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List of main devotionals written by Jerry for these September 2004 Devotionals (not posted elsewhere on this site):

Psalm 107 - Part One - September 1st
Psalm 107 - Part Two - September 2nd
Blessed Contrasts In Scripture - September 11th
For A Season - September 14th
Some Sevens In Scripture - September 28th
More Sevens In Scripture - September 29th

I have preached some of these devotionals on Fridays at the Gospel Mission. They are now marked with asterisks by the date, for those who might be interested.

Daily Devotional For Wednesday September 1st/04

Psalm 107 - Part One

This Psalm is divided into four main sections, each one presenting a different picture of the distress of man. While each part deals with a physical dilemma, I believe that a spiritual crisis is also represented in each. In regards to the spiritual aspects of this Psalm, I think that both the lost and the save can find themselves and their situations here.

Psalm 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.

Have you thanked the Lord lately for His goodness toward you? A saying that I've heard some churches use is: "God is good!", and the congregation responds with, "All the time!" Do you have that confidence and assurance in the Lord, that no matter what happens in your life, you will praise and thank Him? Do you tell others? Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Psalm 107:2-3 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

Truly, He has redeemed the believer from the hand of the enemy. According to Hebrews 2:9, Jesus, by His death on the cross, has tasted death for every man. Verses 14 and 15 state, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 2:4-6) He shed His precious blood on the cross to redeem people from all nations of the world - whosoever puts their faith in His finished work. (1 Peter 1:18-19 and Romans 1:16) Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Have you received His free gift of salvation?

Psalm 107:4-5 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Are you wandering in the wilderness of sin, aimless, alone, empty, barren, lifeless? Is your spirit hungry and thirsty? Jesus can fill that void and bring life to your troubled soul.

Psalm 107:6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.

If you've cried out to the Lord for salvation, in repentance (turning from your sin) and faith (believing in the Gospel - Jesus' death for your sins, His burial, and physical resurrection in fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures), He has heard your cry. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. In John 6:37, Jesus states that "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out."

Psalm 107:7 And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Heaven is that city that God has prepared for those that believe in Him. (Hebrews 11:10, 13-16; 13:14 and Revelation chapter 21) And Jesus is the only way there. (John 14:6; 10:9 and Acts 4:12) Is Heaven your eternal home?

Psalm 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

This phrase is repeated four times in this Psalm (verses 8, 15, 21, and 31) No matter your situation, if you are saved, you can still praise the Lord for His goodness in your life! (Romans 8:28) Like the hymnwriter H. G. Spafford said, "It is well with my soul."

Psalm 107:9 For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Has the Lord Jesus Christ filled that spiritual hunger and longing in your soul? You need never hunger or thirst again. Let Him fill that void today. (Matthew 5:6; Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 55:1-3; John 6:35; 7:38)

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Written September 1st, 2004
Jerry Bouey
Eagle's Wings Ministries

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Daily Devotional For Thursday September 2nd/04

Psalm 107 - Part Two

Psalm 107:1-2a O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.

Do you thank the Lord Jesus Christ for His goodness, for His mercy, for all He has done in your life? If you are anything like me (and I am sure you are because He fashioneth our hearts alike!), you do not do so nearly enough. Maybe that is why thanksgiving is referred to as a sacrifice in verse 22 of this chapter and in Psalm 116:17. Too often we are like the nine lepers that went their own way, instead of the one that returned to give thanks to the Lord. (Luke 17:12-16) There are so many benefits we can praise Him for. Bless the LORD, O my soul! (Psalm 103:1-5 and 68:19)

We can thank our Heavenly Father for His mercy during the times that we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Thank Him that He did not let us perish in it! He will use afflictions and trying circumstances to get our attention and bring us back to Him when we have strayed. Are you wandering in the darkness right now? Let the Lord be your light, and keep your focus steadfast on Him. (Micah 7:8 and Isaiah 50:10)

Psalm 107:10-11 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

Are you sitting in the darkness the shadow of death? Are you bound and imprisoned by the chains of your sin because you rebelled against the Word of the Lord - in fact, even held God's counsel in contempt? (Proverbs 5:22 and 2 Samuel 12:9-10) When we presumptuously sin against the Lord, disregard - yea, even despise - His clear counsel and direction, and stubbornly go our way, we allow the Devil an opportunity to gain a foothold in our lives. (Ephesians 4:27 and 1 Peter 5:8) The consequences of hearkening to the pleasures of sin for a season always bring a great cost. You can mark it down:

"Sin will take you farther than you want to go. Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay. Sin will always cost you more than you are willing to pay."

Psalm 107:12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

If you are a born again child of God and have fallen into sin, God is dealing with you and using this affliction to bring you to repentance, not to despair. The valley of trouble (Achor) is the door of hope - because that is what the Lord uses to cause us to realize our sinful, backslidden state, and remind us of the forgiveness and cleansing that is ours when we confess our sin to the Lord and forsake it. (Hosea 2:6-7, 14-15; Proverbs 28:13 and 1 John 1:9) Will you heed His chastisement, endure it and receive the rebuke and correction that the Lord is giving to you? While not joyous, this chastening can bring forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness if you submit to and receive His correction. (Hebrews 12:5-11)

"If conscience be allowed to do her work the probability is we shall soon be made aware that there is an Achan in our camp, an Achan which must be dealt with unsparingly if we are to enjoy the smile of the Lord again. If we have set up some idol it must be thrown down; if we have indulged some lust it must be mortified: if we have entered a forbidden path it must be forsaken: if we have willfully departed from some path of duty it must be returned unto..." - Arthur Pink.

