PLEASE SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JULY 30th

Facing our Problems!

Read Psalm 32:1-6

While David is conscious of his sin, he is conscious even more of this pardon. I realize that everybody reading this has problems. Your response to those problems determines the outcome. What do we do with our problems?

James 5:16, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

WE MUST SEE THE PROBLEM

After you see it the key is – don’t avoid it. Confess it. Study it – don’t rush to action too quickly. Wait before you act. Never make a decision while down. Never make a life changing decision while in doubt and deep problems.

WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM

That is, state it, define it, and ask, what is the problem? Here is a great truth and principle in life: Don’t blame everybody else but say, “it is my fault.” What is the problem? What are the possible solutions to this problem? What is the best solution? Act upon it.

WE MUST LEARN TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEM

In one of Napoleon’s greatest battles his young trumpeter was told to sound the retreat. The young man replied I do not know how, you never taught me to retreat. So he blew the trumpet the only way he knew how. Everybody charged thinking they had reinforcements coming to help and so did the enemy. They won this battle. Why? One young man made the difference, he did not know how to retreat, and don’t you do it.

WE MUST NOT RUN FROM THE PROBLEM.

Running is not the answer. We focus too much about our problems and not the solution. When we run from it, the problem always seems to keep up with us and becomes harder to solve as time goes by. Face your problem head on and you will not be sorry for it.

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 90-92, Proverbs 31, Complete___

PLEASE SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JULY 31st

FACING OUR PROBLEMS!

Read Psalm 32:1-6

While David is conscious of his sin, he is conscious even more of this pardon. I realize that everybody reading this has problems. Your response to those problems determines the outcome. What do we do with our problems?

James 5:16, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

WE MUST SEE THE PROBLEM

After you see it the key is – don’t avoid it. Confess it. Study it – don’t rush to action too quickly. Wait before you act. Never make a decision while down. Never make a life changing decision while in doubt and deep problems.

WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM

That is, state it, define it, and ask, what is the problem? Here is a great truth and principle in life: Don’t blame everybody else but say, “it is my fault.” What is the problem? What are the possible solutions to this problem? What is the best solution? Act upon it.

WE MUST LEARN TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEM

In one of Napoleon’s greatest battles his young trumpeter was told to sound the retreat. The young man replied I do not know how, you never taught me to retreat. So he blew the trumpet the only way he knew how. Everybody charged thinking they had reinforcements coming to help and so did the enemy. They won this battle. Why? One young man made the difference, he did not know how to retreat, and don’t you do it.

WE MUST NOT RUN FROM THE PROBLEM.

Running is not the answer. We focus too much about our problems and not the solution. When we run from it, the problem always seems to keep up with us and becomes harder to solve as time goes by. Face your problem head on and you will not be sorry for it.

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 90-92, Proverbs 31, Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JULY 29th – 30th.

I AM GOOD!

 Please Read Luke 18:1-14

This is a story of two great sinners: One knew he was and acknowledged it before God. The other did not, and boasted of his righteousness. It is a story of a good man who went to hell and a bad man who went to heaven. The one walks down to sit in the front row of the temple and says: “Lord, I thank Thee that I am not as other men.” The other felt so sinful and needy that he did not even go into the temple and says, “Lord be merciful to me a sinner.” Here we see the two different attitudes. One boasts of himself, the other pours out his heart to God. One saw his great need of a Saviour; the other saw his great self. One put himself on a pedestal the other is penitent and cries out for mercy.

We have two types of people today: One says, “I am good,” the other says, “I am a poor sinner.” When church was over one proudly said he was in church. The other thanks God for forgiveness. The first was a Pharisee in church. He prayed with himself, not to God. “The Pharisee’s loved to stand praying in the market place so that men might hear them.” He boasted of his morality. He says, “My life is clean, I have never been immoral.”  Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” We cannot see Him if we are not pure. Remember a telescope can see the stars, but if a speck of dust is on it is blurred, just like our sight. Let impurities enter in and the sight of God slips away. Personal purity is good, but not good enough to get us to heaven. He boasted of his business honesty. “I do not cheat; I pay my bills; I am honest.” But, it is not enough to save your soul. He boasted of his religious life. Away with the man who thinks he is good. We should never make a display of our belief. He boasted of his generosity. “I pay my tithe.” That’s good and you should; however, if we are depending on our generosity, we may be lost forever. He saw no flaws in himself – “Thank God I am not like others.” He despised others. He hates the sinner. We are all sinners. CONTINUED TOMORROW!

Daily Assignments

Read Leviticus 22-24, Proverbs 29. Call someone who is not faithful to church and remind him or her to come to church. Complete___ 

            JULY 30th

             

Read yesterday’s devotion! 

We are commanded to hate the sin, but love the sinner. Your love for God is measured by your love for man. But, he went away lost – not justified or saved, why?

