Weekly Devotional – Let God Be Your Healer!

John 5:5-9 (NKJV)

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

Sandy and I had just moved to Florida, and we found a well-established church and were attending it. One day the pastor and I were discussing the bible and I couldn’t help noticing they were not in any way helping the community. When I asked the pastor why, I was astonished at his answer.

The pastor stated it was not the responsibility of the church to address the physical needs of the congregation or the community. He stated, all the bible tells us to do is take care of the spiritual needs.

I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to be able to find any scripture to back up his statement. To the contrary, Jesus went about healing as a means of developing a report with the people so he could tell them about God and how to get eternal life.

Jesus healed those who needed healing as an example for you and me. If we establish good will and our church body receives a good witness from the lost in the community, you will begin to see an increase in the church.

Do your part as a Christian. Volunteer at the food bank, the library, the hospital, or any other place where people might have a need. Let God use you to heal those who need healing whether physical or spiritual.

Another church we attended was good about trying to heal the people both physically and spiritually. They tried to use the voice of the community to determine the needs of those who didn’t know God.

When I received salvation, it wasn’t because of something the community said, it wasn’t because of something I heard on the news, it wasn’t because of a visit from some missionary from some organization. I received salvation by the grace of God.

I received salvation because I heard the gospel preached and I believed what I heard. The Gospel has nothing to do with politics, community groups or how many people we help or how much money we donate. Salvation is given when the heart is right.

I have seen church organizations that worked hard to get people to come to their church and when they did, they heard the latest opinion on the gay rights or voting rights or something else equally as unimportant to the receiving of salvation.

When these people finally come to the church, it is to hear the truth preached and that is not happening. In fact, some of our congregations believe we should not subject the lost to the truth of the bible until after they are saved.

I think all of us need to study the bible and allow God to lead us and tell us what we need to do, not the latest trends of the community.

Weekly Word Definition – Blasphemy

The Definition for the week is for Blasphemy:

The act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk:

a:  the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.

b:  the act of claiming the attributes of a deity: Merriam – Webster.

In classical Greek this word meant primarily “defamation” or “evil-speaking” in general; “a word of evil omen,” hence, “impious, and irreverent speech against God.”

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Sadly, many people commit blasphemy every day and don’t even know it. We hear these big words used by teachers and preachers in their teachings, but no one ever tells you what they mean. Until recently many people didn’t have access to a bible dictionary and the other dictionaries don’t have a lot to say about words from the bible.

I think everyone has accidentally crossed over this line at one time or another. However, there are some that cross these lines without hesitation.

Just as Christ, what we have is the Holy Spirit.

We don’t have healing powers of our own. We must depend on the healing power from God.

We don’t have the power to raise the dead. What we do have is the Divine Love and Holy nature we need to console the families of the dead. This love and divine knowledge come from God and only to those who study and get to know God.

People who hate God for some reason, people who doubt God’s abilities and especially those who think they know more than God, all these are committing blasphemy every day.

Man was created to be a friend and companion to God. Then man sinned, and God is trying to bring as many as He possibly can back to His good Grace. God is willing to forgive even blasphemy, but you must meet God halfway.

Blasphemy. is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning literally “to speak harm.”  In the biblical context, blasphemy is an attitude of disrespect that finds expression in an act directed against the character of God. Old Testament Blasphemy draws its Christian definition throughHolman Bible Dictionary

On television news you can see the biggest form of blasphemy we could ever commit. There are those who take to the streets and demonstrate against the leaders of our nation. They let things escalate into fights and swearing at each other. They curse God and blame Him for what is going on in the world. Then they go to church and sing praises to God without ever asking for His forgiveness.

Weekly Devotional – The Food Is Better In The Next Valley

Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

There was a man back home in Arkansas who loved his wife very much. Too much I fear. He would find a job with good benefits and proceed to learn the position. The man’s wife would be talking to some of the wives and learn about a job that would pay more. The wife would nag at her husband until he would change jobs again.

Soon the word got around about the man not remaining with a company very long and soon the job market shrank so much, it became very hard to find a job. They soon had to move to another city and leave all their friends. Not long after arriving in the new city, the wife hated it so much she left him and went back where they were before.

What would have happened if Adam and Eve had been satisfied with what they had been given and trusted what God had told them? Just how much better off do you think the world would be?

Sometimes Christians of today do the same thing Adam and Eve did. We want to find the perfect denomination. One that will let us do what we want to do without causing us to feel bad about our sins. I’m here to tell you from experience, that denomination does not exist. Oh the preacher might tell you it is ok to sin. Many of them do so you will put more money in the plate, but they are particular about what type of sin you commit. Each one of them are different on that subject.

