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    Tom
    devotionals

    1 Thessalonians 5:18...In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV
    Have you noticed during your highway trips a huge cross appears where you might least expect it? It may be a single cross or a cross with the crown of thorns on the beam where Jesus hands were nailed. On interstate 40 East in Memphis, there are 3 crosses on Bellevue Baptist Church property that command your attention, standing tall for everyone to see whether you are traveling east or west.  
     
    While driving, the crosses always appear when I am getting fatigued or when my mind is numb from listening to anything on the radio to keep me alert. But when I see the cross, there is a “WOW” coming from me because I did not expect to see it but was glad it was there. You may think it weird but seeing the cross energizes me and put’s a smile on my face.
     
    Christians are thankful for the cross because if it were not for it, our future would be hopeless instead of hopeful. We would not have any fellowship with God because we would never be able to obey His Law and we would certainly be lost.
     
    According to the news headlines or over hearing conversations, our country is in a crisis. People have lost compassion toward one another, anger is the tone of the day and some are actually saying what do we have to be thankful for? In spite of the negativity that surrounds us, the answer is we have much to be thankful for and it is because of the cross.
     
    The passage of scripture says "in every thing give thanks" for this (thankfulness) is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Even though some have strayed away from principles of love, kindness and compassion toward one another, the cross is where they can go for restoration.
     
    Those who are saved are thankful for the cross because its power to convict us is stronger than any law man could impose. The cross is the place where the broken can go to be put back together. The cross means access to God that was never possible before Jesus died on the cross. The Gospel of Mark 15:37- KJV ...And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.  38... And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  39... And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 
     
    During our Sunday service our Pastor Superintendent Gregory M. Askew Sr. asked us to post one thing that we are Thankful for everyday on social media leading up to Thanksgiving. The congregation has responded and many participants of social media have realized when you weigh what they are thankful for against their feeling there is nothing to be thankful for…their view changed.
     
    In this season of Thanksgiving, as a nation we will take time out of the last Thursday in November to spend time with our family and friends as we enjoy a great dinner with those we love. Think about the cross as you consider the things to be thankful for. You just may find a cross in your view as you hit the road going home.

    Jesus disciple
    devotionals

    Fear  comes  from  lack  of  faith  and  lack  of  faith  from  not  having  the  word  of  God,  faith  comes  from  hearing  the word  of  God,  with  our  heart,  it  is  this  word  built  in  us,  ( which  is Jesus in personality ) that  gives  us  faith.  Faith  comes  from God,  through  his  word  by  His  spirit.  Why  then  should  we  fear  when  He  has  given  us  a  spirit  to  live  not  again  in  fear,  but  a spirit  that  we  shall  become  sons  of  God.
     
    He  has  made  us  His  sons and  if  we  are  His  sons, how  much  more  then,  will  he  not  give  us  all  things  through  His  son  Jesus  Christ.  For  He  has made His  son  Jesus  Christ  to  be  the  first of  all brethren,  and  if  He  is  the  first  born  of  all,  He  has  made  us  His  brothers  that  just as  He reflects  the  glory  of  the  Father,  so  also  we  shall  reflect  His  glory. And out  of  all  the  Father  has  put  under  Him,  He shall  give  unto  us,  whatever  we  desire,  that  His  name  shall  be  glorified  on  earth  through  our  lives  and  that  He shall  give  all  the  glory  to  the  Father.
     
    Our  spiritual  enemy  feeds  off  our  fear,  it's  like  a  scary  movie  right?  When  you're  in  a  situation  the  first  thing  the  devil  does is  create  fear  in  your  heart,  naturally  it  is  in  our  human  nature  (  that  is  fleshly  nature  weakened  by  sin  )  to  be  afraid,  but this  fear  shuts  the  work  of  God  in  us,  it's  the  same  as  doubting  God,  which  creates  an  interference  between  God's  spirit and  our  heart  (  Man's  spirit  ),  because  our  heart  is  what  God  uses  to  get  in  contact  with  us,  and  therefore  it  needs  no interference.  That  is  why  we  need  to  be  dead  in  the  flesh  and  alive  in  the  spirit,  that  our  fleshly  nature  won't  have  control over  our  spirit.
     
