Daily Devotional – Psalm 34:8

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 34:8, which says,

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”

David had found himself in a situation that was extremely dangerous (1 Samuel 21). He had no way out, and He could have been killed. He was in a situation that only the LORD could deliver him out of. The LORD stepped in and rescued him right on time.

This psalm expresses his extreme gratitude and praise to the LORD for His gracious loving-kindness and tender mercies. David commands the readers of this psalm to recognize by their experiences with the LORD just how good He is.

Let’s be honest, we have been in some situations that only the LORD was able to get us out of. We have been in situations that our rebelliousness caused us us to be in, in the first place, and the LORD graciously delivered us. It is during those times we have to take refuge in Him. We are overmatched. We do not have the ability to bring ourselves out. It is necessary for us to surrender and trust Him for help. He has always done for us in spite of us.

What a great LORD and Savior!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 13:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 13:1-2, which says,

“How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? Forever? How long wilt thou hide Thy face from me? (2) How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

At some point in the life of a believer, we will come to a dark place; it will seem like the Lord has overlooked our discouraging circumstances. We may question His dealings with us as we languish in our despondency.

It is during those times that we must follow David’s example of remembering the LORD’s graciousness in our lives and His past mercies that delivered us. In verses 5-6, David remembered that He had trusted in the LORD’s mercies. He remembered the LORD’s ability to hold him during His moment of anguish. He then began to rejoice because He remembered that the LORD had always dealt with him graciously. He trusted that the LORD would do it again.

Let us remember that the LORD has done and will do the same for us as well. Trust Him no matter how deep your despair is. He is faithful.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 93:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 93:1-2 which says,

The LORD reigns; He is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; He has put on strength as His belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. (2) Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.” (ESV)

With chaos in process all over the world. With corruption taking place in governments all over the world. With violence and wickedness on the rise all over the world. We must never lose sight of the fact that our LORD is currently, and will forever be enthroned in heaven and controlling things on earth, and in the universe. We must be confident that He is blocking evil and wickedness from going beyond its boundaries. You and I are benefiting from His ruling power.

The forces of darkness would like nothing more than to destroy us; but He overrules them and puts them in their place. Nothing can overpower our King of kings. Let us rise up to rejoice and celebrate our Almighty God who will never be defeated.

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Peter 1:3

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Peter 1:3, which says,

According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue…

When an individual surrenders their life to Christ by believing in His finished work on the cross, His death, burial and His resurrection, they have been baptized into the body of Christ and are indwelled by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). Jesus has taken up residence in that person. From that point on, he or she has been graciously endowed with all that is needed in order to live this life in godliness. We have Christ’s divine power enabling us to live victorious lives no matter what comes our way.

Therefore, there is no need to talk about needing just a little more Jesus. Colossians 2:10a says, “And ye are complete in Him…” When Christ enters a person’s life, He does not give just a piece of Himself. He is our complete source of sufficiency to take us through this tedious journey of life in order to live a life that represents Him on this earth. You and I do not need just a little more Jesus, He has us and we Have all of Him.

Blessings to you in Christ!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Corinthians 12:10

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Corinthians 12:10, which says,

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (ESV).

It  was not for the pain only that Paul was pleased to endure, but it was for the result that the power of Christ produced in Him that brought him joy.

We must come to the place where we see that the Lord is able to take those things that are hard to bear and use them to bring out of us that which we could never produce in and of ourselves in order to bring glory to Him. The natural impulse of human nature is to resist anything that is painful, uncomfortable or distressful. But, as we grow in our relationship with Christ, and the more knowledge we gain through His Word, we can see that pain has an amazing purpose in the life of the believer.

God has shown us that He has the ability to give us that which human ability cannot produce. The startling thing is that our weakness produces strength so that we can serve. This is done on behalf of Christ.

Keep pressing forward!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 2 Corinthians 12:9b which says,

“…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It is strange to many people for one to take pleasure in their weaknesses and their sicknesses. Because many feel that in times of suffering, we have to be in a gloomy state of mind. However, as apostle Paul has learned, God has the ability to get the most out of us when we are in a place where only His power can energize and  enable us to carryout that which will ultimately glorify Him.

We tend to take a dim view on weakness. God’s grace overwhelmingly overshadows us and causes us to rise above any situation or circumstance. When we are able to press on when we are ailing, it helps to motivate others when they see Christ working in and through us.

It should be our goal every day to first of all, glorify God; then to edify and encourage others for the cause of Christ. God can do more through us in our weaknesses, than we can do in our own strength.

Blessings in Christ.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 27:13-14

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 27:13-14, which says,

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (14) Wait on the LORD; and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD.

With so much happening to us on a daily basis, it could be easy to become overwhelmed and lose our courage to continue pressing forward. However, what we know about the LORD and the experiences we have had with Him should stimulate us to not become discouraged. Our knowledge of the LORD and His ability to sustain us in the midst of our trying circumstances, is vital to our peace.

