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Day 43 (Category: Praise)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 13, Matt. 26:26-50

Today’s Reflection: Matt.26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Now there’s an image most of us probably don’t think a whole lot about. Get this; Jesus is fixing to go into his greatest hour of agonizing prayer, where he will sweat as it were great drops of blood. He has already warned the disciples that he will soon be betrayed by Judas, and that all of them will be offended because of him the same night. He knows his hour has come. And what do does he do? He sings a hymn with his disciples before going into his hour of betrayal. Wow! Just think of the fortitude, the resilience, the calmness of heart and spirit, and the resolve with which our Lord led them into the valley of the shadow of death. Most of us probably would have been too upset to be singing a song, but Jesus our Lord leads the way with a song of praise! After all, that is what a hymn is. Now, I just can’t help but wonder what they were singing! We might readily imagine it to be something like “Victory in Jesus”, “At Calvary”, or “There’s Room at the Cross for You!”, but it was more likely one of the Psalms, or a song inspired by the Psalms. The specific song and its rhythm and style of music is not as important as is the fact that they were singing in such a dark hour of history. Jesus is fixing to win the greatest spiritual battle that ever has been or ever will be waged for the souls of men while on the cross of Calvary, and his actions give us insight on what it looks like to go into a battle with assurance of certain victory. How does he do that? He sings praises going into the storm! After carefully thinking upon this great truth, I believe we have for years mistakenly and carelessly overlooked its significance. The truth is, God likes to hear us sing praises to His name, and when the praises of God go up, His glory comes down to strengthen us in our battles. If this was a battle strategy for Christ and His disciples, would it not be wise for us to do the same? Here is my challenge for you today; the next time you are facing a difficult time (and every time from here on out for that matter), deliberately sing praises to The Lord going into the storm. Amazing things will happen! God will come to your aid, and certain victory will ensue. Never underestimate the power of praise, because praise will work when nothing else will!

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Day 42 (Category: Betrayal)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 11-12, Matt. 26:1-25

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Today’s Reflection: Matt.26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

What is your price for Jesus? Here, Judas sold Jesus to the lowest bidder! He didn’t even name his price; he simply asked, “What will ye give me?” Perhaps he had a minimum in his mind, but was feeling them out to see what they would pay, but regardless, here’s the point; Judas sold Jesus out for temporary monetary gain. This makes me think of all those today that are still doing the same thing. From the pulpit to the pew to the general population, people still have their price they’ll take for Jesus. I trust that you are not one of them, but the sad reality is, they are all around us. I mentioned the pulpit, because there are those in positions of authority in our so-called churches today who are willing to compromise every truth Jesus stood for, simply to please the people and pad the purse. When this happens, Christ is no less betrayed than if He were back in the garden with Judas. I mentioned the pew, because of many today that would rather have a motivational speaker than a gospel preacher. Don’t get me wrong; both have their place, but the Bible prophesied of the day in which we live where men heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. They turn their ears away from the truth, and are turned rather unto fables. In essence, they betray Christ by their lack of interest in His person and message of the cross. I also mentioned the general population, because Christ said Himself that men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. These, too, betray Christ by rejecting the light of His glorious gospel. And though all these are true, perhaps the more subtle way in which we betray Him is when we neglect to keep His commandments. Did He not say, “If ye love me, keep my commandments!”? I understand that we all make mistakes; that’s not what I’m dealing with. I’m dealing with the times in which we deliberately ignore the teachings of Christ for the conveniences that are afforded us for doing so. May it be our prayer today that we search our souls, and make sure that we are not betraying our Lord in our thoughts, words, or actions. My Jesus is not for sale! How about you?

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Day 41 (Category: God’s Will)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 8-10, Matt. 25:31-46

Today’s Reflection: Lev. 8:33 And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.

Has your consecration been completed? I know we don’t do things today like they were done during the Old Testament era; however, within this text is found a principle which is applicable to us all as believers. The truth is, when we are bought by the blood of Christ, we are His property, and therefore He sets us apart for His purposes; however, we must be willing to participate in this process, that we “die not” (see v. 35). This means that we only begin to live when we discover God’s purpose for our existence and begin to walk therein. But before we say more, let us answer the question, what is consecration? To consecrate, according to Webster, means “to make or declare to be sacred, by certain ceremonies or rites; to appropriate to sacred uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service and worship of God; as, to consecrate a church.” A similar word used more commonly in the New Testament is the word “sanctify”, but basically, you get the idea that you as a child of God are supposed to be different. You are supposed to be set aside for the specific purpose of bringing glory to God with your presence on this Earth. That said, I ask the question again, has your consecration been completed? Meaning, are you truly and wholly set aside for God, or like many Christians today, only partially consecrated? I know we all have a long way to go, but that does not negate our responsibility as His children to make sure that we are entirely sold out to Him, imperfections and all! Could there be areas in your life that are supposed to be His that you have yet to yield to His rightful place of ownership and control? I wish to challenge you as I have personally been challenged myself this morning by The Holy Spirit, that you search out your soul and ask God to help you thoroughly and completely sanctify and set apart EVERY area that has not been brought to that place of total surrender as of yet. It could be tithing, giving, loving, forgiving, repenting, praying, witnessing, or a number of things, but whatever it is, please understand that you will never experience the life God wants to bless you with outside of that place of total surrender to His will and purpose for your life! Let us be consecrated wholly to Him!

