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  1.  2.                     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  September 1 & 2, 2012

Good Morning!
After three years in the desert of Arabia Paul returned to Damascus and then made his way back to Jerusalem.

THE DISCIPLES OF THE LORD WERE AFRAID OF SAUL:
Galatians 1:18. “Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.”
Acts 9:26. “And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.”

By reading both Luke’s account in Acts, and Paul’s own account in Galatians we can see more plainly what happened when Paul came back to Jerusalem after his encounter with the Lord, and his time in Arabia. The disciples had not forgotten his past record of persecution and were afraid to meet with him. But one man refused to give way to fear and suspicion, Joses, whom the Apostles had nick-named Barnabas (Son Of Consolation). What if, Barnabas thought, Paul were truly converted? Would it not be a sin to cast him out? Barnabas befriended Paul, heard and believed his story of his conversion, and brought him into fellowship with the Apostles. I like what Luke adds, “And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem” (Acts 9:28). This shows that the Apostles had confidence now in Paul.

After meeting with Peter for fifteen days in Jerusalem, trouble began to brew when the Jews rose up against Paul so Peter conducted him to Caesarea and then back to his boyhood home of Tarsus, Paul’s home town, where he resumed his occupation of tent-making. Here was an Apostle without a calling, a missionary with no field. And Paul was to wait humbly, in prayer, study, work—unwelcomed by those of the new Church, or the old—for thirteen years.

Yet Paul’s obscurity helped the Church, there was a truce between the Church and the Sanhedrin. “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied” (Acts 9:31).

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Proverbs  14  15         Revelation  4  
Proverbs  16  17         Revelation  5      Psalm 119 :33-40

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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 3.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                         

Today’s First Thoughts                                  September 3, 2012

Good Morning!
While Paul was exiled to Tarsus for 13 years, the greatest thing to happen in the Church, other than the coming of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost, God allowed Peter to open its doors to the Gentile world.

THE DOORS OF THE CHURCH OPEN TO THE GENTILES:
Acts 10:1. “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2. A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. 3. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6. He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.”

During this period of time Peter was a tireless visitor to all communities of Palestine. From one end of another he walked meetings the various groups. While he was in Joppa he had a vision of various kinds of animals, that were considered by Peter unclean to eat, which were let down from heaven in a sheet, and a voice from heaven telling him to kill and eat. In his reluctance God was showing him that he should not call what He had cleansed common or unclean. While Peter thought on the vision men were approaching from Cornelius’s house asking him to come and minster to this Gentile Centurion.

Peter realized that ‘God was no respecter of persons.’ While Peter ministered to Cornelius, God poured out the Holy Ghost on his entire household. The brethren who came with Peter saw, and were astonished, that God had given the gift of the Holy Ghost to the Gentiles. Peter immediately seized the moment to baptize Cornelius and his household and friends into the Church. What a moment in time.

This was the beginning of a new era for the Church. It was from that moment that the Church began to be world-wide organization. The Church grew in leaps and bounds and spread to foreign cities, which was to have another effect that would have everlasting affect, Paul would be re-called and commissioned for his world-wide missionary missions, and culminate in writing doctrinal letters and sermons that have been the standard of doctrine and teachings of the Church ever since. 

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Proverbs  18  19        Revelation  6      

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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4.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                           

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 4, 2012

Good Morning!
As the gospel spreads to Phenice (Phoenicia), Cyprus, and Antioch, Barnabas is sent to confirm the converts

PAUL IS SUMMONED BACK INTO SERVICE:
Acts 11:20. “And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22. Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
23. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:”

How overwhelming the developments must have been at Antioch during those glorious days! It was a sweeping victory for the cause of Christ, for “much people was added unto the Lord.” In the midst of all this holy, happy experience, Barnabas acquired a desire to have Paul with him, for fellowship and for assistance in dealing with the many converts whose establishment in the faith was eminently essential lest Satan should take advantage of their immaturity.

Paul’s spiritual discernment, his abounding zeal, his steadfastness, to say nothing of his teaching aptitude, would prove invaluable at this particular time. The Antiochan believers required such leadership, and who else among the saints of God would more thoroughly enjoy, with exuberant satisfaction, this wonderful time of refreshing from out of the presence of the Lord? So once again Barnabas sought Paul out in Tarsus to come help him in ministering to the saints at Antioch. What a moment in time, the beginning of a ministry that would last till the end of time.