Psalm 107:13-14, 16 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. For He hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

The Lord is faithful and will hear the humble cry of His penitent child. He is the only one that can issue the pardon from death our backslidings deserve. (Psalm 68:20) It is only because of His mercies that we are not consumed! (Lamentations 3:22-23) Truly, He is able to deliver our soul from death, our eyes from tears, and our feet from falling! (See Psalm 116:1-9)

"This verse... sums up the mercy experienced by captives. The Lord breaks the strongest gates and bars when the time comes to set free his prisoners: and spiritually the Lord Jesus has broken the most powerful of spiritual bonds and made us free indeed. Brass and iron are as tow before the flame of Jesus' love. The gates of hell shall not prevail against us, neither shall the bars of the grave detain us. Those of us who have experienced his redeeming power must and will praise the Lord for the wonders of his grace displayed on our behalf." - Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury Of David.

Prodigal child, your Heavenly Father is waiting for you to come to yourself, acknowledge your sin, and turn from the pigpen of sin towards home. There He stands with open arms, waiting to receive you!

Psalm 107:15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 107:43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Truly, our Heavenly Father is good to His children! Praise the Lord and thank Him that He loved you enough to send His only begotten Son to die for you, and still loves you enough not to let you go astray from Him without chastening you to bring you back to His loving arms!

It is His lovingkindness that drew us to Himself when we first got saved, and His lovingkindness that brings us back when we stray. (See Jeremiah 31:3) Praise the Lord!

Written September 2nd, 2004
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional For Saturday September 4th/04

David Cloud, from Way Of Life Literature is a solid Independent Fundamental Baptist preacher, who has put together much material in defense of the faith and of the King James Bible. Even if you do not stand where he stands on all issues, if you love the Lord and His Word, you might appreciate what Brother Cloud has written. Basically, I stand where he stands, so if you appreciate my positions on various issues, you will appreciate his.

Recently he has sent out several articles that quote sections from his book entitled How To Study The Bible. So far, I think there are three articles from this book on his site that would be beneficial for all to read (even if you disagree with some of his other material). These articles are as follows:
Tips For Effective Bible Reading
Rules Of Bible Interpretation
Marking Your Bible

This quote below was from Cloud's section on Bible Interpretation, and I thought it was worth passing on. I was blessed by the comparison that he explains below. Truly, our Heavenly Father is good to us!

"Parables illustrate doctrine and usually have one central teaching. This is illustrated in the parable in Luke 18:1-8. The parable has one main point: "men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (verse 1). It teaches the importance of perseverance in prayer. If one tried to look deeply into the parable to find other teachings, he could go into error, because the parable contains more contrasts with reality than similarities.

ďThe judge depicts God, and the woman depicts the believer coming to God in prayer. Consider the contrasts between the woman and the judge and the believer and God: (1) She came to an unjust judge; we come to the righteous Father (Jn. 17:25). (2) She was kept at a distance; we come boldly (Heb. 4:16). (3) She had no friend to plead her case; we have an Advocate (1 John 2:1). (4) She seldom had access; we always have access. (5) She had nothing to encourage her; we have many promises (1 Pet. 1:4). (6) She was no relation to the judge; God is our Father (Rom. 8:15). (7) The judge only complied because he was wearied by the woman's persistence; God answers our prayers because He loves us (Rom. 8:32)." (David Cloud, How To Study The Bible)

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***Daily Devotional For Sunday September 5th/04***

Today I have decided to send out the link to one of my older studies that might be a blessing to you.

Have You Been With Jesus?

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Daily Devotional For Monday September 6th/04

Three Avenues Of Temptation

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Daily Devotional For Tuesday September 7th/04

God's Complete Forgiveness In Jesus Christ

By Pastor George Zeller

The following verses speak of the complete forgiveness that a person receives when he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. This forgiveness is perfect. God forgives ALL SINS - past, present and future. God in His grace is free to fully justify and forgive the believing sinner based on the blood of Christ (the work which He accomplished on the cross on our behalf, dying as our Substitute). Recognizing God's gracious forgiveness ought to be cause for thanksgiving and thanks-living, and should be a stimulus for holy conduct (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-13). How can we not serve and love the God who has forgiven us so!

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:12)

"If Thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared." (Psalms 130:3-4)

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

"Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back." (Isaiah 38:17) If something is behind your back, then you cannot see it! If our sins are behind God's back, then He will not see them and will not look at them, as it were.

"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee." (Isaiah 44:22)

"In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve." (Jeremiah 50:20) Our sins are not to be found!

"Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19) Our sins, as it were, have been cast into the sea, never to resurface again! They are gone forever!

"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;" (Ephesians 1:7)

"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." (Hebrews 8:12 and 10:16)

"I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake." (1 John 2:12)

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" (Colossians 2:13) Notice that it says, "ALL"!

