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Listen to Daily Devotion Podcast by Y.E.S. Jesus of Jesus Christ 1God 1Gospel Church Youth Ministry. It is a daily prayer devotion to start your day. It's purpose is to spread Scripture reading in a daily basis to begin your day. Join us every morning an

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    "The Sword of the Spirit"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 10:11


    December 07, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Sword of the Spirit" Proverbs 13:13 The Living Bible Translation Despise God's Word and find yourself in trouble. Obey it and succeed. As Christians, we have the Spirit of God in us. But ours is the responsibility to keep sin out of our lives so that the Spirit can produce His fruit in us. Become grounded in the Bible. As Christians, we have only one authority, one compass: the Word of God. Abraham Lincoln in a letter to a friend said, “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance upon faith. You will live and die a better man.” Begin the day with the Book; and as the day comes to a close, let the Word speak its wisdom to your soul. Let it be the firm foundation upon which your hope is built. Let it be the Staff of Life upon which your spirit is nourished. Let it be the Sword of the Spirit which cuts away the evil of your life and fashions you in His image and likeness. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The Code Book"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 10:36


    December 06, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Code Book" Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Time is running out. The seconds are ticking away toward midnight. The human race is about to take the fatal plunge. Which way shall we turn? Is there any authority left? Is there a path we can follow? Can we find a code book that will give us the key to our dilemmas? Is there any source of authority to which we can turn? Have we just been placed here by some unknown creator or force without any clue as to where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going? The answer is “no.” We do have a code book. We do have a key. We do have authoritative source material. It is found in the ancient and historic Book we call the Bible. This Book has come down to us through the ages. It has passed through so many hands, appeared in so many forms-and survived attack of every kind. Neither barbaric vandalism nor civilized scholarship has touched it. Neither the burning of fire nor the laughter of skepticism has accomplished its annihilation. Through the many dark ages of man its glorious promises have survived unchanged.4 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Only One Who Conquered Death"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 8:53


    December 05, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Only One Who Conquered Death" Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen. Something distinguishes Christianity from all the religions of the world. Not only does it carry the truth of the redemption, by the death of our Savior for our sins on the cross, but it carries the fact that Christ rose again. Only the Christian faith claims that its Leader died and rose again and is alive at this moment. Many gravestones carry the inscription, “Here lies . . . ,” but on Christ's tomb are emblazoned the words, “He is not here.” Christianity has no shrines to visit, no dusty remains to venerate, no tombs at which to worship. Many good men have lived, and still live, in the memory of those who knew them, but there is only one Man who conquered death—Jesus Christ—and He will live forever. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The Pleasure That Runs Deep"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2022 10:00


    December 04, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Pleasure That Runs Deep" Acts 13:52 The disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. The Bible speaks of three kinds of pleasure. There is lustful pleasure, the lust of the flesh, and Scripture says it is sinful and wrong. There is legitimate pleasure, which is not wrong, but we are not to become so preoccupied with its activities that it takes the place of God. Then there is a third kind of pleasure, lasting pleasure. Do you have that kind? It does not depend on circumstances or feelings. It is the pleasure that runs deep and comes from the Spirit of God. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Everyday Process... "

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 9:47


    December 03, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Everyday Process... " 1 Corinthians 3:1 The Living Bible Translation Dear brothers, I have been talking to you as though you were still just babies in the Christian life . . . Some people have received Christ but have never reached spiritual maturity. They have been in church all their lives, and yet they have never become mature Christians. They are still considered “spiritual children” and “babes in Christ.” They know little Scripture. They have little desire to pray, and bear few of the marks of a Christian in their daily living. To say, “I will resolve to do better, I will muster all my will power and revise my way of living,” is noble, but futile. A corpse could as well say, “I will-through sheer effort-rise out of this coffin and be a living man again.” You need a power outside yourself. You cannot get over the habits and chains that are binding you. You need outside help. You need Christ. The Bible tells of a bridge of faith which reaches from the valley of despair to the high hills of glorious hope in Christ. It tells where we are, but beyond that-it tells where we may be in Christ. Now, of course, you will not be completely mature until you are in the presence of Christ, but you should be growing every day as a Christian. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Total Surrender"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 9:28


    December 02, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Total Surrender" John 11:40 Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? If you are a young man or young woman hooked on dissent or despair, ready to split, then lend me your attention. My answer concerns your dreams, and the element in your make-up called “faith.” All that God requires of anyone in taking his first step toward Him and toward total self-fulfillment is faith—faith in His Word, that you were alienated from Him by sin, that He died on the cross for you, that when you make a personal surrender to Him as Lord and Savior, He can transform you from the inside out. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Unity is the key to Victory"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 10:02


