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Today’s Bible Reading: January 7

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Genesis 18-19

Matthew 6

Priorities are Your Treasure

Priorities identify Your Treasure

Country Music Artist Brad Paisley has a song entitled, I’m Gonna Miss Her. It’s sort of a funny song, but really it’s more sad and says much about his priorities. His priorities tell us where his treasure is. The lyrics are:

Well I love her
And I love to fish
I spend all day out on this lake
And hell is all I catch
Today she met me at the door
Said I would have to choose
If I hit that fishin’ hole today
She’d be packin’ all her things
And she’d be gone by noon   Well I’m gonna miss her
When I get home
But right now I’m on this lake shore
And I’m sittin’ in the sun
I’m sure it’ll hit me
When I walk through that door tonight
That I’m gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I’ve got a bite

*Songwriters: Brad Paisley / Frank Rogers
I’m Gonna Miss Her lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Spirit Music Group

Priorities identify your relationships

For the guy in this song, his treasure can be found out on the boat fishing…not with her. He can tell her he loves her, but would she believe him? Even if she did, she’d be inclined to believe that he loved fishing more. There is nothing wrong with fishing…or even loving fishing, if that’s your “thing.” There isn’t anything wrong with any hobby you might love to do. But it is wrong to put those hobbies before the relationships we share with people and God.  

What if we swapped the word “her” in the lyrics and replaced it with “God?” The same is true with God. You can tell God (and everyone else) you love Him, but what’s your heart attitude on Sunday morning when it’s time to go to church? Are you eager to go and spend time with him? How much time do you spend reading God’s message, the Bible? How much time do you spend talking with Him in prayer? What’s your attitude when the offering plate is passed? How eager are you to tell others about Jesus and what’s He’s done for you?

Your heart belongs to what you treasure

When our priorities are out of whack, it’s hard for people to believe you care about them and it’s hard for God to accept it too. Anytime our words say one thing but our actions say something else, our words will not be believed. Jesus taught us that your heart truly belongs to what it most treasures. And what we treasure we prioritize.

Out of order priorities will identify idols

Since a disciple or follower of Jesus is to love God with all his heart (Deuteronomy 6:5), love for any material possessions, hobbies, games, sports, jobs, money, or anything else is a subtle form of idolatry when those things are loved more than we love God. Colossians 3:5 says, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” The command  to “put to death” refers to the practical outworking of seeking and thinking about heavenly things.

Paul’s list in this verse sums up five categories of earthly vices that can become idols when they become more important to us than God.  The guy in the song lyrics had a passion for fishing, so, for him, fishing could be an idol in his life.

What are your priorities?

What would be the treasure of your heart? Are there any priorities you need to get back in control so that the greatest treasure of your heart is God? If God has revealed any priorities that are out of order or even an idol in your life, would you right now come humbly before God, confess it and set your priorities in the right order?  

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Priorities Indicate Your Treasure

One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: January 7

Download the full one-year Bible reading plan here:

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Genesis 18-19

Matthew 6

Priorities are Your Treasure

Priorities identify Your Treasure

Country Music Artist Brad Paisley has a song entitled, I’m Gonna Miss Her. It’s sort of a funny song, but really it’s more sad and says much about his priorities. His priorities tell us where his treasure is. The lyrics are:

Well I love her
And I love to fish
I spend all day out on this lake
And hell is all I catch
Today she met me at the door
Said I would have to choose
If I hit that fishin’ hole today
She’d be packin’ all her things
And she’d be gone by noon   Well I’m gonna miss her
When I get home
But right now I’m on this lake shore
And I’m sittin’ in the sun
I’m sure it’ll hit me
When I walk through that door tonight
That I’m gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I’ve got a bite

*Songwriters: Brad Paisley / Frank Rogers
I’m Gonna Miss Her lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Spirit Music Group

Priorities identify your relationships

For the guy in this song, his treasure can be found out on the boat fishing…not with her. He can tell her he loves her, but would she believe him? Even if she did, she’d be inclined to believe that he loved fishing more. There is nothing wrong with fishing…or even loving fishing, if that’s your “thing.” There isn’t anything wrong with any hobby you might love to do. But it is wrong to put those hobbies before the relationships we share with people and God.  

What if we swapped the word “her” in the lyrics and replaced it with “God?” The same is true with God. You can tell God (and everyone else) you love Him, but what’s your heart attitude on Sunday morning when it’s time to go to church? Are you eager to go and spend time with him? How much time do you spend reading God’s message, the Bible? How much time do you spend talking with Him in prayer? What’s your attitude when the offering plate is passed? How eager are you to tell others about Jesus and what’s He’s done for you?