    Faith  is  like  a  seed  planted,  and  unless  that  seed  is  nurtured  it  cannot  grow,  this  nurturing  comes  from  the  word  of  God dwelling  and  dominating  our  hearts,  the  word  dominating  our  heart  through  meditating faithfully in obedience  to  God's  word, welcomes  the  spirit  of  God  into  our  heart,  which  produces  good  fruits  as  the  end  result  of  God's  faith  at  work  in  us through  Jesus  Christ. 
     
    Take  for  example,  when  a  seed  is  planted,  it  is  dormant,  but  then,  it  has  to  be  nurtured,  when  it  is fully  grown  into  a  tree  it  produces  good  fruits  pleasing  to  the  eyes  and  edible  for  the  body.  It  is  this  fruit  that  is  the  result of  God's  faith  nurtured  in  us,  now  when  we  say  in  the  name  if  Jesus  Christ,  we  just  walk  right  to  the  tree  and  pluck  that ripened  fruit  for  our  immediate  need.
     
    But  still,  just  as  every  farmer  is  different  so  will  their  tree  be,  if  your  seed  grows  into  a  tree  with  unripe  fruits,  because  of its  lack  of  care  or  stunted  growth,  when  you  are  in  need  of  that  fruit  you  won't  be  able  to  get  it  immediately,  why? Suppose  the  unripe  fruits  need  a  week  extra  to  ripen,  you'll  have  to  wait  an  extra  week  just  to  get  that  which  the other farmer got  immediately.  And  if  you're  so  much  in  a  hurry  that  you  have  to  eat  that  unripe  fruit  (  what  I  mean  is  turning  from  God to  man as your source of help ),  well  you  know  the  end  result,  it  might  satisfy  your  stomach,  but  the  sourness  will  indeed  cause  you  a  great  deal of  trouble  in  the  near  future.
     
    That's  why  you  see  people  succeed  and  then  fall,  even  if  they  don't  fall  they  can't  find  peace in  the  fruit  of  their  labor.  God  is  the  sower  and  we  are  the  gardener,  Jesus  is  the  harvester,  when  it  is  time  you  need something,  you  go  through  Him,  because  only  He  can  go  to  that  tree  which  provides  (  that  is  God  )  and  pick  a  fruit  for  you. And  some people  might  get  nothing  at  all  because  they  refuse  to  nurture  this  seed.  Now  you  see  Everybody's  faith  is  on a  different  level.  it  is  how  much  we  spend  nurturing  this  seed  of  Faith that  matters.
     
    God  has  deposited  faith  as  a  seed  in  the  heart  of  everyone.  But  without  Jesus  this  seed  cannot  grow,  because  He  is  the catalyst  that  activates  and  accelerate  the  growth  of  this  seed  which  is  our  faith.  This  activation  comes  the  moment  we accept  Jesus  as  our  Lord  and  letting  him  take  Lordship  over  our  lives.
     
    Now  a  catalyst  can  either  accelerate  or  decelerate the  reaction  of  process,  for  an  unbeliever  since  he  doesn't  have  Jesus,  the  devil  comes  in  and  becomes  his  catalyst, hindering  the  growth  of  his  seed,  rendering  it  dormant  and  if  possible  bringing  it  to  a  worse  conditions  than  it  ever  was. That's  why  no  matter  how  much  an  unbeliever  call  the  name  " Jesus  "  nothing  happens,  they  are  just  living  a  life  as  the world  gives,  what  they  have  is  what  the  world  gives,  and  whatever  the  world  gives  is  temporary  and  can  also  cause  grief. 
    Jesus  said  in  John  15:7;

    If  you  remain  in  me  and  my  words  remain  in  you,  ask  whatever  you  wish,  and  it'll  be  given  you. This  is  to  my  Father's glory,  that  you  bear  much  fruit,  showing  yourselves  to  be  my  disciples.
     
