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Reconciled to God

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”1 

Reconciled to God, O glorious thought. I who once was His foe, His enemy, one alienated from Him. I now have been brought into the reality of HIs family. My Lord took the initiative, He sent His Son to shed His blood, thus bringing peace. In the cross, God has declared peace between me and Himself. Now, instead of dread, there is assurance; instead of denial, there is love; instead lostness, there is hope. “I love you, O Lord, for reconciling my soul to You!”

  1. Col 1:21-22 []

Verse for the Day: Romans 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Wiersbe: Growth and Troubles

By |March 15th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Growth is often a painful process. It is through difficulty amid distress that God enlarges us. Are your troubles enlarged? It is important that you not waste your trials by simply enduring them or wanting to be delivered from them. Allow trials to have their “perfect work” of enlarging you for a greater ministry.

Spurgeon: The Danger of Boasting in Grace

By |March 15th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

It is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of grace. A man says, “I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor little faith may, but I never shall.” “I have fervent love,” says another, “I can stand, there is no danger of my going astray.” He who boasts of grace has little grace to boast of. Some who do this imagine that their graces can keep them, knowing not that the stream must flow constantly from the fountain head, or else the brook will soon be dry…

 – Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition., (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

Wiersbe: Waiting

By |March 14th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Waiting is one of the hardest things for me to do. I would rather work than wait. Somehow I always end up in the wrong lane or the wrong line, and I’m forced to wait. My impatience is probably why the Lord reminds me of verse 20: “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” Why does God delay in answering prayer? He wants to give us a better blessing. Why does God delay in bringing deliverance or healing? He has something better in store for us. Our times are in His hands.

We must remember that when we wait on the Lord, we are not being idle or careless. Waiting prepares us. God works in us so that He can work for us. He knows what He is doing and has His own schedule. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some [people] count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish” (2 Pet. 3:9).

–  Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 81.

Rogers: The Powerful Word of God

By |March 3rd, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

The Word of God is all-powerful. Satan fears the Word of God. He knows its overcoming power. We must learn to use it against Him. It’s an offensive weapon. Many of us study the Bible, but it’s not enough just to study it, we must learn to employ it. The Word of God is a sword, and it is meant to be used. – Adrian Rogers

Spurgeon: How to Have an Accurate Self Image

By |March 2nd, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

“If you seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness, attempt some great thing for Jesus. If you would feel how utterly powerless you are apart from the living God, attempt especially the great work of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ, and you will know, as you never knew before, what a weak unworthy thing you are.”  – C. H. Spurgeon

Wiersbe: God’s Will Revealed

By |February 24th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

God does not reveal His will to those who are curious. He reveals His will to those who are obedient.

Verses to Meditate Upon: Ps 25:1-5

By |February 23rd, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, Let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: Let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: For thou art the God of my salvation; On thee do I wait all the day.

Self Gets in the Way

“John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose”.1

We live in a day where self is exalted (self-esteem, self-image, self-love, self-improvement…). As we focus upon ourselves, we have forgotten what it means to be humble. In fact, we have become so busy making others “tie our shoes.” As a result, we are a society of spiritual snobs and crybabies.
When I search my heart, and see the depravity that exists, I am so grateful for the blood of Jesus that keeps on cleansing me from all sin. I have come to realize that all that could be called good in my life is a direct result of the grace of God. I also acknowledge the fact that I am but a servant, not even worthy to untie the latchet of my Lord’s sandals. Yet I am grateful that He loves me, He gave His life for me, and He even became a servant to die on the cross for me. So now there should no longer be any room for self in my heart… Pastor Stevens

  1. John 1:26–27 []

Spurgeon: To Glorify God Today

By |February 15th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into thy treasury; I am all thine; take me, and enable me to glorify thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have. – Charles Spurgeon 

MacArthur: Looking to the Future

By |February 14th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

“Concentrating on what is wrong in your life might depress you, but focusing on the glorious day of Christ should excite you. Don’t be unduly concerned about what you are right now. Look ahead to what you will become by God’s grace.” – John MacArthur