Through the presence of Paul and his faithful instruction, the Antioch Church apparently exceeded the Jerusalem assembly in importance. Its impact upon sacred history far excelled all other early churches. It was the Church at Antioch which sent Paul and Barnabas on the first of many missionary trips to preach the Gospel to a lost world. It was this church that started charity work by send relief during a famine to the church at Jerusalem (Acts 11:27-30).

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Proverbs  20  21     Revelation  7        Psalm  119 :41-48

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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 5.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 5, 2012

Good Morning!
How appropriate that Paul should have been among those who first were honored with this expressive identification. Our vocabulary would be impoverished indeed without the word “Christian.”

PAUL WAS A CHRISTIAN:
Acts 11:26. “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Antioch on the banks of the Orontes river, third largest city of Roman Empire in Paul’s day, was soon recognized as the mother-church of Gentile Christianity, the nursery, we could call it, of missionary efforts that would penetrate the mainland of Europe. Those first Christians in Syrian Antioch were a strange mixture, a multi-national crew. Jews, some of them fugitives from persecution in Palestine, some born in Syria, mingled with fair-skinned Greeks converts and people from the island of Cypress prayed and worshipped shoulder to shoulder with dark-skinned men of Africa.

True conversion and proper training always result in Christ-likeness. This is the desire of the Lord, the aim of Scripture and the need of the church. The students at Antioch soon became living epistles which were readily read and known of all men. Their speech was seasoned with grace, their conduct was exemplary and their joy in the Lord was abounding. While it may not have been intended as a compliment, these followers of Christ were dubbed “Christian,” a name which has attached itself to believers to this very day.

While its usage has suffered from altogether too wide an application, it nevertheless retains the basic thought of an imitator of Christ. As a noun, it speaks of confession; as an adjective, it suggests conduct. In any event, it identifies one with the Savior. Paul could not have sought a greater honor. He wore the name well and ever strove to give it the dignity it deserved and to guard against any reproach that might tarnish its luster. It was his badge of identification as he trekked the land in preaching tours and travelled the seas on mission voyages. Paul was a Christian!

Though given by men, it has been approved of God as is indicated by its two subsequent usages in the sacred page; and we, today, accept it as indicative of our relation to Him Whom we follow in lowly paths of service. But its truest bearer, its worthiest beneficiary, and its most noteworthy exemplar was the one who taught the Antiochans the lessons which brightened the town with a reflection of Christ.

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Proverbs  22  23          Revelation  8  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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 6.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 6, 2012

Good Morning!
Paul’s great call came soon after he and Barnabas returned from Jerusalem after taking the love offering to the Church there.

SEPARATE ME, SEPARATED BY THE HOLY GHOST:
Acts 13:1. “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed..”

Luke names several great men filled with God’s Spirit and used mightily by Him and with great spiritual insight, and endowed with the by the Holy Ghost with the power of revelations. And in these days a special message concerning Paul and Barnabas came to three of these gifted men. At least one or two of these men had been personally acquainted with John the Baptist, and possibly with Jesus himself, and fled the persecutions to Antioch.

Now, fourteen years later, after fasting and ministering (worshipping) the Lord, “The Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” What profound meaning lay in that brief supernatural instruction. Paul and Barnabas were specially chosen for a unique mission designed by the Holy Ghost. Let them not ask why, or how—but set them apart to follow the directions they will be given. What a moment in time!

Remember in the Old Testament certain animals were ‘set apart’ for three days and fed special food for three days before offering them as a sacrifice, certain men, as Aaron was set apart for special service as the High Priest. So Paul and Barnabas were set apart for missionary work. I can see Paul and Barnabas standing before these great men of God as they laid hands upon them and prayed ferverently, asking God’s special blessing on them as they traveled among strangers taking the Name of Jesus Christ in their ‘chosen vessels,’ and sent them away. They took with them a young man by the name of John Mark who later wrote one of the four Gospels. From that moment on the Gospel would spread to the far corners of the world.

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Proverbs  24  25        Revelation  9       Psalm  119 :49-56 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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 7.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 7, 2012

Good Morning!
A successful pattern for soul winners was set by an individual interview of the Lord with the Samaritan woman. Barriers were broken down; the sinful woman became a witness; many other Samaritans believed on Jesus.

