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Welcome to Noonday Devotion
This is the first of two devotions for this most glorious of times.. the first one concentrates on the cross of Christ.
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God bless you


Keith


NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


JESUS FINISHES DEATH AND THE DEVIL.. FOR GOOD



John 19 


30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and he bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. 


This is my favourite time of the year. Not just because spring is here, but because we can celebrate.. yes celebrate the death of Jesus and His Resurrection from the Dead. 


These three small words in the verse above are some of the most awesome words ever spoken. 


They signify something absolutely extraordinary, something that defies description. 


They were the final words of Jesus on the cross and they weren't words of despair. 


They were the words of Victory, words of power and words that set many free. They signify the death nail for sin, death and satan. The final nail had not been put in Jesus.. it had been put into the devil and all his works.
 
 I just love Colossians 2:11-15, Jesus had made a public exhibition of all the power of sin and death. 


 
11In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts). 


    12[Thus [g] you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [[h]to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead. 


    13And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions, 


    14Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared [j]completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. 


    15[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]


The power of Sin and the devil, weren't just broken at the cross, they were totally smashed.. into the smallest pieces ever. They were/are unable to be pieced back together.


The bridge had been built. Sinful men could now approach a Holy God, because it was finished. The supreme work of redemption had been done.. The Perfect Lamb had been slain.. God the Father was satisfied... Jesus had acted as our substitute. 


Let me share one more thing.. During the time of Darkness over the earth.. that three hours.. God poured out his anger.. his righteous anger on His beloved Son.. all Of God's anger was poured out upon Jesus.. and this was destined for us . That is God's mercy.. not giving us, what we deserve. But giving us grace...giving us what we don't deserve.. amen 


The Cross of Calvary is and always will be the place of Greatest mercy.. it is where God showed mercy in abundance to unworthy sinners, but to do that , it had to be the place where God was merciless to His own Beloved Son. I cannot imagine the heart of God at this time, what Jesus went through for us, was totally amazing and just beyond words, but He had to face separation from His Father and the full force of God's righteous anger.. which we should have had and which we deserved. 
 
I love the verses in Hebrews 10
 
 
19Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus, 


    20By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh, 


    21And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God, 


    22Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.


A perfect and pure sacrifice was needed.. Just like the ram in Genesis 22.. one was provided.. Jesus.. God's precious Son.. It cost Jesus his life and broke the heart of His Father.. but JESUS was prepared to do it for us. 


Believer in light of this sacrifice, mine and your only response is to bow and weep and offer our lives as a living sacrifice to God.. amen? 


If it isn't then you need to re-assess your so called Christianity and repent?

God Bless you 

Keith 



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Guest Devotion 1 by Charles Spurgeon
He has rescued us!

([url=http://www.gracegems.org/SERMONS/Charles Spurgeon.htm]Charles Spurgeon[/url])

"The human heart is most deceitful and desperately
 wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" Jer. 17:9

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,)
 dwells no good thing." Romans 7:18


There is nothing in man by nature apart from 
God, which is not vile and deceitful.

If there is anything good in me,
if I have been transformed by the renewing of my mind, 
if I am regenerate, 
if I have passed from death unto life, 
if I have been taken out of the family of Satan, 
if I am adopted into the family of God's dear Son, 
if I am now no longer an heir of wrath,
if I am a now a child of heaven,
then all these things are of God, and in no sense,
and in no degree whatever, are they of myself!

"For He has rescued us from the kingdom of
 darkness and has brought us into the Kingdom
 of His dear Son." Colossians 1:13




Guest Devotion 2 by Alexander Smellie


There never was a fountain like this!

(Alexander Smellie, "The Hour of Silence" 1899)

"On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity!" Zechariah 13:1 

"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!" 
1 John 1:7

There is another river, the streams of which make glad the City of God. It is a river whose waters are crimson red, rather than crystal clear. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin — His life-blood, shed for our redemption on the shameful tree.

So many have proved the potency of this blessed fountain — a great multitude which no man can number! From the East and the West, the North and the South; from the early dawn of Christ, and the modern home — they have pressed to its brink, and they are pressing still. Whoever is willing, may stoop down and drink and live!

Such continuous and permanent efficacy resides in the fountain. It is not like the Pool of Bethesda, endowed with a strange and vitalizing virtue only at intervals. The dear dying Lamb never loses His power to save. The Cross is at every moment, the instrument of pardon. The blood cleanses — retains its capacity of cleansing perennially, age after age.

And so universally and omnipotently successful these blood-red waters are. From all my sin they will purge me:
  my secret sins — and my presumptuous sins,
  my sins of youth — and my sins of old age,
  my sins against others — and my sins against myself,
  my sins when I was a stranger to God — and my darker and more hateful sins since I came home to Him.

There never was a fountain like this! Exploration has not discovered its like, nor has imagination ever conceived it! It is peerless, matchless, unique. Surely I have washed and am daily washing in it, that I may be clean!

    There is a fountain filled with blood 
    drawn from Emmanuel's veins; 
    and sinners plunged beneath that flood 
    lose all their guilty stains! 

    The dying thief rejoiced to see 
    that fountain in his day; 
    and there may I, though vile as he 
    wash all my sins away!

    Dear dying Lamb, Your precious blood 
    shall never lose its power 
    till all the ransomed church of God 
    be saved, to sin no more! 

    E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream 
    Your flowing wounds supply, 
    redeeming love has been my theme, 
    and shall be till I die! 

    When this poor lisping, stammering tongue 
    lies silent in the grave, 
    Then in a nobler, sweeter song, 
    I'll sing Your power to save! 
     (William Cowper, 1731-1800)




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Welcome to Special Devotion

I hope these devotions brings you much encouragement as you continue to walk with the Lord.

Please share these devotions and also take time to click on the links

God bless you and thanks

Keith





SPECIAL DEVOTION 1 BY SAMUEL DAVIES

Justice and mercy!

(Samuel Davies, "The Preaching of Christ Crucified, the Means of Salvation")

"Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other!" Psalm 85:10

The salvation of sinners by the substitutionary death of Christ, gives the brightest display of the perfections of God; and particularly of those which belong to Him, as the Supreme Ruler of the moral world.

Justice and mercy, duly tempered, and exercised with wisdom--is a summary of those virtues which belong to a good ruler. Now these are most illustriously displayed in a happy union--in Christ crucified.

Justice shines brighter in the cross--than if every sin had been punished upon offenders, without any mercy!
Mercy shines brighter in the cross--than if every sin had been pardoned, and every sinner made happy, without any execution of justice.

Mercy appears in turning the divine heart with such a strong propensity upon the salvation of sinners!
Justice appears in that when the heart of God was so much set upon it--yet He would not save them without a complete satisfaction to His justice.

Mercy appears in providing such a Savior!
Justice appears in inflicting the punishment due to sin upon Him, without abatement; though He loved Him more than the whole universe of creatures!

Mercy appears in transferring the guilt from the sinner upon the Surety, and accepting a vicarious satisfaction!
Justice appears in exacting the satisfaction, and not passing by sin, when it was imputed to the darling Son of God.

Mercy appears in pardoning and saving guilty sinners!
Justice appears in punishing their sin!

Mercy appears in justifying them--though destitute of all personal merit and righteousness!
Justice appears in justifying them--only and entirely on account of the merit and righteousness of Christ!

Mercy appears in providing a Savior of such infinite dignity!
Justice appears in refusing satisfaction from an inferior person!

Mercy appears in forgiving sin!
Justice appears in not forgiving so much as one sin--without a sufficient atonement!

Mercy, rich, free mercy--towards the sinner!
Justice, strict, inexorable justice--towards the Surety!

In short--mercy and justice, as it were, walk hand in hand through every step of this amazing scheme of salvation by the substitutionary atonement of Christ!

God pardons and saves the sinner--and yet condemns and punishes his sin!

Though innumerable multitudes of rebels are pardoned--yet not one of them is pardoned until their rebellion is punished according to its demerit in the person of the Surety!

The precept of the divine law, which they had broken--was perfectly obeyed.
The penalty which they had incurred--was fully endured and paid, indeed not by themselves--but by their divine substitute.

Hence the divine law is magnified, and made honorable, and the rights of government are preserved sacred and inviolable--and yet the sinful rebels are set free, and advanced to the highest honors and blessedness!

God brings the greatest good--out of the greatest evil!

God pardons and saves the sinner--and yet condemns and punishes his sin!

God gives the brightest display of His justice--in the freest exercise of His mercy!

God gives the richest discovery of His mercy--in the most rigorous execution of His justice!

God magnifies His law--in justifying those who had broken it!

God reveals the utmost hatred against sin--in showing the highest love to the sinner!

What an astonishing God-like scheme is this! What a stupendous display of the infinite wisdom of God!


Special devotion 2 by Gospel For India

He Lives!



"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!" Luke 24:5.
What is the one single act that defined Christianity?

The virgin birth?
The revolutionary philosophies of Jesus Christ?
The great miracles - feeding 5,000, water into wine, healing the sick?

While all of these acts of Christ certainly set Him above any other person who has ever walked the earth-
- nothing compares to His death and resurrection from the dead.

Through His death-
Jesus gave His life to pay the penalty of my sin.

Through His resurrection-
He conquered sin and death, and gives us that power, as well.

And now we celebrate this wonderful moment and the joyous consequences that stemmed from it.

When I contemplate the amazing grace that exploded from His resurrection-
I find myself humming, then singing some of the words to the classic hymns, Because He Lives, as well as He Lives!

He Lives!

I serve a risen Saviour!
He's in the world today.

NOTE FROM KEITH

WHAT A SONG TO SING, I LOVE TO SING THIS SONG AND HOPE YOU DO TOO

Special Reading.. please please listen

Listen as Psalm 22 is read.. it's all about Jesus

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=114101850111


Guest Website

This is a unique ministry, please read all about it

http://www.wayofthemaster.com/

--
Quotes from Great Christians

Mercy is not something God has but something God is.
AW Tozer

"A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant"
Stephen Charnock

Out of 100 people

(D.L. Moody)

Out of 100 people, one will read the Bible; the other 99 will read the Christian!
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Welcome to Special Devotion

I hope these devotions brings you much encouragement as you continue to walk with the Lord.

Please share these devotions and also take time to click on the links

God bless you and thanks

Keith





SPECIAL DEVOTION 1 BY SAMUEL DAVIES

Justice and mercy!

(Samuel Davies, "The Preaching of Christ Crucified, the Means of Salvation")

"Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other!" Psalm 85:10

The salvation of sinners by the substitutionary death of Christ, gives the brightest display of the perfections of God; and particularly of those which belong to Him, as the Supreme Ruler of the moral world.

Justice and mercy, duly tempered, and exercised with wisdom--is a summary of those virtues which belong to a good ruler. Now these are most illustriously displayed in a happy union--in Christ crucified.

Justice shines brighter in the cross--than if every sin had been punished upon offenders, without any mercy!
Mercy shines brighter in the cross--than if every sin had been pardoned, and every sinner made happy, without any execution of justice.

Mercy appears in turning the divine heart with such a strong propensity upon the salvation of sinners!
Justice appears in that when the heart of God was so much set upon it--yet He would not save them without a complete satisfaction to His justice.

Mercy appears in providing such a Savior!
Justice appears in inflicting the punishment due to sin upon Him, without abatement; though He loved Him more than the whole universe of creatures!

Mercy appears in transferring the guilt from the sinner upon the Surety, and accepting a vicarious satisfaction!
Justice appears in exacting the satisfaction, and not passing by sin, when it was imputed to the darling Son of God.

Mercy appears in pardoning and saving guilty sinners!
Justice appears in punishing their sin!

Mercy appears in justifying them--though destitute of all personal merit and righteousness!
Justice appears in justifying them--only and entirely on account of the merit and righteousness of Christ!

Mercy appears in providing a Savior of such infinite dignity!
Justice appears in refusing satisfaction from an inferior person!

Mercy appears in forgiving sin!
Justice appears in not forgiving so much as one sin--without a sufficient atonement!

Mercy, rich, free mercy--towards the sinner!
Justice, strict, inexorable justice--towards the Surety!

In short--mercy and justice, as it were, walk hand in hand through every step of this amazing scheme of salvation by the substitutionary atonement of Christ!

God pardons and saves the sinner--and yet condemns and punishes his sin!

Though innumerable multitudes of rebels are pardoned--yet not one of them is pardoned until their rebellion is punished according to its demerit in the person of the Surety!

The precept of the divine law, which they had broken--was perfectly obeyed.
The penalty which they had incurred--was fully endured and paid, indeed not by themselves--but by their divine substitute.

Hence the divine law is magnified, and made honorable, and the rights of government are preserved sacred and inviolable--and yet the sinful rebels are set free, and advanced to the highest honors and blessedness!

God brings the greatest good--out of the greatest evil!

God pardons and saves the sinner--and yet condemns and punishes his sin!

God gives the brightest display of His justice--in the freest exercise of His mercy!

God gives the richest discovery of His mercy--in the most rigorous execution of His justice!

God magnifies His law--in justifying those who had broken it!

God reveals the utmost hatred against sin--in showing the highest love to the sinner!

What an astonishing God-like scheme is this! What a stupendous display of the infinite wisdom of God!


Special devotion 2 by Gospel For India

He Lives!



"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!" Luke 24:5.
What is the one single act that defined Christianity?

The virgin birth?
The revolutionary philosophies of Jesus Christ?
The great miracles - feeding 5,000, water into wine, healing the sick?

While all of these acts of Christ certainly set Him above any other person who has ever walked the earth-
- nothing compares to His death and resurrection from the dead.

Through His death-
Jesus gave His life to pay the penalty of my sin.

Through His resurrection-
He conquered sin and death, and gives us that power, as well.

And now we celebrate this wonderful moment and the joyous consequences that stemmed from it.

When I contemplate the amazing grace that exploded from His resurrection-
I find myself humming, then singing some of the words to the classic hymns, Because He Lives, as well as He Lives!

He Lives!

I serve a risen Saviour!
He's in the world today.

NOTE FROM KEITH

WHAT A SONG TO SING, I LOVE TO SING THIS SONG AND HOPE YOU DO TOO

Special Reading.. please please listen

Listen as Psalm 22 is read.. it's all about Jesus

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=114101850111


Guest Website

This is a unique ministry, please read all about it

http://www.wayofthemaster.com/

--
Quotes from Great Christians

Mercy is not something God has but something God is.
AW Tozer

"A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant"
Stephen Charnock

Out of 100 people

(D.L. Moody)

Out of 100 people, one will read the Bible; the other 99 will read the Christian!
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Welcome to Noonday Devotion

What an amazing joy and privilege to be allowed to share with you from God's word. I hope you are truly blessed by what the Lord has laid on my heart. I have sought to be really honest with all my writing.. I am not perfect.. I am a saved sinner.. saved by God's grace. He is pleased to use me in sharing.. but I have no knowledge or inspiration of my own.. it all comes from God. Without Him I am nothing.

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Keith

Noonday Devotion by Keith

WORKING TOGETHER WITH GOD AND EACH OTHER

1 Corinthians 3

4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.


I really want us to concentrate on verse 9.

We are workers together with God

You know there are many gifts among the body of Christ. My brothers and sisters, we are not in competition with each other, we are workers together with God and with each other.

I am blessed to write and share and to be in ministry , as are many others, that doesn't mean, I am in competition with other people who have ministries.

A dear sister writes beautiful poetry, that is her gifting from God. I can't write poetry, am I jealous.. No. Do I thank God for her ministry....Yes.

Maybe you think you can do something someone else is doing.. but are you prepared to pay the price.. to go through the difficulties that person may have encountered. The Lord does not give out gifts until that person is ready to handle it.

I always remember when the Lord started me writing.. I had never written before and I put kisses at the bottom of the messages (yes I am serious).. but the Lord has helped me and taught me.

We are to thank God for the different offices and gifts that people hold. Let us remember it is the Holy Spirit who gives out the gifts and ministries and every one he gives out is to the person who can uniquely do that role within the body of Christ.

Please read and study 1 Corinthians Chapter 12.

You have your own unique role in the Body of Christ, one that has been chosen for you by the Father and given to you through the operation of his Spirit, who also gives you the power to operate in it.

Be very careful believer, not to be unhappy with the spiritual gift you have been given, that would be to grieve the Holy Spirit and to tell Him, that he doesn't know what he is doing, when he clearly does.

For those of you, who do not know what their gift is, then seek God's face on the matter, he will reveal what He has in store for you and he will give you the strength to operate in that Gift.

