Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"The Fool" Video Devotion

The Fool! God looked down upon the children of men, and what did He see? He saw that none sought God. As a matter of fact, the fool said in his heart, "There is no God." Does the fact that we believe or not believe in God make any difference? No! God's existence is not based upon man's belief, as is discussed in this video devotion from Psalm 14, verse 1 to 3.







God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, December 30, 2013

"How Long" Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 13 entitled, "How long?" David often found himself in the circumstance of being surrounded by enemies, but where was God? We marvel at his great faith when he took encouragement from God's faithfulness, even when it seemed that God was not listening to his pleas for help.







God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Pure Words" Video Devotion


A video Bible devotion from Psalm 12, verses 6 through 8 entitled, "Pure Words." In a day when a man's words are no longer necessarily trustworthy, we can confidently trust in the pure words of God. Man's words may fail, but God's will always remain true.







God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Who Is Lord?" Video Devotion


The question asked by this video devotion from Psalm 12, verses 3 through 5 is, "Who is Lord?" We live in a time when man has replaced God in the eyes of most people. After all, what is there that man cannot do? However, in truth, Christ is King. In the end, God will make all things right, for He, alone, is God.







God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, December 27, 2013

"Where Are the Godly?" Video Devotion


This video devotion from Psalm 12, verse 1 and 2 asks the question, "Where are the Godly?" It is the same question asked by David in this Psalm. When we look about us at a world so corrupted by sin, we must ask the same question today.







God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, December 26, 2013

"Righteous and Wicked" Video Devotion


Righteous and Wicked! A video devotion from Psalm 11, verses 4 to 7. In our day, we seem to have a lot of conflict with the terms righteous and wicked. However, there is no gray area in between the righteous and wicked in God's sight.







God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"Voice of the Wicked" Video Devotion


A video devotion from Psalm 11, verses 1 and 2, entitled, "Voice of the Wicked." 
I am convinced that we Christian women today often do not recognize the voice of the wicked. We take lightly the onslaughts of Satan and his army, and are consequently often swept away by his whims.







God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Mere Earthly Mortals" Video Devotion


Mere Earthly Mortals! This video devotion from Psalm 10, verses 12 to 18 reminds us that, as humans in God's sight, we are just mere earthly mortals. We may seem ever so important in our own eyes, but it is God who truly controls this world.







God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, December 23, 2013

"Does God Forget" Video Devotion

Does God Forget? This video devotion from Psalm 10, verses 1 through 11, reminds us that, though it may seem as though the wicked of this world are in control, God never forgets His children. A day will come when the wicked will be brought to justice by God Himself.







 God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"But Men" Video Devotion

But Men! This video Bible devotion from Psalm 9, verses 15 through 20, reminds us that we are but men. Let us return to God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, for before Him the leaders of this world are but men!







God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"God Remembers" Video Devotion

God Remembers. This video devotion from Psalm 9, verses 12 to 14 reminds us that even when it seems as though there is no help in sight, God always remembers His children. He never leaves nor forsakes them.



God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, December 20, 2013

"Not Forsaken" Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 9, verses 10 and 11, entitled, "Not Forsaken." Psalm 9 reminds us that God, alone, is worthy of our trust. He never forsakes His own, because our salvation is not of us--it is entirely of Him!



God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Perfect Justice" Video Devotion

Perfect Justice. One thing we do not have in this world is perfect justice, that is perfect justice apart from God. This video devotion from Psalm 9, verses 7 to 8 compares our world's lack of justice with the perfect justice we have from God.




 God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Presence of God" Video Devotion

Presence of God is a video Bible devotion from Psalm 9, verses 3 through 6. In a world filled with anti-God sentiment, it is important that we realize that God's presence does not depend upon our belief or lack of belief in Him. In reality, He is present at all times and in every place in this world.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Sing Praises" Video Devotion

Sing Praises is a video devotion from Psalm 9, verses 1 and 2. In the middle of times of great trouble, the psalmist pauses to reflect on and praise the Lord. This is not just a momentary pause, but a time of reflection with his whole heart. How often do we take the time to step back from our daily lives and praise the Lord from our whole heart?



God Bless You,
Linda


Saturday, November 02, 2013

Excellent Video Devotion

Excellent! "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" the psalmist asks. Psalm 8 explores the excellence of God in all of His creation.





