Weekly Devotional – June 5, 2021

Honor Your Mother and Father

Mark 10:19 (NKJV)

You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ “

The man Jesus was talking to here came running down the road where Jesus walked and knelt down before Jesus. This was a rich young man who (in the eyes of those around him) was living a life of luxury. The young man had heard Jesus as He taught, and the young man wanted to inherit eternal life.

Many people would be skeptical about what the young man thought eternal life was. Jesus didn’t care what the young man’s motives were, so Jesus began to explain.

Jesus’ first statement was “You Know the Commandments.” Then Jesus began telling the young man what he couldn’t do. Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud. These are the things Jesus told the young man he couldn’t do. But Jesus also told the young man one thing that he must do.

Did you know that not honoring your father and mother could keep you from going to Heaven? In fact, there is more. Look at Mark 7:10. Now think back at all those times you were mad at your father or mother because they would not let you do what you wanted to do.

Why should there be such a discussion concerning my opinion of my father and mother? The idea of God looking at my treatment of my father and mother is daunting.

Your father and mother are your first line of authority in your life. How you treat their authority is an example of how you will treat all future authority. If you disobey their authority, then you will be reluctant to obey all other authority.

If you won’t listen to your parents, all others can expect the same. You may listen to them and obey them, but they will always be waiting for you to disobey.

Paul further explains the difference in this statement as a commandment. Paul tells us that it is the first commandment with promise. All the other commandments Jesus quoted were negative statements. “Honor Your Father and Mother is a positive statement. Positive statements give hope and promise to the world.

God has given the world a way to gain His favor.

If you have always honored your parents, you are certainly on the right road to eternity. However, if you are at odds with your parents, there is still time to make amends so there is hope for you after all. Provided you don’t wait.

For He Dwells with You and Will Be in You

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

John 14:15-17 (NKJV)

Please forgive me, I would like to break this verse of scripture down to get the true meaning and unfortunately just how dumb I can be sometimes.

The first statement that Jesus makes here is, “If You Love Me.”

There are some that advocate that you begin to “Love” Christ the moment you turn your life over to Him. I will stipulate that this is possible, it is also very unlikely. The feelings we have for Christ at that moment is “faith.”

I was one of the people that was extremely fortunate and had a person who was a good disciple. He was good at explaining the things that had been taught in the wrong context and showing how to replace them.

By using Hebrews 11:6 he was able to teach me the difference between love and faith in God’s eyes.

After we demonstrate our “faith” and accept Christ as our Savior, then we are on the correct road to salvation. As we study God’s word and get to know God, our love for God and Christ begins to grow.

When we learn to love God and apply that knowledge, then we must complete our works. God’s love comes at a price. Christ said we must “Keep My Commands.”

When we apply the knowledge we have learned and demonstrate that we can keep the commands and choose to not sin, it is at that point we become Christians. At that point Christ said “he” would pray to the Father and ask for Him to give us another helper.

You would be amazed at how many teachers and preachers I have heard teaching the Christ was living in us, this verse of scripture says different and so does John 14:3. In this verse of scripture, Christ says he has gone to prepare a place for us. We will need this place when Christ comes again to claim us and take us with him. That is God’s Love Supreme.

There are many that will tell you that you receive the Helper (Holy Spirit) the moment you are saved. Not according to the bible. We must first learn God’s word enough to learn to love God and keep His commands daily. If you are following the commands all day, there won’t be time for sin.

When I was saved, I wanted everyone to see the difference in me, but that was not possible. They wanted to see the change last in me.

Remember, the world can’t see God’s love and grace. They can’t respond to the Holy Spirit because they can’t see that He is present. Christianity is a way of life that we must live daily. The results of living a Christian Life are what the world can see in you.

The One Who Loves Me will be Loved by My Father

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

John 14:21 (NIV2011)

Do you own a bible? If you do, then you have the commands of God and Christ. They are all written in the bible.

Are you automatically responsible for the commands, just because they are in the bible? No! You are responsible for the commands only after you have repented of your sin and have accepted Christ as your savior.

When a person repents of their sin, that sin is lifted and room is made for the salvation of Jesus Christ, the new convert is given a gift bible by the church. This action represents two different parts of that person’s salvation.

  1. The church has just fulfilled the first part of this verse of scripture and they have helped the person being converted get and hopefully keep the first part of the scripture represented here. The church gave them the commands of God.
  2. Which of the commands are we, as Christians, responsible for? We are responsible for every command given by God from the 10 commandments given on Mt. Sinai to the birth of Jesus.
  3. Although Christ never gave many commands for us to follow, He did give a few. The commands given by Christ are just as important as those given by God. We are responsible for both.

