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 Devotional – May 22, 2021

Grow Your Patience!

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

I once attended a church in Virginia Beach, Virginia who was trying to increase their attendance by putting basketball goals all around the inside of the church. The preacher wore a referee’s uniform and used basketball lingo in his sermon. The church thought if they used the things of the world to attract the children of the neighborhood to their service, they could grow their attendance. What they forgot is that God gives the increase, not the world. When I visited the church in 1997 their attendance was about 75. When I left Virginia Beach about 10 years later, the church had disbanded, and the world had built apartments where the church building once stood. The apartment buildings were filled.

This church had a young pastor who was just out of the Seminary. He had been taught to fill the church with children’s programs and the church would grow. This young pastor forgot two things:

  1. Children of today have not been raised in a Church environment and are more interested in the things of the world. They had rather go to the beach than to church.
  2. When children go away to college, only an exceedingly small percentage of them return to their hometown. Most of them secure jobs in larger cities.

Children are not the ones who fund a church, they are not the ones who teach the church, they are not the ones who lead the church. Their parents are the ones the church should have tried to attract, and you can’t do that with basketball. To attract adults, you must use logic, truth, and intelligence.

The Seminaries should be run by Preachers, not educators. The only curriculum used in the Seminaries should be the bible. God has included the complete plan to increasing a church in His word.

There was another church in a small town in California who had 17 members and wanted to grow. They were faithful to God and prayed to him for guidance. The guidance God gave them was to build another church in another town, a satellite church. The guidance scared them a bit, but they trusted God. When the second church was completed, they saw their attendance had grown. The Lord led them to start yet another church and again their own attendance grew more.

By trusting God and having the patience to wait on him and do what He asked instead of depending on the world, this little church of 17 not only has several satellite churches but this little church has an average attendance of 3000 on Sunday morning.

Growing patience is not about the world. There is no pill, no fertilizer, no treatment that the world can give that will help a person grow patience.

God, on the other hand, has been helping people grow patient since the beginning of time. All you need to do is believe in Jesus Christ and give your life to Him. You see patience is not something you grow after all. Patience is a gift from God. Only God can help you grow in Patience. You will find that no one who is of the world has the patience to grow.

Just trust God and the patience will come. As this little church found out, it’s not the world that grows a church, it is trust in God and the patience that God gives that grows churches and people.