God Bless You,
LInda

Friday, November 01, 2013

What's Up with That Video Devotion

What's Up with That? How do we, as Christians, handle it when our leaders fall into gross sin? How should we view our own sin, especially when it seems as though God ignores the sin of unbelievers?





God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 31, 2013

An Angry God Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 7, verses 11 through 13 entitled, "An Angry God." We love to think of a kind and loving God, but we must realize that God is also angry--angry with sin.





God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

All of God Video Devotion

All of God. We are reminded, when reading of David, in Psalm 7, verses 8 through 10, that our salvation is all of God. We have no righteousness of our own that can save us.





God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Does God Sleep Video Devotion

Does God sleep? This video devotion from Psalm 7, verses 6 and 7 answers that very question. David called upon and trusted that God was available to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.





God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, October 28, 2013

Deliver Me Video Devotion

Deliver Me - a video devotion from Psalm 7, verses 1 through 5. Even in the most difficult of situations, David always had confidence that God was near and ready to help. Do we have that same confidence in God today?





God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Lord Heard Video Devotion

A Bible devotion from Psalm 6, verses 11 and 12 entitled, "The Lord Heard." David did not have to wait to see if God would answer his prayer; even while still being pursued by his enemies, he acknowledged God's answer.





God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Grief Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 6, verses 1 through 8 entitled, "Grief." This Psalm is a perfect example of the reason we so love the Psalms. David poured out his heart to God in the middle of a time of great grief. Even in the middle of his suffering, David was confident that God heard and would answer his prayer.





God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, October 25, 2013

Rejoice Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 5, verses 11 and 12 entitled, "Rejoice!" Let us rejoice in our amazing God who defends His children, blesses them, and puts a guard around them. As Christians, let us not become so entangled in the troubles of life that we do not recognize God's blessings on our behalf.





God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rebellion against God Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 5, verses 9 and 10 entitled, "Rebellion Against God!" Our world is in rebellion against God. Throughout the world we see unparalleled wickedness matched with a growing hatred toward God.





God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

As for Me Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 5, verses 7 and 8 entitled, "As for Me." As for me, how do I come before God? Let us, today, join David and plea with the Lord to lead us in His righteousness, and to make His way straight before us.





God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

God Abhors Sin Video Devotion

God Abhors Sin is the title of this video Bible devotion from Psalm 5, verses 5 and 6. In our world today we may think pretty well of ourselves--at least compared to others, but how do we compare to a righteous and holy God who cannot even look upon sin?





God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, October 21, 2013

Perfection Video Devotion

A video Bible devotion from Psalm 5, verse 4, entitled, "Perfection." God is perfection; no evil lives in God. Is God pleased with man's sin? Let us not compare ourselves with other people, but rather let us compare ourselves to God. Only He is holy, righteous, and perfect!





God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Look Up" Video Devotion

A video devotion from Psalm 5, verse 3, entitled, "Look Up." During the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, let us look up to God who will always heed the cries of His children.







God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hearken Video Devotion

A Bible devotion from Psalm 5, verses 1 and 2, entitled, "Hearken!" How do we listen to God? David was confident that God was always there, even in the most desperate of situations.








God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Peace Video Devotion

A video Bible devotion from Psalm 4, entitled, "Peace." True peace does not come from the circumstances of life, but is a gift from the Lord.






God Bless You,
LInda

Friday, October 11, 2013

Gladness in Our Hearts Video Devotion

A video Bible devotion from Psalm 4, entitled, Gladness in Our Hearts. It is not the physical things we posses that bring happiness. True happiness is a gift from the Lord.






God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stand in Awe Video Devotion

A video Bible devotion from Psalm 4, entitled, "Stand in Awe." Truly no one is more awesome than God. Let us stand in awe as we meditate upon Him!







God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Set Apart Video Devotion

As Christian women, we are set apart to serve the Lord; our lives are not meaningless, but, rather, are filled with a God-given purpose.






God Bless You,
Linda





Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Hear My Prayer Video Devotion

Does God hear our prayers today? This video devotion from Psalm 4 encourages us with David's confidence in God, who answered his prayers. Yes, this same God answers our prayer today.






God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, October 06, 2013

God Is Our Salvation Video Devotion

God is Our Salvation Video Devotion


To whom can we turn for help? David discovered that God was always available--no other help was needed!








God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, October 05, 2013

My Glory Video Devotion

My Glory Video Devotion

David, who trusted God even when all help seemed to be lost, gives honor and praise to this great God we love and serve! May we, too, find God to be ever faithful to us!










