ETERNAL LOVE…..

In HIS Presence:  God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8Image).

God commands husbands to love their wives.  However, He never instructs a wife to do the same.  She is commanded, instead, to respect her mate.  This may seem like an odd way to address the subject of love, but God is not saying that women should dismiss this commandment.

Rather, God is love, and His love lives within us.  Therefore, we are commanded to love one another with the love of Christ.  From God’s perspective, a woman’s love comes as a direct response to her husband’s salvation and the fight of love he gives to her.  It begins with the foundation of respect and flourishes.

If husbands are going to be biblical lovers, they also must become biblical saviors.  Jesus Christ did not die for us because we were lovable.  He died for us in order to make us lovable.  His gift of salvation is the greatest form of love.  When we were lost in sin, He died for you and me.  It is his love that draws us to Himself.  We are saved by love so that we can receive His love.

Many times, we think of love as being hot or cold—on or off—but God’s love is eternal.  It has no ending.  In order to experience it, however, we must come to a point where we accept and respect the fact that He loves us.  Once we do this, we discover the irresistible love of God for ourselves.


Husbands have a Deliverer in Christ, and wives need to have a deliverer in them.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SIN….

The Bible tells us that, as followers of Jesus, we live in an interesting paradox: on the one hand, we have been made pure and blameless by what Jesus did on the cross for us and bringing us into the family of God (2 Corinthians 5:21), while on the other hand, we still live in this world where the struggles of selfish desires often lead us into sin.

The apostle Paul—just like you and I— wrestled with this reality: He said, “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.” For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do” (Romans 7:15). But regardless of this current tension that we all endure, God is good and provides a way for us to live our life in a manner that pleases Him. Just as He has given us salvation through Jesus Christ, He has also provided forgiveness and cleansing for us through confession and repentance.

The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). To confess means to admit, as when David said to God, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:5). The next step is repenting of your sin, turning away from it and walking in the opposite direction. As Christians, we do not want to be like a child who, though he apologizes every time, continues to willfully disobey his parents in the same way, day after day. Though God’s forgiveness will never fail, we do not want to take advantage of His grace. Instead, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Because of God’s goodness and faithfulness, you can receive complete forgiveness for your sins and the power to be victorious over them!Image

PASSION FOR CHRIST…

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Most believers know the essential facts about their Savior’s life, but few know Him well relationally. They’re so busy with activities and pursuits that they rarely think of Jesus until a desperate situation arises.

Yet those who know the Lord intimately have a continually deepening relationship with Him. He’s their top priority, and every possession, accomplishment, or pursuit is worthless compared to knowing Him. Consider the results of making Christ the passion of your life (Phil. 3:8-10):

Increasing hunger: “that I may gain Christ.” Even though Paul had an amazing relationship with Jesus, his passion was so great that he wanted to know Him more.

Changed life: “the righteousness which comes from God.” The more we know Christ, the more we’ll mature spiritually and display His righteousness.

Increased capability: “the power of His resurrection.” The Spirit’s power flows through those intimately related to Jesus.

New perspective: “the fellowship of His sufferings.” When we understand Christ, we recognize the benefits He works in us through our suffering.

Victorious living: “being conformed to His death.” Christians who know Jesus intimately count themselves dead to the sins that once dominated their lives.

Is your life characterized by a deep, abiding passion for Christ, or is your relationship with Him shallow and mechanical? Believers must not let the pleasures, opportunities, and responsibilities of this world rob them of the treasure of knowing Jesus. It’s time to count it all as loss and pursue Christ.

FAHTER PLEASE ANSWER ME…

David was in a horrible place when he wrote Psalm 38. Feeling tired, alone, and like the world was against him, as a lot of us often do. He prayed these words to God.

Psalm 38:9-15

You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
and I am going blind.
My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
Even my own family stands at a distance.
Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
All day long they plan their treachery.

But I am deaf to all their threats.
I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
I choose to hear nothing,
and I make no reply.
For I am waiting for you, O LORD.
You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

Prayer, that’s something we can’t do wrong. God always wants to hear from us.Image

POINTING THE SAME WAY…..

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines  (Judges 13:5). 

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS… And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God”  (Luke 1:31 & 35). 

There are some striking similarities between Samson the Nazarite and Jesus the Nazarine. Here are a few of them.

·        Both the birth of Samson and the birth of Christ were announced through angelic messengers.

·        Samson’s father said, “Let your words come to pass.”  Mary, the mother of Jesus, said, “Let it be unto me according to your word.”

·        Samson was born to deliver the Israelites who were in bondage to and oppressed by the Philistines.  Jesus was born to deliver the world that was in bondage to and oppressed by Satan.

·        The Spirit moved upon Samson.  The Spirit descended upon and anointed Jesus.

