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#3336106 - 08/26/13 08:05 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Is your light on?


As we kick off another week, are you walking in the LIGHT or in darkness?



John 8:12



12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”



As a whole we live in a dark, dark time. Sin abounds all around us. It is accepted as right when God's Word declares it wrong. Each of us has a decision to make everyday...light or dark? Am I going to follow Jesus today and have my path lighted or am I going to follow the prince of this world and walk in the dark? It is a choice! Just stop for a moment and think of how many decisions we will have to make today. What we allow in our minds, what we allow to come out of our mouths, and the places we allow our eyes to wonder. All will be our choice and we can control with the help of the Holy Spirit every decision. It is not east folks, the devil is busy trying to draw us away from God. God knows this. It is no surprise to Him. That is why He sent us the Helper, the Holy Spirit, so we will have the power to overcome! Thank you Jesus!



It is important to know you can not walk in the light without a relationship with Jesus for this is how you receive the Holy Spirit and without the Spirit you can not defeat the darkness!



So this day, what will you choose light or darkness?



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#3336317 - 08/26/13 09:59 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#3336323 - 08/26/13 10:02 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: rabbit hunter]
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Thanks for sharing!

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#3336806 - 08/26/13 04:29 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Ironman]
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Awesome ironman!
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#3337657 - 08/27/13 09:56 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Sexual immorality


I recently have been doing some studying on this subject sexual immorality and want to share a few things I have learned. To post all the scripture associated with this subject will make this a fairly lengthy post. Please take the time to read all the scripture as it is the most important part because it is the Word of God but it also shows us the seriousness of sexual immorality to God.



Sexual immorality defined in its simple form is this: violating God's standards for sex. Now it is easy to see the world is violating these standards at an alarming rate. One of the things I have learned in recent weeks is that sex was designed for one thing, to be shared in marriage between man and women. That is it! Anything else is outside of the will of God.



So what about masterbation? This is a big issue. Again I repeat, anything outside of marriage between man and women is sin. Pastor David Platt stated that masterbation is a homosexual act. When I heard that I was thinking "what are you talking about?". He went on to explain that masterbation is a male pleasing a male or female pleasing a female, which is a homosexual act. Wow! Never thought of that and it makes perfect sense! So let me share with you now God's Word on Sexual immorality.



Leviticus 20:10

[ Punishments for Sexual Immorality ] “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.I share this one just for us to see in the law the seriousness of this offense: death!Matthew 15:18-20

18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”



Out of the heart comes evil thoughts!



Mark 7:20-23

20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.



Acts 15:29

29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”



Romans 13:12-14

12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.



No provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires!



1 Corinthians 5:1-2

5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.



Again we see the seriousness of sexual immorality.



1 Corinthians 5:9

9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—



1 Corinthians 5:11

11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.



Be careful who influences your life....friends!

1 Corinthians 6:8-10

8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.



Will not inherit kingdom if not repented of!



1 Corinthians 6:12-14

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.



Body is not meant for sexual immorality!



1 Corinthians 6:18

18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.



Sexual sin is against your own body!



1 Corinthians 7:1-3

7 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.

Only one way to flee sexual immorality is marriage!



1 Corinthians 10:7-10

7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.



2 Corinthians 12:21



21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.



Galatians 5:18-21

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.



Ephesians 5:3

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.



Sexual immorality should not be seen in a believers life!



Ephesians 5:5

5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.



Very stern warning!



Colossians 3:5

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.



1 Thessalonians 4:3

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;



God's will defined..growing in godliness and abstaining from sexual immorality!



1 Timothy 1:9-11

9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.



Hebrews 13:4

4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.



Jude 1:7

7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.



Revelation 2:14

14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.



Remember God is talking to the churches in above verse and the next verse!



Revelation 2:20-21

20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.



Revelation 9:21

21 nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.



Revelation 22:15

15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.





Where are unrepented sexually immoral folks? Outside the heavenly Kingdom!



Matthew 5:27-30

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.



Important to remember in God's eyes lust is same as adultery, our eyes looking at porn or undressing the opposite sex is lust!





Wow! I think we can say God has much to say about sexually immorality. He makes it plain and clear of it being sin and the need to be repented of! So here is a couple of verses of good news:



1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



Repent and be clean!



John 8:1-11

8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]



Receive forgiveness and Go and sin no more! God wants all to come to repentance but we must admit we have sinned! Examine the scriptures and see where you stand with God. Please feel free to print this off and share it with others!



The evidence is overwhelming, sexual immorality is sin!



