Let each one remain in the same calling in which He was called. 1 Corinthians 7:20 NKJV
When we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we became born again citizens of heaven. This world is not our true home. God calls us to be a holy. He calls us to come out of the world and be separate from the world even though we must live in the world!
Jesus does not take us immediately into the presence of the Father when we are saved.
And yet we are not to be conformed to the world even though God leaves in the world.
One day The Father will completely transform His creation. It will no longer exist in a fallen state. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. They will exist in total perfection!
Our transformed lives are to be examples of the transformation God will bring to His creation. We are to be examples of the transformation Jesus wants to accomplish in the lives of our unsaved family members, friends, and neighbors!
God met us right where we were when He saved us. Some of us were drug addicts or alcoholics. Others were seeking money and recognition. Some of us were good moral people but lived in a state of spiritual bankruptcy.
Jesus blessed us with spiritual gifts so He can use us to save others.
If you work at a bank God does not want you to be a Christian on the weekends. Jesus wants you to apply the Word of God to your life at work. Jesus wants to use you at work. The Lord wants to minister to your co-workers and customers through you!
Jesus wants us to reflect His character everywhere we go. God the Holy Spirit lives in us. The Lord wants us to yield our lives to Him so He can live out His life though us!
God loves you. One day you will live with Him in holy perfection. You will experience His perfect love. You will love Him perfectly. Until then we must continue living in this imperfect world for the glory and honor of our heavenly Father.
God wants us to reflect holiness in everything we do. We can only do that if we love Jesus enough to trust Him with our lives.
Trust Jesus to prepare the way for you to serve Him. Trust Him to work in you and through you everywhere you go!
Trust Jesus to prepare your true home for you. Jesus will lead you to His banqueting table. His banner over you will always be love.
Serve God right where you are today with what you have today. Jesus will make all the preparations necessary for you to serve Him in the beauty of holiness throughout eternity!
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:10-11 NKJV
The disciples fled from the envious Jews in the middle of the night. They went to Berea. When the Jews heard Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea they followed hm. They stirred up the crowds there. Paul escaped by way of the sea. He went to Athens.
Paul wanted to go Asia to preach the Word of God. The Holy Spirit stopped him. The Lord called Paul to Macedonia. Paul was forced to flee Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea because of Jewish opposition.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
The envious Jews were not hindering God’s work. The Lord used opposition to the gospel to send Paul where God wanted him. The Philippian Jailer and his family might not have heard the gospel if Paul was not arrested. They might not have been saved!
Jesus can use opposition and oppression that flair up in your life to move you where He wants you! God can use all the “bad” things that happen in your life to prepare you for the work He created you to accomplish for Him!
When Paul arrived in Berea he discovered the people were more-fair minded than those in Thessalonica. They received the word of God with all readiness. They searched the scriptures to see if the things Paul said were true.
The Bereans listened intently to Paul. They willingly and eagerly searched the scriptures. They were hungry for the truth! They did their due diligence to discover the truth!
There are many people talking about god and Jesus today. Many of them have righteous intentions. They speak the truth in love. Some of them do not have good intentions. Some have been deceived. Some twist the scriptures for evil purposes.
A righteous Pastor, Preacher or Theologian would tell you to search the scriptures for yourself. There is no substitute for personal bible study. We should interact with the scriptures every day!
We do not always know what to pray for. Jesus does. The One who searches hearts knows the mind of the Spirit. Jesus will make intercession for you!
Trust Jesus with everything and everything will work out for God’s glory and your good!
Find a faithful teacher of God’s Word and receive the message with joy and thanksgiving. Feed your soul and hold the man of God accountable by searching the scriptures yourself!
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent”. 1 Corinthians 1:18-19 NKJV
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25 NKJV
God reminded me of a young lady who visited our church years ago. Her name was Gianna. She came to share the story of her life with us. Her mother attempted to abort Gianna, but God intervened!
God had his hand upon Gianna’s life. She stepped out in faith. She limped to the pulpit. She gave glory to the God who saved her from death. Her testimony is that abortion does not terminate a fetus. It kills a person!