"To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission (forgiveness) of sins." (Acts 10:43)

"Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (Romans 4:4-8)


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Daily Devotional For Saturday September 11th/04

Blessed Contrasts In Scripture:

1) The Lord is our crown of glory, and we are His.

Isaiah 28:5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people,

Isaiah 62:3-4 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

2) Jesus is the Light Of The World, and we are light in Him.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (See also John 9:5)

Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

3) The Lord is our portion, and we are His.

Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

Psalms 142:5 I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Deuteronomy 32:9 For the LORD'S portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance.

4) The Lord will sing to us, He will give us a song, and He is our song.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.

Psalms 42:8 Yet the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.

5) The Lord will give us strength, and He is our strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds' feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.

6) The Lord will give us light, and He is our light.

Psalms 18:28 For Thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

7) The Lord Jesus Christ will give us peace, and He is our peace.

Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Ephesians 2:14 For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

8) Our hope is in the Lord, and He is our hope.

Psalms 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in Thee.

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

9) Godís way is perfect, He makes our way perfect, and He is perfecting us.

Psalms 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.

Psalms 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of Thine own hands.

10) Godís Word is our shield, and God Himself is our shield.

Psalms 91:4 He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psalms 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.

11) Christ gives us life, and He is our life.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. (See also Deuteronomy 30:20 and Philippians 1:21)

12) Jesus gives us wisdom, and He is our wisdom.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

13) Jesus taught the way to life, prepared the way to the Father in Heaven, and He is the way.

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Hebrews 10:19-20 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

14) The Lord knows those who are His, He knows those who are trusting in Him, and eternal life is knowing Him.

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Written September 11th/04
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional For Sunday September 12th/04

Crowned From Above

Some Old Testament verses about being crowned (in various ways) by the Lord:

Psalms 21:3-4 For Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. (Preventest means goes before.)

Psalms 8:3-6 When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:

Fulfilled in Jesus Christ: Hebrews 2:8-9 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Psalms 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and Thy paths drop fatness.

Psalms 103:1-5 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Proverbs 4:7-9 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Proverbs 14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Isaiah 28:5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people,

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Daily Devotional For Monday September 13th/04

Some things written in the front of my Bible:

All Scripture is a testimony of and about our Lord and Saviour - Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Luke 24:25-27 Then He (Jesus) said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Luke 24:44-45 And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me. Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.

Hebrews 10:5-7 Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.

Psalms 40:6-8 Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; Mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. The Bible's testimony and witness of Jesus Christ is the spirit (the heart) of prophecy (inspired Scriptures).

Acts 10:43 To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

"This one verse refutes all of man's false philosophies concerning the origin and meaning of the world:

1) It refutes atheism, because the universe was created by God.

2) It refutes pantheism, for God is transcendent to that which He created.

3) It refutes polytheism, for one God created all things.

4) It refutes dualism, because God was alone when He created.

5) It refutes materialism, for matter had a beginning.

6) It refutes humanism, because God, not man, is the ultimate reality.

7) It refutes evolutionism, because God created all things."

- Henry Morris, The Genesis Record, page 38.

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Daily Devotional For Tuesday September 14th/04

For A Season

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. 1 Peter 1:6

The Bible teaches that we will have manifold (many kinds of) trials. That we are to rejoice in them. That there is a need for us to go through them, that the Lord has a purpose for every trial He allows in our lives.

There is also a bright ray of hope shining through that verse, which at first, in the darkest moments, we may overlook. It is just five simple words:

Though - though it may not seem joyful when we are going through them. Our hearts may be heavy and weighed down.

Now - right here, right now, you are going through a trial, but the trial isn't all there is on the horizon. All is not bleak or gloomy, though it may seem like it now.

And finally, for a season - There is an appointed time for every trial, there is a season of struggle that we go through, but like the seasons of the year, they will end in time, and a new period will being in our lives. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, God says "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

Let the Lord fulfill His will in your lives, cling to Him through the trials, let Him teach you what He wants you to learn from this season, and cling to the Biblical hope that "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

The Lord Jesus Christ knows what He is doing! Just trust Him, and if the road is rough, let Him be your refuge and let Him carry you safely in His everlasting arms. (See Deuteronomy 33:27)

For a poem along this theme, For A Season

Written February 24th, 2002
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional For Wednesday September 15th/04


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Daily Devotional For Thursday September 16th/04

Please see previous Daily Devotional for today's devotional. Originally I had sent out a chapter of one of Charles Spurgeon's books (Till He Come) in two parts, but now have placed this chapter on this study site, as a separate page. Click on the link above to take you to that chapter.

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Daily Devotional For Friday September 17th/04

Mr. Spurgeon's Account of his Conversion and Early Preaching

I will tell you how I myself was brought to the knowledge of the truth. It may happen the telling of that will bring someone else to Christ. It pleased God in my childhood to convince me of my sin. I lived a miserable creature, finding no hope, no comfort, thinking that surely God would never save me. At last the worst came to the worst - I was miserable; I could do scarcely anything. My heart was broken in pieces. Six months did I pray - prayed agonizingly with all my heart, and never had an answer. I resolved that, in the town where I lived, I would visit every place of worship in order to find out the way of salvation. I felt I was willing to do anything and be anything if God would only forgive me.

I set off, determined to go round to all the chapels, and I went to all the places of worship; and though I dearly venerate the men that occupy those pulpits now, and did so then, I am bound to say that I never heard them once fully preach the gospel. I mean by that, they preached truth, great truths, many good truths that were fitting to many of their congregation - spiritually-minded people; but what I wanted to know was, How can I get my sins forgiven? And they never once told me that. I wanted to hear how a poor sinner, under a sense of sin, might find peace with God; and when I went I heard a sermon on "Be not deceived: God is not mocked," which cut me up worse, but did not say how I might escape.

I went again another day, and the text was something about the glories of the righteous: nothing for poor me. I was something like a dog under the table, not allowed to eat of the children's food. I went time after time, and I can honestly say, I don't know that I ever went without prayer to God, and I am sure there was not a more attentive hearer in all the place than myself, for I panted and longed to understand how I might be saved.

At last, one snowy day - it snowed so much, I could not go to the place I had determined to go to, and I was obliged to stop on the road, and it was a blessed stop to me - I found rather an obscure street, and turned down a court, and there was a little chapel. I wanted to go somewhere, but I did not know this place. It was the Primitive Methodists' chapel. I had heard of these people from many, and how they sang so loudly that they made people's heads ache; but that did not matter. I wanted to know how I might be saved, and if they made my head ache ever so much I did not care. So, sitting down, the service went on, but no minister came. At last a very thin-looking man came into the pulpit and opened his Bible, and read these words: "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." Just setting his eyes upon me, as if he knew me all by heart, he said: "Young man, you are in trouble." Well, I was, sure enough. Says he, "You will never get out of it unless you look to Christ."

And then, lifting up his hands, he cried out, as only, I think, a Primitive Methodist could do, "Look, look, look! It is only look!" said he. I saw at once the way of salvation. Oh, how did I leap for joy at that moment! I know not what else he said: I did not take much notice of it - I was so possessed with that one thought. Like as when the brazen serpent was lifted up, they only looked and were healed. I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard this word, "Look!" what a charming sound it seemed to me. Oh, I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away! and in heaven I will look on still in my joy unutterable.

I now think I am bound never to preach a sermon without preaching to sinners. I do think that a minister who can preach a sermon without addressing sinners does not know how to preach.

On Oct. 11, 1864, the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle preached a sermon to five hundred hearers in the chapel at Colchester (in which, he was converted), on the occasion of the anniversary in that place of worship. He took for his text the memorable words, Isaiah 45:22, "Look unto Me, and be ye saved," etc., and the preacher said , "That I heard preached from in this chapel when the Lord converted me." And pointing to a seat on the left hand, under the gallery, he said: "I was sitting in that pew when I was converted." This honest confession produced a thrilling effect upon the congregation, and very much endeared the successful pastor to many hearts....

Early in the month of January, 1856, Mr. Spurgeon preached a sermon to his own congregation on Sunday morning, which is entitled "Sovereignty and Salvation." In that sermon he says: "Six years ago today, as near as possible at this very hour of the day, I was in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity, but had yet, by divine grace, been led to feel the bitterness of that bondage, and to cry out by reason of the soreness of its slavery. Seeking rest and finding none, I stepped within the house of God, and sat there, afraid to look upward, lest I should be utterly cut off , and lest his fierce wrath should consume me. The minister rose in his pulpit, and, as I have done this morning, read this text: 'Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.'

"I looked that moment; the grace of faith was vouchsafed to me in that instant; and

"'Ere since by faith I saw the stream
His flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.'

"I shall never forget that day while memory holds its place; nor can I help repeating this text whenever I remember that hour when first I knew the Lord.
How strangely gracious! How wonderfully and marvelously kind that he who heard these words so little time ago, for his own soul's profit, should now address you this morning as hearers from the same text, in the full and confident hope that some poor sinner within these walls may hear the glad tidings of salvation for himself also, and may today be turned 'from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God,' (Acts 26:18)!"

(Henry Davenport Northrop, Life And Works Of Spurgeon, pages 21-24, bolded emphasis mine)

From this account, we can see that Spurgeon's extended search caused him to greatly desire that others would hear the truth of salvation every time he preached. The Lord used that trying time in Spurgeon's life for his good and for the good of others. I (Jerry) well recall my own time of desperate searching for the truth before I came to know the Lord as my Saviour in November 1992. I truly did not know there was such a thing as a way to Heaven or a gift of eternal life. Spurgeon's example in this area has been an inspiration to me, and every time I preach - even if I think that all present are believers - I desire that the Gospel be clearly presented, so that no one else need wander hopelessly through life, lost and uncertain about their eternal future. We can know for certain that if we place personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary that we have His gift of eternal life and a home forever in Heaven!

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

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Daily Devotional For Saturday September 18th/04

How Much Do You Value God's Word?

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Daily Devotional for Sunday September 19th/04

The Hiding Place
(taken from Streams In The Desert Devotional)

"Hide thyself by the brook Cherith" (1 Kings 17:3).