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And who said you can't fix stupid?

Day 40 (Category: Wisdom)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 6-7, Matt. 25:1-30

Today’s Reflection: Matt. 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

The phrase “living on empty” comes to mind when I read this verse. To be honest, even that doesn’t really do it justice, because this kind of “living” isn’t really living at all; it is rather a slow, painful death when you truly consider it. Think with me, if you will, of the people you know (if not yourself) who are living on empty. That is, they are merely a shell of a person without any essence, substance, or meaning to their existence. People who live only for the moment, without any caution or heed of pending danger or consequence, will always be found lacking what it takes to survive this life, much less the life in the hereafter. Let us consider first the name they were given; foolish. This word literally means dull, stupid, heedless, or absurd. The question I’m asking is, were they called foolish because they took no oil with them, or did they take no oil with them because they were foolish? I am in favor of the latter, simply because of the fact that Jesus first mentioned their condition, and then mentioned the symptoms resulting from their condition. The sickness was foolishness; the result was poor decision-making. In other words, if you can fix the foolishness, then you can eliminate the symptoms! How then do we “fix stupid”? We go to The Word of God! Ps. 119:105 still says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Prov. 1:7 also says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” So, if you want to learn how to avoid future crisis as a result of foolish living, then look no further than the guidelines of the scriptures and the voice of The Holy Spirit in your life! Oil, being symbolic of The Holy Spirit, also teaches us in this passage that without The Holy Spirit in our lives, we will continue to live on empty and be found wanting when Christ returns. What about you? Do you ignore the guidance of scripture and the leading of The Spirit, while simultaneously throwing all caution to the wind in your quest for a quick fix or a good time? If so, let this be your warning that while you’re playing games with your life, the bridegroom is coming! Have you made your preparations to meet with Him? If not, you can do so today! Surrender to Christ once and for all!

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How to be a dependable disciple of Christ!

Day 39 (Category:  Discipleship)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 4-5, Matt. 24:29-51

Today’s Reflection: Matt. 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

When I read this text, the phrase that stands out most to me today is “to give them meat in due season”. In context, this is the servant’s assignment; to faithfully and wisely distribute meat in a timely manner. What about you? Have you been faithful and wise in distributing the Word of God to others in a timely fashion? If you’re like me, this thought brings much conviction. I automatically start thinking about how short I fall of all three of these guidelines. First, what about faithfulness? This speaks of a constant performance of duties or services. Second, what about wisdom? This speaks of the right use or exercise of knowledge. This means it not only matters what you are doing for God, but how you are doing it. Third, what about timing? The phrase “due season” shows us that not only does it matter what your are doing, and how you are doing it, but also when you are doing it. For me, this causes me to think of all the opportunities that were right, that I totally forfeited because of my bashfulness, fears, and yes, sometimes even laziness and apathy. So, when is the time right to serve God? When is the time right to speak the Word into someone’s life? Consider what Paul told Timothy in 2 Tim. 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season…” The word instant here means pressing, urgent, immediate, quick, making no delay. This leads me to believe that the sewer (that’s you and me) is to sew the seed of The Word of God always, whether it appears to us that the season for the hearer is right or not. 1 Cor. 3:7 teaches us that while some plant and others water, it is God that gives the increase. That said, as disciples of Christ, we are to be less concerned with sampling the soil upon which we are sewing, and more concerned with simply spreading the Word of God, and allowing God to do with it what He wills! Then, if we are found faithful, wise, and timely as clockwork, our Father who sees our faithfulness over a few things will make us ruler over many. May God help us to do just that for His glory!

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How to prevent the devil from duping you!

