Jottings – The Future: Friend or Foe?

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Commenting on Isaiah 35:

 

The future is your friend when Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.

 

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Comforted (Isaiah), “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 89.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Devotional – The Clouds are the Dust of His Feet

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“The Clouds are the dust of his feet” Nahum 1:3 ESV

On a recent afternoon I was overwhelmed with awe as I gazed up at the summer sky. Large, puffy clouds stretched across the expansive sky– seemly forever. Brilliant white clouds juxtaposed against a deep blue sky. It was grand. It was majestic. It was overwhelming. The beautiful vista defies description.

While looking at the clouds Nahum 1:3 came to mind, “the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

Wow. God is far greater in majesty than any cloud that has ever drifted across a summer sky. God’s grandeur far exceeds the grandeur of any cloud the human eye has ever seen. God is so much bigger than the clouds that, in comparison, even the largest clouds are smaller than even the smallest particle of dust. He is far more beautiful to behold than the sum total of all clouds human eyes have witnessed.

God is so beautiful, so great, so grand, so big, all clouds pale in comparison. All clouds are as insignificant as dust.

Today we gather together to collectively worship the one and only true God– the creator of heaven and Earth. May we be filled with awe of Him. May our thoughts be only of Him. May our worship, adoration, and praise be wholly focused on Him. May we wash away any thoughts that are not of Him, as we would wash our feet clean of the dirt of this world.

To God be the Glory!

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Editorial note: Originally published July 5, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Got Satisfaction?

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For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. Psalm 107:9 ESV

The December 9, 2004 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine published a listing of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” as compiled by leading music industry insiders and experts.

The #2 song of all time? ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Wow! What an admission… what a commentary regarding the world we live in… it offers NO satisfaction. Many years after its release Mick Jagger confessed the song was his “view of the world” and expressed his “frustration with everything.” (source) Truly this world has nothing of enduring value to offer your hungry soul.

Can’t get no satisfaction? Then stop looking in this world! Look to God alone, for only He can satisfy your longing soul.

Satisfied with Thee, Lord Jesus, I am blest;
Peace which passeth understanding, On Thy breast;
No more doubting, no more trembling,
Oh, what rest! Oh, what rest!

Taken up with Thee, Lord Jesus, I would be;
Finding joy and satisfaction All in Thee;
Thou the nearest and the dearest
Unto me, unto me.

Henry Bennett

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Editorial note: Originally published June 23, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – God is Fully Trustworthy

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yet I will not make a full end. Jeremiah 4:27 ESV

but make not a full end. Jeremiah 5:10 ESV

I will not make a full end of you Jeremiah 5:18 ESV

but of you I will not make a full end. Jeremiah 30:11 ESV

but of you I will not make a full end. Jeremiah 46:28 ESV

Looking for evidence that the Bible is true? Look to the Jew!

Some two thousand six hundred years ago God, through the prophet Jeremiah, told the Jewish people His judgment was about to be poured out on them. The Babylonians would overrun the Jewish nation and destroy the city of Jerusalem, including the temple. Many would die and most of the survivors would be taken captive and exiled to Babylon.

God also made a stunning promise: despite being brought to the brink of total annihilation, He would not make a full end of the Jews.

Fast forward 2,600 years: the Jews are still a clearly identifiable people! God has kept His promise– His word is fully trustworthy!

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Editorial note: Originally published June 17, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Encourage One Another

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Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 ESV

What words? “…the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ESV.

We can encourage one another (and ourselves) by remembering we, as the Lord’s people, have a glorious future! Today, there is much to be discouraged about, but faith grabs hold of the promises of God. And, what better promise could there be than “we will always be with the Lord?”

Family, health, and financial problems are very real and very discouraging. But remember, in Jesus Christ you have the promises of God to cling to and a wonderful future to anticipate: we will always be with the Lord!

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Editorial note: Originally published June 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Only One Life Twill Soon Be Past

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Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14 ESV

Earlier this week a horrific passenger train accident in Philadelphia, PA resulted in 8 fatalities and over 200 injuries.  As I saw pictures of the tragic accident and heard traumatized survivors describe their nightmarish experience, a flood of emotions overwhelmed me.   Anger– how could such an accident happen?  Sorrow for those who were injured.  Revulsion at the sight of grotesque injuries. Compassion for those who lost loved ones and prayers for all of those affected.

Tragedies like this are a stark reminder of the brevity of life.  One moment you’re comfortably riding a train sipping hot coffee– the next moment– before your coffee’s steam has even dissipated–  you find yourself having passed from this life into eternity.

Tragedies like these should serve as a reminder to redeem the time we have been given and make productive use of every minute for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

C. T. Studd

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Editorial note: Originally published May 15, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Jottings – Let Us All Seek to Get Nearer to Christ

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O brethren, let us all seek to get nearer to Christ. Let us all take the eagle’s motto, ‘Superior.’ Higher, higher, higher; soar yet beyond. Let us seek to attain what we have not as yet known; and as for the things which remain, let us hold them fast that no man take our crown. ‘Whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.’ Let us not decline from our first love, but rather, ‘not as though we had already attained, either were already perfect,’ let us forget the things which are behind, and press forward to that which is before, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. The Lord bless his church richly…and make us all to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Backsliding Healed,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 16. Originally preached on March 13, 1870. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1870), 156.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Devotional – The God of the Impossible

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 ESV

Immediately after waking up this morning I was quickly engulfed by a dreadful torrent of fear. My heart started pounding… I even began to sweat as my mind raced though all of the items on my agenda.  “This is impossible,” I thought, “How can I ever face the day ahead of me!”

Amazing!  I was already defeated.  I had only been awake for a few minutes—I was still in bed!—and I wanted to give up.

Is this how God wants us to live?  Paralyzed by our own feelings of inadequacy and fear? Of course not!

God’s earnest desire for us is to abound in hope, fill us with all joy and give us His peace that surpasses all understanding!

How?  How can I possibly know hope, joy, and peace despite the seemingly insurmountable problems I face?  By believing!  By believing in the long promised Messiah—The Lord Jesus Christ.

Why was I filled with a paralyzing fear this morning?  Because I was looking at my problems!  I was looking at myself.  I had taken my eyes off of Jesus Christ and I began to sink in to a quagmire of self-pity and fear.

Lord, help me to keep my focus on you, to rely on you and to fill me with all hope, joy and peace that comes from believing in you.

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Editorial note: Originally published March 2, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Be Anxious For Nothing Josh Byers Poster

 

Credit: Josh Byers. Original available here.

 

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Devotional – Peace in Times of Turmoil

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“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?  Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 23:23-24

There is nowhere you can go where God is not.  There is nowhere you can go where God cannot see you.  There is nowhere you can go where God cannot hear you.

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the truth of God’s all-presence brings inner peace in times of turmoil, confidence in the face of opposition, and strength in times of weakness.

Today you can face all of the difficulties of life knowing that He is right there with you. You can be comforted to know that He hears your prayers.

Father, You are omnipresent. There is nowhere I can go where you are not.  May I rest fully in the peace, confidence and strength that only your presence can bring.

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Editorial note: Originally published February 4, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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