SEE, “A RECIPE FOR CONTENTMENT” IN “MY DAILY WALK” FOR DECEMBER 1st and 2nd

December 1st   

  

A Recipe for Contentment

 Read 1 Timothy 6:1-10

All of us know a Christian who is unhappy – and in some cases it may even be understandable.  This brings up an important question: “How can we be content?” Well, let’s first of all look at what contentment is not:

First, contentment is not anxiety over what God has already promised.

Secondly, contentment is not murmuring over what we do not have: 1 Corinthians 10:10, Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Thirdly, contentment is not greed: Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’

Fourthly, contentment is not envy: James 3:16, For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Where envying and strife is, everything is unsettled and uptight. There is no common confidence; there is no drawing together of direction and effort; there is no cooperation in promoting a common goal; there is no stability in any plan. There may be something good started by one person and defeated by another.

And every evil work, no one who has seen the effects in a family or church where a spirit of strife prevails can have any doubt of this truth. Love and harmony are driven out; all happiness disappears; all prosperity comes to an end. In a place where peace ought to prevail, there springs up every evil passion that tends to spoil the peace of a family or church, or even a nation. Where this spirit prevails, it is impossible to expect any progress in spiritual things; and in such a family or church any effort to do well is vain. Someone said, “The Spirit, like a peaceful dove, flies from the realms of noise and strife”.  We also know that if a Christian loves the world, discontentment will surely come. The Bible teaches that we are to be therewith content. We are to follow after righteousness verses 11-12. We are to exhort the rich of the world verses 17-19. The rich need help just as much as do the poor among us – they need God’s grace.Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read 1 John 1-2, Proverbs 1. Pray tonight that God will use these devotionals this month to show you things in your life that need change. Complete___

December 2nd    

Read yesterday’s Devotion 

There are many examples of unhappiness in riches. One need only look at some of the rich people in the world to be convinced of this fact. Look at some of the movies stars, rock stars, etc. Much of the world is trying to find happiness in sex, drugs, alcohol, excess, money, power, reality Television, etc. But, let’s not look at what many are seeking but what God says in His Word. How can I be content?

HAVE AN INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF AND RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

Try anything you want – only the Saviour brings contentment. Paul points out several times the fact of “dying to self.” Think of the sufferings of Christ. Many who have known Christ for years are still light in their attitude toward His suffering. We need the mind of Christ. Many will not acknowledge the reality of Christ, yet each day of their lives Christ makes Himself known to them: look at the calendar; it starts with Christ. Think about your daily fellowship with Christ. Think about the fact that Jesus is coming again.

HAVE A CONSISTENT FAITH THAT GOD WILL SUPPLY YOUR EVERY NEED

We must start with work on our part. I believe that my God will supply every need we have, but I also believe that we must supply the conditions:  He will supply if I am honest in paying my tithe and bills. He will supply if I ask Him. He will supply if I will share it with others. The sin of selfishness will sever our prayer line.

HAVE AN UNCONDITIONAL DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS.

Here is an important lesson for us to learn: personal contentment will grow as we learn to help others. There will be contentment even as we are burdened about others, even while we may be lacking some of the “so called nicer things” in life. Let’s see what Paul wrote on the subject of others in Romans 15:1-7. Help the weak and baby Christians. Help the skeptical Christians. I can help others by being strong in my own conflicts in life. Help the suffering Christians God sends your way. Help those unsaved and without Christ. Contentment comes from faith in Christ, loyalty to Christ, loyalty to our convictions, and faith that He will supply our every need.

Daily Assignments

Read Deuteronomy 17-20, Proverbs 2. Make a list in some areas of your life in which you have problems with contentment.

Complete___

LEARN “HOW TO PRAISE GOD IN GOOD AND BAD TIMES” IN “MY DAILY WALK” FOR NOVEMBER 30th

 November 30th

Praising the Lord

Psalm 16: 1-7 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

Often in speaking to Christians, I am told, “I’m just going to praise the Lord anyway.” The Bible says it is good to give thanks unto the Lord. The Word of God commands us not only to thank Him, but also to praise Him. Praise in the Word of God is not a request; it is a command; however, we can only praise Him as we feel a true thankfulness in our hearts.

