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It Is In His Faithfulness That He Disciplines Us

June 19

"Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your Word."
Psalm 119:67

God chastens us because in our natural state we are not prone to discipline. Look back upon the times in your life when everything changed because of what you learned during a hard time. What you learned is worth a thousand times what you suffered, and for the believer what you learned is eternal in value.

vs 75:
"I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,
and that IN FAITHFULNESS you have afflicted me."

When you bring thanksgiving to the Lord, do not be remiss in thanking him for the hard times also. He loves you and is using them to create a glorious future for you.

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful;
nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it."
Hebrews 12:11







He Is The Great Physician And All Need Him

June 18


"When Jesus heard it, he said to them,
'Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick.
I did not come to call the righteous,
but sinners, to repentance.'"
Mark 2:17

One thing that will keep people from the Kingdom of God is pride. When a man thinks himself better, smarter, more capable, more hard-working, than others, he puts himself in the category of having no need for the great Physician.

That's why Jesus said:
"...it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:24

He wasn't speaking here of only finances, he's speaking of any richness in a man's heart that makes him safe and secure in his own abilities. Most of the rich will not come to salvation.

"For you see your calling, brethren,
that not many wise according to the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world
to put to shame the wise,
and God has chosen the weak things of the world
to put to shame the things which are mighty;"
1 Corinthians 1:26-27






Can A Believer Be Demonized?

June 17

"Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit.
And he cried out, saying,
“Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth?
Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him
and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him."
Mark 1:23-26

It amazes me that many believers don't believe that there are demons in this world. They sure were around when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee. And they didn't disappear. They're still here.

vs 34:
"Then he healed many who were sick with various diseases,
and cast out MANY demons;
and he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew him."

There were people afflicted with demons in that day, and there are today. The difficulty is that we're talking about things we don't see, so they're mostly avoided. Do you believe there's such a thing as electricity? You don't see it, but you can see the effects of it. And so it is with the spiritual realm. We don't see it, but we see the effects.

Can a believer be demonized? Of course they can. All people are vulnerable to afflictions in the body, as well as in the soul. Just as bacteria can indwell a believer, so a demon can. Bacteria are evil, they sicken and can even kill no matter whether the person is a believer or not. The problem here is the assertion that if someone is born-again, he can't be "possessed" by an evil spirit. Yes, that is true. He can't be "possessed" by an evil spirit. But the word isn't "possessed," it's more correctly translated "demonized." A believer CAN be demonized, or demon-afflicted.

I know. It happened to me. AFTER I was born-again. And I can't begin to tell you the change it makes when an afflicted part of you is released and healed.

If the church at large would understand that, it would lead to having to deal with it, and some very afflicted people could be set free.

DAILY DEVOTIONALS – WEEK ENDING JUNE 16

June 10
. His Mercy Endures Forever

June 11
. Put Your Trust In The Only Reliable Place

June 12
. He Is Near To The Wounded

June 13
. Don’t Resist God’s Discipline

June 14
. Make Known His Wonderful Deeds

June 15
. Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

June 16
. The Gift of Repentance


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The Gift of Repentance

June 16

"John came baptizing in the wilderness
and preaching a baptism of repentance
for the remission of sins."
Mark 1:4

Repentance must ALWAYS go before the born-again experience. But even repentance is a gift. It's a gift that changes everything. When a person truly repents, it's like a two-ton boulder is removed from his shoulders.

ASK God to lead you into repentance. Ask him for the GIFT of repentance. It leads to the loosing of the chains. It's the way to peace.

"...in humility correcting those who are in opposition,
if God perhaps will GRANT THEM REPENTANCE,
so that they may know the truth,
and that they may come to their senses
and escape the snare of the devil,
having been taken captive by him to do his will."
2 Timothy 2:25-26

Sometimes this Cross gets so heavy,
but each day I take it up again;
cause I know its weight is so much lighter
than the chains that kept me bound in sin.
Lyrics from "This Cross," by Del Way

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

June 15

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away.
Then he who sat on the throne said,
“behold, I make all things new.”
Revelation 21:4-5

It's hard to imagine a life with no more pain, no separation, no sorrow. In this present life, we're in training. If we cooperate with God, he uses all the painful events of our lifetime to grow us, actually to transform us, and the result will determine the status of our eternity. It will be glorious to the extent that we cooperated with him here.

When we arrive there, we will be shown the plan God had for our lives and the extent to which we cooperated with him. If we resisted him, if we allowed the hard things of life to make us bitter, proud, or self-willed, we'll see what we lost because of it. It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of surrender in faith to the God who loves us but who sees our lives through the perspective of eternity.

Keep your eyes on the prize, It's forever.


Make Known His Wonderful Deeds

June 14

"The works of the Lord are great,
studied by all who have pleasure in them."
Psalm 111:2

In spite of the busyness of life, make time to think on the greatness of the works God, his creation, and his interchanges with men. Build yourself up in your faith by meditating on the greatness of God, who he is, all he does.