  • He trusted in himself and was lost forever.
  • He did not acknowledge he was a sinner.
  • He did not cry out to God for mercy. He told God how good he was.

You may not be a great sinner, but just as lost without Christ. Then notice the Publican in church. He came to God humbly. He stood afar off and did not boast in his own righteousness.

Someone said, “A man must kneel very low to enter into the Kingdom of God. He came to God confessing his sin – sorry for his sin”.

Why did he beat his chest? because his sin was in his heart. I often pray, “Give me a clean heart, O Lord. Take away this heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.”

David cried, “I have sinned” and so did the prodigal son. Today some will be in hell because they refused to confess their sin. The Publican left the church a saved man. Jesus said he was justified – saved. Any man who comes to God as this man: repent, confess, cry, and will be saved from his sin.

If you are not saved, why not throw all your pride and self-confidence away and fall at Jesus feet – like this Publican? He set the example for other sinners to follow. Can a sinner pray? Yes! “Lord, save me a sinner.” After you have prayed this prayer – then claim other promises. Do it and He will bless your life forever. If you are saved, why not attempt to live your life in a manner that is free of pride and self worth. Let’s live in a way of servantship and sacrifice. God will truly bless those who do.

Daily Assignments

Read 2 Kings 21-25, Proverbs 30, Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JULY 28th

JULY 28th  

                        

GO THE DISTANCE!

Read Matthew 13:3-9

Life can become very interesting and challenging when we face a future of uncertainty that rests entirely in God’s hands. Man can never change a sunrise or a sunset. Man can predict the weather (sometimes) but never change it. Even the word “change” has great meaning. The Greek word is Aloasso, meaning to make different. We can talk about things but never seem to influence in any way.

There are some things in life we definitely can change or keep form changing. But we must also realize that change can bring distractions. Here in this text a farmer went out into his field to do some sowing. The number one problem he faced was that some seed would fall by the wayside. Every one of us has some wayside experience in life. The distractions, or outside influences, can make or break us.

We get concerned about what others will say if we faithfully follow Jesus Christ, or we are afraid we cannot live up to it. After awhile, we run out of excuses and the wayside has choked us. These distractions should make us realize that we need to change our direction.  It can be very disheartening when we face problems without any solutions. We pray and nothing changes. We trust and all the doors are shut. We look for sunrise and find it is sunset. There is no depth and life becomes dry as a bone. The lost man says that he has to make some changes before he comes to Christ, but he becomes discouraged and soon goes back to his old ways, because he tried to reform his own life. The Christian is not bearing fruit and “wondering what in the world is happening to me?” So, what is the answer?

First, God’s word gives us hope and second, we need to go back into the prayer closet and change our direction. God has the power to change our stony heart. If God can feed Israel manna from heaven for forty years and give water from the rock, then God can meet our needs today. Every man needs to head in the right DIRECTION, if he is to reach the right DESTINATION. The sower threw some seed on thorny ground and could not produce. Are you going in the right direction and heading for the right destination? You tried so hard to sow, but nothing but thorns. Again, the sinner could say he prayed and nothing happened and the saint could say that he kept on sowing but nothing but stony ground, thorns, wayside, rotten seeds and nothing else. I know just how you feel; however, after you get rid of the distractions, go in the right direction for the right destination, then – you need some good old fashioned DETERMINATION. Get rid of the distraction, go back in the right direction, head for the right destination with determination and go the DISTANCE – the finish line.

Read 1 Thessalonians 1-3, Proverbs 28, Complete___

DON’T MISS, “THE BATTLEFIELD OF FAITH” FOR TWO DAY, JULY 26 – 27th.

                      JULY 27th                 

Read yesterday’s devotion

 

Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Let’s look at some of the weapons the devil will use against us:

  • The weapon of confusion.
  • The weapon of doubt.
  • The weapon of fear.
  • The weapon of despair, helplessness and failure.

We look to ourselves rather than the Lordship of Christ. The weapon of fear destroys many, because they are fighting their battle in the arm of the flesh. Will fear take you from the battlefield of faith? The more you stand the more the devil hurls at you. Why not fight the good fight of faith without fear and stand. 2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

The devil says he is more powerful than God. The Bible says, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” The devil tries to convince us that God has lost and the devil has won. He tries to get you in the battlefield of confusion, doubt, fear and despair.

Paul was on the battlefield of faith and he finished the course. Many of us have been soldiers who have gone AWOL. The battlefield of faith has some frightening consequences for the devil. Let’s be good soldiers of the cross and say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Are you fighting on the wrong battlefield?

Daily Assignments

Read Luke 23-24

Read Proverbs 27

Pray tonight for God’s power on Sunday’s preaching.

           

JULY 26th

THE BATTLEFIELD OF FAITH!

