TRUE LOVE! – John 15:13 Devotional

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TRUE LOVE!

John 15:13 –  Devotional

John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.”

One of my all time favorite teachers and speakers is Dr. Howard Hendricks who taught at Dallas Theological Seminary. He shared that early in his life he spent much of time and effort trying to change his wife, his children, and his students. The harder he tried the less change he saw. (Isn’t that strange?!)

It suddenly dawned on him that he was going about it all wrong. He came to realize that he needed to change his wife’s husband, his children’s father, and his student’s professor. It reminds me of that old song, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

He began to pray for the Lord to make him a better husband, father and teacher. His wife changed, his children changed, and his students changed! What had happened? He had stopped preaching and had started living his faith.

It may be easy for us to intellectually agree with this concept, so why is it so hard to put it into practice? It is simply that we live by the flesh and not by the Spirit. We all too easily fall into the sinful habit of doing things ourselves rather than asking the Lord to direct our actions. We ask the Lord and allow Him to show us what to do—then how and when to do it.

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for November 15th:

      • Ezekiel 31:1-32:32
      • Hebrews 12:14-29
      • Psalm 113:1-114:8
      • Proverbs 27:18-20

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

Scripture Reading for November 15th

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for November 15th:

  • Hebrews 12:14-29
  • Psalm 113:1-114:8
  • Proverbs 27:18-20

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.

LET THERE BE PEACE! – John 16:33 Devotional

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LET THERE BE PEACE!

John 16:33 –  Devotional

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

World War I, sometimes called the “Great War,” was a huge waste of human life. It has been calculated that some fifteen million people lost their life in this terrible conflict that ended on this date, November 11, 1918. It was thought back then that peace would prevail and no more such wars would be fought — but it was barely 20 years before the even more devastating World War II broke out.

As the world searches for peace it is important to get a picture of what peace really means. It is the Hebrew word, “Shalowm” (shalom) and means completeness, soundness, welfare and tranquility. The word peace is found 429 times in Scripture and is a concept that is important to understand.

Over the centuries there have been many attempts to secure peace between individuals, families, communities or nations. These human attempts have always failed because it is only the Lord who gives peace.

The wonderful thing is that the Lord gives us peace in the midst of the storms of life. His peace comes from the inside out rather than from the outside in. His peace passes all human understanding. May He grant you His “shalom”!

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for November 11th:

      • Ezekiel 23:1-49
      • Hebrews 10:18-39
      • Psalm 109:1-31
      • Proverbs 27:13

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

Scripture Reading for November 11th

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for November 11th:

  • Hebrews 10:18-39
  • Psalm 109:1-31
  • Proverbs 27:13

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.

CHEER UP! – John 16:33 Devotional

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CHEER UP!

John 16:33​ –  Devotional

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Listen to today’s Message of the Week by Pastor Cecil by clicking above on the play button.

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

– – – Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for October 30th:

      • Lamentations 3:1-66
      • Hebrews 1:1-14
      • Psalm 102:1-28
      • Proverbs 26:21-22

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 30th:

  • Hebrews 1:1-14
  • Psalm 102:1-28
  • Proverbs 26:21-22

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.

GOD’S PROMISE OF PEACE! – John 14:21 Devotional

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GOD’S PROMISE OF PEACE!

John 14:21​ –  Devotional

John 14:21

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We live in an increasingly frightening world! I am sure you do not need me to remind you of that fact. We increasingly are exposed to twisted human reasoning where right is considered bigotry and sinfulness is exalted as the new normal!

It is in the craziness of this present age that I am reminded of a passage of Scripture I memorized as a boy. It is Isaiah 41:10: “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.”

These two passages: John 14:21 and Isaiah 41:10, give us assurance that it is only the Lord who can give us absolute assurance of peace. It is a peace that the world it can never give and a peace it can never take away. It is God’s promise of peace!

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 21st:

      • Jeremiah 37:1-38:28
      • 1 Timothy 6:1-21
      • Psalm 89:38-52
      • Proverbs 25:28

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 21st:

  • 1 Timothy 6:1-21
  • Psalm 89:38-52
  • Proverbs 25:28

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.

HIDDEN PEACE! – John 14:27 Devotional

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HIDDEN PEACE!

John 14:27 ​ –  Devotional

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

True inner peace is not achieved by our best intentions or some so-called higher level of thinking. It comes from a relationship which is established when we have been born again and receive the assurance of eternal life. The world cannot understand it, but like some “wise” person once observed; “It is better felt than telt!”

Our hymn this week is attributed to John H. Brown. There is very little information known about him, but the important legacy he leaves for us is the truth of his precious hymn.

 

Hidden Peace

1. I cannot tell thee whence it came,
This peace within my breast;
But this I know, there fills my soul
A strange and tranquil rest.

Refrain
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
Tho’ the billows of sin near me roll,
He abides, Christ abides.

2. Beneath the toil and care of life,
This hidden stream flows on;
My weary soul no longer thirsts,
Nor am I sad and lone.

Refrain
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
Tho’ the billows of sin near me roll,
He abides, Christ abides.

3. I cannot tell the half of love,
Unfeigned, supreme, divine,
That caused my darkest inmost self
With beams of hope to shine.

Refrain
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
Tho’ the billows of sin near me roll,
He abides, Christ abides.

4. I cannot tell thee why He chose
To suffer and to die,
But if I suffer here with Him
I’ll reign with Him on high.

Refrain
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul,
Tho’ the billows of sin near me roll,
He abides, Christ abides.

Enjoy this week’s free inspirational video. To access: Hidden Peace, please go to: https://gloryscapes.com/hiddenpeace/

Blessings dear hearts! 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 8th:

    • Jeremiah 10:1-11:23
    • Colossians 3:18-4:18
    • Psalm 78:56:72
    • Proverbs 24:28-29

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

Scripture Reading for October 8

New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs Scripture Reading for October 8th:

    • Colossians 3:18-4:18
    • Psalm 78:56:72
    • Proverbs 24:28-29

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.

FREEDOM TO SERVE! – John 14:1-3 Devotional

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FREEDOM TO SERVE!

John 14:1-3 –  Devotional

John 14:1-3

“Listen fellow believers: God has called us to freedom; but be sure you do not use this wonderful freedom to live in the pleasures of the flesh, but to serve each other.”

As a boy I seemed to have had an aversion to do as I was told. Thankfully I grew up in an age when the board of education was applied to the seat of knowledge. It seemed as if I was more skilled at evading responsibility than doing what was required. Discipline resulted!

There came a day (I can’t recall exactly where and when it was), that I had the brilliant idea of doing something beneficial without being told. My parents were stunned by my actions and to see the pleased look on their faces brought joy to me as well. I began to do it more often!

All too often people have the mistaken idea that serving the Lord is burdensome and a drag. In their mind they picture a Christian as someone who is dull, boring and lifeless. That is so sad!

We have been called to serve the Lord with joy and gladness. So why are we so often dragging around like a hound dog lazing in the shade. We need to serve the Lord in the beauty of the new life He has given us. WE ARE FREE TO SERVE!

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 September 20th:

    • Isaiah 33:10-36:22
    • Galatians 5:13-26
    • Psalm 64:1-10
    • Proverbs 23:23

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.