Your heart belongs to what you treasure

When our priorities are out of whack, it’s hard for people to believe you care about them and it’s hard for God to accept it too. Anytime our words say one thing but our actions say something else, our words will not be believed. Jesus taught us that your heart truly belongs to what it most treasures. And what we treasure we prioritize.

Out of order priorities will identify idols

Since a disciple or follower of Jesus is to love God with all his heart (Deuteronomy 6:5), love for any material possessions, hobbies, games, sports, jobs, money, or anything else is a subtle form of idolatry when those things are loved more than we love God. Colossians 3:5 says, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” The command  to “put to death” refers to the practical outworking of seeking and thinking about heavenly things.

Paul’s list in this verse sums up five categories of earthly vices that can become idols when they become more important to us than God.  The guy in the song lyrics had a passion for fishing, so, for him, fishing could be an idol in his life.

What are your priorities?

What would be the treasure of your heart? Are there any priorities you need to get back in control so that the greatest treasure of your heart is God? If God has revealed any priorities that are out of order or even an idol in your life, would you right now come humbly before God, confess it and set your priorities in the right order?  

#ReadYourBible #Genesis #Matthew

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The new year brings the reminds that God makes all things new – including us as we place our faith and trust in Him. Just as a caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly, God takes our old sinful beings and makes us a new creation in Him. Based on Rev 21:5 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. These two designs are on t-shirts, long-sleeved tees, mugs, bags, tumblers and more. Click the links to see all the available products in these two designs.

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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A Picture of a Devout Man

Cornelius – A Devout man

In Acts 10, we find a picture of a man whom the Bible defines as a “devout man.” But this man wasn’t one a Jesus’ 12 disciples. In fact, he wasn’t even a Jew. Cornelius was a centurion in the Roman army. He lived at Caesarea. But this was a man who worshiped the one true God. While Roman soldiers had a reputation of extortion and brutalization of the local population, Cornelius treated the Jewish people with kindness and generosity.

Back at the very end of chapter 8 of Acts, we learn that Philip preached in all the cities until he came to Caesarea. So Christianity had already begun its spread to this area prior to us meeting Cornelius. Here in Acts 10, we find Cornelius is described as a devout man and we get a summary description of five things that tells us what a “devout man” looks like.

Defining “devout”

The word devout means, “having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment; total commitment to a cause or belief.” When the Bible says a person is devout, that person is careful to fulfill religious duties. This isn’t a person that is half-hearted in their faith. They aren’t the person that shows up at church just on Easter and Christmas. It isn’t even the person that shows up at church every Sunday morning. To be devout in our faith means we are “all in.” So Cornelius respected Jewish beliefs and customs, including the food laws and special days.

Five Characteristics of a Devout Man

1. A Devout Man Fears God

Fearing the Lord means to be in awe of his holiness, to give him complete reverence and to honor him in majesty, purity and power. We must acknowledge that God is merciful, loving, and kind. But He is also pure, holy, and just. Because He is pure, holy, and just, He will judge sin. Because He is merciful, loving, and king, He forgives our sins when we seek His forgiveness.

What Fearing God for the lost person is like:

A person lost in their sin has every right to fear the judgment of God. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death — eternal death. That’s the cost of dying physically without coming to faith in Christ who paid our sin debt for us. So the lost person who dies can expect to receive the wages they earned – eternal death in hell.

What Fearing God for the saved person is like:

However, for a person who has repented of sin and asked Jesus to forgive them, cleanse them, and invites Him to be their Savior, the fear of God has a very different meaning. For the believer, fear of God is having a reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.”

Deuteronomy 10 gives more details about what fearing God means and how we live out “fearing God” in our lives. Verses 12-13 says, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”

Jumping to verse 17, it says, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.” And then in verses 20-21, we read, “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name. He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” This is exactly what fearing God means for Christians.

Difference in being afraid of God and fearing God’s discipline:

When the Bible talks about fearing God, it includes reverence and respect, but we must also have an understanding of how much God hates sin and therefore have a fear of the judgment that sin brings when we die without surrendering our hearts to Jesus. Hell is real and every lost person should be terrified of an eternity spent there.

A Christian who sins can also expect God’s discipline. Just as a loving parent disciplines a child in love, so God will discipline His children. Discipline is meant to instruct, train, and teach. It is for guiding a person in the way they should live. Discipline isn’t fun, but it shapes us more into the image of Christ. But for the Christian, we do not have to be afraid because God disciplines out of His love and mercy. We also do not have to fear eternity being separated from God because we have the promise from God that nothing can separate us from His love and that He will never leave us or forsake us. So for the Christian, fearing God is respecting, obeying, submitting to God’s will, and worshiping the God of gods and Lord of lords who is mighty and awesome.

