Devotional – Recognizing God’s Unconditional Blessings

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May God give you the dew of heaven Genesis 27:28a ESV

Early this morning as I left the house I was careful to avoid stepping on the grass as I walked to my car. The grass was wet with the morning dew. Walking on wet grass would destroy my shoes and possibly stain the cuffs of my pants.

In biblical times the morning dew was a blessing– not a minor inconvenience. Every morning the dew would bring a refreshing break from the harsh conditions of an arid environment.

While it took much work to retrieve water from a well, the dew would arrive each morning without any effort. It was a blessing of God. An unconditional blessing that fell on the just and the unjust.

So each morning when you see the dew sparkling in the light of the rising sun remember the unconditional blessings of God you have received from Him.

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Editorial note: Originally published August 28, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – When God Asks You Questions

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Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Job 38:4a ESV

No doubt Job had questions he wanted God to answer. Many questions. Many legitimate questions. Who could blame him? I’m sure I would have some questions for God if I lost all of my earthly possessions, my family and my health like Job did.

But God never answers Job’s questions. Instead, God has a lengthy list of questions for Job! Job 38-41. Dozens of questions– none of which Job couldn’t possibly give an adequate answer for.

What about Job’s questions for God? Certainly God could answer his questions! But in His wisdom and sovereignty God chose not to. God never even revealed to Job the reasons why no answers were given.

Maybe you have questions — legitimate questions concerning difficult, real-life issues you’re facing– questions God has chosen not to give you an answer for. Questions that keep you awake at night: why do I have cancer? why am I in debt? Why did my mother die? Such unanswered questions are difficult to live with, but remember God has chosen to withhold the answers. It’s not that God can’t answer your questions. Rather, He chooses not to for reasons only He knows.

In the end (Job 42:5,6), Job saw God, recognized his own sinfulness and repented in dust and ashes! Amazing! Job received something far greater than answers… Job received God!

Today, God is offering you something far greater than answers. God is offering to you Himself. Will you repent and receive Him?

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Editorial note: Originally published August 22, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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1 Corinthians 7:17-24 — Remaining With God As You Were Called


 

 

But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 KJV

 

Many people were saved when in difficult circumstances. What should they do? Try and change what seemed impossible to change?

Paul explains a principle that will help as new believers face these difficulties.

 

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Jottings – More Difficult to Master Than a Foreign Language

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Commenting on Ezekiel 3:4-11 ~

 

Strange languages are more easily mastered than the spiritual hindrance of unbelieving hearts.

 

Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 27. Print.

 

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Devotional – 200 Million Reasons to Believe

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“The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand.” Revelation 9:16a ESV

2 x 10,000 x 10,000 = 200 Million. A 200 million man army?! For centuries it was virtually impossible to envision that a prophesy of an army 200 million strong could ever be fulfilled literally.

It would be silly to think such an army was possible. It would be silly to read this verse literally. It would be silly not to spiritualize this verse and think it means something other than what it clearly says!

Actually it’s never silly to believe what God clearly says. While such an army seemed impossible in the past, such an army isn’t all too difficult to envision today. With a population of 1.4 billion China could field such an army. With 1.28 billion it is also conceivable India could field an army 200 million strong.

Hebrews reminds us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 KJV.

When prior generations read Revelation 9:16 it required faith to believe what God said. Why? because there was no evidence such an army was even possible! One had to have faith to believe it! Today a simple Google search quickly reveals how plausible a 200 million man army is.

Are you struggling to believe certain portions of God’s Word? Are you struggling to believe what God says in His book? If so, it is necessary to have faith. Faith that God always speaks the truth… even when there is no visible evidence of that truth. For without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

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Credit:
Population statistics http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/ Accessed August 15, 2015.

Editorial note:
Originally published August 16, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Found Online: Rare Video of Harry Ironside Preaching

 

 

Source link: https://archive.org/details/ChargeThatToMyAccountHAIronside

 

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Jottings – One Thing All True Prophets Have Never Done

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Commenting on Ezekiel 3:1-3 ~

 

No true prophet ever chose his own message.

 

Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 27. Print.

 

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1 Corinthians 7:10-16 — Staying Together or Separating


 

 

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 KJV

 

This section of First Corinthians 7:10-16 KJV addresses two scenarios:

1. Whether Christian couples should separate when they have marital problems.
2. Whether a couple, one of whom gets saved after they get married, are obligated to stay together if their life becomes unbearable.

God’s desire is that marriages should be harmonious and that couples should enjoy the pleasures of marriage in every respect. If they don’t there is a way forward.

May the Lord help you if you are facing these issues.

 

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This is the 38th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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Devotional – The Pathway of Integrity

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Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. Proverbs 28:6 ESV

Not all who are rich are dishonest.
Not all who are poor walk in integrity.
However, all who walk with integrity possess something far better than silver or gold.

While there is nothing wrong with wealth per se, the desire to gain and retain wealth has lead many to compromise their integrity.

Our desire to maintain our integrity should always trump our desire to be rich. We must be vigilant. We must be on guard, because the temptation to compromise will come. When it does will you stand the test? Or will you succumb to the temptation to sacrifice your principles to the idol of materialism?

Integrity means nothing until it costs something. Are you willing to forego the riches of this world if the pathway to those riches is crooked? “By faith Moses… considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24,26 ESV.

Integrity ‘cost’ Moses the treasures of Egypt.

What ‘cost’ are you willing to pay to walk the pathway of integrity?

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Editorial note: Originally published August 10, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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