When the Lord is looking for people to use, he does not look at what denomination you are in, what size church you are in or what the size of your bank balance is.. he looks for a willingness to serve Him and to also serve the Body of Christ.

Let me finish with a question.

If the Lord said your gifting was washing up and serving tea every week after church would you accept that or would you complain? Be very careful not to complain, the Israelites got nowhere and died in the desert because of their complaining and critical spirit. see Numbers 14

God Bless you all

Keith




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Guest Devotion 1 by Archibald Alexander

The crucifixion of Christ

(Archibald Alexander)

The truths which are exhibited in a clear and
strong light by the crucifixion of Christ, are
such as these:

1. The infinite evil of sin, which in order to
its pardon, required such a sacrifice.

2. The holiness and justice of God, which
would not allow sin to pass without full evidence
of the divine disapprobation, and His inflexible
purpose to visit it with deserved punishment.

3. The wisdom of God, in contriving a method
of salvation by which His own glory would be
promoted in the eternal salvation of hell-deserving
sinners. This wisdom is chiefly manifest in the
incarnation of the Son of God, by which the divine
and human natures are united in one person.

4. But the most wonderful exhibition of the cross
is the mercy of God, the love of God to sinners;
such love as never could have been conceived of,
had it not been manifest by the gift of his own Son!


Guest Devotion 2 by Maria Helene and Dominic Bradshaw

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST?

Do you have a personal intimate relationship with Jesus and is He the Lord and Master of your life?
In order to do that you need to put God in first place before anyone or anything and only serve God, as seen in Matthew 4:10.

Ask yourself the following questions.
Do I follow the Lord out of love for Him, or simply because I want to be saved?
Have I given my life to Christ and listen to the Holy Spirit’s teaching or do I follow someone else’s teaching?
Do I go to church because it gives me a good feeling, or do I go to worship God?
Have I put religion before God or have I put God in first place in my life and just listen to His voice?
Do I put God in first place or is money, ambition etc. more important to me?
Do I seek to do God’s Will or my own will?
Do I follow the Lord when I want to and compromise or do I refuse to compromise with what is wrong?
Am I assured of my place in Paradise?

Depending on the answers to these questions, you will know if Jesus is your Lord and Master and if you have a personal intimate relationship with Him or not.
If your answers have been negative, then you need to repent of your sins and attitude and ask the Lord to become the Lord and Master of your life and to instil a tremendous love for Him, and let the Holy Spirit fill you with determination and send the fire of His love upon you. The only way to be assured of your place in Paradise is by believing that Jesus said that if you believed in Him that you would not perish but have Eternal life as seen in John 3:16.
It is important to truly give your heart to Jesus and open the door to Him as seen in Revelation 3: 20 and spend some quiet time with Him, and ask the Lord to talk to you in your heart and confide in Him, and trust Him to help you, and open your eyes to enable you to find the truth. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the Bible, especially the Gospels so that you get to know who Jesus really is so that you listen to His voice and can do whatever He would do in your place in all situations.
See how the Holy Spirit teaches us the truth in the following passages and how we have to obey Jesus:
1 John 2:27(KJV) But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him., and John 10:27-37, John 16:13, Luke 12:12 and Luke 21:15.
Jesus wants you to abandon yourself completely to Him and be just like a tiny helpless child. He wants you to tell Him exactly how you feel and to completely lean on Him, and He doesn’t want you to be a hypocrite and hide what you don’t believe in, but He wants you to tell Him the truth so that He can help you. God is your Creator and your friend and He understands you totally, with all your strengths, faults, sins and weaknesses. He loves you so much with a love that is beyond all words and beyond comprehension.
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Welcome to Noonday Devotion

I do hope you will enjoy what I share from God's word.. truly God's word is an open book.. it is open for you to get nuggets of gold from it. It is not restricted to pastors or educated people. God wants to speak to everyone, who comes with an eager and expectant heart, regardless of age, education or culture.

Please dig into the word for yourself.

I hope you will read the two other articles and also click on the links.

God bless you

Keith

Noonday Devotion by Keith
FEED FROM THE WORD TO FEED OTHERS
Genesis 25:29-34

29And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

My friends

The scriptures were written for our learning amen. As we look through the pages of scriptures, it is to be honest a bit of a rogues gallery.. people who were used of God, were a truly motley crew to be honest, but they had one thing in common, they had transformed lives trough the power of the Living God.. amen.

One of these was Jacob.. he thought he was smart, but he had a life changing encounter with God, just as all saved people have had.. amen

He thought he could outwit God.. big mistake.. he had to face up in the end to his failings, just as we all do.. amen

Let me share from this story about Jacob and Esau

The attitude that Esau had in verse 30 is prevalent in the church today, he says

Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage

We want to be fed in today's church, we don't want to feed. amen. Let me tell you how I started to write. I received devotions and used to gorge myself on them, and I said Lord I can do better than that, well one day the Lord said.. 'ok then you try writing them', that was in 2003.

Let us not want what others have, let us not have the attitude of wanting to be fed, let us not be just pew warmers, always seeking what we can get out of fellowship.

Many Christian's see church as an interruption into their Sunday, they come in right before the service and they cannot wait to get out of the door afterwards. They scream.. feed me. feed me, but they do not raise a finger to help any other believer. They never say a word of encouragement, but they will be the first ones to criticise the pastor or anyone else, who preaches or shares the word. They have never done it themselves.. DO NOT CRITICISE OTHERS FOR DOING WHAT YOU WON'T OR CAN'T DO!

Many believers are spiritually obese, they get fat on listening to sermons, reading devotionals, but they have never got out their bibles and searched it for themselves.

Have you been feeding yourself or asking for yourselves to be fed, instead of feeding others, through your service to Christ?

Please note that Esau after he had eaten of my favourite meal.. he despised his birthright. The Bible is like our birthright.. amen.

So often we hear the word of God, so many sermons, so many times, that it can become something we despise.. amen. Do we resent it.. when it rebukes us?

It is time to get out of your comfort zone believer.. amen

As we go to church and bible study may we be not like Esau. Let us not want what others have, but search threw the scriptures diligently to see if these things are true.

Let us feed on our own personal gold mine and not be reliant on anyone else. Let us not be satisfied with a sermon on Sunday and maybe Wednesday night. Let us as the Bereans did 'search the scriptures', on a daily basis.

God does not want us to live on scraps and on what other people have written or preached. He wants to open up his word to each and everyone of us

You may ask where do I get these devotions.. well where most writers and preachers get their devotions/sermons.. sitting at the feet of Jesus. Last night in prayer, the Lord gave me another devotion. We share only what God has shared with us, what he has shared with us, HE will share with you.

Keith

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Guest Devotion 1 by Octavius Wimslow
The sin of sacrilege!

(Octavius Winslow, "The Officer's Daughter" 1861)

"I, the Lord, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My Word." Isaiah 66:2

Alas! how prevalent the sin of sacrilege is — even with some professing Christians! The common use which is sometimes made of sacred words, thelight and flippant manner in which holy phrases are employed, the carnal use which is frequently made of the words of Scripture itself, the interlarding of vain conversation with Scripture phraseology, and what are intended to be witticisms — at the expense of God's holy Word. These are sins of greater prevalence and magnitude than, perhaps, many who are beguiled into their commission are aware!

We can scarcely conceive of anything more grieving to the Holy Spirit — than the manner in which some people deal with His inspired Word. Nor is the low spirituality which this solemn trifling with the Bible betrays, less painful.

A heavenly mind will guard the sacredness and purity of God's Word with holy jealousy! How can it be otherwise? To the Bible, the instrumentality of God's truth — the believer is indebted for his quickening, for his sanctification, and for his comfort! To trifle, then, with that holy Word, to quote it flippantly, to speak of it irreverently, to jest with it profanely — would seem a crime from which a mind stored with its precious treasures, and imbued with its hallowed spirit — would recoil with holy dread!

Oh, beware, reader, how you sport with, or trifle with — God's holy Scriptures! Oh, it is a fearful thing to quote with sportive lip, to touch with unhallowed hands — the holy Word of God!

"My heart stands in awe of Your Word! I rejoice in Your Word like one who discovers a great treasure!" Psalm 119:161-162

(Editor's note: It is truly lamentable, that many professing Christians use the holy Word of God to amuse others with 'bible jokes' and in other trifling and irreverent ways. Much of today's pseudo-Christian music, movies and literature — use the Word of God in a flippant manner, if not in a downright profane and sacrilegious way.)

Guest Devotion 2 by Pastor Cecil

LISTENING TO THE WORD!
II Timothy 2:1-2
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

I fear that many times pastors and evangelists feel that they are called upon to be performers. The show must go on and they are the main attraction to enthrall their congregation. Often they read other sermons and attempt to deliver them in their own words, hoping that it will sound acceptable.

I once was reading a sermon outline in a periodical designed for ministers. It gave several sermons complete with illustrations and humorous stories. A few weeks later I was visiting a church and was stunned to hear the Pastor use one of those sermons and try to make it sound like one of his own. I could only imagine how empty he must have felt following his message.

To be absolutely honest, I frequently feel that my mind is blank when I start to write one of these daily offerings. I know that they are being read all over the world and question what I am going to say that day. It is then that I pray and ask the Lord to give me the words to touch just one person who is in need of such a word at that time.

It has been my experience that it is the very Word of God that speaks for me. When I search the Scriptures and then apply the practical things of life, the Holy Spirit uses my feeble words to minister. It is not what I have done, but what the Lord has done when I open myself to allow Him to fill my heart.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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[size=12.727272033691406]Welcome to Special Devotion[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]I hope you will enjoy these devotions and the associated links[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please take time to share these devotions and to click on the links[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Thanks and God bless[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Keith[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]DEAR FRIENDS[/size]


I start this Special devotion with a special sadness in my heart. Next to the privilege of being a child of God, is the privilege of being a British citizen.


[size=12.727272033691406]But I am really upset with my country, because Gay marriage has been legalised and gay marriages are taking place all over the UK. Angry.. your right I am.. but more than that.. I am ashamed to call myself a British citizen. It makes me totally sick that this is happening in the country I love.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]It should drive us to our knees in repentance and prayer.. repentance yes.. because the state of our nations is down to the attitude and approach of the church. The temperature of the church sets the temperature for the whole nation, the trouble is that most churches are lukewarm towards God and then they complain about the situations in their countries.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please join me to pray against this evil in my land and to pray for revival in this land of Wesley,Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor and Newton.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]We need to pray like never before my brothers and sisters.. to stop playing church.. the devil is not playing games.. many pastors are like modern day Nero's.. fiddling whilst the church burns.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Time to wake up church.. before it's too late[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Keith[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Special Devotion 1 BY Lorraine Ezell[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Coffee Break

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[size=12.727272033691406]"Committed Or Surrendered?" [/size]
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[size=12.727272033691406]"Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also]. Matthew 16:24 - (Amplified Bible)

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[size=12.727272033691406]Years ago I was listening to a radio program and the host was interviewing a missionary who had been overseas for many years. The host asked the missionary a question-- what is the biggest difference that you see in the church after having been gone for so long? I will never forget his answer-- commitment. He went on to say that the church has become committed to God but not surrendered to Him. Then he proceeded to elaborate on what he meant. He said commitment places "I" in charge. Surrender places "God" in charge.

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[size=12.727272033691406]Let me further clarify what he meant. The dictionary defines the word commit as: to give in trust or charge to someone; to pledge oneself to; to entrust especially for safe keeping. It defines the word surrender as: to yield to the possession or power of another; to give oneself up to another; submit or yield.

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[size=12.727272033691406]There is a big difference between the two. Commitment reserves its rights. If I entrust myself to the Lord and I feel He has not been faithful, then I have reserved the right to walk away from Him. If I pledge myself to Him, it is conditional. Therefore, if I feel He has let me down I no longer feel obligated to Him. This is why we see so many people turning from God. They have committed themselves to Him instead of surrending themselves to Him. So when things don't go the way they wanted, or God doesn't do what they thought He should do, they are no longer committed.

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[size=12.727272033691406]When you surrender to something or someone, you lose your rights. Just ask those who have been prisoners of war or because of committing a crime. (A prisoner can't just walk away-- he has to escape.) When we come to Christ, we surrender to Him. We surrender to His will, His plan, His ways, His desires for our lives. We lose our lives- they no longer belong to us. They belong to Him. We are bought with a price- the blood of Jesus. He is now the "owner" of our lives because He bought and paid for them. When I own something, I decide what I am going to do with it. When He owns us, He decides what to do with us... and we surrender, yield, submit to it.

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[size=12.727272033691406]Are you simply committed to Him today? Are you following Him but keeping one hand on the "wheel" just in case He wants to go a different direction than you had planned? Or are you surrendered to Him, letting go of the wheel and becoming the passenger who goes wherever He drives you?

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[size=12.727272033691406]Have a great day. Are you surrendered to Christ or just committed to Him? There is a difference.

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[size=12.727272033691406]For further reading:[/size]
[size=12.727272033691406]Philemon 1:1[/size]
[size=12.727272033691406]1 Corinthians 6:20[/size]
[size=12.727272033691406]1 Peter 1:18[/size]
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[size=12.727272033691406]Guest Devotion 2 by Spurgeon[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406][size=32]Full Surrender[/size]

Make a[size=18.18181800842285] full surrende[/size]r of every inclination of your heart.

Work to have but one purpose, and one aim.

And for this purpose give God complete control of your heart.

Cry out for more of the divine control of the Holy Spirit, so that
as your soul is preserved and protected by Him, that it may be
directed into one river, and one only, that your life may run deep
and pure, and clear and peaceful; its only banks being God's will,
its only river the love of Christ and a desire to please Him. [size=18.18181800842285]
--Spurgeon
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[size=12.727272033691406]Welcome to Noonday Devotion
What a joy to be with you once again. I hope you will be blessed and that you are able to share these devotions with all your friends and contacts.
Please take time to read the guest website and also to listen to the wonderful sermon
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God bless you
Keith


NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


WALKING WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL


Philippians 1
27Only be sure as citizens so to conduct yourselves [that] your manner of life [will be] worthy of the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, so that whether I [do] come and see you or am absent, I may hear this of you: that you are standing firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith of the glad tidings (the Gospel).

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[size=12.727272033691406]We are citizens of heaven who are living here in enemy territory. So how we behave is really important, we are representatives of our Heavenly Father. People cannot see God.. except through us.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]It is no good sharing the gospel with someone, if your life doesn't back up what you say.Let me give you an example.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]You witness to a friend at work and tell him/her about Jesus, and then you are dishonest in your dealings with people at work or you swear at work.. this is not conducting yourself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel. You are bringing the gospel into disrepute.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Paul had great trust in these believers, that whether he was there or whether he wasn't, they were behaving in a godly and gracious manner.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Are you just living in a godly manner, whilst you are being watched by your pastor or your fellow believers?. Your life should be the same whether Paul (your pastor) is present or not?[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]So how can we walk worthy of the Lord. One of the main things, is to be unified. [/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]An example of this, would be. At your place of work, there are Christians from other churches, and therefore if we work and pray together. The love that is evident between God's children can be a powerful to witness to unbelievers.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Why is unity with like minded believers so important, because the gospel is pre-eminent. We are not in competition with other bible believing Christian's, we are to work together, to transform the world through the power of the gospel.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Let us walk worthy of the gospel..in love, unity and power.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]God bless you[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Keith[/size]






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[size=12.727272033691406]This is an amazing sermon by a great preacher



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Guest Devotion 1 by Mary Padgett


From:  Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.
A Word In Due Season
 
THE ROOMS OF YOUR HEART
 
Scripture: II Corinthians 10:5  "Casting down imaginations" 
 
Have you ever tried to clean a room, closet, or garage but found that your determination to do so was met with conflict by your own desires and actions?  Your efforts were met with struggle, as you found it hard to get rid of the old junk.  You looked at your broken items, declared that you still intended to fix them, and dreamed of having the time to master this feat.  Even though you had items that were taking valuable space and that you had not used in years, you were afraid to throw them away because you thought that you might need them again later.  You didn't want to get rid of the clothes in your closet that were too small because you had hopes of getting back down to that size again.  By the time you had finished your cleaning project, you ended up only discarding a few items and straightening the rest of the clutter.  You failed to consider that everything left will continue to irritate you and will eventually have to be dealt with again.
 
Like our physical spaces, we have spaces within our hearts that desperately need to be cleaned out.  I had some hurtful things in the past that I found hard to give up.  My mind continually wanted to dwell on these disturbing thoughts that only revived the terrible pain.  One day when I began to recall the events and talk about the bitter pain of those days, my son said, "Mom, don't go to that room."  When he said those words, I began to realize that I had a spiritual room within my soul where I was harboring all the evil memories from the days gone by.  Most of the time, I would visit this room alone, but sometimes I would invite a close friend or one of my children to look inside my heart as I expressed my hurt.
 
The therapy did help and their words were a comfort, but my heart stayed cluttered.  My soul was in total disarray, for I was surrounded by mental darkness and confusion because I could not understand why I had allowed myself to get into such a terrible situation.  As I began to look into this chamber within my heart, I saw that there was a spirit of bitterness on one shelf because I felt that part of my life had been stolen from me.  On another shelf there was pain because I had been deceived by someone who I thought cared for me, and for that reason, I now found it hard to trust others.  There was a space that was full of hopelessness because I could not let go of the past and move towards the future.  All of the other feelings such as self-pity, anger, and shame were also crammed into this space that should have been storing the fruits of the Holy Spirit.   
 
Just like the clutter in my physical closet, all of this spiritual baggage and junk was my stuff and I had to deal with it personally.  No one could let go of the past for me or resist the spirit of anger or self-pity that was inside of me.  I had to repent and seek God's forgiveness.  I had to forgive those who had wronged me and also forgive myself for being deceived and making bad choices.  I had to learn to consciously let go and cast down all of the painful memories of the past.  I realized that if I wanted total deliverance, I couldn't just shut the door to the room, I needed to clean it thoroughly and then replace every negative thought with God's Word or something that was good and peaceable.  Memories still remain, but I do not allow them to surround me with pain.  I choose instead to learn from them and I look to the future with hope and trust God to restore the years that were stolen from me.  I have forgiven those who deceived me and am learning to trust others.  I disallow myself to store up spiritual clutter.  This is a continuing process in my life, for things are still being revealed to me.
 
I encourage you today to allow God to shine His light upon your heart and show you the things that you are harboring within your spirit that are contrary to His will and then begin to work towards removing them.  If the weight is too heavy, the Lord will help you lift it.  If it is too high, He will help you reach it.  If it is too difficult to bear, He will carry it for you.  If it is too hard for you to let go, then allow Him to take it from you.  Allow the winds of His Holy Spirit to sweep through your spirit and let His precious blood wash you clean.  Begin to cast down all of the imaginations that keep you from walking in freedom and towards the destiny that God has ordained for you.  The Lord is eager to help you get rid of the weights that hinder you from being able to run the race that He has set before you.  The Lord is waiting for you to ask Him to help you clean your spiritual closet.  Make a commitment to work with Him and enjoy your new day of beginnings. +++
 
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Guest Devotion 2 by JR MILLER


There is a wondrous charm in a gentle spirit

(J.R. Miller, "Help for the Day")

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2 

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart" Matthew 11:29 

There is a wondrous charm in a gentle spirit
For instance, the gentle girl in the home may not be . . .
  beautiful, nor
  well educated, nor
  clever in any way.
But wherever she moves, she leaves a blessing. 

Close beside every Christian, stands One who holds all gifts and graces in His hands. Jesus looks into our face and asks what new adornment He shall give us. Let us pray for the spirit of gentleness, for no other gift will make us such a blessing to others.

"The fruit of the Spirit is . . . gentleness" Galatians 5:22 

"Let your gentleness be evident to all." Philippians 4:5 

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12
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"Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men."

Oswald Chambers


"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

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[size=12.727272033691406]Welcome to Noonday Devotion[/size]




[size=12.727272033691406]It is such a joy to share with you once again. I hope you will be blessed by what I share with you.[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Please share these devotions and also read the website  and listen to the sermon, which is very short.. please take just a few minutes to listen to it[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]Thanks and God bless[/size]


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[size=12.727272033691406]NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]LIVING STONES[/size]


[size=12.727272033691406]1 Peter 2[/size]


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[size=12.727272033691406] 5[Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.
   6For thus it stands in Scripture: Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen ([[url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1 peter 2;&version=45;#fen-AMP-30404b]b[/url]]honored), precious chief Cornerstone, and he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall never be[[url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1 peter 2;&version=45;#fen-AMP-30404c]c[/url]]disappointed or put to shame.([url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1 peter 2;&version=45;#cen-AMP-30404C]C[/url])
   7To you then who believe (who adhere to, trust in, and rely on Him) is the preciousness; but for those who disbelieve [it is true], The [very] Stone which the builders rejected has become the main Cornerstone


8 And, A Stone that will cause stumbling and a Rock that will give [men] offense; they stumble because they disobey and disbelieve [God’s] Word, as those [who reject Him] were destined (appointed) to do.



Buildings are usually made up of stones right?
The church is described as God's building.. amen
So how can stones be alive?. Stones aren't alive.. or are they?
Well yes, when it comes to the Christian, because here Peter describes the believer as a living stone.
This glorious fact is because He/she is connected to the chief corner stone. which is Jesus.
The corner stone of the building is the first stone laid.. it supports the whole building.. this is the case with Jesus.
Our faith is founded on the solid foundation of Jesus, on his wonderful atonement at Calvary and on his resurrection from the dead on the third day.
It is a stone that is precious to some because they trust in Jesus and Him alone for salvation, but to others it is a stone of stumbling, because they do not trust in that precious and honoured corner stone.. called Jesus.
Jesus the precious corner stone.. supports the whole building.. because he is our foundation.. Jesus is the rock on which we stand.. amen.
In Matthew 21:44, we have these words
44 [a]And whoever falls on this Stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom It falls will be crushed to powder [and It will [b]winnow him[c]scattering him like dust].

When we fall on the stone, we will be broken.. when we come to Christ, we are broken seemingly beyond repair, but then God puts us back together again.. but there is a warning.. those who do not accept Christ, will be dashed to dust by the stone falling on them.
You can either fall on the stone broken in repentance or the stone will fall on you on judgement day.. the latter is no option my friend.
God bless you


Keith


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[size=12.727272033691406]However low we may sink!

(J.R. Miller, "Evening Thoughts" 1907)

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!" Deuteronomy 33:27 

Of course God has no arms; but He reveals Himself to us in human language--the only language we could understand. 

We know what a mother's arms, a father's arms, mean to a child. But human arms are frail, and any hour their embrace may be withdrawn. The other day a child was grieving by his mother's coffin--but the arms which had clasped the boy always so tenderly, could not move to comfort him. 

But the arms of God are "everlasting." God holds His redeemed children in the strong embrace of His love! No matter what may come to us of danger, of calamity, of terror--they will still and ever enfold us. 

These arms of God are ever and always "underneath" us. However low we may sink away in pain, in weakness, in sorrow--we shall never sink out of the divine arms! Jesus said no one can snatch His loved ones out of His hands. 

In death, when we shall sink out of every human embrace--we shall still be in the clasp of God's love and His everlasting arms will be underneath us. Such a word as this assures us of eternal security in God's love!

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[size=12.727272033691406]The Dearest Friend!

             I have a Friend in Jesus,
             He's ever walking near
             To share my every burden
             And take away my fear.

             It's in His precious name I pray
             To our God above;
             It's through His sacred teachings that
             I learned the way to love.

             God did not put me on this earth
             To walk life's path alone;
             He sent His Son to be my Guide,
             The dearest Friend I've known.

             No other One could be so true,
             He bore the cross for me;
             Because He died for my sins
             I must ever faithful be.

             If you are lonely on life's way
             And feel that no one cares,
             You have a Friend in Jesus
             If you will kneel in prayer.
                                    Poet, Kay Hoffman
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Oswald Chambers


"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

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[size=12.727272033691406]IT IS CHRIST WHO BUILDS HIS CHURCH
Joji T. Samuel
(Elder of CFC church, Kottayam, India).
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Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16: 18).
The word “church” appears for the first time in the New Testament in this verse. How greatly encouraging it is to see Jesus’ statement here that it is HE (and HE ALONE) Who will build His church.
We need to see this sovereignty and authority of Christ in the building of His church, first of all.
Acts 2, which describes the founding of the church on the day of Pentecost, underlines this sovereignty of the Lord by saying that it was the Lord Who added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2: 47).
The first statement of Jesus about the church referred to the universal church. But when He spoke about “the church” a second time, He referred to the local church (in Matt. 18: 17). The disciplinary action mentioned there (Matt.18:15-17) can be exercised only by a local church.  Here again, we see the authority of the Lord being exercised as He stands in the midst of a local church where the members are in agreement (as seen in the next three verses - Matthew 18: 18- 20). A local church can be an expression of the Body of Christ only if Christ is allowed to be in its midst as its Head.
Sadhu Sundar Singh described the relation between the universal church and the local church thus: Water, that man needs for his sustenance, is found in rivers, lakes and wells. But when a man wants to quench his thirst, he needs a cup to drink this water from. This cup is a picture of the local church.
The universal church is spread across time and across nations, from the day of Pentecost onwards until our Lord’s return. It includes all who have accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord of their lives. But God also wants each believer to be an active member of a local church where he can fulfil his function as a part of Christ’s Body.
The Lord is the Head of the universal church and of the local church. The primary responsibility for building the church and for preserving it, is His (Eph.1: 23, 4: 13- 15; Col.1:18). Thus we see, in the past five centuries, how the Lord, through various servants of His, has restored truths to the church, that were present in the early church, but which were lost later, through neglect. 
If we study church history carefully from the 16th century onwards, we see God restoring various truths to the church, such as, justification by faith, believer’s baptism, holiness, separation from the world, baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the early 20th century, God raised up the Pentecostal movement to emphasize the ministry of the Holy Spirit and His gifts.
With all these glorious truths now recovered, can we say that the recovery of all of God’s truth has been completed? Many Christians would say “Yes”.
But look at Hebrews 6:1, 2 carefully: “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to perfection, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about baptisms and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment”.
In these two verses, we see ALL the truths that have been recovered and that are found in almost all evangelical and Pentecostal churches today: Repentance, faith, water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, (‘baptisms’ being in the plural), healing (laying on of hands), our Lord’s return, and the final judgment and giving of rewards. But Hebrews 6:1,2 states that all these truths are merely the foundation. What about the building itself? What truth do we need beyond all these, to build the superstructure of the building?
Let us look at an Old Testament example. When the Israelites returned from their Babylonian captivity, they laid only the foundation of the new temple initially. Then for 16 long years they did nothing more. They ignored the building of the temple itself.  At that time, God raised up two prophets to speak to them – Haggai and Zechariah. Haggai was an older man, while Zechariah was younger. But both of them had the same message for the people of Israel: “How long will you ignore the building of the temple?”The people finally responded to the challenge of these prophetic messages and completed the building of the temple.
When evangelical and Pentecostal churches take pride in their “Statements of faith”, they need to recognize that they have only laid the foundation. They are like the Israelites who laid the foundation, but did not complete the superstructure of the temple.
What is the superstructure? We see the answer in Hebrews 6:1 itself: “Let us press on to maturity (perfection)”.
It is pressing on to maturity (and perfection) in Christ that is the superstructure of the church.
No-one can see the foundation of any building. It is the superstructure that captures the attention of people.
What do the people of the world see in us Christians? They are not interested in our foundational doctrines. They don’t care whether we were baptized as infants or as adults; or whether we believe that baptism in the Holy Spirit takes place at the time of new birth or as a second experience. What the world looks at is our daily life.
When Mahatma Gandhi was once asked why he rejected Christianity, he replied, "I don't reject Christ. It's just that many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ."
The world around us is waiting to see Christlike Christians – and that is the superstructure of the temple!
The world is not interested in our detailed doctrinal statements about salvation, water baptism and Holy-Spirit baptism etc. They don’t care about this foundation, because they cannot see it. But when our life becomes ‘conformed to Christ’s likeness’, then the world will sit up and take notice. Conformity to Christ’s likeness is God’s goal for us as well. This is what He pre-destined us for (as we see in Rom. 8:29).
The apostle Paul was eager to build this superstructure in his own life, after he had laid the foundation. His sole desire till the end of his life was to “know Christ and to be conformed to His death and thus to press toward the goal – the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (which is, to be conformed to Christ’s likeness)” (Phil.3: 10-14). Paul said that this was the ONE thing that he pursued after (verse 13).
The majority of today’s believers however do not have this passionate desire that Paul had, to take up the cross and follow Jesus in order to be like Him. They do not realize that “the disciple must become like his teacher” (Matt.10: 25). They are not concerned about being conformed to the likeness of Christ. Instead, they spend their lives nitpicking on doctrinal matters and repeatedly laying the foundation, week after week! When will they begin to build the superstructure?
In a situation like this, what is desperately needed is the prophetic ministry of a Haggai and a Zechariah once again.
But who is willing to fulfil such a prophetic ministry today? There is a severe price to be paid to fulfil it. Look at what the prophet Zechariah had to suffer for the stand he took for God. He sought to enlighten God’s people through his powerful prophetic ministry about the need to build the superstructure of the temple; and he did not seek the honour or approval of any man.  But he met with a tragic end. The people were angry with him and murdered him (Matt.23: 35). Today, because believers fear the law of the land, they do not kill prophets like Zechariah. They only “strike at them with their tongues” (Jer.18: 18).
If we look at Christendom today, with an open and unprejudiced mind, we will discover that God has indeed met the need of the hour, by raising up the prophetic ministry of ‘Zechariah’, that is constantly challenging the people of God “to press on to perfection and to be conformed to the image of Christ”.
God wants His people now to build the superstructure of His church, taking heed to this prophetic message, instead of repeatedly laying the foundation. Those who are determined to build the temple of the Lord today will find the enemy raging against them. But“when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will cause him to flee” (Isa.59:19 – Literal translation).  
We see the historical context of the prophetic ministry of Zechariah in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. In those books we see a detailed description of the schemes of the enemy as he tried to hinder the construction of the temple and the wall of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah relates seven ways in which his enemies tried to hinder his work:
1. They were very displeased (Neh.2:10) 
2. They mocked and despised the workers (2:19, 4:3) 
3. They were furious and very angry (4:1) 
4. They conspired to fight and to cause a disturbance (4:8) 
5. They invited him to a meeting in order to harm him (6:2) 
6. They tried to frighten him with threats (6:7,17,18) 
7. They planted their agents inside his camp to try and frighten him (6:10-12).

But God’s work went on and was completed. Finally even his enemies “recognized that the work had been accomplished with the help of God” (Neh.6:16).  
In the days of the apostles too, the enemy opposed God’s work in very similar ways. But then also, the work went forward “unhindered” (Acts 28: 31).
God’s work in the church is being opposed today in similar ways. But it still continues on unhindered, because our Lord has said,“I WILL build My church”.  And no-one can stop Him from doing that.


Guest poem by Emily Boeve
[size=18.18181800842285]  Revive


    Revive me again, Oh Father Devine.

Take my life, make it more like Thine.

If I should backslide and go astray,

Just reach down, take my hand,

And have Thine own way.

Revive me, dear God.

I know You're right there.

I've had so many problems lately....

I didn't take time for prayer.

Will You forgive me, dear God,

For everything I've done?

I know You love me God,

For me, You gave Your only Son.

I know, I haven't done Your will.

I've been a sinner in every way.

Please forgive my forgetting You,...

Amid my trouble and strife,

And God, I promise, to try to walk.....

And let You guide me...each day....

For the rest of my life.
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 "The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials."

George Muller


"Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men."

Oswald Chambers


"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

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[size=12.727272033691406]Welcome to Noonday Devotion
Thanks for joining us, it is as always a real pleasure to share with you.
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God bless and thanks


Keith


NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
TESTIFYING TO THE LIGHT


John 1

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.