    Here  Jesus  is  saying,  if  you  live  in  faithfully in  accordance  to  my  words,  and  if  my  word  remains  in  you.  That  is  if  you meditate  on  His  word  and  seal  them  in  your  heart,  living  daily  in  obedience  to  the  word  which  you  have  heard,  which Christ  has  written  in  your  mind  and  sealed  in  your  heart.
     
    These  words  sealed  in  your  heart,  generates  the  spirit  of  Christ  in  you,  because  the  spirit  comes  after  the  word. This spirit  is  what  keeps  us  in  absolute  obedience  to  His  word,  because  our  accuser  the  devil  is  always  there  accusing  us  of our  guilt  before  God,  but  when  we  have  been  given  the holy spirit, we  are  no  longer  bound  to  sin,  but  alive  in  Christ Jesus,  making the  devil  have  nothing  to  accuse  us  of.
     
    It  is  this  spirit  of  God  acting  in  us  through  His  word,  that  springs  forth  God's faith  in  us  to  different  heights.  As  I  said  earlier;  the  time  you  spend  nurturing  this  matters  a  lot.  You  can  choose  to  be dormant,  you  can  also  choose  to  grow,  the  more  you  grow,  the  more  you  faith  grows,  in  accordance  to  God's  word  in  you.
     
    Now,  when  you  ask,  don't  just  go  asking  with  a  wrong  motive,  nevertheless  a  Christian  born  of  the  spirit  will  always  ask according  to  God's  will,  not  his. However the ultimate act of prayer, is a prayer to know Jesus more. Why ask for blessing when it's already there.
    Know this  that  faith  is  our  heavenly  currency,  let's  not  find  ourselves  lacking  in  it.
     

    Jesus disciple
    devotionals

    Years and years, awards are been given to different  books  for being the best seller, but the world seem to forget there has always been one, topping the chart, " The Bible."
     
    Most people see it as a book of history, some, as a book of literature, many even uses it as an accessory  while going to church. I pray God will remove that Vail to make us see what the bible really is, the Holy Bible, the only book containing lives.
     
    The holy bible or scripture rather, is the word of God locked away from the understanding of the human mind, for it is written;
    Matthew 19:11
     
    " Jesus replied, 'not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been  given."
     
    All other books you can study with human knowledge, yes, you can even study the bible with human knowledge but, then what it really contains you can't get it. It's just like going to get a new phone, you can go to the store to see the phone's displayed, you can operate it, but with but with limited access to the device, unless you purchase that phone for daily use, you can't really know the content of it.
     
    Reason I'm saying this; most people get the bible, they study the scriptures not meditating on it, they acquire knowledge of the bible from beginning to end,  forgetting that unless you ask the holy spirit to teach you these word, they'll be plain words, history unto you, and that's why most people misinterpret the word of God these days.
     
    Many preach the gospel without the life it gives, because they don't have Jesus in them, the giver of life. You cannot bring life to the soul of a dead man if you don't have life in you. And the only way to have life, is to be born again with the spirit of Christ, feeding on God's word to grow his spirit of life in you. It'll always revolve around been born again, the holy spirit is what teaches us the word, Jesus said;
    John 14:26
     
    " But the counselor, the holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
     
    Anyone who isn't born of Christ (still living in sin ), can't and will never have the holy spirit, you need the holy spirit to teach and interpret  His word to you before you can understand the deep and hidden things of God in His word. People these days, even some born again Christians don't really know the power of God's word. The word of God is power, it is deliverance unto a man from the bondage of sin, it is life, for anyone who drinks of the water will have life in abundance.
     
    The devil knows the power in the word, that's why he fights to make sure you don't feed on it. Haven't you noticed, when some people wants to meditate on the word day and night, the devil then uses the stress, trouble, weakness and limitation of the flesh, issues of life, even the comfort of the flesh as distractions, depriving men of God's word. Many can have time  for  every other thing, but not for God's word, because the devil won't let them.
     
    Even some people do try but, whenever they pick up the bible a distraction comes or most likely, sleep. You see all these deprivation from the devil, God will never deprive you of what is His, only the devil. Anyone drifted away from God's word is a weak man in the spirit
    Benefits of the word;
     
    First let me make it clear, the word of God is Jesus in personality. there are many bible verses which tells us this but, I'll only give one. John 1: 1-3
     
     'In the beginning was the word ( Jesus ), and the word ( Jesus ) was with God, and the word ( Jesus ) was God, the same was in the beginning with God, all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made."
     
