Daily Devotional – Acts 4:13

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Acts 4:13, which says,

 

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

The question I have for each of us is, “Can others recognize that we have been with Jesus?” Apostles Peter and John had just been confronted by the Sanhedrin Counsel because they preached Christ after they healed a man that could not walk since birth. As Peter and John spoke, the Sanhedrin Counsel’s perception of them was that they were uneducated and common men. However, they did recognize that they had spent time with Jesus.

It is the individual who constantly spends time in study, prayer and meditation or the Word, who’s life will reflect Jesus’ presence in their life. Even though others will look at us negatively, It is truly a badge of honor to be recognized that our talk and walk demonstrates a life devoted to Christ. Now I ask, “Is that our testimony? Will others we know and do not know, certify that we have been with Jesus.” A true life will bear proof that Jesus is in and radiates through us.

Blessings in Christ to you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Ephesians 1:3

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Ephesians 1:3, which says,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”

All too often we are focused on material blessings only, and we lose sight of the spiritual blessings that God the Father lavishes upon the believer from heaven. Paul praises God the Father who causes us to prosper not only materially, but spiritually as well. He does this by generously extending unto us great benefits.

It is necessary to understand when we are being tested by the Lord, He enables us to make it through the tough times by giving us the strength to hold on. He enables us to be joyful in spite of hardships that’s a blessing. Every material blessing we receive are by His grace no matter how big or small we may consider it to be. We must grow to the place where we learn to be like apostle Paul who said, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (NASB) That is a great spiritual disposition to have. Whether we have little or much, we are truly blessed

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 91:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 91:1-2, which says,

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty, (2) I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (ESV).

It is no secret, these times we are living in are tumultuous times. Mankind is vicious and the weather is tempestuous. If we are not careful we will find ourselves fearful and afraid to leave the house. However, we do not have to shrink in fear at what is going all around us. The reason why, is because God is still on the throne and He is ever able to protect us even in the midst of the greatest chaos.

These two verses is filled with Divine, Sovereign protection. As time progresses men become more savage and the weather becomes more unstable. We do not know from one minute to the next what may happen. That is why we must put our trust in our Divine, Sovereign Protector, who is able to keep us regardless of the mayhem and disaster that is taking place all around us. Let us keep our focus on Him despite everything that is happening in the world today, He is our hiding place.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Romans 12:19

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Romans 12:19, which says,

 

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (NASB).

We all will encounter those who stand against and seek to do us wrong. Paul presents our personal duty to never take revenge against someone who has blatantly stood against us. I know it is difficult to not have the urge to retaliate against those who cause us grief and embarrassment. However, when we are controlled by the Spirit of God we have the ability to resist reciprocating against our offender.

The reason why it is necessary to never take revenge is because the Lord said He will come to our honor and deal with the offender. I know it will personally feel good to get back at the one who has boldly wronged us, but God has reserved that right for Himself. We will cause ourselves grief when we get in the way of the Lord’s dealings with others. We do not have the right to retaliate. We are to leave the responsibility of retaliation to God Himself. When God handles it, it is handled.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Romans 12:15

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Romans 12:15, which says,

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

A great encouragement to fellow believers is to share in both the delight and despair of others. It is also a sign of care and concern when we can come alongside individuals in order to wrap our arms around them in a show of support.

When we are able to position ourselves with someone in a state of gladness or grief it shows that we are not self-centered. This is a mark of those in the Kingdom of God who exemplify the character of Jesus. Whenever someone was celebrating, Jesus was there celebrating with them (John 2). Also, whenever someone was in a state of sorrow, He too wept with the individuals (John 11. Let us remember, God’s Word expresses to us that we keep the priority of love in its proper place. Love the Lord our God with all of our being and our neighbors as ourselves. When that is our disposition, we will be able to be a great encouragement to others.

God’s abundant blessings to you!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Romans 12:9a

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Romans 12:9a, which says,

 

“Let love be genuine…”

The book of Romans is divided into two parts. The first part is doctrinal. It presents How God brought about our great Salvation (Chapters 1-11). The second part is practical. It presents how the believer is to live out their salvation. Verses 4-8 presents that the believer is enabled by the gifts of the Spirit live out the traits that characterize the Christian. We now have the ability to live supernaturally because we are aided by the Holy Spirit.

Love is the chief virtue that focuses on well-being and necessities of others. This love must not be focused on one’s self. We are commanded to love one another (John 13:35); and to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). The great thing is that the Lord does not expect us to carry this out by our flesh. When we are seeking to live by and be controlled by the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to love everyone. Our supreme example is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; His unselfishness love brought Him all the way down from Heaven to die on a cross and be raised in order to give us, the wretched and miserable, eternal life. We look like Christ when our love is genuine.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Philippians 2:12

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 2:12, which says,

 

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

 

A blessing of salvation is the fact that we are no longer held under sins dominion. God has given us a role in our sanctification. God did the first part by justifying us that is, declaring us righteous before Him. Now in the sanctifying process, we are to continually “work out” of us, that which is now on the inside of us, that is our new manhood from our new birth. We have the responsibility to continually strive for obedience. And, because we still possess unredeemed flesh (Rom 7:24), we are to be motivated to live obedient lives because of the consequences of sin.