John was the forerunner of Jesus, we as HIS disciples  and we come after Christ.. I suppose we are the afterruuners, because we follow Christ.
We are similar to John in certain ways.. let me share how we are similar to John.
In verse 6, it says John was sent by God, just as we are. God has sent us out  to proclaim the gospel, he has commissioned us and has given us the gospel to proclaim.
I wonder what would of happened in John had refused to proclaim the message, if he had said.. well I want to be the main person. He could of had a great ministry, but he choose to step aside and give JESUS the prime position..indeed of talking about himself, he talked constantly of Christ.
[size=18.18181800842285]Remember he said that Jesus would have to increase and in order to do this, he would have to decrease. When you share Jesus, you become less and less important.. it is Jesus you seek to uplift and not yourself. Remember you have been sent by God to share the gospel.. to uplift Jesus not to uplift yourself.[/size]
Our mission is basically the same as John's, it is to bear witness to the true light of the world.. Jesus, so that people  can believe in Him as their Saviour.
Our mission is the same as John's..we are messengers like John crying in the wilderness of today's age telling people to prepare the way of the way of the Lord..John was sharing about his first coming and warning people that he would baptise with fire, but we are giving testimony of that first coming and looking forward to the second coming of Jesus.
Like John, we are warning people.. sharing about the Saviour.. like John we are pointing people to Jesus
Let us continue to warn people and point them to Jesus, so that the can believe in HIM.
God bless you
Keith
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[size=12.727272033691406]Guest Devotion by Pastor Johan[/size]


A Closer Look at Evangelism. {Witnessing the Word}.

 

Witnessing and watching the results of our ministry can be frustrating or rewarding depending on our accurate understanding of what is going on: what our part is, what God's part is, and what part the person to whom we are witnessing has. So let's look at all 3 for some clarity here...

 

In the simplest of terms, our part is to deliver the Word of God, kind of like taking a bag of seeds and scattering handfuls all over the place. You can't improve on the raw Word of God, that is, Bible verses, pure and simple. You can devise any number of clever evangelistic schemes or explanations, but in the final analysis, it is the inherent power hidden in Bible verses that transmits the life-changing energy to a person.  Consider this...

 

Isa 55:11 (KJV) So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

God's part in the witnessing process is:


  • to prepare the heart of the person to receive the Word
  • to bring a willing witness and together with a wiling hearer, 
  • to empower the delivered Word by means of the Holy Spirit and
  • to drive the message home into the consciousness of the person whom you witness to.


God must clear away all the hardness and spiritual debris which gets in the way of penetrating to the part of that person's mind that allows him to decide whether to accept or reject God's offer of salvation.

 

Now, once the clear Word of God is presented to the person, perhaps with some explanation from the seed-sowerit is that person's responsibility to act on what they have heard....they can either accept The Word gladly, ask for more information, accept Christ, or reject the Word and turn away from Christ. Consider this verse...

 

Deu 30:19 (KJV) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

 

Ezekiel 2:3-7a (TLB) "Son of dust," he said, "I am sending you to the nation of Israel, to a nation rebelling against me. They and their fathers have kept on sinning against me until this very hour. {4} For they are a hard-hearted, stiff-necked people.

 

But I am sending you to give them my messages--the messages of the Lord God. {5} And whether they listen or not (for remember, they are rebels), they will at least know they have had a prophet among them.

 

{6} "Son of dust, don't be afraid of them; don't be frightened even though their threats are sharp and barbed and sting like scorpions. Don't be dismayed by their dark scowls. For remember, they are rebels! {7} You must give them my messages whether they listen or not.....

 

The probability of success of any witnessing, as with any attempt at farming, is in the quality or preparation of the soil prior to the introduction of the seed. (See the parable of the sower and the soil. Matt 13:13-23) but let's modernize it a little by imagining we stand up in the middle of crowded lunch room and start reading Bible verses about salvation to the crowd...according to the parable of the sower there will be at least 4 types of response to this action....


  • Resistance-too many objections, real or imagined; hostility toward God and the gospel; sinful rebellion against God; the person enjoys sin too much, and doesn’t want to give it up.
  • Idle curiosity-willing to play-at or dabble-in religion, but when real consequences result from satanic opposition, the attractiveness disappears, and they go run and hide.
  • Worldliness/wrong priorities-begins to start on the Christian path, but then concerns about money and worldly matters take higher precedence, and former Christian commitment is super-ceded by paying attention to other things, or considering other things more important than spiritual growth.
  • Serious acceptance-a person who hears the word, recognizes it as something desirable, and gladly turns away from sin and accepts Christ into their heart, begins growing in Christ and becomes a serious Christian.


I am sure that you could classify your acquaintances into one or other of these categories. If you can't, it probably means you have not been doing a lot of witnessing to these people.

 

One thing to notice is that not much is said in the parable about the sower himself. Some of his qualifications are:


  • he is a person who has accepted the saviour's command to sow,
  • he recognizes that sowing is something he should be doing.
  • he "went forth to sow", that is,  he is actively distributing The Word,
  • and is not doing anything himself to hinder the growing of the seed
  • he is carrying on Christ's pursuit of sowing the Word to receive a harvest


But aside from that, once the word has been delivered, God confronts the person with the claims of Christ, and it is up to the person to decide.

 

Now I have said all that to say this...If your life is free from overt or unconfessed sin, (which is one major thing you could do to hinder the spreading of the Gospel), you don’t have to worry about anything else you are doing when you are witnessing. The Word of God contains its own inherent power to change lives. Once you have given out the Gospel, in effect, your job is only to water(Greek=to furnish food or drink) from time to time or add a little fertilizer, but the transaction is all between God and the recipient. Your silent witness carries on without necessarily doing anything because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart. The fragrance of Christ in your life is either a reminder of life or a reminder of death to those around you, depending on their response to the Gospel.

 

2 Cor 2:14-17 (TLB)

But thanks be to God!

For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us

so that now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord

and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume.

 

{15} As far as God is concerned

there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. I

t is the fragrance of Christ within us,

an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.

 

{16} To those who are not being saved,

we seem a fearful smell of death and doom,

while to those who know Christ we are a life-giving perfume.

 

But who is adequate for such a task as this?

{17} Only those who, like ourselves, are men of integrity, sent by God, speaking with Christ's power, with God's eye upon us....

 

Now, before you present the Gospel to a person, you should be interceding for that person and asking God to prepare their heart (the soil) to receive the Word. Perhaps God will cause some negative thing to happen in their life, a loss or a tragedy, or an opening of their spiritual eyes in some other way..so that when God moves you to present the Gospel to the person, they will respond in the right way.

 

In fact, all successful evangelism is preceded by seasons of prayer for those who will receive the Word. There was a famous Christian missionary named "praying John Hyde" whose ministry method was to spend hours and hours in prayer for the salvation of people..to such a degree that people would start coming to him and begging to hear the Gospel...or when he prayed in partnership with a travelling evangelist, he just stayed in the back room and prayed for the salvation of the congregation, and people would start coming forward before the preacher even spoke one word.

 

And as you pray for others and spend long sessions in prayer, seeking God's face, He will start changing you, causing you to become more Christ-like...causing you to have a love for His word and a passion to obey it, and "to become transformed by the renewing of your mind"

(Rom 12:1-3), so that just by living in communion with God and rejoicing in the presence of Christ in you heart, your life will become a light set on a hill to draw people to Christ.

 

God bless you as you seek to serve Him in spreading the Word and evangelise people..





Guest poem by Carol
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When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I am saved"
I'm whispering "I was lost"
That is why I chose this way.

...When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are all too visible,
But God believes I'm worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
Which is why I speak His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I'm loved.
© Carol S. Wimmer
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 "The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials."

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"Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men."

Oswald Chambers


"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

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Noonday Devotion by Keith
ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL
1 Timothy 1
 
 11 As laid down by the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
  12 I give thanks to Him Who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able [for this], Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has judged and counted me faithful and trustworthy, appointing me to [this stewardship of] the ministry.


To share the gospel is surely one of the highest privileges, the christian has, it is also an awesome responsibility.
Jesus himself in his final words to his twelve apostles, told them of this amazing responsibility.. boy it must of weighed heavy on their hearts.. did Jesus really say that we are going to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.. look at us.. we are few in number.
Jesus had returned to heaven.. and now the Holy Spirit had come into the believers hearts giving them boldness and unction to share the gospel.. like He does with us.. what a glorious thing that is.. when we are witnessing and the Holy Spirit just takes over.
These verse are incredible.. esp verse 11, Paul say he has been entrusted with the gospel.  The Lord himself has commissioned us to share the gospel, it is our responsibility, our joy and our privilege. The question is.. what are we doing about it?
We have been entrusted with it, because Gd wants us to share it, it is not to be kept to ourselves.. amen. The wise stewards in the gospels.. put their master's money to work.. likewise we must do with the gospel.. we must not hide the gospel in the ground.. like the unwise servant did with his master's money.
Matthew Henry says this
 Paul reckoned it a great honour put upon him, and a great favour done him, that this glorious gospel was committed to his trust; that is, the preaching of it, for the framing of it is not committed to any man or company of men in the world. The settling of the terms of salvation in the gospel of Christ is God’s own work; but the publishing of it to the world is committed to the apostles and ministers. Note here, (1.) The ministry is a trust, for the gospel was committed unto this apostle; it is an office of trust as well as of power, and the former more than the latter; for this reason ministers are called stewards, 1 Co. 4:1. (2.) It is a glorious trust, because the gospel committed to them is a glorious gospel; it is a trust of very great importance. God’s glory is very much concerned in it. Lord, what a trust is committed to us! How much grace do we want, to be found faithful in this great trust!

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In verse 12, Paul wants to share some wonderful things, the first of which is his great thankfulness and praise to God.

Secondly he states that it is through God's enabling that he can do this ministry, God has saved us, God has called us.. it is a divine salvation, a divine command, and a wonderful calling to be able to share this glorious gospel.. amen

Thirdly, he was counted worthy and trustworthy to be a proclaimer of the gospel, not only did he have the gifts to preach the gospel, but he had the life to back up what he said.

Does my/your life back up what you say?

To share the gospel is an awesome privilege, but it must be backed up by a holy life.. witnessing is a two sided coin. I remember many years ago.. I used to give out tracts on a Saturday afternoon in Lancaster Town centre, people who I worked with saw me, my life from Monday to Friday had to back up what my I had shared on the streets on Saturday afternoon.

You have been entrusted with such a glorious gospel..what are you doing with it?

Are you sharing it or shirking your responsibility and hiding it under a cover and saying.. well I will let someone else share it?

The great commission is no an option.. it is a clear command. To all believers.. not just ministers and evangelists. God does not and will not accept any excuses.. Now I live in China.. I speak little Chinese.. But I can say God loves you in Chinese and give them a piece of literature.. there is no excuse believer.

We buy things online and when these parcles are delivered by delivery drivers, I have the chance to say God loves you and offer the driver a piece of literature..but I miss the opportunity. This has happened a number of times and also we have gone downtown and met people and had no literature to share with them and this is to my shame.

If you ask the Lord, he wil people across  your path, who you can speak a word of comfort to, like Peter and John, you can say Silver and Gold have I none, but I can offer you Jesus.. that is what the apostles offered the lame man.

People are hurting.. oh yes, they smile and say they are fine, but they are hurting if you scratch under the surface. Take time to share Jesus.. Your faith needs giving away.

Please read Ezekiel 33 and weep.

How much blood do you have on your hands believer?
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God bless you
Keith




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Travailing for souls

-Spurgeon


If any minister can be satisfied without conversions,
he shall have no conversions. 

It is only when our heart breaks to see men saved,
that we shall be likely to see sinners' hearts broken.

After all, God does not give conversions to eloquence, but
to heart. The power in the hand of God's Spirit for
conversions is heart coming in contact with heart.

He is pleased to use the yearnings, longings, and
sympathies of Christian men, as the means of compelling
the careless to think, constraining the hardened to feel,
and driving the unbelieving to consider.

I have little confidence in elaborate speech and polished
sentences, as the means of reaching men's hearts;
but I have great faith in that simple-minded Christian
woman, who must have souls converted or she will weep
her eyes out over them; and in that humble Christian who
prays day and night in secret, and then avails himself of
every opportunity to address a loving word to sinners.

The emotion we feel, and the affection we bear,
are the most powerful implements of soul-winning.
God the Holy Spirit usually breaks hard hearts
by tender hearts.





Guest Devotion 2 by Pastor Cecil


VALUABLE!
Mark 8:35-36 
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
 
I have known many wealthy people in my life. Some have blessed those around them, while others grasp the things of this world, as if they would bring lasting joy. Today I had the responsibility and privilege of sitting in the living room of a magnificent home. The view from the picture window was breathtaking. You could see a portion of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier in the distance. The landscaping was something that one would expect to see in a home and garden magazine.
 
There was one sight that detracted from this idyllic scene. The husband and wife sat across from me and he had an oxygen supply in his nostrils. He shared with me that cancer was rampant in his body and the doctors had given him only a few weeks to live.
 
All of the things of life became of little value when death is so near. I had the opportunity of sharing the gospel message with him and ended was able to pray with him. As I drove away from this beautiful home, I realized once again that the things of this world hold no real value when compared with eternity.
 
It is time for each of us to take time to determine what is valuable in our life. What do we value so highly here on earth that it prevents us from placing our priorities on things that will last forever? What treasures are we laying up in glory that will have eternal value?
       
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
 
- - - Pastor Cecil


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Welcome to Special Devotion

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Thanks and God bless

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Special Devotion 1 BY Dr Kenny Mc clinton

The Victories in Christ for His Church - Psalm 18:28-40

Text: Nay, in ALL these things (tribulations) we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. (NOTHING) shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:37-39.
Good morning, Eternally Victorious Christian! When times and circumstances in you life as a Bible-believing Christian get to their very darkest depth - you hear our text for this morning ringing out from the great Bell of truth which is God’s Word: “...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Hallelujah! In Christ Jesus, we have the Eternal Victory over sin and all adversities!
Verse 28. “For Thou wilt light my candle.
Candles lit by God, the Devil cannot blow out.
Verse 29. “For by Thee have I run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
Such feats we have already performed, hewing our way at a run through hosts of difficulties and scaling impossibilities at a leap. God’s warriors may expect to have a taste of every form of fighting and must by the power of faith determine to quit themselves like men. (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 82)
Verse 31. “Who is God save the Lord.
Many unregenerate souls in this world today have sought to make ’gods’ of pop stars; football players; careers; film-stars; yes, and even of themselves. But there remains only ONE Lord God over all the earth, the great Jehovah Creator Lord. Praise His Name. (Dr C.K. McClinton 1947 -?)
“That all the people of the earth may KNOW that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.” (1 Kings 8:60)
“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth (out of every nation and people) ; for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by Myself, the Word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength; even to Him shall men come; and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel (elect Jews and Gentiles) be justified, and shall glory.” (Isaiah 45:22-25)
“Here first in the Psalms, occurs the name Eloah, rendered God. It occurs more than fifty times in the Scriptures, but only four times in the Psalms. It is the singular of Elohim. Many have supposed that this name specially refers to God as an object of religious worship. That idea may well be prominent in this place.” (William S. Plumer 1802-1880)
Verse 33. “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
Pursuing his foes the warrior had been swift of foot as a young roe, but, instead of taking pleasure in the legs of a man, he ascribes the boon of swiftness to the Lord alone.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 82)
Verse 34. “So that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
A bow of brass is probably meant, and these bows could scarcely be bent by the arms alone; the archer had to gain the assistance of his foot; it was, therefore, a great feat of strength to bend the bow, so far as even to snap it by halves.
“Jesus not only destroyed the fiery suggestions of Satan, but He broke his arguments with which He shot them, by using Holy Scriptures against him; by the same means we may win a like triumph, breaking the bow and cutting the spear in sunder by the sharp edge of revealed truth. Probably David had by nature a vigorous bodily frame; but it is even more likely that, like Samson, he was at times clothed with more than common strength; at any rate, he ascribes the honour of his feats entirely to his God. Let us never wickedly rob the Lord of His due, but faithfully give unto Him the glory which is due unto His Name.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 82)
If the Lord God grants you and I a victory over adversity - let us always make sure the praise for such a victory goes unto Him Who has provided it for us. Hallelujah! All glory to the Lamb Who is indeed truly worthy!
Verse 35. “Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy Salvation.
Above all we must take the shield of faith, for nothing else can quench Satan’s fiery darts.
Verse 36. “Thou hast enlarged my steps.
It is no small mercy to be brought into full Christian liberty and enlargement, but it is a greater favour still to be enabled to walk worthily in such liberty, not being permitted to slip with our feet.” (C.H. Spurgeon)
To walk the Christian walk we must at all times seek a true balance, for ’...a false balance is abomination to the Lord...’. To have our ’steps’ in this life ’enlarged’ by the Spirit of God’s guidance, is a blessing every serious Christian should covet earnestly. Let us go forward on this Scriptural wisdom. Victory is ours already, in Christ Jesus.
Thought: “Verses 39-40. It is impossible to be too frequent in the duty of ascribing all our victories to the God of our Salvation.” (C. H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)
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Guest Devotion 2 by Spurgeon
Enough?