I have heard people say a Christian should never pray for patience. They say God will answer your prayer, but you will not enjoy the process. God simply does not do things the way we would.
I have always been a very selfish and inpatient person. I never did get angry easily. When I did get angry I gave full vent to my wrath!
Jesus is teaching me to control my anger by trusting Him with the people places and things that anger me. The Lord is teaching me to express my anger in appropriate ways. God is teaching me not to act out in anger but wait for Him to move in my heart.
Jesus taught me to deal with my anger by giving me more practice than I wanted. He rocked my world by allowing me to see myself in the mirror of truth. I saw the pain my sin caused. God brought about great transformation in my life. He did not do it my way!
Jesus is going to bring about the most amazing transformation in our world. One day Jesus will take us with Him. We will live in unending joy. The Lord is going to reward us for the good works He chooses to accomplish in us and through us.
God is going to create a new heaven and a new earth. We will never experience pain or sorrow again. That is our hope and future. It is reality!
The process of getting from here to eternity will not be easy. If we trust Jesus He will make our paths straight. Jesus will be our strength and wisdom. He will lead us home!
Put your faith in the Word of God. Do not trust people who are wise in their own eyes. They are perishing.
You have the hope of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ!
But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:5-6 NKJV
Envious Jews accused the missionaries of turning the world upside down. Paul must have been pleased by the accusation. Paul must have praised God and given thanks that he was found worthy of their accusations. Jesus told Paul he would suffer for the gospel.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12
Jesus did not come to turn the world upside down. Jesus came to turn the world right side up. The Word of God is a sword that separates bone from marrow. It divides the world into camps of good and evil!
Jesus did not come to clean up a sinful world. He came to transform it by pulling down the stronghold of evil. In Genesis chapter 3 the Lord told Satan, He (Jesus) shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel. Make no mistake, Jesus is a warrior king!
The Jews were envious because people chose to follow Jesus rather than the religious establishment. They chose to obey the Word of God rather than men. The Jews responded by turning to evil men and gathering a mob. They were kindred spirits!
The Jews accused the disciples of being disloyal to Rome and worshiping a king other than Cesar. They secretly yearned for a Messiah to free them from Roman oppression. That did not stop them from accusing Paul of the desire that was in their own hearts!
Paul was engaging in spiritual warfare. He proclaimed the Word of God in the stronghold of evil. He spoke the truth to a world reeling and listing from sin. Paul revealed that Jesus is the light of the world to a people walking in darkness.
Paul was opposed and oppressed everywhere he went. That is because the people of his time walked in the darkness of unbelief and deception. The people of this age are blinded by unbelief and deception as well. Will they oppose and oppress us?
Jesus does not want to clean up our sinful world. He wants to transform it by pulling down strongholds in peoples lives. He will not do it by sending angels to preach the gospel. He will not do it by sending angels to engage in spiritual warfare.
Jesus wants us to stop playing church and be the church. He wants us to follow Hm not the worldly trendsetters. Jesus wants us to obey Him rather than going along to get along. We can be disciples of Jesus or kindreds spirit of the world. We cannot be both!
Will people accuse us of turning the world upside down? Will we praise God and give thanks if they do? Jesus is much more than a warrior king. Jesus is the Lord of Creation!
“For this commandment which I give you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?
But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, In that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before your life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:11-20 NKJV
God spoke these words to the children of Israel many years ago. God is speaking the same words to us today. God’s commands and desires are the same for us today.
God is calling us to choose whom we shall serve today. He is calling us to choose life or death, blessing, or prosperity. Our Heavenly Fathers is calling us to choose eternal life in Jesus Christ or eternal separation from the Lord!
Every word of God will come to pass just as He delivered it to us! Every person who has lived upon the earth will be held accountable for their decisions! Make yours today!
God created us in His image and likeness. Jesus created us so He could love us. Jesus created us to love Him.
Jesus is calling us to make wise choices. He is holding out His arms of love and calling us to live according to His good and perfect plan. What is God’s plan for us?
Jesus wants us to love Him with all our hearts, with all our minds and with all our strength. Jesus wants us to love the people near us as much as He does. Jesus wants us to live for Him today. Jesus wants us to spend eternity basking in His love for us!
You have the freedom to choose how you live. Choose wisely. Choose to live for Jesus today. Choose to spend eternity with Jesus in the beauty of His holiness!
Now when they had passed through Amphiopilis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas. Acts 17:1-4 NKJV
Paul and Silas arrived at Thessalonica. Paul made a beeline for the synagogue. He began a dialogue by reasoning from the Word of God. He demonstrated from the scriptures that Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead.
Paul told the people in the synagogue of this important city, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” A great multitude of people responded in faith. They got saved!
Paul focused his message on demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead because Jesus did not live up to the Jews expectations of the Christ. They expected Christ to deliver them from the Romans. Jesus did so much more!
Paul used the scriptures to make his case because they are the source of truth in this dark world. The scriptures reveal Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs salvation. Paul lifted up the name of the Lord. He made Jesus famous!
Paul served Jesus by going into the stronghold of evil. The Jews persecuted Paul. They wanted to kill him. They stoned him and left him for dead. They put him in prison for casting a demon out of a young girl.
The Jews would follow Paul and oppose him everywhere he went. Paul’s future was hardships trials more imprisonment and martyrdom. Paul continued in his relentless pursuit to make Jesus known among the nations!
God gave Paul incredible grace to continue to run the race set before him. Paul would continue to fight on in the faith God gave him.
There are people all over the world running their own race today. Multitudes are fighting their own battle of faith. Most of them will not make a mark on history the way Paul did. Each and everyone of us can make Jesus famous in our corner of the world!
I am humbled and amazed at how many people read these daily devotions. It is not because I am a famous teacher preacher or writer. It is because I use the scriptures to demonstrate that “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ!!
God’s Word does not return void. It accomplishes the purpose for which the Lord sends it out!
Ask God to give you the grace to make Jesus famous in your corner of the world!
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 10:12 NKJV
These words were spoken to the children of Israel. God desired their worship and obedience. The Lord wanted Israel to love Him with all their hearts and souls.
God is revealing the same unchanging truth to you today.
In biblical times the children of Israel were the people of God. Today all people who call on the name of Jesus are the people of God. People who live in submission to Jesus are God’s children. God has the same desires for us He had for the children of Israel.
Jesus desires your worship and obedience today. Jesus wants you to love Him with all your heart and soul today!
How can we love God with all our hearts and souls? How can we love God who is invisible when we have such a hard time loving our neighbors whom we see so often?
The revelation of God’s love enables us to live our lives as a love song to Jesus. God’s love enables us to worship and obey Him. The reality of God’s love transforms us into people who love God with all our hearts and souls!
The Christian life is a journey. There is much God wants to teach us and show us. He wants to do great and mighty things in us and through us. It all begins with the revelation that Jesus loves us. It continues with the revelation that Jesus desires our love!
It is easy to become distracted by the fast pace of life. It is easy to become distracted by the difficult circumstances or life. We can become frustrated trying to live the Christian life in our own strength and wisdom!
We are all guilty of taking our eyes off Jesus from time to time.
Jesus is waiting for you to fall in love with Him all over again. Jesus is waiting for you to love Him with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength!
So, they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31 NKJV
Paul and Silas were in prison. They were praying and singing hymns to the Lord. The other prisoners were listening. There was a great earthquake. Suddenly the prison doors were opened. All the prisoner’s chains were loosened.
The keeper of the prison was going to kill himself. Paul called out to the jailer saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” The jailer fell before Paul and Silas and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Paul and Silas shared the word of God with the jailer. The jailer took Paul and Silas into his home. He washed and dressed their wounds. He fed them. The jailer and his household rejoiced because they believed in Jesus!
After receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior the jailer immediately started serving the Body of Christ. He tended to Paul’s and Silas’s needs. They were Jesus to him. He became Jesus to them!
The jailer did not wait for a church elder to announce a need or call for servants. He did not wait for a sign that Jesus wanted him to serve. Paul and Silas do not appear to have asked for help. The new disciple saw a need. He stepped out in faith and met that need.
The jailer and his household rejoiced in their new faith. They rejoiced at the opportunity to serve Jesus by serving others.