Day 38 (Category: Sound Doctrine)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 1-3, Matt. 24:1-28

Today’s Reflection: Matthew 24: 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


It is because of our propensity as Christians to gravitate towards the revealed supernatural power of God that we ought also to keep our guard up against fakes in the ministry. It is our very interest in the charismatic that can so deceive us if we are not spiritually discerned and doctrinally astute. This is the reason our Lord ever so graciously gave us this word of caution in our text. We are warned that, if it were possible, that even the very elect…that is, those of us who are genuinely born again by God’s grace…would be deceived by these false prophets. Therefore, we are not ignorant of satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). We understand that our adversary the devil can transform himself into an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), and thereby promote his kingdom of darkness with an illusion of righteousness. Many are the masses of people today who are deceived by seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1), because they have been packaged in a format that is easily palatable by the average Christian who is unskilled in the Word. It is not the little leaven that we notice when we are so craftily mislead; it is the whole lump that we are sold. We see not that small portion of poison that will grow until it has poisoned the entire portion; rather, we only see that which appears at first to be good, at least, for the most part. Oh, how a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Gal. 5:9)! It is not satan’s ignorance or complete disregard for scripture that deceives the masses, but rather his knowledge of it, knowing just enough of it to quote it out of context so that it sounds safe to the ear while simultaneously misleading the soul. That is why we are admonished to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). It is when we know not only the scriptures, but the Author of the scriptures, that we are able to detect error from truth when at times they seem to so closely resemble one another. Through the person of The Holy Spirit, Christ teaches us the meaning of scriptures so that we the elect of God will not be deceived. Today, I encourage you to never take my word for it, nor anyone else’s for that matter, but rather, search the scriptures for yourself, and allow The Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth!


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Judgment Day is Coming!

Day 37 (Category: Judgment)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 39-40, Matt. 23:23-39

Today’s Reflection: Matthew 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

If this generation understood the weight of judgment that is going to fall upon us, we would repent in sackcloth and ashes. Although Christ was speaking directly to His generation during His earthly ministry, the warning applies to all generations. One day, judgment is coming, and when it does, “all these things” will come upon us. What things, you may ask? In our text, Christ was telling them that all of the righteous blood shed from the beginning until then would fall on that generation, as they would be the ones to crucify The Lord Jesus. As for today’s generation, all who reject Christ as Savior will face the same fate; judgment and damnation in an eternal, Christless place called the lake of fire. Dear reader, you do not want the full weight of the wrath of Almighty God to come justly upon you. If so, there will be no hope for you to escape for all eternity. However, there is hope! Place your trust in The Lord Jesus Christ today! Confess to Him your sins, and in a repented heart give your life to Him, and He will cleanse you with His own righteous blood! You see, Christ took God’s wrath on the Cross for you, as your substitute. However, salvation is a gift which must be accepted. You cannot simply expect to be in Heaven one day, without having placed your faith in Christ. Turn to Him today, and you will then find forgiveness of sins, and eternal life forevermore! Oh, the joy of knowing that for my penalty He paid the price, so that I could go free. Without Christ, I’d face God alone, in my own unrighteousness and sin. Without Christ, I’d have to pay for my sins for ever and ever. BUT, WITH Christ, I’ll face God in Christ. When God sees me on Judgment day, He will not see my sins; rather, He will see the blood of His Son on my heart, and thereby grant me His righteousness, and make me accepted in the beloved. Come to Christ today! Do not hesitate another moment, because tomorrow; no, 1 minute from now, may be too late. You do not want to go into eternity without Christ, dear friend. Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Give Him your life today, and be spared from the wrath to come!

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Day 36 (Category: God’s Will)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 36-38, Matt. 23:1-22

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 36:2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.

What is The Lord depositing into your heart to do? I find this text most intriguing, as it gives us a close up look of what happens when God inspires not one, but an entire group of people to do something. We ought to rejoice that we have on record in the scriptures sure evidence that God indeed guides the affairs of men, and not only so, but He can unite many under one cause, even when they are not naturally inclined to do so. This ought to be an inspiration to those of us in ministry, who are called to lead others in the cause of Christ, wherever our field of service may be. Indeed, it is refreshing to know that when God gets in your ministry, He can pull some strings that you would never be able to pull yourself! It should be the prayer of every pastor on the planet, that God would put wisdom in the hearts of their respective congregants, coupled with a stirring up to come unto the work to do it. After all, we do understand that unless The Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. Why then do we rely so much on our own leadership skills that we fail to pray like we should? We can do more on our knees before the God of Heaven, than we could ever do on our feet before a group of people, no matter how big or small. Let us pray, even as Christ instructed us to, that The Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest. Let us pray for their wisdom, that it would be profound, and their zeal, that it would be never-ending. Let us pray that God would raise up an exceeding great and mighty army, and that this sleeping giant called the Church would rise up and be all that God has called us and equipped us to be. It is only when God leads the charge that it will ever be accomplished. That sounds a whole lot like revival to me; when God’s people are so filled with His spirit, that they follow His leading to accomplish His will for their lives. If we were to see God inspire His people to accomplish the great commission, both with wisdom and with action, as He inspired the Israelites to build the tabernacle, not a corner of the globe would be without a Gospel witness for very long. May God truly pour out His spirit upon ALL flesh, so that the work will be done!

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