THIS IS NOT THE END! – Deuteronomy 30:19 Devotional

Deuteronomy 30:19

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”

It seems as if this recurring theme arises on a regular basis. At least it does in my time of study in the Word of the Lord. When I search for the answer to why it arises time after time, I come to the conclusion that it is because people so often choose to reject God’s offer of eternal life.

Every day our newspapers or other forms of media announce the death of rich and famous people as well as those who have virtually no family or friends. It is important to remind ourselves that this life is not the end. It is the one and only time and place to determine where we will spend eternity.

One millisecond after we draw our final breath, we will either breathe pure celestial air of our eternal abode, or the acrid stench of eternal suffering and torment. Here and now is our only time and place to determine which place will be our eternal destiny. CHOOSE LIFE!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

SPECIAL NOTICE & UPDATE!

You may have noticed that the Daily-E-Votional has been missing for the past several days.

This is due to the fact that our webmaster experienced an accident and is recovering from his fall.

Please keep our ministry and especially Larry “Buck” Hunter in your prayers.

Hopefully we will be back on line next week.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP! – Luke 9:23-24 Devotional

Luke 9:23-24

Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.’”

What is the cost of discipleship? According to today’s passage from Luke 9 it means denying ourselves. That runs counter to the world view of getting all one can as quickly and completely as possible.

I am sure you have heard the stories of the very wealthy who ask how much money it would take to satisfy them. The response?  – – “A little bit more.”  What “a little bit more” means never has a satisfactory answer. There is never satisfaction in the concept of wanting a little bit more.

God desires for us to get our eyes off of the things of this world and view our eternal goal. This world is not our eternal home. It is either heaven or a devil’s hell. God wants us to seek salvation and devote ourselves as His disciples.

The cost of true discipleship is trivial compared to the value of having assurance of an eternity in the presence of our Savior and Lord. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

THE RIGHT VIEW! – 2 Corinthians 4:17 Devotional

2 Corinthians 4:17

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

When Paul was writing these words in his second letter to the church at Corinth, he mentions “light and momentary troubles.”  Right!  Go back a few verses and see what these light and momentary troubles were.  In verses 8-9: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Isn’t it amazing that he calls these just light and momentary troubles? In comparison, what are our big complaints?

We certainly may be encountering trials and troubles, but it is nothing by comparison. We have become such whimpering babies about living out our faith that it is no wonder the world does not see Christ in us. It is essential that we look beyond the stress and see that a blessing is waiting for the believer.

Here is the bottom line: While we may encounter stress in many forms and in varying degrees, it is easy to get our eyes focused on the stress. Rather than seeking blessings, we are to look only to Jesus and constantly seek to please Him in all we do. Seek to have THE RIGHT VIEW.

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER!

Luke 6:27-28

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”

It seems that God’s children have always had a question of how to pray. Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray, even though they had been in His presence and had personally heard many of His prayers. So how are we to pray — not simply memorized prayers, but meaningful prayers with power?

Most of us have experienced prayer services where the only prayer requests have been for a physical need. That is not to say that we are not to pray for physical afflictions, but we are banging our head against the wall if that is the extent of our prayers.

We are repeatedly told that we are to praise the Lord in our prayer times. In spite of that we usually launch into a laundry list of requests instead of magnifying and glorifying the Lord who has given us eternal life.

Besides praising the Lord, how should we be praying for others? In today’s Scripture, Jesus directs us to go beyond the scope of our normal prayer pattern. We are to pray for our enemies and those who despise us. We are to pray in love for those who are treating us with evil intent. Our prayer should show the same sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated to us. That is my prayer for each of you as you read this Daily-E-Votional!

Blessings dear hearts! Walk with God today and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil  

GUILTY WITHOUT CAUSE!

Matthew 5:11

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

We once had a neighbor in a housing development who was convinced we had reported her shabby and unkempt yard to the manager. She demanded to know why we had not talked to her directly instead of reporting her. Since I had not mentioned anything to anyone about her yard I was dumbfounded by her accusation. Try as we might, we were never able to convince that woman that we had not complained.

We remained neighbors for a year or so following that episode.  It made no difference what we did, she considered us her enemies. It  soon became evident that we were not the only ones who were the objects of our neighbor’s bitterness.  She lacked joy in her life and made those around her unhappy as well.

In reading the book of Job we know that he also faced false accusations from his so-called friends.  It became one of his many trials and ordeals.  But there is an interesting element in the entire incident. After God had appeared and Job had confessed questioning Him, the Lord dealt with the self-righteous accusers.

In Chapter 42 we read that God required Job’s accusers to make sacrifices before Him and then go to Job and he would pray for them.  In verse 8 we read these words: “My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.” Let’s be that type of forgiving person.

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

– – – Pastor Cecil