 

Knowing that we serve a holy and righteous God, as faithful believers, we will always live with a healthy reverential fear and trembling in the presence of God. Fear and trembling is our awareness of our spiritual weakness and the power of temptation. The fear of chastisement is always healthy in motivating one to be obedient to our Lord. So to each of us, keep “pressing toward the mark of the high calling” (Phil 3:14).

 

May the Lord bless you and keep you

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Romans 5:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Romans 5:1-2, which says,

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

There are words of a song we sing that says, “It’s good to know Jesus…” Those are true and powerful words that have great eternal implications for the one who has placed their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. The reason why it is good to know Jesus is because the war between God and that individual has just ended. That person has been declared righteous and is currently in a loving relationship with God the Father with all of the benefits that places them as heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.

Justification is the act of God where He declares one righteous. Therefore, the true believer has peace with God; is in a perpetual state of grace; and has the confident expectation of future glory with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven. This state far exceeds anything we could ever have or hope for in this life, and gives us a glorious future, one that our minds cannot fathom on this side of life.

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Romans 15:1

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Romans 15:1, which says,

 

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

It is a true reality that there are various levels of spiritual maturity among believers. It is vital for those who are morally strong spiritually to understand that they are under obligation to bear patiently with the weaknesses of those who are not morally strong in their Christian walk. A true fellow believer is not to just tolerate those weaknesses, but to help carry them, by not criticizing or being condescending, but by showing respect for the sincere views and efforts they may not agree with. When the stronger believer takes time to lovingly bear with the weaker brother or sister, they are genuinely and lovingly coming along side of those who need support.

Always remember, it is necessary for the stronger believer to remember that he or she was at one time a weak believer who needed the support of others to lovingly help them advance in their maturity.

Blessings in Christ to you!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Philippians 2:5 and 9

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 2:5&9, which says,

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus… (9)Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name…”

Many want to be recognized by others for one’s accomplishments. However, we must keep in mind that when others recognize us for various things, their recognition only lasts for a few moments. Christ gives us the prime example of humbling Himself in coming from glory to carryout the Father’s will .

Paul points out God the Father recognizes our humble service we give to Him. He will exalt us by recognizing our unselfish desire to serve Him by eternally elevating us to His Kingdom. Therefore, whatever we do, it is to be done with the express purpose of doing it in order to glorify God. You remember the saying, “Only what you do for Christ will last.” Let us make sure that all of our motives in life are motivated by Honoring Him in everything we do. Then we will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Those words will have more meaning than anything anyone has ever praised us for.

Let us give Him our best.

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 24:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 24:1-2, which says,

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (2) For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.”

We are blessed to live on an amazingly beautiful earth; although cursed, it is still beautiful. The LORD is the Creator and sustainer of His masterpiece. He created this world for us to enjoy, not worship.

We are to praise and worship Him for all of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets we witness. We are to praise and thank Him when He waters the earth with rain for vegetation to grow that we might have food to eat. We are to thank and praise Him for the oceans and rivers, the trees and the meadows. We are to thank and praise Him for the mountains, rolling hills, plains and flatlands He has formed. We are to praise and thank Him for the blue skies and the moon and the stars we are able to see. All I am saying is worship our Creator and appreciate what He has so graciously given to us to enjoy.

Have a blessed and wonderful day.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Kings 6:16-17

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Kings 6:16-17, which says,

“He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ (17) “Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (ESV).

We are sometimes in situations where we cannot see anyway out. We do not know what to do about the situation, or how to handle it. Faith is that which enables us to believe God regardless of whether we can see a way out or not.

There are times we will not have the resources to handle our issue. Our ability to remember that there is no issue or mountain that God is not able to solve or move out of the way. One thing we can be assured of, is that if God is for us, He is more than all of the world or anything against us. This enables us to have peace of mind. God may never show us the mountain full of “horses and chariots of fire all around us,” but we can know that He is always there.

Be still and know.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

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Daily Devotional – 1 Samuel 30:6

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 Samuel 30:6, which says,

 

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because of the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

At some point, we may find ourselves alone without anyone to stand with us. That is the predicament David found himself in. It is during those times when the closeness of our relationship with the LORD, and our knowledge of who He is and what He is able to do will be the only thing we have to hold onto.

David faced a daunting dilemma, the wives and children of him and his fighting force had been taken captive, and their camp had been burned. His men also turned against him and wanted to kill him. The only thing he could do was recall the LORD’s past mercies and deliverances in his life. David relied on the LORD’s faithfulness in order to gain the courage to hold on in the face of great opposition. Let us also remember and rely on the LORD’s faithfulness in our times of distress.

Blessings.

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 38:15

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 38:15, which says,

“But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you my God, who will answer.”

The psalmist David was intensely lamenting his painful predicament. He was overwhelmed and disturbed because of his personal sin. He was experiencing an assault from his enemies. He was in a place where he needed relief from his severe plight. He recognized that his only response to his dilemma was to patiently wait and trust in the LORD to mercifully deliver Him. As a matter of fact, He was confident the LORD would answer his prayer.

It takes great confidence and patience for us to wait for the LORD to answer us in our agonizing situations. We must trust in the LORD’s loving-kindness to carry us through our perplexing moments. Regardless of the problem, it is necessary to wait with confidence, knowing that our God will provide the help we need in our anguishing circumstances. May the LORD make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Luke 10:20

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Luke 10:20, which says,

“Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your name is written in heaven.” (ESV).

There may have been a time when we were looking on a list to see if we got a promotion, and your name was bit on it. Maybe we were trying out for a team, and when the list came out, and our name left off the list. Maybe there was a time when we called to make reservations at a restaurant for dinner, only to find when you arrived, our name was not on the list. Do you remember the disappointment experienced?

The three illustrations are extremely minor compared to when we die, only to find that our name is not written in heaven. The first three disappoints are insignificant, and we are able to recover from; but to not have our name written in heaven will be a disappointment of eternal regret and eternal damnation that one will never recover from. Make sure that you have given your life to Christ before you breath your last breath on this earth. (Luke 16:19-31).

 

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Matthew 10:39

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Matthew 10:39, which says,

“Whoever find his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Earthly existence is temporary, and the tighter an individual holds on to this life, and the things of this world will lose it (1 John 2:15-17). That is, the individual who refuses to abandon the things of this world, will be lost eternally. But the one who is willing to forsake everything in this life, even physical life, and surrender to Christ has gained eternal life.

Everything in this life that we attempt to hold on to gets old and breaks down. It never brings lasting fulfillment. It is foolish to hold on to this vanishing world and the things in it that so rapidly decay. Even our own physical life is passing away right before our very eyes. It is wise to abandon the world system and give your life to Christ totally. A powerful quote by the late missionary Jim Elliot which says, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” If you have not already surrendered your life to Christ, do it right now. This life is passing away

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional = Psalm 145:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 145:1-2, which says,

“I will extol, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. (2) Everyday I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.”

Because every believer experiences the abundant grace of God every minute of every day, the praise and worship of God is not optional, it is a necessity. Even in our storms and sadness we are to give Him our unhindered praise. Just because we go through difficulties, we should not focus on our situations an shut Him out.

The psalmist David, knew how difficult hardships could be. However, he never ceased celebrating the LORD enthusiastically. We always have reasons to celebrate our God: reason number one, because of who He is. Reason number two, because of what He does in our lives. Finally, because of what He has promised. Even in our trials and struggles, we must see that He is keeping us from going under. Therefore, let us all give Him the praises that He is so worthy of.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 28:7

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 28:7, which says,

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts,, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.” (ESV).

We all face difficult and prolonged circumstances. It is during those times that the only thing we have to hold on to is our trust and confidence in our LORD.

Where we are in our spiritual maturity will determine how we handle the situation. Each moment we endure our crisis, we must not panic. We have to remember how big God is and His ability to sustain us during our intense struggle. When we know our LORD’s past record in handling our past troubles, we should confidently anticipate that He will hold us up and help us during our trial.

We must also remember, just because we are in a moment of hardship, we are to still praise and worship Him because there are so many things He is doing in our lives. Our struggles do not give us the right not to praise and worship Him.

May the LORD’s grace overshadow you

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV).

When a person receives Christ as their Lord and Savior, there is something new that takes place, that individual has been transformed from an old, doomed for eternal destruction life, to a new level of excellence of the new life in Christ. We are in spiritual union with Christ; we are now able to live as we have never lived before. We are not held down by the dominion of sin anymore. We have a brand new quality of life never experienced before while we were spiritually dead. The old life of slavery to sin: our old values, our old priorities our old way of thinking has passed away; and a new life of devotion to Christ has given us new attitudes and actions, new priorities and new values that are now part of our make up.

It took Christ to change us from old to new. We know, we are not what we fully ought to be yet (because of the flesh, we are still growing, but thank God! We are not what we used to be!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Philippians 3:8

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Philippians 3:8, which says,

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worthy of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (ESV).

Many take pride in the people they know and the things they know. It is nothing wrong with knowing things and people. However, one’s insatiable desire to know Christ has a far more exceeding worth than knowing anyone or anything else. A precise and full, experiential knowledge of Christ Jesus, gives us, first of all an eternal perspective, and therefore, the ability to view and handle everything in life with the right perspective. What we know and think about Christ Jesus determines what we think about everything else. God Almighty proclaimed through the prophet Jeremiah, “But let him who glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows me…” (Jer. 9:23a). The benefit of the surpassing knowledge of Christ helps us to deal with and overcome every issue we will face in this life.

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.