Today's Date and Birthday Verse - December 6

Psalm 12:6 - The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

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CHILDREN'S DEVOTIONAL

Read: Acts 5: 1-11

This is a scary story of Ananias and Sapphira. They lied to God by saying that the money they had given to the Apostles was all the money from the sale of their land. They didn’t need to give all the money if they didn’t want to. They could have just said that it was part of it. But they lied about it. God takes lying very seriously. God is a God of truth. Lying is opposite to His nature; it is the nature of Satan, our enemy. I don’t believe God would strike us dead today if we have lied, but He takes away the peace in our hearts if we have lied.

It is far better to tell the truth and face the punishment than to lie and lose our peace with God, and lose the trust that our parents or friends have in us. This is something we should think of before we lie. Trust is often broken. When someone lies, we cannot believe much of what they say anymore. So make it your choice today and every day, to always tell the truth – no matter how much trouble you are in. It’s the smart choice.


© By M.S.Lowndes

What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbour the truth. In Christ's body we're all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. - Ephesians 4: 25 (MSG)

Lord, I pray that you will help me
To always speak the truth
And to be someone, people can trust,
Who will bring honour to you.


© By M.S.Lowndes

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If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these thing. (Judges 13:23)

This is a sort of promise deduced by logic. It is an inference fairly drawn from ascertained facts. It was not likely that the Lord had revealed to Manoah and his wife that a son would be born to them and yet had it in His heart to destroy them. The wife reasoned well, and we shall do well if we follow her line of argument.

The Father has accepted the great sacrifice of Calvary and has declared Himself well pleased therewith; how can He now be pleased to kill us! Why a substitute if the sinner must still perish? The accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear.

The Lord has shown us our election, our adoption, our union to Christ, our marriage to the Well-beloved: how can He now destroy us? The promises are loaded with blessings, which necessitate our being preserved unto eternal life. It is not possible for the Lord to cast us away and yet fulfill His covenant. The past assures us, and the future reassures us. We shall not die but live, for we have seen Jesus, and in Him we have seen the Father by the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Because of this life-giving sight we must live forever.

-C.H. Spurgeon

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His name stands first on the list of prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch (13:1). Luke speaks of him as a "good man" (11:24). He was born of Jewish parents of the tribe of Levi. He was a native of Cyprus, where he had a possession of land (Acts 4:36,37), which he sold. His personal appearance is supposed to have been dignified and commanding (Acts 14:11,12). When Paul returned to Jerusalem after his conversion, Barnabas took him and introduced him to the apostles (9:27). They had probably been companions as students in the school of Gamaliel.

Read more at:
http://www.learningscriptures.info/bible-people/barnabas.htm

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“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'”

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Read: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27

We read here how each person is a part of the body of Christ. Just like the organs of our body, though all have different functions, they make up one whole body. No one is less important than the other. Each has a function in the church. Sometimes though, we go through times of feeling unappreciated for what we are doing for the Lord. There may be times when we feel that we aren't accomplishing as much as we would like, at the level we would like to be at, and we feel that we go unnoticed.

These times can cause us much frustration and dismay. It's hard sometimes when we see an area where we could be used, but fail to be used there. It's hard to get others interested in what we can do, for not everyone shares our enthusiasm.

How do we handle times like these? I know from personal experience, that I don't handle it as well as what I should. But we need to remind ourselves of the fact that God has planted within us this desire to be used, and He has called us and desires to use us in His kingdom. It may not be our time yet. It just might be a time where God is working in us - helping us to develop more of a Christ-like character. I know it's hard to be in this place. But don't be dismayed. God notices you, and will cause others to as well, in His time. What God has birthed in you, He will bring it to pass - one day!


© By M.S.Lowndes

For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use, so we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. - Romans 12:4-5(AMP)

When you feel you're not being used,
Do not be dismayed
For God, in time, will raise you up,
Your time will come one day.


© By M.S.Lowndes

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God's Promise
I look after strangers and I help the fatherless and the widow.

Whatever need you might have, be encouraged in knowing that God cares for you and He will look after you.

Bible Verse
The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. -Psalm 146:9

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For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all sections, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. (Amos 9:9)

The sifting process is going on still. Wherever we go, we are still being winnowed and sifted. In all countries God's people are being tried "like as corn is sifted in a sieve." Sometimes the devil holds the sieve and tosses us up and down at a great rate, with the earnest desire to get rid of us forever. Unbelief is not slow to agitate our heart and mind with its restless fears. The world lends a willing hand at the same process and shakes us to the right and to the left with great vigor. Worst of all, the church, so largely apostate as it is, comes in to give a more furious force to the sifting process.

Well, well! Let it go on. Thus is the chaff severed from the wheat. Thus is the wheat delivered from dust and chaff. And how great is the mercy which comes to us in the text, "Yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth"! All shall be preserved that is good, true, gracious. Not one of the least of believers lose anything worth calling a loss. We shall be so kept in the sifting that it shall be a real gain to us through Christ Jesus.

-C.H. Spurgeon

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You say: "I'm not able"
God says: "I am able"

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: -2 Corinthians 9:8
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