THE SOUL WINNER:
Luke 19:10.  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The picture John portrays of Jesus sitting at the well of Sychar is that of a tired man. Jesus was never too weary and tired to extend himself to a sinner. He was willing to go through Samaria. The humanity of Christ is clearly portrayed here. He was weary and thirsty as any human becomes. His deity is shown by his knowledge of the life of the woman, and also by His offering of living water, Only God can give that.

To the Jew of Jesus’ day, the Samaritan represented all that was undesirable. Awesome ethnic barriers existed between Samaria and the Jews. Samaria was off limits. You will note that the woman was shocked that a Jew would ask a drink of her. Jesus was more sensitive to her need than to the social stigma. Observe the moral condition of the Woman of Samaria in the words of Jesus, “For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband….” (John 4:18). The need of the Samaritan woman surely fits the purpose of the Lord's ministry. He crossed over race prejudice and social barriers to get to a soul

Let us notice to whom the Samaritan woman witnessed: those of her own village; those who knew her, the first people whom she saw.
John 4:28.The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29. Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30.Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”

Soul-winning should be the number one objective of the Church. Jesus commanded his followers to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16-16). It is still our responsibility to win the lost to Jesus.

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Proverbs  26  27          Revelation  10   

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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8.  9.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 8, & 9, 2012

Good Morning!
In Today's Devotions we will list the Life Span of 21 Bible
Characters listed in the Bible. This is information that is good to know.

LIFE SPAN OF 21 BIBLE CHARACTERS:
1. Adam lived 930 years. (Genesis 5:5)
2. Seth (Adam's son) lived 912 years.  (Genesis 5:8)
3. Enos (Adam's grandson) lived 905 years. (Genesis 5:11)
4. Cainan (Adam's great grandson) lived 910 years. (Genesis 5:14)
5. Mahalaleel (Adam's great, great, grandson) lived 895 years. (Genesis 5:17)
6. Jared (Adam's great, great, great grandson lived 962. (Genesis 5:20)
7. Enoch lived 365 years and God took him. (Genesis 5:23-24)
8. Methuselah lived 969 years. (Genesis 5:27)
9. Lamech (Noah's father) lived 777 years. (Genesis 5:31)
10. Noah lived 950 years. (Genesis 9:29)
11. Terah (Abraham's father) lived 205 years. (Genesis 11:32)
12 Abraham lived 175 years. (a hundred threescore and fifteen) (Genesis 25:7)
13. Sarah lived 127 years. (Genesis 23:1) Only woman the Bible tells their age.
14. Isaac lived 180 years. (Genesis 35:28)
15. Jacob lived 147 years. (Genesis 47:28)
16. Joseph lived 110 years. (Genesis 50:26)
17. Amram (Moses' father) lived 137 years. (Exodus 6:20)
18. Moses lived 120 years. (Deuteronomy 34:7)
19. Joshua lived 110 years. (Joshua 24:29)
20. Aaron lived 123 years. (Numbers 33:39)
21. Eli lived 98 years. (1 Samuel 4:15:-18)
22. John The Baptist 31 years.
23. Jesus 33 ½ years.
24. John the beloved disciple was the oldest of New Testament Saints (96?)

Note: Sarah is the only woman whose life span that is recorded in the Bible.

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Proverbs  28  29        Revelation  11      Psalm   119 :57-64
Proverbs  30  31        Revelation  12

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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10.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                           

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 10, 2012

Good Morning!
When we feel limited in our resources to help, when our humanity is exhausted in our efforts to provide the needs which we are faced with day after day, Bring It To Jesus.

LITTLE IS MUCH IF GOD IS IN IT: 
Mark 6:9. There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? (KJV)

A large multitude had gathered together to hear Jesus as he was teaching and healing in a desert place. They had traveled on foot “out of all the cities.” (Matthew 14:13) many of them coming many miles, to see, and hear our Lord. They had remained a whole day in the desert, and would be sure to faint on their way home without food. (Mark 6:32-36) Jesus had compassion on them and inquired about feeding them. Jesus directed his inquiry to Philip. John 6:5b. .., “He saith unto Philip, whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? Philip answered Him, two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little (John 6:7).   