God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, October 04, 2013

No Help Video Devotion

No Help Video Devotion

Let us remember that when impossible circumstances or discouragement seems to overwhelm us. God is our help; no other help is needed!







God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Kiss the Son Video Devotion

Kiss the Son Video Devotion

Let us show the proper homage to God that only He deserves. "Kiss the Son."







God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Ask Video Devotion

Ask Video Devotion

The Bible says that we do not have because we do not ask. The Psalmist considered this very thing in these verses from Psalm 2.





God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My King Video Devotion

My King!

A Bible video devotion from Psalm 2:5-7, entitled, "My King." Who do we really serve? As Christian women, we are first of all, servants of our King, the Lord Jesus Christ.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rage! Video Devotion

Rage!

A Bible devotion from Psalm 2 entitled, "Rage." Psalm 2 reveals the battle between the forces of Satan and the forces of God; as Christians, we are hated by Satan and his followers!





God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, September 27, 2013

Way of the Ungodly Video Devotion

Way of the Ungodly

This video devotion from Psalm 1, asks the questions, "What is the way of the ungodly?" What should our response, as Christian women be?






God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Delightful Tree Video Devotion

Delightful Tree!

This is my 2nd video devotion from Psalm 1, entitled, "Delightful Tree." How are we, as Christians called to be delightful trees?



God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1st Video - First Love Series!

First Love

As promised, here is my 1st video from the "First Love" series of Psalms Devotions. 

Hope you enjoy the results. Let me know what you think.

God Bless You,
Linda





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Temporary Break!

Hello to all of my faithful readers. I wanted to let you know that I am taking a temporary break from writing my daily Bible devotions. During this time I hope you will take advantage of my archives, for I have literally several hundred devotions in the archives.

I am currently working on a video project for my Psalms devotions; when completed both video and audio options will be available. As I complete each Psalm and have them published to the web, I will put links in both this, my Daily Bible Devotions blog, as well as my Devotionals for Teens blog.

Once that project is progressing well, I plan to continue writing both my Daily Bible Devotions and my Devotional for Teens blogs.

Thank you for your on-going prayer support. May Jesus Christ be praised!

God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Tolerance!

 11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
 12And when ye come into an house, salute it.
 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
 14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
 15Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 
(Matthew 10:11-15, King James Version)

Tolerance

Tolerance! The word has a nice, satisfactory ring to it, does it not? We live in an "I'm OK, you're OK" world where what you do is good for you and what I do is good for me. However, is that truly the attitude that Jesus was promoting to His disciples? Is that the attitude that Christ desires to see in His church today? Is His chief concern that we do not offend one another in our zeal for being faithful to the Lord?

These are serious questions that every believer needs to ponder. As we look at Matthew 10, we see that Jesus' words were not words encouraging compromise. He commanded His disciples to faithfully proclaim the message of salvation as they traveled from village to village, with a stern warning in verse 15:
Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Not only was Jesus not promoting tolerance of other views, He was warning that God, Himself would administer swift justice upon any city that rejected Him! We need to be careful that in our zeal to not offend others we do not find ourselves in the position of offending God! It is God we serve, and it is His will we must obey.

These words are especially pertinent in our 21st century world. In the last decade we saw modernism creep into the church. Denominations which had faithfully proclaimed God's Word since the time of the reformation were suddenly waffling on such tenants of the faith as the virgin birth, the miracles of Christ, the atonement, and even questioning whether Jesus was any more than just a good man.

These "new" ideas did not come in overnight, so to speak. They were brewing in these churches for decades before denominations actually split. So, we must be careful in this, the 21st century, that in our desire to be casual and to present God as the tender loving Father who is most loving and kind, we do not forget also His hatred of sin, and judgment against evil doers. Let us not redefine sin! Let us remember that it is God, and not man who defines the true meaning of sin.

Any lack of conformity against God and His laws is sin! Even one, what we may view as tiny, sin is enough to keep us from God for all eternity! God is perfect, righteous, and holy. It is not our goodness or even our earnest desire to please Christ that makes us believers. It is the shed blood of Christ, shed on our behalf that saves us. It is our going to Christ and pleading His forgiveness that brings us into a righteous state before God.

Let us not, then, in our desire to be tolerant of our culture find ourselves at odds with God, Himself. Read and study His Word; spend time in prayer and fellowship with Him. It is through the guidance of the Holy Spirit who dwells within every true believer that the truths of God's Word are revealed and understood.

