• DEVOTION - THE SOURCE Today we stand at a threshold of the unknown. We don’t know what we will find. We don't know what new experiences, changes or needs will come our way. Even with the uncertainty before us, we have a cheerful and comforting message from our heavenly Father. “The Lord your God cares. For the eyes of the Lord are continually on (it) from the beginning of the year to the end.” Deuteronomy 11:11-12 The Lord is to be our Source of supply. In Him are springs, fountains and streams that will never be cut off or run dry. To those who are anxious, comes the gracious promise of our heavenly Father: If He is the Source of our mercies, mercy will never fail us. “No heat or drought can dry the rivers whose streams make glad the city of God.” Psalm 46:4 “Yet for us there is one God the Father, who is the Source of all things.” 1 Corinthians 8:6 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 2 God is our Source! Sound easier to say than believe? When it comes to standing in faith for things we know that we need to survive or want so desperately, the battle is on. Satan is waiting in the wings to convince you that God isn’t going to meet those needs. He will tell you that God doesn’t want to help you or that He won’t make it in time. These are lies, lies and more lies. The truth? I'll say it again, God is your Source! He is the perfect and on-time Source for everything you could ever need or want! But, you have to receive Him as your one and only Source by faith. The word of God will renew our minds, feed our faith, and get us to where we need to be to receive. It is a place where every need we have is completely met. If you allow it, God will be the Source for your every need. Our lives will have valleys and hills. If life were always level how boring would that be? It’s in the difficult times that we are driven to the throne room of grace that brings showers of blessings. It is the cold and seemingly barren times of our lives that we question and complain about that brings down the showers. God’s word is clear that believers are not to be given over to anxiety. But it’s not simply a cold, abrupt command to stop worrying. Scripture states that we shouldn’t focus on the plans, needs and uncertainties of tomorrow, but it is clear about where our focus should be instead. This is what Jesus said to His followers, and the same instructions hold true for us today: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10 We cannot see what blessings or trials the future holds. We only need to keep our eyes on the Father, because we trust in Him. “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in me.” Isaiah 26:3 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7, 19 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
  • DEVOTION – BE AT EASE Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:25-26 When I was a young kid, I remember coming home from school and seeing my mother crying and my dad was very angry. I asked my mom what happened and she told me that my dad had lost his job. My parents had 6 kids to feed, so losing a job at the time was not the ideal situation. My mom spent the rest of the night trying, trying to figure out what they would do. I remember her saying “what are we going to do” repeatedly. He would eventually find a job, and things worked themselves out. Worrying is a trait that we, as humans, share. We spend forever worrying about things we have no control over and outcomes that may never even happen. Nowhere is that more evident than today. Many are losing their jobs, some fear getting sick and so many of us must adjust to a new life. As I get older, I realize that fear and worry are just stress that we put on ourselves. Upon reflection, there are so many things that have happened throughout my life that I thought I’d never make it past but I did. The bad moments, the tough times that I had, God brought me through them all. He provided a way for me to overcome them! Instead of focusing on the bad situations in life, we should focus more on the amazing things that God has done for us. Blessing after blessing that has led us to where we are now. Think of a bad moment in your life, your lowest moment, and now think about how God pulled you through it. No matter what we are going through, God is there. He loves us more than we realize, and sometimes deserve, but we are that important to him. So, don’t spend your time worrying on things we have no control over. Instead, let God handle it. Because he has, and always will provide us with what we need in life. It may not always be what we think it should be, but it is exactly what we need. God knows best. Faith is believing. Worrying about what will happen next, is the opposite. God is in control of our destiny, and that means that I have nothing to worry about. He has never failed us, and He never will. That thought alone, puts my mind at ease. “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6: 27-34 -Roger L. Givens
  • DEVOTION- F•E•A•R Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 Fear and worry is something that the majority of people live with. I did a small 3 question survey to see how people deal with these emotions. According to the survey, the majority of those that participated stated that their biggest fears were dying, losing a loved one (especially their children) and family dying without knowing the Lord. The second question was, “How do you deal with your fears and worries?” The main answer was through prayer, while others said medication and some said they just deal with it. The final question was, “Do you feel it’s ok to let fear and worry consume you?” Everyone said No. I decided to do a little digging to see what the Lord has to say about fear and worry. The definition of fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat”. We all face fears! There are two basic kind of fears. First there are good fears, these fears are the ones that protect you. Examples would be being afraid of being hurt if you were to be reckless and jump out of a window or a moving vehicle or fear of going to jail if you were to take something that doesn’t belong to you. These fears actually protect you but there are also bad fear. This is when you let your concerns consume you to the point of being emotionally unable to function or until they cause you to no longer trust in God. Isaiah 41:10-13 says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness...For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." The opposite of Faith is Fear. As a child of God, fear is not an option. A quick way to remember is that Faith is believing what God says and Fear is believing what the devil says. The devil uses fear to distract us from God...so Fear is from the devil! God says, in Timothy 1:7, “He has not given you the spirit of fear”. He also