One Minute Devotioanl 07.28.2019

A HOUSE DIVIDED

On June 16th, 1858, as he accepted his party’s nomination to be the senator from the state of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln spoke these words:

“A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided.”

These are strong words that are particularly applicable today as we, the children of God, have become divided by the ideologies of race, gender, economics, and politics!

In Mark, chapter 3, verse 25, Jesus responds to the scribes’ claim that He is Beelzebub and is casting out demons. He responds to their claim with the rhetorical question: How can Satan cast out Satan? His point is that a house divided against itself cannot stand, it cannot survive. He repeats this when He states “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” (Matthew 12:25)

Can we justifiably claim to be the children of God and at the same time perpetuate the divisions within the Church that keep us apart and in conflict?

Scripture: Luke 11:14-23

Weekly Devotional 02.25.2018

Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”(Mark 8:27-29)
How would you answer the question that Jesus asked His disciples: who do you say that I am? Scripture tells us that it was Peter who answered, saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It’s a good answer, but is it the answer that you would give if Jesus had asked you directly?

Peter is saying that Jesus, his rabbi, is the One that the Father promised to send to His children to be their savior who atones for their sins. He was sent to be the sacrifice that would rescue His children from the consequences of their sins – eternal separation from God.

He is also acknowledging that God is a living God, a God who is active in our daily lives. He is not just the One who, once He completed the Creation, walked away from it and allowed it to develop and function on its own.

Do you, like Peter, know Jesus as the One sent by the Father to be the sacrifice of atonement for your sin? Do you see Him as the One who has rescued you from the consequence of your sin? Is your relationship with Jesus, like Peter’s – personal and intimate?

Peter acknowledged that God was active in his life – a living God he called Him. Do you have that same understanding? Is God a living being who is active in your life? Is this your answer also?

Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that You loved me so much that You sent Christ Jesus into my life to rescue me from eternal separation from You. I am thankful that You have provided for my salvation so that I can spend eternity with You. Help me to share the knowledge of Your gift with others in my life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Weekly Devotional 02.04.2018

And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.  (Mark 1:39)
When was the last time that you preached the Word of God? Most will probably say never, but is that really true?

What does it mean to “preach.” Is it something that just a pastor does on any given Sunday morning from the pulpit or is there more to it? Is it work delegated solely to a pastor, or is there more to it?

Preaching is the sharing of God’s Word with His children and it can take a number of forms. The most common, of course, is the sermon delivered by a pastor but this is not the only form that it can take.

Most of us preach at various times but don’t recognize it as preaching. It can be as simple as a quiet presence or a soft touch or a kind word that says that I care about you and so does God. We are preaching when we share a cup of coffee with another and just listen when another needs to talk. It happens when you share your thoughts concerning a Bible verse during a Bible study when you’d rather be silent.

Knowing that “preaching” comes in many forms, what’s your answer to the question – when was the last time that you preached the Word of God?

Heavenly Father, use me to minister to the needs of others by sharing Your Word. Give me the ability to see those opportunities to do so. Guide me to know what to do and when to do it so that another can know the peace that only You can bring. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.