New Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church

Daily Devotional

Date: 6/22/2017 8:07 AM EDT

Grace morning on this thankful and triumphant Thursday.
In what area of your life are you struggling to trust God and causing unneeded worry?
In Psalm 116:7, “I said to myself, ‘Relax, because the Lord takes care of you’” (NCV).
That’s not just good spiritual wisdom from the Lord; it’s wisdom for your health as well. The Bible also says in Proverbs 14:30 that a heart at peace is a healthy heart: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (NIV).
It’s not just what you eat that destroys your health — it’s what eats you! You can have the best health plan around — eat fresh, healthy, organic, and in proper portions — but if you’re resentful against someone in your life or worry about tomorrow, your health will suffer.
Worry is like a poison or a fire. It burns you up inside.
We deal with all sorts of worries in our lives, but many of them revolve around these five areas. We worry:
We’ll be left alone.
We won’t know what to do in the future.
We won’t have Finance to meet our needs in the future.
We will be hurt by something or someone in the future.
We won’t have the strength to survive in the future.
But there’s good news: You don’t have to worry. Worry is optional misery! You have many things that impact your health that you cannot control. But you can control the amount you worry!
God has more than 7,000 promises in the Bible. Many of those promises center on the areas you worry about the most, like the five mentioned above.
“Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.”Luke‬ ‭12:23-24‬ ‭MSG‬‬
If you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you know the One who created your future. His promises about your future give life, not stomach-eating worry.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this, turning trials into triumph Thursday!

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Date: 6/21/2017 9:05 AM EDT

Grace morning on this wonderful and winsome Wednesday.
We all have days when every little thing that can go wrong does go wrong. Often our biggest problems are those little problems that keeping adding up to frustrations, irritations–and, then, a very bad attitude.
Throughout the Bible we see an important truth illustrated over and over: The Holy Spirit releases his power the moment you take a step of faith.
When Joshua was faced with an impassible barrier, the floodwaters of the Jordan River receded only after the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith. Obedience unlocks God’s power.
God waits for you to act first. Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident. Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears, frustration and feelings. This is how your character develops.
The Bible compares spiritual growth to a seed, a building, and a child growing up. Each metaphor requires active participation: Seeds must be planted and cultivated, buildings must be built — they don’t just appear — and children must eat and exercise to grow.
While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth.
“Do everything without grumbling and arguing so that you may be blameless and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭CEB‬‬
If Jesus isn’t Lord of the little things in your life, then, he’s not really Lord.
Two people can't operate the steering wheel of a vehicle at the same time, without crashing into something. Neither can you and God operate the steering wheel of life simultaneously. Since God doesn't need a GPS system to navigate him around the world He created, why not let him handle the driving for a change and you be the passenger. Your journey and destination will not disappoint you.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this workable Wednesday!

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Date: 6/20/2017 8:16 AM EDT

Grace morning on this terrific and thankful Tuesday.
In the Korean culture, gifts are presented using both hands open. The idea is that one is giving without holding anything back.
Likewise, gifts are also received with both hands open. The idea being that one is fully open to receiving what is being offered.
Who are we to tell God how His blessings should be distributed? To resent God for His generosity to someone else is to miss the whole point of why we are here. What matters isn't who gets what. The real question that will be posed to us at the end of our lives will be what did we do with what God entrusted to us. Above all else, our lives must be looked at as a stewardship. When we have a stewards perspective we will no longer waste our time worrying about how others are being blessed.
“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent GOD ’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that GOD corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Let us give and receive from the Lord with both hands open, withholding nothing from Him, and ready to receive and submit to whatever He deems best to give.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this treasured Tuesday!

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Date: 6/19/2017 3:33 PM EDT

Grace morning on this marvelous and meaningful Monday.
The Flea Circus is an entertainment art form dating back to the 1600s.  Growing in popularity, the circuses hit their hay day as regular exhibits in carnivals acts from the 1850s through the first half of the 20th century.  Fleas can be trained (at least on a rudimentary level—the rest is more the art of illusion than actual training).
For example, fleas have a natural vertical jumping ABILITY of about 8 inches.  Place fleas in a closed shoebox which is only 5 or 6 inches tall and they will jump and jump, hitting their heads on the box top, for a considerable while.  But after a while, they will adjust to the new height limitation and jump only high enough to preclude their banging themselves on the lid. Open the box, and what do you think will happen?  The fleas will all sense their freedom and jump out of the box, right?  Wrong!  Once they sense a limitation, they dutifully stay within it, never again testing the range of their freedom.
Life’s hurts can bring us multiple misery. Don't allow the bumps and bruises of life to limit you. There will be moments in life, that our fears, failures, finances, and fictitious friends box us in. Sensing your limits (whether externally or internally imposed), we allow ourselves to jump only just “so” high. Our fears and failures keep us in check and prevent us from exercising our wonderful privileges in Christ.  Why limit yourself to a 6 inch leap in loyalty and love to the God, who has blessed you, beyond your imagination.
“You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Don’t allow the enemy's old tactics of depression, and disappointment to influence you to never leave the shoe box of excitement, energy and expectations, when you can escape into a world of possibilities.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this box-less Monday!

