HIDING IN THEE! – Psalm 18:2 Devotional

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HIDING IN THEE!

Psalm 18:2 ​ –  Devotional

Psalm 18:2

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

We are told that the persecution of believers around the world is increasing. Many are tortured for their faith and some killed. It has been estimated that there are over 100,000 deaths each year at the hands of the enemies of the cross.

Ira Sankey was a singer and song writer who ministered alongside evangelist D. L. Moody. He had experienced an extended time of trial and tears in his own personal life. It was during this time of agonizing prayer that the song Hiding In Thee was born. I am so thankful that the Lord heard and answered his prayer. It has ministered to many people across the years.

About twenty years after Sankey wrote his beautiful piece, Sergei Rachmaninoff was experiencing many problems in his life. He had a mental block, could not write, and felt useless. After several years of emptiness he broke out of his doldrums and composed his Second Piano Concerto. It is a joy to feature a blending of both works this week. ENJOY!

Hiding in Thee

1. O safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine, would I be;
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

Refrain: Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

2. In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow’s lone hour,
In times when temptation casts o’er me its power,
In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

Refrain: Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

3. How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often, when trials like sea billows roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.

Refrain: Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

To access this week’s free inspirational video, please go to: https://gloryscapes.com/hidinginthee/

May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions!

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for October 15th:

    • Jeremiah 26:1-27:22
    • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
    • Psalm 85:1-13
    • Proverbs 25:16

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for October 1th:

    • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
    • Psalm 85:1-13
    • Proverbs 25:16

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

If you have watched The Sands of Eternity video above and prayed the prayer at the end, please go to https://PastorCecil.com/ and use the form on the webpage to let us know so we can send you follow up resources and/or send an email to pastorcecil@dailyevotional.com and let him know.

DWELLING IN THE WORD! – Colossians 3:16 Devotional

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DWELLING IN THE WORD!

Colossians 3:16 –  Devotional

Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

I have a question for each follower of Christ: How can the word of Christ dwell in us if we fail to spend quality time reading His word? I know that some have difficulty reading, but it takes only a few minutes to read several verses.

Stop for just a few minutes and reflect on how you spend your time. I think that perhaps a better question may be: How do we invest our time. When we make an investment we anticipate a good return. In the same manner we can anticipate a positive return for the time we spend feasting on God’s Word

Make a promise to the Lord that you will spend time each day reading your Bible. It may be a promise of five minutes or even more, but make it a priority that you will faithfully adhere to.

As God’s Word dwells more and more in our inmost being, we will increasingly be able to have a positive effect on those around us. Let us make a commitment to change our environment with promises from the Word of God instead of grumbling about how bad things are around us.

Blessings dear hearts walk with God today and become a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for October 14th:

      • Jeremiah 23:21-25:38
      • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
      • Psalm 84:1-12
      • Proverbs 25:15

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for October 14th:

    • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
    • Psalm 84:1-12
    • Proverbs 25:15

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

If you have watched The Sands of Eternity video above and prayed the prayer at the end, please go to https://PastorCecil.com/ and use the form on the webpage to let us know so we can send you follow up resources and/or send an email to pastorcecil@dailyevotional.com and let him know.

PRIDE TO PITY! – 2 Chronicles 26:16 Devotional

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PRIDE TO PITY!

2 Chronicles 26:16 –  Devotional

2 Chronicles 26:16

“After Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.”

In Scripture there are two wonderful examples of men whose hearts stayed true to the Lord throughout their lives – – Joseph and Daniel. It was because of their humility. Regrettably, there are many examples in the Bible who started out as God’s heroes, but ended up as God’s zeroes. It was because of their pride. Consider Saul and Samson. Sadly, we must include Uzziah.

As long as Uzziah sought the Lord, he was able to be God’s man in leading Judah to subdue her enemies. But somewhere along the line, he began to think that it was his own ability that brought victory. That is always the beginning of the end for anyone. His success caused him to take his eyes off of the Lord and on himself. Let’s face it – -He blew it!

