God gives for keeps!



Today’s Reading: Psalm 16-17, Acts 20:1-16

Today’s Reflection: Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

Would you rather have the gift, or the giver? If we were talking about mere men, it could be argued, depending upon the circumstances, that in some cases one might prefer a gift over its giver. However, we’re not just talking about mere men in our text. 

The psalmist is saying that The LORD is his inheritance! He did not say that The Lord gave him nice things. He did not say that he had a mansion just over the hill top! No, but he said THE LORD is his portion!! 

Now, just in case you didn’t know, The Lord is the greatest giver of them all! When God gives, He holds nothing back. Not convinced? Then what about John 3:16? For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son!! There’s nothing greater to give than His son for us. 

But then, let me remind you of Romans 8:32, which also says, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Do you see that? He is teaching us that, again, when God gives, He holds NOTHING back! And the best thing? IT’S ALL FREE to us. 

It came at great expense to HIM, but WE are the beneficiaries of His grace at no charge to us. Now, THAT’S a portion worth noting! You didn’t know you were so rich in Christ, did you?!? 

AND, it get’s better. NOT ONLY is God and everything that comes with Him freely given to us through faith in Christ His son, BUT what HE gives us is also “low maintenance” on our end! 

Think about this for a second. Have you ever received a gift that, in and of itself was great, but the maintenance for its upkeep was still out of your financial reach? If not, I’m sure you’ve heard of others who have experienced this kind of “gift”. But before you receive a gift from another man, you better make sure that the maintenance is within your means, or the “gift” becomes a “taker”! 

BUT, God is SO thorough, that He gives us Himself, the giver, AND the maintenance man! Do you see it? “Thou maintainest my lot.” God will give you more than YOU can handle, but that’s only because He intends on handling it as well! 

OH GLORY! Listen dear reader, The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. This means that whatever He gives you, He holds in place for you to keep! SHOUT!

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You can get your JOY back!




Today’s Reading: Psalm 13-15, Acts 19:21-41

Today’s Reflection: Psalm 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. 


Hear the Psalmist yearning for the salvation of God’s people from those who held them in captivity! Why? Because he knows that once The Lord delivers them out of captivity that the gladness and rejoicing of the people will return unto them! He no doubt remembers a time when Israel was rejoicing with gladness. 


What about you? Was there ever a time (assuming you have trusted The Lord as your Savior) that you rejoiced in The Lord, only to look back now with a yearning to experience such a season of gladness again? If so, then perhaps you, too, are needing deliverance from some form of captivity in which you find yourself imprisoned today. 

Perhaps it is the prison of doubt, fear, or willful sin. Perhaps it is the prison of bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, or revenge. Perhaps it is simply the prison of knowing you are not where you either need to be or once was with The Lord. 

Regardless, know this; the place where you lost your joy is the place where you can pick it back up! Oh, I know that some things are humanly impossible to reverse the effects of once you have made the wrong choice; however, regardless of the bad choices you have made, you can repent in your heart before The Lord and start afresh and anew, seeking HIS power to enable you to never make those same joy-robbing mistakes again. 

Today, I believe that more now than ever, God’s people suffer from the lack of gladness, joy, and rejoicing in the camp, because of the captivity they find themselves in. But, if we are to be jubilant, victorious, and effective in serving God, we MUST get our joy back! 

My friends, serving God ought not to be a drudge or a duty, but a delight! As my pastor used to say so often, we can be both happy and holy all at the same time! It is simply up to us to figure out what joy robbers exist in our lives so that we can resolve to rid ourselves of them immediately! 

If there is unconfessed and unrepented sin, get it under the blood, receive your forgiveness, then walk in the joy of salvation that God will restore unto you in that moment. Refuse to ever allow yourself, satan, or society rob you of your gladness or joy ever again! Get free today & stay free.

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Can we be SURE we have a Reliable Bible???



Today’s Reading: Psalm 10-12, Acts 19:1-20

Today’s Reflection: Psalm 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 


Sadly, if one were to listen to the average liberal seminary graduate today, you would be led to believe that we cannot be sure that we have a pure, preserved, trustworthy, and reliable copy of the words of The LORD for this generation.  


But what does the Bible say? Verse seven says, “Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” So either man is wrong, or God is wrong, and I’ll take my chances with God that He is the One who is right! 

You see, the word “keep” means to put a hedge about, or to guard, or to protect, or to attend to, or to keep watch over. And then the word “preserve” means to maintain. This scripture teaches us that God personally supervises the oversight of His words written down in the earth so that every generation after it was originally written has a perfectly preserved copy. 

So the question, then, is this; how can we know for sure which Bible is the preserved word of God for our generation? Before we offer some thoughts on that, we must first agree that things which are different are not the same. 

If we have two or more Bibles that say vastly different things with the changing of the words, then they can’t all be right, right? That said, one must be careful when selecting a Bible that he or she selects one where the source (set of manuscripts used), the style of translation (word for word, paraphrase, etc.), and the system used when translating (for checks and balances) are all of utmost integrity and as detailed as possible for the most accurate and reliable translation results. 

