“MY DAILY WALK” DEVOTIONAL

November 1st  

               

How to Do Great Things for God

Read 2 Kings 2:1-12

1 Kings 19:19 is the only place in the Bible where one man anointed another to be a servant of God. Here in chapter two the power is transferred from one to another. Elijah asked Elisha what he wanted most from him and his answer was, “a double portion.” Jesus said in John 14 “Greater things than these shall ye do.” God has given the power of anointing men to man – to the prophet of God. The Lord had let Elijah know that his time was at hand. He therefore went to the different schools of the prophets to give them his last exhortations and blessing.  The removal of Elijah was a type and figure of the ascension of Christ, and the opening of the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Elisha had long followed Elijah, and he would not leave him now when he hoped for the parting blessing. How can we apply this great truth to us? How can you and I do great things for God? First ofall I believe we have to ask and ask Him in faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. God requires faith on our part in order for Him to work through us. But having faith is difficult sometimes. It can be a help to us if we find examples in our friendships or acquaintances that have exhibited faith. Find people of faith and follow them. Find those who are Men of Prayer, Men of Principle, Men ofPractice, and Men of Power.

Look at Joshua and Caleb; and David & Jonathan. In Exodus 24:13, Joshua is called Moses minister, servant. In Numbers 27:18-23 He is Moses successor. In Numbers 13, Caleb is sent as a spy and came back with a good report. Caleb “wholly followed the Lord” in Joshua 14. He was given Hebron as a reward for his faithful service, but also because he believed God for great things – the mountain. Once you begin to follow and imitate those who have faith, expect great things from God. Expect God to work through you. Expect God to move in your life, because Jeremiah 33:3 is the only hope we have. Be a success and do great things for God. God is looking for people to stand in the gap. Will you be that person? Will you trust Him to do something great with you?

Daily Assignments

Read Zephaniah, Proverbs 1. List some people that you feel exhibit faith.

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October 31st 

                               

What a wonderful CHANGE in my Life!

Read John 3

If there ever has been a true expression of a songwriter’s feeling of the heart, it is the song “Since Jesus came into my heart.” One of the first and most important changes in the Christian life is just that – change. One of the things that I have noticed about born again Christians is that there is a definite change. In other words, they have been truly born again. To be born again simply means to be born from above. In other words, there is a tremendous change that has taken place in the life of a Christian.

Now think of it, if you were truly born again, there must have been a dramatic change in your life. No, you did not become perfect, but changed. There must have been a change in seeking to please God, in desiring to walk with Him, and of course, in seeking to obey Him. These are some of the basic changes that take place in one who has been born again. He lives no longer to please himself, but he strives to please God. No wonder the songwriter said, “What a WONDERFUL change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart.” Every one that is a genuine blood bought born again Christian ought to have experienced this kind of change. No, the change is not the same in every person, and no one can make a list of how you have to change; however, there is a change. How has that change affected you?  FOUR THINGS or changes ought to be made: Read Acts 2:41-47.

CONVERSION– A CHANGE IN DESTINATION verse 41.

CONSECRATION – A CHANGE IN LIFE verse 42.

CONVICTION– A CHANGE IN ATTITUDES verse 43.

COMPASSION – A CHANGE IN HEART verses 44-47.

  • UNITY in the home and church.
  • SACRIFICE to help others.
  • WITTNESSING to the lost.

Why not make it a practice to let God have His way for any changes in your life. Someone said it is a changing of guard in life.

Daily Assignments

Read Ecclesiastes 3-4, Proverbs 31. List some of the things that have changed in your life (attitudes, actions.) since salvation.

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REAL FAMILY VALUES! SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR OCTOBER 30th

October 30th

 

REAL FAMILY VALUES!

Read 2 Chronicles 7:14-22

Much of what is on my heart today has been well expressed by the Lord in this chapter. It is my prayer that God will work a mighty change in the heart of America.

It’s amazing how we have changed. When they speak of family values, they do not have Biblical values in mind. Today, family values are found in abortion rights, socialism, feminism, and all the other isms. Why don’t we humble ourselves and get honest about the matter? Until mothers return to the home, and children obey their parents, we are going to see our nation deteriorate beyond recognition. Let us not be guilty of becoming a part of the system which disobeys and dishonors our Lord. Let us obey these verses and preach them from the rooftops.

You will remember that Eli lost his priesthood because he would not judge or discipline his sons. You may call it love, but you’re sinning against God when you fail to discipline your children properly. The Bible says love is stronger than death and “Many waters cannot quench love…”

How can one have and develop love and real family values in the home?

  • By having the right respect for God and putting Christ in His proper place as Head of the home.
  • By having an open and honest relationship with each other.
  • By speaking kindly to one another and striving for an attitude of togetherness.

A lack of Biblical love in the home should be recognized in Biblical terms: it is sin! The good thing about sin is that it can be confessed and forgiven. The Lord will give you that spiritual heart you desire and enable you to demonstrate and experience the blessings of true Biblical love in your home.

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 125-127, Proverbs 30, Complete___

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR OCTOBER 29th

October 29th 

James 4:13-17 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Notice the words of Job 7:6-7, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.  O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.”

The psalmist said in Psalm 89:47, “Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?” The psalmist said the same thing in Psalm 90 and 102. Peter said the same thing in 1 Peter 1:24 and in 1 Peter 4:7. One would get the impression from these verses that time is just a whisper. It is a wind that passes away. Time is but for a moment, here today and gone tomorrow.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

When we stop to think about it, we really do not have a lot of time on this Earth. It would seem that Christians would make use of their time as never before. If young people only realized the importance of their youths, as well as their time, how much the better would they be for it. Let’s remember to stay busy for God, redeeming the time, doing all that we can do for our Master.

