Devotional–Hold Fast

 

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HOLD FAST

“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21–22

Hold fast to what is good, or the world will take it away. Satan is the relentless enemy of good. When he saw that what God gave Adam and Eve was good, he set about to take it away from them. When he saw

that King David was pleasing to God, he attempted to destroy David’s relationship with God. Never take the good in your life for granted. If you do not hold on to it firmly, it may be lost. People will challenge the good that you are practicing. They may criticize you for your moral stand, your child rearing, your use of money, or your involvement in church. Time pressures will attack the good in your life. Your time to pray, study Scripture, be with your family, and serve in your church will all be pressured by the many other time demands you face. You may give generously to your church and other Christian causes, but you will be tempted to spend your money selfishly and minimize the good you are doing with your finances. Scripture reveals the solution for holding on to what is good—abstain from every form of evil. Evil robs you of what God intends for you. A spouse and family are great blessings, but the evil of adultery can rob you of the good that God has given. Prayer is a wonderful gift from God. Yet sin robs the power of prayer (Isa. 1:15). If

you will not abstain from evil, it will rob you of the good things God has given. God’s commandments do not restrict you: they free you to experience God’s best. Diligently abstain from every form of evil, and you will be free to enjoy every good thing God has for you.—Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God Day By Day

When I Think About Heaven

When I think about Heaven I think of how awesome it would be to see the Place that God has prepared for me

When I think about Heaven I think of how awesome it would be to see my family and friends who are waiting for me

When I think about Heaven I think of how awesome it would be to be reunited with those who encouraged me

But Most Of All

When I think about Heaven, I think of how awesome it would be
To See My Savior Who Died For Me

A Person that Walks in Integrity

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity. Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.” Proverbs 28:6

What happen to the days when your word meant something? When people knew that you would do what you said you would do because your whole life represented it? Those days seem long gone but what it involved was integrity.

Integrity is what made people fulfill their obligations because it described who and what they are. It displayed their character and was a testimony of their trustworthiness. When you would speak people would listen!!!!! Why? Because you were a person of integrity.

What is integrity? It is something that involves the way we think, what we say, do and promise. Integrity deals with us as a whole, it is our total way of being.

Our world is desperately needing people who live and walk in integrity. Will you be that person?

It does not matter what you have done or what has happen in your life, you can still be a person of integrity. How? By telling the Lord, ” I know I have not lived my life the way it should be but I confess that before you and ask you to forgive me. Help me to be a person of Integrity but above all I pray that others may see YOU through me”. In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Why Did Jesus Die?

Image“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

Why did Jesus die? is a question that many have often asked or wondered about. I think there are many answers to this question. The first answer is because we had a huge sin debt and only His righteous blood could pay the price.Second reason was to save our souls from suffering the wrath of God in Hell. Third reason He died was so that we could have a relationship with God. The final reason that He died was so that we could walk in newness of life.

I would like for you to think about this!! Before Jesus took our place at Calvary there was no way for us to live a life that pleased God because we would always fall short. BUT now since Jesus has died and rose again, sin and death have no more power or control in our lives. Because of Jesus we can now live a life that pleases God.

Why did Jesus die? So that we “..may have life and have it more abundantly” John 10:10.

 

Oh How He Loved Us

ImageThe more one grows in his or her faith, I believe there are certain books of the Bible that they will hold dear. One of those books is Romans. Even though it can be confusing at times there are truths that just stand out.

We discover a truth in Romans 5:8, which says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

The truth is that even though we do not deserve it, He sent His Son to die for us, thus paying our sin debt. Why did God do this, because He loved us.

God loves you today. Let me ask you a question: Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior and if you have accepted Him how long has it been since thanked God  for loving you the way He did by sending His Son to die for you?

Oh How God Loves you and me!!!

 

 

Encouragement For The Day: Jesus Wants All Of Us

Jesus love

Jesus love

“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’” John 21:15

When one studies Jon 21:15-17, they will notice that there are two synonymns for love. The one used by Jesus is a call for total commitment, while the one used by Peter describes a fond friendship.  Some may put Peter down for not wanting to give Jesus all his love but in reality Peter felt like a failure. At one time, Peter boasted that he would be the one that stood by Jesus through anything but in the end he could not do what he had promised instead he cowered in fear. The beauty of this story is that even though Peter felt like he could never give Christ his all after what he had, Jesus saw something different.

Maybe there are some of us that feel as though Peter did, we feel like a failure, feel as though Jesus could never use us. The truth is my friends He can. Just as He offered Peter a second chance so He offers it to us. The only catch is that He does not want part of us but all of us. Will you give Him all of you today?

 

Refreshed and Revived

“He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head (he shall be refreshed).” Psalm 110:7 (explanation mine)

When I am thirsty, there is nothing more like a cool refreshing drink of water.  As I drink I feel a refreshing, a coolness throughout my body. As I finish my drink of water, my body feels revived and ready to go back at it again.

This is exactly how I feel when I spend time with the Lord. No matter how tough my day may have been or even if I had not even started out my day, I always walk away revived and refresh. The reason for this is because anyone who spends time in God’s presence can not help but feel strength and encouragement.

This morning, God wants to revive and refresh you will you allow Him to do so?

 

Dealing with the hurt and pain of life

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Been hurt recently? Maybe it was by someone that you cared deeply for and put your trust in but in the end all they did was betray you. Ever feel like getting even? Making them hurt the way that you hurt!

While it is a desire in us to see someone hurting because of what they did to us, may we remember the words that Christ said, “Father Forgive them” (Luke 23:33-34) What amazes me the most is that while Christ was on the cross, and the people were hurling hurtful and insulting words, He chose forgiveness. He could have easily called for the earth to open up and swallow those who have caused Him pain but instead He chose to forgive them and give it to God.

When someone we love has hurt us the worst thing that we can do is get even. While revenge may give us that moment of pleasure, truth is it will only make the pain worse. The best attitude to have is that of Christ, forgive them and give it to God.

The pain of what they did may not go away but we do have assurance that the “strength of God” will help us see it through.

 

Worship!!!

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” Psalm 95:6-7

When you think about Worship, what comes to your mind? Is it a church that is filled with people and that has a huge choir loft with a music leader leading some songs. Is it some preacher getting behind the pulpit saying a few words from God’s Word or is it just something that Christians do at church? While worship does involve some of those things that are mentioned, that alone is not worship.

Worship actually means worthship. It is where we give all honor and glory to God. The reason is because worship is putting our complete focus on Him because He alone is worthy of our praise. Someone may ask, “What makes God worthy of our praise”? My answer to that would be “Look to Calvary, God allowed His Son to die on the cross for our sins, He allowed Him to take our place., that alone in my book is worthy of worship.”