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Feasting in 2015

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:4

Now that the holiday’s, are behind us and 2014 is gone we look forward to greater things in 2015. We often make goals and challenges of different sorts for ourselves to better our lives. The most popular challenge is to eat less and lose weight. However, I want to challenge you to a daily feast in 2015. Not a feast on the bread of this world but, a feast on the bread of God’s Word. If we can help it we don’t go a single day without physical food. If we abstain from physical food for too long we will become very ill and eventually die. Spiritual malnutrition is just as deadly to our spiritual health.

So many people today are spiritually malnourished because they do not consume the vital nutrients to survive and thrive spiritually-the nutrition of God’s Word. When Jesus made this statement He was at the end of a forty day fast. At that time, Satan came to tempt Him to turn the stones into bread. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 that gave reference to the bread from heaven, the manna that God provided for the nation of Israel in the wilderness. Through these words of Jesus we see that there are some things more important than physical bread. If we are going to be the men and women God has called us to be, living up to His full potential, make a goal for your life to feast on God’s Word so you can grow to be blessed and be a blessing.

There are many free charts and timelines available online that will help you with daily bible reading, and reading through the bible in a year. However the greatest thing you can do is just open God’s Word and start your feast. Don’t be legalistic about it. Enjoy it, absorb it, and most importantly seek God through it. You will soon discover that your 2015 will be abundantly blessed due to your feasting on the Word of God.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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God’s Prescription for Prosperity

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

New Years Eve usually serves two purposes for most people. It is a day of reflection of the past year and a day of looking forward to the year ahead. As we look to the past we often think, “What can we do better in the year ahead?” We often make resolutions that counter act many of the poor choices we have made in the past.

Looking backwards can be good and bad. Learning from our past mistakes can be positive. When we discover fire burns, we know not to stick our hand in the flame again. However, we don’t want to get stuck in the past and live in the only ifs. Only if I wouldn’t have, or only if I would have, or only if I could have. Living in the past can trap us and disable us from living up to the full potential God has for our lives. If we have sinned we turn away from those sins and ask God to forgive us, knowing God’s Word fully assures us that He will. (I John 1:9)

As Christians we should stand in full conviction that God has a prosperous future for us. His Word gives us these clear promises. How then do we obtain this prosperity in the Lord? God told Joshua just before he was to lead the nation of Israel across the Jordan into the Promised Land in Joshua 1:8, “you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” God’s plan for Joshua’s success was clear. He was to take God’s Word, not turn from it to the right or to the left, and be careful to do all that was written in it. God’s prescription for prosperity that He gave to Joshua is the same for you and I today.

God’s prosperity comes in many forms. Most of the time it isn’t silver or gold since that is usually desired for a self serving purpose.  Whatever the form, it will bring glory to God and joy beyond measure to your soul that you would never trade for all of the silver and gold in the world. I pray you have a very prosperous 2015 in the name above all names. Jesus!

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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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A Resolution of Faith

“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 NASB

Now that the Christmas season is behind us we look forward to the celebration of a new year. Many spend this time making for themselves New Year’s Resolution. Whether they are seeking separation from sins, or desiring deliverance from dependencies, or wishing away their worries, the solution is the same-faith.

From the well wishing, one will often get advice to work out their problems, or keep a positive attitude, or keep your head above the water, it will work itself out. This advice is well intended but, unfortunately wrong. The Word of God clearly teaches that we are saved by grace, (Ephesians 2:8, 9), and anything done apart from faith is sin, (Romans 14:23). As the scripture stated above say, “It is God who is at work in you,” and His work in you is to, will and to work for His good pleasure.

Every Christian has area’s that need improvement in their lives. For this reason I resolve to have faith. Faith in Jesus of whom I can do nothing apart from, (John 5:5), faith in Jesus of whom I can do all things through, (Philippians 4:16), and faith in Jesus who gives me true deliverance, “Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.” (John 8:36). This year resolve to seek God for ALL of your solutions. Resolve to have faith.

Rusty Kuhn is the founding pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Nicholson Ms. and the author of Reclaiming the Land: God’s Formula for Revival. He loves teaching and preaching the truths of God’s Word. Image

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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