What we must learn as Christians is that the original sin was not committed because Adam and Eve listened to satan and were deceived, the original sin was committed because they didn’t listen to what God told them.

The same thing is happening to Christians today. We go to church and listen to the preacher, and he tells us about Romans 3:23, but never tells us about verses 24-26. The Sunday School Teachers are quick to avoid telling us about 1 Thessalonians 2:4 or 2 Timothy 2:15. They want us to listen to them, not ask questions, not study to see what God has to say. They don’t want us to use any bible that doesn’t use an antiquated language. They want us to continue to sin and need forgiveness every day, because in their minds, that gives them job security.

Find a church where God is present when you walk in. You will be able to feel His Soothing Spirit. The Pastor and the teachers tell you to study and show yourself approved to God. Then listen to God, do as He tells you to do. Let God use you to do His work in the church, in the community, but most of all in your family. If you listen to God and follow His commands, you will be better off than Adam and Eve, you won’t sin. Let God feed you the food you need through His word!!!

Weekly Word Definition – Blessed

Blessed:

Made holy; consecrated

a:  held in reverence:  venerated the blessed saints

b:  honored in worship:  hallowed the blessed Trinity

c:  beatific a blessed visitation

            Merriam-Webster

BLESSED

bles’-ed (barukh):

Where God is referred to, this word has the sense of “praise,” as in 1 Samuel 25:32, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel.” But where man is in mind it is used in the sense of “happy” or “favored,” and most frequently so in the Psalms and the Gospels, as for example, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked” (Psalms 1:1); “Blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:42); “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3). “Bible Study Tools Online”

There are many learned bible scholars that say the word blessed simply means “happy.”   These people have me seriously challenging their walk with God. These same scholars probably also tell the people in their congregation to choose one of the Beatitudes to live by as Christians, I have heard that more than one time.

The Beatitudes are a list of standards that all Christians must live by. Not just one of them, all of them.

The best definition of “Blessed” that I have ever read comes from the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422, U.S.A.

Blessed: Makarios

One is pronounced “blessed” when God is present and involved in their life. The hand of God is present and directing all their affairs for a divine purpose, and thus, in a sense, such a person lives Coram Deo; before the face of God. Blessedness is sharing in the life of God (2 Peter 1:4), being favorably affected and influenced by God. This involves, among other things, participating in the Kingdom (Luke 6:20; 12:37) recompense (Luke 14:14), forgiveness (Romans 4:7-8; Matthew 6:14-15), freedom of conscience (Romans 14:22), the Second Coming (Titus 2:13) and the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 4:14). among other things.

The point is that “happiness” is the result of being “Blessed”, not the definition. By having God, the Holy Spirit, living in us and directing us, we are sanctified by God and share in His very being, as He shares in ours.

Those who choose to continue to sin will not see God, muchless be a part of Him.

Weekly Devotional – Faith In Christ

Colossians 1:1-8 (NKJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,  who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

All true Christians are brothers and sisters in the love and fellowship of Christ. Love and devotion run through every aspect of every character and relationship of the Christian life.

Faith, hope, and love are the three principal graces in the Christian life and help in establishing the basis for prayer and thanksgiving. The more we fix our hopes on the reward in heaven, the freer we shall be to do good with our earthly treasure. It is stored up for us and no enemy can deprive us of it.

The gospel is the word of truth, and we may safely establish the condition of our souls on it. And all who hear the word of the gospel, should bring forth the fruit of the gospel, obey it, and have their principles and lives formed around it.

Worldly love results from the same views of interest or from likeness in manners. This type of love is universally unstable because of its lack of foundation from the beginning.

Carnal love will arise from the lust and desires for pleasure. To these, something corrupt, selfish, and base always exists.

However, Christian love arises from the Holy Spirit and is full of righteousness and holiness. Christian Love is transferred from one person to another through the Holy Spirit. With the help of God through the Holy Spirit that lives “in us” (John 14:17) and we are able to give a love that is 10 times stronger than any other love and is much more stable.

Why are Christians the only ones that receive this love from God? Because they are the only part of religion that believes in Christ as their savior.

The Jews reject Christ all together as if He doesn’t exist. All the cult organizations say that Christ is no more than a prophet. All the Christians live their lives for God through Christ.

To be a Christian we must be “Christ like.” To be like Christ, we must also live like Christ. We must think (1 Cor. 2:16) like Christ, we must (John 15:9-10) love like Christ. We must allow people to see Christ in us (Gal. 2:20) and we must always act (John 15:9-10) like Christ.

Can you say you are a Christian?