The most awesome presentation I've ever seen on this subject I've posted on another blog. Click on the link below and click on the first picture on the top left. Four short clips, short but powerful. Everyone should see them. If you agree, send the link to others and repost this post on Facebook. It can really touch hearts.

http://who-is-jesus-blog.blogspot.com/


vs 4:
"He has made his wonderful works to be remembered..."

On another blog I've compiled many stories of God's intervention in the lives of believers. Read these stories. Let your heart be warmed by his wonderfulness, his grace, his mercy. Share these also, because they are powerful resources to uplift and encourage those needing his touch.

http://pmailletblogs-hiswondrousdeeds.blogspot.com/


Do you have a powerful story of God's intervention in your life? Please send them to me and I'll post them. I won't use your name, just your initials. Make known his wonderful deeds!


Don't Resist God's Discipline

June 13

"Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
bound in affliction and irons
because they rebelled against the words of God
and despised the counsel of the Most High,
therefore he brought down their heart with labor;
they fell down, and there was none to help.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them out of their distresses;
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and broke their chains in pieces."
Psalm 107:10-14

There are two ways to respond to the discipline of the Lord. Some rebel and go deeper into prideful self-will. Others surrender, they come to repentance -- and these are they who will be brought out of darkness and distress. They will be restored.

Just as a parent will tell the child not to touch the hot stove, invariably the child will touch it anyway and that may be the only way the child will learn not to touch the hot stove. It's the same with all believers. We know what the Word says, but there are things that only discipline can teach. Do not resist the discipline. It's not forever, but it has a very real purpose. Give up your pride and surrender to the Lord, and he will bring something beautiful out of it.

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful,
nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
and make straight paths for your feet,
so that what is lame may not be dislocated, BUT RATHER BE HEALED."
Hebrews 12:11-13


He Is Near To The Wounded

June 12


"But you, O God the Lord,
deal with me for your Name’s sake;
because your mercy is good, deliver me.
For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is wounded within me."
Psalm 109:21-22

The Lord opposes the proud in heart, but cares deeply for the humble who are broken. Turn to him in your distress and you will find mercy.

"The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
and saves such as have a contrite spirit."
Psalm 34:18

If you're hanging on by a mere thread, if you're wounded, bruised, if your fire has been almost quenched, turn to the One who is standing ready to receive you. He can bring new life to you.

"A bruised reed he will not break,
and smoking flax he will not quench..."
Matthew 12:20


Put Your Trust In The Only Reliable Place

June 11

"Give us help from trouble,
for the help of man is useless.
Through God we will do valiantly,
for it is HE who shall tread down our enemies."
Psalm 108:12-13

When we have a problem, our first attempt to deal with it is usually to turn to people for advice or help. Even if they are loved ones or trusted friends, the advice of man is often faulty. As good as intentions may be, no one knows the situation well enough to give the right advice, because they do not have the depth of perspective that only God has.

How much different our lives would be if we would turn to HIM FIRST for help.

"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,
but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."
Psalm 20:7

His Mercy Endures Forever

June 10

"Fools, because of their transgression,
and because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them out of their distresses.
He sent his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destructions.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"
Psalm 107:17-21

"Fools..."

Many times, the trouble we find ourselves in is trouble we brought upon ourselves. Whether it be through sin, or through unwise choices, we know we have only ourselves to blame. This can bring about such guilt, such shame, such self-hatred, that we hold back from crying out to God because we think he won't hear us because of the depth of our sin.

But God is abundant in mercy and compassion, and when we cry out to him he does not recite to us the riot act and recount to us how we brought it all upon ourselves. He knows us, he understands our humanity, and that we live in a fallen world and often make mistakes, and he stands with forgiveness, mercy and healing.

The last two lines of this Psalm is repeated four times throughout the Psalm and when God repeats something, it is for emphasis:

"Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"

Come to him. He will not cast you out. He will receive you - no matter what.


Father Knows Best

June 9

"And he gave them their request,
but sent leanness into their soul."
Psalm 106:15

Be careful what you pray for. It is better to surrender to the will of God than to press him again and again for what you think you MUST have. Sometimes he will grant those requests but they will produce "leanness" in your soul, taking the place of the richness he preferred to produce in you.

Don't doubt the wisdom of God. Don't doubt his love for you. Let him bring into your life what he knows is best for you. He is trustworthy. He is faithful. He is intimately involved. And in the end you will rejoice when you see that what he brought is eternally better than what you thought you had to have.

The Glory Of God's Creation

June 8

"O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your possessions—
this great and wide sea,
in which are innumerable teeming things,
living things both small and great."
Psalm 104:24-25

Yes indeed, how manifold are his works in all the earth. When I take my camera and go out, I am filled with delight as I behold the beauty he has created. I particularly like taking macro pictures. Macros are photos very zoomed in. In a macro, you can see things that you wouldn't have noticed in a normal photo. The intricacy of the creation is awesome. I love it and I can't help but praise Him when I behold something beautiful.

