The Daily Nugget
Friday, May 29, 2015
2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Here in our verse today we have a powerful statement made by Bro Paul the Apostle. His statement is one of positive assurance. He feels in his heart that he has served his position well. He has completed his calling. He finds himself at the end of the race with a winning finish. He first says that he feels confident that he has fought a good fight. That word “fought” has a powerful meaning; it means to struggle, to compete for a prize, to contend with an adversary, or to endeavor to accomplish something, to fight, labor fervently, to strive. Wow, what powerful words. Are we fighting to win? Are we fighting to accomplish that that we set out to do? He says that he has fought a “good” fight. Are we fighting a “good” fight? Let us evaluate our intentions to make sure this is a good fight we are fighting and not a flesh fight or a frivolous fight. Paul says he has finished his course. That word “finish” means to accomplish or complete correctly. Let’s not be guilty of trying to take spiritual short cuts. We have set out on this course meaning to finish right, so let’s finish with honors. Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. My friend, we must strive toward that mark of completion. There are many witnesses that we are witnessing to along the way. What kind of witness are you? Are you known as a quitter, or maybe a whiner, or maybe even a sloppy servant?? Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Amen!! 1Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. Notice at the end of our text verse; I have kept the faith. He has fought a good fight, he has finished his course and most importantly he has “kept the faith”. Without faith all our striving will end in failure. We must exercise the power of our faith. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the powerful, persuading, pulling and pushing presence of God within our soul. It is an unexplainable divine force that causes us to go forward for the cause of Christ. My friend make your mind up to Fight in Faith. Are you serving your position well? Amen.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Song of Song 2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
We take a verse from the love story of Solomon’s writings this morning as an encouragement in these dark days on earth. As time speeds along here on earth, society is becoming more and more wicked, selfish, immoral, arrogant and violent. If we are not careful we will allow the condition of this world to affect our spiritual happiness. We must be reminded that we are not of this world. We are only passing through and headed to a fair land of eternity to be with our eternal King Jesus. Our verse this morning can allow us to be carried aside it all and encouraged of the sweet promises of God. When we become overwhelmed we must find a time and place to escape away with our Lord. We must elope to a place of serenity with our Sovereign. There are times we must come apart before we come apart. If there are any Pastor’s with us this morning, I must encourage you to escape to some place with God at least twice a year. Go some place and limit your phone usage to only checking in for emergency messages once a day. Disconnect from social media. Refuse to watch TV. Gather your wife and maybe the kids and leave the state. If you don’t come apart then you will come apart. Then we are excited that our verse today reminds us of that glorious time that the Lord will open the grand gates of our eternal home as He sweeps by this life and with His powerful voice He will invite us to leave this sinful world behind. Glory Hallelujah! What a wonderful day of reunion that will be when we escape this world and enter eternity with King Jesus and the rest of the born again bride. Amen and Amen! Be encouraged my dear friend. This world is only temporary. We are headed somewhere that will last from everlasting to eternity. Be encouraged saint of God, be encouraged. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Burdens are real. Many times they can weigh heavy upon our hearts. These loads must be handled correctly. A load that is mishandled can cause much unnecessary misery. Yes, loads can be heavy and hard to carry but with a little wisdom the load can be much easier to deal with. On the farm we have hauled many loads of square bales of hay. When I was a boy we would harvest thousands of bales each summer. When I was older we changed over to round bales. What a blessing that was! But when we were still harvesting the square bales the hay had to be loaded and hauled to the barn manually. Each bale had to be staked on the truck and hauled out of the field. The field was not flat and smooth. It was hilly and had many uneven places, therefore the truck would lean back and forth as it drove across the field during the gathering. So there was one very important task that had to be done and that was the hay had to be stacked on the truck correctly. If the hay was not laced in place then it would all fall off when the truck leaned. This meant the whole load had to be reloaded. You see the burdens in our life are the same way. We have to allow the Lord to guide us with our load. We have to stack the load correctly. If we haphazardly handle our load then we will find ourselves continuing to reload. The scriptures teach us to cast our cares upon the Lord. He is our helper springs. He helps us hold the load. He takes the blunt weight upon Himself. Friend, be careful not to overload your wagon. Be careful not to attempt to carry it all your self. And by all means, stack that load correctly. Notice our verse speaks of encouragement and the power of it. Many times an encouraging word spoken to someone who is overloaded is just enough to keep them going on. Take time today to speak a word of encouragement to someone under heavy load. Amen.