    November 30, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Unity is the key to Victory" John 15:12 Love one another, as I have loved you. As I study the subject of “separation” in the Old and New Testaments, I discover that the weight of Scripture lies in the direction of fellowship rather than separation. What is the great overwhelming evidence that we have passed from death unto life? It is love! Jesus Christ clearly was speaking of visible unity; such as can be seen by the world. His motive for praying was that the world might believe and the world might know. He prayed for unity among believers. God, who wills man's unity in Christ, is a God of variety. So often we want everyone to be the same—to think and speak and believe as we do. Many Scripture passages could be called to witness that love is the real key to Christian unity. In the spirit of true humility, compassion, consideration, and unselfishness, we are to approach our problems, our work, and even our differences. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The Law"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 8:46


    November 29, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Law" Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. When God gave the law, He knew that man was incapable of keeping it. Many persons are confused as to why God gave the law, if He knew man could not possibly keep it. The Bible teaches that the law was given as a mirror; I look into the law and see my spiritual condition. I see how far short I come, and this drives me to the cross of Christ for forgiveness. The Bible teaches that this is why Christ came—to redeem them that were under the law. Man could not keep the law; he was condemned by the law. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "A Living Soul"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 10:07


    November 28, 2022 Daily Devotion: "A Living Soul" Psalm 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord . . . I am a soul—and I have a body! The body is the house in which the soul lives. In this materialistic age we often forget that the real, the abiding part of us is invisible. Much time, money, and effort are expended to perpetuate the physical part of us, and too many are unconcerned about their spiritual health and nurture. Hence doctors' offices are overcrowded. When God created man, He made him distinctive, different from the other animals. “He breathed into him the breath of life and man became a living soul.” He clothed him with intelligence, conscience, and a will. He made him like Himself—a companion, a friend of God. At the resurrection, this mortal shall put on immortality, and we shall be like Him, and be with Him forever. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    “The Internal Revenue Service”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 10:22


    November 27, 2022 Daily Devotion: “The Internal Revenue Service” Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, who then is that faithful and wise steward . . . It is not wrong for men to possess riches. But the Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness! Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart. And money certainly cannot buy entrance into the Kingdom of God. Often money is a hindrance to these things. Money takes our minds off God. Riches, when used selfishly rather than for the glory of God, tend to corrupt in our hands. Money cannot be a substitute for God. If God has given you more wealth than your neighbors, dedicate it to Christ. Realize that you are only a steward of that which God has given you and some day you will have to give an account of every penny you have spent. The Internal Revenue Service wants a record of how you spend your money, but that is nothing compared to the books God is keeping. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Worship in Particular Place and in Particular Time”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 9:37


    November 26, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Worship in Particular Place and in Particular Time” Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together . . . I will not argue with you about nature inspiring thoughts of God. David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” But at the same time, I would give you no comfort about absenting yourself from the house of God. The Bible says, “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it.” If our Lord loved it enough to die for it, then we should respect it enough to support and attend it. I like what Theodore Roosevelt once said, “You may worship God anywhere, at any time, but the chances are that you will not do so unless you have first learned to worship Him somewhere in some particular place, at some particular time.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Putting Less Confidence in Ourselves"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 10:30


    November 25, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Putting Less Confidence in Ourselves" Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Our modern philosophy of self-reliance and self-sufficiency has caused many to believe that we can make the grade without God. “Religion,” they argue, “may be all right for certain emotional people, but you can't beat a man who believes in himself.” But this self-confident generation has produced more alcoholics, more dope addicts, more criminals, more wars, more broken homes, more assaults, more embezzlements, more murders, and more suicides than any other generation that ever lived. It is time for all of us to take stock of our failures, blunders, and costly mistakes. It is about time that we are putting less confidence in ourselves and more trust and faith in God. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Mourning to Joy"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 10:12


    November 24, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Mourning to Joy" Psalm 34:18 The Living Bible Translation The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; he rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. In God's economy, you must go down into the valley of grief before you can scale the heights of spiritual glory. You must become tired and weary of living alone before you seek and find the fellowship of Christ. You must come to the end of self before you begin to live. The mourning of inadequacy is a weeping that catches the attention of God. The Bible says, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” The happiest day of my life was when I realized that my own ability, my own goodness, and my own morality was insufficient in the sight of God; and I publicly and openly acknowledged my need of Christ. I am not exaggerating when I say that my mourning was turned to joy, and my sighing into singing. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Stand Still"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 9:37


    November 23, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Stand Still" Psalm 52:8 The Living Bible Translation I am like a sheltered olive tree protected by the Lord himself. I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. Turn to your Bible and read the wonderful stories of men who were alone in godless surroundings but who, by the help and presence of the living God, made a marvelous contribution to their own times. Joseph was surrounded by sin and intrigue in Egypt. His master's wife tried to seduce him. He was tested by imprisonment, but through it all he trusted in God and sought to know and do His will; and he stands today as a wonderful example of the keeping and strengthening power of God in the heart of a man who believed in Him. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Unity in Christ"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 9:58


    November 22, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Unity in Christ" John 15:12 Love one another, as I have loved you. As I study the subject of “separation” in the Old and New Testaments, I discover that the weight of Scripture lies in the direction of fellowship rather than separation. What is the great overwhelming evidence that we have passed from death unto life? It is love! Jesus Christ clearly was speaking of visible unity; such as can be seen by the world. His motive for praying was that the world might believe and the world might know. He prayed for unity among believers. God, who wills man's unity in Christ, is a God of variety. So often we want everyone to be the same—to think and speak and believe as we do. Many Scripture passages could be called to witness that love is the real key to Christian unity. In the spirit of true humility, compassion, consideration, and unselfishness, we are to approach our problems, our work, and even our differences --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Fit for the Master's Service”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 9:55


    November 21, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Fit for the Master's Service” James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God . . . You have a tongue and a voice. These instruments of speech can be used destructively or employed constructively. You can use your tongue to slander, to gripe, to scold, to nag, and to quarrel; or you can bring it under the control of God's Spirit and make it an instrument of blessing and praise. The 20th-century version of James 3:3 says, “When we put bits into the horses' mouths to make them obey us, we control the rest of their bodies also.” Just so, when we submit to the claims of Christ upon our lives, our untamed natures are brought under His control. We become meek, tamed, and “fit for the Master's service.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Deformity Precedes Conformity"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 8:56


    November 20, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Deformity Precedes Conformity" 2 Corinthians 12:9 Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. God is especially close to us when we are lying on a sickbed. God will make the bed soft and will freshen it with His presence and with His tender care. He makes the bed comfortable and wipes away our tears. He ministers to us with special tenderness at such a time and reveals His great love for us. Tell me why the gardener trims and prunes his rosebushes, sometimes cutting away productive branches, and I will tell you why God's people are afflicted. God's hand never slips. He never makes a mistake. His every move is for our own good and for our ultimate good. Oftentimes He must deform us and mutilate our own image. Deformity sometimes precedes conformity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Invest for God... "

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 9:35


    November 19, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Invest for God... " James 4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Nothing takes God by surprise. Everything is moving according to a plan, and God wants you in that plan. The devil also has a plan for the world. God has a plan and the devil has a plan, and you will have to decide which plan you are going to fit into. Scripture says that God allows us 70 years and some beyond. The first 15 are spent in childhood and early adolescence. Twenty years are spent in bed, and in the last five, physical limitations start to curtail our activities. That gives us about 30 years in which to live as adults. We take time out for eating, and for figuring our taxes, and we are down to perhaps 15 years. Now suppose we spend seven of those years watching television. That cuts us down to seven or eight years. Our time is short! The time we can invest for God, in creative things, in reaching our fellowmen for Christ, is short! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Keeping and Strengthening the Power Of God"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 9:48


    November 18, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Keeping and Strengthening the Power Of God. " Psalm 52:8 The Living Bible Translation I am like a sheltered olive tree protected by the Lord himself. I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. Turn to your Bible and read the wonderful stories of men who were alone in godless surroundings but who, by the help and presence of the living God, made a marvelous contribution to their own times. Joseph was surrounded by sin and intrigue in Egypt. His master's wife tried to seduce him. He was tested by imprisonment, but through it all he trusted in God and sought to know and do His will; and he stands today as a wonderful example of the keeping and strengthening power of God in the heart of a man who believed in Him. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Gifts from God"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 9:54


    November 17, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Gifts from God" Psalm 85:12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. The great economic and material prosperity we are enjoying today is a gift of God's hand. The Bible tells us that the very goodness of God should lead us to repentance. All of these material blessings are gifts from God, given in order that we might humble ourselves, fall upon our knees before Him, and call upon His name. We should thank God, too, for the spiritual blessings that are beyond the power of the human tongue to describe. We have the opportunity to share the Gospel. God has blessed us with a thousand and one spiritual blessings. In days of uncertainty and confusion, such as we are now passing through, these are gifts that go beyond our power to understand; and yet they are gifts of God that become ours when we receive Him. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The True Joy of a Christian Living ..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 9:41


    November 16, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The True Joy of a Christian Living ..." 2 Corinthians 9:7 God loveth a cheerful giver. The greatest blessing of giving is not on the financial side of the ledger but on the spiritual side. You receive a sense of being honest with God. You receive a consciousness that you are in partnership with God—that you are doing something constructive—that you are working with Him to reach the world for Jesus Christ. You are also enabled to hold on to this world's goods loosely because the eternal values are always in view. How do you give? Is it liberally and cheerfully? Or is it sparingly and grudgingly? If you have been giving God the leftovers of your substance and your life, you have been missing the true joy and blessing of Christian giving and living. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Pray, Believe, Receive... "

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 9:20


    November 15, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Pray, Believe, Receive... " Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Prayer is a two-way conversation; it is our talking to God, and His talking to us. As a Christian, you have a heavenly Father who hears and answers prayer. Jesus said, “All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Every man or woman whose life has counted for the church and the Kingdom of God has been a person of prayer. You cannot afford to be too busy to pray. A prayer less Christian is a powerless Christian. Jesus Christ spent many hours in prayer. If He felt that He had to pray, how much more do we need to pray! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Deny and Follow..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 10:06