Two hundred pennyworth was a sum equal to two hundred days wages, and was more than our Lord and all of his disciples were worth of this world’s goods. Here was a need that was far beyond their human ability to supply, and our Lord seemed to want his disciples to realize this.

We all, at times, have needs which are far beyond our human resources. Our resources at the very best are quite exhausted. Our best, our all, avails so very little...  This would surely apply to the numberless offers to our poor humanity, and our limited faculties to meet the moral starvation of the world. All the philosophy, all the wisdom, all the education, that the world has to offer, even if it satisfy the few, the leisurely, the cynical, the learned, the wise men of the west, what will it do for the poor, the broken-hearted, the consciously guilty?

Jesus will say to us, concerning our resources, as he did to Andrew concerning the five loaves and two fishes. Matthew 14:18, “He said, bring them hither to me.” Jesus also said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

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Ecclesiastes 1  2         Revelation 13       Psalm  119 :65-72 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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11.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 11, 2012

Good Morning!
Many foods would be very dull without a little pinch of salt. We can liken this to the influence that Christians have on society.

YE ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH:
Matthew 5:13. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

“Ye,” is not everyone. It was not made to kings, or priests, or leaders, or men of high distinction. Jesus made these statements to, seemingly, the most unimportant people of His day.  It was made to men who were poor in spirit, to those who mourn, to the meek, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, to the merciful. It was made to those who had a pure heart, to the peacemakers, to those who are persecuted for righteousness, “ye,” are the most important people on the earth.

Salt was greatly valued in the time of Christ. It was used as a medium of exchange like money. A bag of salt was reckoned as precious as a man's life. In the climate of Palestine it was indispensable for the preservation of food. Another more common use for salt is for seasoning. Almost any recipe calls for a ‘pinch’ of salt, or a ‘dash’ of salt. Jesus was not concerned the group was small on that day upon the mount.

A ‘pinch’ of salt is enough to flavor this society. Church we don't have to be many in numbers. All that Jesus asks of us is to be real salt. The disciples are to stay in the world, touching every phase of society, if we are to redeem it. We redeem society by being what He asks us to be, real Christians, real salt. The true character (savior) of the salt must be preserved. The salt in us will establish us and keep us from failing. It will keep you fresh and sweet. It will help you to forgive.

When Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth,” the entire world, except a few in Palestine, were steeped in idolatry and ignorance of God’s principals and laws. Since then the Christian laws and principals have had the greatest impact and influence on human society than any thing. Without Christianity most of the world would still be in a barbaric stage of development. Let us be the ‘salt’ Jesus ask of us.

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Ecclesiastes  3   4       Revelation  14  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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12.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 12, 2012

Good Morning!
There are people from all walks of life who are hurting and need your help.

HUMAN FERRY-BOAT:
2 Samuel 19:18. And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; (KJV)

This is something that is mentioned only once in the Bible---a Ferry-Boat. This Ferry-Boat comes into one of the stories about King David. At the time of the story David was an old man and he was passing through one of the most trying experiences of his life. His son, Absalom, had plotted against him and tried to wrest the kingdom from David and make himself king. The plot had succeeded to the point where King David and his household had to flee from Jerusalem, along with hundreds of those who were faithful to him. When David and his household was returning they were met at the Jordan by a man named Ziba.

Ziba had with him fifteen sons and twenty servants, and they went over The Jordan, that is they forded the river, to meet the king. Our scripture reads, “there went over a Ferry-Boat to bring back the king’s household,”---the women and children who had gone into exile. Ziba and his sons and servants waded through the Jordan and carried over the women and children belonging to the king. What were they but Human Ferry-Boats?

God wants all of us to be Human Ferry-Boats. I’m talking about real life situation which we all have to pass through. There are difficulties and dangers which, sooner or later, in the journey of life, we all come to. Through many of these trials we need a kind Human Ferry-Boat to help us over and land us safely on the other side. Can we think of someone we can help through some situation which has befallen them? There are people from all walks of life who are hurting and need your help.

It is our Christian duty to be on the look-out for opportunities to be of help to someone who is struggling with some difficulty or hardship. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

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Ecclesiastes  5  6       Revelation  15     Psalm  119 :73-80 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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13.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 13, 2012

Good Morning!
It is sad to see that when we get older we begin to lose some, or all, of some of our senses, our hearing get dull, out ears lose their hearing, and our minds lose memory.

