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    Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 4:5


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Monday, June 1, 2020

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

I have chosen several verses for our devotion this morning.  Of these four verses, it is hard to read and ponder on one without the other three.  These are comforting words to the saved child of God.  I have always enjoyed, with excitement, the opportunities to serve the Lord on mission trips to foreign countries.  I never cease to be amazed at the diverse cultures on this earth.  It is mind boggling what a twelve hour plane flight changes in landscape, people, culture and economics.  Most mission trips are two to three weeks in length.  Even though I am always excited to get there, I am always more excited to get home.  There is no place like home.  Now to the God-called missionary it is quite the opposite.  The Lord has placed a heavy calling upon their life and that country is now home to them.  Jesus said; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  A missionary has treasure in their call of God.  My personal calling is here in America as Pastor of Amazing Grace Baptist Church.  Therefore, when I leave this country, my heart longs to return.  Each time I am in a strange country, my heart is somewhat troubled until my return home.  Our verses speak of this very thing.  As the Saved by Grace, our true eternal home is in Heaven with the Lord Jesus.  That’s where our soul longs to be.  We have a prepared place there.  The Lord Jesus purchased it on our behalf many years ago.  As I was reading a book a while back, I read a letter that was written many years ago by an elderly man about to cross over to be with the Lord.  I feel this letter will bless you as it did myself.  It reads as follows:  “I am interested in a Land where there is a bit of property I have held a clear title to for over 55 years.  I did not buy it, but the Donor purchased it at a tremendous sacrifice.  It is not a vacant lot.  For more than half a century I have been sending materials out of which the greatest Architect and Builder in the universe has been building a home for me.  I cannot reach my home in that city of gold without passing through the dark valley of shadows.  I am not afraid because the best friend I have ever had passed through that valley long ago and drove away its gloom.  I hold His promise in printed form, never to forsake me or leave me alone.  He will be with me when I walk through the valley of shadows, and I shall not lose my way.”  Dear friend, I praise the Lord He has prepared a place for a prepared people.  Are you prepared to go Home?  Every day that passes makes us realize how we just can’t feel at home here in this foreign country any more.  Even so come, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Proverbs 26:10  The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

The entire chapter 26 of Proverbs is boldly warning us against the obvious sins.  There are particular sins that the scriptures judge more firmly than others.  As a child of God, it grieves us when we realize we are involved in sin.  Anyone who is not bothered by sin is not saved.  Any so-called Christian that is soothed with sin is a fake.  Our verse for today is condemning the fool.  Actually, the first 12 verses of Proverbs 12 condemn the fool.  After reading this chapter, it definitely makes you want to check up.  Of all things, I don’t want to be a fool.  The Hebrew word for “fool” here in this chapter simply means someone who is stupid.  This is the person who avoids obvious common sense.  They choose the opposite direction of good human sense.  There are things in this life that are so obviously not in good sense that we naturally avoid… unless you are a fool.  Our text verse reminds us not to get caught up in fretting over fools because the Lord will deal with them in the end.  He also mentions “transgressors” along with the fools.  In other words, a transgressor is a fool.  The word “transgressor” means one who crosses over, one who alters or one who alienates.  Wow, we are definitely dealing with these types in our day.  There are many, many scriptures that warn us of leaving the old ways of biblically serving the Lord.  A transgressor is one who crosses over from the truth, from the set way of serving and of worship.  Crossovers are those who are determined to serve the Lord in a worldly way.  These have alienated the old paths.  They have altered the truth.  Our verse calls these people stupid.  Yes, I know this seems like a pretty bold discussion, but reread our verse!  The Lord is in a direction of aggravation here.  If you will take time to read the whole chapter, you will soon see that He is fed up with stupid people.  My friend, there is a wave of religion in our day that is foolish.  It alienates common sense and indulges in the flesh.  There is a way of life that feeds the carnal and deserts holiness.  These fools have altered the truth.  They have crossed over.  Dear friend, don’t be stupid.  Don't fall into the trap of being a transgressor.  Amen.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Proverbs 28:14  Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Easing into a spiritual backsliding is a dangerous thing.  If we focus on us too much, then we are sure to slide backward.  Self-centeredness is poison to a Spirit-filled life.  Our verse here in Proverbs 28 covers this subject.  Everyone seeks to be happy.  Daily happiness is rooted in spiritual priority.  We must, must put the Lord first.  Our verse uses the word “feareth”.  To fear the Lord is to place Him in high regard, to reverence to the fullest extent.  In short it means that you are afraid not to put Him first and foremost.  He is God Almighty!  He is the beginning and the end.  He is the judge and the last say so.  There must be a fear within our soul that reminds us of His authority.  Notice the word “feareth” ends with “eth”.  This means a continual action.  The person that puts the Lord first and foremost in all things will be a happy person.  But we also see the warning to those who choose to please the carnal flesh rather than to put the Lord as the centerpiece.  “He that hardeneth his heart”.  Hardeneth… again we see the “eth”.  This word describes a person who habitually puts the Lord on the back burner.  This person intentionally is self-centered in their daily living while knowing it is a sin.  This is not a sin of ignorance.  This is an intentional sin.  This person on purposely does what their carnal side wants to do.  My friend, we do what we want to do.  I know there are things from time to time that put us in a bind.  But even in those times there are rarely situations that the Lord does not give us an out.  1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  I see our text verse gives no leeway.  The person that hardeneth their heart “shall fall into mischief”.  Wow, he uses the word “shall” here.  This sin has zero tolerance.  This is a scary truth of judgment!  The person who puts their self-wants in front of the Lord’s will, will fall into further sin.  The word mischief here means evil works and intentions.  The meaning goes further into explaining that this sin causes much unnecessary pain, heaviness and heartache.  Oh dear friend, we sometimes bring on our own issues of life.  Our self-centered living is poison to our spiritual life.  Determine to put HIM first and foremost today and every day.  Amen. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Proverbs 8:23  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