Our modern-day church scene is littered by the wreckage of ministers who started out with humility and total commitment to the Lord, but came to destruction when they grew popular and failed to rely totally on the Lord.

I have no idea what was in Uzziah’s mind when he entered the temple to offer incense to the Lord. I do know the consequences of his action—leprosy! Failing to rely on the Lord doomed him to a life of humiliation and separation. You have to feel sorry for this man who started with such great promise, but ended with such shame—FROM PRIDE TO PITY!

Blessings dear hearts walk with God today and become a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for October 13th:

      • Jeremiah 22:1-23:20
      • 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
      • Psalm 83:1-18
      • Proverbs 25:11-14

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for October 13th:

    • 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
    • Psalm 83:1-18
    • Proverbs 25:11-14

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

If you have watched The Sands of Eternity video above and prayed the prayer at the end, please go to https://PastorCecil.com/ and use the form on the webpage to let us know so we can send you follow up resources and/or send an email to pastorcecil@dailyevotional.com and let him know.

DO’S AND DON’TS! – 1 Thessalonians 5:17-22 Devotional

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DO’S AND DON’TS!

1 Thessalonians 5:17-22​ –  Devotional

1 Thessalonians 5:17-22

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesy. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

Paul challenged the church at Thessalonica, as well as for all of us, to live a life that separates us from the rest of the world. We are not to blend in and become a part of, but rather we are to stand up and stand out for Christ!

Paul lists three things we are not to do: 1. Quench not the Spirit. 2. Despise not prophesy. 3. Abstain from all appearance of evil. How well are we doing in this regard? Let’s take time to evaluate our conduct in light of this admonition.

There are five positive qualities that Paul encourages us to pursue: 1. Rejoice evermore. 2. Pray without ceasing. 3. In everything give thanks. 4. Prove all things. 5. Hold fast that which is good.

I encourage each of us to spend time honestly evaluating our life to determine these; do’s and don’ts. It will become a blessing to ourselves as well as to those around us.

Blessings dear hearts walk with God today and become a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for October 12th:

      • Jeremiah 19:1-21:14
      • 1Thessalonians 5:4-28
      • Psalm 82:1-8
      • Proverbs 25:9-10

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for October 12th:

    • 1Thessalonians 5:4-28
    • Psalm 82:1-8
    • Proverbs 25:9-10

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

If you have watched The Sands of Eternity video above and prayed the prayer at the end, please go to https://PastorCecil.com/ and use the form on the webpage to let us know so we can send you follow up resources and/or send an email to pastorcecil@dailyevotional.com and let him know.

TRUST IN THE LORD! – Jeremiah 17:7-8 Devotional

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TRUST IN THE LORD!

Jeremiah 17:7-8​ –  Devotional

Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD. He will be like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not worry in the year of drought, and shall not cease from yielding fruit.”

When I was a boy our family occasionally made a trip across country to visit relatives. Cars in that day did not have air conditioned luxury and the radiators at times became over-heated. We sometimes were forced to pull over and wait in the hot sun until the heat gauge indicated it was safe to continue.

I think I am safe in saying that we all experience times when the intense heat wave of adversity sweeps in with a vengeance. It may strike with such force that it almost takes our breath away. You may even be experiencing such a time of trial right at this very moment.

As a fellow believer who walks in the heat of this crazy world, I want to share that we can find life giving shade in the shadow of the Almighty! As we trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, He will cause the heat of adversity to produce a bountiful crop of righteousness. TRUST IN THE LORD!

Blessings dear hearts walk with God today and become a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for October 11th:

      • Jeremiah 16:16-18:23
      • 1Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
      • Psalm 81:1-16
      • Proverbs 25:6-8

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for October 1th:

    • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
    • Psalm 81:1-16
    • Proverbs 25:6-8

Today Pastor Cecil is reading from the New King James Version (NKJV) if you’d like to follow along in your Bible.

If you have watched The Sands of Eternity video above and prayed the prayer at the end, please go to https://PastorCecil.com/ and use the form on the webpage to let us know so we can send you follow up resources and/or send an email to pastorcecil@dailyevotional.com and let him know.