CAN’T SEE – CAN’T HEAR – CAN’T REMEMBER:  
Mark 8:18. Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? (KJV)

The saddest of all things is when people are spiritually blind and have closed their ears to spiritual truths and have forgotten that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. This dullness of their spiritual perception is what concerned our Lord after they had been with him so long and had been witnesses and partakers of His miraculous Ministry. That is the reason Simon Peter, who learned this lesson well, wrote thirty years later, that a Christian, at every level of spirituality, had to keep working on his spiritual being lest he loose his perception of faith.

At our conversion something happened. We received forgiveness of sins by being washed in Jesus’ blood by being baptized in his Name, and filled with the Holy Ghost, we became a new creature, old things passed away and all things became new. We received something else, “His (Jesus’) power has granted unto all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2Peter1:3). He also gave us “exceeding great and precious promises” (2Peter1:4), and through these promises, “we have been made partakers of the Divine Nature. We look back on our Christian experience; we have come a long way. Looking around us, we are in the midst of a great and glorious inheritance. Just look at what we have obtained. May we not rest and enjoy it?

Let us say at the first that, however great may be our privilege and high attainments, it is not the way of scripture to permit anyone to think that he has already attained, or is already perfect. Every attainment won, every new gift received, is but occasion of a new endeavor in Christ, a reaching forward. This is true now and here, and it will be throughout our Christian life. Peter proceeds to give eight steps to prevent blindness and memory loss, found in
(2 Peter 1:5-7), “add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” By constantly adding to these virtues we exercise our spiritual senses and thereby don’t loose them.

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Ecclesiastes 7  8     Revelation  16  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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14.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 14, 2012

Good Morning!
Let us never forget the Price that Jesus paid for us at Calvary.

THE ROAD TO CALVARY:
Hebrews 2:15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (KJV)
Jesus knew that the road to Calvary was the only way that He would provide hope for eternal life for a sinful world. It is through His death that we can receive life. The road to Christ's death began in the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed intensely to His Father for the strength to carry out His mission. His prayer culminated by Him saying, “Not My will be done but Thine be done.”

Next, Jesus was sent to trial where He was brutally beaten. The road to Calvary was the most painful thing Jesus experienced on earth, so much so that He could not even bear His cross. “And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus” (Luke 23:26).

But the miracle is that Jesus overcame the power of the grave and rose again. The road was hard and long, but the rewards were great. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds”  (Hebrews 12:2-3).

Though our road will not be exactly as Jesus experienced, all of us will have to bear the cross of pain or loss or disappointment. But like Jesus when we pray we are given hope and strength. We do not have to bear our burdens alone; Jesus has promised to join us on our journey through life. “And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).

May God, with new freshness and great awareness, implant within our hearts and minds a new appreciation for the price that Jesus paid at Calvary that we might we be free. 

Read Thru The Bible
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Ecclesiastes  9  10        Revelation  17     Psalm  119 :81-88

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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 15. 16.                  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 15 & 16, 2012

Good Morning!
The Oil is The Holy Ghost. Let us not have to go to try to buy Oil in the blackness of the midnight hour. Let Us All Be Ready.

CHECK THE OIL IN YOUR LAMP:
Matthew 25: 8. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Jewish weddings, as well as in most Eastern Countries, were celebrated at night. In accordance with Hebrew customs, the Bridegroom, along with the children of the bride-chamber (his own special friends), has gone to bring home his betrothed Bride. By torch light, amid joyous celebrations of his friends. He (the bridegroom) would conduct her along these streets from her father's house to his own house, where a banquet is prepared for invited guests. Near the house, lingering near the doorway, are seen ten young women in white festive attire. Each of these Bridal attendants has a lamp in her hand, and a small vessel of oil is slung at her side. Their lamps are lit. They have been waiting, moment, after moment, hour after hour, for the coming of the bridegroom. Their eyes are wistfully turned towards the house where he had gone.

