Today's devotional thought

July 16, 2019 Musing

Living the good life – step 2!

Acknowledge that you have faults (sins) and then repent — change your attitude and pray.

As a sinner, adjustments need to be made in your lifestyle. Admitting that you have sinned is a required step. Believe that Jesus is God’s son. Confess your sin and ask the Lord to assist you in making the necessary lifestyle adjustment. Persistence and perseverance are continuing attitudes the must be a way of living each day. Don’t be hard on yourself if and when you fail, but admit it; pick yourself up; trust in God and move forward.

Paul and Silas had this to say to the Philippian jailer: Acts 16:31 KJV And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Serving because Jesus lives,
Pastor Dennis Wildman

July 15, 2019 Musing

Living the good life -step 1!

John 13:15 ESV For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Follow Jesus’ example at all times.

Follow Jesus’ (Son of God) greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, mind, body and soul” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Even if someone treats you wrongly or whether you know them or not, we are called to love them. Jesus said, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

You are to be a follower of Christ. Not in name only but in action or deeds. Study God’s inspiration, the Holy Bible, to find out how to be the best example possible.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be imitators of God as dear child .

Serving because Jesus lives,
Pastor Dennis Wildman

July 14, 2019 Musing

Your options: Acknowledge there is no God. Become wise by admitting you know there is a God.

Psalms 14:1 KJV “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

The one who does not acknowledge God must live in a vacuum. Their only reason for existence is to satisfy self. They look at life as if there is no one to answer to. When you think of the creation that you behold, you can’t but wonder how did all this come about. You need to ask yourself, “How was I wonderfully made?” How is it that all these physical systems function together and allow one to do the things that one does? There must be a responsible being that put everything together. Surely everything just doesn’t happen by accident!

A fool is one who will never give credit where credit is due. A fool would say “There is no God”. They don’t know better. They only want to satisfy their own personal desires. The net result of their existence appears to earn them a place in nothingness. There is no hope for anything that will add value to their existence. When you have not hope, you don’t need to set goals. If there is nothing to look forward to, there is absolute no reason to have something to measure progress in life.

Why work? Why study to get a education? Why get married? Why have children? Why do anything if you are a fool? Since a fool never really has any friends, why attempt anything? I believe that in the beginning God created and you are blessed to be good stewards over what was created. The sun, moon, and stars reveal a creation that is beyond description. God breathed and you reap the benefits. As you use the creation that just happens to be here remember to give thanks for it. Don’t be a fool because a fool has no future. Those that know God and love what He has done for them, have a future and a hope. Praise God for that.

Serving because Jesus lives,
Pastor Dennis Wildman

July 13, 2019 Musing

Learn something new every day from God’s Word.

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Why do you need to study God’s Word? Experience tells you that in order to really know how to do something well you need to first have a knowledge of what it is that you must do. Discovering the truth requires acquiring an understanding of the subject being studied. It also requires finding out how to apply it in your daily living.

Timothy had learned much from Paul as he journeyed with him in his missionary endeavors. Paul had taught Timothy well and Timothy had shown that he knew how to teach others what God could do in the lives of people who took time to seek Him out. Just as Paul discovered the truth on the road to Damascus and set himself on a course to find out more about the truth, so Timothy was learned something new every day to assist him in handling all of life’s problems. He took what he had learned and shared it with others. Paul and Timothy were not ashamed of the knowledge they had gained because they knew that they were going to receive much benefit from it.

Studying God’s Word is so important in knowing more about Jesus. Just knowing the biblical stories isn’t enough. You must delve into God’s Word and discover how to make application for daily living. Rightly dividing the word of truth means that you find ways to make it become real and applicable for every situation in your life. Knowing the truth of God’s Word really does set you free. Hear it from Jesus: John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Serving because Jesus lives,
Pastor Dennis Wildman

July 12, 2019 Musing

I really like this benefit.

Philippians 4:6 KJV Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

I recently was traveling in the Oklahoma City area and saw a sign that had the following statement on it, “Prayer has an unlimited data plan.” Thank you Jesus for providing each of us with this wonderful data plan. I’m afraid that too many people don’t take advantage of this great benefit. There are no time limitations. There are no storage restrictions to worry about. The communication line is never down.

The Apostle Paul encouraged his readers to pray to a receptive Father in Heaven. There are no limitations to what you can pray about. God knows your heart and wants you to feel like you have confidence in the personal relationship you have with Him both now and forever. Rest assured that you have a faithful Father that will hear what is on your mind. His response will be uplifting and consistent.

Serving because Jesus lives,
Pastor Dennis Wildman

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