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Biblical Heart Failure (Saturday, February 1, 2014)

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 

Introductory Thoughts

As we have seen, courage comes from a strength of heart. On the contrary, the Bible likens discouragement (the opposite of courage) to a melted heart (Joshua 2:11). In other words, discouragement takes place when a man’s heart loses strength. The Bible reveals that discouragement comes through various avenues of life. Men become discouraged because of “the way” (i.e., the circumstances of life) (Numbers 21:4). Discouragement also results from fear and unbelief (Deuteronomy 1:28) and the magnitude of a task (1 Chronicles 28:20). Ultimately, discouragement rears its ugly head as a result of a lack of faith in God and His word. Since discouragement and a lack of faith go hand in hand, a discouraged man cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6).

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): David faced a giant without fear because he knew God was with him. Let’s ask God to help us not to be afraid of the things He wants us to do.
  • (For everyone): Are you discouraged? What caused you to become so discouraged? Has your faith been replaced by doubt? Is the Lord pleased with your courage?
  • Is discouragement hindering your service to God? Are you willing to allow His word to strengthen your heart once more?

 Prayer  Thoughts

  • Ask God to shield you from the enemies of courage.
  • Ask the Lord to help you to see signs of discouragement in your life before becoming consumed by it.

SONG: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

 

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Be Strong and of a Good Courage (Friday, January 31, 2014)

Joshua 1:1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible reveals that Moses was one of Israel’s greatest leaders. To be the leader of the nation of Israel after Moses would have been a daunting task. Yet, this was exactly what God called Joshua to do. Immediately following the death of Moses, the Lord spoke to Joshua and twice instructed him to “be strong and of a good courage” (Joshua 1:6, 9). He also admonished him to “be thou strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7). Without godly courage, Joshua would have shied away from the great responsibilities thrust upon him. If he lacked courage, how could he admonish others to trust God and have great courage? Only courageous people can truly lead others during times when courage is necessary.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Are you fearful? Are you afraid to sing out loud, or to quote a Bible verse, or shake hands with others? Of what are you afraid? God will help you to have courage in these things if you learn to trust Him for strength.
  • (For everyone): Do you have some difficult tasks set before you? Are there things you need to do that are currently making you afraid? God commanded Joshua to be courageous and He expects no less of His children. Courage is a matter of faith and trust in the Lord. Will you trust Him to help you become more courageous?
  • Are you afraid to serve God or commit to His will for your life? You are not the first person to be afraid, but it is important that you trust Him and take courage.

  Prayer  Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you obey His word regardless of your fears.
  • Pray God will help you see the rewards of eternity more clearly than the fears of this world.

SONG: Dare to Be a Daniel

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Ungodly Courage (Thursday, January 30, 2014)

Psalm 64:1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

 

Introductory Thoughts

Our previous study explored godly courage. Yet, the Bible also teaches that courage can be used for ungodly purposes. David described the fear he endured because of his enemies. His testimony provides insight as to the dangerous nature of his enemies. David goes on to confess that his enemies “encouraged themselves in an evil matter.” Christians are to encourage themselves in the work of God. Unfortunately, those determined to work iniquity frequently are encouraged by their friends and associates to behave even more wickedly. Even David failed in this manner when he told a messenger to “encourage” Joab following the murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:25). Godly courage is a righteous act blessed of the Lord. Ungodly courage, on the other hand, can many times be used to hinder the work of God.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Some people have courage that does not please God. Can you name someone who is brave to do wrong? A bank robber, a bully, or someone who breaks into your home may be brave, but God doesn’t want us to be brave doing wicked things that go against His word.
  • (For everyone): Is it easy for you to do evil or bad things? Are you more consistent at obeying or disobeying God’s word? What does that tell you about your courage of heart?
  • Many times, crowds encourage themselves to act wickedly. Do you find it easier to go along with a crowd or stand alone no matter the pressure? What kind of encouragement are you receiving? Are you following the crowd or the word of God?

 Prayer  Thoughts

  • Ask God to reveal to you the kind of courage you are receiving.
  • Ask the Lord to identify any rebellion in your heart.

SONG: How Firm a Foundation

 

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Church Night & Monthly Stauffer Update

Joshua 10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.