Some unforeseen reason has delayed his coming. Wearied with the excitement, and the fatigue of the long unexpected watch, these watchers for the Bridegroom, have one after the other, dropped off to sleep. Their lamps are left to burn as long as they will. Several hours have passed since the Bridegroom left. At last, midnight arrives. The sleepers are startled with the cry of some herald or messenger. “Behold The Bridegroom Cometh!” (Matthew 25:6). All at once the eyes of the sleepers are opened, drowsiness and slumber are exchanged for life and activity.

The ten virgins spring to their feet. The ten virgins grab their lamps. They begin to trim their wicks. Five of the watchers had been wise, they had prepared for the delay of the Bridegroom, they replenish the oil from the vessel, their lamps again burn brightly, the other five had not been so prepared, they had made no provisions for any delay. They looked at their lamps, and they were gone out, they looked at their vessels and they were empty. Watch the first dimming of your lamps, the first symptoms of spiritual slumber, defection and loss of your first love.

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17.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 17, 2012

Good Morning!
God has given to every man a free will and a conscience, and He will not override that will. God will only intervene, or come into a heart which invites Him.

CONSCIENCE, AN ACCUSER NEVER SILENT:
Matthew 27:5. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

No greater pain can we bear than a tortured conscience. It drove Judas Iscariot to suicide. There is one feature common to all, acts of iniquity, they have a double reward. Judas got his reward. He did the deed and he got the money, “the reward of iniquity” — the reward which he looked for as the fruit of his sin. Sinners very often do get their expected reward.

Adam and Eve became “as gods, knowing good and evil;”
Gehazi obtained his two talents of silver and his two changes of garments;
Ahab got possession of the coveted vineyard; Zimri gained a throne by the slaughter of the house of Bassha; The men of Gibeah slaked their lust on the Levite’s concubine. But now let us look at the other reward of iniquity; that which comes in due season, as the inevitable fruit of the just judgment of God.

Judas has got his money. Perhaps he has concluded his bargain for the field. He is no longer a poor man like his Master. The former gains of robbery have been swelled by the price of treachery. But he had forgotten his manhood, forgotten that man has a conscience, and that a guilty conscience is like the raging sea, which cannot be stilled. He had shut his eyes to everything but the reward he coveted.

Now the storm is rising. Remorse begins her terrible work. Regret, agonizing fear, terrible self-reproach, unbearable shame, all rush upon his soul, and distract and tear it. Maddening thoughts flood over the son of perdition, of him whose iniquity had gained its reward. Judas tries to rush from consciousness, to escape from himself and from God. He flings from him the accursed silver; but he cannot fling away the guilt of blood. So he takes a rope and hangs himself, and goes to his own place. Surely conscience, an accuser never silent, must have warned him of his greed.

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18.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                            

Today’s First Thoughts                                  September 18, 2012

Good Morning!
When Jesus finds the heart shut, he does not immediately withdraw, but he waits to be gracious, He wants to come into our hearts and fellowship with us.

WHY DO WE KEEP HIM STANDING THERE?
Revelation 3:20. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

A little girl stood gazing intently at a painting of Jesus at an art show. It was the painting of Christ knocking at the door of a home. In the picture, it was a cold winter night; snow flakes were gently falling on the head and shoulders of the knocking Christ. Visibly troubled, the little girl turned to her mother and asked, “Mommy, why do they keep Him standing there?”

The portrait of the knocking Christ hangs in the gallery of every human heart. The little girl's question must not be left unanswered. In our luke-warmness, in our indifference to God's will, and in our fascination with the mundane--we keep Him standing there. “Why do they keep Him standing there?” is a question we cannot ignore. It's a question we must do something about.

There is another intriguing detail about the portrait of the knocking Christ. There is no latch or doorknob on the door! That's the way it is with the human heart. The latch is always on the inside. It's the people inside who must open the door. As the little chorus says, “You must open the door... when Jesus comes in, He will cleanse you from sin, but you must open the door.”

When the heart is emptied of self-importance, the door will be opened to Christ, because you will recognize His knock. But unless you clear away the rubbish that keeps the Lord Jesus out, He cannot possibly enter; for He forces no entrance.

Is your heart opened for Him to enter? Above all things make room in your heart for Jesus. Though we gain the whole world and don’t have Jesus we are still just a pauper. 