Read 1 Timothy 6:1-16 & 2 Timothy 2:2-6

Every blood bought Christian is to be a soldier of the cross. In 1 Timothy 3:19 a soldier is commanded to “war a good warfare.”

Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

As you can see in the photo above, these soldiers are fighting in their battlefield, but what happens to those who miss the battlefield of faith? You can do all to stand and still miss it. Some say, “Just do your best and do what you can.” There are those who love to fight or pick a fight, but that is not the Christian’s battlefield of faith. God will not bless the fights on the wrong battlefield. He blesses the fight of faith. The question is, on which battlefield have you been waging your warfare? We must learn that the fight of faith defies all rules of self-effort. Any confidence in self must be put aside.

The songwriter said, “The arm of flesh will fail you…” If we trust in our own manliness at the expense of faith, it will mean defeat in the warfare. Look at 2 Timothy 2:1-6 again.

Here is a good outline of a soldier of the cross:

  • In verses 3-4 he is a soldier – endure hardness.
  • In verse 5 he is an athlete – strive lawfully, go by the rules of the game. It also requires training.
  • In verse 6 he is farmer – keep planting and reaping.

We must also learn that we are fighting an invisible enemy, not one of flesh and blood. We are not in warfare with the Sodomites, Liberals, NOW, NEA, Abortionists, Planned Parenthood. These are enemies we can see; they are emissaries of Satan. If we try to defeat them in the flesh, we will surely fail. It is a battlefield of faith. Only a handful is fighting this battle. Others would rather fight an enemy they can see. The battlefield of faith is in your heart; it goes where you go. Many make the mistake of getting in one battle, but forsake the battlefield of faith. Which battlefield are you on? We need to get our course from God. Every man must choose for himself which one he will be on. Our adversary is an enemy we cannot see. That is why God supplied armour of faith in Ephesians chapter six. CONTINUED TOMORROW!

Daily Assignments

Read Ezekiel 37-42, Proverbs 26, Complete__ 

              

SEE THE CONTINUED “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JULY 25

                         

Read yesterday’s devotion

There are also sweet consequences in keeping all of His words. John 14:23 “If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

So, if I don’t keep His words, not just His word, I will not know the love and abiding of the Father and Son in my life.

John 12:47,48 says, “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

If I don’t receive His words, then I will be judged on the last day by His word. I am told by the self proclaimed Bible scholars, the great religious leaders of our day, that I do not have His words. They tell us that the Bible just contains His word and that we do not literally have every word of God today. If I do not have His words how can I be condemned for rejecting them, if I don’t have them to reject. If there’s no judgment day, then I can do anything I want without consequences? I think not! John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

If I abide in Christ, and His words, He will answer my prayers. If I don’t abide in His words, because they say, “we don’t have His words,” then I can’t get my prayers answered. There goes my whole prayer life! God places great importance on His word. Psalm 138:2b says. “for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” Was Jesus perfect? That is His name. Then His word is also perfect; after all He has magnified His word above His name. We do have His perfect word in our language, where we can count on every word on every page, to be exactly every word that he wants us to hear. So we might learn instruction, rebuke, reproof, and exhortation. Psalm 119:160 “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.”

Praise the Lord for his word! Praise the Lord for His word in our language! This precious King James Bible!

Daily Assignments

Read Acts 13, Proverbs 25, Complete___

DON’T MISS THE NEXT TWO DAY OF “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JULY 24-25th

Psalm 12:6-7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shall keep them, 0 Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalm 119:140 says, “Thy word is pure.” The word pure means; “free from adulterating or extraneous matter. ABSOLUTE! Clear, spotless, and nothing else. Untainted with evil or guilt.” Gods Word is absolute authority, I think we can all agree on that, but do we live it? Do we trust in Him with our whole heart over all the issues that so easily beset us? Being completely confident in Christ? O Lord, I know I fall short so many times. Mathew 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” So, since the earth and the stars are still here so is God’s word. Not just His word, but also all of His words. Notice the “s” on the end. God preserves every single word, from this generation and forever.

Mathew 4:4 “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

We cannot live without the word of God. If we cannot live without His “every” word, then we must have every word. Where then is every word of God, pure and preserved, so that we might live? After all we cannot live without it according to what Jesus said.

I believe the King James Bible is God’s Word for us. 1 Timothy 3:16 says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.” The King James Bible is the only one that tells us how God literally manifested himself in the flesh. All the other versions water down his Deity, make him a mere man, or backhandedly deny that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Who is the father of all lies? 2 John 1:7, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” I don’t know about you, but I am going to trust the Lord because He said He would preserve every word from this generation, when it was written, forever! Why should we believe and count on every word? There are consequences for not keeping all of His words. Not just His word in general, but every single word. Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 87-89, Proverbs 24, Complete___