And after careful studying, it is my conclusion that there is no other Bible translation in the English language today that is superior to the accuracy and care given in the translation of the King James Bible. 

I encourage you to do your own homework on this to draw your own conclusions, but one thing is certain; we must agree that if God’s Word promises He will preserve His word to all generations, then there must be a superior text to all others thereby signifying God’s hand in its preservation. Today, we can thank God that His Word is preserved!

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The Power of a Baby's Mouth



Today’s Reading: Psalm 7-9, Acts 18

Today’s Reflection: Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 


This is a most fascinating truth, but before we shout about it, let’s makes sure we understand it first! Here, we learn that God ordains strength out of the mouth of infants. 


The word “ordain” means to be fixed, like that of laying a foundation, so as to be founded or established. Now, let’s get our heads wrapped around this; God ESTABLISHES strength, or LAYS THE FOUNDATION of strength…out of the MOUTH of infants. 

Before an infant can mature enough to comprehend or understand or become self-sufficient or even strong enough to protect and provide for itself, it is given the very foundation of strength…in its mouth! And if you’re wondering how that is, just think about it! The infant in and of him/herself is not strong at all; however, the power that the child beckons from its parents when it cries is only as limited as the parents themselves. 

OH GLORY! When I’m weak and frail and unable to provide for and/or defend myself, GOD has already put the FOUNDATION of strength within my mouth, so that when I but CRY OUT to Him, my cry beckons a strength that is only as limited as the God of the Universe! So, it is not the cry itself that has any power, but rather the One who responds to the cry that gives it strength!! 

Now, with that understanding, go ahead and shout! But while you’re shouting, also see this; THE REASON God did this was so that He could still His enemy! He knew His enemy would want to destroy His children, and since His children were not strong enough in and of themselves to defeat the enemy, God gave them the only thing they would need to call Him immediately to the scene; a mouth to cry with! 

God knows the voice of His children, because He created them! He knows YOUR voice…CALL on Him today! Cry out to your Heavenly Father, Who’s strength will be beckoned by your child-like faith in Him to help. 

You don’t have to be strong, you don’t have to be mature, you don’t even have to be able to articulate with words of an adult and have an adult-like conversation; all you have to do is cry aloud to your Heavenly Father as an infant would, and He is ON THE SCENE!

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How to Turn the Tide of Trouble in Your Life!



Today’s Reading: Psalm 4-6, Acts 17:16-34

Today’s Reflection: Psalm 4:1 …thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…

Have you ever heard the expression, “I was between a rock and a hard place!”? Furthermore, have you ever been in one? If so, then you will understand what David meant when he mentioned that he was at one point “in distress” before The Lord helped him. 


The word “distress” here implies a narrow, small, tight, rocky place of trouble and discomfort where an adversary has you pinned in. This reminds me quite literally of the time when David was running for his life and at one point was seeking shelter in a cave for refuge.  

He knew what it was to be in a tight spot! Moreover, he also knew what it was to be helped while he was there! In verse one, he starts out by praying, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…” He is reminding God of what He has already done, and calling on Him for assistance again! 

And what is he reminding God of? He is reminding God of the fact that when he was in a tight spot, God “enlarged” him. Now, here’s what I want you to notice; first, David was IN distress. This references the PLACE (or the circumstance, if you will) that he was located. And second, although he was IN distress (a tight place), yet God enlarged HIM. 

See it? The text says, “…thou hast enlarged me…” Here’s the point; God did not change the location David found himself in, but rather He simply made David BIGGER than the location he was in!  
When I first read this verse, admittedly I thought that God set him in a larger place to get him out of his tight spot. And isn’t that what we often ask God to do? We often ask God to move us away from the difficulties in which we find ourselves. But what if God wants to change YOU and make you bigger than your circumstances, rather than relocating you to get you away from trouble? 

What if God wants you to grow in strength and favor with Him to become an overcomer, so that no matter what trouble comes, you won’t look to be delivered out of that place, but rather become bigger than that place? 

Because here’s the truth; once you become bigger than your environment, you will no longer be the one to have to change, because the place will have to make room for you! When this happens, now it is the trouble that is in a tight spot!

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PUT THE DEVIL ON NOTICE!!!




Today’s Reading: Psalm 1-3, Acts 17:1-15

Today’s Reflection: Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Is the psalmist worried about the strength of his enemies here? Is that the spirit in which he asks his question? Is he asking despairingly, as if he is living in dread of their strength? 


Before I answer these questions, let me ask YOU, dear reader! When you read this verse, from what attitude do you read it? Are you in such dread and fear over the alleged strength of the wicked in today’s world, that when you read these words, you assume that you are relating to a fear that the psalmist must have been feeling when he wrote these words? If so, then STOP RIGHT THERE! 