2. Cornelius’ entire household feared God.

In today’s words, we would say that Cornelius was a “spiritual leader” in his home. When a devout man fears God, his entire household takes notice and the devout man leads his household to know the God whom he loves and serves. It wasn’t enough for Cornelius to be a Christian. He led his entire house – his wife, children, grandchildren, servants – everyone who lived under his roof – to Christ. Then he led them to keep the commandments and statutes of God.

Cornelius was committed to his faith and diligent in his worship – and he saw that his household was too. He reverenced, respected, and honored God, and he taught his household to also do so. Cornelius was a man of prayer and fasting and he instilled this within the members of his household. He was a true spiritual leader in his home. A leader can’t be a leader if no one is following and here we find his entire household followed him.

3. A devout man gives generously

The Roman soldiers had a reputation of extortion and brutalization of the local population. But this Roman centurion gave generously to the people. He didn’t give out of what was left over every month. He gave generously. If there was a need, he helped meet that need. He listened as the Holy Spirit would say “give” and then he gave. He was kind – to the extent that in verse 4 we find that Cornelius has a vision with an angel of God who comes to him and says, “Cornelius! Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.” He gave generously – and God took notice.

Generosity catches the eye of God:

God always notices the actions of everyone, but I think here attention is drawn to it because we have someone doing something that is against the norm. While the other Roman soldiers were known for extorting and brutalizing the people, Cornelius does the opposite and he gave generously.

In my overactive imagination, I see a Roman soldier taunting a old widow woman who is giving her last coin to purchase bread and just as the bread is placed in her hand the Roman soldier snatches away, takes a big bite, and then tells the old woman how good it tastes. As he walks on still eating the bread he didn’t pay for, Cornelius quietly places several coins in the woman’s hand that will keep her fed for the month. He then learns where she lives and discreetly has a servant deliver meals to her home several times a week.

Now that’s not in the Bible – that’s just how I see it in my mind because he gave generously. He didn’t just give the woman a coin so she could get another loaf of bread. He didn’t just buy a loaf of bread and then hand it to the woman. Generously, to me, means he would have given her not only what was taken, but more than that.

4. Devout men prays always

1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says, “pray without ceasing.” That’s the idea here with Cornelius. In fact, as we keep reading in Acts 10, we find in verse 30 that Cornelius was fasting and praying. As a result of his praying, he has a vision and an angel of God appears to him to let him know his prayers have been heard. What was he praying for? We are not given the answer until verse 33 and the answer is the fifth characteristic of a devout man.

5. A Devout Man is Always Hungry to Know More about God.

In verse 33, Cornelius is explaining to Peter why Jesus spoke to him and sent Him to Caesarea. Cornelius says, “Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.” And Peter begins to preach and teach Cornelius’ entire household about the things of God. The result was that the Holy Spirit fell on these Gentile converts in the same way He fell on the disciples.

What if Christian Men today were devout like Cornelius?

Men, as Christians, you have been called to be spiritual leaders in your home. You have been called to be devout. You have been set apart to fear God and to lead and teach your entire household to fear God. God wants you to be kind and generous out of the abundant blessings He has given you. You should be going about your life in an attitude of praying without ceasing – to always be seeking God’s wisdom and guidance and leading your home as God leads you. You are called to lead. But to be a leader, you must have followers. But where are you leading them? To eternal life or eternal death? Are you leading them closer to Jesus? Are you leading them to have an never-ending hunger for God?

If Christian men were like Cornelius, how would our world be different?

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The Prayer of Nehemiah

Who is Nehemiah

Nehemiah was a high official in the Persian court of King Artaxerxes I at the capital city of Susa, which lay 150 miles east of the Tigris River in what is now modern Iran. He was a Jewish captive and served in the royal court as the king’s cupbearer. That fact that he, a Jew and captive, would serve the king in such a position of trust is a strong testament to Nehemiah’s character. His position also placed him in a position that was close to the king and allowed for him to ask favors of the king.

His name means, “Yahweh has comforted” and he is identified as the son of Hachaliah. He was a pivotal leader for the Jews in rebuilding the wall and turning the people back toward God. From the book of Nehemiah, we can learn from his example to gain wisdom in overcoming troubles and trusting in God. The book also demonstrate Nehemiah’s prayer life, leadership, and faithfulness.

The State of Jerusalem

Hanani, only identified as “one of my brethren” came from Judah and Nehemiah asked how the Jews were doing who had returned to Jerusalem. The reply is not good. They report that the survivors that were left there are in great distress and reproach. The walls around the city are broken and the gates were burned.

Nehemiah’s response

Nehemiah was upset by the report. So much so that he cried for “many days” and he fasted and prayed. He, like Ezra, humbled himself before God. His grief was so great that it became apparent to Artaxerxes and the king permitted him to go to Jerusalem.

