Devotional – Five Simple Words

In the beginning, God created Genesis 1:1 ESV

Five very simple words– yet indescribably profound.  Five very simple words that clearly answers today’s most hotly debated questions:  Is there a God? Where did the universe come from? Where did I come from?  Five very simple words that sets the foundation for all truth.  If you can believe these five simple words you can believe all of the other words in the Bible that follow.  If you believe these five simple words it will radically change your life, for it is these five simple words that introduces you to the all powerful creator God.

Really?  Believing something so simple as these five words can radically change a person’s life?  Yes! Jesus Christ said: “if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.”

Yes! Faith as tiny as a mustard seed moves mountains… faith as tiny as a mustard seed will even move the mountain of your life.  Faith in these five simple words introduces you to the all powerful, eternal creator God.  The only God– the creator and sustainer of all things– who profoundly loves you and desires a personal relationship with you. Do you believe these five simple words? If not, believe them today and meet the God of the universe!

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Editorial note: Originally published October 9, 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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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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Devotional – Are You In God’s Hall of Faith?

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By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God. Hebrews 11:3 ESV

Hebrews 11 is God’s Hall of Faith… the names of Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, David and many others who lived triumphant lives of faith are there.

Did you know you are also listed in God’s great Hall of Faith?
You are… if by faith you ‘understand that the universe was created by the word of God.’

Today, the world’s elite scoff at the idea of a creator God. Our high schools and universities furiously reject any notion of the Lord creating the heavens and the earth.

Have you ever been laughed at or ridiculed for your faith in the Creator of the universe? Take heart for you are not alone! Hebrews 11 goes on to tell of “others” who “suffered mocking… and… were… afflicted, mistreated.”

God did not overlook their faith… He will not overlook your faith either!

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Editorial note: Originally published May 21, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Jottings – The One Who Doubts is a Double Minded Man Unstable in All His Ways

“James“


Commenting on James 1:5-8 ~

 

Changeableness is an evidence of an unsubdued will and generally, too, of an inflated ego, which leads one to be occupied unduly with the importance of his own affairs.



 
H. A. Ironside, Expository Notes on the Epistles of James. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1947), p. 15.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Enabling Oil of Faith

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“Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; but without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot and we drag along heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do any thing in the service of God.”

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “The Necessity Of Increased Faith,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. I. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1855), p. 248.”

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Dr. John Lennox – National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2013

2013 Keynote address – Professor John Lennox from Bible Society on Vimeo.

 

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Jottings – Radical Faith

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What a lowering of the life of faith it is to confine it to the question of temporal supplies! No doubt it is a very blessed and a very real thing to trust God for everything; but the life of faith has a far higher and wider range than mere bodily wants. It embraces all that in any wise concerns us, in body, soul, and spirit. To live by faith is to walk with God; to cling to Him; to lean on Him; to draw from His exhaustless springs; to find all our resources in Him; and to have Him as a perfect covering for our eyes and a satisfying object for our hearts — to know Him as our only resource in all difficulties, and in all our trials. It is to be absolutely, completely, and continually shut up to Him; to be undividedly dependent upon Him, apart from and above every creature confidence, every human hope, and every earthly expectation.

C. H. Mackintosh, “Living By Faith”, http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/mackintosh/Bk6/LIVINGBY.html Accessed on April 24, 2012.

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Jottings – The Least Act of Faith

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Referring to Mark 5:27-29: “Nothing could be more beautifully touching than the artless simplicity and thorough confidence as to Him, and humility as to herself, of this poor woman, and the Lord’s instant and necessary recognition of the least act of faith.

J. N. Darby, Notes & Comments on Scripture, Vol. 5, (Believers Bookshelf, Sunbury, PA) p. 258. Also available online here via STEM Publishing.

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‘Leftovers’ or ‘A Galilean Happy Meal In The Hands of The Master’

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I love to go fishing. When I was a young boy, fishing was the only thing that my father and I did together. There is a fishing story I’d like to share with you.

An older man was seen fishing. While the older man was being observed by the young boy, the older man caught several very large fish. To the amazement of the younger onlooker, the older man threw each fish back. Then, the older man began to catch some smaller fish. Again, to the amazement of the young boy, the older man kept the smaller fish that had been caught!

 

The young boy was so perplexed by the foolish decision of the older man, to throw back the big fishes and keep only the smaller fish, he had to ask the big question; “Why?” When asked, the older man simply answered,

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