    Also, God wouldn't do anything without His word (Jesus). Jesus and God the father are one, God the Father, the Son and God the holy ghost.
     
    Before you meditate on the word, you must be born again, then your heart is free, you heart has become his temple, now its time to bring in the incense to the temple which is your prayers. Ask the holy spirit to teach you, to interpret his word in your heart, without these you'll be reading mere literature. The holy spirit interprets the word in diverse ways in the hearts of men in accordance to his growth in the spirit, that's why you can preach for hundred years and not repeat one thing, because it is not you teaching, it's the holy spirit.
     
    The word of God makes us more like God. God created us in His own image and so He wants us to be like Him. Meditating on the word, brings Jesus into our heart to be more like Him. it is a mystery the more you study the word, the more you feed on it, you become more like Jesus. First, it is for our deliverance from the bondage of sin. Secondly, for the  manifestation of God's power, establishing His kingdom on earth.
     
    The power to overcome sin is in His word. Don't think you're born again and them you'll relax, no you have a battle to fight against sin and unless you meditate on God's word, which is also the sword of the spirit which fights off every sin in our heart. You'll end up falling by the way side and even become worst than you were, of you don't have time for the word. The word of God is Christ living in us, and if He is living in you, how then can you sin against God.
     
    Prayer in the word; this is one thing people don't know, if you live a Holy life and you pray with the word of God, He is ready to respond instantly, How do I put this, the word of God is Christ in you, and when you speak God's word in prayer it's the same thing as Jesus Himself talking and interceding to the Father on your behalf. Prayer and the word can't stand alone, they must go together.
     
    There are many benefits of God's Word but I'll gave to stop here.
     
    The bible Is an interesting  book you can read it over again and not get bored, because the Holy spirit discloses unto our hearts  new things and mystery every day, It becomes anew to you soul everyday, it refreshes our soul.
     
    Let us cultivate the habit of meditating on His word day and night, because it is our spiritual food, most people have starved theirs soul to death but are very fat in the physical. Eat the word to become more like Him, for it is his body ( matt 26:26 ). I pray God will put His spirit in us to do this in Jesus name, Amen!
     

    Jesus disciple
    devotionals

    Years and years, awards are been given to different  books  for being the best seller, but the world seem to forget there has always been one, topping the chart, " The Bible."
     
    Most people see it as a book of history, some, as a book of literature, many even uses it as an accessory  while going to church. I pray God will remove that Vail to make us see what the bible really is, the Holy Bible, the only book containing lives.
     
    The holy bible or scripture rather, is the word of God locked away from the understanding of the human mind, for it is written;
    Matthew 19:11
     
    " Jesus replied, 'not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been  given."
     
    All other books you can study with human knowledge, yes, you can even study the bible with human knowledge but, then what it really contains you can't get it. It's just like going to get a new phone, you can go to the store to see the phone's displayed, you can operate it, but with but with limited access to the device, unless you purchase that phone for daily use, you can't really know the content of it.
     
    Reason I'm saying this; most people get the bible, they study the scriptures not meditating on it, they acquire knowledge of the bible from beginning to end,  forgetting that unless you ask the holy spirit to teach you these word, they'll be plain words, history unto you, and that's why most people misinterpret the word of God these days.
     
    Many preach the gospel without the life it gives, because they don't have Jesus in them, the giver of life. You cannot bring life to the soul of a dead man if you don't have life in you. And the only way to have life, is to be born again with the spirit of Christ, feeding on God's word to grow his spirit of life in you. It'll always revolve around been born again, the holy spirit is what teaches us the word, Jesus said;
    John 14:26
     
    " But the counselor, the holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
     
    Anyone who isn't born of Christ (still living in sin ), can't and will never have the holy spirit, you need the holy spirit to teach and interpret  His word to you before you can understand the deep and hidden things of God in His word. People these days, even some born again Christians don't really know the power of God's word. The word of God is power, it is deliverance unto a man from the bondage of sin, it is life, for anyone who drinks of the water will have life in abundance.
     
