Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Devotional Thought From 1 Samuel

With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.     1 Samuel 22:14

David, a warrior of renown, and the face of his government, absolute ruler with the power of life and death, and an example of true “divine right” to be King under the one living God, tells us here that the one true God of the universe will be merciful to those who show mercy. If a person claims true faith he/she should be like his God: like God, like people. That’s the way Christians feel. What does it say that some people proclaim their own god is merciful, but they themselves never show mercy?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Devotional Thought From 1 Samuel
     In a world where headlines scream: Ebola in U.S.; war in Ukraine; terrorists behead another; Christians chased out of Iraq; violence in the streets; cyber hacking again; riots in the cities; what should believers do? Follow the example of David.
     Once when he and his army had left their city, Ziklag (a temporary home), it was attacked by marauders and burned. The women and children, including his wives were captured and taken as slaves. As a result David’s own men were so distraught they blamed him, and considered killing him by stoning, a desperate situation to say the least. David’s reaction was: David encouraged himself in the LORD his God (1 Samuel 30:6).
     Believers in the God of the Bible need to encourage themselves in the Lord. God is able to carry them through. They need to strengthen their commitment, more and more deeply study and comprehend the Bible, God’s written word, and go forward in living a peaceful, godly life, facing as best they can whatever issues lie before them.
     None of us knows the joys or sorrows the immediate future holds, but we know that God is not mocked, that we walk with Him, and He will be with us even in the valley of the shadow. Christian encourage yourself in your God, Jesus.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Devotional Thought From 1 Samuel

And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.     1 Samuel 3:1

      Let me make a comparative application: there is an obvious parallel in today’s modern society. In the USA, for example, there are thousands of churches and dozens of denominations and in many of them a distinct dearth of faithful preaching of God’s Word (hence, no open vision). Some even enact organizational  policies in direct opposition to what God has stated in the Bible. Some in the church culture, and in society at large, that once revered biblical morality, now blocks it at every turn and attempts to force  religious followers in  the aforementioned denominations and individual congregations into rejecting the teaching of Scripture. So then precious and rare is the word of God again, in some areas of the church. Can you imagine, people think that churches and denominations exist to preach the word of God and make clear the meaning of what God has said, and today depending on what church you walk into that may not be what you hear.

     Churches and denominations should faithfully preach what the Bible says no matter what nonbelievers outside of the church desire or legislate. The testimony of God’s church in this world should be “If  you want to know what God says go to church, you will always hear a message straight out of the Bible.” That should be true of every church, and every denomination, that calls itself Christian.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Devotional thought from 1 Samuel

…them that honour me I will honour…     1 Samuel 2:30

I honor God. I give Him glory, I express my praise, I declare Him King. I announce His worthiness, I profess my sincere love, I reverence, respect, and worship Him. The one true God who reveals Himself in the Bible is holy, the Creator of the world, the Sustainer of the world, the Savior of the world. I honor God, and my testimony is that in His goodness and mercy He has honored me.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Devotional Verse From The Book Of Judges

And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.     Judges 6:10

          The book of Judges shows us a very important principle for national living. God’s chosen people had been led into the land of Canaan as their homeland. They were to follow, serve, and obey the God of creation, the God of the Torah, the God who had chosen them, but they did not always obey. They were often drawn away from the true God to worship false gods, and commit the atrocities that were associated with such false gods. As a result the living LORD would deliver them into the hands of their enemies, and they would suffer persecution and poverty. When they would return to the true God and call upon him for help, God would raise up a strong, believing leader (called judges) and would deliver His people from her enemies.

          The principle that follows is that when any nation turns from the true God to the false gods of religion, pornography, deceit, criminality, violence, the dissolution of families, and so many of the evils that are perpetrated throughout the nations of the world, those nations find themselves falling on hard times. When a nation preserves, supports, and encourages its people to follow the traditional morality of the biblical scriptures that nation finds itself on a path to prosperity and peace. Even in those nations where non-biblical religion is dominant, the greater the amount of biblical morality held by that society, the greater their progress and prosperity.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Devotional Verse From Joshua

 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that you turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;     Joshua 23:6

This verse from Joshua indicates an interesting thing true in Joshua’s day as it is in ours; it takes courage to follow the word of God. It takes a courageous heart of faith to follow and promote the teaching of the Word of God.
While it is evident that the moral and spiritual lifestyle advocated by the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, if followed by everyone in the world would re-create human society and solve the majority of problems created by human sin, society at large is not open to scriptural guidance. It takes courage to advocate these things because modern day people in many cases do not like what the Bible has to say. They do not like the Bible’s definition of marriage and marital fidelity and fight against it. They do not like the Bible’s expression of an exclusive salvation that comes through faith in Jesus, even though it’s not forced on anyone but offered to them by faith. They do not like the concept that national governments are the servants of God to do what is good and right and to punish evil. They oppose the Bible’s teaching on sexual purity. They oppose the sanctity of the life of pre-born babies, and will go to almost any lengths to allow the termination of the lives of these children (presumably conceived in love). Drunkenness and dishonesty are popular despite the Bible's insistence that they are sin. Take any list of values from the Scriptures and the sinners of this world will reject and fight them.

So to advocate such things in this day and age causes those who believe and preach them to be ridiculed, branded intolerant, ostracized, even persecuted or killed. And yet our challenge is Joshua’s: Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and do all that is written in the book… When we present God’s word we do it in love, we do it in kindness, we do it to help and improve the world situation and make the lives of people in need better, so be very courageous! God’s word will not return unto Him void.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their fore heads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:4

John saw the souls of them that were beheaded during the tribulation for their witness to salvation through Jesus. It is clear that the terror of beheading  will be used against Christian believers by the forces of evil during that time of wrath some theologians call the tribulation. This monstrous form of execution is from the pits of hell and the most rotten part of the human heart. 16,500 people, among the thousands upon thousands who died during the French Revolution were beheaded. The Nazi’s records indicate that beheading was used in over 16,000 executions during their reign of terror in Germany and Austria. Islamic terrorists of the Middle East use individual beheadings in the most brutal way to attempt to terrorize the world. Underlying these examples, and, in my opinion, true in almost all historical uses of beheading, appears to be an ultimate satanic plan to oppose Christianity and terrorize and kill people who in any way have a connection, however tenuous, to Christianity or the God of Israel. The time will come when God’s justice will prevail and all unredeemed terrorists will regret and lament for eternity their personal evil and unbelief in Christ. Until that time the governments in existence around the world (according to Romans 13:1 ordained of God to be a terror …to the evil) have the responsibility before God to confound and eliminate terrorism of any sort, thus promoting a more stable, peaceful world, and protecting citizens of all nations, who seek to live and work without fear, from the murderous intent and actions of terrorists.