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19.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                         

 Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 19, 2012

Good Morning!
The next ten days we are going to focus our Devotions on the Ten Commandments. We will list several scriptures to help understand each Commandment.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: #1, “NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.”
Exodus 20:3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (KJV)
Our English word for ‘God’ comes from an old Anglo-Saxton word which means ‘one to be worshiped.’ Or the number one object in a person’s life.

Deuteronomy 6:5.
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:14. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people
which are round about you;
Psalm  81:9.  There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship
any strange god.
Isaiah 43:10. Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have
chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before
me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Isaiah 44:8.  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time,
and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea,
there is no God; I know not any.
Isaiah 46:9. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none
else; I am God, and there is none like me.

Matthew 4:10:. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
1 Corinthians 8:6.  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all 
things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him.
Ephesians 4:6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and
in you all.
Colossians 2:9.  For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
1 John 5:20. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is      
true,  even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  (KJV)

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20.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 20, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion------The Ten Commandments # 2

THE TEN COMMANDMENT #2----“NO GRAVEN IMAGE”
Exodus 20:4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness
of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is
in the water under the earth:

An ‘idol’ is an object made by human hands to resemble something that a person calls their ‘god.’  In another sense, anything that comes into a person’s life that takes the place of the ‘true God.’

Exodus 20:5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the
LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exodus 34:17. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Leviticus 19:4. Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am
the LORD your God.
Leviticus 26:1. Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you
up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to
bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 27:15. Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image,
an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and
putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
Joshua 23:7.  That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among
you;
neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them,
neither
serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
Isaiah 42:17. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed,
that trust in
graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

Acts 17:29. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
Acts 19:26. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost 
throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: (KJV)

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21.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 21, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion----The Ten Commandments #3

TEN COMMANDMENTS #3, “DO NOT TAKE THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN”
Exodus 20:7. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;
for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
TEN COMMANDMENTS #3, “DO NOT TAKE THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN” (IN A USELESS MANNER). BEWARE OF USING SLANG WORDS, CURSING, SWEARING, SLANDER, REVILING, ESPECIALLY IF IT INCLUDES GOD’S HOLY NAME OR ANY OF HIS ATTRIBUTES.

Leviticus 19:12. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou
profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
Proverbs 30:9. Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or
lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Psalm 8:1b.……O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Psalm 74:18. Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
Psalm 139:20. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy
name in vain.
Jeremiah 23:10. For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the
land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their
course is evil, and their force is not right.

Matthew 12:31.  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
2 Timothy 2:16. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase
unto more ungodliness.
Colossians 3:8.  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy,  filthy communication out of your mouth.
James 2:7.  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
James 3:10.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My
brethren, these things ought not so to be.  (KJV)

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 22.  23.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 22 & 23, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion---The Ten Commandments # 4

TEN COMMANDMENTS #4 -- KEEP THE SABBATH DAY HOLY:
Exodus 20:8.  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

The Sabbath Day represents the day that God rested from all of His labor in the creation of the heaven and the earth. The Sabbath is Jewish from beginning to end of its observance in the Bible. To Christians it represents a day that is used primarily to attend Church services, and rest from our weekly tasks.

(Exodus 3l:16-17). Yet we have not been freed from the principle brought forth from this Commandment. The early Church gathered to Worship on Sunday because Jesus arose on the first day of the week, called the Lord's Day (John 20; Acts 20:7; Rev. l:10) God is saying, "I want some of your time."
Genesis 2:3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Exodus 31:16. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
Exodus 31:17.  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
Leviticus 19:30.  Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

Matthew 12:12:. How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is to do well on the sabbath days.
Mark 2:27. And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Mark 2:28. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Luke 6:9.  Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
1 Corinthians 16:2.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Revelation 1:10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's (Sabbath) day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, (KJV)

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24.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 24, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion-----The Ten Commandments #5

TEN COMMANDMENTS # 5--HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER:
Exodus 20:12:  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Young people need to remember that this is the only commandment with a promise attached to it. Keep this commandment and it helps to assure long live.

Exodus 21:15. And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
Proverbs 1:8.  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Matthew 19:19. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
Luke 2:51:. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject
unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Ephesians 6:1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:2.  Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment
with promise;
Ephesians 6:3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Colossians 3:20. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing
unto the Lord.