Jesus revealed Himself to the Philippian jailer in a miraculous way. The Lord met him right where he was. In his workplace!
If you do not know Jesus Christ call out to Him. The Lord will meet you right where you are. If you do not know what to believe ask God to show you the truth. He will introduce you to the one who is truth, Jesus!
Do not wait for a sign from God. Do not wait for a call from the pulpit. Look around you. There are people in need everywhere. There are opportunities to serve Jesus by serving His people right where you are with what you have right now!
Do you still rejoice at the miracle of your salvation? You should. Life is hard. The days are evil. That should cause us to rejoice even more. The world and all that it entails is in a state of decay. The life Jesus is preparing for you has only just begun!
Pray for God to reveal Himself to the people near you. If you are at work pray for your unsaved co-workers. If you are at home pray for your unsaved family members. Take the time to pray today!
Ask Jesus to perform His greatest miracle. Ask Jesus to save the people near you right now!
For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you today? Deuteronomy 4:7-8 NKJV
Moses called the nation of Israel to righteousness and obedience to God.
Moses told Israel if they obeyed God’s commands He would be with them and bless them. God would provide for them and give them victory over their enemies. If they worshiped the Lord only they would dwell in a land flowing with milk and honey forever.
God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow.
Jesus is calling us to obey His righteous commands today. The Lord is calling us to worship Him and only Him today. God’s greatest desire is for us to love Him with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our minds today and every day.
God honors people who honor Jesus. The Lord blesses people who live in obedience to Him!
If we honor Jesus in all we do God will honor us. If we draw close to Jesus in our hearts He will draw close to us. Jesus will provide for us and protect us. He will give us victory over our enemies. The Lord will cause us to dwell together in unity, safety, and prosperity.
Jesus is doing a new thing in the world. He is doing a new thing in the lives of people who know Him and trust Him!
What is it Jesus wants to do on this the first day of the rest of your life? Jesus wants to draw you deeper into intimate relationship with Him. Jesus wants you to love Him with all your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind!
Jesus is near to you today. You may call upon the Lord for any reason today!
Jesus chose you to live in this place at this time in His-story. You are a royal priest and an ambassador of Christ to the nations. Pray for healing. Pray for unity. Pray for righteousness to sweep across the face of the earth!
Pray for Jesus to be lifted-up before the nations. Pray for men, women, and children to bow before the Lord of Glory and love Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul, and strength!
Call out to Jesus on behalf of our nation and all the nations of the world today!
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out that very hour. Acts 16:16-18 NKJV
The slave girl was speaking the truth, but she was possessed by an evil spirit. The evil spirit was not drawing people to Christ. It was drawing people away from the Lord!
This attack came as God’s servants went to prayer. The enemy attacks when we step out in faith. Satan wants to distract us. He wants us to focus our attention on everything but Jesus.
The devil perverts the truth of God. He uses it against us. No one can serve two masters. This girl was speaking the truth about Paul and his companions while practicing witchcraft. When people claim to speak for God we must consider how they live.
The girl followed the disciples for several days before they cast the demon out of her. It is important for us to wait on the Lord before stepping out in faith. The bible tells us Paul was greatly annoyed by this girl. Paul was not fearful because Jesus was with Him!
Paul and Silas were put in jail. The owners of the slave girl were angry at the loss of income when the demon was cast out of her. While Paul and Silas were in jail they shared the gospel with the jailer. His entire household was saved.
God uses Satan’s attacks for His glory and our salvation!
Satan is a real being. He takes people captive to do his will. There really are demons who seek to destroy God’s people and bring destruction to our world. They inhabit a spirit realm we cannot see with our eyes.
We can see the Spirit of God working among us through eyes of faith!
We have nothing to fear from the devil or his demons when we live according to God’s will. We have nothing to fear from anyone or anything when we step out in faith to serve Jesus!
Jesus wants us to fear Him and Him alone. Jesus wants us to know His power and authority are unequaled in all of creation. Jesus wants us to serve Him so He can save people from the works of Satan!
God wants you share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people in your life. Jesus wants you to walk in great boldness because He is with you everywhere you go!
Jesus can use you to shake the foundations of bondage and set people free today!
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