He Does It All!

OCTOBER 6

MATTHEW 7:9_Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask…

One of the great mysteries of the spiritual life is the Trinity. The Triune God who functions as three-in-one. 

The Bible teaches God can function as the Eternal Father, the Jehovah-Jireh provider, and as the I AM. The Bible teaches this same God can function as the Son, the Creator of all that exists, and as the Christ, the Messiah who saves for eternity all who believe. The Bible also teaches this same God can function as the indwelling Holy Spirit, who comforts, who teaches, and who guides. No wonder He is all-powerful—He does it all! 

Jesus calls God, Father. So do I. Jesus taught to pray to God as My Father, which art in Heaven. As a Jesus follower, you are a child of God. II Corinthians 1:3 (KJV), “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” Be comfortable in God because He loved you before you loved Him. 

God wanted King David to know how to call upon Him. Psalm 89:27 (KJV), “He [King David … and me] shall cry unto me [God], Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”

God is all those things to me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I stand in awe of You and worship You as my Father. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.          

Christ teaches me God is my Father—I am His child!

Knock!

MATTHEW 7:7_knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Before your knock is answered be sure to answer the ultimate knock!

Remember your heart has a door. Jesus knocks on it. Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I [Jesus] stand at the door [of your heart], and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [fellowship] with him, and he with me.”

It is impossible to become a disciple without answering the ultimate knock. And certainly if you desire to become a salty-lit-up disciple!

Jesus’ sermon, in Matthew chapters five, six, and seven is an instruction manual on how to live once you’ve opened that door. Don’t forget the Salvation Post on August 29. You printed a page to record your Door Opening event.

Now you become the knocker. The doors of life stand before you. The Holy Spirit dwells inside you, faithfully giving visions to accomplish and fulfill. All the visions fit according to the design and purpose God has for your life.

Knock on the doors which will bring fulfillment of your visions. Don’t give up. 

Knock!

PRAYER

King of Kings, I choose to answer Your knock—You choose to answer mine. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.                                                             

Christ knows when I answer His knock—He hears mine!

Wait – Keep Praying

AUGUST 30

MATTHEW 6:34_Take therefore no thought for the morrow…

If you already invited Jesus into your life previous to these devotions, please print and fill in yesterday’s salvation post just the same. If you can’t remember the date of your decision, just write in the year according to your age at the time.

Eternal salvation is the most important thought for your future. Anything which involves personal responsibility is also for future thoughts. Worrying about what will happen to you in the future should not crowd your thought life. 

As a matter of fact, once you have joined the Kingdom, you have a special ability to come to God’s throne in prayer. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV), “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Do you see that? You can come boldly to God in prayer. You can feel confident to ask for your needs to be met. You can feel confident of His mercy and grace – for you! If God doesn’t deliver you in the time and way you desire, accept His will, wait, and keep praying.

Isn’t the God who brought you into a place of perfection (living in heaven for eternity), capable of meeting your earthly needs?      

PRAYER

Jesus Lord, I am amazed that I can speak to You with boldness! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ is the Throne of Grace—He will give me mercy!

WHAT IT MEANS TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN

What It’s All About

1. God created you with a physical body which has life, and with a spirit which also has life.

2. You live twice, once in the physical body and once in the spiritual body.

3. You have no choice but to live on earth in the physical body. You do have a choice as to where your spirit will live when your physical body dies.

4. God created you because He loves you. He loves you genuinely without any holding back or ever changing His mind. His plan is for you to live with Him forever in His heavenly home so He can love you more, and you can love Him. True, forever-after, genuine love, can never be forced or manipulated. Love is always a choice. Therefore, God does not force us to choose to love Him. The very essence of genuine love is choice—if you have no choice, it is not love. God leaves the choice to you. 

The Choice

1. Because God is perfect and His heavenly home is perfect, He cannot let anyone in who is not perfect. If He did, it would no longer be perfect because it would have imperfections in it.  Get it?

2. When God created people, He knew for them to love Him they must choose Him.  Therefore, He did not create them as puppets with no will, but gave them a free will. He gave the first two people He created a way to use free will. They chose to follow after sin. Since we all came from them, we are all sinners.

3. Because God’s love is genuine and never changes its mind, He made a plan to take away our sins and make us perfect so we could be with Him forever.

4. That plan was to have a perfect being take our sins upon Himself. As many as believe in the perfect being have their sins removed as far as the east is from the west.

The Perfect Being

1. Since there were no perfect people on earth, God sent His own Son from heaven as a human who would take away sins.

2.  God’s son is Jesus Christ. In order for Jesus to take away our sins, He had to die. It cost His physical life. When He died on the cross, all the sins of all the world died with Him. That does not mean there is no more sin. It means we can have our sins forgiven and break the power they have over us.

3.  When we become Christians, we make two choices: 1) we choose Jesus as our Savior who died for our sins because we were not perfect and could not die for our own sins, AND 2) we choose Him as Lord. 

The Savior

1. For Jesus to be our Savior means just what it sounds like. He saves us.

2. To be saved means we are saved from the kind of death that keeps us apart from God and His heavenly home.

The Lord

1. For Jesus to be our Lord also means just what it sounds like.

2. A Lord is another name for a master. 

3. If we choose Jesus as our Savior, we must obey Him as our Lord.

4. The only way to obey Jesus is to learn to love the Bible. It is truly an awesome book and contains all the answers to life (understanding those answers is a lifetime process).

5. Now we have a new life in Christ. Christianity is a lifestyle you live, not just words you speak.

6. A disciple follows a master—believes in his teachings and lives life in accordance to those teachings. A Christian is a disciple of Christ.

Hindrances

1. Sometimes people think they are too young to become Christians. You are never too young. God loved you before you were born. He was very excited about your birth and wants you to choose Him as soon as you know who He is.

2. Sometimes people think they are too old and it is too late in life for them to become Christians. You are never too old. God was hoping you would choose Him when you were young, but He has never given up hope. His arms are open wide. He wants you!

3. Sometimes people think that they have done terrible things and they are just too bad to ever become Christians. Remember Christ is a Savior, it’s all about having the sins taken away—it’s all about forgiveness … no matter what.

If you are ready to become a Christian below is a prayer to pray. After you have prayed, sign the paper, and date it. Praise God and tell someone right away! Find a Bible teaching church and join in fellowship with other Christians.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I confess I am a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and has cleansed me from them. I ask Jesus to come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. As Jesus rose from the dead to live with You, I believe that from this moment on I have that same eternal life. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Signed______________________________________                   Date________________

A Secure Future

AUGUST 29

MATTHEW 6:34_Take therefore no thought for the morrow…

Is the future high on your worry list? Everyone should think about the future. Certainly you should think about your eternal future. Do you know for certain where you will spend eternity?

Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV), God tells His people, “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Because God does not want you to spend time, energy, and health in worry, He made a way to secure your future. 

John 3:16-17 (KJV), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

God wants the world saved. Choices must be made individually. You must open the door to your heart. Jesus stands knocking.

Within the next 15 minutes you will receive a Salvation post. If you are ready, pray the prayer. Print the page, sign, and date it.  Next, tell all your family and friends, and praise God that your future is secured.   

PRAYER

Jesus Savior, Praise You for giving Yourself to secure my eternal future! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ gave Himself for me—He is my Savior and Lord!