If this beauty exists on this earth which is cursed, what must heaven be like?

vs 33-34
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to him;
I will be glad in the Lord."







You'll Never Walk Alone

June 7

"For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward THOSE WHO FEAR HIM;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
so the Lord pities THOSE WHO FEAR HIM;
for he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust."
Psalm 103:11-14

Some religions portray God as a fierce judge watching from heaven with a stick, ready to smack anyone who does wrong. This couldn't be farther from the truth.

It is not God who causes evil in the world; we have an enemy who goes around "as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." But once a person has left the kingdom of the world and has become born-again into the Kingdom of God, he comes to know the mercy and grace of a gracious Father who is full of loving kindness. The Lord doesn't remove us from the ills of the world, but he walks with us through every step of the way and his fingerprints will be all over everything we walk through. For the rest ...they're on their own.

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE,
AND THAT THEY MAY HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY."
John 10:10


Born Again - What Does That Mean?


Of Chains And Choices

June 6

"I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness."
Psalm 101:3-4

"I will set nothing wicked before my eyes" ...

It's only after one has been delivered from some bondage that he can appreciate the wonder of it. I can attest to that, because I have been delivered from several things that had kept me in bondage from my childhood. If there are things in your life that you have no control over, cry out to the Lord for deliverance. There IS deliverance, you CAN be set free.

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed;"
Luke 4:18

I can SO relate to the words of this song:

Sometimes this Cross gets so heavy,
but each day I take it up again,
cause I know its weight is so much lighter
than the chains that kept me bound in sin.
-Lyrics to "This Cross," by Del Way

He Will Judge By Truth

June 5

"For He is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth."
Psalm 96:13

Truth! Can you imagine such a day? The ways of this world have become SO FAR from the truth! Little is judged with truth, even judges are corrupt. Evil is called good and good is called evil. Is there any fear of God left on earth?

But when the Lord comes, he will judge by TRUTH. There will be no more renaming of sin. No longer will we call perversion "gay," no, it will be called homosexuality, or sodomy. No longer will abortion go by such a name, no, it will be called murder. No longer will man teach the theory of evolution, no, all will know that God is the CREATOR. Sin will be called what it IS period, and judged as such.

Scripture says that when the Lord Jesus Christ comes he will rule with a rod of iron, and the world will become a place of peace, truth, and righteousness. All will bow before him and worship him, for he is God, he is the Lord.

The signs he told us to watch for are all here. Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready to meet your God?

Each According To Its Unique Kind

June 4

"You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For you created all things,
and by your will they exist and were created."
Revelation 4:11

God didn't start a process of evolution. His Word says he CREATED all that is.

Look at the following passage and take note that when the Lord repeats something, he is emphasizing it:

"Then God said,
Let the earth bring forth the living creature
ACCORDING TO ITS KIND:
cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth,
EACH ACCORDING TO ITS KIND; and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth
ACCORDING TO ITS KIND,
cattle ACCORDING TO ITS KIND,
and everything that creeps on the earth
ACCORDING TO ITS KIND.
And God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:24-25

Only in this generation, since the discovery of DNA, can it be proved that nothing "evolves." Each KIND of creature has a unique number and type of DNA, ACCORDING TO ITS KIND. So a fish will never bring forth a turtle, because the DNA of each is unique to its kind.

The current delving into cloning and messing with DNA is very, VERY dangerous and this is going to bring forth horrific judgment.


Many Rich Are The Most Poor

June 3

"Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy,
and have need of nothing,’
and do not know that you are wretched, miserable,
poor, blind, and naked..."
Revelation 3:17

Wisdom is seeing a thing from God's perspective. Truly, truly nothing is more deceptive than wealth.

For many, perhaps most, the goal in life is to acquire, to become wealthy. The danger in wealth is the self-sufficiency it brings.

Man often defines a person according to the wealth or prestige that he has, but God views the wealthy differently. In his eyes, many who are wealthy have no idea how wretched they really are, how poor, how blind.

Most of the rich in this world, are among the most poor.




In Your Faithfulness You Have Afflicted Me

June 2

"If his sons forsake my law
and do not walk in my judgments,
if they break my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
and their iniquity with stripes.
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness I will not utterly take from him,
nor allow my faithfulness to fail."
Psalm 89:30-33

God loves us just as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way. He will chastise his people, the ones he loves, but he will not forget his mercy, and his faithfulness will be evident throughout.

When God chastises you, do not think he has abandoned you. He hasn't. His chastisement is always purposed for your GOOD, for your repentance, for your growth. Chatisement only lasts for as long as necessary, and in the chastisement you will yet see his mercy, you will see his fingerprints all over the story as he walks WITH YOU through it. When you come out of that period of chastisement, he will lavish you with his manifest comfort and assure you of his love for you. He has said, "I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

Take courage and surrender willingly to the one who loves you with all his heart.