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#3040132 - 11/19/12 10:05 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Marriage #8 Love your wife as Christ loved the church.


Men, this is so simple to understand.



Ephesians 5:25-29

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.



This tells us first of all to love our wives. Love is more than a feeling. It is respect, honor, caring, seeing past mistakes, forgiving, and taking care of them. Feelings come and go but love should not. Don't base your marriage on feelings alone. It is much, much more than feelings.



Second, Christ is our example. As he loves the church, we are to love our wives. Stop and think about that for a moment. Christ died for the church, are you willing to die for your wife. Christ gave himself in total devotion to the church, can you say the same for your wife? Christ did so much for the church as you look at verses 26-27. Sanctify, cleanse, washed, took away spots, wrinkles, so the church could be Holy and without blemish. To sum all that up is to say He forgave her through HIS BLOOD of all her imperfections and sins! Wow! Are you forgiving of your wife? No matter what? Think about this...can you wife wrong you in any area that would be worse than the sin you have committed against Christ? I think not! Christ has forgiven us so must be willing to forgive our wives.



Third, The Word says men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Hopefully we all are taking good care of our bodies. We are to take care of our wives as we take care of our bodies. We should nourish and cherish the bodies God has give us, just like Christ nourishes and cherishes the church!



Oh How Jesus loves us! I hope your wife can say without hesitation how much you love her!



Tom
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#3041710 - 11/20/12 08:52 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Marriage #9 Love, Respect, and SACRIFICE.


This is my final devotion on marriage. Marriages can be very difficult and they can be very easy. One thing I have noticed about great marriages...they have three things in common: Love, Respect, and sacrifice.



Ephesians 5:33



33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.



In our marriages, the key is this sacrifice! If we put our other half first, before ourselves, love and respect are obvious. The great marriages have these three essentials. The bad marriages are the where selfishness has set in. Not much respect, not much love, and no sacrifice. Christ set the example for us with His Bride the church. He showed all three of these essentials and expects us to do the same for our other half!



So are these essentials a part of your marriage? If they are great! If they are not you better make some changes! We are one flesh with our spouse, let us do as Christ commands and thus our marriages will be blessed!



Tom
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#3049290 - 11/26/12 08:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Sloth or laziness.

Before I did the series on marriage that was requested we were looking at the 7 daily sins that is based on the seven deadly sins. So let us pick up where we left off and today look at Sloth or laziness.



As Americans we have been conditioned over the past several decades to try and do little as possible. To get to a point where we can retire and do nothing. Even our government makes it easy for folks to do nothing and get food and bills paid for by a thing called entitlements. It is a sad state we live in compared to our grandparents days. Now we have our children lay around getting fat, playing the xbox we bought them for hours on end. Who cares if they make good grades or not as long as they are happy, right? What are we doing??????



The bible has much to say about this. For example:



2 Thessalonians 3:10

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.



Proverbs 12:27

The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession.



Proverbs 13:4

The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.



Now think about these verses. Before you say I am not lazy or like a sloth, wait until we are done with looking at this over the next few days! haha Today we look at those who do almost nothing, as we go through this we will see laziness has more to it. We see above in the 2 Thessalonians verse that at the very least we contribute to others laziness by the entitlement programs we support by our votes and not requiring more from the folks who receive them. I have no problem helping those in need but we should expect folks to do something for themselves not sit back and do nothing. God's word says no work no eat!



When folks are as lazy as a man who won't take care of an animal he kills to eat....that is lazy! The other verse says a lazy man has desires but doesn't do anything to get those desires....lazy! BUT those who are diligent will be made rich! Now I want you to think more about spiritually than materially on the being made rich. Do godly things and receive godly blessings!



Think about these things today and don't be lazy!



Tom
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#3049361 - 11/26/12 09:20 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#3049839 - 11/26/12 02:26 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: rabbit hunter]
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Amen!!! This country could learn alot on this deovtion!
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#3051169 - 11/27/12 08:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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Sloth or laziness. #2


Continuing to day on the subject of being a sloth or lazy. Today let's look at what being a sloth or lazy is not.



1. Stillness is not being lazy.



We live in a world of business. Jesus being our example often withdrew to a deserted place for prayer.



Luke 5:16

16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.



God commands us to be still.



Psalm 46:10



10 Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!



2. Observing the Sabbath is not lazy.



God commander us to observe the Sabbath.



Hebrews 10:25

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.



Deuteronomy 5:12

12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.



The Sabbath is also a day of rest.



Leviticus 23:3

[ The Sabbath ] ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.



Luke 23:56

Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.



Listen to God's Word here!



3. Recreation isn't lazy.



God intends for us to have fun...vacations, hobbies, arts, entertainment, ect. But they have their place and time. Give God the glory for his blessings and good times!



Deuteronomy 28:2

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God.



4. Retirement from a job is not lazy.



Retiring from a job and and then doing nothing but playing golf or vacation is lazy. When you retire it gives you time to be free to serve the Lord more! Don't forget that. Kingdom minded pursuits should be a main priority. Yes take time for fun but also keep God first!



Colossians 3:23

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,



Give God your very best and serve Him with all your heart, soul, and strength and you will never be lazy!



Tom
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#3051299 - 11/27/12 10:22 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Good one PMT!!
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#3052968 - 11/28/12 08:28 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Kimber45]
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Sloth or laziness #3


Yesterday we looked at what being a sloth or lazy is not so today lets look at what the effects are of being lazy or slothful.



1. Being lazy is destructive!



Look at this verse:

Ecclesiastes 10:18



18 Because of laziness the building decays,

And through idleness of hands the house leaks.



Wow, some folks are so lazy they don't take care of things that can easily be fixed. Therefore severe consequences will be paid down the road. This can be said for relationships too. If we are to lazy to take the first step in repairing them, well they may just never be fixed!



2. Being lazy is irresponsible.



Being careless about your own soul is lazy and irresponsible. Failure to seize the day for God's glory is irresponsible. So being lazy is not only physically irresponsible such as we seen under #1 but also spiritually irresponsible. Not a good thing for when we see Jesus face to face one day!



Look at this verse as it can cover both the physical and spiritual laziness:



Ephesians 5:15-16

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.



3. Being lazy can be hateful!



It took me a while to grasp this point. We have to look at this point as love for our fellow man. God is love. Jesus tells us to love others and even love our enemies. So if we are being lazy and not sharing our faith, our blessing, our time, and our love then it can be said we are being hateful to our fellow man!



Matthew 12:30

30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.



Matthew 5:42-48

42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.



Wow that pretty well sums up that point huh?



So like I said yesterday, be careful about concluding that you are not lazy before we see all that God's Word has to say about it! Slaps me around a little!



Tom
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#3052983 - 11/28/12 08:39 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Wow! It's far too easy to try to forget that simple message above, for me anyway.

"3. Being lazy can be hateful!

It took me a while to grasp this point. We have to look at this point as love for our fellow man. God is love. Jesus tells us to love others and even love our enemies. So if we are being lazy and not sharing our faith, our blessing, our time, and our love then it can be said we are being hateful to our fellow man!


43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect"..

I honestly struggle greatly here \:\(
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#3053064 - 11/28/12 09:26 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Kimber45]
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I think we all do brother!
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