God has not given us over to the lusts and the desires of the world, but He created us for the purpose of seeking Him and as Christians, of praising Him. Praising the Lord is not an easy thing to do if it is not from the heart. It is from the heart that come “the issues of life”. So if there is not constant praising in the heart, there will certainly not be true biblical praise from our lips.

We are to praise the Lord in good times and in bad. We are to praise the Lord if we feel good or if we are in ill health. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that much of the healing process has a great deal to do with our attitude toward the illness, as well as our attitude toward God.

I believe that one of the great sins of Christians in this modern time is that they have failed to appreciate the goodness of God. It is for this reason that we also take others for granted. One tends to take care of things that he has learned, for which he labored and sacrificed. We cannot begin to appreciate the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us, until we are at least willing to give a sacrifice back to Him as well as to others.

Daily Assignments

Read Acts 19-20, Proverbs 30, Complete___

READ ABOUT “DANGERS OF THE EAST WIND” IN “MY DAILY WALK” FOR NOVEMBER 29th

                              November 29th                                     

It’s How You React that Counts!

Read Isaiah 27:1-8

It is not what happens to you that counts, but how you react to what happens to you.

A Martyr once said, “There is one thing you cannot take from me, that is the right of my freedom to react in the way that I choose.”

The Hebrew term for east is: Kedem and means that which is before or in front of a person, and was applied to the east from the custom of turning in that direction when describing the points of the compass, before, behind, the right and the left representing respectively east, west, south and north. The word generally refers to the lands lying immediately eastward of Palestine, Arabia, Mesopotamia and Babylonia. The East wind was thought of with superstition, because some eighteen times it is mentioned in the Bible and is criticized as something bad. It is never mentioned in a good sense, but always in adversity.

Some believe that the east wind brings disease and affects the liver, lungs, and spleen and that people are less moral when the east wind is blowing. God has chosen to associate the east wind with adversity. He does not say the east wind will not come, but will give strength and power so that it will not be too hard on you. Cain and Abel had the same parents yet reacted differently. Jacob and Esau and the two thieves on the cross, each reacted differently in faith and in doubt.

Nobody ever enjoys anything painful – the key is to keep at it though it may be painful. When you think about it the worldly life style can be much more painful. So, what I am saying is that the east wind is as necessary as the south wind. We need the east wind of persecution to appreciate the south wind of pleasant warmth. We need the west wind of cleansing as well as the north wind of cooling.

Everybody has east winds, but it is how you react that really counts. One family may lose a child and say, “I’ll never serve a God like that,” while another may say, “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” Each one suffers equally but one reacted differently from the other. Paul said, I rejoice in persecution, while others fled from persecutors. We may be facing a lot of east winds in the future.  But the east wind of trials and persecution will only give us an opportunity to know Him better. The reaction can be more important than the action, because it is how we react to any given situation that will determine the outcome.

Daily Assignments

Read Malachi, Proverbs 29, Complete___

SEE THIS AMAZING FOUR DAY “WHERE CAN I GO” IN NEW “MY DAILY WALK” FOR NOVEMBER 25th – 28th

             November 25th             

 

WHERE CAN I GO?

Read Hebrews 4:12-16

My entire outline is based upon a song “Where Can I Go?

Where can I go when trouble comes?

Where can the little widow lady go?

Where can the one struck with cancer go?

Where can the one experiencing financial setback go?

Where can the one looking for employment go?

Look at verse 12 again, For the word of God. 

The intent of this and the following verse is obvious. It is to show that we cannot escape the notice of God; that all our insincerity, unbelief, hypocrisy, will be noticed by Him; and that since our hearts are open before Him, we should be sincere, and should not attempt to deceive Him. The sense is that the truth of God is all penetrating and searching, and that the real thoughts and intents of the heart will be brought to light; and that if there is insincerity and self-deception, there can be no hope of escape.

Sharper than any two-edged sword.

Literally, two-mouthed sword. The word mouth was given to the sword because it seemed to devour all before it. It consumed or destroyed, as a wild animal does. The comparison of the Word of God to a sword, or to an arrow, is designed to show its power of penetrating the heart. The fact that it has two edges makes it easier to penetrate, as well as to cut with precision.

