Daily Devotional

Sept. 19, 2014 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt. 5:9)

The idea of peace dominates the Scriptures.  There was peace in the beginning when God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden.  However, they sinned and violated the wonderful peace they experienced before their sins.  Paul declared that Jesus died on the cross to reestablish the peace between man and God: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished ...

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Sept. 18, 2014 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matt. 5:8)

Purity has always been demanded for the people of God.  The Psalmist said, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psa. 24:3-4).   The apostle John agreed with both the Lord and the Psalmist when he wrote: “Behold what manner of love the Father ...

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Sept 17, 2014 – Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt. 5:7)

Jesus began by emphasizing that we are bankrupt spiritually, and because of this we should be overwhelmed with grief which will lead to trusting in God and having an insatiable hunger and thirst for righteousness.  We come now to a transition from the first four beatitudes which focus on our need to the Lord’s focus on what we need to do.  He moves from belief to behavior just as Paul pointed out when he wrote: “I beseech ...

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Sept. 16, 2014 – “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matt. 5:6)

It is truly interesting to see the progression in these beatitudes.  Those who recognize that they are weak, powerless, and spiritually bankrupt, deeply mourn over their sins and are humble and trust in the Lord, but they also hunger and thirst after righteousness.  The first three causes a person to be awakened to his/her spiritual condition and this promotes an excruciating hunger and a desperate thirst for this righteousness.  In other words, these are the ones who ...

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September 15, 2014 – “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matt. 5:5)

The world system teaches the very opposite of this beatitude.  The world thinks in terms of strength and power, of ability, of self-assurance, and of aggressiveness.  The worldly mind believes that riches and glory become ours when we assert ourselves and take by whatever means whatever we believe we are entitled to.  However, this beatitude teaches the very opposite and is related to the previous two—“poor in spirit” and “mourning our sins.”  When we truly ...

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September 12, 2013 – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4)

When King David contemplated the disappointments and bitterness of his life he cried out, “So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!  I would fly away and be at rest.  Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest” (Psa. 55:6-8).  David was longing for an escape route to a “shelter”, “a place of escape.”  He was longing to be far ...

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Sept 11, 2014 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:3)

There are certain passages of Scriptures that seem to the best known and the best loved in the entire Bible.  I believe the Beatitudes are among this number.  The Puritan preacher Thomas Watson wrote, “In this portion of the Holy Scripture you have a breviary of religion, the Bible epitomized.  Here is a garden of delight, set with curious knots, where you may pluck those flowers which will deck the hidden man of your heart.  ...

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September 10, 2014 – The Importance of the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus, the greatest communicator to ever live, presented this the greatest of all sermons in the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of Matthew’s Gospel and in Luke 6:17-49.  The Master teacher spoke with authority.  At the close of this sermon we read: “And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matt. 7:28-29).  No sermon ...

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September 9, 2014 – The Church Jesus Built Exists Today

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (MATT. 16:18).

People reading this passage may ask if Jesus built His church?  If so, when was it built?  Does it exist today?  If it does can I be a member of it?  If you go back to the beginning of this month and read the first ...

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September 8, 2014 – The Church: The Purpose of the Gifts

Ephesians 4:11-13

The gifts discussed in yesterday’s devotion were given for the purpose of promoting spiritual growth within the body of Christ.  There is a need for such growth since every person who enters the kingdom/church through the process of the New Birth (John 3:3-5; I Pet. 1:23) is a new born baby (I Pet. 2:1-2).  These gifts are of vital importance and are not for the mere enjoyment and entertainment of the saints.  God provided ...

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