter the [n]house, give it your [o]greeting. 13 If the house is worthy, [p]give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, [q]take back your blessing of peace.” 

This peace is so precious that He does not want it wasted on the unworthy. When you give your peace to others it is multiplied within your own life. “Not as the world gives,” he said. In the world when you give something to someone else it means that you no longer have it. But peace multiplies in the giving. You never know how many people will benefit from the peace you share with others. It is like a “ripple effect” that spreads when you throw a pebble into a pond. It spreads out around over and over.

In Psalm 29:11 it says: 11 [a]The Lord will give strength to His people;
[b]The Lord will bless His people with peace.

God has a plan in giving you His peace: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [a]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God has a purpose in giving you His peace: 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off [a]have been brought near [b]by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the [c]barrier of the dividing wall, 15 [d]by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [e]make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace…

God has a reason to give you His peace: 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

He Himself is our peace so we will abound in hope.

 

God’s Power Friday, Dec 15 2017 

It is important for us to understand the power of God Almighty. Without the knowledge of His power our faith grows dim. Without the knowledge of His power our praise grows silent. We can but whisper faintly.

I love what Jehoshaphat said in 2 Chronicles 20:6 …“O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.

I love Ezra 8:22  “The hand of our God is [c]favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.”

And Job said, 12:13 “With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.

Job 27:10 “Will he take delight in the Almighty?

Will he call on God at all times?
11 “I will instruct you in the [a]power of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 “Behold, all of you have seen it;
Why then do you [b]act foolishly.

Daniel said:

19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven; 20 Daniel said,

“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and [a]establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to [b]men of understanding.

Jesus said:  69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”

Jesus has power:  38 [a]You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, [b]and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

The Gospel has power: 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [b]are perishing, but to us who [c]are being saved it is the power of God.

The Holy Spirit has power: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Kingdom of God has power: 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in [b]words but in power.

Faith has power: so that your faith would not [b]rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

This power is in us: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

For God has not given us a spirit of [a]timidity, but of power and love and [b]discipline.

His power protects us: who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

By power we praise God for all things: 11 Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they [a]existed, and were created.”

 

 

God’s Purpose Thursday, Jan 5 2017 

When we go about our days there is a purpose to our actions. We set goals and then go about doing what we must do to achieve those goals. At the end of the day, we get a sense of satisfaction from our accomplishments and we can rejoice in a job well done. Now, imagine for a moment if everything you did depended on the actions of other people? Your entire purpose was to accomplish things through the lives of other people.

God has a unique purpose for you.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

God knows that some people will refuse his plan.

30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves.

God also sets the time of your demise so you will be able to fulfill his purpose.

“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep. (falling asleep in the bible means he “died.”)

God also sets the place you will live.

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

God has “elected” us for his purpose.

10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[a]

Notice that even the order of our birth is directed by God, as well as how many kids are in each family.

God works through people.

He is able by his Almighty power to accomplish his purposes through us and in us.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 

God’s People Wednesday, Oct 26 2016 

[I am writing] to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called to be saints (God’s people) and set apart for a sanctified life, [that is, set apart for God and His purpose]: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith [your trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] is being proclaimed in all the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how continuously I mention you 10 in my prayers; always pleading that somehow, by God’s will, I may now at last come to you. 11 For I long to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift, to strengthen and establish you; 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, [c]brothers and sisters, that many times I have planned to come to you, (and have been prevented so far) so that I may have some fruit [of my labors] among you, even as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I have a duty to perform and a debt to pay both to Greeks and to barbarians [the cultured and the uncultured], both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am ready and eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation [from His wrath and punishment] to everyone who believes [in Christ as Savior], to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.”

Power of God Wednesday, Jan 20 2016 

Power of God

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

Exodus 15:Your right hand, Lord,     was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord,     shattered the enemy.

11 Who among the gods     is like you, Lord? Who is like you—     majestic in holiness, awesome in glory,     working wonders?

13 In your unfailing love you will lead     the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them     to your holy dwelling.

14 The nations will hear and tremble;     anguish will grip the people of Philistia. 15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,     the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people[c] of Canaan will melt away; 16     terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm     they will be as still as a stone— until your people pass by, Lord,     until the people you bought[d] pass by. 17 You will bring them in and plant them     on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,     the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

Philistia is Palestine

Edom means “stillness” or “Red Dawn”.

It is a response to something stupefying, physically motionless.

Refers to edge of a sword which was known as its mouth. Likewise, the greatness of the LORD’s arm makes people still as stones.

Moab means “my father.”

Canaan means “land of purple.” Purple is often related to royalty.

Micah 5:4 He will stand and shepherd his flock     in the strength of the Lord,     in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness     will reach to the ends of the earth.

Isaiah 63:1 Who is this coming from Edom,     from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor,     striding forward in the greatness of his strength?

“It is I, proclaiming victory,     mighty to save.”

Why are your garments red,     like those of one treading the winepress?

 

Bozrah means fortified city.

The root verb בצר (basar) describes the act of separating something from its maternal environment, with the purpose of letting that something mature in peace until the final result can be extracted. This act is usually achieved by building a strong wall around the something (some scholars suggest that our English word bazaar derives from this root).

Job 27:10-12New International Version (NIV)

10 Will they find delight in the Almighty?     Will they call on God at all times?

11 “I will teach you about the power of God;     the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal. 12 You have all seen this yourselves.     Why then this meaningless talk?

Psalm 68:33-35New International Version (NIV)

33 to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,     who thunders with mighty voice. 34 Proclaim the power of God,     whose majesty is over Israel,     whose power is in the heavens. 35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;     the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God!

Matthew 22:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:17-19New International Version (NIV)

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;     the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]

1 Corinthians 1:23-25New International Version (NIV)

23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,     and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Paul’s Hardships

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

Warning Against Idolatry

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[b]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them     and walk among them, and I will be their God,     and they will be my people.”[c]

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them     and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing,     and I will receive you.”[d]

18 And,

“I will be a Father to you,     and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”[e]

 

2 Timothy 1:7-9New International Version (NIV)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,