EVER FEEL LIKE NOBODY CARES? READ “MY DAILY WALK” FOR SEPTEMBER 1st – 2nd

       SEPTEMBER 1st              

 

NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL!

Read Psalm 142:1-7

Adullam is an old town in Canaan and later became a part of Judah. It was conquered by Joshua and is a symbol of Israel’s glory. This Psalm was probably written in the cave of Adullam with Saul in pursuit and seeking to kill David. Some believe it to be written in Engedi. David only had his 400 men who were considered, as was David – lawbreakers. In verse four David is saying, “I looked around for human help, but no one would even know me. I felt completely deserted in my trouble. Prayers and tears are my only weapons. Refuge failed me. I had nowhere to flee, no safe and sure place to hide. This cave is a miserable place to hide in and no man cared for my soul.” It is not the business of the world to care for our souls. Oh yes, the world can care for our physical wellbeing, our social wellbeing, our national wellbeing and protection from the enemy, etc. They can help care for our intellectual wellbeing. But, this is where the world stops and it can do nothing for our souls.

Caring for men’s souls is our business. The physical needs of men are not our first business, but to win souls and bear testimony of His loving care. The psalmist here tells us how he was disowned and deserted by his friends in verse four.  When he was in favor with Saul, he seemed to have a great interest, but when he was made an outlaw and it was dangerous for anyone to harbor him, then no man would know him, but everyone was afraid of him. He looked on his right hand for an advocate, some friend or other to speak a good word for him, but, since Jonathan’s appearing for him had almost cost him his life, nobody was willing to speak in defense of his innocence, but all were ready to say they knew nothing about the matter. He looked around to see if any would open their doors to him, but refuge failed him. None of his old friends would give him a night’s lodging or direct him to any place of safety. How many such has hurt good men, shallow friends who are gone when trouble comes!  David’s life was exceedingly precious, and yet, when he was unjustly accused, no man cared for it, nor would move a hand for the protection of it.  Here David was a type of Christ, who, in His sufferings for us, was forsaken by all men, even by His own disciples. Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments!

Read 2 Timothy 1-2, Proverbs 1, Complete___

SEPTEMBER 2nd

Read yesterday’s devotion

Then he found satisfaction in God, verse 5.  Friends would not stand with him and it was in vain to call to them. But, he said, “I cried unto the Lord.” David tells us what he said to God in the cave. There is enough in God to answer all the necessities of this life.  We live in a world of dangers and needs; but what danger need we fear if God is our refuge, or what needs do we have that can trouble us if He is our care? Then in this satisfaction, he addressed himself to God. We can apply it spiritually: the souls of good men are often troubled by doubts and fears, confined through the weakness of faith. Then he tells how much he expected his deliverance would be a tribute to the glory of God.

DAVID POURED OUT HIS COMPLAINT BEFORE GOD.

He complained of the subtletystrength and spite of his enemies – mainly Saul. David then laid two things on God:

  • His distress – “I showed before Him my trouble.”
  • His desire – in verse 1, when he made his complaint he made his supplication.

Everything Saul did for David, including giving him his daughter Michel was to trick him. He was disowned and deserted. As long as he was in the palace they were his friends, but now that he was an outlaw they deserted him. He looked around to see if any would open their door to him, but refuge failed him. None of his friends would even give him a night’s lodging. When winter came they became cold of heart. But no wonder, look at Jesus Himself who was forsaken of all men, “for there was none to help, none to uphold Him.”

But, he found satisfaction in God and Him alone. God knew his case, and was his refuge. David knew God would hear and deliver him. He knew also that his true righteous friends would join him in giving praise to God. Let it never be said that, “NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL.”  GOD CARES AND SO SHOULD WE.

Daily Assignments

Read Numbers 10-12, Proverbs 2. Think of another time in David’s life when it seemed all had forsaken him.  Did God bring him out of that as well?

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              AUGUST 31st                   

Read yesterday’s devotion

Now, let’s get to the heart of the issue.  Lest he leave the impression he has already arrived, Paul indicated that he was still much involved in the race of life. In verse 12, that which Paul had already not attained was the complete and final knowledge of the Lord. In verses 13-14, the “not yet” state of a Christian does away with any kind of complacency, and demands continuous striving. “But one thing,” expresses the single purpose. “Forgetting” the past accomplishments, because they may hinder in way of self-satisfaction. “Reaching forth,” portrays a runner who draws upon his remaining strength and stretches out toward the goal. In verse 14, “I press (squeeze, pursue) toward the mark,”

His eye is fixed and distraction would be fatal. The Prize belongs to those who respond wholeheartedly to His upward call. We too must put away self and move toward a new height of spiritual attainment. In verse 15,  “perfect,” is to be complete, mature.