From Spurgeon's sermon, "Spiritual Gleaning"

For many Christians, it is enough for them to be
sound in doctrine, and tolerably correct in practice.

They care far less than they should about having intimate
communion with Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is only in proportion as we hold fellowship with
Christ, and commune with him, that either ordinances,
or doctrines, or promises can profit us.

All other things are dry and barren
unless we are enjoying the love of Christ,
unless we bear his likeness,
unless we dwell continually with him,
and rejoice in his love.

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George Muller

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"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."
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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
[size=12.727272033691406]PSALM 92[/size]
It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises [with musical accompaniment] to Your name, O Most High,
To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night
What a wonderful start to this psalm.. amen
it is truly a delight to praise God and to do with music..whether it be guitar, organ or saxophone!!!.
But is verse 2 that I wish to concentrate on.. because we can praise God in the morning and in the evening.. amen.
For his loving kindness.. for Him keeping watch over us while we are sleeping to his faithfulness and care throughout the day.. amen.
So may I suggest and I must do this.. to praise God first thing in the morning and last thing at night.. oh and yes to praise Him every moment in between.. amen.
When I don't wake up with an attitude of praise and go to bed with an attitude of praise.. it leads to a bad day and a restless night.. Amen
After all you can't praise Him enough and you never run out of things to praise Him for.. amen
God bless you all
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Guest devotion 1 by JC Philpot
It will matter little when I lie in my coffin! 

(Letters of J. C. Philpot)

What does it really matter where we spend
the few years of our pilgrimage here below?

Life is short, vain, and transitory; and if I live 
in comfort and wealth, or in comparative poverty, 
it will matter little when I lie in my coffin! 

This life is soon passing away, and an eternal state
fast coming on! It will greatly matter whether . . .
  our religion was natural or spiritual,
  our faith human or divine,
  our hope a heavenly gift or a spider's web! 

But our blind, foolish hearts are so concerned about 
things which are but the dust of the balance, and so 
little anxious about our all in all.

There is no greater inheritance than to be a son or 
daughter of the Lord Almighty. To have a saving 
interest in . . . 
  the electing love of the Father,
  the redeeming blood of the Son,
  and the sanctifying operations of the Holy Spirit, 
is worth a million of worlds! Without such, we must 
be eternally miserable; and with it eternally happy.

"For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His
 children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, 
 beyond the reach of change and decay!" 1 Peter 1:4



Guest Devotion 2 by Jerry Miller

[size=12.727272033691406][size=18.18181800842285]The LORD Disciplines All True Christians[/size][/size]



 
Discipline is not to be confused with cold-hearted punishment. The Lord's discipline is a response of His love for us and His desire for each of us to be holy. “My son, do not despise the LORDs discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” ([url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs 3:11-12&version=NIV]Proverbs 3:11-12[/url]).
 
Every true Christian will experience God’s discipline (also referred to as chastisement.)
Hebrews 12:7-9 (NIV)  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father8) If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9) Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
([url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews 12:5-11&version=NIV]Hebrews 12:5-11[/url]). God will use testing, trials, and various predicaments to bring us back to Himself in repentanceThe result of His discipline is a stronger faith and a renewed relationship with God (James 1:2-4),not to mention destroying the hold that particular sin had over us.

The Lord's discipline works for our own good, that He might be glorified with our lives. He wants us to exhibit lives of holiness, lives that reflect the new nature that God has given us: “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holybecause I am holy’” ([url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1 Peter 1:15-16&version=NIV]1 Peter 1:15-16[/url])


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Oswald Chambers


"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."

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Keith


NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?


Matthew 20
 
29And as they were going out of Jericho, a great throng accompanied Him. 
 
30And behold, two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, Lord, have pity and mercy on us, [You] Son of David! 


31The crowds reproved them and told them to keep still; but they cried out all the more, Lord, have pity and mercy on us, [You] Son of David! 


32And Jesus stopped and called them, and asked, What do you want Me to do for you? 


33They answered Him, Lord, we want our eyes to be opened! 


34And Jesus, in pity, touched their eyes; and instantly they received their sight and followed Him.
 
What a day that must have been!. These men sat day after day on the side of the road and they heard that on this day, that Jesus was passing by. Note that he was passing by , but not passing them by. We are often in peoples lives for a short time, but it is not the length of time we spend in other peoples lives, but it is the effect that we have on them that matters.
 
Jesus was in a great throng of people.. just like we are today, but his ears and heart was sensitive to the cry of these two men, we need to be sensitive to the cries of hurting people in today's world. We live in a hustle bustle world, but we need to pray that our hearts and ears and tuned to the cries of the needy and hurting.. amen
 
When people in need cry out to us, we have to be sensitive to their cry. Men and women today are crying out to us , for an answer to heal their lives. We have that answer in Jesus, let us be quick to respond and to hear their cry as Jesus did.
 
We need to scratch below the surface of people's lives. If you have ever seen an iceberg, only 10-20% is visible.. the rest is beneath the surface.



Please note FOUR things..


Firstly the crowd tried to silence them, they told them to be quiet. Hurting people are crying out all around you, but there are voices that are telling them to be quiet. Jesus wanted to hear them, and he wants us to hear them also. We are never to tell these people to be quiet.


Secondly, Jesus stopped.. and so must we. Nothing is more important than stopping what we are doing to respond to the cries of the hurting people in the world. Maybe it is time for you to stop and hear the cries of the hurting people all around you.

Thirdly.. Jesus asked them what they wanted to do for them. We need to ask people what help they need, not wait for them to tell us. Sometimes especially in church, we say.. 'well if they need anything.. they will let us know' but often people are a little nervous about saying anything.. we must take the initiative.
Fourthly.. we must have the same compassion Jesus had. Jesus said that we would do greater works than he did  John 14:12. Peter and John as they walked into the temple had no monetary to give that ma.. but they gave Him JESUS and so can we. Physically speaking, we can't open eyes.. but through the power of the Holy Spirit.. we can share the love of Jesus
 
The men recognised who Jesus was.. the Son of David.. Jesus always responds to the person who truly recognises who he is truly is.. the religious leaders did not recognise him as God.. but in John 1:12, it says 'as many as believed him, he gave them power (the right) to become children of God. Have you acknowledged Jesus for who he really is and cried 'Have mercy on me a sinner'.

 
Jesus asked the men a question in verse 32.. what do you want ME to do for you?. He asks the same question of you today.
 
What is your answer?
 
The answer the men gave is the one and only true answer.. to have their eyes opened to the truth.. to see spiritually and to encounter God
 
If you wish to encounter God and to have your eyes opened, please say this prayer:
 
 
Father God. I have sinned and broken your commandments and I come to you asking for forgiveness, admitting I am a sinner and believing that Jesus died for me on the cross. I ask that the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all my sin and that JESUS comes to take over my life and I promise to follow and serve you for the rest of my life
 
In Jesus name
 
Amen
 
God bless you
 
Keith

 




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Coming home to heaven




"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate." Luke 15:22-24.

There's a wonderful scene in the parable of the prodigal son when the wayward son finally comes to his senses and begins to walk home. 



What does that father do?
He runs and embraces him. 
There's joy and celebration. 

I know that's a picture of redemption. 

I know Jesus is talking to us about what it's like to come home when we confess our sins, and finally come back to the Lord. 


I know that's the point.
But, I also think it's a beautiful picture of finally coming home to heaven-
- after the weariness and demands of this very difficult life and world. 


Then when we finally come home to heaven-
- our Heavenly Father is there, and He runs to embrace us! He's full of joy! 


He's got those tears in His eyes, as only a Father can have when His son comes home! 
And the celebration begins, and it never, ever ends! 


Because heaven will be like coming home. 
It's like home is supposed to be. 


When your days in this life are done-
- will you be able to go home?




Guest Devotion 2  by Spurgeon


Dedication!

From Spurgeon's sermon, "Loyal to the Core"


It is best to begin the Christian life with thorough consecration.

This should be one of the earliest forms of our worship of our
Master--this total resignation of ourselves to Him.

As soon as ever Christ is yours, you ought to be Christ's.

A complete dedication must be made in some manner,
and it should be done deliberately and with grave thought.

You have been bought with a price, and you should, therefore,
transfer to Him the title-deeds of your body, spirit, and soul.

Blessed is the man who will follow the Lamb wherever He goes,
giving himself wholly up to his Lord to serve Him with all his heart.

Beloved, this self-devotion is what Christ expects of us if we
are His disciples. We must be ready to give up all for His sake.

This is not only what our Master expects from us,
but what He deserves from us.

"Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."

O brothers and sisters, snatch at the privilege of living for
Jesus; consecrate yourselves this day unto Him; live from
this hour forward, not to enrich yourselves, nor to gain
honor and esteem, but for Jesus, for Jesus alone.

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"What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer."

Em Bounds




"All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ."


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"I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done."


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Feb 12 at 2:47 AM
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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
THE MAN WHO LOST HIS STRENGTH
Judges 16
16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.
19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

SAMSON.. famed for his strength. He has so much to teach us and it is a real warning to us. Let me share what the Lord has showed me.

In verse 16, Delilah pestered Samson constantly about his strength. Joseph was another one of God's servants to be spoken to daily by a woman seeking to lead him astray, but one fell and one didn't. One of them had his mind focused purely on God and one took his eyes off God. Which one are you believer?
We have to be aware that although we live in the world, we are not off the world. The world is not our home and so we must be careful with our mouths that we don't open up too much. Samson told Delilah everything, he gave away his heart. Let us as believers be careful what we say at all times.
How often do we do as Samson did in verse 20. We shake ourselves and think well yesterday I had a really Good day. God was with me yesterday, but if we are harbouring some sin and we are unaware that God has withdrawn from us. A new day needs new cleansing, a new day needs a fresh touch of God's anointing. We can't look back at what happened yesterday and rely on that. We have to seek God daily and to die to self daily.
Maybe you haven't realised that God has withdrawn himself from you because of some sin in your life.. isn't it time you gave yourself a good shaking?. The only way to shake yourself properly is to look into the Mirror of God's Word and to fear God in reverence, because then we will have an appreciation of how Glorious and Awesome God is
Look what Happened to Samson.. his eyes were put out.. how awful was that? Even before physical harm had come to him, his spiritual eyes had been put out. Have your Spiritual eyes been put out? verse 21
Look where he ended up, grinding in the prison house. This is the place where the christian ends up, when he is living in compromise and sin.. he ends up living a life shackled by sin.
My brothers and sisters.. I hope none of us, ever end up grinding in the prison house like Samson. Yes he destroyed his enemies, but ultimately lost his Life.
Sin brings defeat.. don't let sin.. put out your spiritual eyes and damper your fervour for Christ
Samson is a warning.. amen
 
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"So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as an inheritance. Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb . . . Because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel." Joshua 14:13-14.



One of the unsung heroes of the Bible was Caleb.
And he never lost his edge spiritually. 

In his own words, he said, "I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then." Joshua 14:11. 

What makes that statement so significant is that Caleb was 85 years old when he made it!

What was the secret to Caleb's spiritual longevity? 
Caleb wholly followed the Lord. 

If we want spiritual longevity, we must do the same. 
But this means giving 100 percent to God.

Often when our lives are in trouble-
- we expect God to drop everything, 
- run to us, 
- and take care of our problems. 

Then when it comes to us doing our part for Him-
- it is amazing how busy we can be. 

My schedule is so full. 
I don't have time for Bible study. 
I have tons of time for TV and reading magazines and talking on the cell phone, but I don't have time for the Word of God. 
I don't know if I have time to go to church this week, either.

If your heart is right with God-
- it will be shown in the way you spend your time. 

It will be shown in the way you live your life. 

If you are wholly following the Lord as Caleb did-
- then you will want to give God your best, not your leftovers. 

That was the secret to Caleb's spiritual longevity.





Guest Devotion 2 by Joel Beeke


Read as an act of worship.
(by Joel Beeke)
Read as an act of worship. Read to be elevated 
into the great truths of God. Be selective about 
what you read, however. Measure all your reading 
against the touchstone of the Scripture. So much 
of today's literature is froth. Time is too precious 
to waste on nonsense. Read more for eternity than 
time, more for spiritual growth than professional 
advancement.

Before picking up a book, ask yourself--"Would 
Christ approve of this book? Will it increase my 
love for the Word of God, help me conquer sin, 
offer abiding wisdom, prepare me for the life to 
come? Or could I better spend time reading 
another book?"
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Special  Devotion 1 by Zac Poonen

Seven Great Qualities of David
Zac Poonen
1.     In 2 Samuel, Chapter 1 we read about the death of Saul. Saul had hated David so much that he had chased him all over Israel, for more than ten years, trying to kill him. Now at last, he was dead. If you were in David’s place, what would your reaction have been to such news? Notice David’s reaction. We know that Saul had committed suicide (1Sam.31). But an Amalekite man came to David, and told him a lie, seeking to ingratiate himself before David. He told David that he had killed Saul, at Saul’s request, and gave Saul’s crown and bracelet to David. He expected David to be delighted and to reward him for this action. But instead, David tore his own clothes and wept and fasted the whole day in mourning for Saul (1:1-11). Then David asked this man how he was not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed. He then got one of his young men to kill the Amalekite for daring to kill Saul. That man paid quite a price for the lie he told.  But see David’s attitude there. This was one of the things that made David a man after God’s own heart. We know that Jesus said, “Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hurt you and harm you, pray for them that persecute you.” David did that. He had a new-covenant attitude in old covenant times. David did not hate Saul. Even though Saul had lost the anointing, David always said, “I will not touch him.”
2.     David then wrote a lamentation for Saul and Jonathan and spoke wonderful words of praise about them in all sincerity from his heart. Here is a lesson for us to learn how a man of God should behave towards a person who is evil towards him. David said, “Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places….. How have the mighty fallen!” (v.19, 25, 27). We can understand his praising Jonathan, because he was a close friend of David’s. But he also praised Saul, calling him a mighty man who had won many victories. He appreciated the good he saw in Saul and left it at that. He left Saul’s judgment to God and refused to judge him himself. There he was a man after God’s own heart. It was such a man whom God picked up and placed on the throne of Israel.
3.     2 Samuel 2:1. It is written that “David inquired of the Lord…”  David’s constant habit was to seek the Lord’s will about everything (1 Sam.23:2-4 and 30:8).   In 2 Samuel 5:17-25, we read of two battles against the Philistines in which David sought the will of God. The second time, the Lord told him to change his strategy and to attack them from the rear. Each time the Lord changed the strategy. David was a man of war, but he always got his strategy from the Lord and that was why he always won. When there was a famine in the land, he asked the Lord why there was a famine (2 Sam.21:1).
4.     The men of Judah came and anointed David king over the house of Judah first. Later on, he was anointed king over all Israel (2 Samuel 5:3-5). He was 30 years old when he became king over Judah. And he had to wait for another 7½ years before he ruled over all Israel. So he had to wait for more than 20 years in all before God fulfilled His promise to him. His waiting period was almost as long as Abraham’s!  But David waited patiently. We are called to follow the examples of such men whothrough faith and patience inherited God’s promises. David never grabbed the throne for himself. He waited for God to give it to him in His own time.
5.     2 Samuel 6:20“David returned to bless his household.” What a beautiful thing to do – to bless one’s household – especially when coming home exhausted after having danced on the street for many miles! I wish every husband would come home from a tired day’s work to bless hishousehold, instead of coming home in a bad mood and making demands on his wife. David had a nagging wife in Michal, but that did not quench his joy in the Lord! As soon as he entered through the door, she started nagging him, yelling at him and criticising him for dancing like the ordinary people instead of behaving the dignity becoming of a king. What did David reply? He said he would not be bothered by his wife’s opinion, but would continue dancing before the Lord for the rest of his life (v.21).
6.     2 Samuel 7:2. David now wanted to build a temple for the Lord. Nobody told him to do it. But he thought in his heart, “I dwell in a beautiful house, but the ark of God dwells within a tent.”I wish more believers would think like that: “Lord, what a comfortable house I have built for myself. How much money I have spent on my own house. How little I have given for Your work! How little I am concerned about Your work!” God’s work requires workers who will sacrifice themselves, their ambitions, their time and their money. Many believers work overtime in their factories and make profit for their companies. Can’t we as God’s servants do a little overtime work for Him – without any pay and without any complaining?  David was a man after God’s own heart, and he was concerned about God’s house. May all of us have such a heart as his, till the end of our days – always concerned about God’s house more than our own house. God will take care of your house if you take care of His.
7.      David cleared the ground for Solomon by defeating all the enemies of Israel. He also collected all the gold and silver required for the temple. But Solomon built it. Are we willing to do that? Can we do all the hard work and then let someone else get the honour for doing the work? Or do we want the honour ourselves? The man after God’s own heart does all the work in the background to make it easier for others and is willing to let them get the honour.


