PLEASING GOD! – Psalm 51:16-17 Devotional

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PLEASING GOD!

Psalm 51:16-17​​ –  Devotional

Psalm 51:16-17

“For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Many times I have heard preachers preach and teachers teach about pleasing God. More often than not they espouse a litany of do’s and don’ts that come from their own creation rather from the Lord.

Jesus was consistently confronted by self proclaimed defenders of religiosity that was of their own creation. They had left the sweet joy of pleasing God in order to follow a man-made list of rules. Jesus taught that these rules did not please God!

We can only imagine the indignation of these pompous creators of so-called laws that placed heavy burdens that even they could never fully satisfy. They were miserable themselves and they made sure that others were just as miserable.

Jesus, on the other hand brought a sense of peace, joy, and deliverance to each and every sinner who reached out to Him in faith believing. He still does that today! If we are serious about pleasing God we only need to read His Word and do what it says. A spiritually broken spirit finds peace and joy in pleasing God!

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 7th:

    • Song of Songs 5:1-8:14
    • 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
    • Psalm 51:1-19
    • Proverbs 22:24-25

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.

JESUS IS OUR SALVATION! – Psalm 118:14 Devotional

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JESUS IS OUR SALVATION!

Psalm 118:14​​ –  Devotional

Psalm 118:14

“The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

Have you ever received one of those notices from the friendly folks at your bank informing you that there is a deficit in your checking account and you need to take action immediately or dire action will follow?

It is very easy for us to feel overwhelmed by circumstance. As a result, we spend far too much time wallowing around in self-pity or complaining that life is so hard we can hardly stand it.

When I read today’s Scripture, I visualize a group of athletes getting set for their event. You can see each of them pausing and even see their lips moving as they tell themselves that they can do it. It will require their very best, but they can do it.

Sometimes we need to give ourselves a pep talk. To others it may appear that we are talking to ourselves, and in fact I guess that is what it is. But as we read this passage in Psalm 118, it is a clear picture of the Psalmist talking to himself. He is distressed. He feels inadequate for the trials facing him. He is trying to shake his own shoulders and wake up spiritually. He gives us the answer. It is to find our strength in the Lord. JESUS IS OUR SALVATION.

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 6th:

    • Song of Songs 1:1-4:16
    • 2 Corinthians 8:16-24
    • Psalm 50:1-23
    • Proverbs 22:22-23

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.

MAKE ME LIKE JESUS! – Psalm 51:10 Devotional

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MAKE ME LIKE JESUS!

Psalm 51:10​ –  Devotional

Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

How clean are you? Do you possess a steadfast spirit? Are you open to the Lord doing the work that only He can do to mold you into the person He desires for you to be in serving Him?

How many unintentional spiritual failures have you experienced just because you became too busy with worldly pursuits? Let me ask yet another penetrating question. Have you ever made a commitment to someone, then after days, weeks, or even months, realize that you have failed to follow through? (It’s getting a little uncomfortable isn’t it!)

It is easy to see the faults of others while at the same time ignoring our own short comings. I think that the more easily we find fault in others, the easier it is to overlook the lack of trust in our own lives. There have been many times that people have disappointed me by saying one thing and then doing another. I want to strive to never allow that to be true of me.

I always want to take my hurts to the foot of the cross and leave them there with the One who is rejected by so many. My desire is to live more like Him every day. With the help of the Lord we can be more like Him by committing ourselves to learn more about Him from His Word.

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 September 1st:

    • Job 40:1-42:17
    • 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
    • Psalm 45:1-17
    • Proverbs 22:14

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.

One Year Bible Reading for August 29th

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for August 29th:

    • Job 31:1-33:33
    • 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
    • Psalm 43:1-5
    • Proverbs 22:8-9

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.

One Year Bible Reading for August 28th

One Year Bible Scripture for Today

by Pastor Cecil

One Year Bible Reading for August 28th:

    • Job 28:1-30:31
    • 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
    • Psalm 42:1-11
    • Proverbs 22:7

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.

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL!

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven” (Psalm 107:29-30).

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It seems that each of us is called upon to face storms in our life. It may be physical infirmity, financial reversals or the loss of a loved one. It is not the storm that matters, but how we react to the storm.

Back in 1873, Horatio Spafford and his family were scheduled to sail on the French steamer ‘Ville de Havre’ from New York to England where he was to assist the great evangelist, D.L. Moody. Because of a last minute business crisis Mr. Spafford sent his family on ahead and he would follow on a later ship.

Unfortunately the ship his family was on collided with another ship and sank. There was a terrible loss of life. Spafford and his wife lost their four daughters. Nine days later Horatio Spafford received a cable from his wife that simply said, “Saved alone.” What poignant words.

Later, as he was sailing to meet his wife, he asked the captain to let him know when they were near where the accident had occurred. It was there that he penned the words of this week’s hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul.”

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Refrain: 
It is well (it is well),
with my soul (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Refrain: 
It is well (it is well),
with my soul (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And Lord haste the day, when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well (it is well),
with my soul (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Enjoy this week’s free inspiration video, “It Is Well With My Soul” from Gloryscapes.com by going to: https://gloryscapes.com/itiswellwithmysoul/

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

—Pastor Cecil