Be mature in your goal, make Christ your standard, and don’t look to people, especially those of the Judaizers and legalism, etc. But, “be thus minded”, or have this belief, that: past success does not remove the necessity of future striving.

This is good, Look at verse 15b, if you are not convinced that this is true, God will reveal even this to you. In verse 16, here is what Paul is saying, “Let us not turn from the principles that have brought us this far in our Christian life.” Remember this principle: “The condition of future light is to walk according to present light.”

Back to verse 17 in bringing this devotion to a conclusion: The presence of those who were a hindrance to the gospel and its effectiveness led Paul to exhort the Philippians to imitate him and others who were striving for this Goal of living as citizens of Heaven; and conforming to the true image of Christ; because, He is the standard of our Christian living.

Daily Assignments

Read John 10-12, Proverbs 31, Complete___

AUGUST 30th

CHRISTIAN LIVING!

Read Philippians 3:17-21

The Philosophy of Christian living is “For me to live is Christ…” The Pattern of Christian living is “Let this mind be in you…” And in verse 17, we see the Prize of Christian living.  We hear much about standards in some of our churches today and they are good, but to what are we comparing ourselves. Here in verse 10, we see the goal. There must be a consistent effort to reach His standard. This is what this whole chapter is all about. Our goal is not man’s law and his standard, but Christ is our standard for Christian living. In her book, “Let’s get Well,” Odell Davis teaches a principle that works. Most people put emphasis on losing weight, her comment to a particular weight problem is; “Put your emphasis on increasing your energy level and you will lose weight slowly, but effectively.”

That’s just like a Christian: He is trying to get the excess fat off by subscribing to someone’s standard, and frustration and failure result. Make Christ your energy level, because He is the standard of our Christian living. Paul could boast in his accomplishments. He teaches for them to follow him. Paul is saying, “Don’t follow me because I have subscribed to a particular standard or religious background.” But, follow those who have made Christ their standard and are pointing others to Him.

Here is why, look at verses 1-3, he warns the Philippians against the Judaizers and those who mutilate the flesh, rather than circumcision. In verse 4, he compares himself even to their standards, but he had superior grounds for confidence. In verse 7, whatever he gains (verses 5-6) he counted as loss. They were worse than useless is what he is saying – actually a hindrance, because they had to be unlearned. In verses 8-10, he is actually saying it was confiscated and put in a dung hill, refuse, or as Lightfoot says, “that which is thrown to the dogs.” Isn’t it interesting that Paul compares the evil worker to the dogs in verse two?. His motive was only to gain Christ. Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Hosea 8-14, Proverbs 30, Complete___

DON’T MISS TWO DAYS, “MY DAILY WALK” FOR AUGUST 28th – 29th

AUGUST 28th – 29th  

              

First the thought, then the act, then HABIT, 

then character, then consequence, then destiny!

Read 1 Peter 2:20-25

Habits means, “A way of life.”  “Ye shall know them by their fruit.” Think of the things we do by habit: Getting up in the morning, getting dressed, eating, washing, brushing teeth, etc. Good habits have to be learned and practiced. Bad habits seem to come automatically, but they do not. They too must be learned and practiced. Good habits make good character; bad habits make bad character.  Habits make character: First the thought, then the act, then the habit, then the character, then the consequences, and then the destiny. Habit means custom. Character means to engrave. The more we live by doing right automatically, and the more good habits we have, the better we will be and the more we will accomplish. Discretion is character and must become a habit to be successful. How then can we form good habits?

First, we must get into a routine. We must organize our lives. Do right again and again, keep doing it automatically and regularly. Someone said, “If you would make a thing a habit, do it.” Do regularly now, what you want to do by habit later in life. Learn to be on time now. Be kind to people now, etc.

Second, live by a schedule. You show your character by your promptness or vice versa. People who have good habits are disciplined people who live by a schedule. A schedule makes one feel secure, not to mention those around you. Do something long enough and it will become a habit. It is the little things in life that steal your time. A schedule will help you set priorities. Most people spend most of their time on least important, and vice versa. Once you are on a schedule, learn to do the things you do not like to do first. If you do only what you like, you will only develop many bad habits. Many of us save the best till last in eating a meal. Do the menial tasks first and save the best till last. The real key is to not start bad habits in the first place.  If you do not start, you’ll not have a problem in later years. Don’t tell the first lie and you will not become a liar. Don’t steal the first time and you will not become a thief.  Don’t have bad thoughts and you will not have a moral problem when older, etc. Watch the crowd you run around with. You will sooner learn their bad habits, and then they will your good habits. Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 102-104, Proverbs 28, Complete___

AUGUST 29th        

Read yesterday’s devotion

Look at Elisha, he made sure of being around the right crowd. The works of Elijah and Elisha have often been contrasted: Elijah was a fiery prophet who suddenly appeared in a dramatic fashion, while Elisha was a faithful pastor-prophet who ministered in a personal way to his people.

