Daily Devotional – Philippians 2:6

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 2:6, which says,

“Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.”

We serve and worship a Savior who did something that is beyond amazing for us that we sometimes do not see the magnitude of His love for us. Jesus existed before He took on a fleshly existence in eternity past as Spirit. Christ, always was and always will be deity. At no time did He ever give up being God. Wonderfully and lovingly, He did not consider holding on to the form of His being Spirit only, a thing to be held onto. He came to earth to identify with us, so that He could rescue us from eternal ruin.

When I think of Him leaving the pristine, immaculate glories of Heaven to come to give His life for us, we are forever, for all eternity indebted to Him. That is why we are not to be so routine in our knowledge and thinking of Him. What He did for us far outweighs anything this earth and this life could ever offer us. Our Savior became like us to snatch us from the eternal wrath of Almighty God the Father.

Hallelujah to the Lamb of God.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 11:3-4

Your devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 11:3-4, which says,

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (4) The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of man.” (ESV).

King David had received some bad advice to retreat and get away from trouble that had arisen. He countered that advice by expressing His complete trust in the LORD’s sovereign control over His man.

We all will come into a crisis moment in our lives. In those times it is necessary to not become panic stricken. We must understand that the LORD will always hold true to His Word to hold up and protect His own. God will never fail Himself. He will faithfully come to our defense and our aid to give us the courage and wisdom we need to handle life’s critical moments. In those times it is crucial for us to “Be still and know that He is God.” (Psa. 46:10a). God’s knowledge and His ability to control the problem can give us the peace we need to hold up strong.

God’s grace, mercy and peace to you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Good Morning! Your devotional meditation is taken from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, which says,

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed by not driven to despair; (9) persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed.” (ESV).

It is a proven fact that when a child of God is dedicated to doing God’s business, we will face opposition and criticism. We must not allow our weaknesses and the outside forces that seek to discourage us from doing God’s work to cause us to give up. Yes, the hostility may be harsh, but we must divest ourselves of us, and remember that we have the promise of the Lord’s presence with us (Heb. 13:5-6), and we are spiritually connected to Christ, we are seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3).

I say this to encourage us, because the forces of darkness are lining up against those who are dedicated to the cause of Christ. Realize that we have been given armor that we must keep on (Eph. 6:10-18), that provides for us the protection we need to withstand the schemes of the evil one. In order to rebound from the attacks, always remember we have been called to persevere, and the Lord has promised to give us victory. Stay strong!

Keep pressing forward!

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Habakkuk 3:17-18

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Habakkuk 3:17-18, which says,

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, (18) Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (ESV).

It is always easy to praise and celebrate the LORD when things are going good in our lives. We come to church and we know all of the right things to say, but the question is, when God allows our lives to fall apart, do we still tell Him how good He is and mean it?

The way we are able to to do that, is that we must have an insatiable desire to know Him so intimately that our thoughts always on Him regardless of the good times or bad times. For the believer, we are to immerse ourselves in Him day by day by getting into His Word and staying in prayer. If we are casual acquainted with Him, we will not be able to genuinely praise Him in our down times.

God be with you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Philippians 3:17

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 3:17, which says,

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” (ESV).

A true necessity, is to surround ourselves with those who are conducting their lives according to the Scriptures. Yes, it is true that all are imperfect; however, we are to closely associate with those who are endeavoring to live right. We need to join together with those who will make a giant impact in our lives that will entice us to strive to live obediently. We should imitate their single-minded devotion to Christ and take note of their dedication to His cause.

It is true, those of whom we surround ourselves with, tend to elevate us. We either elevate or lower our character based upon those we keep company with. That is why every Christian, needs to link up with someone who’s goal and desire is Christlikeness. In other words, we should watch the company we keep.

Grace and peace to you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Philippians 4:4

Your devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 4:4, which says,

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.” (ESV).

Life can become so routine and mundane that we to lose our joy and excitement. Maintaining our joy and having a great attitude in life is dependent upon who we are focused on. As believers, we have to realize that we are in spiritual union with Christ. Our attitude and joy is contingent upon us knowing and understanding that we are connected to Him. We sometimes make the mistake of thinking that joy is a human emotion. Joy is not a feeling; it is the deeply rooted confidence that God is in control of everything for our good and for His glory.

Therefore, when we are focused on Him, our attitudes will be that all is well no matter what the situation is. Too many, place their joy in how they feel, if that is the case, we won’t have much joy because life is filled with so much hardship and disappointment. It is necessary for us to realize all what we have in Christ. He is our expectation and our confidence. Learn to make Him the focal point of our thoughts. “Again, I will say rejoice.”

Blessings to you!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Colossians 1:9

Your devotional meditation is taken from Colossians 1:9, which says,

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” (ESV).

It is necessary to know the most important things we need to live in victory. In Paul’s prayer for the believers in Colosse, He knew that they needed to know what God’s will was for them. They needed an in-depth knowledge of God’s revealed will, that is, His Word in their lives so that they would be totally controlled by Him. That is what we are to strive for in order to glorify the Lord by living life in a way that is pleasing to Him.

The necessity of knowing God’s Word will lead to gaining truth from the Scriptures and applying it to our everyday lives. When we are submissive to studying and believing God’s Word, we will know His will. Being saturated with the knowledge of God’s will, and growing in spiritual wisdom and understanding will lead us to the place where our involuntary reactions will be godly. At that point, we are pleasing to the Lord.

May God’s grace overwhelm you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Corinthians 10:3

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Corinthians 10:3, which says,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.”

Every believer must understand that we are in a genuine war. It is a war with an unseen foe. Therefore, it must be fought with spiritual weapons. It is foolish to fight in a battle against an invisible enemy and not have the right weapons.

Since that is the case, we must be armed with the only weapon that can win every spiritual conflict, that is the Word of God. Too many turn everything into a flesh and blood battle. Our chief enemy, Satan and his demons, deceive us into thinking our enemy is one another. We must overcome the temptation to fight physically and fight as Jesus fought when He said to Satan when He was tempted, “It is written…” (Matt 4:4). Therefore, let us equip ourselves daily so that we can be victorious over an invisible adversary.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Proverbs 21:30

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Proverbs 21:30, which says,

“No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail agains the LORD.” (ESV).

That which God has declared to be, is that which we are to live by. Whenever, human intellect tries to outthink God, man’s intelligence is outmatched. When we understand that God is infinite in wisdom, there is no way a finite man can be right when he or she goes against what God had determined to be right or wrong. If we give advice that is contrary to God’s truth, we are standing in opposition to God Himself.

That is not a position we want to be in because we are misleading others sending them down a path to trouble. Human intelligence that seeks understanding without first submitting to the LORD is futile. It is necessary for mankind to line up under the all Knowing and all Wise LORD in order to be in good standing with Him.

Blessings to you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Chronicles 15:2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Chronicles 15:2, which says,

“And he went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.’” (ESV).

We can surely count on the the things God promises to His people. He is faithful beyond the shadow of a doubt. We know that God is omnipresent. Therefore, when we are obedient, His presence will be known to us.

I must stress the importance of the LORD’s comforting presence in our lives during these perilous times we are now experiencing everyday. If we neglect and forsake Him through disobedience, we should not expect to reap His overflowing benefits. His revealed presence in our lives is our spiritual well-being and prosperity that will overwhelm us with tranquility and stability in a world of disorder.

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – James 4:8a

Good Morning! Your devotional meditation is taken from James 4:8a which says,

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” (ESV).

We are witnessing an alarming array of wickedness taking place in the world. We are witnessing the display of violent acts that are mind blowing. The key to maintaining our ability to function without shrinking in fear is to relentlessly pursue  intimate communion and fellowship with our Holy God.
Focusing on God helps us to calmly deal with the events of this world without stressing out over the rapid succession of these savage evil doings. Our only peace is Christ.

We must humbly approach Him, trusting that He is able to keep us in the midst of the fallout all around us. When we set out to seek God, He then sets out to meet with us. It is in Him approaching us that we gain the favor we need in order to have confident hope no matter the situation.

Grace and peace to you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Genesis 50:20

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Genesis 50:20, which says,

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

Joseph, Jacob’s son had suffered many things at the hands of his brothers, because of their jealousy of him. However, every negative setback Joseph went through because of His brother’s dealings with him, God was behind the scenes directing the course of His life. He was elevated to second in command in Egypt.

We must come to understand that everything that happens to us, whether good or bad, must come by the hand of God first. He must okay it. Therefore, when we are dealing with struggles and hardships. God’s ultimate purpose is always for His glory and for our good. So, next time, instead of complaining, ask God for endurance and the ability to bear up under until He accomplishes in us His perfect will.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Daniel 3:17-18

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Daniel 3:17-18, which says,

“If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. (18) But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

It must be known to all believers that we must be resolved to trust our faithful God, who is able to keep us in spite of. We must be like the three Hebrew boys, who would not bow down to the pressure the world was putting on them. When faced with the order from the king to shun God and worship him and his golden image, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego remained devoted to God regardless of the consequences. We too must be determined to not compromise our trust in God by bowing down to the pressure from the world.