Special devotion 2 by Spurgeon


THE FAINTING SOUL REVIVED

Spurgeon- 'The fainting soul revived'

God does not resent our ingratitude--
"My child, my poor child," he says,
"though you have gone and spent your substance;
though you have been feeding swine;
though you are all black, and foul and filthy--
yet you are my dear child still,
and my heart yearns towards you."

Without a word of rebuke, or even a taunting look,
as soon as ever a poor sinner comes back to the Father's
house, the Father's arms are round around his neck,
and the kiss of pardon is pressed on his cheek.

"I remember you well," he says;
"I have blotted out your sins like a cloud,
and your iniquities like a thick cloud."



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GOD OF GRACE
 
 
Job 34
 
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:


32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.


Job is one of my favourite characters in scripture. He went through so much, BUT his heart attitude was so wonderful.


Here it is in evidence. We often ask.. why does a Christian go through the testing of the Lord?


Here we have a few answers


He says that he has borne his chastisement. You know Job had done nothing wrong, the devil, who is the accuser of the brethren Revelation 12:10, had said terrible things about him, that were completely untrue. But still he was able to say that he had borne his chastisement. Am I/you able to say the same when we go through suffering and chastisement, whether justly or unjustly? verse 31. 

You know Job isn't saying these things.. one of his so called friends is criticising him.. does it sound familiar to you.. the devil will use any means at his disposal to destroy your faith in God. He will claim you are false and empty and try to twist your words.. he is a liar and the very father of lies. Look at the crazy accusation in verse 27.. isn't that something the devil says?


God does allow suffering into our lives and does indeed chastise us, when we are doing wrong. He is a true Father to us. But everything that happens is for a purpose. It is basically to refine us as gold. In both verses it says that what he has gone through will stop Him from sinning.  This is one of the primary reasons, God will use chastisement believer.. to root out sin in your life and to draw you nearer to Him. It means that God loves you, but will not tolerate the sin, he does want to push you away, indeed the opposite, He wants to draw you closer unto Himself


I love the verses in Hebrews 12.. they show the heart of the Father towards us.. his beloved Children. Be encouraged believer.. chastening is meant to draw us nearer to God and to root out sin in our lives.


5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.


7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?


8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.


9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?


10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 


11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 

 
Now the prosperity teachers say that you will have health, wealth and success. God does grant those things to his children, but they are not automatic. Jesus says that the world will hate us as will members of our families, because of our faith. Indeed the words of Jesus to the rich young ruler still ring true.
 
 Mark 10:21
 
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

 
Every day is a battle... we need to stop asking God for more blessings and maybe ask him to try our faith. Jesus says that although the tree bears fruit, it is still pruned, so that it bears more fruit.. Amen.
 
John 15
 
2Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.



Are you suffering  trouble and pain in your life believer, remember that God will never allow you to be tempted or troubled to a level you can't handle. These things are  sent to push you closer to God.. not further away from Him.
Be blessed believer God loves you so much..amen
 
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Guest Devotion 1 by Ooctavius Wimslow

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Col. 2:9. 

WHAT a glorious declaration is this! How should our hearts leap for joy and our souls thrill with gladness at its very sound! All the "fullness of the Godhead bodily," all the fullness of the Church graciously, all the fullness of the sinner savingly, all the fullness of the Christian sanctifyingly—in a word, all that a poor, fallen, tried son of Adam needs, until he reaches heaven itself, where this fullness has come, is, by God's eternal love and wisdom, treasured up in the "second Adam, the Lord from heaven." God, the "Fountain of life," light, and grace, has ordained that the Lord Jesus Christ, his own beloved Son, should be the one source of supply from where all the salvation of the sinner, all the sanctity of the saint, and all the grace and truth of the Church, collectively and individually, should be derived—"of whose fullness all we have received, and grace for grace." 

How precious ought Jesus to be to us, who has condescended to pour this heavenly treasure into our hearts, and to undertake its constant supply! In what way can we best prove our sense of His goodness, but by drawing largely from this fullness, and by glorifying Him in what we receive. Our resources are inexhaustible, because they are infinite. Nor can we come too frequently, nor draw too largely. Spring up, O well of grace and love, into our hearts! Oh, for more depth of indwelling grace! Oh, for more fervor of holy love! Oh, for richer supplies from the fullness of Christ! Oh, for a gracious revival in our souls! "Come down," blessed Jesus, "as rain upon the mown grass!" Breathe, O south wind of the Spirit, upon the garden of our souls, that the spices may flow out! Truly the well is deep, from where we have this living water; but faith can reach it, and in proportion to the strength of our faith, and the directness and simplicity with which it deals with Christ, will be the plenitude of our supply. "Drink, yes, drink abundantly, O beloved," is our Lord's gracious invitation to His Church. 





Guest devotion 2 by JC philpot


"I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant." Exodus 25:22
What heart can conceive or tongue describe the blessedness of this heavenly truth that at all times, under all circumstances, and in all places there is provided a mercy seat, a throne of grace, at which the God of all grace and a sensible sinner may freely meet without hindrance, if indeed there be any spirit of prayer in the petitioner's breast? As no place, so no circumstance is too dark for his eye not to see; as no covering is too thick, so no circumstance is too obscure for his sight not to pierce through--"Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord." So felt the Psalmist--"If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yes, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you."
By night upon our bed; by day in our various occupations; in the crowded streets or in the lonely fields; surrounded by the ungodly or in company with the Lord's people, we may, if the Lord the Spirit enables us, lift up a hearty sigh, utter a confessing word, and pour forth one simple desire. This may not to some seem to be sufficient to warrant the gracious fulfillment of the promise, "There will I meet with you;" and yet every relief thereby obtained proves that it is so; for wherever or whenever we get any sense of the Lord's presence or of the Lord's power, any intimation that his eye is upon us for good, and his ear listening to our cry, be the prayer short or long, be it uttered on our knees or sighed out on our feet, be it in the quiet room or the bustling street, we have in it that evidence which each believer knows best in the sweet experience of it, that God does fulfill his own gracious word, "There will I meet with you."


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The guest devotion below is very long and very pointed.. it is meant to be.


My church isn't filthy, you may say.. well look at the seven churches in Revelation.


Five of those seven churches were rotten to the core..indeed one is rampart with sexual immorality. So if we take the ratio of five of every seven churches are bad like those in revelation, then we have a lot of bad and rotten churches.. indeed filthy churches amen.


None of the seven churches in revelation exist today.. modern day turkey is a bastion of Islam.. why does the church act like an ostrich and sticks it's head in the sand. It needs to wake up and clean house.. amen


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Guest Devotion by Connie


Cleaning Up The Filthy Church
 

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Ephesians 5:27 informs us that God is going to have a Church - "...a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
 

While looking around at the present-day churches, we can easily see that many do not fit this description. How will God do it? How will He ever get His church ready for His Son's Second Coming?

 
Isaiah 4 opens up with a description of the horrible effects of war. 

 

"And in that day" - A terrible judgment was in the land. Multitudes of the mighty men were cut off - they were fallen by the sword in war. As chastening upon the women who were so caught up with their physical appearance - at the expense of their spiritual condition - they were left carrying the reproach of being unmarried and childless.

 

Rather than suffer such shame, they did something that was quite odd. 
 
Isaiah 4:1 tells us - "And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach."    

The number "seven" is oftentimes used to denote an indefinite amount. So when the Scripture mentions "seven women," it actually indicates a larger amount. 
 
What did these "seven women" do? 
 
The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that they "shall take hold of one man..."    


Why is this strange?
 
It is "natural modesty" for a man to pursue a woman when courting. He is to be the aggressive one in the relationship. Yet here in this scenario, we have the woman seeking after the man - not one woman for one man - several women chasing after "one man."    

With utmost earnestness and passion, these arrogant women of Jerusalem were begging "one man" to be their husband and protector - to father their children and take away their reproach of being unmarried.  
 
They bargained with these men by saying - "...We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach."    

In other words, just give us your name - let us be associated with you - and we will be satisfied. We don't mind the fact that we have to share you with many other wives. We simply want someone to "cover" us - to husband and protect us. 
 
Actually, they were looking for this "man" to protect them from the awful "Hand" of Almighty God which was bringing judgment upon them for their pride and rebellion.  

                                       
In reading about these women in Isaiah 4, we cannot help but see a picture of the present-day Church. Like these "seven women," the church, in general, is "puffed up" - when she should be humbling herself under the Mighty Hand of God. The "leaven" of sin is in her midst, yet she is only concerned about her "physical appearance" - numbers in attendance every Sunday... the amount of the offerings  ...which prestigious people attend her services...how acceptable she is in the community...and how many members are in the choir, etc.  


Rather than mourn for her backslidden and worldly state, she is"puffed up" (1 Corinthians 5:2) - full of pride. 
 
She is "vainly puffed up" by her "fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from Which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God" (Colossians 2:18-19). 
 
Like these "seven women" in the book of Isaiah, many churches are suffering the reproach of being barren and lifeless. They are dead - bearing no fruit. 
 
Instead of "holding the Head" - which is none other than the Lord Jesus - they are "taking hold" of another "man" - the world - begging him to be their "covering" or let them be "called by his name."

 

Sad but true - many churches today are dead. Jesus is no longer their Husband and Life-giver. Instead of humbling themselves under His mighty hand of judgment for rejecting Him as "Head," they go out and aggressively "take hold" of any man - while adopting his name, philosophy, or program.
 
Because many of the churches have lost out with God through their pride and rebellion - refusing to let the Holy Spirit have His way and move as He directs - they have relegated themselves to man's programs and methodologies on how to draw a crowd...reach the people...keep their interests...deliver them from bondages, etc.   
 
Resultantly, instead of the preaching of the Gospel, many of our pulpits are filled with the philosophies and ideologies of men rather than God's Truth. Instead of the Scriptures being preached from Sunday to Sunday, congregations are subjected to man's 12-step programs or success methodologies. And the people love to have it so! 
 
Like the "seven women" in Isaiah, many churches are going after the world, begging - "...let us be called by thy name...We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel...just simply take away our reproach of being barren and childless."




What an abomination it is for a people - called by the name of the Lord - to pursue and court after His enemy (the world) for favors because their true Husband - Jesus - is no longer their "Head."
 
The Lord Jesus is coming back for a Bride Who is preparing herself solely for Him. He is her one and only "man." She is not seeking to"take hold" of another for anything. She needs nothing and no one but Him!
 
God will have a church where Jesus Christ is the only "Head" - not Bishops, Pastors, Superintendents, Apostles, Prophets, or Deacons. Jesus will have the Preeminence - not man! His Word will be followed - not man's programs, philosophies, ideologies, or methodologies.


How will He ever bring each of the churches called by His Name to the place where He alone is exalted and praised?
 
Isaiah 4:4 tells us - "When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning."  
 
God will bring every church - represented by His name - to the place where Jesus Christ is solely exalted and praised. He will accomplish this Mighty Task - using "judgment" and "burning."   

The Apostle Peter warned us - "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17)

 

Why must "judgment" come to the
"house of God" in the first place?  


Because the Church - for the most part - is "filthy."  She is defiled with sin - pride, vanity, haughtiness, idolatry, deceit, robbery, and the oppression of men. She exalts and honors man above God. Hence, she desperately needs to be purified and purged of it all.
 
God will send calamities and judgments to humble her. He will send His Holy Ghost Fire to purge and purify her.
 
In using the words - "spirit of burning" - the Holy Spirit - through the Prophet - was alluding to a chemist purifying metals. In the process, the first thing he does is assess the state of the adulterated metal. He then kindles the fire accordingly. Lastly, he separates the precious from the vile. 
 
Today, God is assessing the state of each individual church called by His name.  

 
He is determining just how much 
...man is in control rather than Himself
...man's programs are followed rather than His Spirit
...man's doctrines are adhered to rather than His Word
...man is exalted and revered rather than His Son Jesus. 
 
Accordingly, He is determining what type of calamities, judgments, or afflictions are needed to bring each congregation back to Himself and His Word. Some churches will receive greater punishments - based on the degree to which man is exalted over God.



A Word of warning to all Pastors or Spiritual Leaders -  
If your ministry is - in any way, shape, or form - man-centered rather than God-centered, you will come under the

"spirit of judgment"

 and the

"spirit of burning."

 

Get ready for it - if it hasn't already begun.
 
God will have a people who are in love with Him and not the world. He will have a people who follow His Spirit and Word - not man's programs, philosophies, ideologies, and methodologies. We can be certain of that!

If you call yourself by His name, then He is expecting to be the "Head" over all things in your Church and ministry. 

Is He?
 
Isaiah 4:2 goes on to say - "In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel."


A sure indication that a church is in right standing with the Lord is when "the branch of the LORD" - "the fruit of the earth" - none other than the Lord Jesus - is recognized as being "beautiful," "glorious," "excellent," and

"comely."  

He and He alone is exalted and praised.  

He is worshipped and adored by all.  

His Word is adhered to and obeyed.
 
God's people will then be "called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem" (Isaiah 4:3). They will not be the"friends of the world" but His friends - whose names are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life.    

"written among the living" 
- The Jews had a custom of registering the names of each tribe or family in a catalogue. As long as the person was alive, his name was kept in tact. At death, it was removed. 
 
God will not be responsible for any churches who are spiritually dead - due to their reliance on man and his methods - at the total exclusion of the Holy Spirit and the Word. His people are "written among the living." The "spirit of judgment" and the "spirit of burning" will separate the dead from the living.

 

When God gets through with cleaning up His church, His presence alone will be recognized by all.  

It will be the main attraction.
 
Isaiah 4:5 pictures this for us - "And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence."  
 
The "cloud...by day" and the "flaming fire by night" stood over the tabernacle in the wilderness as an indication to God's people that He was their guide and protection. As long as they stayed under His"covering," they were safe from all harm. 
 
As God manifested His presence among the children of Israel, so does He desire to do the same in all of the "assemblies" today. In order for that to happen, man must get out of the way, and let the Lord have full control.  
 
When this happens, He will be "a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain" (Isaiah 4:6). All weary travelers of this world will gladly come to the "assemblies" looking for "a place of refuge" for their souls.
 

No church will need to follow man's 2, 3, 5, or 12-step programs to draw the crowds or deliver the people. God will be the main attraction. He will perform His mighty acts.  
 
All those who are "heavy-laden" under the burden of sin will come - drawn by the Holy Spirit Who - by the way - exalts no one but Jesus!
 
   
  
May God Bless His Word,
 

Connie 

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  (Isaiah 54:17)

                                    
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Thanks and God bless
Keith
NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
MEDITATE ON GOD'S GLORY
Psalm 145
5 I[a] will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.

This is an awesome Psalm and I just want to concentrate on this verse although please read the rest of the psalm. I just wanted to pluck out this nugget and share it with you.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about the beauty of God. Have you ever thought about this?
God is beautiful.. totally majestic.
My Favourite song is Oh Lord your beautiful by Keith Green and I just love to worship the Lord by singing that song. Please take a few minutes to meditate on the beauty of the Lord.
God is totally pure and Holy
There is no need for light in heaven.. because the Father and the Son are the light of heaven
God is glorious in holiness
He is above anything we can ever visualize or imagine
God our Father is the one True God. Meditate on Him and take time to think on what He is. So often we think of what He has done for us
So often we spend time serving Him and do not spend enough time seeking and worshipping Him.. we need to spend time with Him so we can serve others. Out of our relationship with Him comes our service
You know we have a beautiful world and we spend time admiring it's beauty, but the beauty of the world is nothing to the beauty of God himself and what heaven is like. Keith green put it perfectly when he talked about heaven.. he said compared to heaven , living here on earth was like living in a garbage can!!!
One day we shall be with our Father and Saviour, and we shall be lost in the radiance of their beauty.. amen
Cant wait.. can you?
God bless you
Keith
 
 






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Guest devotion 1 by William Tiptaft


We might blush!

(William Tiptaft, from his letters)

If we are brought to consider what Christ 
sacrificed for us, and how little we sacrifice 
for Him, we might blush!