Elijah belonged to the rugged hills, Elisha to the peaceful valleys. Elisha had promised to follow Elijah faithfully, and this he did in spite of opportunities to depart. He had been serving his master for about ten years when he was told that Elijah was going to leave him. Had Elisha taken an easy route and stayed behind, he would have missed the blessings. It pays to be faithful to your calling.

You will remember years before Elijah asked God to kill him in the wilderness. Isn’t it wonderful that God does not answer all of our prayers? Elisha was a faithful follower, who followed his leader and then God gave him more than a double portion for his faithfulness, not only to God but also his master. Think of it, instead of God answering Elijah’s prayer to kill him, God took him home by a chariot of fire and whirlwind. “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” I like what Dr. Lee Roberson said, “There are four groups of people in every church:

Leaders: Someone who does what you tell him one time.

Workers: Those who carry out the vision of the leader.

Followers: Dr. Roberson only expects five things from this group: Go to church three times a week, tithe and go soul winning.

To be reached: That is anyone who is not in the first three groups, be they lost or saved.

The third step in having good habits is to consider the consequences of not having good habits. Associate these words: Drink with Drunkard; dope and addict; lazy and poverty; bad habits and bad character, etc. Remember a good rule to follow: Always think before you act. And remember that character is habit – good or bad. Habits are formed by the proper and continuous repetition of doing the right thing.

Daily Assignments

Read Acts 20-21, Proverbs 29.

Call someone tonight who is not faithful to church and remind him or her to come to church on Sunday. Call them back on Saturday to remind them again.

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SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR AUGUST 27th

                        DISCOURAGEMENT!                                   

Read Psalm 73

Psalms 73 and 37 are much alike in that both cover concern over prosperity of the wicked, etc. We need in this world of wealth and materialism to count our many blessings. How can we learn from this Psalmist (believed to be Asaph), and what did he learn? He learned several important lessons.

  • LOOKING AROUND BRINGS DISCOURAGEMENT

Confucius said, “A man who does what he likes will never have to work a day in his life.” Discouragement is simply depression of one’s spirit. Some of the causes of discouragement are displeasure, defeat, downheartedness and disillusionment. Think about what happened to Moses when he was displeased and discouraged. Think about Joshua after the loss at Ai. Think of Elijah under the juniper tree. Being a servant of God does not protect you from these feelings. But, there are some remedies.

The first remedy is getting in the presence and power of God.  God said to Elijah, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” Why wasn’t he seeking God? Why was he hiding, depressed? So Elijah fled to Mount Horeb, the mountain where God met with Moses.

The second remedy is knowing where to cast. “Cast thy burden upon The Lord, for He careth for you.” Dear Abby can’t help you. The Television cannot remove a burden. Only God can take your burdens.

The third remedy is a personal prayer life.  Mark 6:31, “Come ye apart and rest awhile.” Jesus often went alone to pray and rest. Sometimes, you just need to get away and get with God. Remember this little outline when you are depressed.

  • LOOKING WITHIN BRINGS DEPRESSION
  • LOOKING UP BRINGS DELIGHT
  • LOOKING AHEAD BRINGS DIRECTION

Have you been looking around, within? Look up and experience delight and God’s direction. LOOK UP!

Daily Assignments

Read 1 Chronicles 15-19, Proverbs 27, Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR AUGUST 26th

SECURE CHRISTIAN HOMES!

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Read Proverbs 30: 1-20

This is a wonderful text and reveals to us some great truths. In verses 11-14 God speaks to us about a wicked generation. This generation is spoken of in four ways and all of these speak of the moral and spiritual state of the last days. This is a generation that has no respect for their parents.  You would think that this statement was taken out of the evening news. How very true of our generation today when we have children killing their parents, parents killing their children. What has happened to us? Look at 2 Timothy 3:2 as one of the reasons – “disobedience to parents.”

Parents must make your children obey when they are young.

Make them do right by you doing right. Church attendance is very basic and don’t expect your children to do it if you are not willing to pay the cost. These in our text were a generation that had no regard for holy living.  They were – “..pure in their own eyes..”

Look at verse 5 “every Word Of God is pure“ Paul told Timothy to, “keep thyself pure….” in1 Timothy 5:22,but, also read verses 1-8If this generation would heed and read the Word of God, they would realize how impure they really are.

They have never seen themselves as sinners, filthy in God’s sight and therefore they think themselves to be something when they are nothing…deceiving their own selves. Jesus said in John 9:41, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” The generation that is pure in their own eyes is sinful in God’s sight; those sinful in their own sight can become pure in God’s eyes. They were a generation that is reckless in pride.  Also 2 Timothy 3:1-5 – “heady, high minded..”

The Bible says, “pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Man loves to boast – “thinking himself to be something when he is nothing.” They were a generation that is ruthless in practice.  We are surrounded with it today as we see the mockery of politics and the new emerging churches.

LET’S KEEP OUR HOMES IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE INFLUENCE OF THIS GENERATION DOES NOT AFFECT OUR HOMES. How?

BELIEVE GOD.  

LIVE BY HIS WORD.

STAND ON HIS PROMISES.

BE WILLING TO PAY THE COST.

Daily Assignments

Read Numbers 7-9, Proverbs 26.

Write down everything you can remember from the Sunday school last week.

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SEE “MY DAILY WALK” – THE WAY OF AN EAGLE FOR AUGUST 25th

AUGUST 25th

 

             THE WAY OF AN EAGLE!                        

 Read Isaiah 40:28-31

Eagles are included among the unclean birds mentioned in the Bible Leviticus 11:13, but they were admired as majestic birds. The golden eagle, which is really dark brown with sprinkles of gold, has an eight-foot wingspread. It nests in high places that are inaccessible. There, in a nest that the eagle makes larger each year, the eagle hatches two eggs. Usually only one eaglet survives to adulthood. An eagle has keen eyesight. He can spot his prey while soaring hundreds of feet in the air. Like a lightning bolt, he drops to seize it, killing it quickly with his powerful claws. Then he swoops back to his nest to rip the meat apart and share it with his young. A mother eagle carries her eaglet on her back until it masters the art of flying. Moses used this familiar picture from nature to describe God’s care for His people.  God stirred up Jacob (the nation of Israel), and carried His people on His wings Deuteronomy 32:11-12 as He delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Solomon marveled at “the way of an eagle in the air”. An eagle can stay aloft for hours, rarely moving his wings and riding wind currents. But many passages in the Bible also speak of the swiftness of the eagle’s flight. In the Old Testament, prophets spoke of the eagle as a symbol of God’s judgment.

The demands of our life require more than our own power. Yes, we get tired, but we must serve Him when tired and He will give strength. You will never get weary serving Christ. You will get tired, but it is a good tired. Sin will drain us. Our ministry must be to The Lord Jesus Who came not to be ministered unto, but to minister. How can we minister unto The Lord?

  • LONG FOR HIM.
  • LOOK TO HIM.  Psalm 124:1-8.
  • LIVE FOR HIM.

Renew:  To exchange for, to trade in your weakness for His strength. If we do that, God will allow us to fly above our circumstances, instead of being weighted down by them. He will allow us to face impossible obstacles, but,  “they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”

Daily Assignments

Read 1 Timothy 4-6, Proverbs 25. Make an outline of the sermons on Sunday. Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR AUGUST 24th



                             

EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH!

 Read Jude 1-4

Think about the Olympics and gold medals. The word “contend” is used for athletes as they contend. We are to earnestly contend for the faith (Christianity) and not issues. Contend –is to struggle, to be vigorous and our word AGONY comes from this noun form of word. The Greek athletes exerted themselves to the point of agony to win the contest.  With such effort Jude says we should defend the faith. Why?  Verse four is the answer. Jude warns these Christians for the coming Apostasy: Apostasy is a “falling away” and is the act of professed Christians who deliberately reject revealed truth. They reject His Deity. They reject His redemption through the atoning and redeeming blood. Apostates depart from the faith, but not from the outward profession of Christianity. This is why Jude tells them to earnestly contend for the faith.

Struggle to defend it! Remember 1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter time some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” I think most will agree that today we have religion without conviction; relaxation has taken the place of revival, etc. Most men want to be saved but on their own terms – so, there is no change. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us,  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Someone said that this Book is a call to arms.

First, remember the word of the Apostles. What does the Bible tell us? What do the lives of great Christians of the past tell us?

Second, remember who the enemy is. Remember what those who oppose Biblical Christianity are like.

  • They are DIVIDERS verse 19.
  • They are DEPRAVED verses 19, 10.
  • They are DEAD, no spirit verse 19.
  • They are DECEIVERS.

Third, they retain the love of God.

  • Build your faith on the Bible verse 20. (Compare (Revelation 3:1-6).
  • Pray in the power of God verse 20. That is faith in action Romans 8:26-27.
  • Look for His coming verse 21.
  • Be soul-conscious verse 22.

Read John 7-9, Proverbs 24, Complete___