Temple Of God

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Temple Of God

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 7, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Micah 4:1–2

Lord our God, we gather in your presence, coming from this world so full of suffering, grief, and misfortune that we could well be afraid. But we do not have to rely on this world. We can come to you, the almighty God. You are our Father, and no matter what may come, we remain your children and receive your blessing. So protect us in this present time. Even if a flood of evil seems about to break over us and our hearts are heavy, you will uphold us. You will strengthen us so that we can bear this time patiently, hoping in you and in what you do for all people, who are your people just as we are. May the praise of your name be in our hearts for ever and ever. Amen.

Daily Commentary: The temple of God lies within us and we are to cherish the gift as a sacred bond between the Lord and us. No where is it more important than right now to dwell in the house of the Lord for He has promised us salvation.

Our hopes, our dreams and our future relies on us being faithful to the Lord. Let Him teach us his ways so our path is straight. When suffering, grief and misfortune befall us who do we turn to? Is it society? No, it is the Lord and when our hearts a entrenched in house of God, nothing can take us away from His love.

As we make our way along the pathways of life, let us come to the mountain of the Lord and lay our fears and our problems at His feet. May we always be mindful of our thoughts and actions and put God’s thoughts and God’s actions into practice.

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Water Of Life

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The Water Of Life

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 6, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

Revelation 22:17

Lord our God, be with us and let your face shine upon us, for we are your children. In the midst of all human planning we are your children who seek you alone, who seek your will, your kingdom, and everything you have promised to humankind. Fill our thoughts and feelings with your power so that our lives on earth may belong to you, so that with our whole will we may put every thing we have and are into your hands. For we want to be your children, to have one will with you, Almighty God. We want your kingdom. This is our will, O Lord our God, and it is your will too. Therefore it must come to pass, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Daily Commentary: The offer of eternal life from God is given to us in Revelation. Now, are you too lazy to accept the water of life? Drinking of this water provide us with the right nourishment for us to live the Christian life. In John 14, Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)  The point is, we need the water of life to sustain us or we will die of starvation (not physical but a spiritual one).

Our appetite cannot be satisfied with mere food. We need the pure manna from heaven  but to receive it, you must give yourself back to God. This invitation is a two-step approach that we sometimes lose sight of.

The late Pastor, Ken Pell, put it best when he said, “God is inviting you to “come … take the free gift of the water of life.” It’s is an offer only the One who sees your value can make. This is the greatest invitation in the world and it is given with you and your needs in mind. It is God, in Christ, finishing the rescue mission that He started in Genesis 3. The victory was made possible through the cross and the resurrection.”

This is a unique offer than no one else can make. We see a “river of life” flowing through the world and we want to drink from it. This is an invitation of restoration from God. That calling is seen in Matthew 11:28-30 when it states, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

God is constantly calling us and we need to accept that invitation. In order to do this, your eyes and ears as well as your heart must be open to the invitation. You can’t taste the spiritual water of life if you are not open to it.

In Isaiah 44:3, we see how water brings life. “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.”

Water is a blessing for Christians so understand this… when you drink from the water of life, then God is blessing you with his unconditional love.

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Reign Of Christ

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Reign Of Christ

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 5, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.”

Daniel 7:27

Lord our God, dear Father, you have made yourself known on earth so that we may love you and be loved by you. Give us your Spirit, we pray. Give us your Spirit to strengthen us in the life and work you offer us. Watch over us on all our ways. Wherever your children are sighing and calling for you, protect and guide them with your mighty hand. Let your kingdom spread over the whole world, over all people, over all races and nations, that we may become united as servants of Jesus Christ to your honor. Amen.

Daily Commentary: The Lord has dominion over all and his kingdom will be forever. The reign of Christ was foretold throughout the passages of the bible and we, as Christians, will see the glory of heaven after Jesus defeats the antichrist. In God’s time, the judgment will happen but we must make way for the Lord.

The spiritual reign of Christ is seen in Jeremiah 23:5-6“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.”