Guest Devotion 2 by Don Fortner


Walking with God...

by Don Fortner


"Enoch WALKED with God...." Genesis 5:24
My heart is motivated, driven and governed by FOUR GREAT
CONCERNS. Here are four things I want more than anything
in this world.

I am not an ambitious man. But I am ambitious for these four
things. For the attainment of these four things I am prepared, by
the grace of God, to sacrifice everything else. I count all other
things to be but rubbish by comparison.

1. I want to know Christ (Phil. 3:10).
Yes, I believe that in measure I do know him. God has revealed
his grace and glory to me in the Person of his dear Son. Still, I
want a growing, spiritual, experimental knowledge of the Lord
Jesus Christ. I want to know all that he has done for me. I want
to know him. I want to know him fully.

2. I want to be totally committed to Christ.
I want to totally lose my life to Christ and in Christ, so that I can
truthfully say with the Apostle Paul, "For me to live is Christ." I
want to be committed to Christ as he was to the Father, so that
my heart says to him in all things, "Not my will, thy will be done"
It is my continual prayer that God will give me a heart--
committed to the Lord Jesus Christ,
committed to his will,
committed to his gospel,
committed to his people,
committed to the cause of his glory in this world.

3. I want to be like Christ.
My heart longs to be like him, conformed to him, made into his
likeness. I want to be like him love, tenderness, and
thoughtfulness, in zeal, dedication, and devotion, purity, holiness,
and righteousness.

4. I want to live in communion with Christ.
Like Enoch of old, I want to walk with God.

I know these goals are not attainable in this life. Yet, they are the
things for which my soul hungers and my heart thirsts. I cannot
be satisfied with less. "I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). "I shall be satisfied when I awake with
Christ's likeness" (Psa. 17:15), but not until then. 
"Enoch WALKED with God...."


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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to Noonday Devotion
 
What a privilege it is to share with you once again. I am absolutely honoured to share with my brothers and sisters, what God has laid on my heart.
 
All I ask, is that you not only read these devotions, but share them with your friends and church contacts. I have also placed links at the bottom of these devotions, which if you click them, will encourage and increase your faith.
 
With Much Love
 Keith
 
Noonday Devotion by Keith


THE PROMISES OF GOD


2 Corinthians 7


1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
 
So what are the promises of God for?


Basically they are for the same reason. They are there so we can put them into action. 


 
These promises are not dead words, they are YES AND AMEN.


In the final verses of 2 Corinthians 6, we have these precious promises:


17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.


18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We have to cleanse ourselves from all the badness of the world, because we are different.
 
We are children of the ONLY TRUE GOD. Many of you are parents and how many of you would find it acceptable if your children came into your presence, with dirty faces and hands? So do you think God welcomes sin into His presence.. NO he will not tolerate it believer!


Likewise as children of the ONLY TRUE GOD, we must cleanse ourselves at the foot of the cross by confessing our sin. We have the promise of forgiveness, but it is not until we put it into action, does it become effective. We may believe that God will forgive us, but until we ask for forgiveness, that promise does not become effective in our lives.


Have you activated God's promises in your life believer ?


What a wonderful promise in verse 18.. God will be a Father to us, but this depends on us obeying the command of verse 17. 


When God commands us to do something.. our answer must be.. YES LORD AND AMEN. 
 
Meaning I will go and I agree with what you say to me. Whatever God says.. JUST DO IT


I hope you have been blessed and challenged. God has challenged me as I write and shared what He has laid on my heart
 
God bless you
Keith

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Guest Devotion 1 by David Wilkerson


CONSIDER YOUR WAYS
by David Wilkerson

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Thank God for the prophet Haggai. Here was a man of God living in victory, someone who had the mind of God, who walked in grace, and who had heaven open to him. He came to the site of the unfinished temple in Jerusalem and gave Zerubbabel and Joshua this warning: "Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this [God's] house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways" (Haggai 1:4-5).
This was a call to quit focusing on self—not only self-comfort, but also self-despair. Haggai was saying, "Forget the past! It's time to rise up out of your lethargy. In spite of all your sinning, God wants you to take up His work where you left off. Now, pick up your instruments of labor and regain your confidence in the Lord. Go back to your secret closet of prayer, back to trusting God. Soon you'll hear His voice again!"
Scripture says, "The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel . . . and the spirit of Joshua . . . and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, their God" (verse 14). Then God gave them this promise: "Consider now from this day and upward . . . from this day will I bless you" (2:18-19).
Zerubbabel and Joshua were once again walking in faith and righteousness. And now the prophet brought them the best word of all: God was going to take down the obstacle that nearly destroyed them! "Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it" (Zechariah 4:7).
Dearly beloved, this is what your present trial is all about. God is going to stir your heart once again and you will see the completion of your call. The Holy Spirit is going to destroy every stronghold in your life—not through your strength, but through His. Then you will finish the course God has laid out before you. And, like Zechariah, you'll do it shouting, "Grace, grace! God has been merciful and faithful to me!"


Guest Devotion 2 by Spurgeon
"The Lord is a jealous God!" Nahum 1:2
Your Lord is very jealous of your love, O believer. Did He choose you? He cannot bear that you should choose another. Did He buy you with His own blood? He cannot endure that you should think that you are your own, or that you belong to this world. He loved you with such a love that He would not stay in heaven without you! He would sooner die—than you should perish; and He cannot endure that anything should stand between your heart's love and Himself.
He is very jealous of your trust. He will not permit you to trust in an arm of flesh. He cannot bear that you should hew out broken cisterns, when the overflowing fountain is always free to you. When we lean upon Him, He is glad—but when we transfer our dependence to another, when we rely upon our own wisdom, or the wisdom of a friend—worst of all, when we trust in any works of our own—He is displeased, and will chasten us that He may bring us to Himself.
He is also very jealous of our company. There should be no one with whom we converse, so much as with Jesus. To abide in Him only, this is true love; but to commune with the world, to find sufficient solace in our carnal comforts, to prefer even the society of our fellow Christians to secret fellowship with Him, this is grievous to our jealous Lord. He would sincerely have us abide in Him, and enjoy constant fellowship with Himself; and many of the trials which He sends us are for the purpose of weaning our hearts from the creature, and fixing them more closely upon Himself. Let this jealousy which would keep us near to Christ—be also a comfort to us, for if He loves us so much as to care thus about our love—we may be sure that He will allow nothing to harm us, and will protect us from all our enemies. Oh that we may have grace this day to keep our hearts in sacred chastity for our Beloved alone, with sacred jealousy shutting our eyes to all the fascinations of the world!


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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to Special Devotion


I hope you will enjoy these special devotion and also the sermon.. which is the third in the wonderful series by Dr Minnick


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Keith




Special devotion 1 by Unknown Author..this man inspires me


John Harper a man of God  
John Harper was born on May 29th, 1872 in the village of Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland. At the age of fourteen he personally accepted Christ as his Saviour and Lord. On leaving school that year, he worked first as a trainee gardener, then in a carpet factory, and later in a paper mill.

It was in 1890 at the age of 17 he gave himself to the preaching of the Gospel in the streets of his village.

Five years later while Harper was toiling on street corners, preaching the gospel and working in the mill during the day, Rev. E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, came to know about his preaching and placed him in ministry work in Govan, Scotland as a full time Minister. In 1897, he became the first pastor of Paisley Road Baptist Church in Glasgow, Scotland. Under his care, the church quickly grew from 25 members to over 500 members. During this time he got married, but he lost his affectionate wife very shortly during the child birth. However God has blessed John Harper with a beautiful little girl named Nana (Annie Jessie).

John Harper was used mightily by God in His ministry. In year 1910 he left Glasgow to take-up God’s ministry in Walworth Road, London. Later in the year 1911 he was invited by Moody Church, Chicago to do ministry during the winter season. He returned to England in January 1912. Immediately in a month time he was further invited by Moody Church for another term.

To take up this mission he boarded the Ship Titanic¨ in April 1912 along with his Niece and six year old daughter Nana. It was the world’s largest man-made moveable object on earth that time. After few days of sailing one night at 11:40 p.m. an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side, ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in.

On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana along with many rich and famous people. As soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat.

At that time John Harper could have easily gotten on board that lifeboat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday.

The flares going off in the dark sky above reflected the tears on his face as he turned and headed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. As the rear of the huge ship began to lurch upwards, it was reported that Harper was seen making his way up the deck shouting

At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the icy, dark waters below. John Harper was one of these people.

That night 1528 people went into the frigid waters. John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus. Mr. Harper swam up to one young Man who had climbed up on a piece of debris. Rev. Harper asked him between breaths, Are you saved?¨

The young man replied that he was not. Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply no.

John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said ¡¨Here then, you need this more than I do¨ and swam away to other people. A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.

Of the 1528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats. One of them was this young man on the debris. Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how John Harper had led him to Christ.

Mr. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the cold waters were

Believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.

Does World (Hollywood) remember this man? No. No matter. This servant of God did what he had to do. While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.

John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!

God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.¡¨ Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)



Special devotion 2 by Susan Hughes.. a beautiful poem.. written by a dear friend and sister in Christ



POEM SO LOVED  written by Susan Hughes 

You gave us a love LORD so undeserved that can never be fully repaid
How do we show our gratitude for this unfailing LOVE from You LORD?
Your enormity of suffering paid for all our sin. Our offering seems so inadequate LORD, so tiny in comparison. Even so daily we will bring our ALL to the foot of the cross.

How do we make this love placed in our hearts LORD attractive to others to bring GLORY to You Who gave unhesitatingly Your ALL for us?
I see your hearts My Beloved and so do others, keep them shining for Me.

Yes LORD in YOUR Will of love, obedience, faith, compassion, gentleness, self-control nurtured in us day by day we can BE that beacon of LIGHT, hope.
By a gentle steadfast faithfulness trusting in your manifold and great wisdom LORD we are guided to straight paths to bring YOU GLORY!

A slow transformation begins to take place in Your Word changing our mind, heart, soul, spirit. Slowly You fill our emptiness, make our crooked paths straight, catch us when we stumble, You pick us up when we fall down on our knees, brushed us off and speak gently, reassuringly to us.

You bring LIGHT to our understanding of You, the richness of Your Word, causes us to be in awe and to go deeper into You LORD. Our hearts become stronger to take the blows inevitable, to bounce back quicker.

The more we dwell in Your Word O LORD, constant life like oil spreads, breathes in our veins, a hunger is unleashed to know more of the depth, breadth, height and width Of YOUR LOVE! 

I am here with you My child, your Saviour and your Friend. 
My hand is in yours always.
Come let us face this day together.
Amen!











Special sermon


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"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to Noonday Devotion
It is a great joy to share with you once again. I hope you are blessed as we are sharing about probably the most familiar chapter in the whole of the bible.
Please share these devotions with all your friends and please click on the guest website.
Thanks to everyone who shares these devotions.. please continue to do so. Let's get the gospel out into the world. If you have been encouraged and helped by them, then others will be too, place them on your facebook page/group, yahoo/google group, ning group, send them to all your contacts, tweet the website and sermon.. these are carefully chosen for your benefit.
Also if you have been encouraged then please let me know, I am an encourager at heart, but i need to be encouraged, not so I get any glory, because that belongs solely to GOD


God bless and thanks
Keith
Noonday Devotion by Keith
SPIRITUAL GIFTS WITHOUT LOVE = NOTHING


1 Corinthians 13 (King James Version)
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 





Paul has talked about spiritual gifts in Chapter 12 and he will go on to talk about them more in Chapter 14. 


Here though he puts it all into perspective.




Paul says that our lives can and will be be like a clanging or sounding brass/ tinkling cymbal without love. A tinkling cymbal is hardly loud enough to be heard in the world.. our works will have no effect without love.
 
Likewise if we have not love, all our works are like sounding brass.. they are all show. We do great things.. but without love they are useless.. amen
So are believers who have not love.
 
So is a church that does not have love.


Both of these things mentioned in verse 1, were part of pagan worship (cymbals and brass), so Paul is saying that if you as an individual believer, or  your church has not true agape love, then you are just like the pagans.


The thing that makes Christians different is their love for not just for one another, but a dying world. It is the special dynamic that makes the church stand out. In Verses 3-7, Paul shows us how loves operates in practical ways.
  
Are you or your church easily offended?
Are you or your church full of pride?
Are you or your church seeking it's own way?


Then you or your church are not operating in true agape love.


These are not my words, but God's words. We need to examine our love walk in view of this chapter?


Have you ever heard an orchestra, tuning up? You cannot make out a true sound, it is only when the conductor comes onto the platform and takes control, that the orchestra plays in unison.  Your life believer and that of your church must be under the Lordship of Christ. Is your life under the Lordship of the divine conductor.. Jesus?


Because my/your love walk is not right, we are too loud or too quiet. We need to repent and get our love walk right with our fellow believers. How can we love the world, when we can't even love other believers? This command to love means everyone, even those we don't fully agree with on every point of doctrine and it means that we have to love believers in other denominations!!!!!. 
 
Goodness me.. just imagine if we all truly loved each other from the heart.. what an example that would be to the world. 
 
And how the world would be changed by seeing believers love each other from the heart. We sing that song.. they will know we are Christian's by our love. 



Let us show our love in practical ways  to our fellow believers.


God Bless you
 
Keith






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Guest Devotion 1 by Gospel For India


He'll remove the wall


"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35
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I had the privilege of seeing the Great Wall of China. 
It was magnificent.  ( from Keith.. I will see it soon also.. hahahaha)

The construction of it began over four hundred years before Christ and was completed in the 1600s. 
It is built over some of the toughest terrain imaginable. 

You could stretch it from Atlanta to London and still have wall left over. 
All that effort to stay separated from their enemies!

But as big as the Great Wall is-
- it's not as big as the wall of sin that separates man from God. 

No man can overcome this barrier on his own. 

Yet, God offers us a way through Jesus-
His sacrificial death, and our faith in Him. He removes the barrier.

Do you feel a barrier or separation between you and God? 
In faith, look at what God's Word says about Jesus. 

He'll remove the wall between you and God. 



Guest Devotion 2 by Spurgeon


Are you hungry?

from Spurgeon's sermon, "BREAD FOR THE HUNGRY"

We should come to hear the Word, like baby birds in the nest--
when the mother-bird comes with the worm, they are all
stretching their necks to see which one shall get the food,
for they are all hungry and want it.

And so should hearers be ready to get hold of the Word,
not wanting that we should force it down their throats, but
waiting there, opening their mouths wide that they may be filled,
receiving the Word in the love of it, taking in the Word as the
thirsty earth drinks in the rain of heaven. 

Hungry souls love the Word. 

Perhaps the 'speaker' may not always put it as they may like to
hear it, but as long as it is God's Word, it is enough for them.

They are like people who are sitting at the reading of a will--
the lawyer may have a squeaking voice, perhaps, or he
mispronounces the words, but what does that matter?
They are listening to see what is left to them.

So is it with God's people. It is not the preacher,
but the 'preacher's God' that these hungry ones look to.

Why, if you were very poor, and some benevolent neighbor
should send you a loaf of bread by a man who had a club foot,
you would not look at the foot, you would look at the bread.

And so is it with the hearers of the Word-- they know if they
wait until they get a perfect preacher, they will get no preacher
at all, but they are willing to take the man, imperfections and all,
provided he brings the Master's bread.

And though he be but a lad, and can bring but a few barley
loaves and fishes, yet since the Master multiplies the provision,
there is enough for all, and they feed to the full.




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"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Special Devotion 1  by Zac Poonen


Holiness is the Characteristic of the True Church (Jerusalem)

                                   Zac Poonen

Babylon (the false church) is called 'the great' eleven times in the Book of Revelation. Jerusalem (the bride of Christ), on the other hand, is called 'the holy city' (see Rev. 12-21).

If we seek to be great in the eyes of the world as a 'church', then we drift towards Babylon. Jesus said that what men esteemed highly was an abomination in God's sight (Lk. 16:15). We have, therefore, to check up constantly whether there is anything in our church (even if it be music or the preaching) that is said or done to impress men. Numbers are always impressive in men's eyes. If we are keen on presenting the statistics of the growth of our church to others, that is one sure mark of Babylon. This does not mean that God is not interested in adding to our numbers. He certainly is - if He finds that we are a flock that He can recommend to other of His sheep (who are wholehearted). But growth in numbers is not necessarily an indication of God's blessing - for the heretical cults are also growing in numbers and so are heathen religions. And very often their statistics are more impressive than those of many Christian groups!