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Proverbs 3 is one of the fullest chapters in the book of Proverbs. As we all know, this book was written to direct our paths in wisdom. The spiritual wisdom from the Lord is a must in our Christian lives in order to be victorious here on earth. As we study and soak in chapter 3 we can easily be overcome with so much knowledge at once. In order to get all this good rich food down into our heart and soul, this chapter must be studied slowly and surely. Today we will scan it and uncover some powerful truths that it reveals. In today’s realm of religion everyone seems to have their own idea of righteousness. Many say you have to do this and that and others say it doesn’t matter as long as you strive to be a good person. But, what we think is irrelevant. The Word of God is the truth and no other opinions can over ride the truth. You see, either we mind the truth and live by it or we don’t. If the truth lives within us and is the directing power of our life then we can be assured that we will experience the power of victory like never before. This wisdom that Proverbs teaches us to follow is the mighty truths that only God’s Word and Spirit can teach us. If you can, grab your bible for this morning’s nugget devotion. We are gonna pull out a few shiny verses that will spur your interest in this chapter. Pro. 3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. There you have it! The wisdom of God will add days to our life here. It will give us peace like nothing else. Pro. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. My friend, reject the evil pull of the flesh. The flesh will always lead you into the fulfilling of the lust of sin. Trust in the Lord! Make your decisions based on His Word and His Spirit’s leading. Pro. 3:7-8 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Trust in the Lord and stay away from evil and it will…give you better health…wow! Pro. 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. If you are not tithing then no wonder you are in financial stress. If you are not tithing then you are a thief (Mal.3). Many of us use the excuse that we cannot afford to tithe. My dear friend, you cannot afford not to tithe! If anything, give more than a tithe for good measure. Make sure you are right with God about your giving. If you refuse to be faithful in giving, then you can be assured that Hell will live in your yard. Hey, do you want to be happy?? Then check this verse out; Pro. 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. We would be here for days if we tried to dig out all the wonderful nuggets from chapter 3. I encourage you to do a Proverbs 3 study. Pro. 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. What a chapter! Amen.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Psalm 40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
How do you begin a new day? What a blessing it is to awake to a new start each morning! All of us have our own little routine each morning when we arise from a night’s rest. Many get out of bed excited that there is a new day approaching. Then there are others that have much regret that the sun arose over the horizon. They growl and complain because they have to get up from the bed. Whether you are the person happy to get up and meet the new day or the person who is an ill growly, we should all be grateful that the Lord has blessed us with another day to serve Him and praise His name. Our verse today reminds us of the importance of making sure our day begins with giving the Lord glory and praise. We as the born again should be eager to thank Him and give Him glory for His protection, His provision and His promises. Yes, we should make it a point to seek Him first and foremost at the beginning of each day. Notice our verse; Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee. Just the simple act of seeking Him first each morning will cause a joy to arise within us. So even you morning growlies could see hope here. Seek Him first. When you arise from bed and begin making your way to the bathroom or the coffee pot, pause and give Him a little glory and praise. Try this all this week and you will be surprised how much more joy you will enjoy each morning. You see friend life is full of choices. Each day is filled with choices. Our first choice is when we awake each morning. We have a choice to either give glory to our flesh as it demands the ill spirited response to a new day or either we can respond to the new day by giving God glory and praise for all His wonderful blessings in our life. We can begin by praising Him for salvation. Let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. He is a wonderful and merciful God who has plenty of grace for this new day. Dear friend give Him the praise and glory He deserves. You will be pleasantly surprised how much better your day will began. Amen.