What a verse!  Our text for today is one of those verses that you read and back up and read again.  And then you gaze at it for a moment and then read it again.  The Lord used King Solomon to pen down some of the strongest words of wisdom that can be read.  As I expounded on Barabbas last evening in the midweek service, it is mind boggling to think of how close to salvation he was as he rushed past Jesus and into the crowd.  The crowd chose to have him released rather than the Lord Jesus.  Barabbas was a filthy sinner that had no idea that the man that took his place… literally took his place.  Jesus died in the place of the filthy sinner.  He paid the large debt of his life.  And yet we have no record that Barabbas ever accepted that free gift of life.  Our verse assures us that we were set up from everlasting.  To be set up here means to be poured into a form.  The gift of life has been set.  I bless the Lord for the gift of eternal life.  It is uncomprehendable to the human mind what the Lord Jesus actually set up for us.  There are questions about this set up that only eternity can answer.  Such things as why the Lord chose for His Spirit to weigh so heavy upon my soul that I received enough faith to surrender my life to Him.  Someone was telling me a few days ago about a woman who had put her soul up for sale to the highest bidder.  Yes, literally.  Even though we know this is a transaction that cannot actually take place, it is such a sad thing to know there are people willing to surrender their eternal soul to evil.  It is happening every day, every hour, every minute and every second.  Souls that have rejected the salvation that the Lord Jesus provides, spill over into the eternal abyss every moment.  My friend, take time to praise the Lord Jesus Christ today for the time He took to set you up for eternity!  Hallelujah!  Amen!       

Friday, June 5, 2020

Psalm 63:3  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Here in our verses for today we see the Psalmist with a will to worship.  Worship is a personal offering from the soul of the born again child of God.  In my years in of ministry I have heard many lame excuses why saved people do not worship.  “That’s just not me”, “I’m not an outward expressing person”, “I am a reserved person”, “I almost did”.  I almost chuckle aloud when I hear the many excuses why people do not worship the Lord.  Dear friend, we must have a will to worship.  To offer worship from the soul we must have the desire deep within our soul.  That desire to offer worship comes from the depths of appreciation and thanksgiving within us as a child of God.  The Lord Jesus rescued us from an eternity of destruction.  Oh how there should be a deep desire to offer worship to Him for that very reason.  Then there is the daily provisions of life He blesses us with.  Not only has He provided us with eternal life but also He provides daily life.  The will to worship comes from a thankful spirit.  The will to worship comes from an attentive spirit.  We must not allow social life to overwhelm us to the point we stop seeing the hand of God working in our life.  The Psalmist says here in our scripture that the lovingkindness of God is better than life itself!  Amen!  We see in our verse that the kindness and favor of God brings forth praise upon the lips.  “Praise” here means to address with a loud tone.  Then he mentions he will bless the Lord while he lives.  “Bless” means to offer adoration of praise unto the Lord.  Then He goes from lifting his voice in worship to lifting his hands in worship.  You may say “but preacher I’m too shameful to lift my voice in praise and I’m too shameful to lift my hands in praise unto the Lord”.  Really??  You mean to tell me you are ashamed to offer thanksgiving to the only one that could save your soul from the eternal damnation of Hell??  Friend, we must have a will to worship Him.  When we are too ashamed to offer some kind of adoration unto the Lord then we have spiritual issues that must be dealt with.  If we are saved we must have the will to worship.  If that will is hampered then it’s because of the shameful flesh.  The flesh has much to be shameful about.  BUT the spirit within has much reason to worship and adore the Lord Jesus.  Spiritual worship embarrasses the flesh.  The flesh is shameful because it is a sinful being.  But my soul has been redeemed!  My soul yearns to offer great and powerful adoration to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour of my soul.  Do you have the will to worship?  Amen.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Eph 2:8.

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