“We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29b).

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 119:10

Your devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 119:10, which says,

“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”

We can know how much our priority for God and His Word is by how seriously we seek to know and get intimate with Him. The psalmist stated that it is “with his whole heart,” that he intensely desired the LORD.

If a child of God has a causal yearning to know God and His Word; that person does not know the seriousness of being without help. Our peace, our strength and our well-being is connected to God being our priority above everything else. As a matter of fact, nothing will genuinely be completely right until we have an insatiable desire to know and seek Him.

The psalmist knew the danger of straying from God’s Word, and he had an serious desire not to wander from it. It is my prayer for all of us to know how much we need Him and to continue making Him our priority.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 104

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 104, which expresses the greatness of God and the wisdom and splendor of His creation. The very fact that He created all things with such great precision and detail, and we are able to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of His achievement.

Because we become so busy with all of life’s activities, we tend to neglect to stop and praise God for the magnificence of His handiwork. We sometimes become so submerged with focusing on our problems and responsibilities that we are oblivious to the sounds of birds singing, the colors of a sunset or a sunrise. We lose sight of the beautiful mountain and hillsides, and the brightness of the sun and the multitude of the stars in the sky at night.

The psalmist issues a command to all who know the LORD to praise Him for the Excellence of His amazing greatness, and to recognize how blessed we are to have all of this on this side of life. He is so good.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 119:89

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 119:89, which says,

“Forever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in Heaven.”

We live in a rapidly changing world. As we observe, we see things that we thought would always be the same, are rapidly changing. We move from one election cycle to another, and we witness events and policies transition on many occasions from good to bad. However, that which God has established in eternity past will forever be what He has determined it to be. That is good for us in this world that is filled with swift transitions.

That which God has promised to us, will never be altered. When He said that He would “Never leave us nor forsake us…” (Heb. 13:5b). You and I can rest assured that He will do just what He said. Our peace of mind is contingent on how much we know and cherish about Him. His Word reveals who He is. Take comfort in the only sure thing we have in this life, His Word.

Blessings.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 119:92

Your devotional meditation for today is taken from Psalm 119:92, which says,

“If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” (ESV).

In the time of trouble, many will seek ways to relieve the stress of the hardship we are dealing with. The Psalmist took great delight in the absolute benefit of knowing God’s Word. He knew that he would have been destroyed without God’s guidance. He understood that God’s Word provided the sustaining power he needed to hold him up under the intense pressure. He knew that His only hope was to rest in God’s truth that would give him the encouragement he needed in order to keep pressing forward. He rejoiced in the fact that God’s truth was the only resource he had.

We too must come to know that it is only God’s Word that provides the answers and the keeping power we need during afflictions. To neglect God’s Word, is to refuse His help.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Ephesians 4:31-32

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Ephesians 4:31-32, which says,

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice (32) Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (ESV)

In our new life in Christ, we are to remember that there are changes that must take place in our relationship with each other. We must get rid of those things that are characteristics of unbelievers. It looks bad for us to be children of God and harbor resentment and ill will toward others in the same family. These things should not be named among us.

In turn we are to exhibit positive virtues such as kindness, compassion and forgiveness toward one another. The motivating factor behind this is that God has forgiven us through Christ. If God could forgive us, how can we not forgive one another?

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Romans 12:17

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Romans 12:17, which says,

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to Dow what is honorable in the sight of all.

On many occasions I have stated, “God doesn’t hold me accountable for what others do to me; however, He holds me accountable for how I respond to them.” As we come to the place of knowing where we are spiritually; a good indication is how we respond to those who have wronged us. I know it might feel good to strike back; however, that goes against God’s will. We are the only one’s who can control ourselves with the help of the Holy Spirit. We do not have the ability to control others. God will deal with them.

We must learn to exercise temperance which is a fruit of the Spirit, which gives us the ability to react with self-control. When we retaliate, we hurt our witness for Christ. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we have the ability to be in control.

May the Lord keep you and I.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotinal – Psalm 19:8a

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 19:8a, which says,

“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart…”

Everything God instructs His children to do has a great benefit and purpose for us. He would never give us directions that would cause us to be taken down the path to destruction. Every Word from God has a great benefit for our lives. They lead us in the way that keeps us in right standing with Him which is always to our advantage.

The right way is always the way that satisfies our God. It is comforting to know that when we are walking in the path of obedience, it brings great joy knowing that we are pleasing our LORD, and that He accepts us without any disappointment. It is good to know that God Almighty, who is holy, is pleased when we seek to do right according to His word. The Word of God is precious, let us value it highly.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.