We look forward to this day as it will fulfill all the prophecies of God.  According to Pastor Alex Dodson from the Watchman Radio Hour, he states that, “The Kingdom of Christ was set up at His first coming. We are not waiting for the Kingdom of Christ to begin in the future. It has already begun. Of course, there is the Heavenly Kingdom of the future which follows the Judgment and which all believers will inherit. This Heavenly Kingdom is the ultimate form of Christ’s Kingdom. However, this does not take away from the fact that Christ’s Kingdom has already been set up and is in progress. Jesus is now building a kingdom and in that sense we are now in the kingdom age. He will continue to build His kingdom right up to the end.”

But what are we to do in the meantime? Our duty is this: It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.” Titus 2:12-15

This is the problem. We acknowledge Jesus the King but we don’t act like He is.  Christ’s millennial reign on earth seems so far into the future that we brush it off instead of heading it’s warning.

Are you looking forward to His reign? Are you doing all you can to prepare for His reign? The master will come “like a thief in the night” and it’s up to you to live without agitated hope.

Here is a quote that I find interesting as it precisely defines how many people think about the importance of God’s coming reign.

“Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear. “

Ovid

Don’t let fear ruin your hope. And don’t hope without faith or you will lose both. God’s reign is coming and you have nothing to fear if you are a faithful Christian believer.

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The Resurrection of Jesus

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The Resurrection of Jesus

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 4, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”

Revelation 3:10–11

Lord our God, strengthen our hearts today through your Word. You are our Father and we are your children, and we want to trust you in every aspect of our lives. Protect us on all our ways, and grant that we may always watch and wait for the coming of your kingdom, for the future of our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep us from becoming confused by present-day events. Help us to remain free, that we may serve you and not be led astray, no matter what happens in the world. Grant us your Holy Spirit in everything, for without your Spirit we can do nothing. Help us, and accept our praise for the many ways you have given us help. Amen.

Daily Commentary: Jesus has promised that He is coming. Though we do not know the time, we must be prepared. That means, we can’t sit around and worry about life. The resurrection of Jesus is what we look forward to and live our lives for.

According to Pastor Sam Storms, in his article entitled, “Kept From The Hour Of Trial” he speaks of our patience in waiting for God and how society looks upon that patience when he writes “Sadly, today, more attention is given to sensational claims of supernatural exploits than to the routine faithfulness of the average Christian. Simple virtues like integrity, endurance in the face of pain and disappointment, persistence in one’s struggle with sin, and love for the brethren aren’t the sort that get written up on the Drudge Report or fill the editorial page of the New York Times.”

This is how we can be sidetracked in our faith. It’s the virtues that bring out our faith which are important to God. The story of the resurrection is the story of the greatest love of all… God’s love for us!

It is spiritual protection we are looking for while we wait for Christ as we are prone to sinfulness in a world that embraces the sinner and repudiates the Christian belief system. Proof of the resurrection of Jesus is not some debatable concept but a living and breathing promise that is real.

Christians have been given the keys to heaven but we must have faith and then put that faith into action. We are not strong enough on our own that is why we have been given the Holy Spirit to help us.

Pastor Storms finishes by stating, “We must never forget that it is precisely in remaining faithful unto death that our greatest victory is achieved.”  That victory is Jesus conquering death and bringing us to heaven.

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The Mercy Of God

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Experience The Mercy Of God

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 3, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Luke 1:76–79

Lord our God, we thank you that you let light shine out every day and every year. Thank you that we may always look to you, whose right hand will bring order into everything and set all things right, even in difficult times. May our hearts receive strength to persevere and go on praising you, for you remain, no matter what happens on earth. You are our God, you have sent us the Savior, and we can draw close to you. You have made us the firm promise that your day is coming when truth and justice will arise on earth to the glory of your name. May the hearts of many people turn to you so that they worship you and call to you for help, to the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Commentary: We, who sit in the darkness of sin have been saved by the mercy of God. It is this mercy that allows us to come to God and ask for forgiveness. You see, God is mercy. In Psalm 111:4, we see this is action, “He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate..”