God's servants must be taught the value of the hidden life. The man who is to take a high place before his fellows must take a low place before his God. We must not be surprised if sometimes our Father says: "There, child, thou hast had enough of this hurry, and publicity, and excitement; get thee hence, and hide thyself b the brook--hide thyself in the Cherith of the sick chamber, or in the Cherith of bereavement, or in some solitude from which the crowds have ebbed away."

Happy is he who can reply, "This Thy will is also mine; I flee unto Thee to hide me. Hide me in the secret of Thy tabernacle, and beneath the covert of Thy wings!"

Every saintly soul that would wield great power with men must win it in some hidden Cherith. The acquisition of spiritual power is impossible, unless we can hide ourselves from men and from ourselves in some deep gorge where we may absorb the power of the eternal God; as vegetation through long ages absorbed these qualities of sunshine, which it now gives back through burning coal.

Bishop Andrews had his Cherith, in which he spent five hours every day in prayer and devotion. John Welsh had it--who thought the day ill spent which did not witness eight or ten hours of closet communion. David Brainerd had it in the woods of North America. Christmas Evans had it in his long and lonely journeys amid the hills of Wales.

Or, passing back to the blessed age from which we date the centuries: Patmos, the seclusion of the Roman prisons, the Arabian desert, the hills and vales of Palestine, are forever memorable as the Cheriths of those who have made our modern world.

Our Lord found His Cherith at Nazareth, and in the wilderness of Judea; amid the olives of Bethany, and the solitude of Gadara. None of us, therefore, can dispense with some Cherith where the sounds of human voices are exchanged for the waters of quietness which are fed from the throne; and where we may taste the sweets and imbibe the power of a life hidden with Christ. --Elijah, by Meyer.

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Daily Devotional For Monday September 20th/04

The devotional today is taken from Song of Solomon 2:13-17, and is about how the Lord Jesus Christ desires close fellowship with His bride. These are some passages that I have been meditating on for a while, and reading some commentaries have encouraged me to dig a little deeper and put a devotion together on this section of that inspired Song. I hope this passage of Scripture and this study are as much a blessing to you as it was to me! I pray that you would be drawn even closer to the Lord in your walk with Him, and may He richly bless you this week.

Arise, And Come Away

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Daily Devotional For Tuesday September 21st/04

The Little Foxes

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes [Song 2:15].

They could put up a fence or a wall that would keep out the big foxes, but they had trouble with the little foxes. Those little fellows could sneak through. They were the ones that would sneak in and destroy the grapes and tear up the young vines. This has a message for us. "Foxes" are both subtle sins and fox-like men who corrupt others. Both were resolutely dragged into the light of day by John the Baptist. Regarding the subtle sins, he said, "Ö He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise Ö. Exact no more than that which is appointed you.ÖDo violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages" (Luke 3:11, 13Ė14). Then John the Baptist pointed his finger at Herod whom our Lord called "that old fox" (see Luke 13:32) and told him that he had no right to be married to another manís wife. I tell you, a preacher doesnít make himself popular when he says that kind of thing! Old Herod had John the Baptist killed by chopping off his head.

However, it is the young foxes that get into the contemporary church and cause trouble. The little sins spoil the fellowship among believers and spoil a Christianís life. For example there are the little sins of omission. "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17). Here is one of those little foxes. This is the sin of omission. How often we see something that we should do for God, but we donít do it. How often have we sinned in this way? We are told that the Lord Jesus went about doing good.

I read
In a book
Where a man called
Went about doing good.
It is very disconcerting
To me
That I am so easily
With just
Going about.
óAuthor unknown.

How often we have intended to write a letter, but we didnít write it. How often we have intended to do something for missions, but we neglected to do it. How many times we should have been praying for someone, but we neglected to pray. We think of the words of the prophet Samuel: "Ö God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you Ö" (1 Sam. 12:23). These are little sins of omission. They are the little foxes that spoil the vineyard.

Here is another of those little foxes. "Ö Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14:23). How often do we take a step on our own, but we try to call it a step of faith. We know it is not really faith; we know we just want to have our way. That is a sin. It is a little fox. It gets in and spoils the work of God. We have a tendency to lean on that very lame and broken reed and try to hold ourselves up with it and maintain a pious attitude. We say, "I am doing this because God is leading me," when we know it is not true. We say it so lightly. Romans tells us that whatever we do that is not of faith is sin.

Showing partiality is another little fox that is seen among Godís people. James lowers the boom on that: "But if ye have respect [show partiality] to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors" (James 2:9). I have had this happen to me just as James described it. I went to a certain church just to visit, not wanting to be recognized. I wanted to hear the preacher. When I went in, the usher was absolutely insulting to me. He said, "You wait right here." Then he came back and said, "Well, I donít have a seat for you. Youíll have to stand here in the back." He looked at me for a moment, then said, "Oh, youíre Dr. McGee! Iíll get a chair and let you sit right here!" How tragic it is to see in some churches a well-known or a wealthy man acknowledged in the service and some poor man, who probably is more godly, absolutely ignored. That is a little fox that really wrecks Godís work in our day.

Then there is the little fox of not giving freely to God. It is not the amount of the giving that is the only thing that is wrong about it. It is the attitude of giving, the hypocrisy of it all. We sing songs such as, "Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small"óthen we put a quarter into the collection plate! We actually sing lies. We pretend we have given ourselves and all that we have to the Lord. Oh, my friend, it is the little foxes that are destroying a lot of the grapes today.