Here is a short update with some exciting news, upcoming travels and a prayer and praise report to those following my blog/devotions. I will try to keep you updated about once per month on Sunday or Wednesday mornings since on these days there will be no devotional. This is also done because it is a church day where these requests will be fresh on your mind as you attend church.

Partners for Truth

This is a special thanks to all those of you who partner in truth with us by praying for and supporting this ministry throughout the year. Without each of you, I could not focus on producing so many Bible believing resources. With God’s help, I want to do more than ever in 2014. Would you agree to join with us in praying for the fulfillment of our threefold ministry objective found in Ephesians 4:12: (1) the perfecting of the saints, (2) the work of the ministry, and (3) the edifying of the body of Christ?  In addition to this, please pray “that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). Lastly, consider forwarding this email to anyone who might be interested and be watching over the next few months for some very important ministry news.

Devotionals Now Posted Online

I am co-authoring with my pastor (Dr. Andrew B. Ray) a devotional study series to be published in four volumes annually. The devotionals are posted daily on my blog found at www.kjv1611.com. You can sign up to automatically receive the devotionals by entering your email in the top right margin of the website. You will then be prompted by email to confirm your subscription.

Please share this site with friends and family so that they too can freely read these simple, yet challenging thoughts and truths. The first couple of weeks are already online to give you a sense of what to expect in future posts. We have been overwhelmed by the response already. Here are some of the comments received by email and posted online during the first week:

From Lorraine: “Very convicting – thank You LORD for using (these brothers) to keep my perspective a godly one!”

“Greetings Brother! The message was just what was needed today – thank you LORD!”

From Jason: “A really encouraging devotion. Bringing Christianity back to basics!
Thanks”

From J.C.: “This is good! We need more “Daily Devotionals” on the network”

From Ken: “Thank you brother, good job!”

From Jonathan: “Awesome. Looking forward to receiving them. Love the lay out.”

From Buddy: “Please subscribe me (this email) to the daily blog. I read them & they are great. The thoughts presented are rich and thought provoking.”

Mimi: “Hi Doug! Thanks for your e-mail and informing me of the Daily Devotionals.  I would love to have it sent to my e-mail daily and I will also pass it along to Hutch.”

From Gene: “Doug you are a busy man-yes; sign me up–Gene”

From Terry: “Doug, I’m pleased to hear about your new venture in cyberspace. Please add me as wanting to receive your notes.”

Brett: “Yes, I do like the blog. Looks like it will a real help, thank you.”

From Leanah: “This is exactly what I needed today. Praise the Lord!!”

Scott: “Dr. Doug, Great website! I will use it daily for a devotional thought of the day. I appreciate it. Keep doing what you are doing!”

Janet: “I look forward to these devotionals each morning. I thank God for His words to live by and for those who will proclaim and teach the Word.”

February Youth Conference

A few of us from Antioch will be traveling to the Youth Ablaze Conference near Rochester, New York. The dates are February 20 to 22 sponsored by Chili Bible Baptist Church, Pastor Hal Roscoe. Details are available at http://www.cbbckjv.com/ so if you have the guts and some warm clothing during this arctic blast come on up…the water’s fine (and completely frozen over). Don’t let the dedication of hockey and football fans devoted to their teams put us to shame.

March Revival and Prophecy Conference

I will fly to Pennsylvania to hold a revival at Grace Baptist Church (March 16th to the 19th) in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania, with Pastor Kenneth Codner. http://gracebaptistsm.org/.

I return home Friday afternoon, March 21st and will leave for Florida that night. On Sunday morning, the 23rd, I will be preaching at Victory Baptist Church in Okeechobee, Florida, Pastor Johnny Jarriel. Sunday night is still open.

Later that week, I will be preaching at the “Orlando Prophecy Summit” (March 28 to the 30th) at the Renaissance Seaworld. They expect 1500 people in attendance. I will be speaking on the subject, “Will the Church Go Through the Tribulation?” along with some additional scriptural discoveries. In preparation, I read the entire book of Revelation twice last Thursday, first taking note of who was speaking to John. The next time through I annotated the 76 interactions with angels. My heart is warmed and my mind is racing from the excitement of God’s progressive revelation. You too can register for the conference at http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/contact/ or drop by to see us in sunny Orlando.