Here in our text, David is not wandering around through a maze of bewildering questions, in a fret and in a panic, feeling sorry for himself and wondering why The Lord is just allowing his enemies to prevail over him. NO, NO! Read the whole chapter again! 

King David is not talking about his problems, seeking for answers and the comfort of pitiful, defeated sympathizers. Instead, his question is directed in boldness directly at his enemy, with courage, faith, and confidence that what his enemy is up to is indeed a vain and meaningless effort! 

He is in fact TAUNTING his enemy from a position of strength through faith in his God! For instance, in verse four, he serves notice to his enemy that in essence, God is going to get the last laugh! And then again in verses ten through twelve, he gives them wise counsel as to how to avoid and to escape their eminent destruction! 

Now, again, in light of that confidence in God, even with his back against the wall, read it with me again! “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” In other words, “Devil, I don’t know why you’re raging as if you have already won, because I know you have already been defeated!” 

In other words, “Devil, your plans and your plots are all in vain! Your efforts to destroy me are COMPLETELY POINTLESS because I’m a child of God!” Are you getting the spirit in which he is asking the question now? 

If so, then hear this; the next time you feel like you are backed into a corner with no way out by YOUR enemy, begin to declare to your enemy and serve him notice that his days are numbered, unless he surrenders to YOUR king! Dear reader, WE are with the advantage, NOT our enemies!!

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There are times we SHOULDN'T talk about God!




Today’s Reading: Job 41-42, Acts 16:22-40

Today’s Reflection: Job 42:7 …the LORD said…My wrath is kindled against thee…for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right…

We CAN talk TOO MUCH about God! That is, we can say a lot more about God than what we actually know to be true about Him. When this happens, The Lord’s wrath is kindled. It is unfortunate today that our Lord is so quickly and so often misrepresented by those who claim to know Him, but know absolutely nothing about Him and His character whatsoever. 


Did you know that we can read the scriptures which tell us about many of the acts of God, but without carful study and guidance by His Spirit, we can make assumptions about His person based upon our limited understanding of His acts that may or may not be true? 

For example, I think here of when the disciples asked Christ if they should call down fire out of Heaven to consume that Samaritan village which rejected the opportunity to host Jesus temporarily because He wouldn’t stay as long as they wanted Him to. 

Jesus rebuked them, saying, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” You see, the disciples made an assumption about the Father’s method of operation based upon the Father’s previous ACTIONS recorded in the Old Testament. 

They assumed that His actions of Judgement were to be expected. However, they did not understand the differences of circumstances as it related to the men’s hearts involved, nor did they understand the Father’s mission in each context. 

The truth is, His ways are past finding out. We would do better to study His person and His heart rather than His ways. His ways may give us clues, but are often inconclusive as it relates to His future predictability without details which He may never reveal to us. 

Furthermore, even though The Word said His ways are past finding out, it never said HE was past finding out! Consider Jeremiah 29:13, which says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” 

Question: Are you busy studying God’s history, or God’s heart? Are you studying His actions, or His ambitions? Are you studying His methods, or His motives? Do you see in the Bible only a list to look at, or a Lord to follow? You see, when you get to know HIM, you can trust His ways, even as varied and unpredictable as they may be!

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We were Meant to See in the Dark!



Today’s Reading: Job 38-40, Acts 16:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

There’s not a better time to get a vision from God with a plan of action than at night when it is dark in the world. Notice with me that the timing of this vision was no coincidence. Rather, it was providential in nature. Oh, and how my heart hurts to wonder how many of God’s people are groping in the dark without a vision! 


Dear child of God, AWAKE, AWAKE, PUT ON THY STRENGTH! I know it is dark, but now’s not the time to hide with the fearful, but to arise and shine for Jesus! Never forget that no matter how dark it gets, those of us who know Christ as Savior have the light! We were prepared for these days of darkness. We were MEANT to exist in a dark world with the Light of the world shining forth from our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

But, I ask, where are God’s torches in this midnight hour? Without a vision, churches are perishing by the thousands. Get your VISION back! You can SEE in the dark because you have the Light of God’s Word if you will pick it back up and dust it off and read it! Don’t re-write it; re-READ it! Then consume it! 

If you will consume The Word of God, then the Light of God’s Word will consume you, causing you to become that torch for God that you were meant to be. And yet, many “Christians” sit in the dark without any vision or direction, living in fear instead of light! 

Oh, that God would revive His people again, that we might rise back up an exceeding great and mighty army of Light in this present darkness in which we live. Let your light SO shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven! 

Furthermore, because Paul had a vision in the night, he also had a direction to go in. Can you also hear the Macedonian call in your life today? Can you hear those cries in the darkness, calling out for help from those with the light? May their cries for help cause us to lose all sleep until at least we rise to the occasion and bring the light of the glorious Gospel to the darkest corners of the Earth! Until the whole world hears, may we shout Christ’s Gospel from the rooftops unashamedly, unapologetically, and relentlessly for the Glory of God!


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