    The devil knows the power in the word, that's why he fights to make sure you don't feed on it. Haven't you noticed, when some people wants to meditate on the word day and night, the devil then uses the stress, trouble, weakness and limitation of the flesh, issues of life, even the comfort of the flesh as distractions, depriving men of God's word. Many can have time  for  every other thing, but not for God's word, because the devil won't let them.
     
    Even some people do try but, whenever they pick up the bible a distraction comes or most likely, sleep. You see all these deprivation from the devil, God will never deprive you of what is His, only the devil. Anyone drifted away from God's word is a weak man in the spirit
    Benefits of the word;
     
    First let me make it clear, the word of God is Jesus in personality. there are many bible verses which tells us this but, I'll only give one. John 1: 1-3
     
     'In the beginning was the word ( Jesus ), and the word ( Jesus ) was with God, and the word ( Jesus ) was God, the same was in the beginning with God, all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made."
     
    Also, God wouldn't do anything without His word (Jesus). Jesus and God the father are one, God the Father, the Son and God the holy ghost.
     
    Before you meditate on the word, you must be born again, then your heart is free, you heart has become his temple, now its time to bring in the incense to the temple which is your prayers. Ask the holy spirit to teach you, to interpret his word in your heart, without these you'll be reading mere literature. The holy spirit interprets the word in diverse ways in the hearts of men in accordance to his growth in the spirit, that's why you can preach for hundred years and not repeat one thing, because it is not you teaching, it's the holy spirit.
     
    The word of God makes us more like God. God created us in His own image and so He wants us to be like Him. Meditating on the word, brings Jesus into our heart to be more like Him. it is a mystery the more you study the word, the more you feed on it, you become more like Jesus. First, it is for our deliverance from the bondage of sin. Secondly, for the  manifestation of God's power, establishing His kingdom on earth.
     
    The power to overcome sin is in His word. Don't think you're born again and them you'll relax, no you have a battle to fight against sin and unless you meditate on God's word, which is also the sword of the spirit which fights off every sin in our heart. You'll end up falling by the way side and even become worst than you were, of you don't have time for the word. The word of God is Christ living in us, and if He is living in you, how then can you sin against God.
    Prayer in the word; this is one thing people don't know, if you live a Holy life and you pray with the word of God, He is ready to respond instantly, How do I put this, the word of God is Christ in you, and when you speak God's word in prayer it's the same thing as Jesus Himself talking and interceding to the Father on your behalf. Prayer and the word can't stand alone, they must go together.
     
    There are many benefits of God's Word but I'll gave to stop here.
     
    The bible Is an interesting  book you can read it over again and not get bored, because the Holy spirit discloses unto our hearts  new things and mystery every day, It becomes anew to you soul everyday, it refreshes our soul.
     
    Let us cultivate the habit of meditating on His word day and night, because it is our spiritual food, most people have starved theirs soul to death but are very fat in the physical. Eat the word to become more like Him, for it is his body ( matt 26:26 ). I pray God will put His spirit in us to do this in Jesus name, Amen!
     

    NetChaplain
    devotionals

    I believe there is a difference between God’s “will” and God’s “desire.” His desire is that angels keep “their first estate,” but His will is “everlasting fire” (Mat 25:41) when they “leave” it (Jude 1:6). Same for man, as He “desires all men to be saved,” and “not desiring that any should perish” (1Ti 2:4; 2Pe 3:9). But His will is that “they that have done good (believed) shall enter “unto the resurrection of life,” and “they that have done evil” shall enter “unto the resurrection of damnation” (Jhn 5:29). I think in this sense it could be said that God’s “will” is done in every being in heaven and earth, but not His “desire,” which is accomplished only in those who are His.
     