Last Month’s Ministry Prayer Requests

  • Convert each book into eBook (time and funds)
  • Purchase a motor home for safety and facilitate more efficient travel (ASKED AND ANSWERED)
  • Setup new blog website (long overdue). (ASKED AND ANSWERED)
  • Finish four-volume devotional books being developed with Pastor Andrew Ray (completed the first two months)
  • Write and publish a new dispensational/prophecy book (in the works)

Thanks for reading all the way down here…Lord bless you and please, please, please, please, please pray for this ministry. Hopefully, I will have some prayer cards ready by the middle of March.

 Doug

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Godly Courage (Tuesday, January 28, 2014)

Numbers 13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

 

Introductory Thoughts

Yesterday’s study focused on the fact that courage involves strength of the heart. Our passage today reveals the first of sixteen times that the Bible uses the phrase good courage.Each instance reveals someone trying to encourage a fellow believer and demonstrates the need for a godly courage within the life of every believer. Moses’ words to the twelve spies being sent to search out the land of Canaan (the land promised to Israel by God) encouraged these men to be “of good courage” while stressing the importance of completing the task set before them. Moses knew that it would take “good courage” to fully follow the will of God since most of these men did not seem accustomed to showing courage in the face of overwhelming adversity. Courage must rely upon the power of God and not upon man’s wisdom or one’s own abilities.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Godly courage is doing right even if your friends are doing wrong. If someone wants   to steal, should you steal? If they want to run in church, throw toys, talk when someone else is praying, should you? If they are mean to others, should you be mean too?
  • (For everyone): Do you struggle finding the courage to obey the Lord? Do you have a hard time witnessing to others? Do you find it difficult to take a stand for the things of God when others around seem to care so little about obeying God?
  • Do most of your actions exemplify a godly or an ungodly courage? Do you find it easier to obey or disobey the Lord?

 Prayer  Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you discern the difference between godly and ungodly courage. Ask Him to show you the kind of courage you have within your life.
  • Ask God to help you obey His word, even in the midst of a world that takes pride in its disobedience toward God and authority.

 SONG: Am I a Soldier of the Cross

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What Is Courage? (Monday, January 27, 2014)

 Joshua 2:11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

 

Introductory Thoughts

Courage originates within the heart of the individual. Two chief witnesses testify to this truth: (1) The English word courage comes from a word plainly connected to the heart, and (2) Multiple Bible passages associate courage with the heart (Numbers 32:7, 9; Deuteronomy 1:28; Psalm 27:4; Psalm 31:24). The scripture declares in our passage that the hearts of the people melted as they lost courage (i.e., they lost strength). Other Bible passages associate courage with the strengthening of the heart (Psalm 27:14; Psalm 31:24). These truths illustrate that courage reflects strength of heart and that courage is based upon faith, hope, and trust in God.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): What are some of the feelings you have when you are afraid? The Bible describes this as our hearts melting. It’s a sinking feeling. Many times we want to run away from things that make us afraid. However, when we have courage, our hearts feel strong inside as if we could do anything because of God’s help.
  • (For everyone): Knowing that courage means the strengthening of the heart, do you think courage is always a good thing? Are there times when a strong heart could trigger a rebellious spirit toward God?
  • Would you consider yourself to be a courageous person? What do you think would help you to have the right type of attitude in this matter?

 Prayer  Thoughts

  • Christians should display courage to the world and to other believers. Ask God to strengthen your heart so that you have a courageous spirit.
  • Ask the Lord to show you things in your life that would help to build godly courage as well as things that might be destroying your courage.