    November 14, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Deny and Follow..." Isaiah 26:3 The Living Bible Translation He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! You have an ego - a consciousness of being an individual. Of course, you do. But that doesn't mean that you are to worship yourself, to think constantly of yourself, and to live entirely for yourself. Common sense tells you that your life would be miserable if you followed that course. God is infinitely more concerned about your happiness than you could possibly be. He says, “Deny yourself, and follow me.” There is many a person in the insane asylum today who thought excessively about himself, to the exclusion of God and others. Hypochondriacs who have a fanciful anxiety about their health will never be well, regardless of their physical condition. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "His Purity Still Shows Up Our Impurities"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 9:07


    November 13, 2022 Daily Devotion: "His Purity Still Shows Up Our Impurities" Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him . . . One of the ironies of human nature is that it often has a way of rejecting the best and accepting the worst. Why did the crowd ask for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus? The answer is in the biblical statement, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Jesus is just as divine today and just as much alive. Yet millions today don't accept Him. His goodness is still a rebuke to our badness; His purity still shows up our impurities; His sinlessness still reveals our sinfulness; and unless we allow Him to destroy the evil within us, the evil within us still wants to destroy Him. This is the conflict of the ages. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The Fulfillment of His Plan... "

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 9:23


    November 12, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Fulfillment of His Plan... " Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom. Living in the center of God's will rules out all falseness of religion and puts the stamp of true sincerity upon our service to God. You can be miserable with much, if you are out of His will; but you can have peace in your heart with little, if you are in the will of God. You can be wretched with wealth and fame, out of His will; but you can have joy in obscurity, if you are in the will of God. You can have agony in good health, out of His will; but you can be happy in the midst of suffering, if you are in God's will. You can be miserable and defeated in the midst of acclaim, if you are out of His will; but you can be calm and at peace in the midst of persecution, as long as you are in the will of God. The Bible reveals that God has a plan for every life, and that if we live in constant fellowship with Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    “The Mystery of the Gospel”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 9:24


    November 11, 2022 Daily Devotion: “The Mystery of the Gospel” Ephesians 6:19 “that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” The word “mystery” means beyond human knowledge or understanding. God's mysteries baffle the unbelieving, but bless the believer. The mystery of righteousness, like some of the other great mysteries of God, we cannot comprehend, but we know it works. We stand amazed at this great mystery which enables God to change the human heart, its attitudes, its desires, and its nature. God, a holy God, who loves righteousness and hates wickedness, through a process of redemption has refashioned us in the image of Himself. How marvelous! For generations He has been applying His righteousness to the hearts of men. Even in our time, with its complexities of living, God is in the business of changing men and women by the mystery of righteousness. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    “The Books God is Keeping”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 10:32


    November 10, 2022 Daily Devotion: “The Books God is Keeping” Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, who then is that faithful and wise steward . . . It is not wrong for men to possess riches. But the Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness! Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart. And money certainly cannot buy entrance into the Kingdom of God. Often money is a hindrance to these things. Money takes our minds off God. Riches, when used selfishly rather than for the glory of God, tend to corrupt in our hands. Money cannot be a substitute for God. If God has given you more wealth than your neighbors, dedicate it to Christ. Realize that you are only a steward of that which God has given you and some day you will have to give an account of every penny you have spent. The Internal Revenue Service wants a record of how you spend your money, but that is nothing compared to the books God is keeping. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Without God It Is Restless and in Secret Torment"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 9:50


    November 09, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Without God It Is Restless and in Secret Torment" Mark 8:36,37 The Living Bible Translation And how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process? For is anything worth more than his soul? In the world in which we live, we give most attention to satisfying the appetites of the body and practically none to the soul. Consequently, we are one-sided. We become fat physically and materially, while spiritually we are lean, weak and anemic. The soul actually demands as much attention as the body. It demands fellowship and communion with God. It demands worship, quietness, and meditation. Unless the soul is fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled. It remains discontented, confused, and restless. But nothing but God ever completely satisfies, because the soul was made for God, and without God it is restless and in secret torment. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "He Is Our Peace..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 9:33


    November 08, 2022 Daily Devotion: "He Is Our Peace..." John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you . . . Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Where does peacemaking begin? How can we become peacemakers? Can peace be discovered within ourselves? Freud has told us that peace is but a mental attitude. Cast off our phobias, shed our neuroses, and “bingo!”—we'll have the coveted peace we long for. I respect psychiatry for what it can do. Unquestionably, it has helped many. But it certainly is not satisfactory as a substitute for the peace which can come only from God. If psychiatry leaves God out, ultimately we shall see psychiatrists going to each other for treatment. There can be no peace until we find peace with God. The Bible says, “He is our peace.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Our Gratitude by Giving Back to Him"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 10:37


    November 07, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Our Gratitude by Giving Back to Him" 1 John 3:17 The Living Bible Translation But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him - how can God's love be within him?" You know that the hardest thing for you to give up is your money. It represents your time, your energy, your talents, your total personality converted into currency. We usually hold on to it tenaciously, yet it is uncertain in value and we cannot take it into the next world. The Scripture teaches that we are stewards for a little while of all we earn. If we misuse it, as did the man who buried his talent, it brings upon us the severest judgment of God. The tithe is the Lord's. If you use it for yourself, you are robbing God. We are to take the tithe as a standard, but to go beyond the tithe is an indication of our gratefulness for God's gifts to us. In the midst of sorrow and trouble, this life has many blessings and enjoyments which have come from the hand of God. Even our capacity for love is a gift from God. We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Make All You Can; Keep All You Can"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 10:10


    November 06, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Make All You Can; Keep All You Can" Matthew 6:24 The Living Bible Translation You cannot serve two masters: God and money. Tell me what you think about money, and I will tell you what you think about God, for these two are closely related. A man's heart is closer to his wallet than anything else. It is a staggering fact that for the past few years people have spent ten times as much for luxuries and non-essentials as they have for all charitable and religious purposes. While the Bible warns us against greed and selfishness, it does encourage frugality and thrift. Even Jesus said to His disciples after He fed the multitude, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” Although our Lord had the power to create, He Himself lived frugally and without luxury. A Pastor once said “Make all you can; keep all you can; and give all you can.” Most of us get all we can, spend all we can; borrow all we can; and give meagerly to God. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The Fullness of Him"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 11:10


    November 05, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Fullness of Him" Ephesians 1:23 New International Version 23 which is his body the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. First things first: The Lord needs nothing. Let that sink in. He's all-powerful, already knows everything, and suffers zero lack. God is not merely some “higher being”—He is the ground of being itself, subject to no laws or demands. He is the beginning and the end, the source of life and sustainer of existence. The Lord needs nothing: Not our good behavior, generous tithes or service, our talents or affection. He certainly doesn't require our insights and information about what an awful time we're having. And yet, He welcomes the fullness of our laments and woes to the very last drop. The Scriptures reveal the heart of God as one who seeks the lost, welcomes the lonely, and heals the sick. He comforts the afflicted, gathers the outcasts, and provides for the destitute. He's a patient, loving Father who races to meet the prodigal. He is the victor over death, setting the captives free. To say God is interested in what troubles you is to say that His heart is to be with you—a fact made clear by His incarnation, crucifixion, and the conquering of hell, as proven by His resurrection. Knowing there's nothing we can say or do to deter His love—that there's no length He's unwilling to go to in order to be with us—should encourage us to run to Him the way a young child runs to his mother concerning every delight or terror, no matter how mundane. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "A Fork in The Road... "

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 10:52


    November 04, 2022 Daily Devotion: "A Fork in The Road... " Hebrews 11:1 New International Version 11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Trusting God is easy when life's good or we're feeling competent. But is that genuine faith or a form of self-reliance? The apostle Paul said, “Our adequacy is from God”. If the Lord calls us to do something that seems impossible or unreasonable, He will equip us for it. However, if we let feelings of fear, inadequacy, or unworthiness cause us to doubt Him, we could miss the opportunity. Sometimes we're afraid to venture into a new endeavor, because we're listening to the wrong voices. The devil is always trying to deceive us and plant doubts in our mind so we won't trust the Lord. He hates to see a believer put aside fear, choose to believe God, and move forward in obedience. A challenging assignment from the Lord is often a fork in the road. When God presents an opportunity to serve Him, we must decide if we'll take His path even though we might feel unqualified. We're called to live by faith, not fear. If you are standing at a crossroads, remember that your adequacy is not in yourself but in God, and nothing is too difficult for Him. Trust Him and take a step. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Passive or Active..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 9:35


    November 03, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Passive or Active..." Romans 5:10 New International Version 10 For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! The word “reconcile” means literally “bring into a changed relationship.” It means to bring together two parties who should have been together all along. The Bible speaks of the human race as enemies of God. You may say that you are no “enemy” of God, but according to Scripture we are either passive or active enemies of God, apart from Him. Reconciliation means “brought back into full relationship and fellowship with God.” This is what He accomplished on the cross. What a thrilling thought! Is there a broken relationship in your life? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "A Heart that Trusts Him..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 10:16


    November 02, 2022 Daily Devotion: "A Heart that Trusts Him..." Exodus 4:1-5 New International Version 4 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you'?” 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. 3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” Moses doubted that the Israelites would believe he had been chosen by the Lord to lead them. But God graciously provided reassurance--in the form of evidence that He could accomplish everything He'd promised. When doubt invades our minds, it can be overcome with diligent study of Scripture and persistent prayer, which will dislodge uncertainty and replace it with biblical truth. Moses wasn't eloquent, and a perceived lack of skill left him feeling inadequate for the job--he was afraid trying to speak would make him stumble. God patiently reassured him of divine help in that task. The Lord often chooses unlikely people to carry out His plan because He looks at the heart, not human qualifications. He can overcome all our inadequacies. Carrying out God's will require a heart that trusts Him, a soul that steps out in obedience, and a mind that leaves success or failure to Him. As we break down the faith barrier, we will be able to see the evidence of God's presence and power--and experience the joy of obedience. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "It Is Finished..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 9:36


