Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Mar 31

[Weekly Devotional] Why Praise and Give Thanks

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Religion , Spirituality

“It is good to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High; To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.” – Psalm 92:1-2 (KJV)

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” –  Psalm 107:1 (KJV)thanks

 

God does, and will, hold us all accountable based upon our level of commitment. Our commitment, simply put, is a promise to be loyal to someone or something.

 

Why does God demand our commitment to Him?

 

In part 1, we learned that one way to demonstrate our commitment to God is through our prayer life. We should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) with a rejoicing spirit of thanksgiving. Prayers of praise, intercession and thanksgiving are 3 types of prayers that show our commitment to God’s command:

 

  1. Praise – a demonstration of our reliance upon God in all circumstances.
  2. Intercession – a demonstration of concern for others.
  3. Thanksgiving – a demonstration of thanks and contentment in our current state.

 

For part 2 – another way to demonstrate our commitment to God is to obtain wisdom. In Proverbs 1:1-8, we learn all about the purpose of this precious Book which are to (1) To impart moral discernment and discretion (verses 3-5), and

(2) To develop mental clarity and perception (verses 2 and 6). No skill is perfected without discipline (commitment) and when a person has skill, he/she has freedom to create something beautiful.

 

Further, the benefits of wisdom are revealed in chapter 3, verses 1-8…”lean not unto your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in ALL of your ways and He shall direct your paths.”

 

Prayer: Dear God, I commit to You and only You in my daily life. Teach me the way so that I my accountability toward You be manifest for all to see. Amen.
Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson

Mar 25

[Weekly Devotional] In All Your Getting – Get Understanding

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Religion , Spirituality

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“Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom;

and with all thy getting get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)

 

God does, and will, hold us all accountable based upon our level of commitment. Our commitment, simply put, is a promise to be loyal to someone or something.

Why does God demand our commitment to Him?

In part 1, we learned that one way to demonstrate our commitment to God is through our prayer life. We should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) with a rejoicing spirit of thanksgiving. Prayers of praise, intercession and thanksgiving are 3 types of prayers that show our commitment to God’s command:

 

  1. Praise – a demonstration of our reliance upon God in all circumstances.
  2. Intercession – a demonstration of concern for others.
  3. Thanksgiving – a demonstration of thanks and contentment in our current state.

 

For part 2 – another way to demonstrate our commitment to God is to obtain wisdom. In Proverbs 1:1-8, we learn all about the purpose of this precious Book which are to (1) To impart moral discernment and discretion (verses 3-5), and

(2) To develop mental clarity and perception (verses 2 and 6). No skill is perfected without discipline (commitment) and when a person has skill, he/she has freedom to create something beautiful.

 

Further, the benefits of wisdom are revealed in chapter 3, verses 1-8…”lean not unto your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in ALL of your ways and He shall direct your paths.”

 

Prayer: Dear God, I commit to You and only You in my daily life. Teach me the way so that I my accountability toward You be manifest for all to see. Amen.

Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson

Study to Show Yourself
Mar 05

[Weekly Devotional] Pass Along What We Know to the Next Generation

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Christian Living , Devotions , Religion , Spirituality

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

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

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Part 2 of this lesson about Bible Knowledge continues with our current theme: Accountability (responsibility for our own actions). We are accountable to God for what we say and how we say it. This is manifested based upon our knowledge of the Bible.

 

In the Book of Deuteronomy, we learn basic principles, through Moses, with regards to teaching and sharing God’s Word. In Chapter 6, verse 1, he encourages us to remember God’s Word and teach it to the next generation:

 

Commandments – “moral character” (regulates our behavior)

Statutes – “principles” (knowing right from wrong and that will influence our actions)

Judgments – “verdict” (what is rendered as a result of an action)

 

Because there is an expectation that we teach God’s Word so that the next generation will live out the Word.

 

In verse 7, we are instructed to teach consistently. As our Bible Knowledge increases, and we pass along what we know to the next generation, the following happens:

  1. We help them to know that there is a revelation of God – His eternity, His plurality (God in 3 persons), His unity (One Lord)
  2. We help them to know that there must be a response to God’s revelation – a total response of love with all of one’s being (heart. soul and mind)
  3. We help them to know that there must be a 3-fold responsibility – God’s truth will govern their heart, our homes, and their habits/conduct.

 

Prayer: Dear God, I know that I must study Your Word to understand Your principles, commands, statutes and doctrines. Teach me how to make time to study and apply Your Word to my life. I need You. Amen.

Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson