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1.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 1, 2012

Good Morning!
God created man in His own image in a state of moral excellence, and for the companionship of the Creator. The dignity and worth of man make him of more value than the sun, moon or stars.

GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE:
Genesis 1:27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created
he him; male and female created he them.

Jesus Christ existed from the beginning not as the Son of God but as God. "All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3). Though the body in which Christ was manifested did not exist in actuality until Bethlehem’s manger, yet it did exist in the plan of God. The Lamb of God was “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). Paul said that Adam was the "figure of Him to come" (Romans 5:14). When God made Eve as an help meet for Adam, their union prefigured the union of the church with Christ (Ephesians 5:32).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was not ‘made’ in the image of God; HE WAS THE IMAGE OF GOD! (Hebrews 1:3;
11
Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15). Jesus Christ was the Body in which the Father (God) was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:19). In Him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). If God had made man as God was at the time of creation, He would have made man a spirit being, but God purposed to make man as He was to become -- a spirit with a body. So God made man a creature with a spirit, a soul, and A BODY.

It must be understood that God was and is a Spirit (John 4:24; John 1:18; 1Timothy 6:16) but He has a body. Likewise man dwells in a tabernacle of flesh, but man was, and is a living soul (Genesis 2:7). The soul of man is breathed into everyone at birth by God and will be required of him at death. Unless a person has his soul redeemed (purchased) by the blood of Jesus they will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

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Isaiah   23  24

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 2, 2012

Good Morning!
While Moses’ Mother prayed and wept God gave her a plan. God was interested in her child. And God is interested in your child.

I WILL PAY THEE WAGES:
Exodus 2:9. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. (KJV)

There must have been great anxiety when this child was born. The mother defied might with right when it was born. Pharaoh became angry and gave orders to all of Egypt that the boy babies born to the Hebrew women were to be thrown into the river. She hid the child six months. (Exodus 2:2)

Exodus 2:3a “and when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, ...”  She probably gave up her rest and sleep to prepare an ark. She exercised great care when selecting material for an ark. Exodus 2:3b. .., and daubed it with slime and with pitch, ... (KJV) she did everything she could to make it safe for her baby.

You can imagine the last night at home. The others may have slept sound, but not this baby’s mother, nor the angels. At dawn she kissed him good-by, and placed him in the ark, and sent him off into the unknown. Miriam watched to see what would happen to him, along with the angels who kept the crocodiles back.

Mother had done her best---now God was going to do his best. God was going to pay her in a measure she could never have dreamed. God sent a king’s daughter to take care of him. Pharaoh’s daughter came early the next morning to the river and when she saw the strange little craft she sent for it. Exodus 2:6a. “and when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, The babe wept.” Tears softens hearts. This baby’s tears were the jewels which ransomed Israel.

Mothers take care of your children. Watch the company they keep.
Watch the places they go. It means their life.
God has put them into your care and he wants to claim them somday.

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Isaiah  25  26       Psalm  119 :16l-168 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 3, 2012

Good Morning!
From 120 who were gathered in an upper room 2000 year ago the Christian Church has grown to a world wide influence.

INFECTIOUS NEWS:
Acts 5:12. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men
and women.

An upper chamber at Jerusalem, a city in the last days of its troubled existence, contained the whole number of those who acknowledged Christ as their Master. Measured by any worldly standard, anything feebler or more absolutely insignificant than that company cannot be imagined. But the grain of mustard seed was to become a tree in which the birds of the air should make their nests; the little leaven was to leaven the whole lump; the stone was to become a great mountain which should fill the whole earth. And so it has come to pass that those in the upper chamber at Jerusalem has grown into the Church triumphant, the mother of all the saints that are, or have been, or are to be hereafter.

Let us contrast for a moment the account here given with the present condition of Christianity in the world. Christianity has taken possession in the whole civilized world. The thrones, the laws, the institutions of those nations which hold sway in the earth are all based upon the gospel. The arts, the sciences, the literature of civilized men are more or less impregnated with the doctrine of the New Testament. Look at the mass of Christian literature — in poetry, in philosophy, in science, in theology, in sacred oratory, in general literature. What countless Christian writers have elevated the human intellect, enlarged the borders of knowledge, added dignity to man, and happiness to mankind! What vast influences, of all sorts, permeating the civilized world, we can now trace up to the gospel and that little group at Jerusalem.