Let us be the light that shines in a sin-darkened world. By the grace of God, may our lights so shine before men that they may see the righteousness of Christ, and be moved to come to Him for salvation. There is salvation in none other than in Christ! That is the Gospel we must send to this 21st century world! Not a Gospel of tolerance, but a Gospel of God's love and holiness given to us through the death of His only Son!

God Bless You,
Linda




Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Sheep Having No Shepherd

 36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
 37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
 38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:36-38, King James Version)


Sheep Having No Shepherd

We love to think of Jesus as being filled with love and compassion, and so He was and is, but to what end is that compassion aimed? Did you know that there is some disagreement among certain churches of our day as to the true aim or objective for sending missionaries to foreign lands.

The famous author, Pearl Buck, who herself was the daughter of a missionary, believed and promoted the idea that the purpose of missions was not to go to foreign lands and change the religious beliefs of the natives of that particular country. Rather, the purpose was to provide good, medical, and humanitarian aid to the people. Her ideas caused a sweeping change in the 1920's and 1930's among many prominent denominations. Was she correct?

To answer that question, let us look at today's passage from Matthew 9. Was Jesus moved with compassion because the people were in need? Was He moved because they were simply hungry or needed physical healing? No! Jesus was moved with compassion because of their lost estate. What He saw was a multitude of people who were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

The religious leaders of the day had so lost focus on what it meant to be followers of God, that they were only teaching them traditions of men--they were not teaching them how to come to God. Jesus, the Chief Shepherd came to give life to His sheep! In His three years of ministry on this earth, He was not just reaching people with the message of salvation. He was also training men to take up the office of shepherds! He was training the future leaders of His true church!

These men would then, as we learn in subsequent books of the New Testament, reach out to the Gentiles as well as the Jews, traveling into the lands of Asia spreading the Gospel of Christ. Were they simply giving humanitarian aid? No! They were teaching the people that the only way to God was through Christ. Christ was not just a good man! He was and is our Savior, who came to this earth for the sole purpose of saving a people for Himself.

Did Christ accomplish that goal? Yes! Even today, the only way for any man, woman, or child to come to God is through the Lord Jesus Christ. His death on the cross was sufficient to save a people for Himself! By claiming the shed blood of Christ as complete payment for our sins, our lives are transformed. Once we were servants of this world, living for our own pleasures. Now, we are servants of the Living God! We are servant of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Gone is the love for the simple pleasures of this earth which are here today and gone tomorrow. Instead, they have been replaced by the joy and peace of Christ. In Him we put our complete trust, for we know that according to Romans 8:28, "All things work together for good, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

That is why we are here, and that is why we send missionaries to foreign lands. We send missionaries to foreign lands with the good news of the Gospel of Christ. For the greatest need of all men, women, and children is not food, healthcare, and humanitarian aid, but it is Christ! Yes, let us reach out to those in other lands with food, healthcare, and humanitarian aid, but let us use these as tools to teach them about their greater need--their need of Christ!

It is important for us to remember that even today, the people of this world are going about as sheep having no shepherd to guide them. How is God using you to fulfill that need? That is a question we must each ask ourselves, and before God, answer! That is why we are here!

God Bless You,
Linda


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Form of Godliness

 14Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
 15And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 
(Matthew 9:14-15, King James Version)

Form of Godliness

Matthew 9 continues with an interesting discussion between Jesus and His disciples. The Pharisees, ever the adversaries of Christ, came with new accusations. "Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?"

In other words, they were saying, "Look how Godly we are--we spend great amounts of time in prayer and fasting. Why do your disciples not fast?" Paul, in his second letter to Timothy wrote,
 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5, King James Version)

Such is an apt description of the Pharisees. They certainly had the appearance of godliness, and were the first to tell everyone, but in their heart of hearts, they were far from the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, they had a form of godliness, but they denied the power of Christ. The admonition from Paul is that we turn away from such arguments, for there are always those enemies of Christ who love nothing better than contention.

In spite of the nature of their reproofs, Jesus responded in defense of His disciples by asking the question, "Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?" In other words, fasting is reserved for the grievous times of life when in great agony of spirit we pour out our concerns to God. Yet, this was not such a time! The Lord Jesus, their Bridegroom, was still with them. Rather than a time of grief, it was a time of great joy.

