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