How has the world been filled with fruits of righteousness, altering the whole aspect or human society, of which the gospel alone was the first seed! What an infinite encouragement to our faith is this. Jesus Himself has put His blessings and power behind the Church. “And, lo, I am with thee always, until the end of the world”
(Matthew 28:20.)

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Isaiah  27  28

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 4, 2012

Good Morning!
Intercession is not just a privilege but it is a Christian's duty and it is the will of God for all of us. Intercession is seeking the favor of God on the behalf of someone else.

MINISTRY OF INTERCESSION:
1 Timothy 2:1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

Abraham prayed the very first intercessory prayer we have record of. God had visited Abraham with news of the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham interceded for the cities and God listened intently to Abraham’s prayers (Genesis 18:16-33).

God's wrath was kindled against the nation of Israel, and God was ready to completely destroy them and start a new Hebrew people through Moses. The Lord was extremely angry and was determined to obliterate this haughty and stubborn society (Exodus 32:9-14). Moses rose to the occasion, stood in the gap, and made intercession to God in behalf of the Israelites. As it turned out, this one man, Moses, prayed one intercessory prayer and caused an entire nation of people to be spared. Oh, the far-reaching influence and power of intercessory prayer!

Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are (James 5:17), he prayed earnestly in behalf of the spiritual condition of his nation. For three and one-half years there was no rain, then suddenly rain came again to the land. Through his fervent prayers a poor widow's food was multiplied, and her dead child was raised, and fire literally fell from heaven!

The Apostle Peter made intercession for a precious saint, Dorcas, who had suddenly passed from this life. Many were grieved at her passing. Peter interceded and Dorcas was raised from the dead. (See Acts 9:36-41). Paul and Silas made intercession unto God from behind prison bars at midnight in Philippi (See Acts 16:25:33). God sent a rare, emancipating earthquake. This liberated all captives and the jailer was converted. A Church was established in Philippi through the ministry of intercession. There is a great need for Intercessors today, people who will seek the favor of God on behalf of someone else. Do you know someone who needs the favor of God upon their life, whether sickness, financial help, or salvation for their soul?

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Isaiah  29  30           Psalm  119 :169-176 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 5, 2012

Good Morning!
Prayer is the talk of a man with his friend.

A FRIEND OF GOD:
Isaiah 41:8. But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

To think that any mortal man could possibly befriend almighty God! Who inhabits eternity…invisible, immortal, eternal… yet God wanted a friend. I am mortal… I am weak… I am insecure… I need a friend… I need companionship… I need to be cheered and comforted…I often feel lonely. I am often despondent. I often miss my way in life. Therefore, I need near to me a faithful friend. I need a friend to speak to me at those times, with wisdom, and, with both sympathy, and encouragement.

Proverbs 27:17. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”  So the principal fruit of friendship is to bring out the best in your friend. No one can open up the heart but a true friend. A true friend is one to whom you may share grief, joy, fear, hope, suspicion, counsel, and whatsoever else that lies upon the heart to oppress it. So every man needs the help of a friend. If you don’t have a friend you should endeavor to get one.

One of the greatest stories of friendship in the Bible is the friendship of Jonathan, king Saul’s son, and David. Even though he was a Prince Jonathan condescended to poor shepherd boy David. “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.  (1 Samuel 18:1-4).

For all the reasons I have mentioned I need a friend, you need a friend, we all need a friend. But surely not God! We need a friend because of the human characteristics in us. Because of human weaknesses, we are capable of being sad, of being lonely, and of being helpless. Let us say in our heart, “I’ll be a friend to Jesus.” We do not have to have great talents or abilities to be His friend. Martha cooked supper for him. The women of Galilee ministered to Him of their substance. The woman at the well in Samaria gave him a drink of water. Simon of Syrene bore his cross for him. Everything we do for him is remembered, and repaid.

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Isaiah  31  32   

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 6 &7, 2012

Good Morning!
How we long for the Touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a Voice that is still.

THOSE WHO DIE IN THE LORD:
Revelation 14:13. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

John was permitted to look beyond the labor and struggles of this present life, to a place where the redeemed are at rest. Not only did John see the scene but He was commanded to put on record what he hears by the Lord God. It is of the utmost importance that we rightly understand who are spoken of.  This blessedness is not for all. The blessed dead are placed in marked contrast with those who in this life have borne the mark of this world and have no rest throughout eternity. (Revelation 14:11)

THEY REST FROM ALL THEIR LABOR:
Rest! What a cheering word. The world has been waiting for a place of rest since Adam's day. Not just from physical toil, but emotional and spiritual toil. Paul says, “We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12).

THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW:
All good works springing from faith in Christ shall follow the worker into eternity. Not one act truly done for Christ and in His Spirit will be lost, not even the giving of a cup of cold water. Their works are so far from being lost through their death, that they follow them into eternity. Let us remember that a man goes into eternity, plus his works, whether they be good or bad. Blessed, indeed is it when the works have been those of faith and love. Paul tells us, “Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after” (1 Timothy 5:24).

Some men's sins will follow them to judgment. Paul is saying that some men’s sins are so conspicuous that everyone knows that they are a sinner, but other’s sins are hidden and playing the part of a hypocrite, but even these will be exposed in the coming judgment.

Read Thru The Bible
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Isaiah   33  34         Psalm  120
Isaiah  
35  36

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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8.                           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 8, 2012

Good Morning!
The next nine days our Devotions will be a Scriptural Study of The Fruit of the Spirit.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT # 1 --LOVE
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

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.
Psalm 97:10. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his
saints;
he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Proverbs 10:12. Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Matthew 5:44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 19:19. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
John 13:34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as
I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 14:15.  If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Romans 13:8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth
another hath fulfilled the law.
1 John 3:18. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in
deed and in truth.
1 John 4:18.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because
fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 5:2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God,
and keep his commandments.
2 Corinthians 5:14. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge,
that if one died for all, then were all dead:
1 Peter  1:22. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the
Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a
pure heart fervently:

Read Thru The Bible
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Isaiah  37  38          Psalm  121

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 9, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion --Fruit of The Spirit #2--Joy

JOY:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Nehemiah 8:10. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the
sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is
holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

This scripture can be looked at in two different views. First, it can mean that God gets joy from our strength or fortitude in trials. Another view, we get strength from the joy we receive from serving God. Either way, God is our strength, and we give God joy when we serve Him faithfully.

Isaiah 12:3.  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation
Habakkuk 3:18. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my
salvation.
Psalm 51:12.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalm 32:11. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all
ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 51:8. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast
broken may rejoice.

John 15:11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in
you, and that your joy might be full.
Romans 14:17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:8. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not,
yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
3 John 1:4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Read Thru The Bible
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Isaiah   39  40     

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 10, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion- The Fruit of the Spirit - #3 - Peace

PEACE:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23:. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Psalm 34:14. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalm 37:11. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves
in the abundance of peace.
Psalm 119:165. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Proverbs 16:7. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Isaiah 26:3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 32:17. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of
righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

John 14:27. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 16:33. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Romans 8:6. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life
and peace
.
Romans 14:17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Ephesians 4:3. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Hebrews 12:14. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man
shall see the Lord:
Ephesians 6:15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
James 3:18. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
1 Peter 3:11. Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
2 Peter 1:2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge
of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Read Thru The Bible
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Isaiah  41  42          Psalm   122

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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11.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 11, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion -Fruit of the Spirit -#4 -Longsuffering (Patience)

LONGSUFFERING:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Exodus 34:6. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD,
The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness
and truth,
Numbers 14:18. The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity
and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
Psalm 86:15. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Luke 21:19. “In your patience possess ye your souls.”
Romans 2:4. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
2 Corinthians 6:6. By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, 
by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
Ephesians 4:2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing
one another in love;
Colossians 1:11. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
unto
all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Colossians 3:12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels
of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
2 Timothy 3:10. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life,
purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
2 Timothy 4:2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Peter 3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance.

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Isaiah  43  44

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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12.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 12, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion -- Fruit of the Spirit - #5 – Gentleness (kindly in disposition).
I feel that kindness is one of the greatest Christian attributes that a person can attain.

GENTLENESS:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Psalm 18:35. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right
hand
hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

2 Corinthians 10:1. Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and
gentleness
of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
Ephesians 4:32. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
1Thessalonians 2:7. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth
her children:
2 Timothy 2:24. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all
men, apt to teach, patient,
Titus 3:2. To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all
meekness unto all men.
James 3:17. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable,
gentle,
and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality,
and without hypocrisy.
Romans 12:10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour
preferring one another;
Proverbs 31:26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law
of kindness
.
2 Corinthians 6:6. By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness,
by the
Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
Colossians 3:12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels
of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
2 Peter 1:7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Read Thru The Bible
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Isaiah  45  46           Psalm  123 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 13 & 14, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion - Fruit of the Spirit - #6 – Goodness (promoting good things).

GOODNESS:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Exodus 34:6. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD,
The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness
and truth,
Psalm 23:6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and
I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Psalm 27:13. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the
LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 31:19. Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them
that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the
sons of men!
Psalm 33:5. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the
goodness of the LORD.
Psalm 145:8. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and
of great mercy

Romans 2:4. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Romans 15:14. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye
also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Ephesians 5:9. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and
truth;)
2 Thessalonians 1:11. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would
count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness,
and
the work of faith with power:

Read Thru The Bible
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Isaiah   47  48
Isaiah   49  50           Psalm  124

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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15.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                            

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 15, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion - Fruit of The Spirit - #7 - Faith -
(Noun --Christian Doctrine)----(Verb - Confidence)

FAITH:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Habakkuk 2:4. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith(confidence).

Matthew 9:29. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to
your faith(confidence)
be it unto you.
Matthew 17:20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for
verily I
say unto you, If ye have faith (confidence) as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall
remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Acts 14:22. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue
 in the faith (doctrine), and that we must through much tribulation enter into the
kingdom of God.
Acts 16:5. And so were the churches established in the faith (doctrine), and
increased in number daily.
Ephesians 2:8. For by grace are ye saved through faith (confidence); and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 4:5. One Lord, one faith (doctrine), one baptism,
2 Timothy 4:7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith (confidence, doctrine)
:
1 Thessalonians 5:8. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the
breastplate of faith (confidence) and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Hebrews 11:6. But without faith (confidence) it is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:1. Now faith (confidence) is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.

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16.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 16, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion - Fruit of the Spirit - #8- Meekness (not easily provoked)

MEEKNESS:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, 23: Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Numbers 12:3.
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which
were
upon the face of the earth.)
Psalms 37:11. “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight
themselves in the abundance of peace.”
Psalm 147:6. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to
the ground.
Psalms 149:4. “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the
meek with salvation.”

Matthew 5:5.
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 11:29. “ Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
2 Corinthians 10:1. Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and
gentleness
of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent
am bold toward you:
Ephesians 4:2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing
one another in love;
Colossians 3:12. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels
of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1 Timothy 6:11. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Titus 3:2. To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all
meekness unto all men
.
James 1:21. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and
receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
James 3:13. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him
show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to
give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:

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17.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 17, 2012

Good Morning!
Today's Devotion - Fruit of The Spirit - #9 Temperance (Self- Control; Sober-
Minded, Moderation
, not partaking of alcoholic beverages).

TEMPERANCE:
Galatians 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Proverbs 16:32. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that
ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city”
Proverbs 20:1.Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is
deceived thereby is not wise.

Acts 24:25. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment
to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have
a convenient season, I will call for thee.
1 Corinthians 9:25. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all
things
.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
2 Peter 1:6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to
 patience godliness;
Titus 1:8. But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Titus 2:2:. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in
charity, in patience
Titus 2:6. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
1 Peter 1:13. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the
end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 4:7. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch
unto prayer.
1 Peter 5:8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
2 Corinthians 5:13. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether
we be sober, it is for your cause
1 Thessalonians 5:8. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the
breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

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18.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion  

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 18, 2012

Good Morning!                                 
You and I are the clay in the Hands of The Master Potter. God himself is the
Master Potter working to fashion us into a usable vessel for His service.                                              

THE POTTER'S HOUSE:
Jeremiah 18:1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 
2. Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

God wanted to teach Jeremiah how he was working for the good of people of
Israel, so he sent him down to the potter’s house to watch the potter at work.
As Jeremiah watched, the potter took a lump of clay and began the process
of fashioning a vessel on the wheel.

As the potter worked with his hands shaping the lump of clay into a vessel of
his own design something happened, and the vessel he had planned to make
was suddenly marred, or miss-shapened, in his hands. As Jeremiah watched,
the potter, did not, at this point, cast the clay away, but, in his great patience,
put the clay back on the wheel and fashioned another vessel from the same lump.

The Church is the potter’s house. There we will hear the Word of the Lord.
Something is taking place in the Church, because the Potter is at work. One
day God put on His work clothes to work on us. The mind of the Potter rules
there. The clay is the people whom God is working on. The clay is worthless
without the Potter. The clay has to be broken in His hands. We can liken this
unto conviction when the Holy Spirit begins to work on us and we become
broken on the altar, weeping and agonizing before God.

Then the Potter washes the clay to wash away the dirt or earth which is
not real clay. We submit to Water Baptism to wash away our sins, or the
elements in us which will not make a vessel which can be used. You and I,
are the clay in the Hands of the Master Potter, and no matter what happens,
no matter how many times He has to start over with us, do not fall out of
His Hands as round and round we go on the wheel. Let us ask God to make
us into a vessel like He would have us to be.

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19.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 19, 2012

Good Morning!
Once we owed God a debt (for sin) -- a debt so large we could never have paid. Through Christ we have been freely forgiven. Should not we, in turn, forgive others who have trespassed against us?

DEBTS --LARGE AND SMALL:
Ephesians 4:32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Jesus equates forgiveness with the privilege of being forgiven. “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). The lesson of forgiveness is vital to the life of every believer. Jesus is saying, “unless we are able to forgive others, we can never receive forgiveness.”

Humanity says, “I cannot forget.” That is true, we are made to remember. But we can blot out the dwelling on the thought and the memory of the hurt. We need not rehearse the deed or misdeed over and over. What a blessing to be able to recall an injury and rejoice that it is healed.
Before forgiveness can become real and sincere, there must be a kindness and tenderness of heart. “From the heart,” Jesus said.

Jesus is our supreme example of a forgiving spirit. He would never ask us to do something that he did not demonstrate. At the cross when men were crucifying Him, and driving nails in His hands and feet, He prayed that the Father would forgive them. He forgave Simon Peter for denying Him, he would have forgiven Judas but Judas chose to commit suicide instead of seeking forgiveness.

To forgive should not be a struggle; it should be a product of the life. To be kind should not be an effort, it must be natural. To feel tender compassion for mankind is not contrary to the life of the child of God; to feel hatred and selfishness the contrary part. Forgiveness is the nature attribute of the Christian. Strive to attain it, let it flow from within.

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20.  21.                   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 20 & 21, 2012

Good Morning!
The World needs someone who cares, someone with a desire to make a difference.

STRIPPING THE SLAIN:
1 Samuel 31:8. “And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in Mount Gilboa.”

Only those who have been there can know the awful sight of a battle-field after a battle. So sickening. There are those who go through the field examining the dead bodies. Turning them over, looking for anything valuable, watches, rings, billfolds, coins, weapons, canteens, etc. The dead make no resistance. That was the scene of the text.

Saul lay dead on the ground. Here was a fallen King. Here was a fallen King’s armor, helmet, and sword.  These they took and put them in the house of Ash-ta-roth. They shouted with glee, They danced in delight, and mockery. Before nightfall they had stripped the slain of everything of value, these were the spoils of battle. The same Process is going on all over the world. Wherever men have fallen, Satan and the world do not pity them. Many times, far from helping those who have fallen, they take what little is left. A young person caught-up in the Devils trap, He begins to go down lower and lower, The battle rages, the wounds are deadly, Finally he lays slain, without power to rise. He needs someone to help, without which he may never rise again.

It might be a neighbor, a friend, a fellow church member, that gets caught up on the battle of life and goes down. Let us reach out a hand to help. Be a Good Samaritan and bind up the wounds. Give them a call, offer a helping hand. Many people have gone down on life’s battlefield, and through some encouragement, some assistance, recovered. Perhaps you know someone yourself. Let us come on the battlefield with basins, and soft cloths, and kind words. Sing them a song, Offer them a prayer, and Win them with your compassion. Tell them Jesus is ready to offer them life.

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Isaiah 
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22.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion                                          

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 22, 2012

Good Morning!
The popular word Amen is derived from the verb ‘Amen’. It means “verily,” “truly,” or “assuredly,” “you are right.”

AMEN:
Nehemiah 8:6. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. (KJV)

We associate the word Amen with the last word of a prayer or a choral anthem. This is to indicate an agreement with what someone has said—especially in Church. We use the word Amen to show support for views expressed. All this fits nicely with the ancient verb ‘amam’, (“confirm,” “support,” “be established,” “believe,” “of a truth" (Luke 9:27). It means “verily,” “truly,” or “assuredly.”

Our Christian usage of Amen at the end of prayers and hymns has good old Testament precedent (22 times), to say the least. Twelve times in the 27th chapter of Deuteronomy the people voiced acknowledgment to the curses of the law and their willingness to submit to the penalty attached to the breach of it by saying “Amen.”

Most of the time ‘Amen’ is used along with praise to the Lord. This was the response the people gave as the Levites led them in worship. After David’s great Psalm in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36, was delivered, “all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.” Surprisingly, Amen is used over twice as often in the New Testament (50) as in the Old Testament.

In his letter to the lukewarm Laodiceans, Jesus calls himself “the Amen” (Revelations 3:14). He meant: “you can count on Me to be true and faithful.” 25 times in John it is double “Amen.”  Jesus was saying that His words were very important. This double form is translated “verily, verily” (KJV), “truly, truly”  (NASB), and “most assuredly”  (NKJV), “in truth I tell you” (NEB).

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23.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 23, 2012

Good Morning!
Circumstances and natural birth in the right family make men kings in the outward life, but in this hidden life men become kings over circumstances.

THE KINGS AND THEIR KINGDOM: 
 Luke 17:20.  “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21. Neither shall they say, lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The expressions “kingdom of God” and “kingdom of Heaven” are used in Scripture concerning the divine life in the soul. They mean simply the place or condition where God rules and where His will is done. It is an interior kingdom, not an exterior one. Its thrones are not outward thrones of human pomp and glory, but inward thrones of dominion and supremacy over the things of time and sense. Its kings are not clothed in royal robes of purple and fine linen, but with the interior garments of purity and truth.

And its reign is not in outward show, but in inward power. Neither is it in one place rather than another, nor in one form of things above another. It is not, lo here, nor lo there, not in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem, that we are to find Christ, and enter into His kingdom. It is not a matter of place at all, but one of condition. And in every place and under every name, and through every form, all who seek God and work righteousness shall find His kingdom within them.

To have this divine kingdom set up within means that all other powers to conquer or enslave are broken, and the soul reigns triumphant over them all. Men and devils may try to hold such a one in bondage, but they are powerless before the might of this interior kingdom. No longer will fashion, or conventionality, or the fear of man, or the love of ease, or any other of the many tyrants to which Christians cringe and bow, rule a soul that has been raised to a throne in this inward kingdom.

The Apostle Paul tells us, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17).

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24.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 24, 2012

Good Morning!
You can't create joy, but you can make the conditions from which it springs. We want to spend a few days with Hezekiah who brought joy back to the temple.

THE SONG OF THE LORD BEGAN:
2 Chronicles 29:27. “And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.”

“When the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord began also.” In our reading the sounds of joy had long ceased. The music and singing had not been heard for several years. The burnt offerings were no longer being offered upon the great altar. The word “began” indicates that it had ceased. If you look into the preceding chapter you will find that for sixteen years the song of the Lord had never broken from Levite throats, had never floated through the temple courts. Those courts, intended by David to resound with the praises and worship of GOD, were still. In this do they resembled your heart, for your heart was meant for music. If it has ceased, it is probably from the same reason.

What had happened during those sixteen years? 2 Chronicles 28:24-25 “Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers.” King Ahaz was weary of the worship of GOD. So he put out the lights, he closed the doors, he took away the keys, he turned the Levites adrift. The sparrows made their homes, the birds of the air built their nests in the neglected courts of the temple. Neither Ahaz, nor the priests, nor the Levites frequented the holy place.

Then came a change. The burnt offering began after sixteen years of discontinuance, and the song of the Lord broke into utterance once again. Hezekiah became king, and “in the first month of his reign he opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, and said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place” (2 Chronicles 29:2-5).

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25.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 25, 2012

Good Morning!
When silence reigns in our hearts, there must be something there that should not be.

CARRY FORTH THE FILTHINESS; THAT IS WHAT MUST FIRST BE DONE:
2 Chronicles 29:4 “And he (Hezekiah) brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, 5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

This
is a setting from the life of Charles Finney. “There had been no revival, no stirring up of the Holy Ghost in those parts for years. I gathered some godly people in the vestry every Friday night to pray for a revival. We kept this up for fifteen months, but the heavens were as brass above us. When fall came on, I set apart a day for united prayer. My heart rejoiced as I saw the farmers driving in with their families, until the schoolhouse behind the chapel was filled. I explained that we had gathered to pray for a revival. After the opening hymns and prayers the meeting was thrown open. The silence of death settled upon the audience. Every one waited.

Presently a leading old elder rose in a front seat, and said: Pastor, I don't think there is going to be a revival of the Holy Ghost here so long as Brother Jones and I don't speak to each other. He left his pew, walked down the aisle and found Brother Jones, and said: ‘Brother Jones, you and I have not spoken for five years. Let's bury the hatchet. Here's my hand!’ The old man returned to his pew, and sat down. A sob broke from the audience, and then there was silence again. Soon another elder rose, and said: Pastor, I think there will be no revival here while I say fair things to your face and mean things behind your back. I want you to forgive me. We shook hands, and the audience relapsed into stillness again.

He then witnessed the strangest scene of his life. For ten minutes men and women crept noiselessly about the house, squaring old scores. And God began to visit them. The operatives in a factory nearby heard what was going on in the school-house, and at the lunch hour they came over in such numbers that they were diverted into the church. The pastor preached to them the simple gospel, and within five minutes four of the ringleaders in sin in that community were crying to GOD for mercy. A revival broke out that swept to and fro over the district for three years.”

The filth had been cleaned from their hearts and from the house of God.

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26.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 26, 2012

Good Morning!
We must get back to first principles. We are right with GOD in the exact proportion that we are right with the men and women around us. Let us test ourselves, not by what we are on Sundays at church, but by what we are to the people whom we like least. That is the true gauge.

THE INDIVIDUAL HEART:
2 Chronicles 29:5.“And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.”

LET US NOW COME TO YOUR OWN HEART. Is any secret sin harbored there? Is there any unkind, jealous feeling between pastor and pastor? Any irritation or fretting because of another's success? Are you, Christian people, prepared to square up old scores? to give up things in business that you know are not perfectly consistent with CHRIST's commands? If so, shake hands; write that letter; pay that money; have done with that source of irritation. Let the love of GOD be poured into your soul, and after that joy will come.

I AM HIS! I AM ABSOLUTELY HIS! Have you some hidden cupboard in your soul in which you are harboring things whose vapor is killing your joy? Face your true condition. Too often we are like those who fear their lungs are diseased, and who dread examination by the stethoscope and surgeon lest he should reveal the true condition. We can make no headway until we are clean. Are you sure there is nothing in your heart you would not like Jesus to deal with? Before you can have God’s best, you must let Him search your soul, and show what the unclean thing is which entered years ago and has choked your spiritual vitality ever since.

THE SONG BEGAN: Now notice what happened next. Hezekiah had the altar ready. On one side were the priests with the whole burnt offering, which signified Christ’s entire consecration to God in His death, and also the entire consecration of believers to Christ in life. On the other side was the Levite choir in white vesture, and other Levites with cymbals and psalteries and harps. At a given signal the burnt offering was laid on the altar. As the fire began the sweet voices of the choristers burst forth in song, and the music of the instruments was heard again. God help you to clear away all the filthiness, and yield yourself to Him. Whether you can sing or not with the voice, the song of the Lord will begin in your soul!

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27.  28.                   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  October 27 & 28, 2012

Good Morning!
They shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

GOD WITH US:
Psalms 139:7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from
thy presence?

Very few of us understand the full meaning of the words in Matthew 1: 23,“They shall call His name Emmanuel; which being interpreted is, God with us.” In this short sentence is revealed to us the grandest fact the world can ever know; that God, the Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and earth, is not a far-off Deity, dwelling in a Heaven of unapproachable glory, but is living with us right here in this world, in the midst of our poor, ignorant, helpless lives, as close to us as we are to ourselves.

This seems so incredible to the human heart that we are very slow to believe it; but that the Bible teaches it as a fact, from cover to cover, cannot be denied by any honest mind. In the very beginning of Genesis we read of the “presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” And from that time on He is revealed to us always as in the most familiar and daily intercourse with His people everywhere.

How often in the Bible He has stilled all questions and all fears by the simple announcement, “I will be with thee;” and who can doubt that in these words He meant to assure us that all His wisdom, and love, and omnipotent power would therefore, of course, be engaged on our side?

So many people are tempted to think that God is not paying any attention to them. They think that their interests and their affairs are altogether beneath His notice, and that they are too unworthy to hope for His attention. But they wrong Him grievously by such thoughts. The soul must recognize, by an act of simple faith, that God is present, and must then accustom itself to a continual conversation with Him.

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29.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 29, 2012

Good Morning!
Until the grace and power of God comes to it, the tongue is an unruly member.

THE BRIDLED TONGUE:
James 1:26. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his
tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

The apostle James has several things to say about the human organ of speech. In one place he declares that “the tongue no man can tame.” He does not say that the effort has not been made, and that no one at times has doubted his success in the endeavor; but states that it can not be done. That is, if only human strength is brought to bear, the effort will fail. “No man can tame it,” is the declaration.

Time itself, with all its varied experiences, brings a wonderful change to the character of one’s speech. Both quality of words as well as quantity are affected. But time, while bringing gravity, wisdom, sententious speech, and broader judgment, cannot do what only the grace of God can accomplish. So how blessed it is to have a work wrought in the heart by the Holy Ghost which will manage the tongue perfectly; and which will cause a delightful agreement between that member of speech and the heart itself.

What gladness it causes to discover that the tongue is not only bridled, but tamed. That we can endure wrong and be silent; that we can suffer long, and be kind; that we can be put in possession of facts that, if used, would bring confusion and distress to men that have injured us, and yet not only not speak the word, but have no desire to indulge in such an unholy revenge.

But James made a third statement about the tongue. He says, “If any man offend not in word the same is a perfect man.” According to this, we can get in grace where our speech will continually please God, and that spiritual condition is the perfection the Bible has so much to say about.

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30.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 30, 2012

Good Morning!
GOD IS NOT ONLY GOOD..... HE IS AWESOME!

AN AWESOME GOD:
Psalms 78:25. Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.

Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people (plus a few million animals) requires a lot of food. According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 2500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, seven freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required!

Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 3000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day. And just think, they were forty years (14.600 days and nights) in transit. And Oh yes!  They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, and a drink for each animal, it would take 14,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 20 miles long, to bring water!

And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 400 miles long and would require 35 days and nights getting through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea, at least 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night. But then, there is another problem, each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground one-third the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 600 square miles, think of it! This much space for camping.

Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I think not! You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him. Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs? I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today. To guide you and protect you as you go along your way.... His love is always with you, His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares, you know He will see us through. GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

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Jeremiah  15  16          Psalm  132

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 October 31, 2012

Good Morning!
Speak not evil one of another lest we lose valuable friends.

THE VACANT CHAIR:
1 Samuel 20:25. And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty.

The Bible informs us that David’s vacant seat remained empty forever. He never came back. He was in other places, but never in this one again. He sat at other tables, but never more at the one from which he had been cruelly driven. It is this feature which makes certain vacant chairs one of the most heart moving of spectacles. But there are many other mansions, cottages and cabins where David’s place is empty. And they have been banished by some kind of injustice or wrong.

Like David they endured long, but slipped away at last. The cold look was cast so often. The javelin of reproach shot so frequently. Their presence seemed so to disturb and annoy. They were so often made to feel they were in the way; that one day their place was empty. Or others crowded them out, and there was nothing to do, but to go.

So the boy driven from home by unkindness comes back no more. The daughter rushed into marriage to escape unpleasant surroundings, does not care to revisit the scenes of past wretchedness. The man outraged and wronged for successive years, at last turns his thoughts and pursuits into other channels for occupation and happiness, slips away from the unhappy environment and is gone. His place, like that of David, becomes empty forever. The seasons come and go; people arrive and depart; the house is lighted up; the song floats out of the window; the table is set and has its guests; but some one is gone, who never returns.

One memorable hour the javelin was shot for the last time. Next day the seat was empty. Some one had gone. Another vacant chair had been added to that already great number, which are to be found all over the land, in Church and State, in hall and home, each one standing for some melancholy chapter of life history, and speaking in its dumb but eloquent way of un-righted wrong, of un-consoled sorrow, and of some absent wanderer, one who never will return again.

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Jeremiah  17  18 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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