Things, of course, would change. That time of great grief would come when the Lord would pour out His very life for His people. The disciples, after Christ returned to heaven, spent many hours in prayer and fasting--seeking the wisdom and guidance of God. With great difficulty, they took up the banner of Christ, as the early church struggled for its very survival.

Yet God, was faithful to them, as we see from the results today. By the grace of God, He has kept a faithful remnant even into our 21st century.

What is the great lesson to be learned from this passage? As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must be careful that we do not let the criticism of the world--and even the criticism of fellow believers--keep us from faithfully trusting and serving God. By His grace, let us take up the mantle of service He has bestowed upon us, and faithfully spend our lives for His honor and glory.

We are, in many ways, a sorry lot. Consumed with our own struggles with sin, it is easy to give in to the temptation to put forth a showy, glitzy appearance before the world. However, it is not our great showy declarations that will bring glory to God, but rather those times when, in our own secret prayer closets, we pour out our confessions of sin and prayer for God's help. As we bare our hearts before God, seeking His help, we will bring the most glory to His name.

It is not the face of the world that we must please, but the face of God! May it not be said of us that we have a form of godliness, but deny the very power of God. Our power does not rest in us, or in the actions we perform, but rather, our power rests in Christ alone! He is our King, He is our Savior, He is our strength and our guide, and by His grace and glory we will bring honor and glory to God!

God Bless You,
Linda


Monday, August 26, 2013

Whole or Sick?

 10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
 12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 
(Matthew 9:10-12, King James Version)

Whole or Sick

As Jesus sat at the table to eat at the house of Matthew, the tax collector, with many of Matthew's friends (also tax collectors), the Pharisees were horrified. They asked Jesus' disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?"

Hearing them, Jesus replied, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick." Has anything changed? Here we are in the 21st century and we find that, still, our world is filled with the whole and the sick. The question we must ask is, "Which am I? Am I whole or sick?"

What did Jesus mean by this saying? During Jesus time, the Jewish religious leaders were, by and large, indignant toward Jesus. They, who viewed themselves as whole had no need of a Savior. They were already quite righteous enough--or at least that is the manner in which they viewed themselves. The list of righteous deeds they performed was seemingly endless.

What of the world in which we live? Do people today need a Savior--do they view themselves as sinners? Sadly, in this, the 21st century, the rush is to redefine sin--or to get rid of it completely. After all, we live in the "I'm OK, you're OK" world. What may be wrong for you, may actually be right for me, for everything is relative. When viewing ourselves, we actually like what we see, so where is the need for being saved. Saved from what? How different is that from the attitude of the Pharisees? It is no different at all.

But, what of the publicans and sinners of Jesus' day? These people had no trouble seeing themselves as sinners. Knowing that they fell far short of the perfection of God, Jesus' words were a balm to their soul. Yes, they knew that they were sick, and in need of saving.

So, here we are in the 21st century, still looking for those who understand that they are sick. Truthfully, every man, woman, and child is sick and in need of saving. The words of Christ are just as relevant to us today. As we see our hopeless condition before a holy and righteous God, we see our need of a Savior.

Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a virgin, suffered, died, was buried, and resurrected. Why? So that He might save a people for Himself! The good news today is that all those who are sick, and understand that before God they are actually dead, can go to Christ, for He has paid the debt of their sin. He came to this earth to save a people for Himself. Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns again, that door of salvation is still open, but it will not remain so forever.

So, the real question each of us needs to ask ourselves is this: are we whole or sick?

Come to Christ today, while His arms are open to His children!

God Bless You,
Linda



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lesson Failed?

 1And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
 2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
 3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
 5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
 7And he arose, and departed to his house.
 8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. 
(Matthew 9:1-8, King James Version)

Lesson Failed?

As we continue with Matthew 9 in our, "Words of Christ" series, Jesus gives us some interesting insight into the purpose of the healing of a man who was sick of the palsy. Was it a lesson failed by those who were present, or did they pass the lesson Jesus was trying to teach to them?

By and large, they all failed! First of all, Jesus began this "healing" by saying to the sick man, "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee." Does this mean that the man was sick because he had sinned? No! Later, in verse 6, Jesus explained, "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins." In other words, Jesus used this occasion of the healing of the man sick with palsy to demonstrate to those present that He was not just a man, like them, but He was the God Man who, indeed, had the power to forgive sins! In other words, Jesus was not just healing the physical infirmities of this man, but, rather, He was also healing the far greater spiritual infirmities of this man as well!