·        Samson was a thorn in the Philistines’ side, going about destroying their yoke over Israel.  Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil and thereby destroying Satan’s yoke of bondage.

·        Samson’s own people rejected him and turned him over to the Philistines.  Jesus’ own people (the Jews) rejected Him and turned Him over to the Romans.

These similarities between Samson and Jesus are not coincidental.  Samson’s story is meant to point the way to Jesus. God wants people to know about the blessed Savior.  You can point the way to Him as well.  Tell someone today about Jesus!

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SACRIFICE….

Matthew 16:21-25 shows us another time in our lives when we can expect the devil to strike, or the third battle we must fight,

From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.  Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

The cross is a place of sacrifice.  It is a place where you die.  In this passage Jesus is talking about the sacrifice that He is going to give, laying down His life for our sins. 

Peter is being manipulated by the devil to challenge Jesus.  The devil is speaking through Peter, telling Christ to back off a bit, that He doesn’t need to sacrifice, that He doesn’t need to give that much, or to lay His life down.

Friend, when God is leading you to sacrifice for the sake of His kingdom, count on the devil to be right there doing all He can to stop you.  He will make you believe you should let your temperature cool down a little bit, that you shouldn’t be so on fire for God.  That you shouldn’t be that sold out! 

Do not listen.  Instead, heed God’s call to sacrifice.  You will not regret it!

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GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY…

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” – Luke 2:10

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The angel said that we have received “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” God wants this message known around the world.

Now I know that you may not be a preacher, but you can be a “reach-er”! What would happen if every believer went out into their neighborhood and said, “Jesus is Lord!” How will the world know if we don’t tell them? Oh, we need to be bold for Jesus.

The skies are going to split open, and the trumpet is going to sound. The dead in Christ will rise, and the angels will once again be heard! “He’s returned!” The Savior born in a manger will return as a Monarch to rule and to reign!

 

Are you joyfully sharing the Good News of Christ this Christmas? Will you be bold and share His Good News with someone today?

YOU MADE IT THIS FAR….

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But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings.

When it says, after you were illuminated, it literally means, “After you came to the light.”  This verse is talking about when the light of the Gospel dawned on you, when you were saved.

And what does it say?  You need to recall, to remember, that after you came to Christ, you endured.  You went through some battles.

I think we need to remember that.  In fact, let me just encourage you today.  The fact that you are reading this devotional today says something about you.  Did you know there are a lot of people who were saved at the same time you were, but they are not seeking God today?

You made it through the battle!  You stood fast.  You might feel like you are pretty rickety and ready to keel over, but you are still seeking God!  If the devil could get you, he would have gotten you already.

By God’s grace you made it this far.  Now is no time to quit!Image

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE…

In HIS Presence: The Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it (Genesis 2:15Image).

We live in a world where substitutes are often accepted as being the real thing. Years ago, a leading soft drink company decided to change the way its soda tasted. The company created a new drink and rolled out an elaborate ad campaign calling the drink the “new” cola.

When the public realized this new product would replace the original, there was outrage. People vowed to boycott the company by refusing to drink any of its products. Immediately, company executives realized that they were in trouble and withdrew the new product line. They quickly adopted a new marketing slogan regarding the original cola: “It’s the real thing!”

What potentially could have spelled disaster for the company became the basis of a marketing program that is still going today—”It’s the real thing!”  In other words, there are no substitutes or fakes. The original thing is the real thing.

When it comes to the subject of the family, we have cast aside the original plan God gave us in Genesis and adopted a “new” plan. Instead of turning to His Word for advice, we now switch on the television and tune in to the talk shows and our families are suffering. If this is all we hear and practice, then we will be headed for deep trouble. God has a plan in mind for the family. It is real and amazing, but first we must be willing to embrace it.

IT TAKES BOTH PARENTS…

In His Presence:  Hear…your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching (Proverbs 1:8).

Another way people learn about the family is through the lives and advice of friends.  We may have heard others talking about what they would or would not do.  Sitting around with his buddies watching a football game, one guy declared that he did not do woman’s work.  Another chimed in with agreement.  Both men proudly stated how their wives take care of the children while they bring home a paycheck.

Remember what we said earlier: One of the number one problems in our country today is absentee parents—men and women who have checked out of the lives of their children.  However, children need both parents to be actively involved as they learn and grow.  Yet far too often, dads are taking a backseat, while moms are left to single-handedly direct the show.

When this is the case, children receive a mixed message.  Instead of feeling secure, they feel insecure and often see their fathers as being weak.  God has created men to be the head of the family.  Therefore, men have a responsibility to fulfill.

If you are unsure how to handle yImageour situation, ask God to direct your steps.  Also, set a goal to live according to His principles.  Most importantly, be actively involved in the lives of your children.  You will never have another opportunity to say: “I love you,” with your life.  Therefore, make the most of the time that God has given you.