Welcome to my thoughts concerning my daily devotions. I hope something that I receive from the Word may, in turn, be somewhat of a blessing to you also. May the Lord bless you this and every day as you love and serve Him.
we have all been so conditioned, so lulled to sleep by a sense of
security that we are completely complacent. People do not have the
intestinal fortitude nor the spiritual strength to withstand the rigors
There will be a great separation
of the possessors from the professors. We need a real, heaven sent,
Holy Ghost revival, or we (many of us) are sunk. Ah, but those who find
the Lord their Rock and Refuge will stand in His strength. I trust I am
prepared, but I know that I must dig deeper in His Word, hold tighter to
His promises, depend greater on His Spirit and work harder in His
I fear for those I know who are asleep. To them, church is
ho-hum, character is at a low ebb, their lives are filled with idolatry
and they crave the love and approval of the world. Yes, pandemonium is
coming. Prepare your hearts. Lean on Him for understanding, strength,
grace and mercy. All else will crumble like a dried potsherd under the
weight of a heavy stone.
they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the
received a dire warning from the Lord that, because of their disobedience,
troublesome days were ahead.
1. Joshua was
dead. They lacked a great leader.
2. They failed
to drive out the wicked inhabitants from the Land.
3. They failed
to destroy their pagan altars.
From now on,
they would be troubled by the Canaanites and their idolatry would be a constant
plague to them. So now, they call this place of reckoning Bochim, a place of
I think of the
believer who refuses to do as the Lord commands concerning evil influences in
his life. Rather than reject the devilish, he embraces it. Old habits die hard,
they say. Sure, especially when they are not excluded.
And, as sure as winter
follows autumn, troubles ensue the one who keeps one foot in the world while
claiming to follow the Lord.
Give your idols
up! Drive out the evil from your land of inheritance. Put yourself in a place
of blessing from the Lord. In that place, you will find joy and weeping will
at the cross,
Give your idols up,
Look unto realms above;
Turn not away
To life's sparkling cup;
Trust only in His love.
Kneel at the cross,
Leave ev'ry care
Kneel at the cross,
Jesus will meet you there.
Micah 7:18Who is a God like unto thee, that
pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his
heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19He will turn again, he will have compassion
upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into
the depths of the sea. 20Thou wilt
perform the truth to Jacob, and
the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of
What kind of God
is this that saves, secures and sets us apart for His own?
I. A God Who pardons
iniquity - Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity
II. A God Who passes
by transgressions - and passeth by the
transgression of the remnant of his heritage?
III. A God Who pauses
in His anger - he retaineth not his anger
IV. A God Who pleases
to show mercy and compassion - because he
delighteth in mercy. He will
turn again, he will have compassion upon us;
V. A God Who pitches
our sins into the depths of the sea - he
will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths
of the sea.
VI. A God Who performs
truth - Thou wilt perform the truth to
Can your gods of
cash, career, carousing and celebration bless you like the God of Heaven
Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? Many nominal Christians are spouting off about the coming of the Lord as if His coming will be the answer to all of their problems. But what we all need to realize is that, for those not truly born again, the day of the Lord portends judgment unlike any this world has ever seen. For believers, the coming of the Lord is followed by the judgment seat of Christ, in which we will stand before the Lord and give account for all of our works to determine which is wood, hay and stubble or gold, silver and precious stones.
Slothful, disobedient Christians will find little joy in this day of judgment because it is a time of reward for faithfulness. A Christian walk contrary to God's express will for a life will result in a less than joyful accounting on that day.
The prophet gave a sort of, out of the frying pan, into the fire scenario for those hoping for a better day but not investing in that future now.
He likened present disobedience and future disposition to a man being delivered from the mouth of a lion into the waiting claws of a bear or finding refuge from the elements in a house, only to have a serpent emerge from a hole in the wall to strike him.
Many feel they are now in darkness, but there is light awaiting when the Lord comes. But the reality of it all is that there is a day of reckoning coming. It offers darkness to the faux believer and a serious accounting for the true believer.
It will benefit us all to get right with God and serve Him wholeheartedly so that the day of the Lord will mean a truly better day.
Acts 20:1And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into
they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, 38Sorrowing most of all for the words which he
spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the
Churches! Filled with all kinds of people, gabby talkers, hesitating
hermits, emotional huggers, fist-bumping jocks.
Have you ever tried to throw a bro hug on a dude and he is not in the
least bit interested in sharing tender moments of close fellowship? AWKWARD!
Here is Paul, the guy with the weak physical constitution and rock
hard spirit. Not a real softy, by any means. He wraps the believers in his arms
and plants a holy kiss on the cheeks of the brethren. I am sure many of them
would have settled for a holy Aloha, but they got a full-bodied embrace.
Thing is, he knew that his life was in constant peril and that seeing
any of these folks again on this side of glory was unlikely. So he made his
Gets me to thinking, as I am about to head out of town on a ministry
excursion, how many good words were left unsaid? How many hugs were relegated
to a hand shake, fist bump or salute?
I may never get to wrap my little girl in my arms again. (Lord knows
that when I dropped her off at middle school this morning, the last thing she
wanted was a public display of affection from her old man!) That little peck
with the wife was pretty lame if it ends up being the last one due to unforeseen
So, if you think an appropriate hug is the thing to do, take Paul's
example and show people what they mean to you.