Did the scribes who witnessed this event understand what Jesus was saying? Yes! Did it change their attitudes toward Him? No! How do we know this? In verse 4, Jesus said, "Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" Jesus was demonstrating His power, as the Son of God, to understand their thoughts. Though they said nothing, he knew the evil that existed in their hearts.

Did the multitudes understand what Jesus was saying and doing? No! Verse 8 says, "But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men." What is wrong with that statement? They were amazed that God had given such power to a mere man, but Jesus was not just a mere man. Many of these hopefully came to a greater understanding of Jesus later, realizing that He was not just a man, but was their true Messiah, the Son of God.

What of us today in this the 21st century? As we read verses such as these from the book of Matthew, how do we respond? Who is this Christ to us? Do we view Him as a great prophet who did great things and then died as do all men, or do we view Him as Jesus, the Son of God, and the Son of Man who died, was buried, and later resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of God, interceding for His children? Do we understand that the Bible has recorded these events so that we, too, might come to know Jesus as our own personal Lord and Savior?

Do we also catch the nuances from this passage and understand that, even today, Jesus, the Son of God sees and knows us: our thoughts, our words, and our deeds? Just as He knew the thoughts of the scribes, so He knows what is in our heart of hearts. As professing Christians, Jesus knows us as no mere man can!

May we seek to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God, and pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ. It matters little what others think of us, but what God thinks of us is critical! He makes no mistakes, for He knows our hearts even better than we ourselves do! We can even convince ourselves that we are a good and just person, but God sees the bare truth!

What are we to do? Salvation is through none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing our own inability to save ourselves, or to live a life truly pleasing to God, we must cast ourselves upon the Lord Jesus. He, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will not only lift us up, and save us, but He will give us the ability to live a life that is pleasing to Him. It is good if we understand that, like this man who was sick with palsy, we cannot heal ourselves. But, also, like this man who was sick, Jesus can forgive our sins, so that we can come before God through the righteous blood of Christ.

So, my question today is this: how do we stand before the Lord in this passage from Matthew 9? Is it a lesson failed, or is it a lesson passed--passed through faith in Christ.

Go to Christ today. Seek His power and grace to give you the strength to live this day in a manner which is pleasing to Him!

God Bless You,
Linda


Friday, August 16, 2013

Be Clean!

 1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
 2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
 3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
 4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 
(Matthew 8:1-4, King James Version)

Be Clean!

Our Bible passage today from Matthew 8 is a sterling example of the power manifested in the words of Christ. As Jesus was coming down from the mountain, a leper came to Him saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." How did Jesus respond?
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean.
We are told that immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Because we are so ingrained in our surroundings, it is hard for us to fathom what actually happened. We tend to focus on what we can see around us, and what we can scientifically understand. We simply do not have the ability to understand the great power in Jesus words: "Be clean." He spoke and the leper was totally cleansed.

We should not really be surprised. After all, this is Jesus, our Creator God. From Genesis 1, we learn that He spoke: "Let there be light," and there was light. Just His simple words made the dry land appear, the plants spring forth, the sun appear in the sky, the birds and fish appear on the land and sea, and the animals appear in all their diversity. How can that be? This is the God we serve, and this is the same God who came as the God Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, to save a people for Himself.

It is true that we are dull of mind, and slow to understand the great truths of God's Word. We live as children of God with weak faith and poor sight that often does not envision the great things God can and will do on our behalf. We live as though what we see before us is all that exists.

Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that this is not true. There is more than what our eyes can see or than what our ears can hear. We know that there is a heavenly host surrounding us, working on our behalf. We also know that Satan and his minions are also there, circumventing our every move. Yet this Jesus, who said, "Be clean!" is our Savior, our protector, our helper, and our advocate. Though all of the forces of evil may seem to oppose us, we are never removed from our precious Lord and Savior.

Let us, then, take up the mantle that God has given to us, and go forth boldly, for He that is on our side is more powerful than all of the forces of evil. Let us live this day for the honor and glory of God, proclaiming His grace and mercy, not only by our words, but through our actions as well.

Let us remember that nothing we face, whether great blessings or great tragedies have come to us apart from the will of God. Though He does not always prevent evil from falling upon us, He never leaves us to fend for ourselves. Satan may throw his fiery darts upon us, but through Christ, our shield of faith will deflect those arrows. Let us not grieve when the days are difficult, but, rather, let us lift up our eyes to heaven and rejoice that God is showing us His power manifested through the very trials we face.