Proverbs 10:1. The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a 
foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Proverbs 23:22. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy
mother
when she is old.
Proverbs 23:26. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
Hebrews 12:9.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us,
and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the
Father of spirits, and live?
Proverbs 30:11. There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless
their mother.  (KJV)

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25.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 25, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion ------The Ten Commandments #6

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS #6 – THOU SHALT NOT KILL:
Exodus 20:13. Thou shalt not kill.

This is the third law that God gave to man. The first was given to Adam, “thou shalt not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” the second law was given to Noah after he came off the ark, not to eat the blood of animals, this law, not to kill, was given at the same time, Genesis 9:4-6. God reinforced it in the Ten Commandments.

Genesis 4:8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when
they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Genesis 9:6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for
in the image of God made he man.
2 Samuel 12:9. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD,
to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and
hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the
children of Ammon.

Matthew 5:21. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause
shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca,
shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in
danger of hell fire.
Romans 13:9. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if
there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying,
namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
James 2:11. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a
transgressor of the law.
1 Peter  4:15.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as
an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
1 John 3:15. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know
that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

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26.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                           

Today’s First Thoughts                                 September 26, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion  ------- The Ten Commandments #7

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS #7 -- DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY:
Exodus 20:14. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Adultery is having sexual relations with a person who you are not legally married
to. Jesus gave His definition of adultery in Matthew 5:28.

Proverbs 6:32. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh
understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Matthew 5:27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt
not commit adultery:
Matthew 5:28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Matthew 5:32. But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife,
saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and
whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
1 Corinthians 5:9.  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1 Corinthians 6:18. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the
body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1 Corinthians 7:2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own
wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
1 Corinthians 10:8.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them
committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
Galatians 5:19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Hebrews 13:4. Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled:
but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
1 Corinthians 6:9.  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom
of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

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27.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                        

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 27, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion ---- The Ten Commandments #8

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS # 8 -- DO NOT STEAL:
Exodus 20:15. Thou shalt not steal.

Steal. “To take without permission, steal, swipe (slang), poach, fleece (colloquial), embezzle, expropriate, filch, make off with, grab (colloquial), heist, loot, hijack, lift (colloquial), misappropriate, pilfer, pinch (slang), pirate, plunder, pocket, purloining, rip off (slang), rob, shoplift, thieve, burglarize.” (AHD)

Exodus 22:1. If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall 
restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
Exodus 22:7. If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep,
and it be stolen out of the man's house; if the thief be found, let him pay double.
Leviticus 19:11. Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
Psalm  62:10. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches
 increase, set not your heart upon them.
Proverbs 29:24. Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth
cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

Luke 18:20.  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not
kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
John 10:1. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the
sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
John 10:10.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I
am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
1 Corinthians 6:10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4:28. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour,
working
with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him
that needeth.
1 Peter 4:15.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an
evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
Romans 2:21. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?
thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

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28.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 28, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion ---- The Ten Commandments #9

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS #9 --- DO NOT LIE:
Exodus 20:16. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Any untruth is a lie, whether big or small. The first lie the world has record of occurred in the Garden of Eden when Satan told Eve that she would not die if she eat of the forbidden fruit. Jesus calls him the father of lies John 8:44.

Exodus 23:1.  Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the
wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
Leviticus 19:11. Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
Job 36:4. For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
Psalm 119:163. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Psalm 120:2.  Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful
tongue.
Proverbs 12:17. He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness: but a false
witness
deceit.
Proverbs 12:22.  Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly
are his delight.

Ephesians 4:25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Colossians 3:9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
1 Timothy 4:2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Revelation 21:8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 22:15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

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29.  30.                  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                September 29 & 30, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion ---- The Ten Commandments #10

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS #10 ----- DO NOT COVET:
Exodus 20:17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Covetousness is desiring something that belong to some one else, or something that we can not lawfully own. Many times our conversation is filled with, “I wish I had.”

Joshua 7:21.  When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
Psalm 10:3. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
Psalm 119:36.  Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Proverbs 15:27. He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Jeremiah 51:13.  O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

Mark 7:22. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mark 7:23.  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Luke 12:15. And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Romans 7:7. What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou
shalt not covet.
Ephesians 5:3.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Hebrews 13:5. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

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