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Date: 6/18/2017 7:39 AM EDT

Grace morning on this superlative and seismic Sunday.
Consider the sacrifices made by men like Terry Helms, one of the 12 miners killed in the Sago Mine disaster January 2, 2006. Terry’s son Nick told the Associated Press that his father “had endured numerous injuries in a 30-year career and hated mining because of the dangers. …“My father is very selfless,” Nick said. “He refused to quit because the job because it provided a roof over our head, clothes on our back, shoes on our feet, it put food on the table…He gave his life in there so I could have lunch money for school, go to the movies, purchase my first automobile and graduate from college.”
Dad's don't just long to provide for their children's needs, they long to provide for their children's desires, as well.  This grateful son acknowledged that his dad was willing to sacrifice his own life to make him happy.
““Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:10-13‬ ‭MSG‬‬
If you have been blessed to have a father like Terry Helms son, pause and praise God. If not, you still have reason to pause, pray and praise your Heavenly Father who blesses you daily.
Live, love and laugh your way through this splendiferous Sunday!

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Date: 6/17/2017 7:45 PM EDT

Grace morning on this sufficient and significant Saturday.
Tim Burke was a major league baseball player who began his career with the Expos in 1985.  He then went on to play for the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees.  He was a successful player who was honored with the distinction of being named to the All-Star team of 1989.  That year he went 9-3 and recorded 28 saves.
Along with wife Christine, Burke adopted two orphan children from Korea, one from Vietnam, and one from Guatemala. All suffered various forms of birth defects and serious health issues.  A born-again Christian, Burke retired from baseball in 1993 in order to help raise his children.
He walked away from fame and fortune, having made over $2 million a year his last three years in the league. Asked in an LA TIMES interview after his last game if he was scared by his decision he said, "You bet I'm scared, I'm real scared … I've thought, 'What am I doing, walking away from a good job and all that money?' … And you know something?" Burke said. "When it comes down to it, it wasn't even close. My place is no longer on the baseball field. It's at home."
He concluded by saying, “Baseball is going to do just fine without me. It’s not going to miss a beat.  But I’m the only father my children have.  I’m the only husband my wife has.  And they need me a lot more than baseball does.”
“GOD ’s Message yet again: “Go stand at the crossroads and look around. Ask for directions to the old road, The tried-and-true road. Then take it. Discover the right route for your souls. But they said, ‘Nothing doing. We aren’t going that way.’ I even provided watchmen for them to warn them, to set off the alarm. But the people said, ‘It’s a false alarm. It doesn’t concern us.’ And so I’m calling in the nations as witnesses: ‘Watch, witnesses, what happens to them!’ And, ‘Pay attention, Earth! Don’t miss these bulletins.’ I’m visiting catastrophe on this people, the end result of the games they’ve been playing with me. They’ve ignored everything I've said, had nothing but contempt for my teaching.
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6:16-19 MSG‬‬
Dads and Moms what things in your life will "do just fine without you" for the sake of your home and family?  Look, listen and learn from the Lord. God can make your life load a lot easier, when you trust his divine, delightful directions for your journey.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this splendid Saturday!

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Date: 6/17/2017 7:44 PM EDT

Grace morning on this fruitful and fantastic Friday.
Have you ever been lost? It can be frustrating or truly frightening. What do you do when you’re lost and can’t find your way?
Ross Fichtner has an amusing story to tell. It happened in his first game as a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings in 1964. The Vikings were playing the San Francisco 49ers. The 49er quarterback, John Brodie, completed a short pass to the wide receiver, who was hit right away, causing him to fumble. The ball bounced into Jim Marshall’s hands. He took off running as fast as he could, but in the confusion he got himself turned around and began running toward the wrong end zone!
In an amazing role reversal, the 49er players began to block for Jim, keeping his teammates at bay until he reached his own end zone. When he threw the ball out of the end zone, it was recorded as a safety and two points for the 49ers!
The play ended with a few 49ers patting Jim Marshall on the back!
“Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:6-7‬ ‭MSG‬‬
There are many who have ABILITY in the world, but if you’re going in the wrong direction, the end result will be disastrous!
Make sure you're running fast in the right direction.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this fabulous and fumble-free Friday.