David was confident that he would not be overcome by His circumstances, and that He would experience the LORD’s goodness. David issues three necessary imperatives in verse 14, he said that we must wait on the LORD with confidence. We must then, find courage and be strengthened and know the LORD will embolden us. He again commands us to wait on the LORD!

Be encouraged!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Exodus 14:1-2

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Exodus 14:1-2, which says,

 

An the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea over against Baal-zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.

 

Every believer will have Red Sea experiences in their life. It is interesting to note that God delivered the Children out of Egypt, and took them to the Red Sea. He then told Moses that He was going to harden Pharaoh’s heart so that the Egyptians would pursue them.

The Children of Israel were terrified, and appeared to be out of options. However, the LORD wanted them to know that obstacles presented no challenge for Him to overcome, and that He was their only option. God knew where He put the Red Sea, and He knew that He could do above and beyond what they could imagine or think.

We must understand that our God knows where the obstacles are on our journey through life, and that He is able to do for us just as He did for His people at the Red Sea.

Trust Him, no matter How big the obstacle.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Hebrews 13:5b

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Hebrews 13:5b, which says,

…For He hath said I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Someone once said that there are two certainties in life, “death and taxes.” Well I want to present to the believer the most blessed certainty in life, the Lord has promised never to abandon us. That is, never leave us high and dry to fend for ourselves.

The most calming assurance we have in this life is the Lord’s vow to always be there for us. We have had people tell us they are there for us, only to not respond when we need them. Life can be so challenging for us. We face uncertainties everyday. With all of the disturbances we face, we could literally lose our minds if we did not know the Lord and His promised help. The Lord emphatically promises never to go away from us. We can always trust that He will carryout what He has promised.

Have a blessed and wonderful day.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Proverbs 16:9

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Proverbs 16:9, which says,

 

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (ESV).

We all make plans as to what we want to do or accomplish. However, it is the LORD that has determined what is the best course for us. Sometimes He will block what we initially planned, and push us in a direction we did not plan. Sometimes we meet these adjustments with great frustration and opposition.

It is needful to always seek the LORD’s guidance before we make plans and set out on our journey. We must remember that God’s way will always be what is best for us. Now granted, we may not always agree the disruption of our desires, but in due time, He accomplishes in us that which glorifies Him and ultimately we will see it was the best thing to benefit  us.

Before we set out today, we must ask the LORD what His sovereign will is for us. “Seek first the kingdom of God…

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Luke 11:28

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Luke 11:28, which says,

But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.”  

If we were to compare present day Believers with First Century Believers, we would discover that we are extremely blessed because we are able to have our own personal Bibles. In the First Century the believers did not have that luxury. Therefore, we must know that an even greater blessing is ours when we are able to read/hear and obey God’s Word. Jesus’ profound declaration pointed out that great blessings are for those who intently listen to, and also read the Word of God, and act in accordance with it.

The true believer will seek to obey the Word of God. James 1:22 states, “But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” If any one is a hearer only, and has no intention of obeying the Word,  that person does not know Christ. Those who are obedient to the Word of God are the privileged recipients of God’s Divine favor.

Blessings!

 

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 94:12

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 94:12, which says,

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law.” (ESV).

The Bible actually proclaims that the true child of God is blessed when the Lord disciplines us. I know that may seem strange because we do not feel blessed when the LORD deals with us in  our disobedience. The LORD’s chastening actually shows that we are His and that He loves us.

Our parents discipline taught us that there is a line that we were not allowed to cross. Those times of discipline literally saved us from carelessly going down a path that could bring us great hardship in our lives. When the LORD disciplines us, we are precious in His sight. His correction gives us that instruction we need in order to bring us to the place of reverential respect for Him. The LORD proves His great love to us because He takes the time to help us stay in right fellowship with Him. We must know that this is a blessing.

May the LORD continuously bless and keep you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 1 Chronicles 16:1

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 Chronicles 16:11, which says,

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His presence continually!

In life we are always met head on with many challenges that attempt to slow us down and even cripple us from moving forward. It is absolutely necessary that we understand we have only one option if we are going to be able to conqueror the inevitable problems we will face. We are to be diligent in our commitment in seeking the LORD in worship in order to have the strength to overcome adversity. We are to persistently call on Him with great desire for His presence.

When we seek the LORD with relentless tenacity, knowing that He is able to give us the ability we need to make it through our struggles with the strength we need. He is our confidence to boldly press forward in spite of the hurdles, hardships, and hindrances.

Be confident in the Lord!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Hebrews 6:10

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Hebrews 6:10, which says,

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

There may be times when the believer may become dejected and overwhelmed in all that he or she does for the cause of Christ. One may feel like they are spinning their wheels, and their efforts may seem to be futile. The moment we begin to feel this way, we must regroup and remember that the Lord is the One we are really serving.

It is imperative for us to realize that it is a blessing to be used by God. Therefore, we are to serve Him with the best of our ability. He does not forget our efforts when we diligently serve, Him by serving others.