    Nov 01, 2022 Daily Devotion: "It Is Finished..." Hebrews 4:12 New International Version 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. How do we overcome the devil in everyday life? First, we need to recognize that the devil is a defeated foe. Jesus came to undo the work of the devil. His crucifixion which looked like a mighty victory for Satan, turned out to be a great triumph because it was on the cross that Jesus took our sins so that when our Lord bowed His head and said, “It is finished,” He was referring to the plan of redemption and salvation. Then . . . we are to resist the devil. If we resist him, Scripture says, he will flee from us. Jesus overcame the devil not by argument but simply by quoting Scripture. That is why it is so important to learn and memorize Scripture passages. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Listen, Consider, fix the Eyes"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 10:07


    October 31, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Listen, Consider, fix the Eyes" Hebrews 2:1 The New International Version 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Drifting is a deadly thing in the Christian life. And the remedy for it, according to Hebrews 2:1, is: Pay close attention to what you have heard. This is not a hard swimming stroke to learn. The only thing that keeps us from swimming against sinful culture is not the difficulty of the stroke, but our sinful desire to go with the flow. Let's not complain that God has given us a hard job. Listen, consider, fix the eyes — this is not what you would call a hard job description. In fact, it is not a job description. It is a solemn invitation to be satisfied in Jesus so that we do not get lured downstream by deceitful desires. If you are drifting today, one of the signs of hope that you are born again is that you feel pricked for this, and you feel a rising desire to turn your eyes on Jesus and consider him and listen to him in the days and months and years to come. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Hold Unswervingly..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2022 10:32


    October 30, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Hold Unswervingly..." Hebrews 10:22-23 New International Version 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. You've got to be able to persist and move forward in the will of God for your life. Your persistence must continue even when everything seems to be falling apart and when it looks like nothing is turning out right. Stop whining. Learn to stand up under pressure. Set the vision of God before you like a flint and move forward full speed ahead with the plan of God. I don't care how many times the lights get cut off. I don't care how many times the water and heat are turned off. We must don't care how many times the rent is overdue. We must don't care if you don't have a car and have to use the bus to get from point A to point B. We don't care if you have to eat red beans and rice three days a week just to survive. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Act in Humility”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 11:01


    October 29, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Act in Humility” 1 Peter 5:6 New International Version “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Specifically, Peter calls younger believers to clothe themselves with humility toward one another. Perhaps as Peter is writing these words, he is reminded of Jesus' example at the Last Supper (John 13). Typically, it was the servant who was supposed to wash the feet of the guests, but instead, Jesus clothed Himself in this manner, tying a towel around His waist. Peter also refers to Proverbs 3:34 as a reminder to his primarily Jewish readers that “God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble” (v. 5). Just as pride broke the relationship between God and Satan, as well as between God and humanity, it can break relationships between people. He reiterates in verse 6 for believers to humble themselves. Peter realized that humility is a sacrifice and may cause anxiety and stress. The act of thinking about and giving oneself to one another in humility can be costly. But God's hand is mighty. He is more than able to lift us up at just the right time (v. 6). All our anxieties and concerns can be put on Him because He cares. So, as we care and serve others in humility, we need to be reminded that God cares and loves us more than we will ever know. It is sometimes difficult to think about how to be humble, but we all know what it means to act in pride, putting ourselves and our own desires above others. Today, make it your prayer to act in humility and not in pride, following the example of Jesus. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Trust in God's Resurrection Power”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 11:24


    October 28, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Trust in God's Resurrection Power” Philippians 3:7-16 New International Version 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Paul wrote these words while in prison for his faith! He was going through a really, really tough time. Here he teaches us how to deal with emotional pain: Realize that all pain is an opportunity for closeness to God. For Paul, drawing closer to God was more important to him than anything else (l Don't face hardships on your own Join a church where you can pray for and support each other. Trust in God's resurrection power to help you overcome --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Freedom from Guilt"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 11:54


    October 27, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Freedom from Guilt" Mark 15:16-39 New International Version 33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, leman Saba chat Hani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he's calling Elijah. 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” While Jesus died a horrible, unfair death for all to see, something unseen and far worse happened. He, the sinless one, experienced the punishment our sin deserved so that we could be forgiven. Our sin made him feel abandoned When he 'took his last breath', the temple curtain tore in two - on its own. What does this mean? Long before Jesus came, the Jews built a temple. God lived in it, in the Most Holy Place. No one could enter through the curtain, except the high priest once a year. It reminded the people that their sin was serious and separated them from God. As Jesus died. the curtain was supernaturally torn apart! This signified that God tore down the barrier separating us from him through the sacrifice on the cross! With our sins forgiven, the door is now open for us to live close to God. The freedom from guilt and the close relationship with God is not automatic. We must put our faith in Jesus and the cross. Then we can receive his blood-bought forgiveness and walk through the open door. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The Prey…"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 10:35