What does Fasting do for prayer?

Nehemiah shows us how to pray to God and how to listen for his answers. In chapter one he spent a long time in prayer and fasting. Verse 4 says he sat down and wept, and mourned for may days while he fasted and prayed. Fasting demonstrates to God the depth of your desire for the thing you are praying about. It also releases His supernatural power. Moses fasted before receiving the Ten Commandments. The Israelites fasted before a miraculous victory. Daniel fasted in order to receive guidance from God. Jesus fasted during His victory over temptation.

So what does fasting do for prayer? Throughout the Bible we see people fasting when they were facing a crisis, needed God’s protection or deliverance, when the recognized sin and came to God in repentance, when they need God’s guidance, and as an act of humbling themselves in worship. Most of the time, we fast when we reach a point of spiritual desperation and we want to turn our focus towards God as we seek Him in prayer. It is a time of looking within and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of sin or unsurrendered parts of our lives. It’s a time of doing spiritual business with God when our hearts are broken and we need to come home to the Father.

Nehemiah’s prayer

Fasting and prayer go hand-in-hand. And we find that Nehemiah not only weeps over the condition of Jerusalem and fasts, he also prays. His prayer consisted of four parts: 1) He glorified God by listing the Lord’s attributes. 2) He confessed sins of the people, as well as his own sins. 3) He trusted God to keep the promises He made to Moses to restore the people. 4) He asked for success before King Artaxerxes.

Using Nehemiah’s prayer as a model

Nehemiah interceded for his nation and we can do the same for our nation. As we realize the depth of our sin and how far we have strayed from God, our responses should be the same as Nehemiah’s. It should break our hearts so that we weep before God, fast and pray for America. We can use the same four parts of Nehemiah’s prayer as we pray for America.

Give God Glory

First, we can give God glory for the centuries where He has protected us, blessed us, and made us the great nation that we were. We can acknowledge God’s unchanging, holy attributes. The state of America today isn’t because God changed. It’s because we changed. We changed our focus from being God-centered to self-centered. Instead of “One nation under God,” we are “A divided nation under self.” We want to live our own way rather than God’s way and we shove His laws out of the way in an attempt to feel less guilt. Regardless – God is still God. He never changes and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is just as holy today as He has been every other moment of history. So we need to acknowledge His holiness and unchanging character.

Confess Sin

The part of Nehemiah’s prayer is one of confession. Very simply put in his prayer, he says, “We’ve sinned as a nation and I have sinned.” In praying for America, we need to acknowledge the sins of our nation – and they are many. As we confess the sins of our nation, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the sins of our nation and as they come to mind, confess them on behalf of our nation just as Nehemiah did for Israel. However, he didn’t stop with just the nation’s sins. He also acknowledge that his father’s house and he had sinned. We can also see that he doesn’t just say “Forgive our sins.” He states what those sins are. He names them as he confesses them.

Pray God’s Promises Back to Him

The third park of His prayer is to tell God about God’s promise to his people. In verse 8, he says, “Remember…” He wants God to remember the promises He made to Moses where God warned the nation that if they turned their backs on Him, He would scatter them among the nations and that is exactly what happened and where they are now – scattered. But God also promised that when they returned to Him He would gather them together again even from the farthest parts of the earth and bring them back to the land of promise.” Nehemiah wants God to now remember the second part of His promise and bring the people back.

There are no written promises in God’s Word regarding America specifically, yet there are promises that we can take to God. Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” We can pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 back to God. While the verse is a promise for Israel, the principles for healing any land are still the same. We also know that God’s desire is that no one should die and go to hell, so we can pray for the lost to be saved. As you fast and pray, you should be spending time in God’s Word and has the Holy Spirit reveals verses that apply to our nation, pray those verses back to God.

Ask God to prosper us as we seek to be obedient in what He asks us to do.

The last thing Nehemiah prays for is that God would “prosper” him as he goes to the king to ask permission to return to Jerusalem. Nehemiah doesn’t just weep, fast, and pray – but He seeks out what God wants to Him to do and asks for God to pave the way for Him to be obedient. He puts actions to His prayers and steps up obediently. As a result, the wall will be rebuilt and Nehemiah helps to determine the future spiritual course of His nation as He leads them back to the Living God.

Praying for America

So what about us today? We need to start with the same broken heart that Nehemiah had. If your heart isn’t broken for the state of America, then start by asking God to break your heart for what breaks His. A broken heart brought before God is right where God steps up and does God-sized things. A broken heart is a humble heart and that is what we are focusing on this week as we get ready for a national day of fasting and prayer for America on July 5. Join us this week as seek to come before God, with broken and contrite hearts humbled before a holy God.

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