Mercy and compassion go together. But truth is the glue that binds us to the Lord. God’s mercy comes from His truth and the truth that s what sets us free.  He is everything we need to live a fruitful life and we trust in His grace.

We know we do not deserve His love nor do we deserve to be pardoned for our sins but the grace and mercy of the Lord know no boundaries. How do we come to God. We find it in Hebrews 4:16,  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

This is important to note that we shouldn’t be ashamed to approach God for He loves us so much. Finally, in  Psalm 103:8-9, we find out why God is compassionate and filled with mercy. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever.”

Remember that the next time you need mercy in your own life.

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Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad

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Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 2, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.”

Psalm 118:24-26

Lord our God, our hearts are full of praise and thanks for your promise. You comfort and help us with this promise every day, enabling us to hold true through all distress. Remember us in these times, and let the cry, “Hosanna,” arise often in our hearts. Let a bright light shine out now as you once let it shine around the Lord Jesus, showing him as King and Savior. Protect us and bless us. Bless our land and all those appointed to govern. May your Spirit be with them so that they may carry out your will. For your will must be done and shall surely happen. In this we trust, and in this we hope. We praise you, O Lord our God. Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! Amen.

Daily Commentary: Rejoice and be glad! For the Lord has come to us. How long have we been waiting for the Lord to shine His light upon us? When we rejoice in the Lord, everything changes. We stop thinking about ourselves and start looking at what we can do for others.

We stop complaining and offer ourselves to the Lords so that He can work through us in everything we do. We are to cultivate a glad spirit by rejoicing when others are blessed. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 12:15-16

Do you know what it means to rejoice when life brings you down? Don’t let society steal your joy, especially when God has given you the peace of His heart. He has not come to condemn you but to save your soul through His unconditional love. Rejoice through adversity no matter what you are going through. In 2 Corinthians 6:10, Paul tells us we must, “Always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything..”  Rejoicing is a  characteristic of life in God’s kingdom which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Each one of us it like a blooming flower. Unless we water it with love and care, it will die a lonely and tragic death but God has come to water us with His love and shepherd us through the tough times so that we can rejoice and be glad always in our prayers of thanksgiving to the One that loves us! Rejoice, for this is the day the Lord has made!

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Jesus King of Kings

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Jesus King of Kings

Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for December 1, 2016 brought to you by The Plough

“Say to Daughter of Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Matthew 21:5, 9

Lord our God, we thank you for letting hosannas rise from people’s hearts and for letting us cry out to you all the more fervently in dark times. Help us, O Almighty God, and help your king, Jesus Christ, to his final victory. For he shall be victor, bringing grace, peace, life, and victory for all that is good, on earth as in heaven. He shall be victor at all times in our lives, enabling us to keep faith in trouble, fear, and need, yes, even in death. Hosanna to the victor, Jesus Christ, the victor you have chosen! O Almighty God, proclaim him on earth. Let all the people know he is on his way, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Daily Commentary: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! But how sad is it when He is rejected by the people. How often do we rejected what jesus stands for even though we sing Jesus King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem can be likened to our entry into society. We believe in what we stand for but are rejected for our beliefs. Jesus has given us many blessings which include  grace, peace and love which we are summoned to extend to others. Whenever we tremble in fear in our lives we call on our savior to save us but our sins push Him away.

Christ the King has overcome sin and given us back our salvation. Whether He rides in on a donkey or the finest colt, we see that God can use us for the glory of His kingdom.  How can we become useful for God also?

It is not our purpose to complain about life but to be appreciative of what we have for we may lose it. This was so true of the Jewish people who at first cheered him as their savior then just four days later had Him killed on the cross. They didn’t recognize the King of Kings and Lord of Lords for who He truly was.

We must remain steadfast in our faith and take action on the Word so that God can use us to the best of our ability.  Our praise must be genuine, humble and forever for the One who made salvation possible.

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