Devotional: ‘Time for Refreshing’

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“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working. This gives your ox and your donkey a chance to rest. It also allows your slaves and the foreigners living among you to be refreshed. . . for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” (Exodus 23:12, 17)

We know that during the days of the Old Testament, the nation Israel rested on Saturday, which was called the Sabbath (ref. Exodus 31:16–17) Then, after the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection, we see the early church gathering on the first day of the week, which is Sunday, and often called ‘The Lord’s Day.’ (see Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; and Revelation 1:10) Though Sunday is not the new Sabbath, there is still a need for God’s people to pause one day a week for spiritual rest and refreshment.

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Devotional: ‘I Thirst for God’

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As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.  I thirst for God, the living God. (Ps 42:1-2)

The Bible is very clear about the way God wants us to love Him. Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to “love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.” (see Luke 10:27) God desires people who are passionate about Him. David illustrates this passion with his example of a deer panting for water. “Like a deer that longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.”

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Devotional: ‘How Do You View People?’

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So, we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

Before Paul became a Christian he was a Pharisee. Many believe that he possibly was a part of those who constantly attacked Jesus. During that time in Paul’s life, he saw Jesus, not as the Son of God, but as a spiritual enemy who was trying to destroy the things of God. But after Paul met Christ on the road to Damascus, his opinion of Jesus totally changed. “How differently we know Him now!”, Paul wrote. This man, whom he once thought was so sinful, was now his Savior.

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Devotional: ‘One Drop at a Time’ 

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“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Those of you who are into sports are familiar with the term ‘swagger.’ When a team has swagger, they enter into the arena with the attitude that they are the best and can beat anyone. I suppose that most coaches like it when their team has a certain amount of swagger; however, many teams have had to swallow their swagger before the end of the game.

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Devotional: ‘Granting Forgiveness’  

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“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

I suppose that as long as we are living here on earth, we’re bound to have conflict. Sometimes we experience conflict because we have said or done something we shouldn’t. Other times we experience conflict because we believe we’re right and we don’t care who gets offended.

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Devotional: ‘Do Not Be Afraid, God is With You’  

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

I have often thought that if I had a nickel for every time I have been afraid, I would be a rich man. Like so many of you, I’ve had my fair share of dealings with bullies and I’ve even experienced a tremor or two in the dark. But the fear I am referring today to is the nervousness I have felt just before I shared the gospel or the fear I often experience just before I preach.

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Devotional: ‘The Race Set Before Us’  

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.”  (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)

Scripture teaches us that we all are running a spiritual race. We are not racing against fellow believers to see who can out-do the other, nor are we running to earn our way to heaven. The race we run is the life God has given us and the strength by which we run is our faith.

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