God will never forget our faithfulness to His cause. Whenever we have long periods of dejection, it is normally because we have forgotten that everything we do is for His glory. We must then readjust our attitude and realize that God will reward us for our faithfulness in serving Him.

God bless!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 12

Today’s devotional meditation is from Psalm 12. It is a sad reality that we face insults. Some will viciously defame us. Sadly, many venomous insults and false accusations are directed our way because of a misunderstanding, or because the person is a busybody. There are even those who for no reason at all, just do not like an individual and will speak badly about them.

The good thing is that God hears and knows the hearts of everyone. He is the One that will deal with the perpetrator. Our responsibility is to make sure that we are free and clear from doing anything that has provoked them. Verses 5-7 offers comforting hope for us. The LORD will always take care of the situation.

I want to encourage us not to allow that which someone says about us to become so discouraging that we retaliate. Always take it to the LORD and allow Him to heal us and give us peace. The LORD will take care of us, if we trust Him to handle it.

May the LORD bless you and Keep you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Nehemiah 4:6

Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Nehemiah 4:6, which says,

So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

Diligent determination in the face of extreme opposition is that which pleases the LORD, and proves that we are genuinely devoted to God and His work.

Nehemiah and the Children of Israel were facing extreme hostility from the haters of God’s people. They were in the process of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem that had been destroyed by the Babylonians during the exile of Judah. In the face of the opposition, Nehemiah and the workers did not shrink back from the task of rebuilding the wall because of their threats. They knew the work they were doing honored the LORD. It is with the same determination that we must have when we are doing the work God has called us to.

There are too many who when they feel any type of resistance, quit. They neglect to know that it is our responsibility to stand up and keep doing God’s will in spite of the threats that come from enemies of the cross. I encourage everyone to stay committed to the cause of Christ. The LORD is faithful. He will not fail us nor Himself!

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 1 Samuel 12:24

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 Samuel 12:24, which says,

“Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider the great things He hath done for you.”

We must ask ourselves the question, “To what degree is God the priority in our lives?” Samuel issued the challenge to the people who had just asked for a king, where God had granted them one. Samuel  then Provoked them to remember who their true king is, the LORD Himself.

Samuel issued three declarations that would prove to them the LORD was their priority. One, they were to stand in reverential awe of Him; Two, They were to faithfully worship the LORD; and three, they were to carefully observe all of the things He has abundantly bestowed upon them and done for them throughout their lives.

It is absolutely important that we too meet these three challenges to see if the LORD is our priority. Do we stand in reverential awe of Him? Do we faithfully worship Him? And do we carefully reflect upon all of the things He abundantly endows and does for us? If we do, then He is our priority.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 3:3

Good Morning! Today’s devotional mediation is taken from Psalm 3:3, which says,

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” (ESV).

There will be times when we are in situations that only God will be our source of strength and encouragement. The psalmist David was in a state of despair and discouragement in which no one was able to help him to get out of. He needed help quickly.

Those are times when only what we know about God will only be what we have for our encouragement and strength. David remembered that the LORD was his only help and hope. He remembered that the LORD was the only one that could lift up his head and give him the comfort, courage and confidence he needed to keep pressing on.

When we face dark times in our lives; and troubles keep mounting, we must focus on our only hope which is in the LORD. There will be times when God will put us in situations where we can only call on Him for relief. He is faithful.

May the LORD bless you and keep you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – 1 John 4:1

Good Morning! Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 John 4:1 which says,

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Everywhere we turn, there are groups and movements that are coming up with strange types of teachings that claim to have the truth. Their teachings are usually man centered instead of Christ-centered. Claiming that we must do something other than have faith in Christ alone.

John tells the readers of his letter that they must be discerning when they hear some new type of doctrine that arises out of nowhere. It is absolutely necessary for us to have a healthy skepticism regarding any teaching. We must not be too open to the new fads and strange teachings that seem to pop up constantly. We must do like the Berean’s in Acts 17, where they “searched the Scriptures daily,” in order to see whether Paul and Silas’ teaching were genuine. Satan is on an all out assault to distort the truth by sending his influence into churches, television and radio ministries to deceive and destroy the listeners. We must make sure that we test anything we hear by the Scriptures. Be on guard.

Blessings to you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

Daily Devotional – Psalm 1:1-2

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

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (2) But His delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

The psalmist begins by stating that those who are blessed do not follow the path of ungodly advice that leads to wickedness. We must make sure that the advice we receive is godly, even though it may be difficult to receive. Ungodly advice can give us a path of least resistance; however, that path will put us in opposition to God. That is not the place we want to be in.

He also shows us how we can know what is right advice by challenging us to take pleasure in God’s Word by continuous studying and meditating of it. We must remember that we will suffer the consequences if we refuse to do that which God has determined to be right. It is then we will have  peace, contentment, joy and spiritual well-being.

May the Lord be with you.

Pastor James Moore, Jr.

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