As we are reminded by the words of Paul,
 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, King James Version)
Go, today, and may the power of Christ rest upon you!

God Bless You,
Linda





Friday, May 31, 2013

Short Vacation!


Just to let everyone know - I will be gone on a short vacation, but will plan to be back with a new devotion on Thursday, June 6th, the Lord willing!

Please feel free to browse the archives or visit my site: Devotional-Reflections-from-the-Bible.com

Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words!

God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Praise God!



1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
 2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
 3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
 4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
 5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
 6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 150, King James Version)

Praise God!

Today we complete an in-depth series of devotions on the Psalms called, "First Love," which we began on November 10, 2010. For two and a  half years we have been immersed in the Psalms, and what an incredible journey it has been. It is fitting that the Psalms end with this glorious Psalm of praise, calling us to praise God in everything we do and say.

We are to praise God when we are in His house of worship, praise Him as we behold His power in all of creation, praise Him for the mighty acts He has done on our behalf, and praise Him for His greatness. We are called to praise Him with musical instruments, with the timbrel and dance, and even on the loud cymbals. Then, not only mankind, but everything that has breath is called to praise the Lord!

It is fitting that we acknowledge our great God and Creator in everything we think, do, and say, for what is there in life that is ours apart from Christ? Apart from Christ we are lost and condemned, but with Him we have an eternal hope that affects every area of our life here on this earth as well as our life in eternity.

What is of more importance? Nothing! Nothing compares to the state of our souls, for everything that we accomplish on this earth is nothing if we are lost. Only in Christ do we reap eternal rewards.

Just think of the many famous people whom we revere. Think of the many people who shaped the birth of our countries--the very lives we live today are a result of what they began. Yet, what is that to them if they never knew the Lord. They may be great heroes in our history books, but if they are not with Christ, they are certainly not "eternal" heroes.

Think, again, of those who have lived and died of whom we know nothing. What of the poor, the ordinary, the common people whose names will never appear in a history book? If they were believers in Christ, they are now rejoicing at the feet of Jesus. Truly, they are the only true heroes!

As we go about doing the things that occupy us from day to day, let us truly praise God, for He, alone, has done great and wondrous things. Apart from Him, we are nothing, but with Him we have and are everything!

Go, then, in the strength and power of the Lord, and praise God in all you think, do and say!

God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Two-edged Sword


5Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
 6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
 7To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
 8To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
 9To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 149:5-9, King James Version)

Two-edged Sword

As we near the end of our series of devotions, First Love, we come upon a rather interesting section in Psalm 149. We are reminded by the psalmist that the Christian life is a two-fold life, or as the psalmist put it, a two-edged sword.

On the one side we saints of the Lord are encouraged to be joyful--singing aloud upon our beds. And why not? Look at the abundant ways God has blessed us. Beginning with salvation itself, God has bought us, through the blood of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God keeps us by His continual watch care over us all of the days of our lives upon this earth. But our Christian life does not end there, for there is another side to the sword.

Just as God has provided a wondrous salvation to His people, so, too, He executes justice and vengeance upon those who do not love and follow Him. When one considers the great price that Christ paid to purchase salvation for us, though none of us deserve such love, one has to shudder to think of what is coming for those who reject such an amazing offer.

None of us deserves salvation, and left to ourselves, all of us would find a terrible end. No matter how glorious this earth might be, is it worth the pleasures of this world to face an eternity without God? This is not a subject we like to think about, but God has certainly made it very clear in His Word. The end for those who reject Christ is a terrible end, indeed!

Yet, even the judgment of God brings glory to Him. Salvation is a gift--a gift that no one is able to earn, but the rejection of that gift brings eternal consequences. Even in our court systems of this world, we understand the concept that punishing criminals is a way of providing justice for the victims. God would not be righteous if wickedness remained unpunished.

As believers, let us remember that two-edged sword as we seek to bring glory to God by living faithfully for Him. Let us remember that what He commands is not optional, but by His grace, should become our rule for life. It is true that we will never be apart from sin while still in this world, and that is a great grief to us. However, when we come before Christ with a repentant heart, He is always ready to forgive.

It is truly more than we can comprehend, and certainly more than we deserve. Let us praise, honor, and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ who is never without His two-edged sword!

God Bless You,
Linda