(J. Vernon McGee, Song Of Solomon, Thru The Bible)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 22nd/04

Beginning Without Finishing

(taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

"He spoke a parable unto themÖthat men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1).

No temptation in the life of intercession is more common than this of failure to persevere. We begin to pray for a certain thing; we put up our petitions for a day, a week, a month; and then, receiving as yet no definite answer, straightway we faint, and cease altogether from prayer concerning it.

This is a deadly fault. It is simply the snare of many beginnings with no completions. It is ruinous in all spheres of life.

The man who forms the habit of beginning without finishing has simply formed the habit of failure. The man who begins to pray about a thing and does not pray it through to a successful issue of answer has formed the same habit in prayer.

To faint is to fail; then defeat begets disheartenment, and unfaith in the reality of prayer, which is fatal to all success.

But someone says, "How long shall we pray? Do we not come to a place where we may cease from our petitions and rest the matter in God's hands?"

There is but one answer. Pray until the thing you pray for has actually been granted, or until you have the assurance in your heart that it will be.

Only at one of these two places dare we stay our importunity, for prayer is not only a calling upon God, but also a conflict with Satan. And inasmuch as God is using our intercession as a mighty factor of victory in that conflict, He alone, and not we, must decide when we dare cease from our petitioning. So we dare not stay our prayer until the answer itself has come, or until we receive the assurance that it will come.

In the first case we stop because we see. In the other, we stop because we believe, and the faith of our heart is just as sure as the sight of our eyes; for it is faith from, yes, the faith of God, within us.

More and more, as we live the prayer life, shall we come to experience and recognize this God-given assurance, and know when to rest quietly in it, or when to continue our petitioning until we receive it. --The Practice of Prayer

Tarry at the promise till God meets you there. He always returns by way of His promises. --Selected

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Daily Devotional For Thursday September 23rd/04

I have been praying about what to cover each day in my devotionals - looking through the materials I have at hand, as well as studies I have been working on - and I strongly feel that the Lord would have me send out this new study at this time.

It is on 1 Corinthians 13:12, and is an in-depth look at 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 within its overall context. While what I am presenting in this study will not be popular with the Charismatic crowd, I truly believe that it is solidly Scriptural and will be beneficial to you if prayerfully considered. This passage is often misunderstood - even by many who generally agree with my position on it - but once it is properly interpreted, it is a blessing to look into.

Some may feel it is more prudent to send it out as a separate study and not part of these Daily Devotionals, but the Lord has impressed upon my heart to do it this way. Maybe there is someone here on this mailing list who is personally dealing with the issue (or knows someone who is) of the gift of tongues and whether they are for today's believers or whether the Biblical gift ended with the close of the New Testament Scriptures.

I truly believe that the gift ended in the first century, and that the tongues spoken of today are not Biblical tongues, nor used in a Biblical manner (according to 1 Corinthians 14). Please prayerfully consider the following study, verify the word definitions (if you have access to to a Strong's Concordance and Webster's 1828 Dictionary), and check out each verse in its proper context. You might find there is enough solid meat in this passage to change your view on this matter. The solid Bible believer is not afraid to put his doctrine under the test of Biblical scrutiny. I pray that you would do so today.

1 Corinthians 13:12

Tongues: To Speak Or Not To Speak (a closer look at 1 Corinthians 14) - by Dennis Corle

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My devotion at the Gospel Mission went very well. I preached on The Great Change (that salvation brings), and used Zacchaeus and the maniac of Gadara (plus some great Christians of the past) as examples.

Daily Devotional For Friday September 24th/04

"You are a preacher, whoever you are. It may be in a very small circle, but you are affecting someone. You are a preacher in your own home. This reminds me of a father who kept a jug of whiskey hidden in the corn crib. It was his habit to go out there every morning and get himself a drink. On a snowy morning he went out to the barn as was his habit, but this time he heard someone behind him. He turned around and found that it was his little son following him, stepping in the footsteps in the snow where his father had walked. The father asked, "What are you doing, son?" The boy answered, "Iím following in your footsteps." He sent the boy back into the house, and then he went out to the corn crib and smashed that jug of whiskey. He realized that he didnít want his boy to be following in his footsteps. Someone in your home is following in your footsteps. Where are you leading him?" - J. Vernon McGee.

Footsteps Of Faith

Order my footsteps in Your Word -
Teach me where You'd have me to go.
Make me willing to walk in Your ways -
Lead me onward in this path below.

Enlarge my footsteps, let not my feet slip -
Help me to walk in Your ways with care.
Guide me through the straits of this world -
"Let me not falter", is my earnest prayer.

Number my footsteps, and count them all -
Show me the path my spirit has trod.
Open my eyes and cleanse my heart -
Lead me onward in the ways of God.

Direct me in my Saviour's footsteps -
Teach me with patience to run this race.
Let me learn from the example of Jesus -
Let me follow in the footsteps of faith.

May 16th, 2003
Jerry Bouey

For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:
1 Peter 2:21

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Daily Devotional For Saturday September 25th/04

"I sought Him, but I found Him not."
--Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of a Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there." So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him. But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, "O that I knew where I might find Him!" Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest--not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek Him, and He will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover Him to thy joy and gladness.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional)

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Daily Devotional For Sunday September 26th/04

"I found Him whom my soul loveth: I held Him, and would not let Him go."
--Song of Solomon 3:4

Does Christ receive us when we come to Him, notwithstanding all our past sinfulness? Does He never chide us for having tried all other refuges first? And is there none on earth like Him? Is He the best of all the good, the fairest of all the fair? Oh, then let us praise Him! Daughters of Jerusalem, extol Him with timbrel and harp! Down with your idols, up with the Lord Jesus. Now let the standards of pomp and pride be trampled under foot, but let the cross of Jesus, which the world frowns and scoffs at, be lifted on high. O for a throne of ivory for our King Solomon! let Him be set on high for ever, and let my soul sit at His footstool, and kiss His feet, and wash them with my tears. Oh, how precious is Christ! How can it be that I have thought so little of Him? How is it I can go abroad for joy or comfort when He is so full, so rich, so satisfying. Fellow believer, make a covenant with thine heart that thou wilt never depart from Him, and ask thy Lord to ratify it. Bid Him set thee as a signet upon His finger, and as a bracelet upon His arm. Ask Him to bind thee about Him, as the bride decketh herself with ornaments, and as the bridegroom putteth on his jewels. I would live in Christ's heart; in the clefts of that rock my soul would eternally abide. The sparrow hath made a house, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God; and so too would I make my nest, my home, in Thee, and never from Thee may the soul of Thy turtle dove go forth again, but may I nestle close to Thee, O Jesus, my true and only rest.

"When my precious Lord I find,
All my ardent passions glow;
Him with cords of love I bind,
Hold and will not let Him go."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional)

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Daily Devotional For Monday September 27th/04

This devotional is based on a message my Pastor, Claude Madle, preached over the last three Sundays. Here are the main points and the primary Scripture references.

18 Bible Reasons Why Every Christian Should Be A Soulwinner

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

  1. Sinners Are Perishing. Psalm 9:17; Revelation 20:11-15; Mark 16:14-16; John 3:16, 36; Luke 19:10

  2. The Love of Christ Constrains us. (moves, compels) 2 Corinthians 5:14; Romans 9:3

  3. God is Commanding us. Mark 5:18-20; Luke 14:17-23; Matthew 4:19; Acts 1:8

  4. Our Position is Urging us. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 20; - We are ambassadors/witnesses of Christ. A witness tells what he has seen, heard, or knows. Luke 24:44-48; John 20:28; Acts 1:9-11

  5. Responsibility is Pressing us. Romans 1:14 (We are debtors to the lost.); Ezekiel 33:8; James 5:20

  6. The Field is Calling us. John 4:34-36; Matthew 9:35-37

  7. Jesus has Chosen us. John 15:8, 15-16

  8. Our Salvation Experience is Compelling us. 2 Corinthians 5:17

  9. The Nature of the Gospel is Requiring us. Romans 1:16

  10. Hell is Requesting us. Luke 16:27-28

  11. Heaven is Encouraging/Exhorting us. Luke 15:7, 10

  12. Joy is Awaiting us. - the soulwinner's joy Psalm 126:5-6

  13. Wisdom is Beckoning us. Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3

  14. Time is Challenging us.  Hebrew 9:27; Romans 13:12; Ephesians 5:16

  15. Conscience is Demanding us. 1 Corinthians 15:34

  16. Jesus set the Example for us. 1 Peter 2:2; Luke 19:10; Matthew 9:36

  17. The Apostle Paul Demonstrated it for us. Acts 20:20-21, 26-27, 31; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Romans 9:1-3

  18. The Early New Testament Christians Adopted it as well. John 1:41, 45; 4:28; Acts 5:42; 8:4, 30

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Daily Devotional For Tuesday September 28th/04

Some Sevens In Scripture:

One theme that has always interested me in Bible study is the number seven. To me it is God's stamp of approval, His personal sign of handiwork on His Word. The number seven or a multiple thereof signifies perfection, fulness, completion. (This can be seen in Daniel's 70 weeks of years, Jesus' command to forgive a brother seventy times seven times, and Jesus' geneology in Matthew 1, where each section lists fourteen names.) This idea is also carried across when something happens seven times, a phrase or idea is repeated seven times, or a description of something has seven aspects to it - like Hebrews 1:1-3 mentions seven things about our risen and ascended Lord that assert His divinity, Matthew 15:19 describes how completely evil man's heart is, and Ruth's seven-fold declaration to Naomi in Ruth 1:16-17. Revelation 5:6 refers to Jesus Christ and states symbolically that He has perfect (complete) strength (7 horns - omnipotent)), perfect (complete) wisdom (7 eyes - omniscient), perfect (complete) presence (7 spirits sent forth into all the earth - omnipresent).

As a cautionary note: Do not force a meaning into a passage that is not there because a certain number is used that symbolically carries a specific meaning - just notice what is there, and compare the numerical usage with what is clearly stated in the passage already. While many prophetic passages have symbolical meaning (for example: the books of Daniel and Revelation, the temple and sacrificial system, the types of Christ and the Holy Spirit in the OT, etc.), we want to be careful we do not ever twist the text of the Bible to bring some "spiritual meaning" out that is not justified by the text.