    October 26, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The Prey…" 1 Peter 5:6-11 New International Version 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.8 Be alert and have a sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering.10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. The devil is like a roaring lion looking to devour you, but if you're in Christ, then Satan is in a cage. Jesus has total authority over him. Jesus gives you his authority over him too. Satan may not harm you, unless you enter his cage. Through humility, trusting God, self-control and spiritual alertness. When we give in to pride, unbelief and temptation, we lose our spiritual protection. Stand firm in your faith. The main battlefield is in our minds. Satan will try to make us believe his lies, so we must stand in faith on the truth of the Bible. Stay in community. Satan preys on those who are isolated. Together, we can guard one another's backs. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "The One Thing We Will Do Forever"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 9:46


    October 25, 2022 Daily Devotion: "The One Thing We Will Do Forever" Psalm 103:1 The New International Version (NIV) 1 Praise the Lord, my soul all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Worship God with your mind by filling it with thoughts about him from the Bible. Worship him with your heart by shouting for joy and bursting into song. Worship God with your body by clapping, dancing and making music. Lastly, worship God with your will by giving everything to him as your king, starting with yourself. Worship is the one thing we will do forever. God wants us to learn to worship him even when we don't feel like it, because he never changes. If We put this into action, we will soon discover that worshipping God brings greater satisfaction than anything this world offers. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Serving and Caring"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 11:51


    October 24, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Serving and Caring" JOHN 13:12-17 New International Version 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher' and ‘Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. Why Should we serve others? 1. Because it's love in action 2. It benefits others, and in God's kingdom, we exist for others. Jesus modelled it and told us to do it. 3. God blesses us when we serve others 4. Jesus said that it is more of a blessing to give than it is to receive . How should we serve people? We should serve people out of love. Let's remember who we are in Christ, and who Christ is in us. Knowing this enables us to humble ourselves before others. We should find practical, even lowly, ways of serving others. Where can you serve? Opportunities are everywhere at home, at school, at work, at church, in the community. Every day tell God you are available to serve and then keep your eyes open for the opportunities he gives. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Faith Untested is not a Real Faith…"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 11:36


    October 22, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Faith Untested is not a Real Faith…" Mark 4:35-41 New International Version 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don't you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Jesus leads us in a certain direction. Sometimes, as we obey him, we experience stormy times and things become difficult. When this happens, we often feel Jesus is doing nothing to help us and that he doesn't seem to care , but he does! Since he's in control, he doesn't panic. This is why he could sleep. Our Lack of trust in him makes us fearful, but they can end the storm any time. He does this to develop our faith in him. Faith Untested is not real faith. In the midst of every storm, remember that God's grace can and will sustain you. Remind ourselves that Jesus is with us. He does care. He's made promises he will keep He Has the power to change any situation, but until he does, we must trust him. If we don't, your motions may overwhelm and shipwreck us. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Living Water..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 10:16


    October 21,2022 Daily Devotion: "Living Water..." JOHN 4: 10 New International Version 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” God is like the sun, lighting up our lives. He's Also like a spring, able to satisfy our deepest thirst. Jesus met a woman at the well who had tried tore place God with other things. She'd had five love relationships. She was looking for love in all the wrong places. Jesus skilfully used her daily trip to draw waters a picture of her unquenchable soul-thirst, and then he pointed to himself as Living Water, able to satisfy her like nothing else ever could There's a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts that only Christ can fill. Many of us, like the woman in the story, believe things like success, thrills, money, adventure and achievement can satisfy us. Try as we may, they can only provide a quick thrill, but then they leave us empty and disappointed. Material things can't fill a spiritual void. Until we drink from Christ, we will never find what we're looking for. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "To Gain What This World Offers but Losing Our Souls in The Process"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 11:08


    October 20, 2022 Daily Devotion: "To Gain What This World Offers but Losing Our Souls in The Process" LUKE 9:18-26 New International Version 18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God's Messiah.” 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. When we, like Peter and Cassie, see who Jesus Really is, we will be willing to pay a price to follow him. Like Jesus, our role model and leader, we may even be killed for our faith. Following him means denying ourselves and carrying our cross. Things won't always be cozy and easy. Pain, discomfort and unpopularity may result from our obedience to him. Remember though that nothing in this life lasts forever, it's pointless trying to gain what this world offers but losing our souls in the process. On Judgment Day, our devotion to Jesus will be greatly rewarded. Knowing him makes it impossible to be ashamed of Him. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "We Shall Overcome"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 11:26


    October 19, 2022 Daily Devotion: "We Shall Overcome" Revelation 13:10 English Standard Version 10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. For all the mystery surrounding John's apocalypse, it is virtually impossible to miss its clarion call to faithful endurance. In fact today's verse is repeated virtually verbatim in the very next chapter. Strikingly, the theme of overcoming is central to the seven letters to the seven churches. Each and every one of them concludes with a specific promise for those who endure. To Those who overcome, says Christ, I will give: the right to eat from the tree of life in God's paradise; the crown of life that will keep them from being destroyed by the second death; both the “hidden manna" and a white stone with a new name written on it; and authority over nations; and being dressed in white; and being made a pillar of the temple of God; and the right to sit with me on my throne. Wow! Is it any wonder that "We Shall Overcome" was adopted as the anthem of the civil rights movement? While its use as a protest song might suggest the idea of winning some victory, "overcoming" is not about conquering, but enduring. Or is it? In order to endure, we must first conquer. Conquer our fears, conquer our desires, and conquer the temptation to give up and give in. John's apocalypse was written as a letter of encouragement for a beleaguered generation of Christians who had become objects of persecution and even martyrdom. It was important for them to be reminded of the end game-to know that in the world to come they would be rewarded for their steadfastness in the face of fear. Maybe we don't face the same prospect of martyrdom as they-so far but overcoming what spiritual challenges we do face is just as crucial. The question of overcoming it is: Do I have the depth of faith and commitment that would keep me faithful no matter what the consequences? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Intensity of Faith”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 10:52