Piercing even to the dividing asunder. Penetrating so as to divide. Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Deuteronomy 13-16, Proverbs 25, Complete___

            November 26th              

Read yesterday’s devotion 

Soul and spirit

There is the body in man – the animal life and the immortal part that leaves the body when life is gone. Mysteriously united, they make up one man. When the animal life is separated from the soul, or when the soul leaves the body, the body dies, and life is destroyed. To separate the one from the other is, therefore, the same as to take life and this is the idea that the Word of God is like a sharp sword that inflicts deadly wounds. The sinner literally “dies;” that is; he becomes dead to his former hopes, or is “slain” by the law. This is the power referred to here – the power of destroying the hopes of the sinner; cutting him down under conviction; and humbling him, as if a sword had pierced his heart. Matthew Henry

And of the joints and marrow

It would separate the joints, and pierce through the very bones to the marrow. A similar effect, Paul says, is produced by truth.  It seems to penetrate the very essence of the soul, and lay it open for all to see.

And is a discerner of the thoughts

It shows what the thoughts and intentions are and means that the Word of God sees the thoughts and intents of the heart. Continued tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Nehemiah 1-4,  Proverbs 26

Make an outline of the lesson Wednesday night.

Complete___

            November 27th              

Read the last two days’ devotion. 

Several questions – all point to the same place.

WHERE CAN I GO WHEN LONELY?

WHERE CAN I GO WHEN SAD?

WHERE CAN I GO WHEN BURDENED?

WHERE CAN I GO WHEN GLAD?

IS THERE A PLACE OF COMFORT?

IS THERE A PLACE OF CARE?

IS THERE A PLACE OF REFUGE?

IS THERE SOMEONE TO SHARE?

IS THERE A SEAT OF MERCY?

IS THERE A VEIL THAT’S TORN?

IS THERE A HEAVENLY FATHER?

HELPING THE TIRED AND WORN?

Yes, there’s a Throne in Heaven. Where nothing is denied and we may just by asking have all our need supplied. Where is this place that I can go? Where can I go? Come boldly to the throne of grace. What a beautiful expression! A throne is the seat of a sovereign; a throne of grace is designed to represent a sovereign seated to give out mercy and pardon. God is represented as seated in the most holy place on the mercy seat. The high priest approaches that seat or throne with the blood of the atonement, to make intercession for the people, and to plead for pardon. The great High Priest for the Christian is Jesus Christ, having shed His own blood to make atonement, is represented as approaching God, and pleading for the pardon of men. To a God willing to show mercy He comes with the sacrifice sufficient for all, and pleads for their salvation. We may, therefore, come with boldness, and look for pardon. We come not depending on our own merits, but we come where a sufficient sacrifice has been offered for our guilt, and where we are assured that God is merciful.

That we may obtain mercy.

This is what we want first. We need pardon–as the first thing when we come to God. We are guilty and self-condemned–and our first cry should be for mercy. Concluded tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 137-139, Proverbs 27

List at least 10 things for which you are thankful to God. Spend extra time in prayer today praising and thanking God for His past blessings to you and to your country. Complete___

          November 28th   

Read the last three days’ devotions

And find grace

Find favor, strength, help, counsel, direction, support, and for the various duties and trials of life. Even when pardoned, we need grace to keep us from sin, to help us in duty, to protect us in the day of temptation. So, we ought to:

Rejoice that there is a throne of grace. What a world this would be if God sat on a throne of justice only, and if no mercy were ever to be shown to men! He is on THE THRONE OF GRACE. Day and by night; from year to year; from generation to generation, He is on the throne. In every nation and in as many different languages all men may plead for mercy. In all times of trial and temptation we can be assured that He is seated on that Throne, and, wherever we are, we may approach Him with acceptance. We need the privilege of coming before the Throne. We are sinful, and need mercy; we are weak, and need grace to help us. There is not a day of our lives in which we do not need mercy and pardon, not a moment in which we do not need His grace. It is easy to be forgiven. All we need is to plead to our great High Priest, and God is ready to pardon. It is easy to obtain all the grace that we need. All we have to do is ask for it, and it’s done. How easy then to face temptation, if we would only ask! Isn’t it strange that any of us would rely on our own strength, when we can lean on the arm of God!