    Concerning the Lord’s prayer example (Luk 11:2), the sense is that one day God’s desire will “be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Presently, His will and desire are being done in all believers on earth, also in believers during the Millennial Kingdom on the present earth—and permanently in all on the New Earth!
    NC
     
     
     
    “As in Heaven, So in Earth”
     
    It is a grand thing for our souls on the one hand, to be firmly established in the grace of God toward us, to allow no insinuation of the enemy (self, Satan & society - NC) to raise a question touching the efficacy of what the Lord Jesus has wrought for us—the fullness of redemption that is in Him (nothing left to be done on His part concerning the soul, only manifesting Him in our lifestyle on our part - NC). On the other hand, to use all the liberty, the comfort, the certainty of our Father’s love for our souls as a reason for not sparing in us that which is contrary to Him. It is not only that we have the Lord Jesus for us, but we are in Him. What and who is He in whom we are? What does the Father think of the Blessed One in whom He has set us for Himself? Is there a single fault that God finds with the Lord Jesus? Is there a conceivable blessedness that He does not find there?
     
    Now, this is exactly what we want. Full of faults, without a single thing is us (self alone - NC) which the Father’s eye could regard with complacency and delight, He who has chosen to place us in the Lord Jesus before Himself, has been pleased to give us the knowledge of it all. For it is not something done in a corner, or something mysterious and concealed from the knowledge of those to whom this exceeding grace is shown. The God who thought of such mercy had revealed it fully, that we may not have one cloud in our souls, but the positive, absolute, unvarying certainty that we are in Christ Jesus.
     
    We can look back at Adam, and see what we are by nature—not to speak of the bitter fruits all the way through our being. We can see him sinning and rebelling; we can see him covering his sin (Gen 3:7) and throwing the blame upon his wife, and virtually on God Himself (Gen 3:12); we can see his pride and untruthfulness, for such is always the effect of sin naturally. Such is the flesh. But we “are not in the flesh” (Rom 8:9). By that wondrous work of the Lord Jesus, by death and resurrection, God has now a blessed way; and He has applied it to our souls, and given us the knowledge of it, that we are not now regarded as what we were in Adam—we are now new creations in Christ Jesus.
     
    Although there is that which reminds us of what we were, that old, abominable life and nature, which is not in the slightest degree changed by our having a new position (Ro 8:7); yet there is this priceless truth—that the more we enter into our position in the Lord Jesus, and appreciate Him to whom we belong, the less power our old man has to assert himself. Where we question the blessing, and doubt the grace, and hesitate about the reality of our relationship to the Lord Jesus in glory, all is weak, dim and uncertain.
     
    There may be godliness, but it will always be godliness under law—the effort after something in ourselves, instead of living upon what the Father has given us in the Lord Jesus—our Christian “Life” (Col 3:4). Although there may be a measure of separation from sin, yet there will be the danger of thinking how much better we are, or comparing ourselves with other people (2Co 10:12), and thinking we are not quite so bad. All this results from one tragic error—the tendency of man’s heart to think of himself and of what he may be to God (Rom 12:3), instead of thinking of Him who is the fullness of grace, and of what He is to us.
     
    Still, there is a full deliverance—a deliverance that will not be one whit better when we are taken out of this world and brought into heaven (presently-complete-eternally-unchanging salvation of the soul, but not yet the body—NC); for we are not a bit more forgiven in heaven, or more secure in heaven, or more precious to our Father in heaven than we are now made on earth: for what gives us our preciousness and stamps out character before the Father is something that He has given us in His Son while we are on earth. Hence, it is that departing form this life is merely a circumstance; the essence of that blessing is on the Lord Jesus, and we are in Him, and “there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus” (Ro 8:1).
     
    - J G Bellett (1795 – 1864)
     
     
     
     
    MJS November 6 Devotional excerpt:
     
    For the believer, the dominion of Law is just as devastating as the dominion of Sin. At Calvary, death freed us from both.
     
    “Theological teaching since the Reformation has not set forth clearly our utter end in death with the Lord Jesus on the Cross. The fatal result of this error is to leave the law claimant over those in the Lord Jesus, for ‘the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth’ (Rom. 7:1). Unless you are able to believe in your very heart that you died with Him, and that you were buried, and that your history before the Father in Adam the first came to an utter end at Calvary you will never get free from the claims of the law upon your conscience.” -W.R.N.
    http://www.abideabove.com/hungry-heart/

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