Seven Blesseds in the book of Revelation:

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Jesus' Seven I Am statements in the book of John:

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. (See also verses 48 and 51)

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. (Also verse 9)

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. (Also verse 14)

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. (Also verse 5)

Seven times Jesus is declared as the Word of God: John 1:1 (3x), 14; 1 John 1:1; 5:7; Revelation 19:13;

From Genesis:

Seven times God declared His creation was good: Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 17, 21, 25, 31. Notice this last time, He emphasizes His declaration by stating, "It was very good."

Seven times God is said to have spoken to Noah: Genesis 6:13; 7:1; 8:15; 9:1, 8, 12, 17.

Seven dimensions to the ark described in Genesis 6:14-16.

Sevenfold covenant/promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3.

Written September 18/04
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 29th/04

More Sevens In Scripture

I find it interesting to note that there is a seven-fold division within the Word of God itself. The Old Testament was divided by the Jews into the Law of Moses (the OT historical books - Genesis to Esther), the Prophets (Isaiah to Malachi), and the Psalms (or Writings - Job to Song of Solomon). (See Luke 24:44) In the New Testament, we have the four Gospels (the life of Christ), Acts (early church history), the Epistles (Romans to Jude), and End-times Prophecy (Revelation).

There are also seven dispensations (by this I mean eras, nothing hyper-dispensational here - not referring to different ways of salvation or doctrines, as some mean when they use this term) of man's history, as presented in the Bible itself.

  1. Innocence (in the Garden - from Creation to the Fall)

  2. Pre-Deluvian Age (from the Fall to the Flood)

  3. The Patriarchs (Fathers of Israel - from the Flood to the Law)

  4. The Law (the time of Moses to the time of the Church)

  5. The Church Age

  6. The Millenium (1000 year reign of Christ on Earth - Revelation 20)

  7. Eternity (Revelation 21-22)

Sevens in Revelation:

Seven times the Book of Life is mentioned: Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19.

Seven letters to the seven churches (In Revelation 2-3), as well as a seven-fold division within the letters themselves. See my Introduction study to the Letters To The Churches. It is also enlightening to notice this internal division in the book of Revelation, as stated by Christ Himself:

Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen (John's vision in chapter one), and the things which are (the seven churches and the eras they cover - as mentioned in my series - the seven churches collectively cover the whole church age), and the things which shall be hereafter (immediately after the last church era is the rapture as pictured in 4:1, then the Tribulation starts and goes until chapter 19, the Millenium and the Great White Throne Judgement in chapter 20, then eternity is covered in chapters 21-22);

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter (after the church era).

Sevens in the Psalms:

The voice of the Lord is mentioned seven times in Psalm 29: verses 3, 4 (2x), 5, 7, 8, 9.

Seven Alphabetical (Acrostic - each verse begins with the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet) Psalms: 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119, 145.

Seven Penitential Psalms: 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143.

In Psalm 100, there are seven ways we are commanded to praise God, and seven reasons for doing so - by the way, these reasons will never change if you are a child of God, so you always have a reason to praise God (actually 7 of them!):

Psalms 100:1-5 A Psalm of praise. 1) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2) Serve the LORD with gladness: 3) come before his presence with singing. 1) Know ye that the LORD he is God: 2) it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; 3) we are his people, 4) and the sheep of his pasture. 4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, 5) and into his courts with praise: 6) be thankful unto him, 7) and bless his name. 5) For the LORD is good; 6) his mercy is everlasting; 7) and his truth endureth to all generations.

Seven-fold deliverance/salvation in Psalm 34. Salvation means deliverance, and the context will show what type of deliverance is in view - whether deliverance from enemies or afflictions, or spiritual deliverance from sin, death, and Hell. Notice how the last one sums it all up and emphasizes the spiritual deliverance - salvation - the Lord has given His people:

Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Psalms 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psalms 34:22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

And finally, one last seven-fold promise - notice the emphasis:

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Written September 29th, 2004
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional For Thursday September 30th/04

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his masterís crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

"On the contrary, a number of folk today do not have intelligence enough to know that God provides for all their needs. They donít know that God feeds them. They do not even recognize that He exists. What a commentary on this sophisticated generation that no longer needs God. The story is told of a little boy, reared in a Christian home, who was having his first visit away from home. Although he was only going next door for the evening meal, he was eagerly anticipating the experience, and at five oíclock he was dressed and ready to go. When it came time for all of them to sit down at the table, the little fellow, who was accustomed to hearing the giving of thanks at the table, bowed his head and shut his eyes. But the home to which he had been invited was not a Christian home, and they immediately began to pass the food. Because he didnít want to miss anything, he opened his eyes and looked around. The little fellow was just a bit embarrassed, but not having any inhibitions, he raised the question: 'Donít you folks thank God for your food?' Then the host was a bit embarrassed but confessed that they did not. The young lad was thoughtful for a moment and then blurted out, 'Youíre exactly like my dog: you just start in.' There are many people like that today. Multitudes of people live just like animals." - J. Vernon McGee.

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