PASTOR JEFF WORLEY
GENESIS 3: 8-13
As we begin the month of November, which is often called the Thanksgiving month, I thought we would begin with the scripture that reminds us of the grace of God! In today’s text, Adam and Eve had just sinned! They had just broken the law of God. The picture of this scripture today is what sin will do to a person. The God of the universe would come and walk with them every day in the garden. Now, after they sinned, they hid from God. The bad part was Adam blamed God for his sin-notice verse 12-Adam told the Lord that woman you gave me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat. Here is the point-sin came into the world because Adam and Eve disobeyed God. But God made a way for man to come back to Him. God did not give up on man! That “way” is Jesus Christ, God’s Son and the way of the cross! Think about that today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for not giving up on man!
ROMANS 3: 23
Since we dealt with the beginning of sin in this world yesterday, I figured we would see what the sin of Adam and Eve did to all mankind form the time that Adam and Eve sinned before God. That sin passed down from man’s bloodline. Because of the sin of the first man and first woman, we all are born with a void in our lives. Remember, sin separated a person from God but the blood of Jesus Christ can make a way for man to come back to God. Yes, all have sinned, but Jesus died for all! What a Savior!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Jesus for being our way back to God!
JOSHUA 24: 29-31
In today’s scripture we see the death of Joshua, the man that took over as leader of God’s people after the death of Moses. Joshua was given the mission from the Lord to lead the people to the promised land. I want us to take note of verse 31 in today’s text “and Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua”. What a compliment to Joshua. As long as Joshua led the people of God, the people served the Lord! What could be said of you and I today after we come to know the Lord? Could it be said that we always led everyone around us to Jesus? Give that some thought today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me to always be a witness for you!
JOHN 14: 1-6
Today we are going to look at what is some of my favorite scripture found in the word of God. Have you ever went through something that really made your heart hurt? I mean you felt weak from going through whatever it was? If that is the case, this scripture is for you. Jesus had in the last chapter just told the disciples that He was going to be betrayed by one of them. He had also told them that He had to go away. These men were hurting, they didn’t understand. Jesus gives words of comfort here that could only come from the Lord! Whatever you are facing today, remember the words from Jesus- “Let not your heart be troubled” (v1) and verse 6 when Jesus said “I am the way”. What a Savior!! Trust Him today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, remind me daily that you are in control in my life, not me!
PSALM 22: 9-11
With all of the talk this year about abortions, with all the talk about a woman having a right to kill her unborn child, take notice today that Davis tells us as he prayed that God knew him before he was born. Verse 11, I believe, is what a child would pray to God before it is born from it’s mothers womb- “Be not far from me; for trouble is near”.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, please help all of the unborn babies today! Lord, protet them even before they are born!
LUKE 6: 27-36
Have you ever been faced with the question how do I treat my enemies-those that treat me bad? Well, if you have ever been faced with this question, Jesus gives us the answer in today’s text. The Lord tells us to “bless them”. Verse 29 tells us if a person smiteth you on a cheek, offer him the other. Are you getting the picture? Jesus is telling us to be better to our enemies that they are to us! Notice verse 35-again Jesus said “love ye your enemies”. Not my words, the words of our Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, bless my enemies today!
DEUTERONOMY 12: 1-4
Our God is a jealous God! Notice the message the Lord gives to His people as He leads them to land that will be theirs. God tells His people to “utterly destroy all the places” where false gods were worshipped! God goes on to tell them to “overthrow their altars”. You see, God will be patient with His people. God is slow to anger, slow to wrath, but God will not put up with false gods being worshipped before Him! Let’s make sure that we put nothing in front of the Lord in our lives-nothing!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, please help me and remind me to never put anything before you!
I THESSALONIANS 5: 16-22
Today’s text deals with some practical steps to growing in the Lord. Take notice that each verse has a simple thought but each thought is a growth tool in the Lord. Verse 16-rejoice. Verse 17-pray. Verse 18- give thanks. Verst 19-quench not. Verse 20- despise not. Verse 21- prove and hold fast. And verse 22-abstain. If we practice each of these every day, we will grow in the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me to follow your word so that I can grow closer to you daily!
PSALM 148: 7-13
Today’s scripture tells us to praise the Lord! Verse 7 says “praise the Lord”. Verse 13 states “praise the name of the Lord”. Now notice verse 7-12 telling us who should praise the Lord. As you read these verses today, I think that you will agree with me that this pretty much covers everybody. Let’s all praise the Lord! Let’s spend more time praising the Lord today than we do complaining!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, would you use me today to show others how we should be praising you!