There isa THRONE OF GRACE, and it is always accessible.

There isa GOD andHe is always ready to forgive.

There isa REDEEMER, and He is the great High Priest of men.

He is always interceding and His work on the cross can always be pleaded as the ground of our salvation. Why should any of us remain unforgiven, and perish? Those who are yet unsaved and have been given opportunity, the blame must lie on themselves, because it is their own heart is the reason why they are not saved.

Daily Assignments

Read Ecclesiastes 11-12, Proverbs 28, Complete__

SEE HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER IN “MY DAILY WALK” FOR NOVEMBER 24th

November 24th

Love For One Another

Some time ago, someone came up to me and said, “Pastor I wish you knew how much I love you and your family. I also wish you knew how much I want to please you.” Of course, my first response was an expression of appreciation for his feelings. My second response was, “Brother, I too wish I knew how much you love me and my family, and I too wish I knew how much you want to please me.”

Let me pause a few moments to say that it is not how much we love our pastor and his family, but how much we love the Lord that is most important. Then we will properly love our pastor and his family. You will not be judged for how much you love other people, but by how much you love the Lord, and then other people. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” He also said that we ought to be willing to give our lives for our friends, as He did. Cultish leaders ask their people to be willing to die for them. Christian leaders ask their people to live for the Lord and be willing to die for Him. Your pastor is asking you not to die for him, personally, but that we live together in serving Him

Believe me, the opportunities have never been greater to show our love for the Lord, as well as your pastor. One of the greatest burdens your pastor carries is reaching his area for the Lord Jesus Christ, and secondly, their finances and facilities. I am one who believes that facilities ought always to be a good testimony in the community, rather than a reproach. The churches’ finances must always be above reproach. If all become faithful in serving and trusting Him by faith, moving ahead by faith; God will meet the financial needs.

Let’s decide to show our love for the Lord by our service, our faithfulness, our giving, and our faith. Let the opposition say what they may, but let us serve the Lord.

Daily Assignments

Read 2 Peter 1-3, Proverbs 24. List some of the things for which you are grateful this Thanksgiving season. Complete___

SEE THE CONTINUATION OF “THE GOOD FIG” IN “MY DAILY WALK” FOR NOVEMBER 23rd

       

        November 23rd    

Read the last two days’ devotions

In this case the tree had only the leaves on it, just as the Jew had only the outward appearance of religion. He accuses them of a lack of faith for not bearing fruit while He was with them. So, He curses the fig tree to show them of the judgment coming upon these rebellious Jews. The young fig tree is known to fail if the ground is not properly cultivated and the old tree will fail when neglected. Wow, what a lesson!

Proverbs 27:18, “Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.”

This is the last chapter in Jeremiah where God calls His people to repentance. The fig represents the people and the good fig those who are willing to serve God. The bad figs are those that will not serve God, in this case Zedekiah and his followers. So, if you are willing to serve God you are a good fig and if you are living for sin you are a bad fig.

Those willing to go with Nebuchadnezzar were good figs even if it meant captivity for them, because it was God’s will that they go. They had everything in Babylon and prospered because it was for their good. The bad figs stayed behind and were killed. They trusted in human strength not in Divine power. When our troubles are God sent, then we can be sure they will end well – HERE ARE SOME OF THE PROMISES AS A RESULT OF THE CAPTIVITY:

THEY WOULD LEARN TO BE BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH GOD.

THEY WOULD BE ENTIRELY CONVERTED TO GOD AND HIS WILL.

THEY WOULD HAVE THEIR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD RESTORED.

What a contrast: the bad figs were removed into other countries for their hurt while the good figs were taken for their good. The good were reserved for better times and the bad for worse.

Matthew Henry said, ‘God has a variety of judgments wherewith to prosecute those that fly from justice; and those that have escaped one, may expect another, till they are brought to repent and reform.’ It may be that God will want you or me to suffer some affliction and He will ask of us, ‘will you be a good fig or a bad fig?

 Daily Assignments

Read Acts 17-18, Proverbs 23, Complete___