 SONG: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

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Church Day (Sunday, January 26, 2014)–No Devotional

This week’s topic: Courage

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

This week’s scheduled posts:

Sunday, January 25, 2014—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, January 26, 2014—What Is Courage?
Tuesday, January 27, 2014—Godly Courage
Wednesday, January 28, 2014—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, January 29, 2014—Ungodly Courage
Friday, January 30, 2014—Be Strong and of a Good Courage
Saturday, January 31,2014—Biblical Heart Failure (My 55th Birthday)

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Without Covetousness (Saturday, January 25, 2014)

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Introductory Thoughts

A man’s conversation should consistently exhibit a high level of individual contentment. Defining conversation and covetousness will help to better understand Hebrews 13:5. A man’s conversation in the Bible sometimes refers to more than the words he speaks. It frequently refers to his entire way of life. One who lives covetously desires things not belonging to him. The Bible stresses the seriousness of covetousness by connecting it to the sin of idolatry. Combining these two simple truths shows that man should never live his life chasing after things not belonging to him. Why is it so important for a Christian to live a life of contentment? Since God promises to never leave or forsake His own, a discontented Christian lacks a trust in His Creator. Understanding these simple truths should bring great contentment to the believer.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Look around the room and name something you see. Can this be taken away from us? God promises He will never leave us. Can anyone take God away from you or you from God?
  • (For everyone): Contentment is the opposite of covetousness. A Christian cannot be simultaneously content and covetous. Which does your life portray?
  • Explain what it means to you that God will never leave you? Does this truth help you to be more content? If not, what does this mean about your heart condition?

 

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to reveal your covetous thoughts and desires.
  • Ask the Lord to help you to be satisfied with His presence in your life.

SONG: Jesus Is All the World to Me

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I Have Learned to Be Content (Friday, January 24, 2014)

Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

Introductory Thoughts

Contentment is a learned virtue, not one with which man is born. If it were natural and easily accepted, every man would be content. Instead, it requires much effort and sacrifice on the individual’s part. The apostle Paul learned how to be content by not allowing his circumstances to control or adversely influence him. If he found himself abased (brought low) or if he abounded (overflowed), he knew how to remain contented. He considered both situations to be completely within the will of God. He believed that his circumstances were not to determine his satisfaction levels. So it should be with Christians today. Whether a Christian abounds in wealth or wants in poverty, he should rejoice for God’s provision. This will only result from a supreme love for God.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Think of five of your favorite toys. What if you only had two of those? God wants you to be happy with many or with few.
  • (For everyone): Are you living with plenty or do you find yourself in need? Can you pinpoint where your current condition reflects the will of God? Are you content or discontent with your current situation?
  • Are you striving to learn to be more content? What are some of the steps that you think could help you to learn to be more content with the things you have? From reading Isaiah 29:24, do you see where complaining hinders your spiritual development?

 

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you to become more grateful for His provisions.
  • Ask the Lord to help you learn the truth of Philippians 4:13. Ask Him to reveal the depth of how this verse applies to contentment. Are you willing to be content because He strengthens you?

SONG: Take My Life, and Let It Be

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Take No Thought (Thursday, January 23, 2014)

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

Introductory Thoughts

The gospel according to Matthew points to the fowls of the air and the lilies of the field as examples of God’s supernatural provisions for His creation. God in His goodness feeds the fowls and clothes the lilies. How much more will He do for man? Since God provides for the lesser things, He tells man not to worry about what he will have to eat, drink, or how he will be clothed. Instead of focusing on one’s needs, man should direct his thoughts toward God’s kingdom and His righteousness. God provides man with food and raiment and instructs him to be content with such things. The scripture also rebukes the faithless by encouraging men to trust God for their necessary provisions. It is important to note that God’s supernatural provisions do not advocate laziness or condone an unwillingness to work (2 Thessalonians 3:10). He simply expects man to trust Him fully and completely.

 

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): What do birds eat? Who gives them their food? Who gives the flowers their pretty colors? The Bible says that people are more important to God than birds and flowers. How does God care for you?
  • (For everyone): Meditate upon the two examples of provision in this passage. Does God provide for the birds and the flowers? Do the birds fret about obtaining more possessions or do flowers strain to flaunt their beauty? If the birds can trust the Lord, how ought we to behave?
  • What are the spiritual and physical effects of devoting your time and efforts toward worrying about obtaining more possessions? Does it draw you closer to God? Does it bring joy and peace into your life? If it produces the opposite results, why do people spend so much time and effort worrying?

 

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to build your faith so you can trust in Him and His provisions for you.
  • Ask the Lord to help you think on eternal rewards rather than temporal pleasures.

SONG: I Surrender All

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