Just because we have the commands in the bible doesn’t mean that we know them enough to follow them. This is where the work comes in. Now we must study that bible to find out what those commands are and how they apply to us.

Most of the good churches will assign someone to disciple the new convert to teach them “how” to study the bible. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. Once the disciple releases the new convert, they are on their own.

The study given by the disciple, in no way prepares the convert to be a Christian. That preparation takes a lifetime.

God’s first command (Exodus 20:1) states that we shall have no other God’s before Him. That is not a command that can only be done on Sunday morning. To honor that command, you must make sure (on a daily basis) that you have not allowed any other thing, including money, to come before God.

That new position you were offered in the firm will come with a big promotion, a raise in salary, and more responsibility. If you accept a new position that keeps you from going to church, then you have broken the command and the love God has been giving you is in vain.

You have allowed money, pride, and self-conceit to come before God. That breaks the command, and you can’t allow that to happen.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:12 (NKJV)

Christ said we must love one another. We must do this every minute of every day. If something happens to make us angry at someone, we must stop, forgive that person of whatever they did and love them. Notice that forgiveness comes first. Unforgiveness can block love and keep it from getting to the person it is directed toward.

If we follow the commands of God and Christ daily, then it makes being a Christian easy.

The most satisfying compliment I have ever gotten was when a man looked at me and said, “I see Christ in you.”

People are supposed to see Christ in you. Why? Because you, as a Christian, have the Holy Spirit in you (John 14:17).

Remember, Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a way of life. You must walk beside God all day every day.

And I Will Pray the Father

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever

John 14:15-16 (NKJV)

Tom Brewster was in his mid-20’s when he surrendered to God. It happened at a Sunday night service one summer. The pastor immediately assigned someone to disciple Tom and help him on his path to being a good Christian.

There are many who believe that a person who surrenders to God is automatically a self-sufficient Christian and can go out in the community and preach to the multitudes. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

There are also some church congregations that believe a person receives the Holy Spirit when they are saved. The bible proves all this wrong and teaches us a vastly different truth. It is a lot of hard work and spiritual expectation to become a Christian.

When the pastor assigned one of the deacons to tutor Tom about the bible, he made a very profound statement, he said, “Becoming a Christian is not automatic. Becoming a Christian is hard work and patience. It’s not about how much you know about the bible; it is more about how much you show concerning your walk with God.”

Tom was confused. When the pastor saw his confusion, he changed his method of teaching. The pastor looked at Tom and stated, “In versed 15-16, there are 5 statements of things you as a believer must do to achieve just the firs level of belief.”

The pastor then broke down the verses in this manner.

  1. If you love me:  What does it mean to love Crist? To love Christ is to have the same love He had for us. We must remember that Christ loved us so much; He was willing to be hanged on a cross because he loved us. That type of love must be returned in kind.
  2. Keep My Commandments: God has given us a set of commandments that we must follow. These commandments are for our benefit and are non-negotiable.
  3. And I Will Pray the Father. Christ took it upon Himself to ask the Father to help us. Christ asked for nothing for Himself, He asked for help for the Believers that have turned their lives over to Him. Not physical help, but spiritual help.
  4. And He will give you another helper. Just think about how much God loves us.
    1. He Created us to be our friend
    2. He gave us a physical helper (a wife)
    3. He gave his only son to die for us
    4. Then He gave us another helper (The Holy Spirit our spiritual helper). The Spirit lives in us and is there whenever we need him.
    5. And through all this, He gave us each other to love.

There are many people who promote the idea that God has a magic wand that he uses when we need something. Nothing could not be farther from the truth.

When God gave us the church, it wasn’t to get together each Sunday and sing songs. He gave us a meeting place that we could gather and praise God for loving us enough to give us the opportunity to help each other.

When Christ was feeding the multitudes, He furnished the fish and bread, but it did not rain down from above, it was handed out by the disciples.

When we need it, God will always give us money or physical things through the church. God doesn’t use a magic wand, He uses His disciples

If you want to become a Christian, you must love God with all your heart. You must walk with God, work for God, and give your testimony by the way you live your life.

A Christian is Christ like; therefore, everyone must see Christ in you. AMEN!!

As I Have Loved You

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35 (NKJV)

One Sunday morning not too long ago, a preacher from the mid-west stood up in church one Sunday morning and asked how many loved the lord as much as He had loved them. Over three quarters of the church raised their hands.

The preacher then asked that ten of those who raised their hand come forward and stand in front of the podium. There were many who came forward and the preacher had to select ten of them and asked that the remainder of them be seated.

Suddenly the county sheriff and 5 deputies came into the room and asked the ten people selected to turn around and be cuffed. They refused. They wanted to know what was going on.

The preacher looked at them and stated that one of the members of the church was to be executed the next day and the judge said he would let him go if ten people would die in his place.

One of the church members stood and asked why ten had to die to save just one person. One of the deputies answered, to show that you have 10 Christians in this church. The person standing stated that they were all Christians. They had demonstrated that by coming forward. The preacher re-read the scripture and stated that you only demonstrated that you were a Christian if you were willing to die.

There are a lot of churches that run around calling each other brothers and sisters, but if you told them they had to die for one of them to prove their love, I wonder how many of them would fall short of being a Christian. I have heard several people state; well, you don’t have to be willing to die for someone to be a Christian. Read that scripture again. Jesus loved us enough to die for us on the cross and the scripture states “as I have loved you.”

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

John 15:9-10 (NKJV)

If we aren’t willing to die for one another, we can’t even abide in the love of God. We aren’t even keeping the commands of God. I’m not talking about the Jewish law; I’m talking about the commandments given by God.

Many people have a problem distinguishing between the Jewish Law and the Commandments of God. The difference is simple. The Jewish Law was given for the people to live by; The Commandments of God were given for us to live for.

It is up to each individual to search their own soul and find out whether they love God enough to die for their brother or sister. As Christ stated, that’s how you can tell they are Christians.

To the Lord My God

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.
You Must Be Born Again!

And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.

Daniel 9:4 (NKJV)

Bruce Summers was an ordinary man that tried to do the right thing all the time. One day Bruce bought some property in the city and then he decided to build a house on the property.  When he bought the house, there were some conditions given to him because of where the property was located.

When he went to apply for the permits he needed, there was a problem about the location of the property. Since Bruce was from the country, he did not understand some of the city’s rules and regulations.

Since the land was in the center of the Commercial District, Bruce could not build a single-family home. The building had to be a multi-family dwelling. The best solution would be an apartment building.

Bruce tried to fight the system, but it was no use. In the end he had to sell the property to a company that wanted to build a business complex.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.

John 3:3-8 (NKJV)

There are many people today that try to force their way into Christianity. They find a congregation that will give them a one- or two-week study course and let them join the church. They feel that will make them a Christian. All that makes them is a member of that congregation.

To be born again, you must first get rid of your sinful nature. To do that you must pour out all your sins to God. Remove those sins from your heart and cleanse your heart with prayer. Then you must replace the sin with the truth of God’s word.

Christianity is not some congregation or association you join; those are the things satan wants you to listen to. Christianity is a way of life. This life is attained by following and obeying the life lessons contained in the bible.

Just like Bruce didn’t bother to learn the restrictions of the land he bought, most people don’t study the bible and they never learn the guidelines of being a Christian. We must walk with God and that means walking without sin. We must look like Christ. Christ lived His life without sin.

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.

You Must Be Born Again!!

Love the Lord Your God

“Therefore, you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.

“Therefore, you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.

Deuteronomy 11:1 (NKJV)

Forty-three years ago, my wife and I met at Great Lakes Naval Base near Chicago Illinois. When we met, we were in what they called “A” school. We were both seeing other people at the time, but that only lasted a month or so. When we finally figured out that we were clearly in love, we decided to get married. Believe it or not, she asked me!

My friends, and her friends all told us we were rushing into a marriage that would not last. Our friends all told us the marriage would not last more than 2 years. On our third anniversary, I reminded her that she forgot to get a divorce.

My wife and I both figured out that marriage was something we would have to work at. You cannot just take life as it comes, there is a lot of forgiving each other, a lot of compromise and a lot of fun attached to a marriage.

Most people think love is all you need for a good marriage, but they are wrong. Love takes work, emotion, help from others, but it also takes devotion to each other. The experience of love is what you make of it.

Loving my wife is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. She brings me joy, comfort, frustration, and she lifts me up when I fall.

My wife and I love God and we know He loves us. That does not mean we get a free ride. We still study the bible, that is how you learn God’s will. If we know what God wants us to do each day, then we can accomplish His will and more.

We still pray every day, multiple times. We still volunteer for different things concerning the homeless, the sick and those who just need someone to talk to.

