Category Archives: Discouragement

Devotional: ‘God is a Rewarder of Those Who Diligently Seek Him’

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Numbers 14:11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

Would God have actually disinherited His people and started all over again? Some say yes because God does not make idle threats and others say no because God doesn’t make empty promises. To be honest, I don’t know where the answer is yes or no. This I do know, this was not the first time God had threatened to do away with these rebellious people. We read from the book of Exodus – “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” (Exodus 32:9-10) On both occasions, Moses pleaded with the Lord to not destroy His people. Moses’ appeal was not based upon the goodness of the people but on the grace of God. “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” (Numbers 14:19) “Show the world how great Your mercy is by forgiving this people.”

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Devotional: ‘Have Faith in God’

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This week we have been studying the story of the 12 spies who were sent into the land of Canaan. From our studies, we have seen that ten of the spies were frightened by what they saw. Though they could not deny that it was a land flowing with milk and honey, they could not get past the point that it was also filled with giants. For them, the obstacles were greater than the opportunities. But it was very different for Joshua and Caleb. They believed that if God gives you an opportunity, He will also help you overcome any obstacles.

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Devotional: ‘One and God Make a Majority’  

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It was Fredrick Douglass who said, “One and God make a majority.” Let’s see how that statement plays out in today’s lesson.

After the Israelites left Egypt, the Lord led them to Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Law as well as the instructions on how to build the Tabernacle. After they left Mt. Sinai, the Lord led them to a place called Kadesh Barnea which would be their entrance into the Promised Land. But along the way from Sinai to Kadesh Barnea, something terrible began to happen.

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Devotional: ‘Testing Our Faith’

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Numbers 13:21 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. 22 And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, (cluster) because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. 25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

The spies were gone for 40 days and traveled nearly 500 miles. During that time, they saw many amazing things. First, they visited a city called Hebron. The book of Genesis tells us that Hebron was one of the homes of Abraham. After  Lot chose the well-watered plains of Sodom, Abraham moved to Hebron. The name Hebron means “fellowship.”  Abraham chose fellowship with God over the riches of this world. When his wife Sarah died, he purchased a cave there which he used as a place to bury her. Later, that cave would become his burial place as well, along with his son Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and his grandson Jacob and his wife Leah. Hebron was a very special and sacred place for the children of Israel. Afterward, the 12 spies went to the Valley of Eshcol. There they found an abundance of luscious fruit. Scripture says that they brought back with them a cluster of grapes that was so large it took two men with a pole to carry it. But they not only saw many opportunities, they all saw so many obstacles.

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Devotional: ‘Do We See Obstacles or Opportunities?’

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As many of you know, my life verse is Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The word ‘impossible’ refers to a lack of strength or ability. This verse tells us that we have no ability to please God unless we do so by faith. Perhaps no portion of Scripture illustrates this better than passage we will study this week.

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Devotional: ‘Staying Focused During a Time of Trouble’   

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Most of us would prefer life to be clean and simple. We like it when everything is going according to plan. But sometimes, our plan is not God’s plan. The Bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ (Isaiah 55:8-9) Sometimes God’s plan for our life is something much greater than anything we could imagine.

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Devotional: The Power of Prayer and Praise     

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Psalm 142 is an amazing portion of Scripture. In it we see David struggling with discouragement and depression. But in it, we also see how he found deliverance. Take a moment and carefully read through it once again.

(A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave) Psalm 142:1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. 4 Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. 5 I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. 6 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. 7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”

Thus far this week we have focused primarily on David’s despair. Today we will focus on David’s deliverance. As I read this psalm, I see two major things David did that helped him find victory during his time of trouble. The first thing is prayer. Consider how David expressed his prayer to God: “I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.” (Psalm 142:1-2) 

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Devotional: ‘Praying for the Future’    

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Many years ago, I heard someone stress the importance of praying for the future of our families. He told me that he prayed not only for his children but for who his children would marry and what their future would be. From that time on, I began to pray over my daughters and their future. I prayed for my daughters’ walk with the Lord and who they would marry. I even prayed that God would bless them with amazing families. God heard my prayers and helped our daughters to love the Lord. In addition, He gave them godly husbands and wonderful children. Now I am praying over my grandchildren. I am praying for their spiritual needs and who they will marry. I am praying for their children. And I am praying that my family will always shine brightly for Jesus in a world that is no doubt going to become very dark.

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Devotional: ‘Ministering to Those Who Are Discouraged’  

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James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Shortly after I became a pastor, someone who was sick asked me to come to their house and to anoint them with oil and to have prayer with them. I read this passage carefully and did what I thought it said. Yet, my friend still died of cancer.

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Sunday Sermon, ‘Handle With Prayer’

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Are you a worrier? Are you currently worried about something? If so, then today’s sermon is just for you. Please look with me at Philippians 4.

 Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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