Tom
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#3339053 - 08/28/13 08:55 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Drinkers...something to think about.


I used to drink with the best of them. I don't ever recall having a beer or a mixed drink just for the great taste. It was to get a buzz, you know relax me as we would say. Most of my friends did the same thing. The problem is when we get that buzz it becomes sin. When I finally gave my life to Christ I learned that buzz is becoming drunk. This is where many arguments will come, what stage is considered drunk? All I know is when the buzz starts it is the onset of being drunk and I will leave it at that. Now with that said I have many brothers and sisters in the faith who declare drinking is ok (remember the drunk part) so let us see what scripture says for it is the ultimate authority:



Deuteronomy 21:19-21

19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, 20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.



Hmmmm God takes drunkenness pretty serious, remove the evil and stone him to death! Wow!

Proverbs 23:19-21

19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.20 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.



Interesting that gluttony is listed with drunkards, why don't we teach about that too!



Proverbs 26:10

Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.



Ecclesiastes 10:17 Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!



Song of Solomon 5:1 [ He ] I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. [ Others ] Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!



Drunk with love not drink!



Habakkuk 2:15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink— you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!A woe to those who lead neighbors or friends to drink!



Hmmmm!



Luke 21:34 [ Watch Yourselves ] “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.



Protect yourself!



Romans 13:12-14

12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.



Put on light(Jesus) not darkness(devil) and walk properly! Don't gratify the flesh!



1 Corinthians 5:11

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.



This will hurt but you need to ditch some friends if they are drunkards!



1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.



Do you see the seriousness of drinking? If your drunkenness is unrepented of you will not inherit God's Kingdom! WOW! Think about it!



1 Corinthians 15:34

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.



Wake up!!!



Galatians 5:19-23

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.



A work of the flesh...drunkenness. Another warning will not inherit God's kingdom! Use fruit of Spirit...self control.



Ephesians 5:17-19

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,



What is debauchery? Excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance. God says don't be foolish! Be filled with the spirit not wine!



1 Thessalonians 5:6-8

6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.



Be the light! Be sober! Keep awake!



1 Peter 4:2-4

2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;



Do not join the drinking parties and drunkenness, do God's will!





Proverbs 23:29-35



29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining?Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?30 Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine.31 Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.32 In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.35 “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it.When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”



So the God's Word shows us the seriousness of the drink! Now you have to decide what to do. God's will or your own will. This is God's Word and He is the authority. I will say for myself, since I have laid aside the beer and mixed drinks, I don't miss it a bit. I used it as a crutch thinking it was the only way to have fun in life. My oh my was I wrong. True joy comes in doing God's will and serving Him with my life as that is what He created me for!



If I can help you, hollar at me! God bless!



Tom
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#3340323 - 08/29/13 08:43 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Treasures in heaven...got any?


As we hustle around everyday to make all the money we can to buy all the toys we can it is very important to take time to think about these Words from Jesus:Matthew 6:19-21



19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.



Jesus does not say things that are not of utmost importance. Think long and hard on these verses. I want to point out several things to chew on in these verses.



1. Do not lay up or store treasures on earth. The point here is excess is to be shared with others not to buy up toys that will rot or be stolen. When is the last time you have helped someone in need?



2. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. How do we do that? Serving, giving, and loving others. After you take care of your own needs (notice I said needs not wants) our next priority should be sharing the love of Christ with others by serving, giving, and loving others. By doing this blessings await you in heaven, a promise from Jesus!



3. Where you treasure is is where your heart is. Is your heart in the world trying to gain worldly things or is your heart in God trying to serve him and others? Many folks smarter than I have said if you look at someones check book you can see where their heart is....what does yours say?



Jesus is giving us a key to a blessed, joyful, godly life here don't miss it!



So do you have any treasures in heaven?



Tom
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#3340331 - 08/29/13 08:50 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thanks Tom. Need to work on being more generous for sure.
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#3340679 - 08/29/13 02:04 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: MUP]
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Very good devotions the past three days Tom!!!!
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#3341565 - 08/30/13 08:38 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: TN Larry]
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God is in control.


Just a little reminder this morning that if you have placed your faith in Christ Jesus, everything is under control!



Matthew 6:25



Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?



When we have placed our lives in God's hands we only have one thing to take care of...living for Him. God let's us know in this verse we have nothing to worry about, after all what can we do anyway when God is in control? Serve, worship, and obey God and He will take care of everything else as He sees fit! When you truly trust God with your life everything else becomes much easier to handle because God is in control!



Have a great weekend!



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