Most of all we try to live the bible every day. We try to keep all God’s commands and we try to return at least a fraction of the love that God gives us on a daily basis.

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Galatians 4:3-7 (NKJV)

My wife and I look at bible study on a personal note. What has God done for me? God listened to me when I repented of my sin. God gave His only begotten son to pay the debt for my sin on the Cross. God gave me his spirit to live in me and guide and help me if I listen to Him. God comforts me through the truth of His word. How much more love could I ask form God.

When my wife I got married they all said it wouldn’t last. When I was saved (28 years ago) People said I could not change. I did with the help of God’s Love.

Are you ready to change?

If You Love Me

Love the world as God loves you and God will bless you. God Bless All.

Keep My Commandments

Exodus 20:6

but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandmentss 20:6 (NKJV)

Exodus 20:6 (NKJV)


When I was growing up, I remember the 10 Commandments were hanging in every church building and every courtroom in the United States. Over the years, people got them removed because they did not want to be reminded of their obligation to God.

God only asks us to do 10 things in honor of Him and He has promised to do hundreds of things for us.

The pledge of the allegiance at one time hung in the classrooms in our schools and we were asked to recite it every day. In my school we also had a prayer over the intercom. However, the people who have come from other countries asked that it be removed because they were still loyal to the country they came from. If they are getting an education in our country, they should at least be respectful and step out of the classroom during the pledge of the allegiance and prayer. Instead, our country bowed down and took away the pledge so they would not be offended. There are still small groups that meet and have prayer and bible study during lunch and recess.

Most of the couples of today, are not married. If they got married, they would have to recite wedding vows that would bind them in ways they do not want to be bound or constricted by anything. Where will all this end? You and I will not see it in our lifetime, but it will come. The parameters for a wedding were set in the book of Genesis. That parameter should never be breached.

We promise our children that we will do our best to feed and clothe them, to send them to the schools that will provide them the education they need to live in the world today. Isn’t that the same thing God promised the Children of Israel, isn’t that the same thing Christ promised the Christians of today.

We, as parents, expect our children to respect us by doing what we ask of them. As parents, we set ground rules that we expect to be followed by our children. We expect our children to love us enough to follow those rules.

Isn’t that what God was saying. If we expect our children to follow our rules to get our love, what makes us think that not following the Commandments of God are any different than what we expect of our children. Remember, we are adopted children of God. Jesus Christ is our brother and we are adopted children of God.


For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15 (NKJV)


 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

John 15:9-10 (NKJV)

As Christians, we are not bound by the Levitical law in the Old Testament, however, we are bound by the 10 commandments. Why? Because they are the law. Let me explain.

The Jewish law contained in the book of Leviticus is a specific and detailed set of laws that must be followed, or the person will be punished by the people. However, these laws are based, on the Ten Commandments, but they are not the same. As Christians, we are not responsible for the Levitical law, However, we are responsible for the many commandments given by God and Christ. These Commandments are located throughout the Old and New testaments.

How do the Ten Commandments relate to the Constitution of the United States? Just as the Jewish Law was based on the Commandments, the Constitution contains the same rules as the Commands in the bible. We are a Christian Nation; however, we will allow other beliefs to worship in our nation.

There are many people that think we should not allow others to worship their god. According to John 3:16, God loves everyone in the world. If God loves them it is our responsibility to love them too.

If we can, in some way, get along as nations; then we could possibly have a better world. We can’t wait for the other countries to conform to us, we must be the first to introduce them to our God.

What we must do as individuals is dedicate all our lives to the service of God. I don’t mean everyone should be ministers, what we must do is study our bibles daily, talk to our children about God and let them study and be ready when Christ knocks on our heart’s door.

What we must remember that although we are friends with people who have religions to worship, Christianity is not a religion it is a way of life. We must study the bible and find the commands that we must follow.

If the people of our nation would welcome the Love that God gives us through his commands; we would be able to welcome loving each other. Once we become God’s Children, God will bless our nation, and using God’s love we can help the nations of the world.

Go to your bible bookstore and they can get you a copy of the Ten Commandments to hang on your wall to remind you daily of God’s Love for you. Then it is up to you to spread God’s word by talking to neighbors, family, and strangers about your God and How much He loves you.

If you go online, you can probably find a copy of the pledge of the allegiance to memorize.

With all the unrest we have in the world today and in our country as well, we need to love each other even more. If we can dedicate ourselves to God full time, we will also be more attuned to the solutions for dealing with the world.

Love the world as God loves you and God will bless you. God Bless All.