HEBREWS 13: 8
Every now and then I think that we need to be reminded that our Lord never changes! If you have ever been around some moody people, you can appreciate what we are talking about. Some people will speak one day and not speak other days! Some will be kind one day and not so kind the next day. According to the Bible here, the Lord does not act like that. The Bible says that Jesus is the same all of the time! That should be a blessing to you and I today to know that the Lord never changes!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for being the God that never changes!
PROVERBS 6: 16-19
Every now and then we need to be reminded that there are some things that God does not like. To be honest, the Bible says that God hates these things! AS you read this list today, study it and be sure that none of these things that God hates are in our lives!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me be in your will at all times and Lord help me to be pleasing to you in all that I do!
JOHN 3: 1-8
Am I born again? Do I know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior? That is the question that faced Nicodemus in our text today. Friends, I don’t think that many today understand that without being born again, a person cannot ever see the Kingdom of God! Notice verse 3 here again. Too many people today count on church membership or good deeds to get them to Heaven. This message needs to get out! Except a person trust Jesus Christ and be born again, they will not go to Heaven! Share that message with someone today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, please use me to share the Gospel with someone today!
HOSEA 14: 1-7
In today’s scripture, I know that the Lord is talking to His people, the nation of Israel. But, you and I are adopted into the family of God by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Therefore, I believe that this text also applies to the United States. A nation that was built on the principles of the Bible. God is calling for His people in this text to “return unto the Lord thy God”. The Bible teaches here in verse 2 that God tells the nation to repent before Him and to ask God to save the nation. The Lords tells us in verse 4 that God will bless the nation that does this. America sure does need to come back to the Lord today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, please send old fashioned Holy Ghost filled revival to our land today!
MATTHEW 19: 13-15
Jesus loves children! Today’s text shows that so clearly! When some brought kids to Jesus for Him to pray over them, the disciples rebuked them and tried to turn them back. But Jesus would not allow that to happen. The Lord said “forbid them not to come unto me”. Then the Lord gave us a very important message- “for such is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Friends, we must have childlike faith to reach God! Wow-the next time you get mad at a child, remember, the Lord loves children!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, please protect all the children on the earth today-the born and the unborn!
ISAIAH 5: 14
There are so many people today who say they are Bible believing Christians but say that they don’t believe that the place of Hell is real. But, the Bible like our text today, tells us over and over again that Hell is a real place! Notice in this verse that Hell seems to be getting bigger. Not everyone is going to Heaven. Friends, lets warn as many people as we can today that Hell is real and is certain for those who will not trust Jesus.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, please use me today to warn someone about the place of Hell!
COLOSSIANS 3: 1-4
Does this world ever get to you? I mean it gets so evil, so cruel, sometimes you just need to get your eyes off of this place! Well, if that is the case, this scripture is for you! Verse 2 tells us to get our focus off of the world and “set your affection on things above”. I love verse 4- “Christ, who is our life”. Remember this. Whatever you are facing today, get your eyes off of it and get them on the Lord! Remember, this old world is not our home!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me keep my eyes on you and not this world!
I SAMUEL 6: 19-20
This is strong scripture! Have you ever been around someone who will not listen? The Lord gave a warning that no one was to mess with the “Ark of the Lord”. No one was to look inside of it. The punishment was death! The men of Bethshemesh did not listen. Notice verse 19 “and He smote” because they had looked into the Ark of the Lord. These people died because they did not listen to the Lord! Verse 20 reminds us that God is holy! Who can come up before a holy God and disobey him and live? Think about that today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Forgive me Lord when I disobey you! Please have mercy on me!
HEBREWS 10: 25
How important is church in your life? Today’s text remind us that God see it as very important. When the Bible here says don’t forsake as some do, it is saying that God expects us to get together as the family of God. He tells us why too. Exhort one another! And get ready for the coming of the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me to stay in church when I fell like it and when I don’t!
JOB 1: 6-12
Poor old Job! I have heard that statement a lot over the years And yes, Job did go through a lot. He lost all that he had-his wealth, his children, even his health. But, because he kept looking to God, he came out good. The thing I want you and I to notice today is in verse 10. God has a hedge around His children, those that belong to the Lord. Satan cannot get over, around or through that hedge unless God allows it. The point- stop being afraid of everything around you and I today and trust the Lord. He is protecting His children!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for always protecting me!
II TIMOTHY 2: 15-16
I don’t know about you, but I did not like school. I used to tell my mama it felt like going to prison. Then, while I was still in high school, God called me to preach! Guess what, I soon learned that a call to preach is a call to study the Bible. That message is for all of us. If you and I are saved, we are to study the Bible daily! Why? Note verse 16-so that we will stay away from “profane and vain babblings”. So that we will stay away from false doctrine. So, open your Bible every day and pray and ask the Lord to let the book speak to your heart.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord, help me so grow in your word today!
PSALM 107: 1-2
Ok, let’s start Thanksgiving week with some good scripture from the Psalms. The Bible reminds us here to thank God but it also, in verse 2, tells us to tell the world what the Lord has done for us! If we are saved, then we have be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! Let us tell the world how thankful we are for the Lord being in our lives! Like the scripture says, thank God for He is good and because his mercy endureth forever!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for being who you are and for allowing me to serve you!
EPHESIANS 5: 19-20
In keeping with our “thankful” week them, today’s text that we need to sing hymns and spiritual songs unto the Lord and we need, as it states in verse 20, to give thanks to God for all things. All things! Remember that line! What does that mean? Yes, I am to thank the Lord for the blessings in my life and His presence in my life. But it also means that I a am to thank Him for all that He brings me through. We are to thank the Lord for all things! So let’s stop complaining and start thanking the Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord!
PSALM 50: 14
On this Thanksgiving eve, this is some powerful scripture. God is saying offer unto God our full thankfulness. Our tithes, our time, our families, our everything! If we do that, the Lord tells us in verse 15 that when we call on Him in times of trouble, He will deliver us because we glorified Him! Why do people always want the Lord to deliver them in time of trouble, but otherwise don’t have time for Him? Just a thought.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord with all I have and with all my being! Thank you Lord!
PSALM 100: 1-5
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Ok, we had to look at this text today! Verse 4 is our key today. When we walk into the house of the Lord, we should be thankful. Friends, lets do what the Bible declares on the Thanksgiving Day. Let’s be thankful unto Him and bless His name!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for allowing me to see another Thanksgiving on this side of eternity!
COLOSSIANS 3: 17
I trust that you did not eat too much yesterday! As we close out our Thanksgiving week of devotions, today’s verse reminds us that “whatsoever we do, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Giving thanks to God”. If you could get out of the bed this morning, thank the Lord! If you have a bed to get out of, thank the Lord! No matter what we do on this Friday, thank God for the strength to do it!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Again, we say thank you Lord!
GENESIS 2: 21-25
With all the talk today of defining what woman is, I thought it would be good to see what the Bible says about it. Today’s scripture tells us who made the woman, God did! He tells us where she came from- from man, ok! God made man and God made woman, God does not make mistakes! There are only two genders. That is the way that God made us and according to the Bible, that has never changed. So, the next time you hear people talking about what a woman is, give them this scripture. God made her!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for the gift of life!
REVELATION 22: 18-19
Strong words in our text today! I believe these words are referring to the book of Revelation, but I also believe these words could be applied to the Bible as a whole! Friends, this scripture is another reason why I love my old King James Bible. I do not trust man to “revise” the Bible today! Oh, I know the arguments today about Bible scholars rewriting the Bible to make it easier to understand. But friends, that’s the job of the Holy Ghost! He will explain the word if we allow him to! So never read anything that will add to or take away from the book!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for the Bible-the Word of God!
PSALM 51: 1-10
Today’s text is a little longer but man oh man what a powerful Psalm! David, under the leadership of the Holy Ghost, penned down these words after the prophet Nathan confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba. Davis was broken! As you read these words, notice he acknowledges his sin and he asks God to please clean him up! I love verse 10-create in me a clean heart! Enjoy this beautiful scripture today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy!
PHILIPPIANS 3: 13-14
Paul reminds us that he is not home yet. He does remind us to forget things in the past and move forward to the future when we will be with the Lord! No matter what you and I are facing today, remember verse 14-“press toward the mark”. If things get tough here, remember I am not home yet! But keep pushing. What a Savior we serve! Praise the Lord! Sorry, I just want to praise the Lord a minute!!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Help me Lord, remind me Lord that I am not home yet. Give me the grace to go on!
PSALM 34: 15-18
I don’t know about you, but I am happy to know that the Lord is watching over me! The Bible here tells us that the Lord is listening to us (v15)! The Bible also tells us in this text that the Lord turns His face against them that do evil (v16). Here is a Bible truth from the word today- God knows our deeds and our whereabouts at all times! So, we had better behave today!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Thank you Lord for watching over me and for being ready to hear my cry!