says in Isaiah 35:4, “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue”. God is always by your side and his Word aggressively tells us not to worry and to trust in Him. The phrase “Do not Fear” is written in the Bible 365 times, that’s a daily reminder from God to live everyday fearless! As indicated by the survey, people are afraid of many things, death, fear of failure, fear of something happening to someone they love, fear of dealing with their finances, fear of someone hurting them and if you’re like me, fear of bad weather. It is one thing to be concerned but when you let that concern overwhelm you, paralyze you to a point where you can’t function then you have allowed your fears to turn to sin. There are many instances throughout Gods word where people were afraid; •Peter was afraid, so he denied Jesus. •Moses was afraid to go back to Egypt to face Pharaoh. •Lot was afraid of the people of Zoar so he went to live in a cave in the mountains. •Adam and Eve were afraid after they sinned so they hid from God. We are no different from the people before us. We are all human and fear is a human reaction. It’s how we deal with those fears that determines our Faith. Do you let your fears cripple you or do you hit your knees and let God help you through them? Some people look at F•E•A•R as Forget Everything And Run but a better acronym would be, Faith Erases All Reservations. A scripture to lean on during your time of fear and worry is Philippians 4:6, “Don't be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Put your trust in the Lord and rest, knowing that even during your times of fear and worry that you have someone to call on and to lean on. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91:1-2 Let your Faith be bigger than your Fears! – Cindy Howell
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    DEVOTION - ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE JOB? Am I a Minimum Wage Christian? Hebrews 4:2 (NIV) For we also have had the Gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with Faith. (Action) What Tools do I use to increase my wages? GOD TOOLS T-alent 1 Peter 4:10(AMP) As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as (benefits) good trustees of God’s many-sided grace (faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor.) Talent is the door you will use for the job God has provided. O-bligation Numbers 30:2(NIV) When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. Obligation is the loyalty that gains trust for more responsibility. O-bedience Romans 6:16(AMP) Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? Deuteronomy 5:32-33(MSG) So be careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Walk straight down the road God commands so that you’ll have a good life and live a long time in the land that you’re about to possess. Psalm 128:1-2(MSG) All you who fear God, how blessed you are! How happily you walk on his smooth straight road! You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in goodness! Obedience is the process to promotion/higher wages. L-ove Corinthians 13:4-8(NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Love is what creates humility and gains us respect for leadership. It is very hard to find any job that only takes one tool. That is why I believe we must have tools! S-avior Matthew 1:21(NIV) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. Here is most of us, though…Psalm 39:22(NIV) Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior! The Savior is our strength (LEVERAGE) for the job we are called to and the pre-requisite to our employment in the workplace of the Lord. The devil uses the “You Tool” for everyone including Guilt, Lust, Condemnation, Pride, etc. or the three W’s it seems when it comes to men, WOMEN, WEALTH or WINE. A tool is something you have to make an effort to get. It doesn’t just show up in your hand. Will you make the effort to grab the next tool that God wants to use in your life? God did use a unique tool to get the job done for you and I, THE CROSS! - Heath Mason
  • This is not a suggestion. “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:22-25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    1. Some learn and never grow. The answer to the thirst we feel after a long time without water is pressing on. The answer to our spiritual thirst is pressing in. When we take action in the direction of Kingdom purpose it ignites the censes. It puts our focus on higher things and removes our on need for gratification. Without action in our faith there is a tendency to drift away. Our focus on our created purpose helps us stay grounded to the things that truly matter. Hebrews tells us. “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1 Just as the potential problem of distraction is outlined for us in Hebrews so is the solution. The example of the patron saints show us how faith filled action sets us up for eternity. Enoch pleased God and was rewarded Noah moved with Godly fear and obeyed and he saved his family and became the heir of righteousness. Abraham obeyed, went out and received Sara conceived because she judged him faithful This List is a testimony of action packed faith that God rewarded. Oh that each of our lives would be remembered for our action packed faithfulness so that God would not be ashamed to be called our God. I love you guys keep pressing in. “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:5-16 NKJV
      1. Some learn and never grow. The answer to the thirst we feel after a long time without water is pressing on. The answer to our spiritual thirst is pressing in. When we take action in the direction of Kingdom purpose it ignites the censes. It puts our focus on higher things and removes our on need for gratification. Without action in our faith there is a tendency to drift away. Our focus on our created purpose helps us stay grounded to the things that truly matter. Hebrews tells us. “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1 Just as the potential problem of distraction is outlined for us in Hebrews so is the solution. The example of the patron saints show us how faith filled action sets us up for eternity. Enoch pleased God and was rewarded Noah moved with Godly fear and obeyed and he saved his family and became the heir of righteousness. Abraham obeyed, went out and received Sara conceived because she judged him faithful This List is a testimony of action packed faith that God rewarded. Oh that each of our lives would be remembered for our action packed faithfulness so that God would not be ashamed to be called our God. I love you guys keep pressing in. “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:5-16 NKJV
        1. God give each of us the Kingdom direction for our lives! Good word Pastor.
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