Daily Assignments

Read 2 Chronicles 29-32, Proverbs 29. Keep a record of the following for one day: Time watching TV; time listening to music; time reading Bible. Complete___

October 28th  

                   

 THE RIGHT KIND OF FOLLOWER!

Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

I believe we all realize the importance of good old-fashioned hard work. I like what Henry David Thoreau said, “If you’ve built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be, no with the foundations under them.”

The Bible says, “For other foundations can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Someone once said that the best things are the nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eye, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand and the path of God before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.”

The Bible well says in Proverbs 17:24, “Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool in the ends of the Earth.”

Someone said, “Where there is a willing heart there will always be an eager spirit.” Why? A change in heart will bring a change in behavior.

BE AN ENTHUSIASTIC FOLLOWER.

Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

The word fully implies that he has been a diligent follower of these things, and so ought we.

Lee Iacocca said, “Either lead, follow or get out of the way.”

BE A FAITHFUL (WORKING) SERVANT.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Verse 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Matthew 20:27-28 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

It is said of Jesus in Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men

It is my prayer that God’s people everywhere will have a “mind to work”.

Daily Assignments

Read Numbers 34-36, Proverbs 28, Complete___

“MY DAILY WALK ” DEVOTIONAL!

October 27th

 

1 John 15:12-15 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

We have all heard the expression, “If you have one friend in a lifetime, consider yourself very lucky.” Many people have acquaintances, but no friends. A friend is someone to be cherished. Someone said, “I will be a friend to my friends.” I wonder if most of us are really willing to pay the supreme sacrifice for our friends. The Bible says, “A friend loveth at all times.”   “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.” And “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

How can one be a friend to his friends?

  • Love him with all your heart
  • Give him/her the best and purest love possible
  • Find out what love is
  • What does it mean to lay down one’s life for his friend?
  • First, it does not necessarily mean physical death
  • Start by laying down sin and self love
  • It does not necessarily mean my time or physical energy. A dead friend is no good to his friends. A dead man cannot help to comfort. Jesus spent His life living for His friends and then died for them. In Heaven, for thousands of years before He came to Earth, He fellowshipped with His Father, and He gave that up when He come to die for us. His fellowship was broken for you and me.
  • It does mean that one must be so consumed with the life of his friend that he keeps up a close relationship and fellowship with God.
  • One can spend his life walking with God and communicating with Him and the Holy Spirit moment by moment, in order to be a better friend.
  • One can spend his life loving God and sharing that love with his friends.

Let’s work on developing our acquaintances into close friendships.

Daily Assignments

Read James 1-3, Proverbs 27, Complete___

October 26th                           

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

I’m sure that all of us have faced a time in our lives when we felt there was absolutely no hope of things ever getting better, when everything seemed to go wrong and God seemed to have forsaken us. Yet, we can always know His constant presence. Have you ever had a night when you thought morning was never going to come? Or a problem that had no hope of an end? Have you ever gone through so much weeping that you literally ran out of tears? Not only does God carefully take every tear and place it in His heavenly bottle, but also He said, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”I find several promises in this verse:

Weeping only lasts for a moment.

I can recall many long nights in my own life. Often we thought daybreak would never come, but praise God, weeping only lasts for a night. You may not understand it now, but hereafter it will all make sense to you. The Bible teaches that we must suffer to be righteous, we must be willing not only to pay the price, but also to bear the cost. It seems that those who have suffered the most are the most dedicated.

Joy will come in the morning.

Do you remember those long nights that never seemed to end? Look back, dawn always came. As sure as there is night, so there is day. As sure a darkness, so there is light. As sure as sunset, so is sunrise. As sure as weeping, so is joy. In the Hebrew, “joy” literally means singing. Singing in the morning. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Daily Assignments

Read Acts 9-10, Proverbs 26, Complete___

OCTOBER 25th      

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

It is the will or command of God that we should be holy. This text does not refer to the purpose or decree of God, and does not mean that He intended to make them holy; but it means that it was His command that they should be holy. Therefore we should not use this text as a proof that God intends to make His people holy, or that they are sanctified. It is a proof only that He requires holiness. The word here “sanctification” (agiasmov) is not used in the Greek classics, but is found several times in the New Testament. It is used as “holiness,” in Romans 6:19, 22; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 12:14; and “sanctification,” in 1 Corinthians 1:30;1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2. It means purity of life, and particularly abstinence from those sins which disgrace and degrade the soul. Sanctification consists in two things, “Ceasing to do evil.” “Learning to do well.” In other words, the first work of sanctification is in overcoming the tendency to evil in our nature, and checking the unholy habits we practiced before we became Christians; the second part of the work consists of cultivating the positive principles of holiness in the soul.

There are basically four principles we want to discuss in this lesson.

IT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR ALL TO BE SAVED . Verse 1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

IT IS THE WILL OF GOD IS FOR ALL TO BE SPIRIT-FILLED. Verse 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. Quench: Greek: Sbennumi … Extinguish, gone out.In Matthew 25:8, the foolish virgins did not take enough oil; their lamps had “gone out.”

IT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR ALL TO BE SANCTIFIED. Verses 3-4 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; To walk to please God … verse 1. To abound more and more … verses 1, 10.

1 Corinthians 15:58 … be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always  abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Daily Assignments

Read Habakkuk, Proverbs 25, Complete___