    October 18, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Intensity of Faith” Revelation 3:15-16 New International Version 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Being lukewarm can be a good thing. Who wants to take a shower that is either scalding hot or freezing cold? And baby's milk needs to be just right. But when it comes to lukewarm faith, Christ is plenty steamed that the disciples in Laodicea aren't more on fire! Despite employing hyperbole to suggest that he'd just as soon they were “cold," clearly Christ would not want them never to have been warmed by the gospel. What particularly Nauseates Christ is the Laodiceans' namby-pamby lack of commitment. Being lukewarm indicates that at some point they had experienced a measure of spiritual life, at least just enough to be useless! Just enough to be an embarrassment to the kingdom. Just enough to fool themselves into thinking that they were in a right relationship with God. But "just enough" is never enough! What Christ knows is that lukewarm disciples cannot possibly survive under the intense pressures of persecution or even life's ordinary challenges. Because Christ's revelation to John is about withstanding such onslaughts, this stinging letter to Laodicea is indeed a wake-up call! Lest you and I fall into the same trap, it is worth asking what made the Laodiceans so lukewarm? From all indications it was their abundance of material wealth. Rich by the world's standards, they had been robbed of their passion for Christ. Faith and “church" had become simply a soul-satisfying balm, a comfortable habit, a guilt-chasing solace. Yet the Lord was having none of it. Such faith is not just weak and inadequate, but cause for retching! The gut-wrenching question is: Is the intensity of my faith sufficient to help me overcome whatever trials and temptations might come my way? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Eyes Firmly Fixed…"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 11:10


    October 17, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Eyes Firmly Fixed…" Hebrews 12:2 New International Version 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. The enraptured shepherds who first fixed their eyes on Jesus in Bethlehem Could never have guessed the scene witnessed some thirty years later by those who fixed their eyes on Jesus at Golgotha. To have beheld the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and seen his sleepy little eyes must have been the most sublime view in all of history-apart from the horrendous scenes at the cross itself. Wouldn't you love to have been there with Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus? And how could one ever forget the sight of Jesus hanging in agony on that rugged Roman cross? Was there anyone, apart from Mary, who witnessed both the manger and the cross? Imagine the utter joy with Which Mary must have fixed her eyes upon Jesus for the very first time. Then imagine the unspeakable maternal anguish she must have felt, seeing Jesus hanging before her in the throes of an agonizing death. What thoughts must have been running through her mind at the foot of the cross? Did she think back on the angel who announced she would soon be with a child by the Holy Spirit? Did Jesus' life as a youngster in Nazareth flash before her? Or perhaps the tumultuous events of his ministry? To fix our own eyes on Jesus is to replay the story from beginning to end. It Is to see God in the person of a first-century Jewish baby who redefined history and reshaped the way of salvation. It is to see ourselves reflected in his grace filled face and to acknowledge that only through Jesus can we find peace in whatever cross we bear. The question of joyful endurance is: Do my eyes merely glance occasionally at the person of Jesus, or are my eyes firmly fixed on every aspect of his divine person? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

    "Spiritual Rebirth"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2022 11:32


    October 16, 2022 Daily Devotion: "Spiritual Rebirth" 2 Peter 1:5-7 New International Version 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?" is a line from the hymn by Priscilla Owens. The nineteenth century was an era of ships on the sea, storms, and anchors, so one is not surprised to read lyrics like these: "We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll; fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love." According to the Hebrew writer, God not only promised that his heirs would inherit everlasting life, but he also confirmed it with a divine oath. How much more assurance could anyone ask? In the midst of family crises and breathtaking health scares, you and I need something to hang onto when all seems lost. In a world of transient values, fluctuating markets, corporate buyouts, and political uncertainty, we long for strength, stability, and security. In the imagery of the Hebrew writer, our anchor for the soul is founding nothing less than God's own solemn word. Do you find it interesting that God tells us not to swear with oaths, but rather to let our word be our bond? God's swearing in this instance is in the form of a judicial oath, not simply a crass profanity invoking the name of some deity. Unlike us, God never lies. But to give us added assurance, God swears by his own righteousness that what he has promised us is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So whatever the storm we face, God's own promise is our constant anchor. Just how refreshing is that in a world where truth is the first casualty of human existence! The question of truth is: If God is faithful to every word he utters, how faithful am I to every word I utter? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gerzon-etino/message

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