Category Archives: Devos

A post for Christian parents…

Can you imagine being the parents of Samson in the Bible?  Can you identify?  (I urge you to read Judges 13 – 16)

Samson’s parents had waited, hoped and prayed for a child a long time…

There was a clear sense (even a divinely communicated message) that they would be parents of “a special child”

They dedicated themselves to the task of raising Him for the Lord (“I beg you teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born” – Judges 13:8)

They devoted themselves to godly parenting in a decadent culture…

There were clear indications God had His hand on his life – Gifts of the Spirit periodically were evident as he grew and matured…

But also there was concerning evidence of spiritual inconsistency and carnal behavior…

Disappointment came with many of the moral choices he made…

Confrontation and counsel was rejected… parental concern deepened…

Devastating choices were made by him that led to spiritual, moral and physical bondage…

Prayer, prayer, and more prayer for their son…

A final spiritual victory… or was it a defeat?

Can you identify as a parent?

It’s easy to criticize and suggest what they could have done differently…

Samson’s parents had to do what many godly parents have to do today in this culture… Pray fervently, trust that God will honor their parenting efforts, acknowledge their shortcomings, put their child in God’s hands daily, and trust God’s faithfulness and promises.

I just want you to know that as a fellow Christian parent, I prayed for you and the child you are concerned about today!

An encouraging word…

An ol’ country song has a line in it that goes like this… “Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play, WHERE SELDOM IS HEARD A DISCOURAGING WORD and the skies are not cloudy all day.”

Well today’s post is NOT a “discouraging word” – instead let me share “AN ENCOURAGING WORD” from my Bible reading this morning – Psalm 119:14-17! In fact, I wrote this in the margin of my Bible next to the verses: “Just what is needed when facing a crisis!” So if you’re facing a difficulty, an emergency or crisis let these words – “God’s word” – sustain and uphold you!

“I have put my hope in your word! … Sustain me, my God, according to your promise and I will live! Do not let my hopes be dashed! Uphold me, and I will be delivered!”

There it is… “an encouraging word!” Go with it today!!! Depend on it… depend on Him!

Affliction – Suffering… Can any good come from it?

Affliction – it’s never pleasant, always painful! And It comes in a great variety of forms… physical, emotional, social-relational, financial, etc. In fact, I’m hesitant to even bring it up the subject right now because many of my dear friends are experiencing it. I’ve experienced it – so have you.

But it was a part of my Bible reading this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” and He and I discussed it… So I decided to share just a bit about what “He” had to say on the subject…

He said it didn’t have to be negative – in fact, He had the power (depending on my response) to make it turn out positively in my life…

He reminded me of some of the “Bible greats” – Job, Joseph, David, Jeremiah, Stephen, Paul, John… even Jesus Himself!

Apostle Paul testified in affliction , “So we do not lose heart! Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day! For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison!” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

James urged believers to, “Count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. A let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing! … Blessed is the person who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:2-3, 12)

And, believe me, there are many others! In fact, right now I’m reading Psalm 119 and these verses are what provoked my conversation with the Lord on the subject of affliction…

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word… It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold… I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. May your unfailing love by me comforting, according to your promise to your servant.” (verses 67, 71-72, 75-76)

Oh the positive value of affliction in our lives! Lord help us to trust you in our trials, listen for your voice in our suffering, and respond to you with obedience, love and faith! “You’re a “good, good Father! That’s who you are!”

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