PLAN FOR THE FUTURE! – Deuteronomy 32:11 Devotional

Deuteronomy 32:11

As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings.

Yesterday I reminded us that it is the Lord’s strength that is given to us at just the time we need it. Today I want to remind us of His protection for us. In the animal kingdom the parents of an offspring seem to treat their young harshly. It actually is done in order to prepare them to eventually cope on their own.

God never intends for us to remain spiritual babies. He desires for us to become mature and reproduce in others the saving life of Christ which dwells within those of us who have been born again.

Remember that God never intends for us to remain spiritual babies. We are called to grow strong in the Lord and produce spiritual children who will in turn do the same as they become spiritually mature.

The question we need to continually ask ourselves is; “Am I reproducing the life of Jesus in those that look to me for spiritual nourishment?” If not we need to seek a deeper and more meaningful PLAN FOR THE FUTURE!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

CHOOSE LIFE! – 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.”

Over the years we have been subjected to advertising blitzes that promised life. If we would purchase what they were selling we would, in essence, receive life. It was almost like the children’s program offers that mimicked adult objects would deliver real life replicas.

In the adult world there is even more advertising campaigns that promise life and happiness. The sad reality is that often those who promote these products often are the most miserable and needy people. Their own products fail to give them the life they portend to deliver  – – for a price!

Moses shouts out across the ages of time the truth in today’s passage. This is the true and faithful life that is everlasting. This is the life that lives in the flames of suffering and adversity.

I thank God that those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior have passed from death to life. When the Lord dispatches His angels to escort us to paradise we will already have received eternal life! Thank you Lord!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

ETERNAL SATISFACTION! – Deuteronomy 8:3 Devotional

Deuteronomy 8:3

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

We all have heard about what the world needs, and as we listen closer we discover that what is proposed is nothing but froth. By that I mean that there is a great deal of puffing and little substance. In the sales world it is an all too common practice.

I fear that in Christian circles it is also far too common a practice. Many individuals and organizations puff up the gospel as if it was not able to sustain itself without them adding something extra. That is tragic!

Moses is reminding his readers that God was the One who sustained them with food that came directly from the hand of God. I guess we might call it the original “angel food cakes.” It was God’s provision for man’s needs!

Today we receive spiritual food from the throne of God’s grace through the Bible. I pray that your own personal Bible is well worn with use. Not only did God feed His people during the exodus from Egypt, He feeds us spiritual food today!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

PURPOSE OF REVELATION! – Deuteronomy 29:29 Devotional

Deuteronomy 29:29

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

I fondly recall days spent in Shreveport, LA when I was stationed there with the US Air Force. The military had assigned me there, but God had placed me there to sit under the spiritual guidance of two men: Jack Dedman and Dr. John Hall.

Many hours were spent together as we searched God’s Word and listened to sermon tapes (that was in the days of the reel to reel tapes). The technology may have been dated by today’s standards, but the messages were timeless.

God had used these two men of God to use books and tapes (as well as their own studies) to flesh out the truth of God’s word. My wife Joyce and I would relish the time spent in the homes of the Dedmans and Halls.

The reason we were moved by the instruction of these two men was that they followed the instruction of today’s passage. They studied the WORD and then revealed what they learned to others. May we do the same!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

TEACH CHILDREN! – Deuteronomy 6:7 Devotional

Deuteronomy 6:7

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

We live in a day and age where young people show little respect for their parents, or anyone else for that matter. Teen violence has reached such epidemic proportions that it is not uncommon for murders to occur simply because someone frowned.

As adults it seems that we are reaping what we have sown. We have removed the Bible from our classrooms and replaced it with atheistic theories that lack all sound reasoning. Our children are being taught false ideas of science that have been disproven. We have allowed a godless modern media to take the place of positive biblical truth.

In today’s Scripture, parents are mandated to not only teach spiritual truths to their children but to do so diligently. How can we do that when we barely spend over ten minutes a day even speaking to our kids?

When did you last actively search the Bible to discover exciting ways to draw your children closer to God?  When did you last take the time to speak to your children about what the Bible says? Get busy, parents. You have work to do!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

THE RIGHT CHOICE! – 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.

Moses was in the midst of his “upper desert discourse”—the book of Deuteronomy. He was recounting to the people of all that the Lord had done for them in the days of aimless wandering for the past 40 years.

Think of all of the miracles that the people witnessed in their deliverance from Egypt. You wonder how they could ever turn their back on God. One of the great miracles that we often overlook is the condition of their attire. After forty years walking in the desert sand, neither their sandals nor their clothing had worn out. How long does the life stay in your clothing and shoes?!

Moses challenges the people to accept the life and blessings that the Lord offers. It was a choice that they needed to make—God’s way or the way of death. It seems impossible that they would choose the way that leads to death, but they did.

We are offered the same option. In Christ we have life and blessings. But there are so many who refuse to go God’s way and instead continue along the path that leads to death. I urge you, therefore—choose life!!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil