Category Archives: Devos

Thankful for the Powerful Preaching of God’s Word!

Today in my Bible reading during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read about the effective and powerful communication of God’s word by Apostle Paul and Barnabus in Iconium in ancient Galatia (part of what we now call Turkey)…  Here’s how Acts 14.1-7 puts it…

“Paul and Barnabus went as usual into the Jewish synagogue.  There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed… They spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of His grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.”

These words caused me to express thanksgiving to God for all those, who anointed by the Holy Spirit, effectively communicate God’s word in our culture!  One of the great joys of my life has been the privilege of hearing some of the greatest gifted communicators of God’s word – some of them local pastors, some itinerant evangelists, others missionaries and church leaders!  What a privilege to hear God’s word proclaimed with integrity, skill, and power!  There’s nothing like “anointed preaching”!!!  And then as an added blessing to see the message confirmed by people putting their trust in Christ and accompanied by signs and wonders (the miraculous) – powerful Pentecostal preaching!!!  Something to be grateful for!!!  And believe me, I am grateful for it!!

So this Thanksgiving season, I want to pause and express gratitude for my local pastor, Lennon Noland, one of the finest young preachers I know, at Trinity Church, Waxahachie, Texas … for our General Superintendent in the Assemblies of God, Doug Clay; and for every pastor, evangelist and missionary that have powerfully proclaimed the life-transforming message of the Gospel that has enriched my life over the years!!!  Thank you!  Thank you!!  Thank you!!!  I’m praying for you (and doing my best to honor God with my personal communication of His wonderful word every opportunity I have)!

On Being a “Nice Person” – Or a “Real” Christian”

HEY, THERE’S VALUE IN BEING A “NICE PERSON” AS A CHRISTIAN!  It enhances the power and potency of your testimony!  It’s the kind of life the Lord can bless!

In my Bible reading this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I was reminded of that fact.  Apostle Peter had just dealt with the responsibilities and behavior of Christians as citizens (1 Peter 2:13-17)… Then he spoke to “servants” about their work ethic (1 Peter 2:18-21 – and what he says applies to employees as well!)… Then the responsibility of wives and husbands within the context of marriage and the home is addressed (2 Peter 3:1-7).  But he ends it all up by saying…

“FINALLY, ALL OF YOU, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”  (1 Peter 3:8–9 ESV)

Christians are called upon to be exceptionally, consistently, kind, gracious, NICE people!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were always that way?  Wouldn’t the cause of Christ be furthered?  Wouldn’t the “Gospel” have maximized impact?  I gotta tell you I want to be that kind of Christian!  Don’t you?  I know, it will take the grace of God and the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in my life to pull it off… But isn’t that Who is working in our lives?  Hey, we can do this! 

Some Perspective on “Black Friday”

I know… It’s the day AFTER Thanksgiving… They call it “BLACK FRIDAY!”  Sounds dark, pessimistic, and negative doesn’t it… And our culture’s answer? … Just go shopping!

LISTEN, IF YOUR PERSPECTIVE IS ONLY “THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN” – WHAT GOES ON “UNDER THE SUN” – IT’S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE FUTILITY AND NEGATIVISM OF EVERYTHING!  I’m reading Ecclesiastes in the Bible right now and that is the perspective – trying to figure things out, seeking wisdom, “this side of heaven” – “under the sun.”  If you do that, it’s inevitable… Your perspective will be skewed and distorted – YOU’LL MISS THE DIVINE PERSPECTIVE – the perspective with God taken into account!

I think that’s what happened to the writer of Ecclesiastes!  If you try to figure things out on your own without God’s perspective, you’ll just see the ultimate futility of everything.  Here’s what I read today in Ecclesiastes…

“So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and striving after the wind.  I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the one who will come after me, and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool?  Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun!  This also is vanity!  So I turned about and gave me heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it.  This also is vanity and a great evil!”  (From  Ecclesiastes 2:17-21)

“Happy Holidays everyone!”  You sit down and try to figure it all out on your own and you might end up with the same morbid conclusion!

But here’s God’s perspective…

“God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love you showed for His sake” (Hebrews 6:10)

“Be steadfast, immovable, always a bounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain!” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”  (Matthew 6:19-20)

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

And that’s just a few that give God’s perspective – the divine perspective!  I want to see life from that perspective!  Don’t you?

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