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Date: 6/15/2017 9:13 AM EDT

Grace morning on this terrific and triumphant Thursday.
A Chinese woman, surnamed Zhao, while making a connection at the Beijing airport, was told by security that she could not take an expensive bottle of cognac in her carry-on. Since it was too late to access her checked-in luggage, it appeared she had no choice but to leave it behind. But Zhao was determined not to let a $200 dollar bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence go to waste, so she drank the entire bottle! Now she faced a new problem. Too drunk to stand, security--out of concern for her own safety--could not allow her to board. Instead, unable to continue her journey, she was escorted in a wheelchair to a room where she slept until a family member was able to come and pick her up.
Some things become so important to us that we have trouble letting them go. Instead, to our own detriment, we cling to them. Of course, I'm not just referring to expensive cognac. There is a moment in time when virtually everything we hold dear must be relinquished if we are to continue moving forward on our journey. As Corrie Ten Boom was famous for saying, “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
There is, however, one notable exception to this otherwise universal rule. You can never cling too long or too hard Jesus Christ our Lord.
And as you cling, be assured that Jesus will never leave you, and nothing--absolutely nothing--can ever separate you from the love that He has for you.
“Through the night my soul longs for you. Deep from within me my spirit reaches out to you. When your decisions are on public display, everyone learns how to live right. If the wicked are shown grace, they don’t seem to get it. In the land of right living, they persist in wrong living, blind to the splendor of GOD.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬
Trust God to help you make right decisions about life choices.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this tremendous Thursday!

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Date: 6/14/2017 9:45 AM EDT

Grace morning on this wonderful and winesome Wednesday.
As a boy I used to go hunting rabbits with my dad. He had the uncanny ABILITY to see them sitting still in all kinds of places and with all sorts of groundcover. On many of those occasions he would say to me, son—there is a rabbit sitting about five feet in front of me. Come over here.” I‘d walk over and he’d ask, “Do you see it?”
I would stand and stare trying to find the rabbit. Most of the time, I never saw it even though, from my dad's point of view, it was obvious. He would say to me things like, “It’s right there in front of you. If you take three steps you’re going to be standing next to it.” Still, it wasn’t until I actually got so close to the rabbit that it jumped from its little bed that I would finally see the animal. What was so clear to my dad's trained eye was obscured to me.
I realized what was riveting  rabbit hunting to my dad, was routine to me. I wasn't really interested in hunting, so I just went through the motion of acting like I was glad to go hunting. It was years later that I thought about my experience.
I thought about how  two people can be in the same place for the same purpose, but have different passions. While my dad's approach was one of delight, mine was dull because I had no interest to reach his level of excitement for hunting rabbits. Life can be an emotional roller coaster for some, who enjoy the ride, while others are waiting for the ride to stop.
“We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:2-4 MSG‬‬
God has planned a magnificent, never ending future for believers in Christ. All that is left for us to do, is get excited.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this worry-free Wednesday.

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Date: 6/13/2017 8:36 AM EDT

Grace morning on this thankful and tremendous Tuesday.
When I was a young boy, I went to work with my dad at a construction site.
In the early mornings, streams of horizontal sunlight would expose the huge amounts of fine, otherwise invisible, dust floating in the air. It made me wonder why we didn't all cough and sneeze more often. But as fine as that dust was, by the end of each week there would be an inch or more of it on the dashboard of my dad's truck. if we didn't regularly wipe the dash board down we'd soon be buried in dust.
Life difficulties and unexpected problems are much like the fine dust that I would see floating  around when the sunlight came through the windows of my dad's truck.
The constant creeping in of life problems, are just as subtle. But rather than filling our lungs, it fills our minds and spirits. Without the streaming light of God's Word, we would be oblivious to deal with the stress and strain with which we are continually showered by. That's why it's so important that we seek to be bathed in the Word of God lest we eventually find ourselves buried by them.
“I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!”
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭36:25-28‬ ‭MSG‬‬
When life's fine dust of disappointment, despair and discouragement float into your light, trust God's to  wipe your worries away.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this terrific Tuesday!

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