So growth in Jerusalem is measured by growth in holiness - which includes love for one another. Jesus said that the way to life was narrow and that few would find it. Those who proclaim the narrow gate as narrow as Jesus made it will find that very few join their church (Matt. 7:13,14). If, on the other hand, we make the gate broader than Jesus made it, we shall increase in numbers easily. This is where much of today's Christendom has gone astray. Jesus spoke about the narrow gate and the narrow way in the context of the 'sermon on the mount' (Matt. 5-7). The content of those chapters is therefore what constitutes the narrow gate and the narrow way.

1 Cor. 3:13 makes it clear that it is the quality of our work that will be assessed by the Lord in the final day - and not the quantity. A ministry of quality can come only out of one who lives in constant self-judgment - "who lives with the consuming fire and the everlasting burning" (Isa. 33:14). Here, the church is to be different from all the denominations around us. Once this distinction is lost, we will end up as another dead denomination.

In the old covenant, the emphasis was always on the external - "because of the hardness of men's hearts" (Matt. 19:8). The law emphasised cleanliness in the external. The new covenant, in contrast, emphasised cleanliness "inside the cup" first (Matt. 23:25,26). Jesus said in that verse (v. 26) that once the inside was cleansed, the outside would automatically become clean, so that there would be no need to clean the outside at all. One can see this clearly from Matt. 5:21-30. If one has cleansed his heart from anger, there would be no danger of his committing murder externally. Likewise, if he has cleansed his heart from sexually dirty thoughts, there would be no danger of his committing adultery externally. Clean the inside of the cup and the outside will automatically become clean.

Where the emphasis in a church is primarily on the externals - avoiding cinema going, smoking, drinking, gambling, wearing ornaments, etc., - such a church will only become an old covenant church! The way to get rid of external evils is not by concentrating on them first, but rather on the internal worldly attitude of mind which produces those external evils.

There can be no inward cleansing without self-judgment. It is impossible to build the church unless this inward cleansing is constantly preached. The Bible tells us to exhort one another daily in the church to avoid being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb. 3:13; 10:25). Most Christian 'churches' have no interest in such preaching, except perhaps occasionally. Certainly not daily!. Hence they breed Pharisees with cups clean on the outside only. Here the bride of Christ must be different.



Special Devotion 2 by JR Miller


It is not your work that He wants most--it is you!

(J.R. Miller, "The Glory of the Commonplace")

"Arise, My darling, My beautiful one, and come with Me!" Song of Songs 2:10 

"He said to them, "Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place" Mark 6:31 


G. Campbell Morgan tells of a friend of his who had a little daughter that he dearly loved. They were great friends, the father and daughter, and were always together. But there seemed to come an estrangement on the child's part. The father could not get her company as formerly. She seemed to shun him. If he wanted her to walk with him, she always had something else to do. The father was grieved and could not understand what the trouble was. 

His birthday came and in the morning his daughter came to his room, her face radiant with love, and handed him a present. Opening the parcel, he found a pair of exquisitely made slippers.

The father said, "My child, it was very good of you to buy me such lovely slippers." 

"O father," she said, "I did not buy them--I made them for you!"

Looking at her he said, "I think I understand now, what long has been a mystery to me. Is this what you have been doing for the last three months?" 

"Yes," she said, "but how did you know how long I have been at work on them?" 

He said, "Because for three months I have missed your company and your love. I have wanted you with me--but you have been too busy. These are beautiful slippers--but next time buy your present, and let me have you all the days. I would rather have my child herself, than anything she could make for me."

Just so, we are in danger of being so busy in the Lord's work that we cannot be enough with the Lord in love's fellowship. He may say to us, "I like your works, your toils, your service--but I miss the love you gave Me at first." 

There is real danger that we get so busy in striving to be active Christians, so absorbed in our tasks and duties, our efforts to bring others into the church--that Christ Himself shall be less loved, and shall miss our communing with Him. 

Loyalty to Christ means first of all devotion. Has Christ really the highest place in your heart? It is not your work that He wants most--it is you! It is beautiful to do things for Him--it is still more beautiful to make a home for Him in your heart. 

A young man, at great cost, brought from many countries the most beautiful materials he could find, and built an exquisite little chapel as a memorial to his dead wife. Only a few men could do anything so rare, so lovely. But the poorest of us can enthrone Jesus in our hearts--making a little sanctuary in our hearts for Him.

"Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love!" Revelation 2:4 



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Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Noonday Devotion by Keith

ARE YOU A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN?


 

Philippians 3 (Amplified Bible)
20 But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we [f]earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
I love this verse. I know we live in the world as we see it now.. but we are citizens of heaven and to me that is glorious and just amazing.. I hope it thrills your heart as well as it does mine.
Let me ask you a few questions
Is this where you live? What I mean is.. are you a citizen of heaven?. Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour and Lord and come to the foot of the cross in repentance and faith?
Colossians 3 (Amplified Bible)
1 IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

2 And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

3 For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.
If you have trusted Christ as Saviour and glory to God if you have, then you should be seeking the things of heaven. As the Hymn writer puts it
'the things of the world grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and Grace'.
To set our minds is to make a conscious and final choice for your life, you set your course on the heavenly road. Are you dead to the world as it says in Verse 2?
Matthew 6
20 But [q]gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
How much is in your heavenly bank account? How much treasure have you laid up for your self in heaven and how can we do that? By spending time in God's word, by fellowship with God .. not just praying but just being in His presence, sharing with God's people and witnessing. These and other things are placed in the credit column of our heavenly bank account. Are you in the black or in the red in this account?
John 17
15 I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.
18 Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Although we are to be focused on heavenly things and be dead to the world, we still have to live and breathe in the world. We are IN the world, but NOT OF IT.
We are to be living lives that bring a little bit of heaven to our earthly environment.
Let us think on what heaven will be like, as Keith Green once said that whatever luxury we ever have down here, heaven makes living down here, like living in a garbage can. AMEN
Let us think on heavenly things Phil 4:7-8
Keith
 
 


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Guest Devotion 1 by Spurgeon


His grasp?

Ah, what a mercy it is that it is not YOUR hold
of Christ that saves you, but HIS hold of you!
What a sweet fact that it is not how you grasp 
His hand, but His grasp of yours that saves you.



Guest Devotion 2 by Jr Miller


My Shepherd!
(J. R. Miller "Bethlehem to Olivet" 1905)

"The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need!" Psalm 23:1
The shepherd is a favorite Scriptural picture of the divine love and care. In the Old Testament, the twenty-third Psalm gathers the whole wonderful truth in exquisite lines, which are dear to young and old wherever the Bible is known. Then in the New Testament, when our Lord would give His friends the sweetest revealings of His heart toward them, and tell them what they are to Him, and what He would be to them—He says, "I am the Good Shepherd."
The Hebrew shepherd lives with his sheep. If they are out in the storm—he is with them. If they are exposed to danger—so is he. Just so, Christ lives with His people. He enters into closest relations with them.
The shepherd knows his sheep. He has a name for each one and calls them all by their names. Just so, Christ knows each one of His friends, has intimate personal knowledge of each one. He knows the best in us—and also the worst—our faults, our sins, our wanderings. Yet, knowing us as we are—He loves us still and never wearies of us!
The shepherd is most gentle with his sheep. He does not drive them—but goes before them and leads them. When they need rest on the way—he makes them lie down, and chooses for their resting-place, not the dusty road—but green pastures. He is especially kind to the lambs, gathers them in his arms and carries them in his bosom. All this is an exquisite picture of the gentleness of our Good Shepherd in His care of His sheep. He is thoughtful toward the weak. He loves the lambs and makes room for them on His bosom. Whatever the need is, there is something in the heart of Christ which meets its craving and supplies its lack!
The shepherd defends his flock in all danger. Often he had to risk his own safety, even his life, in protecting his sheep. Just so, the Good Shepherd gives His life—for His sheep!

Christ's sheep are absolutely safe in His keeping. "I give unto them eternal life," He said; "and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!" Then at last, He will bring His own all safely home, "and they shall become one flock—with one Shepherd!"


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"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Welcome to Our Special Noonday Devotion for New years Day


Happy 2014 everyone


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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


THESE ARE THE BEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES




We cannot change what has happened in 2013 and we can't see what is going to happen during 2014.


We cannot succeed in 2014, if we are dragging things from 2013 into it, we have to let the past lie. 


This year is a new year, it is a year to commit to God and to look forward too, God has many exciting things in store for you.


But he needs you to get rid of the past, commit your way to him every day and don't worry about the future.


Remember that the year clock has ticked over to another year, but the fact remains that Jesus Christ is still the same 


YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER


May we be able to say continually, that every day is the best day of our lives, as we deepen our love for our Saviour. May He become more precious than ever to us.


God bless you as go forward in faith to glorious victories in his precious name.


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Guest Devotion 1 by THOMAS WATSON


A godly man weeps


(from Thomas Watson's "The Godly Man's Picture")
 

David sometimes sang with his harp; and sometimes the organ of his eye wept: "I water my couch with my tears" (Psalm 6:6). Christ calls his spouse his "dove" (Song 2:14). The dove is a weeping creature. Grace dissolves and liquefies the soul, causing a spiritual thaw. The sorrow of the heart, runs out at the eye (Psalm 31:9).
The Rabbis report that the same night on which Israel departed from Egypt towards Canaan, all the idols of Egypt were broken down by lightning and earthquake. Just so, at that very time at which men go forth from their natural condition towards heaven, all the idols of sin in the heart must be broken down by repentance! A melting heart is the chief branch of the covenant of grace (Ezek. 36:26), and the product of the Spirit: "I will pour upon the house of David the spirit of grace, and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him" (Zech. 12:10).

Question: But why is a godly man a weeper? Is not sin pardoned, which is the ground of joy? Has he not had a transforming work upon his heart? Why, then, does he weep?

Answer: A godly man finds enough reasons for weeping:

1. He weeps for indwelling sin, the law in his members (Romans 7:23), the outbursts and first risings of sin. His nature is a poisoned fountain. A regenerate person grieves that he carries with him, that which is enmity to God! His heart is like a wide sea in which there are innumerable creeping things (Psalm 104:25)—vain, sinful thoughts. A child of God laments hidden wickedness; he has more evil in him than he knows of. There are those windings in his heart which he cannot trace—an unknown world of sin. "Who can understand his errors?" (Psalm 19:12).

2. A godly man weeps for clinging corruption. If he could get rid of sin, there would be some comfort—but he cannot shake off this viper! Sin cleaves to him like leprosy! Though a child of God forsakes his sin—yet sin will not forsake him. "Concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season" (Dan. 7:12). So though the dominion of sin is taken away—yet its life is prolonged for a season; and while sin lives, it molests! The Persians were daily enemies to the Romans and would always be invading their frontiers. So sin "wars against the soul" (1 Pet. 2:11). And there is no cessation of war—until death. Will not this cause tears?

3. A child of God weeps that he is sometimes overcome by the prevalence of corruption. "For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do." (Romans 7:19). Paul was like a man carried downstream. How often a saint is overpowered by pride and passion! When David had sinned, he steeped his soul in the brinish tears of repentance. It cannot but grieve a regenerate person to think he should be so foolish as, after he has felt the smart of sin—still to put this fire in his bosom again!

4. A godly heart grieves that he can be no more holy. It troubles him that he shoots so short of the rule and standard which God has set. "I would", says he, "love the Lord with all my heart. But how defective my love is! How far short I come of what I should be; no, of what I might have been! What can I see in my life—but either blanks or blots?"

5. A godly man sometimes weeps out of the sense of God's love. Gold is the finest and most solid of all the metals—yet it is soonest melted in the fire. Gracious hearts, which are golden hearts, are the soonest melted into tears by the fire of God's love. I once knew a holy man, who was walking in his garden and shedding plenty of tears, when a friend came on him accidentally and asked him why he wept. He broke forth into this pathetic expression: "Oh, the love of Christ! Oh, the love of Christ!" Thus have we seen the cloud melted into water, by the sunbeams.

6. A godly person weeps because the sins he commits are in some sense worse than the sins of other men. The sin of a justified person is very odious:

(i) The sin of a justified person is odious—because he acts contrary to his own principles. He sins not only against the rule—but against his principles, against his knowledge, vows, prayers, hopes, experiences. He knows how dearly sin will cost him—yet he adventures upon the forbidden fruit!

(ii) The sin of a justified person is odious, because it is a sin of unkindness (1 Kings 11:9). Peter's denying of Christ was a sin against love. Christ had enrolled him among the apostles. He had taken him up into the Mount of Transfiguration and shown him the glory of heaven in a vision. Yet after all this dazzling mercy—it was base ingratitude, that he should deny Christ! This made him go out and "weep bitterly" (Matt. 26:75). He baptized himself, as it were, in his own tears! The sins of the godly go nearest to God's heart. The sins of others anger God; the sins of the godly grieve him! The sins of the wicked pierce Christ's side! The sins of the godly wound his heart! The unkindness of a spouse,goes nearest to the heart of her husband.

(iii) The sin of a justified person is odious, because it reflects more dishonor upon God. "By this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme" (2 Sam. 12:14). The sins of God's people put black spots on the face of piety. Thus we see what cause there is why a child of God should weep even after conversion. "Can whoever sows such things refrain from tears?"
Now this sorrow of a godly man for sin, is not a despairing sorrow. He does not mourn without hope. "Iniquities prevail against me" (Psalm 65:3)—there is the holy soul weeping. "As for our transgressions, you shall purge them away"—there is faith triumphing.
Godly sorrow is excellent. There is as much difference between the sorrow of a godly man, and the sorrow of a wicked man—as between the water of a spring which is clear and sweet, and the water of the sea which is salt and brackish. A godly man's sorrow has these three qualifications:

(a) Godly sorrow is INWARD. It is a sorrow of soul. Hypocrites "disfigure their faces" (Matt. 6:16). Godly sorrow goes deep. It is a "pricking at the heart" (Acts 2:37). True sorrow is a spiritual martyrdom, therefore called "soul affliction" (Lev. 23:29).

(b) Godly sorrow is SINCERE. It is more for the evil that is in sin—than the evil which follows after sin. It is more for the spot—than thesting. Hypocrites weep for sin only as it brings affliction. Hypocrites never send forth the streams of their tears, except when God's judgments are approaching.

(c) Godly sorrow is INFLUENTIAL. It makes the heart better: "by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better" (Eccles. 7:3). Divine tears not only wet—but wash; they purge out the love of sin!

Use 1. How far from being godly are those who scarcely ever shed a tear for sin! If they lose a near relation—they weep. But though they are in danger of losing God and their souls—they do not weep. How few know what it is to be in an agony for sin, or what a broken heart means! Their eyes are not like the "fishpools in Heshbon", full of water (Song 7:4)—but rather like the mountains of Gilboa, which had "no dew" upon them (2 Sam. 1:21). It was a greater plague for Pharaoh to have his heart turned into stone—than to have his rivers turned into blood.

The wicked, if they sometimes shed a tear—are never the better. They go on in wickedness, and do not drown their sins in their tears!

Use 2: Let us strive for this divine characteristic. Be weepers! This is "a repentance not to be repented of" (2 Cor. 7:10). It is reported of Bradford, the martyr, that he was of a melting spirit; he seldom sat down to his meal but some tears trickled down his cheeks. There are two lavers to wash away sin: blood and tears. The blood of Christ washes away the guilt of sin; our tears wash away the filth of sin.
Repenting tears are precious. God puts them in his bottle (Psalm 56:8). Repenting tears are beautifying. To God—a tear in the eye, adorns more than a ring on the finger. Oil makes the face shine (Psalm 104:15). Tears make the heart shine. Repenting tears are comforting. A sinner's mirth turns to melancholy. A saint's mourning turns to music! Repentance may be compared to myrrh, which though it is bitter to the taste—is comforting to the spirits. Repentance may be bitter to the flesh, but it is most refreshing to the soul. Wax which melts is fit for the seal. A melting soul is fit to take the stamp of all heavenly blessing. Let us give Christ the water of our tears—and he will give us the wine of his blood!


Guest Devotion 2 by Spurgeon

"They ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." Joshua 5:12
Israel's weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses. They came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be your case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith is in active exercise—it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remains for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss.
Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land—but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be "forever with the Lord." A part of the host will this year tarry on earth—to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot—there is no reason why the New Year's text should not still be true. "We who have believed—enter into rest." The Holy Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance; He gives us "glory begun below." In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserved in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord—and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love—and we have perfect peace in Him; they hymn His praise—and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man ate angels' food of old—and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!


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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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